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There is a bookshop in England. It is in a small town. The bookshop is family-owned. It is over 100 years old.

The shop has not been making enough money. On January 14, they didn’t sell a single book. They tweeted about not selling any books. They asked people to help them. They wanted people to come to the store. The tweet has been retweeted over 9,000 times. It was retweeted by a famous author and many people heard about the store.

Now, the Twitter account for the bookshop has 20,000 followers. They have also received thousands of orders for books. People have been going to their shop every day. The news has been so big in the UK that other small bookshops have been helped too. People around the UK have been going to their local bookshop instead of ordering online.

Difficult words

Family-owned (adj): For something to belong to a family.

Single (adj): Only one.

Retweet (v): To post someone else’s tweet on your own profile.

Recieve (v): To be given something.

Local (adj): To be nearby.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: Coming Soon!

American English: 

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

True or False?

1. The bookshop is in Germany. T / F

2. The bookshop is owned by a family. T / F

3. A famous actor retweeted the bookshop’s tweet. T / F

4. The bookshop has many new followers. T / F

5. Other bookshops have been helped by this. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. bookshop / a / is / in / There / England

2. a / in / small / town / It / is

3. asked / them / to / help / They / people

4. was / a / retweeted / famous author / It / by

5. so / has / The / big / news / been

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: Coming Soon!

American English: 

News Author Bookshop
Enough Ordering Account

There is a (1)______________ in England. It is in a small town. The bookshop is family-owned. It is over 100 years old.

The shop has not been making (2)__________ money. On January 14, they didn’t sell a single book. They tweeted about not selling any books. They asked people to help them. They wanted people to come to the store. The tweet has been retweeted over 9000 times. It was retweeted by a famous (3)___________ and many people heard about the store.

Now, the twitter (4)____________ for the bookshop has 20,000 followers. They have also received thousands of orders for books. People have been going to their shop every day. The (5)________ has been so big in the UK that other small bookshops have been helped too. People around the UK have been going to their local bookshop instead of (6)_________ online.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Where do people buy books in your country?
5. Do you prefer to shop online or in-store?
6. Are digital versions of books, movies or music more popular in your country than real versions?
7. Do you prefer to shop in independent or large chain stores?
8. Is it important to buy things from independent stores?
9. Does your country have any laws to protect independent shops?
10. Do you think there will still be independent shops 10 years from now?
11. What other industries have been hurt by the internet?
12. Has your job been affected negatively by the internet?
13. Is there anything that you would never want to buy online?
14. If you owned an independent shop, what kind would it be?
15. Is it a risk to open an independent shop these days?
16. How can independent stores change to be successful these days?
17. Have you noticed any small businesses close in your area?
18. Does this story make you want to support your local independent stores?
19. Have you heard any stories of social media helping businesses in your country?
20. Do you think the boost in business will be permanent for the bookshop?