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I. Study the active words below and watch the video under them

Type in English equivalents that you know, then press the check button and compare your versions with what is provided here. If you don't know the translations,

hit the check button at once and try to memorize the words. After that, reload the page and do the test again.


компенсировать с избытком


цифровой век



подрывать доверие


в итоге, все-таки



общественные связи





из личного опыта…

открытый, на уровне обсуждений


друзья в реальной жизни

friends= in-real-life friends

хорошие друзья, приятели

, pals,

 Социальное существо

 a social

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II. [IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, ЕГЭ, Olympiads]  Do the Test below:

  1. Having friends is an aspect of healthy living

a. Yes

b. No

c. Not given

Type in the letter of the right answer here:

  1. Reviews provided by visitors

a. Always help the host find new real friends among their guests

b. Paradoxically prevent guests from building strong connections with the host

c. Do not save us from the host’s unpredictable behavior

d. None of the above

Type in the letter of the right answer here:

  1. What helps create strong social ties, according to researchers?

a. Shared experiences

b. Shared personal secrets

c. Both

d. Neither

Type in the letter of the right answer here:

  1. We can learn from this video that

a. Sharing personal problems is not welcome by online pals

b. The one you confide your secrets in becomes more attractive to you

c. People like when you share with them your personal problems

d. If someone shares with you their intimate details, you must do it too.

Type in the letter of the right answer here:

  1. According to research, people tend to share their problems with online pals

a. Because they want to feel relief

b. Because their internet friends have also shared a lot with them

c. To make up for the lack of such an opportunity in real life

d. When they are not aware that contact with real life cronies is more rewarding

Type in the letter of the right answer here:

  1. The speaker assumes that correlation between our happiness and the presence of online friends

a. Is as low among youth as it is in older adults

b. Is considerably higher in young people than in older adults

c. Is equally high in all age groups

d. Can be positive in youth

Type in the letter of the right answer here:

  1. Studies show that staying active in social networks

a. Helps us in our career

b. Makes us more depressed and dissatisfied with life

c. Keeps us connected with the world thus supporting us morally

d. Robs us of the opportunity to turn some of our online friends into irl (=in real life) buddies

Type in the letter of the right answer here:



III. [TOEFL, Olympiads] Prepare a summary of the video, in at least 100 words, where you answer the question:

What positive aspects of online friendship does the speaker mention?  Send the summary to me for a check before the next class.

Some useful introductory phrases:

  • The given lecture is about _____. 
  • The speaker raises the question of_______ .
  • The speaker feels that ______.  
  • The ...... presents [one/two/three] theories about _____.
  • The lecturer disputes/supports / approves of the claims made .... / wide-spread beliefs / perception of...as...
  • His/her position is that _____.
  • According to the lecture / podcast/video,  _____.
  • The speaker / host(ess) mentions that ____.
  • The lecturer challenges this argument.
  • He/she claims that ____.
  • Additionally, he/she points out that ______.
  • Secondly, the speaker provides us with anecdotal evidence of ______.
  • In the podcast/lecture/audio, it is said/claimed/alleged that _____.
  • It is widely believed that ______
  • The lecturer, however, asserts that ______.
  • He/she goes on to say that ______.
  • Finally, the speaker/host(ess) posits that _____.
  • The ... contends that ____.
  • In contrast, the lecturer’s stance is  _____.
  • He/she notes that _____.

IV. Read the article  and compare it with the video.

What do they have in common? How are they different? Retell the article in about 20 sentences. Tell about people you were first friends but then fell out with.

V. Be ready to answer these questions:

1. Have you ever found a good friend online? How?

2. Do you consider online friendship is real? Why?

3. What may be the pros and cons of online friendship?

4. What may be the angers of online relationships?

5. How else can we find friends? Is it as effective as online?

6. What do you find especially hard in a friendship?

7. How hard is it for you to lose a friend? And how often does it happen?