Learn English with the News – Millennials Using Sicily’s €1 Homes

Millennials and houses? This has been a very difficult relationship, as new generations have found difficult job markets and even more difficult interest rates. But small towns all over Italy have been promoting 1 Euro homes, and one of the strongest demographics to take advantage of this initiative is surely the millennial generation! Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Millennials Using Sicily’s €1 Homes | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Millennials Using Sicily’s €1 Homes | Fill in the Blank

Fill in the empty spaces with the correct word.

Millennials Using Sicily’s €1 Homes | True or False

Decide if the statement is true or false.

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Full Text:

“The Sicilian town of Cammarata first made headlines around the world with its €1 house schemes. More recently, the town has promised to waive the fee completely for people who want to begin a new life there. Most of the homes will be in need of extensive restoration, in the neighborhood of €60,000-€80,000. Smaller homes may go for around €5,000 and could be refurbished for as little as €20,000.
Unfortunately, there was one big problem. So many people applied for the scheme and without staff dedicated to the project, the town authorities were overwhelmed. No houses ended up being given away.
As the pandemic progressed throughout 2020, Cammarata’s younger generation started returning home with a plan to bring the city back to life. It was a year of reflection and reassessment for many peoples’ lives as they began moving out of the city and into the countryside, often working remotely, which helped pave the way.
The scheme is running a little differently in Cammarata than it is in other towns. While others are selling houses to anyone who wants to take them on, Cammarata is looking to build a real community. Those who volunteer will be asking would-be buyers about what they’re looking for, their plans for the home, and to tell them more about the town, and Sicily.
Some might worry that an influx of foreigners might change the culture of such a small town but cultural exchange has always been a crucial part of Sicily’s history. It has long been an island of migration. In the 60s and 70s, countless Sicilians had been forced to leave their island in search of work, a trend that continued until the pandemic.
Those returning to the city are only doing the same as those in the past. As smart-working becomes widespread, it becomes the perfect time to make a radical change.”

Paul the Cat – Phrasal Verbs in Action

Welcome to Scrambled Eggs guys! Oggi ci occupiamo dei famigerati Phrasal Verbs, che spesso ci fanno fare tanta fatica. Impara a conoscerli e ad utilizzarli al meglio con questo Reading dedicato a Paul… Paul the Cat!!


” Paul the cat had finally reached the ripe old age of 23. He had lived a very colorful life. He was born on the mean streets of New York City and had to figure out how to manage as an alley cat which often meant stealing his meals from restaurant trashcans and fighting rival cats. Once he had even started a riot that involved all of the neighborhood cats meowing in protest for more food. It was quickly put down by the police, leaving Paul with a piece of his tail missing. Unfortunately, one of his friends had turned him in as the instigator which led to him spending a night in jail. Being turned in by a friend was the biggest betrayal he’d ever faced; it changed his outlook on life. He was eventually found by a nice family and adopted. It took him a long time to adjust to life as a docile feline, but with time he was able to assimilate to life in suburbia. His owners never put him down when he made mistakes and they never made him feel unwelcome; they treated him like part of the family.

At the age of 23 he had seen and done many things. He had also lost many friends along the way. Only a few years ago his friend Steve the cat had been diagnosed with feline cancer and had to be put down. After Steve had passed away Paul felt very lonely. He continued his daily routines like spending the day sleeping, scratching the furniture, and throwing up hair balls, but life wasn’t the same without his friend. Although, his favorite activity was looking for mice, even that had lost its appeal. He would look under the couch, in the attic, and behind the plants as he’d always done and sometimes, he would get lucky and find one, but most days he would call off his search after a few hours and go back to sleep. He would sleep all day, go for a short walk around the house, then turn in for the night around 9pm. “


Phrasal Verbs in Action - Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Phrasal Verbs in Action - Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blank with the correct phrasal verb.


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Past Continuous – English Grammar Exercise

Past continuous is formed with the verb “to be” + gerund (ing). Here is an example with the verb “to eat

Past continuous can be used to talk about events in the past in these situations:

  • To show an event that started in the past and was still happening after another event began

She was baking a cake when the phone rang.

  • To show something that continued over some time

They were shouting.

  • To explain something that happened repeatedly in the past

They were playing football every week, three times a week.

Try the exercise below and fill in the blanks with the past continuous!

Ex: He was walking (walk) in the park when it started to rain.

Past Continuous

Fill in the blanks with the past continuous.

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