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PREPARATION MATERIAL 2020


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  1. Dear Gabriele,
    You asked me for advice about a trip in my country. I suggest you to visit Florence because I think that it is the best city in Italy and there are a lot of things and museums to see. You should go there in Summer because it isn’t too cold and you can enjoy this city without any problems. I advice you to visit the Uffizzi Museum and the central square of the city where there are two of the most important churchs.
    I hope that you will choose this city and that you will enjoy there.
    Let me know,
    Gianluca.

    1. Pretty good Gianluca – 7/10
      1) Evita “suggest” (o comunuqe seguilo con l’infinito senza “to” (sarebbe il congiuntivo)
      Oppure: I think you should visit Florence, why don’t you visit Florence, how about visiting Florence…
      2) in the summer
      3) I advice you ❎ (sarebbe comunque “advise”) – prova con “You should…”
      4) enjoy yourself there

  2. Question 7 page 23

    Dear Elena,
    You asked me for advice about travelling around my country. You must go to Catania, here are some things to do and to see. This is a big city and It’s always busy. You could go there in March, April or in Mary.. in June, July and August it’s too hot. While you’re There you also could to see the Fish fair, it’s very famous for tourists. You can’t to go to Taormina, it’s One hour from Catania. It’s very lovely in summer, its roads are really busy. After that, you should go to the mountain: Etna is very suggestive.
    I would like to see you, I hope to be back in time.
    I hope you’ll visit all this places.
    See you soon
    Desy

    1. It’s alright, Desy, but there are several problems – 5/10
      Lo rifarei così:
      Dear Elena,
      You asked me for advice about travelling around my country. You must go to Catania where there are lots of things to do and to see. It’s a big city and it’s always busy. You could go there in the spring because I think it could be too hot for you in the summer. While you’re there you also could to see the fish market, it’s a very famous tourist attraction. You can also go to Taormina, it’s only one hour from Catania. It’s very lovely in summer, but the roads are really busy. After that, you should go to the mountain: Etna is very suggestive.
      I would like to see youwhile you’re here and I hope to be back in time.
      I hope you’ll visit all these places.
      See you soon
      Desy

      All’inizio parli di Catania come se non ci abiti (usi “go” e “there”) ma poi alla fine si capisce che ci abiti.

  3. pag.23 question 7
    Dear Anna,
    I’ve just read your lovely letter. You asked me for advice about your holiday in my country.
    If you’re interested in visiting historical buildings, you should go to Catania. It’s an amazing city, and you can learn a lot about the city by speaking [or talking? Ho un dubbio] to local people! Anyway, if I were you, I’d go in the Etna volcano, where there is a fantastic view from the top of the Mount. The best time of the year to visit it is in September: it’s sunny, but there is a very cold wind so don’t forget your coat.
    Lots of love,
    Graziana.

    1. Very good Graziana – 9/10
      1) …I’d go up the Etna volcano
      2) …top of the mopuntain
      3) …to visit is in September

  4. Dear Emily
    Thanks for inviting me this weekend. I’d like to join you and your parents a lot, but I’m going to the stadium on Saturday. I’m so sorry I won’t be able to come with you. I hope we’ll see you soon.
    Love,Dario

  5. Dear Emilly,
    How do you do? I hope fine.
    Thank you for your invitation to spend a weekend wiht her family.
    I’m so sorry because I can’t to came to you because I’m going at the museum with my cousin.
    Can you see next weekend?
    Claudia

    1. Questa è un po’ deboluccia (2/5), Claudia. Troppi errori, anche evitabili. Te la riscrivo con le correzioni.

      Dear Emilly,
      How are you? I hope you are well.
      Thank you for your invitation to spend a weekend with your family.
      I’m so sorry but I can’t come because I’m going to the museum with my cousin.
      Can we meet next weekend?
      Claudia

  6. Dear Emily
    Thank you for inviting me for the weekend.
    I’m so sorry but I can’t come, because Saturday is my parents’ anniversary and my sister and I have thought about organizing a surprise party. Would you like to come with your family?
    See you soon.
    Giulia

  7. Dear Emily,
    Thank you for inviting me for the weekend in a hotel, but I will not be able to go because this Sunday my sister is getting married. See you soon.
    Luca

  8. Page 19 number 6
    Dear Emily,
    Thanks a lot for inviting me for the weekend. Unfortunately I can’t come because I’m planning a business trip, I’m so sorry because I would have liked to meet your family.
    I hope to see you soon.
    Beatrice

  9. Dear Emily,
    I’m so glad you invited me to spend this weekend with your family, thank you for your kindness, but I think I will not be able to come.
    I’m really sorry about that, but I feel ill and I also have a little fever. I hope to see you soon, maybe the next weekend. Would you like to come with me and my family at the lake?
    love you,
    Giovanna.

    1. Well done, Giovanna – 5/5
      1) I think I will not be able ➔ I don’t think I will be able (piazza sempre il negativo appena puoi)
      2) little ➔ slight (leggera) – “little” sembra l’aggettivo “piccolo” in questo contesto
      3) at the lake ➔ to the lake (movimento: “come”)

  10. Dear Emily, I wanted to thank you for what you have done for me. I want apologize to you. I wanted to come, but I can’t because I have a fever. See you soon.

    1. Good effort, Flavia – 3/5
      Soprattutto la email è troppo corta. Bisognava trovare un modo per riempirla di più.
      “for what you have done for me” è un po’ fuori luogo, credo. Serviva un riferimento all’invito semmai.
      Quando devi “apologize” il metodo più diretto è semplicement quello di dire “I’m sorry”.

  11. esercizio n.6, pag.19
    Dear Emily,
    thank you very much for inviting me for the weekend. I’m sorry, but I can’t come there, because I’ve an exam soon. Why don’t you came here for my birthday? I would be really happy!
    See you soon, Desy.

    1. Very good, Desirèe – 5/5
      1) The first word of your email/letter should start with a capital letter in English – in this case “Thanks”. (This is different from the Italian)
      2) came ➔ come

  12. Exercise number 6

    Dear Emily,
    thanks for inviting me, but I have to decline. I am really sorry for not being able to come to spend sometime with you and your family, but I have planned on going to my grandparents in France in the weekend.
    See you soon.

    Irene

    1. Very good, Irene – 5/5
      1) The first word of your email/letter should start with a capital letter in English – in this case “Thanks”. (This is different from the Italian)
      2) “some time” should be two words in this context (del tempo)
      3) at the weekend.

  13. Pagina 19, esercizio 6
    Dear Emily
    How are you? Thank you for your proposal. I’m so sorry but i can’t coming this weekend with you and your family. My mom wants me to be with her and grandma.
    Hope you will understand. I’m so sorry.
    See you soon, take care xoxo Elisa.

    1. Good Elisa – 4/5
      1) I (io) sempre maiuscola
      2) can/can’t vuole l’infinito senza “to”
      3) “this weekend” starebbe meglio alla fine della frase.

  14. Pagina 19, esercizio 6

    Dear Emily
    Thank you for your invitation to spend a weekend with your family.
    I am so sorry but i can not came, because Saturday is my boyfriend birthday and so we are going to a chalet in the mountains. Hope we can spend another weekend together.
    See you soon.
    Alexia

    1. Good, Alexia – 4/5
      1) I (io) sempre maiuscola
      2) came ➔ come (infinito dopo can)
      3) boyfriend ➔ boyfriend’s (genitivo)
      4) I hope we can…. (“Hope” può andare bene senza “I” solo come chiusura di tipo “Hope to see you soon” – ma è sempre meglio metterlo

  15. Pagina 19 n 6
    Dear Emma,
    How are you? Thank you very much for your invite, I’m sorry but I can’t spend next week with you because there will is my mother’s birthday. She is used to do a dinner with all family. It’s very important for her but if you want to spend an other weekend with me, I will be happy to stay with you.

    Xoxo, Carmen.

    1. A good effort, Carmen – 3/5
      1) “invite” is American. In English you should say “invitation”.
      2) “week” should be “weekend”
      3) “there will is” should be “it is”
      4) “is used to do a dinner with all family” should be “is used to having dinnerwith all the family”
      5) “an other” should be one word: “another”
      The only “serious” mistakes are 3) and 4)

  16. Page 19 number 6
    Dear Emily,
    I am writing to thank you for inviting me for the weekend. I’m so sorry but I can’t come with you and your family because my family and me will go to the mountain. You’re always kind and I hope to see you soon.
    Thanks again!
    Gianluca

    1. Very nice, Gianluca – 5/5
      Just two small points:
      1) It should be “my family and I” as it is the subject of the verb and not the object.
      2) Could you find a better form than “will go”?

      1. Good morning, i find a better form than “will go”, it’s “are going to”. It’s correct?

  17. pagina 19 n.6
    Dear Emily,
    thank you for inviting me for the weekend. I am so sorry, but I can’t come with you and your family because me and my mom are thinking of giving dad a surprise birthday party.
    see you soon.
    Graziana

    1. Very good Graziana – 5/5
      Just two small point:
      1) The first word of your email/letter should start with a capital letter in English – in this case “Thank”. (This is different from the Italian)
      2) When you use a “double subject” which includes pronouns, the pronouns should be subject pronouns (“I” and not “me”). Also you should put “I” second and nor first. So, in this case you should say: “My mum and I…”

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