Swapping And Sharing Stuff With Strangers

Hi Everyone,

Today we discussed the use of the verbs “to give” and “to take”. “To give” means to offer something and “to take” means to acquire something. There are certain collocations that are used with these verbs, click here for a list of some common collocations with these two verbs Common Collocations with TAKE and GIVE. Here is the quick review of using “take” and “give” we did together GIVE and TAKE Practice and Review.

Okay, now, why all this talk about “give” and “take” ??? Well, on to today’s topic – swapping and sharing stuff with strangers. We started with a discussion about how technology has affected consumption,the economy, and how we consume goods and services. From e-bay to amazon, we all have experience with today’s e-commerce. The impact of technology on consumption has also affected our choices and lifestyles. What we have today is this new concept of collaborative consumption, where online communites trade, exchange, barter, swap and share all kinds of stuff. The concept is based on the theory “what’s mine is yours”. We watched this video on collaborative consumption, which focused on the size and growth of these online services, products and markets. Take another look here: 

After watching the video, we talked about the participating in the collaborative consumption market and sharing personal information over social media. One major difference is the issue of trust. We watched this next video which focused on public services within the collaborative consumption model, and we saw that there are some interesting things being done.

We discussed advantages and disadvantages of the collaborative consumption world, and talked about what other goods and services we’d like to swap and share.  

Words of the day

pouch (noun) : a small bag                                                                                                                 Inside my backpack, I have a pouch for my money and credit cards.

sequence (noun) : the order in which things happen or should happen                      He spoke about his trip to Europe in sequence  from Monday to Friday.

pile up (phrasal verb) : to increase in amount or number to a total that is difficult to manage                                                                                                                               With all these weekly snowstorms, the snow keeps piling up, making it difficult to find on street parking spaces!


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