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Sonos is a wireless speaker company. They are one of the most popular wireless speaker brands in the world. Sonos created wireless speaker systems for the whole house. They were the first company to let people easily play the same music in every room of their house.

Sonos has now said that their older systems will not get new updates. This means they will not work in the future. They need updates to continue working. Many people are angry because they still use the old products. 92% of Sonos products ever sold are still used today. People expect to use these music systems for many years.

Sonos has added a new “Recycle Mode” to the products. If Recycle Mode is used then the product can never be used again. People are also angry at this because it means they cannot be reused. Reusing things is better for the earth than recycling them.

Difficult words

Wireless (adj): Something which has no wires or connections to something else.

Brand (n): A company name.

Update (n): A way to make the system new again.

Recycle (v): To use the pieces of something to make something new.

Reuse (v): To use again.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: 

American English: 

Match the Synonym!

 1. Wireless  A. Make modern.
 2. Brand  B. No wires.
 3. Update  C. Use again.
 4. Recycle  D. Use pieces for something new.
 5. Reuse  E.  Company name.

True or False?

1.  Sonos is a computer company. T / F

2. Sonos creates systems for the whole house. T / F

3. If the speakers don’t get updates, they will not work. T / F

4. People are not angry at the wireless speaker company. T / F

5. If the speaker uses “Recycle Mode”, it can still be used. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. wireless / Sonos / company / a / speaker / is

2. systems / speaker / Sonos / created / wireless

3. they / the future / not work / means / This / will / in

4. continue / to / They / updates / working / need

5. is / better / the / earth / things / Reusing / for

Listening and Vocabulary

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

British English: 

American English: 

Earth Easily Means
Angry Used Speaker

Sonos is a wireless (1)____________ company. They are one of the most popular wireless speaker brands in the world. Sonos created wireless speaker systems for the whole house. They were the first company to let people (2)___________ play the same music in every room of their house.

Sonos has now said that their older systems will not get new updates. This (3)___________ they will not work in the future. They need updates to continue working. Many people are (4)____________ because they still use the old products. 92% of Sonos products ever sold are still used today. People expect to use these music systems for many years.

Sonos has added a new “Recycle Mode” to the products. If Recycle Mode is used then the product can never be (5)________ again. People are also angry at this because it means they cannot be reused. Reusing things is better for the (6)_________ than recycling them.

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. Do you own any Sonos or similar products?
5. Do you have any smart products in your home?
6. Is it right for people to be angry over the environmental impact of making the products unusable?
7. Is the 30% discount on new products fair?
8. Does this story make you nervous to install smart products in your home?
9. Are there any other products that you think should last for decades?
10. How often do you like to replace your major electronics?
11. How often do you like to remodel your home?
12. Do you think the response from the CEO is reassuring to customers?
13. Is it right to expect a product like this to last for more than 15 years?
14. Are there any products that you don’t want to buy because of how long they might last?
15. Are home music systems popular in your country?
16. Are home movie systems popular in your country?
17. What is the longest you have ever owned a product?
18. Do you think companies try to make products obsolete more often these days?
19. Do you think products lasted longer in the past?
20. Are there any questions you’d like to ask the CEO of Sonos?