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Culture 1, page 112

Exercise 1 

1 the Caribbean 

2 India and Pakistan; many Asians also came from Africa 

3 continental Europe


Exercise 3

1 T 

2 T 

3 F 

4 T 

5 T


Exercise 4

Speaker 1 Polish 

Speaker 2 Nigerian 

Speaker 3 Jamaican 

Speaker 4 Pakistani 

Speaker 5 Indian



Speaker 1  Tomasz Piotrowski arrived in Britain ten years ago with his parents, when he was thirteen. He lives in Southampton. What does he think of life in the UK? 

Tomasz I think there are lots of opportunities and a good standard of life here. When we first moved to Britain, my dad found work in a factory, and I went to school and quickly learned English. My parents now have their own business and so do I! I have a marketing company. I live with my parents, but am hoping to buy a flat quite soon. I'm settled and happy here. I have lots of English friends, speak fluent English and haven't experienced any prejudice. My parents talk about returning to Poland one day, but although we're proud of our background, my sister and I definitely won't go back.

Speaker 2 29-year-old Lydia Heather came to Britain to study acting four years ago, and now lives in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Lydia Immigrants from Nigeria usually have the wrong idea about what their life is going to be like in Britain. They think it's going to be so easy, and they get a shock. And in my opinion, it's even harder if you're female. You can feel completely alone and anxious. I came here to be an actress and I'm very ambitious. My parents have quite a comfortable life back home in Nigeria. Here it's expensive, cold and difficult to find work. I've experienced some racism, but my Scottish friends have been wonderful, and I needed to come here for my career.

Speaker 3 Gary Younge is 74. He came to Britain in 1950 with his parents when he was ten. He grew up in Stevenage. 

Gary Britain's fine to live in now, but it was really hard for black families in the 1950s. It was a more closed society, especially in the cities where there was much more racism and it was hard to find work. I was quite homesick and missed life in Jamaica. But I guess we were luckier because we lived in a smaller community, and we had to integrate. There were only four black children in my school. I worked so hard because black people were considered to be lazy and I hated that.

Speaker 4 Sabah Choudhry is 19, was born in Britain, and is studying at a London university.

Sabah My parents emigrated here 22 years ago from Pakistan. Things have improved since then. I'm Muslim, but also British. I think it might be the best place to be a Muslim girl. Here there is so much more in terms of education, equality and human rights. I feel I'm able to follow my religion, but I can also study, have a career and participate in society. My friends are great - because of my religion I don't go into pubs or bars, so they go to a coffee shop with me instead.

Speaker 5 Jahid Joshi was born in Britain. He's a journalist in London.

Jahid My parents emigrated to Britain from India in the 1980s. They moved to North London where I was born and brought up. My childhood was a mixture of British and Indian culture, with holidays in India and Cornwall. Integration never seemed to be an issue. This is my country. When I got married to my English wife, our wedding was a wonderful mix of British and Indian traditions. It bothers me that people are very worried about immigration these days. We have so much to celebrate in our multicultural society.


Exercise 5

A 2, 3 

B 2 

C 4, 5 

D 4, 5 

E 1, 2, 4 

F 2, 3

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