Unit 35 Level 3 (Upper Intermediate-Advanced) How long...?

In this week’s lesson we are going to review a structure which we use to ask about a specific period of time: How long…?

1) Let’s start by watching this video. Pay attention to the examples.

2) Now, time to read some theory with BBC Learning English and Englishcafe.com

3) Translate the following sentences into English:

a) ¿Cuánto tiempo ha pasado desde la última vez que viste a tu hermano?

b) ¿Cuánto lleva el viaje a Reims?

c) ¿Cuánto tiempo debería esperar a que el vendedor contacte conmigo?

d) ¿Cuánto tiempo puede el Gobierno mantener legalmente semejante requisito?

e) Puedes tener derecho a la prestación por desempleo dependiendo del tiempo que hayas trabajado.

f) Le pregunté (a él) cuánto tiempo habían estado en Méjico

g) ¿Cuánto tiempo llevarás conduciendo cuando den las 4?

4) Put your listening skills to the test with this activity from ESL-Lab.com

5) Use the sentences from the above exercises to practice with your language exchange. Remember: If you don't have a language exchange (or a teacher) you're wasting your time, you'll never learn to speak English.

6) Let's learn some vocabulary. Extract all the words you don't know from this text. Look them up in an English-English dictionary like this one.

7) Listen and read this story. You should learn all the vocabulary and practice pronunciation. And, for the most daring, read this article from The Independent.

8) Finally, do the following writing task. If you have done all the exercises, then you've scored a 10! Congratulations!


Key to exercise 3:

a) How long has it been since you last saw your brother?

b) How long does the trip to Reims take?

c) How long should I wait for the seller to contact me?

d) How long may the Government legally maintain such a requirement?

e) You may qualify for unemployment benefits, depending on how long you have worked.

f) I asked him how long they had been in Mexico

g) How long will you have been driving by 4 o'clock?

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