English Language Department
Tasks for Olympiad 8th grade
Use of English
Choose the word that collocates best with the compound adjective in each sentence.
Of course Jim is a self- made … . He didn’t inherit a penny.
a) Success b) tycoon c) millionaire
The President of the United States never goes out in public without wearing a bullet-proof … .
Shirt b) suit c) vest
Jim is very disorganized. He is a bit like an absent-minded … .
Teacher b) professor c) scientist
I’m afraid we’ve had to call this last-minute … due to the unexpected resignation of Tony, the Sales Manager.
Meeting b) gathering c) conference
Who exactly is this so-called … who is going to tell us all what to do?
Connoisseur b) expert c) professional
I hate these modern, mass-produced … . I want an old-fashioned one with style!
Vacuum cleaners b) TVs c) sofas
Doesn’t he look great in that tight-fitting … !
Cap b) scarf c) T-shirt
I hate working in air-conditioned … . I always catch colds.
Offices b) environments c) spaces
I can’t come out tonight. I’ve got a long-standing … to have dinner with my brother.
Appointment b) arrangement c) agreement
Sarah is a very level-headed … . She never acts impulsively.
Young woman b) good friend c) nice teenager
Select the correct alternative in each case.
Is that your friend\friend’s car?
Do you like watching horse\horses races?
Could you pass me the bath’s\bath towel?
Would you like some mint tea\tea of mint?
It was essentially a lot violin film\film about a lot of violin.
There are lots of kitchen’s\kitchen cupboards in the new house.
Have you got a timetable of trains\train timetable?
Look! There’s a bird’s nest\nest of birds in that hedge.
This sweater is made of lamb’s wool\lamb wool.
Has anyone seen a large matches box\box of matches?
Each of the following sentences contains a different basic grammatical mistake in an important area. Find the mistakes and correct them.
I am knowing that she wants to be on her own tonight.
We go never out to restaurants any more.
Where are car keys? I had them a minute ago.
This computer game is a lot more cheaper than the last one you bought.
If I’d have seen him, I’d have invited him to the party.
Unless you work a bit harder, you won’t fail your exams.
They were really helpful and gave us a lot of informations.
We considered to go to the new French restaurant but it was too expensive.
My dad won’t let me to stay overnight at John’s house.
I really wish I would have more time.
He went rock-climbing despite of his fear of heights.
They might decided to go to the circus after all.
Sarah’s new boyfriend is absolutely nice.
Last night I dreamt I was being chasing by this huge black dog.
Could you tell me whether is there another train to London tonight?
She’s the girl who brother I went to school with.
He apologized for been late.
We’re having the front of the house painting next week.
They’ve been living here since at least 30 years.
I can’t get used to start work so early.
Call of the wild
The dry season offers better game-viewing, as higher concentrations of animals congregate around fewer waterholes, with less foliage to hide behind. During the rains, some tracks become impassable and many camps close. However, in the wet season, animals – and consequently safari vehicles – are often more dispersed. Trees and shrubs are greener and in flower, and many newborn animals can be spotted. Weather’s not the only consideration – visiting Kenya or Tanzania during the Great Migration, when more than one million wildebeest thunder across the Serengeti, is an experience of a lifetime.
There’s nothing quite like a top-end safari lodge for the classic Africa experience – crisp white tablecloths, cold drinks, impeccable service and usually a waterhole, or savannah viewpoint not too far away. But camping safaris get right in among the action. Either way, with Explore ( a travel company) you will have a top-notch leader and you’ll be spotting the same game – there’s no such thing as a luxury lion.
A 4 WD game drive enables you to sample several different areas in a relatively short space of time. But walking safaris get you away from trails to enjoy the smaller creatures and quieter sounds of the bush. Boat safaris get you close to animals drinking from waterholes and rivers, and offer a unique perspective. For the ideal mix, why not combine more than one mode of transport?
If you have a burning ambition to spot one particular species, check where to head for the best chance. For apes and the Great Migration, it has to be East Africa; for desert-adapted elephants or a close-up cheetah encounter, Namibia’s the place. Trip dossiers will give you an idea of which species you can expect to see.
Africa offers a lot more than just safaris. Head for Tanzania to tack on a Zanzibar beach or to climb Kilimanjaro; to Zambia for Victoria Falls and some adrenalin action; to Kenya for Arab culture and cruises; or to South Africa for fantastic landscapes, food and wine.
Do the sentences describe the dry season (D) or the wet season (W)?
There are more animals at each waterhole. _______
There more leaves on the trees and bushes. _______
You can’t drive along some tracks. _______
There are fewer places to stay. _______
The animals can be seen more clearly. _______
Baby animals are born during this season. _______
Which region or country would you go to if you wanted to do these things? (according to the text)
See wildlife ____________________
See beautiful scenery _________________
Do exciting activities _________________
Go on a relaxing boat trip ______________
Matt has just arrived in Osaka, Japan. He wants to get around by public transport. Kumiko, an Information officer, helps him.
Listen to their conversation and tick the information that Matt asks about. (1-2)
Late night train services
Train and bus connections
Complete the gaps with the words or number you hear.
You can use these coins in all ticket machines: 500 yen, ………………(3), ……………..(4) yen, 10 yen.
You can use these notes in all ticket machines: ………………(5) yen.
You can use these notes in some, but not all ticket machines: …………….(6) yen and 10.000 yen.
Ticket prices can be found on the big ……………..(7) above the machine.
Are these sentences true or false?
8. When you go through the ticket gate, put your ticket in the machine. ……
9. Take the ticket with you when you get on the train. ………………………
10. When you arrive at your destination somebody will take your ticket. …….
Chose any topic from the given below and write an essay in at least 220-250 words.
Professional athletes don’t deserve their money. Do you agree?
Finding a partner online. What are the advantages and disadvantages?
Why is virtual friendship so popular and what are the dangers? Discuss.
Part - 1.
How are you feeling?
Do you like studying English?
How long have you been studying English?
What are your favorite subjects? Why?
Would you like to learn other languages? What are they? Why?
Part - 2.
Work in pairs. Imagine one of you is a customer and other is a shop assistant. Yesterday a customer bought a notebook computer, but the display doesn’t work. A customer wants to make a complain and have a refund. Make a conversation in the shop.
Part - 3.
Speak about your best friend and try to mention all the points below.
Who he\she is;
How long you have known him\her;
How you two met;
What he\she is like (look like);
Why you like him\her.
English Language Department
Tasks for Olympiad 8th grade
Use of English
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