In our global society, a lot of new technology is shared all over the world. However, what’s popular in one country can be very different from what’s popular in another. It can be interesting to talk about the similarities and differences.
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
Go over the expressions with your tutor and fill in the blanks.
1. If you can’t live without something, it’s extremely important to you.
Bryan is always on his phone. He can’t live without it!
I can’t live without _____.
2. Something is huge if it’s really popular.
Self-driving cars are huge here. People find them extremely convenient.
_____ is/are huge in Japan right now.
3. If something is widespread, it’s widely used in an area.
Free Wi-Fi spots should be widespread within the next few years.
_____ is/are widespread where I live.
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
can’t live without
/ ken liv with-out /
I / ken liv with-out / my electric guitar.
Kenta and Mami are eating at a restaurant in downtown Helsinki.
Wow, they serve reindeer meat here! I can’t wait to tell Kelsie and Yuko. We usually try to eat unusual kinds of meat when we travel together. Last year we ate kangaroo burgers in Australia! Um, Kenta? Kenta, are you listening?
Huh? Yes. Yes, sure.
(sighs) No, you’re ignoring me. You’ve been sending messages back and forth on SEN since we got here. Can you put your phone away for just one night?
I’m really sorry, but it’s work. Can I just make a call for a second?
Thanks. I’ll be right back. (leaves the table)
Sorry, I couldn’t help overhearing you two. My husband is exactly the same.
Oh, it’s okay. At least you were listening to me! That’s better than my husband… (sighs) I wanted to have a romantic dinner, but he won’t stop using that messaging app! It’s like he can’t live without it! I was hoping he wouldn’t be able to use it in Finland, but he’s finding free Wi-Fi almost everywhere we go.
Yeah, it’s quite widespread here. Anyway, I know what you mean about the messaging app. We have one here called Puhua, and it’s huge. Everyone I know uses it.
Please don’t tell my husband about it! (laughs)
Many Japanese people use the word boom (ブーム) to talk about something that’s really popular, such as the matcha boom. This usage is not technically wrong, but most native speakers tend to use the word trend instead. You can use it as either a noun or a verb.
Δ Everyone’s talking about the matcha boom this season!
O Everyone’s talking about the matcha trend this season!
O Everyone’s talking about how matcha is trending this season!
STEP A EXERCISE
Are the underlined expressions used correctly? Choose T for true and F for false.
- Online shopping has become widespread. Many people still prefer shopping at real stores. ( T / F )
- Zia can’t live without the internet. She’s on it 24/7. ( T / F )
- Taxi-hailing apps are huge here. Most people have never heard of them. ( T / F )
- Photo-sharing apps are pretty widespread nowadays. Almost everyone has one on their smartphone. ( T / F )
STEP B EXERCISE
Complete the speech using the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.
Are file-sharing apps popular these days? Absolutely! They’re _____ these days! There are a lot of file-sharing apps out there, but I personally prefer ShareBox. It seems to be pretty _____ because I hear a lot of friends and coworkers talking about it. I used to lose files before, but since I started to use ShareBox, I haven’t lost a single file! It’s been a huge help to me. I _____.
You’re at a café in Finland with your foreign friend who’s really into technology. Answer his/her questions about popular technologies in Japan.
- can’t live without something
Discuss your ideas.
THINGS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
2THINGS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
I can talk about a popular technology.
LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT
Could complete the task with ease
Could complete the task with some clarifications
Could complete the task with additional instructions
Could somehow complete the task with difficulty
the ability to use a wide variety of vocabulary
the ability to speak correctly
the ability to speak smoothly without pauses or fillers
the ability to speak logically and at length