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Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

Level 1

Match the Synonym!

 1. Family-owned  A. To get.
 2. Single  B. Tweet again.
 3. Retweet  C. Belongs to a family.
 4. Recieve  D. Nearby
 5. Local  E.  Only
  1. Family-owned = C. Belongs to a family.
  2. Single = E. Only
  3. Retweet = B. Tweet again.
  4. Receive = A. To get.
  5. Local = D. Nearby

True or False?

1. The bookshop is in Germany. False

2. The bookshop is owned by a family. True

3. A famous actor retweeted the bookshop’s tweet. False

4. The bookshop has many new followers. True

5. Other bookshops have been helped by this. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. There is a bookshop in England.

2. It is in a small town.

3. They asked people to help them.

4. It was retweeted by a famous author.

5. The news has been so big.

Listening and Vocabulary

News Author Bookshop
Enough Ordering Account
  1. Bookshop
  2. Enough
  3. Author
  4. Account
  5. News
  6. Ordering


Level 2

Match the Synonym!

 1. Family-owned  A. Writer
 2. Century  B. Plant
 3. Tumbleweed  C. 100 years
 4. Journalist  D. Nearby
 5. Local  E. Belongs to a family.


  1. Family-owned = E. Belongs to a family.
  2. Century = C. 100 years
  3. Tumbleweed = B. Plant
  4. Journalist = A. Writer
  5. Local = D. Nearby

True or False?

1. The story is about a small comic shop. False

2. The shop is 50 years old. False

3. The bookshop didn’t sell a single book in one day. True

4. Many people retweeted the bookshop’s tweet. True

5. Still, the bookshop has not received any orders. False

Unscramble the sentence!

1. There is a bookshop in the small town.

2. They tweeted about not selling any books.

3. They wanted people to come to the store.

4. They called it a “tumbleweed” day.

5. The news has been so big in the UK.

Listening and Vocabulary

Tweeted Author Local
Followers Recent Thousands
  1. Recent
  2. Tweeted
  3. Author
  4. Thousands
  6. Local


Level 3

Match the Synonym!

1. Problematic A. Widely accepted.
2. Traction B. Renewal
3. Mainstream C. Work more.
4. Inundated D. Become popular.
5. Inquiry E. Change
6. Overtime F. Question
7. Subsequent G. Troublesome
8. Resurgence H. Following
9. Turnaround I. Overwhelmed


  1. Problematic = G. Troublesome
  2. Traction = D. Become popular.
  3. Mainstream = A. Widely accepted.
  4. Inundated = I. Overwhelmed
  5. Inquiry = F. Question
  6. Overtime = C. Work more.
  7. Subsequent = H. Following
  8. Resurgence = B. Renewal
  9. Turnaround = E. Change

True or False?

1.  A large company owned a small bookshop. False

2.  The bookshop posted on Twitter about their lack of sales. True

3. The bookshop hadn’t sold a single book for the day. True

4. The bookshop still has not received any extra book orders. False

5. A famous author helped the bookshop get the word out. True

6. Many small bookshops have seen an increase in sales since Amazon started. False

7. The bookshop needed to work overtime after their tweet. True

8.  News about the bookshop was not broadcasted on TV. False

9. The bookshop was located in Germany. False

10. Other bookshops have been positively affected by the tweet as well. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. A small family-owned bookshop in England has received a huge boost.

2. The tweet started to slowly gain traction.

3. This caused the tweet to go mainstream and it now has over 9,000 retweets.

4. There have been reports of independent bookstores around the UK.

5. Independent bookstores in the UK and around the world have been in decline.

Listening and Vocabulary

Retailers Followers Independent
Decline Retweets Boost
Signify Struggle Partly
  1. Boost
  2. Partly
  3. Retailers
  6. Struggle
  7. Decline
  8. Independent
  9. Signify