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Put the time adverb into the relevant group

Read the text and choose the correct answers to the questions

She was born in a home for poor people in Saumur, France, on 19 August 1883, and christened Gabrielle. Her mother died when she was just six years old. This left her father With Gabrielle and four other young children. He sent them away to grow up with relatives. She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew — a skill that would lead to her life’s work.

In her early twenties, while she was working as a singer in cafes, she met two wealthy men, one a soldier, the other an Englishman called Arthur Capel. With the men’s money and contacts, she opened a hat shop in 1913. She soon expanded her business to include clothes and opened a fashion shop at 31 rue Cambon, Paris.

She said, «Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But they must also be able to move, to get into a car. Clothes must have a natural shape.»

In the early 1920s, she introduced Chanel No. 5, which became one of the world’s favourite perfumes. Throughout the 1920s and 30s her clothes were becoming more and more popular.

But then in 1939 World War II began. She had worked for a short time as a nurse in World War I, but during World War II she went to Switzerland. She returned to France in 1953 and dressed many Hollywood stars, such as Liz Taylor and Katharine Hepburn.

She was still working up until her death on 10 January, 1971 when her fashion empire brought in over $160 million a year. Before that, in 1969, Katharine Hepburn had starred in a Broadway musical about her life. She is considered one of the most influential fashion designers of the twentieth century.

1. What happened to her and her siblings in the childhood?

2. The men who she met in a cafe

3. What was her message in creating clothes?

4. What was her famous product?

5. During the World War II she


Watch the video and mark the sentences True or False

Born in 1853, Vincent van Gogh was a 19th-century Dutch painter. Dutch is the word for people from the Netherlands.  The Netherlands is a small country in Western Europe. When he was a young man, van Gogh traveled to France, England and Belgium. But near the end of his life, he moved to France. Although van Gogh began to draw when he was a child, he did not start painting until he was in his late twenties,  and and many of his best paintings were only done in the last 2 years of his life, before his death, at the age of 37.
His work is very famous now, but while he was alive, most people didn’t want his paintings. Vincent van Gogh made over 900 paintings, while he was alive, but we only know about one that someone wanted to buy. His first really good paintings were dark and serious. At the time, people were looking for brighter, more colorful art. When he moved to France, van Gogh saw new kinds of art, with new, brighter colors. He liked what he saw so much that he started to paint with brighter colors himself right away. Later, he moved to the south of France, where the sunlight was very strong and bright. The beauty and color of the place he lived inspired him to paint it. And his artwork got even brighter and more colorful. Full of new intensity and also full of emotion. People started to become interested in his new bright paintings. If he had lived longer,
van Gogh might have sold many pieces of art and could have become a very famous painter.
But, unfortunately, he died in 1890. Vincent van Gogh’s distinctive style makes it easy to recognize his paintings. His art was something new: a new way to see the world and a new way to paint.
Because of his paintings, a new form of art, called expressionism, was invented.
And his work still influences artists today.

True or False

1. Van Gogh was Dutch and came from Denmark.
2.The artist had been travelling around Europe before he finally settled in France.
3. Van Gogh didn’t start painting until the end of his life.
4.He died at the age of 47.
5. During his lifetime, people didn’t buy his paintings much.
6. Van Gogh left a legacy of over 900 paintings.
7. The European darkness inspired him to create his famous paintings.
8. His art became something new, a new outlook on the world.
9. His works are forgotten today.

Prepare your 2-minute speech on the topic «Talented people»

Cover the points:

  1. Who do you think is a really gifted person from the present or the past? Why?
  2. Where is/was this person from?
  3. What has/had this person done during their career?
  4. What do you know about their personality?
  5. Would you like to be like them?

1 talented
2 gifted
3 create
4 award
5 famous
6 role model
7 musician
8 actor
9 inspire
10 respect
11 achieve