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The world of work: Part-time jobs


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Why bother with small ads? Two reasons - if you understand them, you may find you get a bargain, and they are also great favourites in exams.

Questions and Answers

This exercise takes you through what you need to understand them and gives you the chance to tackle a typical exam question.

Understanding small ads isn't really difficult. Just remember that people are trying to say what they need to in as few words as possible.

Some young people are advertising for part-time jobs. You are asked to read the ads and then choose the correct word in each of the sentences about them.


¡Hola! Soy Belén.

Estudiante da clases de inglés o francés por las tardes. Belén. Teléfono: 976 345876

¡Hola a todos!

Se ofrece dependiente para trabajar de 9.00 a 14.00. Alfonso: 976 450897

¡Hola! Me llama Rosa.

Chica de 18 años busca trabajo para cuidar niños. Buenas referencias. Rosa. Tfno: 976 563120

¡Hola! Soy Rodrigo.

Camarero se ofrece para trabajar de 18.00 a 24.00 solamente. Rodrigo. Tel: 976 540329

¡Hola! Me llamo Raul.

Vendedor de helados busca trabajo para los fines de semana. Llamar Raúl. Tfno: 976 952722

Elige la palabra correcta.

Refer back to the ads and choose the correct word in each of the sentences.

  1. Belén quiere dar clases de español e inglés/francés e inglés/español y francés.
  2. Alfonso puede trabajar por la mañana/por la tarde/todo el día.
  3. Rosa quiere trabajar con chicas/estudiantes/niños.
  4. Rodrigo quiere trabajar seis/siete/ocho horas al día.
  5. Rodrigo quiere trabajar en una tienda/un restaurante/en casa.
  6. Raúl puede trabajar los miércoles/viernes/domingos.

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  1. Belén quiere dar clases de francés e inglés.
    • Don't be fooled by the fact that the subjects are mentioned in a different order.
  2. Alfonso puede trabajar por la mañana.
    • If you look at the times mentioned you can see that they must refer to the morning. Don't forget that Spanish people tend to have their lunch later.
  3. Rosa quiere trabajar con niños.
    • Rosa calls herself a chica but she actually says she wants to look after children (niños).
  4. Rodrigo quiere trabajar seis horas al día.
    • To get the correct answer you have to work out how many hours there are between six o'clock and 12 o'clock.
  5. Rodrigo quiere trabajar en un restaurante.
    • If Rodrigo is a waiter (camarero) the answer must be a restaurant.
  6. Raúl puede trabajar los domingos.
    • Raúl wants to work at weekends and Sunday is the only weekend day mentioned here.


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