A Fishmonger in

Catania, Italy

Guiseppe describes his life and work.



get up get by fishmonger
worry imagine globalization
get on leisure leisure time
crisis continue put food on the table
other together countryside
expect free time country (2)
relax return mean (2)







My name is Giuseppe Vittorio. I live in Catania, and I’m 59 years old.
What do you do for a living?

I sell fish. I get up very early in the morning, get the fish and take it all to the market. I get by, but I don’t make a lot of money.
What does “globalization” mean to you?

Everyone should do well. We all belong together.
What worries you?

I worry about my family, about the children who are still small, but the older ones too. How are they doing in school? Will they find work? You have to put food on the table and see that you get on.

That’s normal, isn’t it?
What makes you happy?

Sports. Ball sports. Soccer. Things like that.
How do you spend your leisure time?

In my free time, I go to the countryside. I have a dog there, as well as chickens and other animals. I can relax best in the country.
What do you expect for your future?

If the crisis continues like this, there won’t be a future for us; not much at all.
Which country would you like to visit?

I’d like to see America one day: New York, Manhattan. I imagine it’s really great. But then I’d want to come back to Catania, because it’s my home.

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Italy. Who is this person? Where is he from? How old is he?

Greece. Giuseppe is a fisherman; he catches fish. True or false? What is his job? What does he do?

Spain. Is he poor, working-class, middle-class, upper-middle-class or rich?

Portugal. Does he feel positive or negative about globalization? For him, is globalization good, bad, both, in-between or neither? What does globalization mean to him?

France. Giuseppe worries about money. Is this right or wrong? What does he worry about? He worries about . . . . . . . . . . . .

Croatia. Does he enjoy skiing and wrestling?

Slovenia. In his free time, he goes to pubs, clubs, cafes and discos. Is this correct or incorrect?

Switzerland. Is Giuseppe optimistic or pessimistic about the future?

Austria. He wants to emigrate. He wants to move away from Italy. Yes or no? Where would he like to travel to?
Tunisia. Have you been to a fish market? If yes, what can you buy there? What can you see there?

Germany. Do you eat fish? Describe it. Is fish popular where you live?

Poland. Are you from Italy? Do you live in Italy? Have you ever been to Italy?

Hungary. Have you met anyone from Italy? Who were they? What were they doing?

The Netherlands. What is the climate and geography of Italy like?

Describe the economy of Italy. What does it import and export?

Ireland. Does Italy have any problems or challenges?

Britain. What is Italian cuisine like? Describe Italian food.

Slovakia. What are some tourist attractions (cultural, historical, natural)?

Serbia. What comes to mind when you think of Italy? What do you associate with Italy?


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