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  • 1. What do British people like doing at the weekends? http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/weekends.htmThe weekends are a time for families in Britain. Often the parents arenot at work having worked a five day week from Monday to Friday.Saturdays are a busy time for shops with many families going shopping.Sundays used to be a very special day of the week in Britain. It was theone day of the week for worship and rest. The shops were closed andmost people were at home or at church. Popular leisure activities onReading Exercises for ENIS Level 1
  • 2. Sunday used to be going to church and doing odd jobs around the homesuch as gardening and DIY.Until a few years ago shops were not permitted to open on a Sunday.Sundays today are becoming like any other day other week withshops open. Some families will now spend their time shopping ratherthan going to church or they will combine the two activities.Britain is becoming a far less Christian country with fewer peopleregularly attending Church. Many Christians believe that Sunday shouldbe kept special, as a time given to worshipping God. They think it isimportant for Christians to meet together, listen to readings from theBible and celebrate Holy Communion. Others believe that it is importantthat families have time to be together. (The shopping hours on aSunday are less than on any other day of the week.) How do people spend their free time?People enjoy various indoor and outdoor activities in Britain.An Euro stat survey, the EUs statistical office, discovered that people inBritain spend about 45% of their free time watching television, 24% oftheir free time socializing, 22-23% on sport and hobbies, and 10% onother activities. Other popular leisure activities are listening to the radio,listening to pre-recorded music, reading, DIY, gardening, eating out andgoing to the cinema. TelevisionThe most common leisure activity in the UK is watching television. Theaverage viewing time is 25 hours per person per week. Almost allReading Exercises for ENIS Level 1
  • 3. households have at least one television set. The proportion ofhouseholds using satellite, cable or digital television was 44 per cent in2002. Many television programmes are about wildlife, animals, holidays,cooking and gardening. All these things are much cherished by Britishpeople. RadioPeople in Britain listen to an average 15 hours and 50 minutes of radioeach week.The only radio I listen to is the Top 40. I like to find out who is numberone in the pop charts each week." My parents listen to the radio in the mornings and when we are havingour evening meal." Digital DevicesIn 2005/06, 88 per cent of UK households had a CD player and 79 percent a mobile phone. In April to June 2006, 26 per cent of people aged15 and over owned an MP3 player.In January to April 2006, 56 per cent of households in Great Britain hada desktop computer, 30 per cent had a portable or laptop computer, and7 per cent had a handheld computer. EntertainingThe second most popular activity in Britain is visiting or entertainingfriends or relations."Mum and Dad go out and visit friends at least once a week. Sometimeme and my brother go too. Every Wednesday after school James and Igo to see our gran." Cinema (Movie house)Britons made 123 million visits to the cinema in 1998 making it themost popular cultural activity in the UK.Reading Exercises for ENIS Level 1
  • 4. "I like to go to the cinema with my friends at the weekend wheneverthere is a good movie on." Eating outEating out has grown in popularity, with British people spending in 1999an average of £5.63 per person per week on food (excluding alcohol)outside the home."We go to McDonalds at least once a week. Sometimes we have a pizzadelivered to our house. Occasionally we will go to a restaurant." Homes and GardensThe British are known as a nation of gardeners. Most people have agarden on their property. Gardening has been a popular pastime sinceRoman times. Many people in Britain are proud of their houses andgardens. They want their houses and gardens to look nice. Every townin Britain has one or more DIY (Do it Yourself) centres and gardencentres. These are like supermarkets for the home and garden. Theseplaces are very popular with British home-owners at the weekends."We dont have a big garden like some people. Dad likes to mow thelawn. Sometimes I help him. Mum looks after the flowers. She weedsthe garden so that the garden looks good. I am growing somevegetables in my garden."Reading Exercises for ENIS Level 1