Fifty Years of Television

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Fifty years of television

By Oliver Kurmis - Self-photographed, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=104112


My mother was telling me about how she and her family got their first television when she was a teenager. Of course, it was black and white. She said she only watched it in the evenings when all the family sat together in the living room. She doesn't remember ever watching it in the morning or early afternoon. Remote controls did not exist and there were only two channels. So whenever they wanted to change the channel they had to get up and press the button on the television set. What a nuisance!

When I was young we had only about 4 or 5 different channels. I think there were channels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. My brothers and sisters and I would sometimes fight about which channel to watch. But we usually enjoyed the same shows.

Nowadays we can get hundreds of channels on TV. I can't believe it! There are channels with only old movies, and channels with only cooking, and channels with only fishing. It's amazing! There is a channel for everything. I wonder how much my brothers and sisters and I would fight if we had hundreds of channels when we were children. Of course, we had only one television set. These days I notice families with 2 or 3 or more television sets in their homes. I guess it stops people from arguing over which channel to choose from.

Adapted from http://www.5minuteenglish.com/jan30.htm

Model de prova orientatiu de competència comunicativa i linguistica Consell Superior d'Avaluació del Sistema Educatiu


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