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Tokyo The Costliest City In The World

If you want to move to Tokyo, be warned. A new survey says the Japanese capital is the most expensive city in the world. Last year it was Moscow, in Russia, but this year it is Tokyo. Japan’s second largest city, Osaka, is number two on the list of priciest cities. Japan is especially expensive for foreigners. Rent and food prices are very high. A single mango can cost up to $25. Other places you need to be rich to live in are Moscow, Geneva and Hong Kong. One of the most affordable cities in the world is Johannesburg in South Africa.

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I wonder who goes to Tokyo to live. I guess it’s OK if you are born there and your family has a house. It must cost so much money to move to Japan and set up home. You need to have a good job. I imagine all of the non-Japanese who live in Tokyo are lawyers and doctors. They probably all drive luxury Japanese cars. I also wonder how much it is to eat in Tokyo. I bet the sushi is lovely, but I would be afraid to look at the price on the menu. I think house prices might also be scary. Maybe you need to be a millionaire.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

move

a.

be rich

2

the Japanese

b.

affordable cities

3.

number two

c.

very high

4.

prices are

d.

to Tokyo

5.

you need to

e.

on the list

6.

One of the most

f.

capital

 

Paragraph 2

1.

I guess

a.

Japanese

2

set

b.

it’s OK

3.

It must cost

c.

Japanese cars

4.

non-

d.

up home

5.

luxury

e.

on the menu

6.

afraid to look at the price

f.

so much money


LISTENING GAP FILL

If you want to move to Tokyo, ____________. A new survey says the Japanese capital is the most expensive city in the world. Last ____________ Moscow, in Russia, but this year it is Tokyo. Japan’s second largest city, Osaka, is number ______________ of priciest cities. Japan is especially expensive for foreigners. Rent and food prices ____________. A single mango can cost up to $25. Other places you need ____________ live in are Moscow, Geneva and Hong Kong. One of the __________________ cities in the world is Johannesburg in South Africa.

I _________________ to Tokyo to live. I guess it’s OK if you are born there and your family has a house. It ____________ much money to move to Japan and ______________. You need to have a good job. I imagine all of the _______________ live in Tokyo are lawyers and doctors. They probably all drive luxury Japanese cars. I also wonder how ______________ eat in Tokyo. _______________ is lovely, but I would be afraid to look at the price on the menu. I think house prices might ____________. Maybe you need to be a millionaire.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

If you want to (1) ____ to Tokyo, be warned. A new survey says the Japanese capital is the most expensive city in the world. Last year it was Moscow, in Russia, but this year it is Tokyo. Japan’s (2) ____ largest city, Osaka, is number two on the list of (3) ____ cities. Japan is especially expensive for foreigners. Rent and food prices are very high. A single mango (4) ____ cost up to $25. Other places you need to be rich to live in are Moscow, Geneva and Hong Kong. One of the most (5) ____ cities in the world is Johannesburg in South Africa.

I wonder who goes to Tokyo to live. I (6) ____ it’s OK if you are born there and your family has a house. It must cost so much money to move to Japan and set (7) ____ home. You need to have a good job. I imagine all of the (8) ____ -Japanese who live in Tokyo are lawyers and doctors. They probably all drive luxury Japanese cars. I also wonder how much it is to eat in Tokyo. I (9) ____ the sushi is lovely, but I would be afraid to look at the price on the menu. I think house prices might also be (10) ____. Maybe you need to be a millionaire.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

move

(b)

movement

(c)

moving

2.

(a)

two

(b)

second

(c)

secondly

3.

(a)

pricy

(b)

priciest

(c)

prices

4.

(a)

can

(b)

tin

(c)

box

5.

(a)

afford

(b)

affords

(c)

affordable

6.

(a)

guesses

(b)

guess

(c)

guessing

7.

(a)

up

(b)

down

(c)

on

8.

(a)

none

(b)

known

(c)

non

9.

(a)

beat

(b)

bets

(c)

bet

10.

(a)

scary

(b)

scarred

(c)

scared


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

A new ysruve

2.

the Japanese iapalct

3.

the list of eiitrscp cities

4.

evpesixen for foreigners

5.

cserip are very high

6.

the most efdloabfra cities

 

Paragraph 2

7.

I oernwd who goes to Tokyo

8.

move to Japan and eut sp home

9.

lsarwye and doctors

10.

rluyux Japanese cars

11.

I would be iaadfr to look

12.

house prices might also be csyra


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Japanese who live in Tokyo are lawyers and doctors. They probably all drive luxury

(    )

world. Last year it was Moscow, in Russia, but this year it is Tokyo. Japan’s second largest city, Osaka, is number

(    )

high. A single mango can cost up to $25. Other places you need to be rich to live in are Moscow, Geneva

1  )

If you want to move to Tokyo, be warned. A new survey says the Japanese capital is the most expensive city in the

(    )

has a house. It must cost so much money to move to Japan and set up home. You need to have a good job. I imagine all of the non-

(    )

and Hong Kong. One of the most affordable cities in the world is Johannesburg in South Africa.

(    )

on the menu. I think house prices might also be scary. Maybe you need to be a millionaire.

(    )

Japanese cars. I also wonder how much it is to eat in Tokyo. I bet the sushi is lovely, but I would be afraid to look at the price

(    )

two on the list of priciest cities. Japan is especially expensive for foreigners. Rent and food prices are very

(    )

I wonder who goes to Tokyo to live. I guess it’s OK if you are born there and your family


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

be     warned     If     you     want     to     move     to     Tokyo     ,.    

2.

Japanese     expensive     capital     city     is     the     The     most.    

3.

cities     the     list     Number     of     two     priciest     on.    

4.

cost     $     A     can     to     mango     up     25     single.    

5.

most     in     the     cities     world     of     affordable     the     One.    

6.

it’s     you     there     guess     if     born     I     OK     are.    

7.

the    Tokyo   who    non-Japanese    All     are   live    of    lawyers   in.

8.

Japanese     luxury     drive     all     probably     They     cars.    

9.

to     I     look     would     at     be     the     afraid     price

10.

Maybe     millionaire     a     be     to     need     you.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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WRITING

Write about expensive cities for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about the world’s expensive cities. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about an expensive city. Include imaginary interviews with two people who live in it – one very rich and one very poor. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a Tokyoite. Ask him/her three questions about Tokyo. Give him/her three of your opinions on his/her city. Compare Tokyo with your own town/city. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

 

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