Disadvantages of a gap year

Listen to the following interview with a French student who wants to take a gap year, then try to answer the questions below.

As a follow up activity you could use some of the vocabulary and sentence construction featured to answer the questions for yourself.

Quels sont les inconvénients désavantages d’une année sabbatique?

Malheureusement ça peut coûter cher, donc tout d’abord il faut trouver un petit boulot pour gagner de l’argent. Ça peut être difficile à organiser aussi, car on n’a pas d’habitude d’être tellement indépendant. Je sais que jusqu'à maintenant ce sont mes parents qui ont toujours organisé des vacances – les vols, les hôtels, les excursions, et ils paient même pour tout. Donc, organiser une année sabbatique est un peu intimidant.

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What two disadvantages of a gap year are given?

It can cost a lot. She says ça peut coûter cher.

It can be difficult to organise. She says ça peut être difficile à organiser.

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How could you earn money for a gap year?

With a part-time job. She says il faut trouver un petit boulot pour gagner de l’argent.

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What have her parents organised on previous holidays? Four examples are given.

Flights, hotels, trips, paying for everything. She says les vols, les hôtels, les excursions, et ils paient même pour tout.

Translation

What are the disadvantages of a gap year?

Unfortunately it can cost a lot, so first you have to get a part-time job to earn some money. It can also be difficult to organise because you’re not used to being so independent. I know that until now it has always been my parents who have organised holidays – flights, hotels, trips and even paid for everything. So, organising a gap year is a bit daunting.