C Work with words
un plat :: a dish
radin :: mean with money :: stingy
opprimé :: underdog :: oppressed
une occasion :: a chance
une bourse d'études :: a grant
fierté :: pride
D Read between the lines
1 The English point of view is given.
2 No. As a reporter, he's supposed to be objective.
3 It's about the 13th Century Scots' attempt to overthrow English rule.
4 Professor Bechhoffer believes that Scottish identity is very complex. That means that the Scots have many characteristics that aren't easily identifiable.
5 The opposition is mainly historical, but the Scots are also trying to destroy the stereotypes the British have of the Scottish people.
6 He says they are unemotional, dirty, and obsessed with the weather and football. It's a negative analysis which is meant to be humorous. David Ross' analysis is probably an exaggeration of the facts. Everyone has emotions, whether they show them or not. Infrequent bathing doesn't necessarily mean the Scots are dirty. Lazy might be a better description. The Scots probably have other interests besides the weather and football.
7 David Walters says that the Scots are tired of being stereotyped to the point where people laugh at them.
F Who are the French?
The French smoke, drink and eat more fat than anyone in the world, yet they live longer and have fewer heart problems than Americans. They take seven weeks of paid vacation per year, yet have the world’s highest productivity index. From a distance, modern France looks like a riddle. But up close, it all makes sense. The French have very precise ideas about land, food, privacy and language. I am proud to be French. I do not see France in a state of decline, but one of perpetual renewal. France boasts the world's highest productivity index and ranks as the third-largest exporter and fourth-biggest economic power. I am proud of the French insistence on precision in language, their sense of private space, and the effects of immigration.