Cambridge University Press978-1-107-65771-7 – Cambridge Global English Stage 8Chris Barker and Libby Mitchell Consultant Editor Peter LucantoniExcerptMore information1Languages of the worldMy language, your language12Write the languages for the countries. Look them up on the Internet if you need to.CountryMain languages12345678910English, Maori (New Zealand sign language)New rgentinaRussiaHow good are you at languages? Try this quick quiz. (Clue: the answers to questions 2 to 5are all in Exercise 1, but you can use the Internet to help you.)1 The words in the speech bubbles all meanthe same thing. What is it?2 In Italian, this word can also mean‘Bye’. Which number is it on the globe?3 This language uses the Cyrillic alphabet.It’s number 5 on the globe. What languageis it?4 The more formal way of saying number 3is ‘Bonjour’. What language is it?5 Look at numbers 1 and 2. Which is Spanishand which is Portuguese?41 Hola2 Olà5 привет3 Salut4 CiaoCambridge Global English Stage 8 Workbook in this web service Cambridge University Presswww.cambridge.org
ArSpanishEnglishMorocco4nceFraicI live in Rabat, the capital of 4, in5North Africa.and Berber are ourofﬁcial languages. My parents also speak Frenchbecause they work for a company which has ofﬁces in6. I speak a little bit of 7because my cousins live in Spain and I’ve been to visitat school,them several times. I learn 8but I’ve never been to a country where it’s spoken asa native language.FrenchI’m from Montreal. It’s in Quebec which is a provincein the east of 1. It belonged to France at2one point in its history. Sois my ﬁrstlanguage, but I also speak 3.CanadaComplete the texts with the correct countriesand languages.English3abersity Press1: Languages of the worldCircle the mistakes. Then write out the sentences correctly.1 Both my parents speaks English.4 Every my friends want to study at university.2 All my friends likes watching ﬁlms inEnglish.5 I gave each my four cousins a present.3 I’ve got two cousins who live in Canada, butneither them speaks French.56 I’ve got two sisters and all of them are goodwww.cambridge.orgat languages.Rewrite these sentences to make them true for you.1 Everyone in my family speaks German.2 I can say ‘hello’ in three languages.3 I can count to ten in Spanish and French.4 Most of us learn English at school. Ourgrandparents learned French as a foreignlanguage when they were at school.5 I’d really like to be able to speak Italianbecause it sounds so nice.Cambridge Global English Stage 8 Workbook5
Teach yourself Tok Pisin!1These are the numbers 1 to 10 in Tok Pisin. Write the English translation next to each plete the crossword.2C R E 3O L E145678910L A T I N11121314ersity Presswww.cambridge.orgAcrossDown6 The language spoken in Poland. (6)9 An English-speaking country close to 11Down. (9)10 The language of ancient Rome. (5)12 Russian uses the Cyrillic. (8)14 A language spoken in Southern China andHong Kong. (9)3 English and French are thelanguagesof Canada. (8)4 The most important city in a country. (7)5 All the words that someone knows, learns oruses. (10)7 The number of people living in a country. (10)8 Your ﬁrst language is yourlanguage. (6)11 PapuaGuinea. (3)13 A main language spoken in India. (5)2 A pidgin language that has become themother tongue of a community. (6)6Cambridge Global English Stage 8 Workbook1 Speaking two languages. (9)
ersity Press1: Languages of the world3Rewrite the sentences using although.1 I speak English quite well, but I ﬁnd English spelling hard.Although I speak English quite well, I find English spelling hard.2 The islands of Trinidad and Tobago are very close to Venezuela, but English is spoken there,not Spanish.3 Welsh settlers ﬁrst went to Patagonia in 1865, but Welsh is still quite widely spoken in this partof Argentina today.4 Chinese is an important world language, but not many schools in Britain teach it.5 Shakespeare probably never left England, but several of his plays are set in other countries.4Match the contrasting ideas and then join them in a sentence with whereas/while.1 In Britain, the winter months are December,January and February.2 I’m good at languages.3 In Argentina, Spanish is spoken.4 Very few British people speak Dutch.5 In Japan, the school year starts in April.In Australia, students start school in January.In South Africa, winter is from May to July.Most Dutch people speak English.My brother’s best subjects are Scienceand Maths.Portuguese is the language of Brazil.www.cambridge.org1 In Britain, the winter months are December, January and February, whereas in South Africawinter is from May to July.Cambridge Global English Stage 8 Workbook7
It’s good to learn languages1Complete the interview answers with suitable words.Is it useful to know another language?Yes, it is, deﬁnitely. Speaking to 1only for a short time, 3It’s 4you’ 6someone in their own language, even if 2isthat person feel more at ease.useful when you visit another country. 5the language of that country is 7to say ‘hello’ and ‘thank.So knowing just a few words makes a difference?Yes, it makes all the difference. 8like it when you try 10If you enjoy 11to understand at 13may only know a few words 9speak their language.or ﬁlms from another country, it’s 12a little bit.peopleto be ableDo you speak any other languages?Well, I’m learning 14the words when 16at school. I like being able 15hear a Spanish song.understand some ofWhat do you think are the advantages of learning a language?Studies show 17learning another language is good for 18It improves your brain power andwho are bilingual live longer.ersity Press19.is some evidence to show that2022Knowing 21language helps you to use yourwww.cambridge.org language well. I teachHistory and 23ﬁnd that students who know another 24have betterreading skills and wider 25. And of course, having another language 26be very helpful for going to 27or university.Are you more likely to be successful if you speak the language of the people you dobusiness with?Yes, you are. For 28you really 30languages in 328, if you work for a Japanese 29to speak some Japanese. And they 31jobs earn about 8% more than 33Cambridge Global English Stage 8 Workbookin Europe or America,that people who usewho don’t use them.
ersity Press1: Languages of the world2Read the tips for learning a language. Which statements in the second columnillustrate the advice in the first column? Match them.1 Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.2 Take the opportunity to listen to thelanguage as much as possible.3 Watch ﬁlms and TV in English.4 Find a way to learn new words andremember them.5 Practise speaking as much as you can.6 Test yourself.3a Don’t be afraid of reading out loud in yourroom at home and practising conversationswith a friend.b For example, try to ﬁnd an English-speakingradio station. You may even ﬁnd a pop musicstation – songs are a good way of helpingyou learn a language.c It’s all part of the learning process. Don’texpect to get everything right all the time.d Read through what you’ve learned in class.Cover the page and see how much you canremember.e Try writing them on pieces of paper and stickthem around the house.f You won’t understand everything, but it’sgood to be able to see people speaking aswell as hearing them.In your notebook, write answers to the questions, giving your own opinions. Use thephrases from the box in your answers where possible. deﬁnitely of course even if more likely to be it’s really useful for example1 What are the advantages of knowing otherlanguages?2 Would you like to study in another countryin the future?3 Do you ever feel nervous when you’respeaking another language?www.cambridge.org it makes all the diﬀerence a little bit at ease4 What’s the best way to learn a new language?5 Are languages as important as the othersubjects you learn at school? Why? Why not?6 If you were teaching an English speaker yourlanguage, how would you start?Cambridge Global English Stage 8 Workbook9
Cambridge Global English Stage 8 Workbook 3 Rewrite the sentences using although. 1 I speak English quite well, but I ﬁ nd English spelling hard. Although I speak English quite well, I ˜ nd English spelling hard. 2 The islands of Trinidad and Tobago are very close to Venezuela, but English is spoken there, not Spanish. 3 Welsh settlers ﬁ rst went to Patagonia in 1865, but Welsh is still ...