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Listen to this 1 Preparatory lesson 1
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. forty fifteen a hundred and fifteen three hundred and eighty three thousand four hundred and eighty twenty a thirty b fourteen d four eight two six three four seven two one five o six six nine seven double two four five six four three eight o nineteen eighty-two nineteen eighty-seven nineteen seventy-one fourteen ninety-two ten sixty-six eighteen thirty-two the fourteenth of July the second of October the twenty-third of March April the tenth the thirty-first of January thirty-two High Street a hundred and fifty-two Piccadilly forty-eight Sutton Road eighteen Bristol Square nine thirty ten forty-five eleven ten three fifteen six forty-five

3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Bond Mrs. Eton Eden

Street Archer Avenue Square

C-H-E-S-T D-I-Z-Z-Y F-L-O-W-E-R J-O-K-I-N-G L-E-M-O-N Q-U-I-E-T W-A-V-E G-R-E-A-T Don't go. I can't see. It isn't true. I'll tell you.

a. Dr. Blake wasn't born until 1934. b. I'll see you at nine forty-five. c. She doesn't live in Oxford Street. d. You weren't with us on the twenty-first of May. e. I'd like to phone Eastleigh, that's E-A-S-T-L-E-I-G-H. Six eight two double four eight. f. Mrs. Jones has an appointment at eight am. g. A northeast wind will bring rain to the London area tomorrow. Now listen carefully. Look at Practice 1. Put number 3 in box A. number 6 in box B. Put number 7 in box C. Now the numbers. Look at Practice 2. Put number 8 in box A. number 2 in box C. Put number 1 in box B. Add numbers. Look at Practice 3. Put number 7 in box B. number 2 in box C. Put number 4 in box A. Add numbers. 1. Does she work in a supermarket? 2. Does she work in a bank? 3. Does he work in a chemist?

Put add Put the Put the

1. Doctor Smith 2. Saint Thomas

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4. 5. 6. 7. Does Does Does Does he work in a big shop? she work in a hotel? she work in a shoe shop? he work in a shoe shop? 8. shoes, socks and pants 9. pants, shirt and socks 10. skirt, blouse and sweater 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. key toothbrush comb key and door table and chair toothbrush and comb bicycle and tire comb, toothbrush and key bed, table and chair

—My name's King. —How do you spell that? —K-I-N-G. I live in Hampstead. —How's that spelt? —H-A-M-P-S-T-E-A-D. —What do you do for a living? —I'm a journalist. —Really? Do you like it? —Yes, I do. It's very interesting. Woman: This is John, Mother. Mother: How do you do? John: How do you do? Woman: John's a journalist. Mother: Are you? Do you like it? John: Well, it's alright. —Hello, where are you from? —Oh, I'm English. —Really? Which part do you come from? —Well, I live in London, but I was born in Manchester. —Oh! —Can you speak French? —A little. —Where did you learn it? —At school. —Can you speak any other languages? —I'm afraid not. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. shirt skirt socks shirt and tie blouse and skirt pants and shirt shoes and socks

1. letter 2. show 3. something 4. read 5. cigarettes 6. taxi 7. bookcase 8. none 9. magazine 10. any 11. policeman 12. policewoman 1. shoes 2. shut 3. window 4. lamp 5. bottle 6. refrigerator 7. newspaper 8. purse 9. clothes 10. bed 11. plate 12. stove 13. radio 14. first 15. second 16. third 17. fourth

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18. fifth 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. talking another listening worrying glasses holding walking pointing to looking at 1. twelve fifteen 2. twenty-five past two 3. a quarter to five 4. half past ten 5. a quarter to nine 6. It's about twenty past one. 7. It's almost a quarter to two. 8. It's almost eleven. 9. It's exactly four. 10. It's nine thirty. Robert: Sylvia: Robert: Sylvia: Hello, I'm Robert. What's your name? My name's Sylvia. Are you French? No, I'm not. I'm Swiss.

Preparatory lesson 2
1. eighteen 2. ninety 3. seventeen 4. seven hundred and eight 5. seventy-eight 6. a hundred and eighty 7. fourteen 8. seventy-six 9. fifty 10. sixty-five 11. a hundred and twelve 12. twenty-three 13. forty-five percent 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. twenty-five thirteen fifteen sixteen six hundred and fifty a hundred and eighteen five and a half four five three double one nine

Ronnie: Where do you come from? Susie: From Switzerland. Ronnie: What do you do? Susie: I work in a travel agency. Ronnie: Do you? I work in a bank. Tony: Who's that girl over there? George: Which one? Tony: The tall one with fair hair. George: That's Lisa. Tony: She's nice, isn't she? Frank wants a new jacket. He and Sally see some in a shop window. Frank: I like that brown one. Sally: They're cheaper in the other shop. Frank: Yes, these are more expensive, but they're better quality. Sally: Let's go in and look at some. Kurt: Georgina ... Georgina: Yes? Kurt: Would you like to come to the cinema this evening? Georgina: Oh, that would be lovely. Kurt: Fine. ... I'll call for you at about six o'clock.

J-K-X-E-Y-A-I-G-H-V-W-R 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. S-A-D J-A-M F-R-Y R-E-D B-R-E-N-T

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Peter and Anne are at a party. Anne: Who's that man over there? Peter: That's Tim Johnson. Anne: What does he do? Peter: He's an airline pilot. Anne: That's an interesting job. Peter: Yes, but airline pilots spend a lot of time away from home. Anne: They see a lot of interesting p1aces. Peter: Yes, but they have a lot of responsibility. Anne: Well, they earn a good salary, don't they? Peter: That's true. But they have to retire when they are quite young. 1. kitchen 2. sink 3. under 4. over 5. beside 6. tea kettle 7. chair 8. curtain 9. plant 10. above 11. left 12. right 1. lying down 2. reading 3. drinking 4. milk 5. typing letter 6. turning on 7. water 8. turning off 9. light 10. making 11. eating 12. bone 13. cooking 14. someone 15. finished 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. son friend wife husband want hungry tired bedroom thirsty dinner

1. living room 2. wall 3. above 4. behind 5. TV 6. rug 7. floor 8. under 9. door 10. corner 11. between 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. wait for bus sleep hot cold dirty look happy

1. to be about 2. weather 3. housewife 4. garden 5. automobile 6. mechanic 7. show 8. outdoors 9. winter 10. summer 11. indoors

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12. spring 13. flowers Joanna: Oh, did you get a job? Frank: Yes, I got a job as a Management Trainee. Joanna: Fantastic. Angela: How did you get on in your exam? Bob: I failed. Angela: Oh, I am sorry. What are you going to do now? Bob: I'm going to take it again, of course. Angela: When are you going to take it? Bob: I'm definitely not going to take it until next year. Assistant: Good morning. Tim: Good morning. Would you have a look at this watch, please? It doesn't keep good time. Assistant: Yes, of course. Gaby: Let's have a party. Edward: What a good idea. When shall we have it? Gaby: What about Saturday evening? Edward: Fine, and where shall we have it? Gaby: In your flat. Edward: Oh, you know what my landlady's like. She won't let us have a party there. Gaby: Let's ask Doris. Perhaps we can have it in her flat. My husband and I don't like the schools in our area. We don't think the teachers are very good, and the children don't learn very much. Some children at these schools can't read, it's terrible. Go to the schools and look: the children fight; some of them even smoke and drink. No, our children can have a better education at home with us. After all, we are both teachers. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. object get dark music grow sunshine bright place electricity

Preparatory lesson 3
1. seventeen 2. seventy 3. a hundred and forty-eight 4. two thousand and seventy 5. three thousand four hundred and ninety-two 6. twenty-one 7. thirty-nine 8. four hundred and twenty-two thousand 9. three hundred and six 10. nineteen thousand 11. ninety thousand 12. two hundred and twenty-two thousand two hundred and twenty-nine 13. a hundred and forty-six thousand 14. thirty-eight thousand 15. two thousand six hundred and sixty 16. five hundred and four thousand 17. a hundred and eighty-five thousand six hundred and sixty 18. twenty-three percent (A television advertisement) Do you want a new dress, a coat, a pair of shoes? See what you can order from your Easyway Catalogue. Now fill in your Easyway shopping list. You can find women's sweaters on Page 4. You can find women's shoes on Page 7. You can find men's suits on Page 13. Now women's coats, Page 5. Men's coats, Page 15. Children's coats, Page 55. Men's trousers, Page 14. Baby clothes, Page 40. Children's dresses, Page 44, Men's sweaters, Page 16. Children's shoes, Page 60. Look at the Catalogue. You can find clothes for all the family. Welcome to Easyway Shopping. We'll send you another catalogue next month. Joanna: Where did you go yesterday? Frank: I went to Croydon. Joanna: Did you go shopping? Frank: No, I went for an interview.

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9. coffee 10. evening 11. relax 12. expensive 13. cheap 14. repair 1. someone 2. chase 3. brush 4. teeth 5. throw out 6. sharpen 7. homework 8. bathroom 9. run 10. warm 11. trash 12. go to bed 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. more below on the left egg next to the last shelf pillow pair of put sheet lying down eye using smiling older couch family father mother husband pair of shorts tree 7. backyard 8. son 9. daughter 10. sister 11. flowers 12. sun 13. cloud 14. children 15. call 16. supper 17. time

Preparatory lesson 4
1. Los Angeles to Chicago: two thousand and fifty-four 2. Houston to Miami: one thousand one hundred and ninety 3. Detroit to New York: six hundred thirty-seven 4. Miami to Los Angeles: two thousand six hundred and eighty-seven 5. Detroit to Houston: one thousand two hundred and sixty-five 6. New York to Los Angeles: two thousand seven hundred and eighty-six 7. Houston to New York: one thousand six hundred and eight 8. Chicago to Miami: one thousand three hundred and twenty-nine 9. Detroit to Chicago: two hundred and sixty-six 10. Chicago to Houston: one thousand sixty-seven 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Cairo: five million four hundred thousand London: six million nine hundred thousand New York: seven million Tokyo: eight million five hundred thousand Sao Paulo: twelve million six hundred thousand Peking: nine million Bombay: eight million two hundred thousand Moscow: eight million eleven thousand

1. one dime 2. one nickel and one penny 3. one quarter and one dime

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4. two nickels 5. two quarters and a penny 6. two dimes and a penny 7. two dimes and two nickels 8. two pennies, two nickels and two dimes 9. one penny, one nickel and two dimes 10. two quarters, two nickels and two dimes —Do you like my new shoes? —Oh, yes. Aren't they smart? —Thank you. —Did you remember to get the bread? —Well, I remember walking past the Baker's shop. —But you forgot to get the bread. —I'm afraid so. I don't remember you telling me to get it. —Well, I certainly did. In fact, I reminded you to get it at lunch time. —I've run out of money. —How much money do you need? —Oh, about ten pounds. —Can't you make do with five pounds? —No. That's not enough. Speaker: Welcome to our conference, ladies and gentlemen. Can you tell me where you come from? First, the girl over there with the fair hair. Your name's Lisa, isn't it? Lisa: That's right. I'm Lisa. I come from Germany. I'm German. Speaker: Thank you, Lisa. Now the tall man with the black hair. Is your name Tony? Tony: That's right. I'm Tony. I come from Italy. I'm Italian. Speaker: Welcome, Tony. And now, the small girl on the left. What's your name? Francoise: Francoise. Speaker: And where do you come from? Francoise: I'm French. I come from France. Speaker: Welcome to the conference, Francoise. And now it's time for coffee. Can you please come back in half an hour? Speaker: Now the coffee break is over. We have people from ten different countries here. Please write their countries and nationalities. You know Lisa and Tony and Francoise. 1. Lisa comes from Germany. She's German. 2. Tony comes from Italy. He's Italian. 3. Francoise comes from France. She's French. 4. Carmen comes from Spain. She's Spanish. 5. Hans comes from Holland. He's Dutch. 6. George comes from Brazil, He's Brazilian. 7. Ingrid comes from Sweden. She's Swedish. 8. Maria comes from Venezuela. She's Venezuelan. 9. Skouros comes from Greece. He's Greek. 10. Ahmad comes from Egypt. He's Egyptian. 1. dictionary 2. to clean house 3. cleaning lady 4. housewife 5. different 6. younger 7. older 8. sheet 9. blanket 10. easy chair 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. to drink with to eat with youngest oldest busiest heaviest sharpest to the left to the right sell ice cream ice cream cone cents lady park bench typist

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9. office 10. story 11. next Assistant: Fifty pence, please. Instructor: George gives the assistant a pound. How much change does he get? George wants a bottle of aspirins, a tube of toothpaste, and a film for his camera. He can buy all of them at his local chemist's. He's talking to the shop assistant. Listen. George: I'd like a bottle of aspirins, please. Assistant: A large one or a small one? George: A large one, please. Assistant: That's eighty-seven pence. George: And a tube of toothpaste. A large one. Assistant: That's fifty-six pence. George: Oh, yes. And a film for this camera. Twenty exposures. Assistant: Hmmmm. Twenty exposures. That's one pound seventy-two. George: Right. Here you are. Five pounds. Thank you very much. Assistant: Don't forget your change, sir. —What kind of money do you have in England? —Oh, we have pounds and pennies. —What coins do you have? —The fifty-pence's the biggest, and the halfpenny is the smallest. —Really? In America, the biggest is the fifty-cents, and the smallest is the cent. When do you start school? —Five. —Really? How interesting! What sports are popular? —Well, lots of people play tennis and football. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Something's cooking on the stove. Something's chasing a cat. Someone's brushing his teeth. Someone's throwing out something. Someone's watching a dog and a cat. Someone's sharpening a pencil. Someone's shutting a door. Someone's cleaning her house. Someone's cooking some food.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

little student teacher draw beautiful adult children

Preparatory lesson 5
1. a nickel 2. two nickels 3. a dime 4. two dimes 5. a quarter 6. two quarters 7. three nickels 8. three dimes 9. three quarters 10. five dimes 11. a dime and a nickel 12. two pennies and a nickel 13. two dimes and a nickel 14. two dimes and two nickels 15. two pennies and a quarter 16. two dimes and two quarters 17. two nickels and two quarters 18. three dimes and two quarters 19. two nickels and three quarters 20. a dime, a nickel and a quarter Assistant: Good afternoon. Can I help you? George: Have you got any envelopes, please? Assistant: Yes, here you are. George: Thank you. How much is that? Assistant: Fifty pence, please. George: Thank you. George: How much is that?

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10. Someone's opening a window. 11. Someone wants to do his homework. 12. Someone's looking out of a window. 13. Someone's wearing glasses. 14. The stove's hot. 15. Two people are outside. 16. Someone's in the bathroom. 17. The door's closing. 18. The cat's running fast. 19. Someone's in the kitchen. 20. Someone's too warm and is opening a window. 21. Someone's too cold and is doing something. 22. Someone's throwing out the trash. 23. A man is watching someone who's outside the house. 24. We don't want these animals in the house. 25. Someone wants clean teeth. 26. Someone wants a clean house. 27. Someone wants a sharp pencil. 28. Someone wants hot food. 29. Someone's sitting down outdoors. 30. Someone's brushing his teeth before going to bed. —Where did you learn it? —I lived in Germany when I was a child. —What else can you speak? —Well, I know a little Italian. —I think a businessman should be good-looking. —No, I don't agree. —Would you like a drink? —No, thank you. I don't drink. —Are you sure? —Yes. I'm quite sure. Thank you very much. —What about a soft drink then? —Oh, alright. Lemonade would be fine. —Thank you very much for the meal. —Not at all. I'm glad you could come. —You must come and have a meal with me some time. —Yes. That would be nice. —Have you heard about the Prime Minister? —No. —She's gone to China! —Really! —How do you spell interesting? —I-N-T-E-R-E-S-T-I-N-G. —Thank you very much. —Would you mind passing the salt, please? —Certainly. Tim talked to Harry about the lecture. Harry: What did you think of the lecture? Tim: I thought it was very interesting. Harry: Did you really? Tim: Yes, didn't you? Harry: Certainly not. I thought he talked a lot of rubbish. Tim: So you think you know more than he does. Harry: Well, take coal for instance. Tim: What about it? Harry: Coal won't become important again. Tim: Why not?

Lesson one
—Hello, I want a cab. —OK. What address is it? —1120 East 32nd Street. —Right. The cab will be there in a few minutes. —What's your job? —I'm an accountant. —Oh! Do you enjoy it? —No. I don't really like it. It's boring. —Where do you come from? —Indonesia. —Oh! Which part? —Jakarta. —Really? —Can you speak German? —Yes, I can. I speak it very well.

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Harry: It's too dirty. They won't be able to find people to work down coal mines in the future. Tim: They'll invent new kinds of machinery. Harry: Nonsense. The only sort of power they'll use in the future is atomic power. A reporter from a local newspaper is interviewing some students on the subject of students and money. Reporter: Excuse me. Are you a student? Student 1: Yes, I am. Reporter: Forgive my asking you, but do you have to take a part-time job in the ho1idays? Student 1: Not really. My parents are fairly well off so I get an allowance from my father. Reporter: You're lucky, aren't you? Student 1: I suppose so. Reporter: What about you? Are your parents wealthy? Student 2: No, certainly not. Reporter: Do you work during the holidays? Student 2: Well, last Christmas I did two weeks as temporary postman, then in the summer I spent four weeks fruit picking, and I do a bit of baby-sitting, so I manage. Reporter: Thank you. My name is Robert. I am eighteen years old and I am French. I am not married. Sylvia is small and fair. She is seventeen and she is a student. The tall boy with fair hair is eighteen years old and he comes from Sweden. He works in a record shop. The small boy with dark hair is seventeen. He is Spanish, but he does not live in Spain. He lives in France. He works in a hotel. —What are you doing in New York? —I'm writing a story for YES magazine. —I see. —What are you doing in Cairo? —I'm visiting my parents. —Really! —Why are you visiting HongKong? —I'm just on holiday. —Why are you in London? —I'm here on business. —Oh. —Thanks a lot for putting me up. —That's OK. —Do come and see me when you're in New York. —Sure. That'll be great. —Have you heard the news? —No. —There's been a terrible air crash. —Oh dear! Where was it? —A town called Banford. —Excuse me, how do you say that word, C-U-S-T-O-M-S? —Customs. —I see. Thank you. —Would you like some more potatoes? —I'm sorry I can't manage any more. Thank you. Male: Pubs? You must have good people. If the people are good, the pub will be good. Male: You must have a good landlord, and people with a sense of humor behind the bar. If the landlord is bad, the pub will be bad. Female: I love old pubs. If it's one of those modern places, I won't go in. Male: And a good pub must have good beer. If the beer's no good, people will look for another place.

Lesson two
—I think a doctor should be a friendly person. —Yes. I agree. —Would you like something to drink? —Just coffee, please. —Are you sure? —Quite certain. Thank you.

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Female: I won't go if there isn't a garden. I have children, and if the pub doesn't have a garden or family room, we can't go in. My grandfather used to have a beautiful gold pocket watch. He wore it on a fine gold chain across the front of his waistcoat, and when I was small he promised to leave it to me in his will. "When I'm gone," he said, "this is going to be yours." Unfortunately that will never happen now. About three months ago, my grandfather came up to London to visit us. The first Sunday morning after he arrived, my youngest son said he wanted to go to the park. "We'll do better than that," said my grandfather, "we'll go and feed the pigeons in Trafalgar Square." So off they went. They got home about tea-time and my grandfather was looking very upset. "My watch," he said, "it's gone. Someone must have stolen it while we were feeding the pigeons." My name is Daniel. I am French. I live in a small town. I work in a hotel, but I do not live in the hotel. I live with my parents. My home is near the hotel, so I walk to work every day. There is some sugar, there is some coffee and there is a lot of tea, but there is not much jam. There are some tomatoes, but there are not any eggs or biscuits and there is not much milk. So we want jam, eggs, biscuits and milk. Klaus: Excuse me, do you know how this works? Housewife: Yes. Put the washing inside ... shut the door ... the money goes in here, then when the machine starts you have to put the soap powder in through here. Klaus: Is that all? Housewife: Yes, you don't have to do anything else until the machine stops. Klaus: Thank you. Terry: James: Terry: James: Terry: James: Terry: James: live? A: B: A: B: A: B: A: B: A: B: A: B: Frank's getting married. Is he really? Yes he is. I don't believe it. It's true. Who's he marrying? A girl he met on holiday in Spain, I think. Good heavens ... where are they going to

Do you love me? I'm very fond of you. Yes, but do you love me? Uh ... You mean a lot to me. Why won't you answer my question? What question? Do you love me? Come on! I want to know. I care for you very deeply. You know that. That isn't the same thing! What kind of answer do you expect? The truth! I want the truth! How can I possibly answer such a question?

Lesson three
Jurg: Mrs. Scott ... Mrs. Scott: Yes? Jurg: I'm afraid I've had an accident. Mrs. Scott: Oh, dear, what's happened? Jurg: I've spilt my coffee. Mrs. Scott: Never mind. Here's a cloth. Klaus is using the launderette for the first time.

Do you remember Sally Green, the swimming star? She was the girl who broke all the records at the last Olympics. Where is she now? Last week our reporter, Tom Parker, went to see Sally in her Californian home. Tom: Is it true that you don't swim at all now? Sally: I'm afraid so. I'm too old. Tom: But you are only twenty! Sally: That's too old for a swimmer. If I swam in an international competition now, I wouldn't win. So I'd rather not swim at all.

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Tom: But don't you enjoy swimming? Sally: I used to, when I was small. But if you enter for big competitions you have to work very hard. I used to get up at 6 am to go to the pool. I had to train before school, after school and at weekends. I swam thirty-five miles every week! Tom: But you were famous at fifteen. And look at all those cups. Sally: Would you like to polish them? It's true that I have some wonderful memories. I enjoyed visiting other countries, and the Olympics were very exciting. But I missed more important things. While other girls were growing up, I was swimming. What can I do now? David: In a flat. Houses are terribly expensive. Kathy: What's your flat like? David: It's small and the building is old, but it's comfortable. It's very near my office. Christine: When did you buy that new necklace? Libby: I didn't buy it. It was a present. Christine: Oh, who gave it to you? Libby: A friend. Christine: Anybody I know? Libby: Don't ask so many questions. Tom and Anna saw a film yesterday. Tom: It was exciting, wasn't it? Anna: Yes, it was. Tom: Charles Bronson was good, wasn't he? Anna: Yes, he always is. Tom: I thought the girl was good too. Anna: Did you? Eustace: What are you doing? Luanda: I'm packing. Eustace: Why? Luanda: Because I'm leaving. Eustace: You're not. Lucinda: Yes, I am. I'm catching the first train tomorrow. Instance: But, I ... Luanda: ... and I'm not coming back. Eustace: Oh, oh ... where are you going? Lucinda: To ... to ... Hawaii. Eustace: Oh darling. Phillip: Excuse me, Mr. Jones. Can you help me? Mr. Jones: Of course. What's the problem? Pall: Well, I have to wear an overall but I can't find one. Mr. Jones: That's easy. Why don't you look in the cupboard besides the washbasin? You'll find one there. (sound of phone ringing) Jean: 7824145. Jean Williamson speaking.

There is a small shop at the end of our road. I buy my newspaper there every Sunday. This is the only shop that is open on a Sunday, so it is always very busy. They sell milk, eggs, biscuits, tea and coffee. You can get aspirins, toothpaste or a writing pad there. It is a nice little shop. This evening I am going to the cinema. I sometimes go with Beatriz, but this evening I am going alone. Beatriz is nice, but she talks a lot and when I go to the cinema I like to watch the film. The film I am going to is an old one, but it is very good. It is a Hitchcock film.

Lesson four
Sophie: Here's some coffee. George: Oh, fantastic ... er ... is there any sugar? Sophie: Sugar ... yes, of course ... here you are. George: Thanks ... er ... Sophie: What's the matter now? These: Er ... are there any chocolate biscuits? Sophie: No, there aren't. George: Oh ... Kathy: Where do you live? David: Near Victoria Station. Kathy: In a flat or a house?

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Tom: Oh, it's you, Jean. Sorry I had to rush off this morning. How are the boys? Jean: I'm taking them to the doctor at twelve o'clock, but I'm sure they're going to be all right. Tom: That's good. What about you? Jean: Oh, I'm fine now. I'm going to bake a birthday cake for tomorrow. And ... I've got a camera for Peter and some records for Paul. Tom: You spoil them. I'm going to open a savings account for them. They need to learn how to save money. My grandfather lives with us. He is seventy years old and I like talking to him. Every day I go for a walk with him in the park. My grandfather has a dog. The dog's name is Nelson. Nelson is old and he has very short legs and bad eyes. But my grandfather likes him very much. I have a small black and white television and I can get a good picture. But my brother has got a color television. It is bigger, heavier and more complicated than mine. My brother gets a better picture on his television than I do on mine. So when there is something very good on TV, I usually go and see my brother. these dialogues and write the missing words in your book. Dialogue A: Man: Can you give me an estimate to repair this bicycle? Female Assistant: I think it'll cost about twelve or thirteen pounds. Man: And how long will it take? Female Assistant: A fortnight, more or less. Dialogue B: Woman: Would you have a look at this television set, please? Female Assistant: Yes, of course. Hmmm. How long have you had it? Woman: About eight years. Can you tell me how much it'll cost to repair it? Female Assistant: Well, the set's very old. It'll cost about fifty pounds. It's cheaper to buy a new one. Dialogue C: Man: How much do you think it'll cost to repair this typewriter? Female Assistant: Let me see. It's a 1960 model. About twenty pounds, I'm afraid. Man: That's rather a lot. And how long will it take? Female Assistant: About a month. Man: Thank you. I'd like to think about it. Instructor: Listen again to the customer from the typewriter shop. He thinks twenty pounds is rather a lot but he needs a typewriter... Then he remembers his friend, Tony. Tony has several typewriters. Bob, the customer, has an idea. He meets his friends, Tony. Listen to their conversation. Dialogue D: Tony: Hello, Bob. What's that heavy parcel you're carrying? Bob: It's my old typewriter. I've just been to the shop. The assistant says it'll cost about twenty pounds to repair.

Lesson five
Instructor: Listen to these people. They are all taking things to be repaired. Of course, they want to know how much it will cost and how long it will take. Listen to their questions and write the answers you hear. Here is an example. Woman: How much will it cost to repair this typewriter? Male Assistant: About a pound. Woman: That's not bad. But how long will it take? Male Assistant: Only about a week. Instructor: Look at the answers the assistant gives his customer. The first answer is 'about a pound.' The second answer is 'about a week.' Now listen to

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Tony: That's rather a lot. What are you going to do? Bob: Well, you've got several typewriters. Could you lend me one? Tony: I'll have to think about it. Instructor: Frank and Peter want new bicycles. Petrol is very expensive so they both want to cycle to work. They are looking at advertisements. Frank: What about this Curzon bike. It's very cheap. Only eighty pounds. Peter: Yes, but the Anderson bike is even cheaper. It's sixty-five pounds. Frank: Hmmm. How old is the Anderson one? Peter: It's a 1977 model. Frankie: The Curzon is a 1979 model. It's newer. Instructor: Frank and Peter are still looking at advertisements. They can't decide which bike to buy. Peter: The Anderson bike looks very comfortable. Frank: Yes, but the Curzon looks bigger. Pedro: I don't want a big bike. I want a comfortable one. Frank: All right. The Anderson bike is good. But the Curzon is Better. Instructor: Do you remember Regine? Where does she come from? Is she married? Where does she work? Listen to Regine speaking. Regine: My name is Regine. I'm German. I live in a small town. I'm not married. I live at home with my mother and father, my sister Heidi and my brother Rolf. I work in a department store. I sell writing paper, envelopes, ball pens, pencils and colored postcards. I walk to work every morning. I don't work on Saturday afternoon or Sunday and I have a three-week holiday in the summer. Instructor: Regine was seventeen then. Now she's twenty-two. Her life is very different. Listen to this television interview. Interviewer: Regine, at seventeen you worked in a big shop. Now you are the manager and you are only twenty-two. From seventeen to twenty-two. Five years to success. Can you tell us? The secret of your success? Regine: The 'secret', as you call it, is work. When I was seventeen, I lived at home. I walked to the shop every morning. I saved my money and I went to evening classes. I worked in a good department and I sold so much that I got a good commission. I really wanted to be a success. Now I'm the manager. Interviewer: Congratulations, Regine. But please tell us ... do you like your job? Are you happier? Regine: You are asking me two questions. The first answer is 'yes' and the second answer is definitely 'no'. Good afternoon, my name is Schwartz. That is S-C-H-W-A-R-T-Z and I come from New York. My wife and I would like a double room with a shower. I have our passports here. We are hoping to stay for about a week. I have a question. Do you know where I can get two tickets for the performance at the theatre tonight? On my first day in London I felt hungry, so I went into a restaurant and sat down at a table. I waited for ten minutes, but nobody came to serve me. Then I saw that there were no waiters. The customers stood in a queue and got their food themselves. That was my first experience of a self-service restaurant.

Lesson six
—Is that Mr. Smith's son? —No, it isn't. It's Mr. Morgan's son. —Is he Irish? —No, he isn't. He is Welsh. —Where are your parents now? —They are in Zagreb. —Is that in Austria? —No. It's in Yugoslavia. —Who is the girl by the door?

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—It's Jone Smith. —Is she a nurse? —No. She's a librarian. —My hat and coat, please. Here is my ticket. —Thank you, sir. Here they are. —These not mine. They are Mr. West's. —I'm sorry, sir. Are these yours? —Yes, they are. Thank you. —Whose handbag is that? —Which one? —The big leather one. —Oh, that's Miss Clark's. —What are you looking at? —I'm looking at some stamps. —Are they interesting? —Yes. They are very rare ones. —Where's Miss Green at the moment? —In her office. —What's she doing there? —She's typing, I think. —Are there any pencils in the drawer? —No, I'm sorry. There aren't any. —Are there any ball-point pens then. —Yes. There are lots of ball-points. —I need some oil, please. —How much do you need, sir? —Three pounds, please. —Thank you, sir. —Is there any shampoo in the cupboard? —No, I'm sorry. There isn't any. —Is there any soap, then? —Yes. There is a whole pack of soap. —Where does Miss Sue come from? —She comes from Tokyo. —What language does she speak, then? —She speaks Japanese. —What does Miss Jenkins do? —She is a nurse. —Where does she work? —At the Westminster Hospital. —Do you like your manager? —Yes. He is nice and kind. Is yours kind, too? —No. Mine is rather a brute. —Oh, I'm sorry about that. —Is anyone attending to you, sir? —No. I should like to see some dressing gowns. —What sort are you looking for, sir? —I fancy a red, silk one. Instructor: Henry wants tickets for Romeo and Juliet so he tries to telephone the box of office. First he hears: (wrong number tone). He has dialed the wrong number. Then he tries again. (busy tone) Henry is fed up but he must get some tickets. He tries again and finally, he gets through. (sound of phone ringing, receiver picked up) Clerk: Cambridge Theatre. Box Office. Henry: Have you got any tickets for Romeo and Juliet for this Saturday evening?' Clerk: Which performance? 5 pm or 8:30 pm? Henry: 8:30 pm please. Clerk: Sorry, that performance is sold out. Henry: Well, have you got any tickets for the 5 pm performance? Clerk: Yes, we have tickets at 4.50 pounds, 5.50 pounds and 6 pounds. Henry: I'd like to reserve two seats at 4.50 pounds, please. Clerk: Right. That's two tickets at 4.50 pounds. Saturday, 5 pm performance. What's the name please? Henry: Bishop. Henry Bishop. Clerk: Thank you. You'll collect the tickets before 3 pm on Saturday, won't you? Henry: Yes, of course. Thank you. Goodbye.

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Clara: That number has been engaged for ages. Nobody can be that popular. I wonder if her number has been changed. I think I'll try again. (Sound of dialing and ringing tone.) Sue: 3346791. Clara: Is that you, Sue? Sue: Who's calling? C1ara: This is Clara. Clara Ferguson. Don't you remember me? Sue: Clara! Of course I remember you. How are you? I haven't heard from you for at least two years. What are you doing? Clara: Nothing very exciting. That's one reason I'm ringing. I need some advice. Sue: Advice. Hmm. That's a good one. I've just been sacked. Clara: There are the pips. Hang on, Sue. Clara: What do you mean ... you've just been sacked? Sue, you're the most successful woman I know. Sue: That's probably why I've been sacked. But let's talk about you. You said you needed some advice. Clara: I certainly do. I wanted to ask you about interviews. Have you had a lot of them? Sue: Yes, I have. Too many. Clara: So, could you tell me the sort of questions you're usually asked? Sue: Let me think. The first ten questions are almost always the same. I call them the 'whys', 'hows' and 'wheres'. (Sound of pips.) Clara: Not again. Don't go away, Sue. I've got one more coin. Clara: Are you there, Sue? Sue: Yes, I'm still here. Clara: Sorry, I didn't understand what you were telling me. Could you repeat it? Sue: It's very boring, but here you are: I'm always asked: Why I want to leave my present job? Why I am interested in the new job? How I intend to get to work? How long I intend to stay in the job? Where I live? Where I went to school? How much I'm paid in my present job? How much I expect to be paid in the new job? Oh yes. I'm always asked if I'm married. (Sound of pips.) Clara: That's it, Sue. No more coins. I'll write to you soon ... and many thanks. I am not going out with George again. Last week he invited me to go to a football match. I do not like football, so it was silly of me to say yes. We did not have seats, so we had to stand for two hours in the rain. I was cold and wet and I could not see a thing. So I asked George to take me home. He got very angry and said some very unpleasant things. Last week the sun shone and it got quite hot. I decided to put on my light grey summer trousers. But I got a shock. I could not put them on. They were too small. It is possible that they got smaller during the winter, but I do not think so. I am afraid I got bigger. So I am going to eat less and I am going to take more exercise. I am definitely going to lose some weight.

Lesson seven
—Is that Mrs. Brown? —No, it isn't. It's Mrs. Bright. —Is she English? —No, she isn't. She is American. —Where is Susan now? —She is in Glasgow. —Is Glasgow in England? —No. It's in Scotland. —Who is the man over there? —It's Mr. Watson. —Is he a teacher? —No. He is a doctor. —Who is the man over there?

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—It's Mr. Watson. —Is he a teacher? —No. He is a doctor. —Excuse me. Is this your book? —No. It's not mine. —Whose book is it, then? —It's Pedro's, I think. —Excuse me. Is this your book? —No. It's not mine. —Whose book is it, then? —It's Pedro's, I think. —What are you looking at? —I'm looking at a photograph. —Is it interesting? —Yes, it's a picture of my girlfriend. —Are there any oranges in the kitchen? —No, I'm sorry. There aren't any. —Are there any bananas, then? —Yes. There are plenty of bananas. —Are there any oranges in the kitchen? —No, I'm sorry. There aren't any. —Are there any bananas, then? —Yes. There are plenty of bananas. —I want some butter, please. —How much do you want, Madam? —Half a pound, please. —Thank you, Madam. —Is there any cream in the refrigerator? —No. There isn't any, I'm afraid. —Is there any milk, then? —Yes, there is plenty of milk. —Where does Pedro come from? —He comes from Mexico City. —What language does he speak, then? —He speaks Spanish. —What does your friend do? —He is a bank clerk. —Where does he work? —At the Middleland Bank in Birmingham. —Do you like your apple? —Yes. It's nice and sweet. Is yours sweet, too? —No. Mine is rather sour. —Oh, I'm sorry about that. —Can I help you, Madam? —Yes. I want to see some cardigans. —What size do you take, Madam? —About fourteen inches, I think. 1. I really need some new curtains but I'm afraid I can't sew. 2. My problem is that I can't find a job. Managers always say my hair is too long. 3. I do love listening to the radio but I'm afraid my radio isn't working. 4. Just look at these shoes. They cost forty-five pounds last year and they have holes in them now. 5. Do you know anything about cars? My car is using too much petrol. John Haslam is talking about his garden. You know, I don't really like the country. It's too quiet. There's not enough movement, not enough action, not enough to do. But I'm like most other people: I need some peace and quiet sometimes, and this little garden is my peace and quiet. It's big enough for me. During the summer I may spend three or four hours out here. But even in the winter I may come out here for an hour or two at the weekends, if the weather's good. It's a good place to sit with my typewriter. And it's a good place to sit with a book and a drink. And do you know something? I spend as much time out of the house now as I did when I lived in the country. Funny, isn't it? (Sound of radio playing. Telephone rings.) Betty: Listen, Mum. The phone's ringing. Can I answer it?

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Julie: Yes, of course. But please answer correctly. (Receiver being picked up.) Betty: (excited) Hello. This is Betty. Male Voice; (confused pause) Uh ... good evening. Is that 789-6 double 4 3? Betty: Yes, it is. Would you like to talk to my mother? Male Voice: Well ... I'd like to talk to Mrs. Henderson ... Betty: Just a moment. I'll tell her. Julie: Mrs. Henderson speaking. Who's calling please? Male Voice: This is Brian Murphy, Mrs. Henderson. I'm your new neighbor. I moved in yesterday. Julie: Oh, good evening, Mr. Murphy. Welcome to Oak Lane. Can we give you any help? Male Voice: Sorry to bother you, Mrs. Henderson, but I'd like to ask you some questions. Julie: I'm never too busy to help a neighbor, Mr. Murphy. What would you like to know? Male Voice: Well, first, could you tell me what time the milkman calls? And which day do the dustmen come? Who's the most dependable newsagent? (pause) Oh, yes ... where is the nearest police station? Julie: My goodness, Mr. Murphy. You have got a lot of questions. Look, I have an idea. Why don't you come to tea tomorrow afternoon? Then we can meet you and answer all your questions. Male Voice: That's very kind of you, Mrs. Henderson. What time shall I come? Julie: Any time after 3 o'clock. We look forward to meeting you. Goodbye. Male Voice: Goodbye, Mrs. Henderson. (Receiver being replaced.) Everything changes. Once a lot of people went to the cinema to see silent films. Then when talking pictures started nobody wanted to see silent films any more. But people still went to the cinema and everybody knew the names of all the great film stars. Now we have television. People sit at home night after night watching their favorite programs. But what is going to happen to the cinema? Dear Mr. Scott, Thank you for your letter of 15th January. You say that you telephoned our office five times in two days and did not receive a reply. I am sorry about this, but we have had problems with our telephone.

Yours sincerely, D. Renton

Lesson eight
—Here comes my secretary. She is an extremely good-looking young woman, don't you think? —Yes, but she isn't very good at her work. —Perhaps you are right. But I like her all the same. —I'm going to buy a new carpet. —But you can't do that. —Why can't I? —We haven't got enough money. —What are you going to do this afternoon? —I'm going to weed the garden. —Are you going to weed the garden tomorrow afternoon, too? —No. I'm going to paint the front door. —I'm going to sit on this chair. —But you mustn't. —Why not? —Because it's broken. —Do you like roast chicken? —Yes. I love it. Thank you. —Do you prefer brown meat or white meat? —I really don't mind. Thank you. —Did you buy anything when you went to Paris? —Yes. I bought a briefcase. —What's it like?

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—It's a large, leather one. —Did —No. —Did —No. you take a bus to the meeting place? I went in Richard's car. Susan go in Richard's car, too? She took a taxi. —I'm very thirsty. —Why not buy a cup of coffee, then? —Yes. That's a good idea. I will. —Excuse me. But is it half past four yet? —I'm sorry, but I haven't got a watch. Try the man with the walking stick. He has one. —Thank you. I will. Listen to these people talking about things they like, things they don't like and things they sometimes like. Kurt is talking to Georgina. Male: Do you like chocolates? Female: It depends. Instructor: Here is the question: Does she like chocolates? "Sometimes" is the correct answer. Now listen to the next example and do the same. Male: Would you like a chocolate? Female: Not at the moment. Thanks. Instructor: Here is the question: Does she like chocolates? "Don't know" is the correct answer. Here are more conversations. (a) Female: Do you like pop music? Male: It depends. Instructor: Does he like pop music? (b) Male: Would you like to come to a concert tonight? Female: Sorry. I'm afraid I can't. Instructor: Does she like pop concerts? (c) Male: Do you like good coffee? Female: Mmmm. It's delicious. Instructor: Does she like good coffee? (d) Female: Do you like English food? Male: Not all of it. Instructor: Does he like English food? (e)

—Excuse me, sir, is this your cigarette lighter? —I beg your pardon? —I said "Is this your cigarette lighter". —Oh, yes, it is. Thank you so much. —Not at all. It's a pleasure. —Are you engaged, Margaret? —Of course I'm not. Why do you ask, Nicholett? —I only wanted to practice my English. —Oh, I see. You want to make use of me. —Good evening, and how have you spent the day? —I serviced and cleaned the car till lunch time. —And what did you do after lunch? —I took the family into the country for a picnic. —Hello, Tony, where have you been? —Swimming. —Who did you go with? —I went with Mark and Elizabeth. —Hello, why haven't you lit your cigar? —I haven't brought my lighter. —I would lend you mine, if you like. —Thank you. That's very kind of you. —Good evening. Can I help you? —Yes. I have injured my ankle. —What happened? —I fell off a ladder last night. —What are those trays made of? —They are made of plastic. —Are trays always made of plastic? —No. They are sometimes made of wood or metal. —What's wrong?

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Male: Would you like a cup of tea? Female: I'd rather have a cool drink, please. Instructor: Does she like tea? (f) Female: Would you like an ice cream? Male: Well ... I never eat ice cream. Instructor: Does he like ice cream? (g) Male: Would you like to come to a football match tomorrow? Female: Football matches are usually awful. Instructor: Does she like football matches? (h) Male: Would you like to come to the cinema this evening? Female: That would be lovely. Instructor: Does she like the cinema? Bob and Angela are window-shopping. The shop is closed, but they are talking about the sales next week. They are planning to buy a lot of things. Bob: Look at that, Angela. True-Value are going to sell hi-fi's for 72.64 pounds. I'm going to buy one. We can save at least twenty pounds. Angela: Yes, and look at the washing machines. They're going to sell some washing machines for 98.95 pounds. So we can save twenty-two pounds. A washing machine is more important than a hi-fi. Bob: By the way, Angela. Do you know how much money we've got? About two hundred pounds, I hope. Angela: Here's the bank statement. I didn't want to open it. Oh, dear. Bob: What's the matter? Angela: We haven't got two hundred pounds, I'm afraid. Bob: Well, come on. How much have we got? Angela: Only 150.16 pounds. Susan is talking to Christine. Susan: I hear you and James are engaged at last. Christine: Yes, we are. Susan: When are you getting married? Christine: In the spring. Susan: Oh, lovely. Where's the wedding going to be? Christine: Well ... We're not sure yet, probably in St. Albans. Susan: Oh, yes, your parents live there, don't they? Christine: Yes, that's right. Susan: Where are you going to live? Christine: We're going to buy a flat or a small house somewhere in South London. Susan: Are you going to give up your job? Christine: Yes, probably, but I may look for another one when we've settled in. I have a watch. It is a Swiss watch. It is not new and my friends are sometimes a little rude about it. They tell me to buy a new one. But I do not want a new one. I am very happy with my old watch. Last week it stopped. So I took it to the shop. I did not ask for an estimate. Today I went to get it. Do you know how much I had to pay? Five pounds. Five pounds just for cleaning a watch. Have you ever thought what it is like to be one of those beautiful girls that you see on the front of fashion magazines? They meet interesting people, they travel to exciting places, and sometimes they make a lot of money. But they have to work hard. They often have to get up very early in the morning, and of course they have to be very careful about what they eat.

Lesson nine
—I'm going to clean the blackboard. —But you can't do that. —Why can't I? —We haven't got a duster. —I'm going to drink some of this milk. —But you mustn't. —Why not? —Because it's sour. —Excuse me, Madam, did you drop your glove? —I beg your pardon?

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—I said "Did you drop your glove". —Oh, yes, I did. Thank you so much. —Not at all. It's a pleasure. —Where have you been? —To the cinema. —Who did you go with? —I went with Jone Judge. —What can I do for you? —I have damaged my wrist, doctor. —How did you do that? —I fell on it while I was playing tennis. —What's wrong? —I have a pain in my chest. —Why not go and see your doctor? —Yes. That's a good idea. I will. —What are you going to do this evening? —I'm going to p1ay cards. —Are you going to play cards tomorrow evening, too? —No. I'm going to make a new dress. —Do you like boiled eggs? —Yes. I love them. Thank you. —Do you prefer hard ones or soft ones? —I really don't mind. Thank you. —Did you buy anything when you were in the town? —Yes. I bought a blouse. —What's it like? —It's a blue one with a high neck. —Did —No. —Did —No. you walk to the match? I went by car. John go by car, too? He cycled. —Hello, why aren't you playing tennis? —I haven't brought my racket. —You can borrow mine, if you like. —Oh, thank you. That's very kind of you. —What are those shirts made of? —They are made of cotton. —Are shirts always made of cotton? —No. They are sometimes made of wool or nylon. Female: I've got two tickets for a volleyball match this evening. Why don't you come? Male: Uh ... no, thanks. I ... I'm not very interested in volleyball. Female: Oh, why not? Have you ever seen it played? Male: No, I haven't, but I really don't th... Female: That's what I thought. You don't know what you're missing. Male: Don't I? Why? Female: Because it's very fast, with lots of action. Male: Really? Who's playing? Female: Two of the best women's teams in the world, one from Finland and the other from Belgium. Male: Hmm. It sounds exciting. Female: Yes, it is! Very! Male: Hmm. Well, perhaps I'll come after all. Female: Good! Now ... uh ... could you ... uh ... could I have five pounds, please? Male: Five pounds? What for? Female: Your ticket, of course. I bought two of them in advance, hoping I'd persuade you to come with me. Male: Oh ... uh ... You know, I've just remembered something. Female: What? Male: I've got to see some friends this evening. Female: Oh ... I see ... I mean ... you won't be coming, after all, then? Male: No, not unless... Female: Unless what? Male: Perhaps you could let me have the ticket for a bit less? Let's say three pounds.

—Hello, and how did you spend the holiday? —I played tennis till lunch time. —What did you do after lunch? —I went for a swim with John.

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Female: But you said you had to meet some friends! Male: Come on. I was only joking. Here's your five pounds. Of course I'll come. (sound of telephone ringing) Tom: Tom Haley speaking. Philip: Hello, Tom. It's Philip. I waited for a phone call from you but I can't wait any longer. Tell me about your first week. Tom: Hmmmmmm. It wasn't easy. Philip: Wasn't it? Why? What did you have to do? Tom: On Monday and Tuesday, I lifted heavy boxes. On Wednesday, I put hundreds of bottles and tins and packets on shelves. Philip: Was it boring? Tom: Yes, very boring. And I dropped a lot of boxes. Philip: Did you break anything? Tom: Oh, just a few jars of jam and a lot of bottles of tomato juice. Philip: Ugh. What a mess. So tell me about Thursday. Tom: I'm afraid I was two hours late ... and the supervisor was really angry. Then I put price labels on bottles and tins and packets. Very confusing. Philip: Did you put the right labels on them? Tom: Not always. I made one or two mistakes. Philip: Only one or two? What did you do on Friday and Saturday? Tom: I didn't do very much. I was fed up. The supermarket was open until 9 pm. They wanted me to work overtime but I went home at six. Philip: I see. Have you still got a job? Tom: I don't know. I have to see the supervisor tomorrow. Philip: Well, you'd better get up early. Good luck! 1. I hate the stairs. Sometimes the lift isn't working and you have to use the stairs. I can't get up the stairs by myself; it's my back, you see. Jane, my friend, lives on the ground floor, that's much easier. Nearly every morning I stop there for a cup of tea before I come back up here. 2. I don't mind living in a tall building. I don't mind the stairs. I quite like the exercise. Of course, it's difficult for older people but I don't mind if you live on the top floor, like Mrs. Green, it's not easy. And I don't like the ground floor; I don't think it's safe. But I like my place. I've got three floors below me and three above, I feel very safe. My Mum lives here too, on the ground floor. 3. Alice comes every morning. Well, nearly every morning. She's not young any more, you see, she's seventy-eight next birthday, and it's difficult for her to walk up to the top floor. I can't go up; I can't move. It's my leg; I've got a bad leg. Carol comes to see me sometimes. She lives here too, you know, in another flat. She's my daughter. We are going to Scotland for our holiday. We are leaving early on Saturday morning and I hope we will get to York about eleven o'clock. We are spending the night in York, then on Sunday we are driving up to Scotland. We are going to stay at a lovely little hotel near a lake. Of course we will probably get some rain, but I am sure we will have a fantastic holiday. People often ask me for my telephone number. But I have not got a telephone, so I tell them to ring me at work. Why don't I have a telephone? I think the telephone is expensive and I prefer to write a letter. There aren't many people I want to speak to in the evening and I do not want to speak to anybody at breakfast time. When I want to use the telephone in the evening, I can always use the box at the end of the road.

Lesson ten
—Can I help you? —Yes, please. I'd like some instant coffee. —Certainly. How much would you like? —A large jar, please. —That's a very nice cardigan. Is it new? —Yes. It was very cheap. I got it in a sale. —I like it very much. It suits you very well.

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—Oh, thank you. —Do you read many novels? —Yes. I suppose I've read about four novels this year. —I see. And what was the last novel you read? —Let me see. It was A Man in Havana. —And when did you read it? —I read it on Tuesday evening. —Why did you read it? —Well ... —Do you smoke? —Yes, I do. —How long have you been smoking for? —Six years. —And how many cigarettes have you smoked during that time? —Thousands! —I was just about to have a swim when I saw the shark! —That's nothing. I was in the middle of swimming when I saw the shark. —What happened? —I started swimming for the shore, of course. (Yvonne Deraine is staying at the Hotel Noptune. She goes to the Reception Desk and asks:) Yvonne: Can I have breakfast in my room? Clerk: Certainly, madam. Breakfast is served in your room from 7 o'clock until 10. Here is the menu. Yvonne: Thank you. (looks at the menu) I'd like to have the Continental Breakfast. Clerk: Yes, madam. And at what time would you like it? Yvonne: About half past eight, I think. Clerk: 8:30. Very good, madam. And what kind of fruit juice would you like? We have pineapple, orange, grapefruit ... Yvonne: I think I'd like the pineapple please. Clerk: Pineapple juice. And would you prefer tea or coffee? Yvonne: Coffee please. Clerk: Thank you very much. Goodnight. * * * (At 8:30 the next morning, there is a light tap at Yvonne's door.) Yvonne: Y-es. Come in. Maid: I've brought you your breakfast, madam. Yvonne: Oh yes. Thank you. Could you put it on the desk over there please? Maid: Shall I pour you a cup of coffee straight away, madam? Yvonne: No, thanks. I'll pour it myself in a minute. Maid: Is there anything else, madam? Yvonne: No-no, I don't think so, thank you. Eddie is talking to Tom. Eddie: Have you ever been really frightened? Tom: I suppose so, once or twice. Eddie: Can you remember when you were most frightened? Tom: That isn't difficult. Eddie: What happened? Tom: Well, we used to have a favorite picnic place beside a lake. We had a boat there. I was there with some friends and I decided to swim to a little island. It didn't look far and I started swimming ... but half way across I realised it was a lot further than I thought. I was getting very tired. I shouted. Luckily my friends heard me and brought the boat. I thought I was going to drown. I've never been more frightened in my life. Should school children take part-time jobs? This is a discussion which will appear in a magazine. Editor: This month our panel looks at part-time jobs. Are they good for school children or not? Headmaster: Definitely not. The children have got two full-time jobs already: growing up and going to school. Part-time jobs make them so tired they fal1 asleep in class. Mrs. Barnes: I agree. I know school hours are short, but there's homework as well. And children need a lot of sleep.

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Mr. Barnes: Young children perhaps, but some boys stay at school until they're eighteen or nineteen. A part-time job can't harm them. In fact, it's good for them. They earn their pocket-money instead of asking their parents for it. And they see something of the world outside school. Businessman: You're absolutely right. Boys learn a lot from a part-time job. And we mustn't forget that some families need the extra money. If the pupils didn't take part-time jobs they couldn't stay at school. Editor: Well, we seem to be equally divided: two for, and two against. What do our readers think? Philip Andrew is 16 and he is about to leave school. He comes to me for advice every week. He is looking for an interesting job and he would like good wages. One of his friends works in a supermarket. Another friend works in a factory. Philip thinks supermarket jobs are not well paid. And factory jobs are boring. And finally, some news from the United States. David Thomas, the Californian pop singer, is sixteen today and he is giving a party for sixty guests. His young friends have bought him a Rolls-Royce, the most expensive one they could find. David is famous because he is the fastest driver and the youngest pop star in the state of California. He is flying to Paris tomorrow. —I hear you are playing at a concert tomorrow. How do you feel about it? —Oh, I'm really worried about it. —I'm not surprised. So would I be. —What are your plans for tomorrow, Brenda? —Well, first, I'm going to do the washing up. —Poor you! While you're doing the washing up, I'll be having breakfast in bed. —It's alright for some people. —I'd like to withdraw fifty pounds from my deposit account. —Certainly. Would you please sign this form? —Oh, yes. There you are. —How would you like the money? —In fives, please. —Fine. Here you are. —Thanks. Goodbye. —How are you, Brenda? —Fine, apart from the backache. —Oh, dear, I'm sorry to hear that. —Yes. My back's killing me. —Oh, I hope you'll soon feel better. —Thanks. Man: Waitress! This meat is like old leather! It's enough to break every tooth in your head. Waitress: Perhaps you'd like to change your order, sir. The sirloin is very tender. Woman: John, look what that waiter's gone and done! Spilt soup all over my new dress! Waiter: I'm terribly sorry, madam. Perhaps if I could sponge it with a little warm water... Man: Leave it alone, man. You'll only make it worse. Woman: I want to speak to the Manager! Waiter: Very good, madam. Manager: I do apologize for this unfortunate accident, madam. If you would like to have the dress cleaned and send the bill to us, we will be happy to take care of it. Woman: Oh no, it doesn't matter. Forget it. It probably won't stain very much.

Lesson eleven
—What are you going to do after this lesson? —I'm probably going to have a cup of tea. What about you? —Oh, I'm going to the post office. —I see. —Can you come and see me at nine o'clock? —I'm afraid not. You see, I'm meeting Mr. Green at nine.

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Man: Waiter, this just won't do. This wine's got a most peculiar flavor. Waiter: Yes, sir. I'll take it back. Perhaps you would like to choose another wine instead, sir? —Hello. —Hello. Who's that? —It's me. —Who's me? —Why, me, of course. —Yes, I know. It's you. But who are you? —I've told you who I am. I am ME. —I know you are you, but I still don't know who you are. Anyway, I don't want to talk to you whoever you are. I really wanted Mrs. Jones. —Who do you want? —Mrs. Jones! —Mrs. Jones? Who's Mrs. Jones? —Why, Mrs. Jones lives where you are, doesn't she? —There is no Mrs. Jones here. What number do you want? —I want Bournemouth, 650283. —This is Bournemouth, 650823. —Oh, dear, I am sorry. I must have dialed the wrong number. —It's quite alright. —I'll try dialing again. Sorry to have troubled you. —It's quite alright. Goodbye. —Goodbye. Two old men are talking about the days gone by. Listen. —The beer's just like water. They don't make it as strong as they used to. —No. Things aren't what they used to be, are they? —The pubs aren't any good nowadays. —No. But they used to be good when we were young. —The trouble is that the young people don't work hard. —No, but they used to work hard when we were young. Ten years ago, I loved watching television and listening to pop records. I hated classical music. But I liked playing tennis. Five years ago I still liked playing tennis, but I loved classical music. Now I prefer classical music. I like playing squash. But I hate television. Mr. Davies is talking to his son Martin. Mr. Davies: (quietly) Why aren't you doing your homework? Martin: I'll do it later, Dad. I must get these chords right first. Our group's playing in a concert on Saturday. Mr. Davies: (laughs) Oh, is it? You'll be making records next, will you? Martin: We hope so. The man from 'Dream Discs' is coming to the concert. So I'd better play well. Mr. Davies: You'd better get on with your homework! You can practise all day Saturday. Martin: Oh, Dad. You don't understand at all. This concert could change my life. Mr. Davies: It certainly could! You've got exams next month. Important ones. If you don't get a good certificate, you won't get a decent job. Martin: (rudely) I don't need a certificate to play the guitar. And I don't want a boring old job in a bank either. Mr. Davies: (angrily) Oh, don't you? Whose boring old job paid for this house? And for that guitar? Martin: (sighs) Yours, I know. But I'd rather be happy than rich. Letter Dictation. Write your address, your phone number and the date. The letter is to Winnipeg Advanced Education College. Winnipeg, W-I-double N-I-P-E-G, Advanced Education College, Hillside Drive, Winnipeg. Dear Sir or Madam. Please send me details of your courses in Computer Programming. New line. Thanking you in advance. Yours faithfully, and then sign your name. (Your address) (Your phone number)

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(Date) Winnipeg Advanced Education College, Hillside Drive, Winnipeg Dear Sir or Madam, Please send me details of your courses in computer Programming. Thanking you in advance.

Lesson twelve
—Do you think you could stop whistling? I'm trying to write an essay. —Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you were in the other room. —Is it alright if I leave my rucksack on the back seat? —Yes, of course. Go ahead. —And would you mind if I took off my shoes? My feet are killing me. —Well, I'd rather you didn't. It's a rather hot day. —Hello, Charles, I haven't seen you all day. What have you been doing? —Actually I've been working on my first novel. —Oh, yes. How far have you got with it? —Well, I thought of a good title, and I made a list of characters, and I've designed the front cover. —Have you started writing it yet? —Oh, yes. I've written two pages already. —Only two? —Well, yes. I haven't quite decided yet what happens next. —I saw an accident yesterday. —What were you doing at the time? —I was queuing for the cinema. —And what did you do when you saw the accident? —I rushed forward to see if I could help. —Hmm. You are a good squash player. How long have you been playing? —I have been playing since the beginning of the last term. What about you? —Me? Oh, I've been playing about two years now. But I'm still not very good. —I've got a watch with a silver strap. —That's nothing. I've got one with a gold strap. —I've got a watch that tells you the date.

Yours faithfully, Your name Write your address, your phone number and the date. To Sea View Hotel. Sea View, S-E-A V-I-E-W Hotel, Harbor Road, Cork, Ireland. Dear Sir or Madam. I would like to book a double room with bath for two weeks from the first to the fourteenth of August inclusive. New line. I look forward to receiving your confirmation. Yours faithfully and then sign your name. (Your address) (Your phone number) (Date) Sea View Hotel, Harbor Road, Cork, Ireland Dear Sir or Madam, I would like to book a double room with bath for two weeks from the 1st to the 14th of August inclusive. I look forward to receiving your confirmation.

Yours faithfully, Your name

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—That's nothing. I've got one that tells you the date and the day. Woman: Look at these glasses, this one's even got lipstick on it. Waiter: I'm very sorry, madam. I'll bring you clean ones right away. Man: Ah, Head Waiter, I want to have a word with you. Head Waiter: Yes, sir. Is there something wrong, sir? Man: Something wrong? I should think there is something wrong. My wife and I have been kept here waiting nearly an hour for our meal! Head Waiter: I'm terribly sorry about that, sir. Our staff has been kept unusually busy this evening. I'll see to it personally myself. Now, if you wouldn't mind just telling me what you ordered. Woman: This coffee is practically cold. Waiter: I am sorry, madam. I'll bring you a fresh pot straight away. This table shows the number of commuters into central London between 7:00 am and 10:00 am daily. The total number is 1,023,000. Of these, 405,000 travel by underground—that's 29% of the total, and 28% travel by British Rail—that's 391,000 people daily. 10% use both rail and underground, and 10%, 99,000 people, travel by bus. That means a total of 788,000 people, 77%, on public transport. The remainder use private transport. 197,000 come by car and the rest come either by motorbike or bicycle. This means 4% come by motorbike or bicycle, and 19% by car. Mrs. Nicholas went away for a fortnight. Before she went, she called in at the local police station and talked to the policeman on duty. Mrs. Nicholas: I'm going away to the seaside for a few days and I'd like you to keep an eye on my home while I'm away. Policeman: Certainly, Madam. What's your name and address? Mrs. Nicholas: The name's Nicholas, and the address is 14 Spring Vale. Policeman: Thank you. You'll lock all the doors, and make sure all the windows are shut, won't you? Mrs. Nicholas: Of course. Policeman: And you'll remember to cancel the milk. Mrs. Nicholas: Yes, I've already done that. Policeman: And the papers. Mrs. Nicholas: Yes. Policeman: And you won't leave any ladders about. Mrs. Nicholas: No, we haven't got a big ladder. Policeman: That's fine. Are you friendly with the people next door? Mrs. Nicholas: Yes, we are. Policeman: Well, I think you'd better tell them you're going away, too. Ask them to give us a ring if they see or hear anything suspicious. Mrs. Nicholas: Yes, I will. Thank you. (There is a party in progress and one person A is standing by the drinks table serving drinks. B approaches and A offers her a drink.) B: Aha, I thought you might be here. A: Ah, hello. How are you? B: Not bad. How are you? A: All right, I suppose. B: What are you drinking? A: Some sort of wine. Do you want some? B: No, I think I'd prefer beer. Have they got any? A: Yes, there's some over there. (B pours out a drink.) B: Well, what do you think of the party? A: It's not bad. I'm not really in the mood for a party, though. B: Why's that?' A: I don't know, really. I suppose I'm a bit tired. (During the last exchange C has approached the table to get a drink. A offers C a drink but accidentally drops it.) A: Oh, sorry about that. C: (annoyed) I should think so! A: Don't worry. It's not too bad.

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C: What do you mean? It's gone all over my trousers—I only bought them last week. A: There's no need to shout. C: (loudly) I'm not shouting. A: Yes, you are. C: (very loudly) No, I'm not! B: (wanting to calm the situation) Look, look, why don't you dry them with this? C: (ignoring B) You should watch what you're doing! A: What do you mean? It was your fault! B: How about another drink? (C ignores B.) C: Anyway, don't I know you? B: Do you want another drink? (C ignores B.) A: You might do. C: You didn't go to St. Mark's School, did you? A: Yes, I did actually. C: Yes, I remember now. You were going out with that awful girl, weren't you? A: What do you mean? C: You know, the one with the big nose. What happened to her? A: We got married, actually. In fact, that's her over there. C: Yes ... 1. A woman went into a bar and asked for a glass of water. The barman pointed a gun at her. She thanked him and went out. 2. A man was found lying dead in the middle of a desert. He had a pack on his back. 3. A woman dialed the number on the telephone. Someone answered and said, "Hello." She put the phone down with a happy smile. 4. A man is found dead in the room. There is no furniture, and all the doors and windows are locked from the inside. There is a pool of water on the floor. 5. There is a man on the bed and a piece of wood on the floor. The second man comes into the room with sawdust on his hands, smiles and goes out again. —Can I help you, sir? —We want a meal. —What sort of meal? A hot one or a cold one? —A salad, I think. —Which one, sir? A ham or a beef salad? —What's this sort of salad in English? —Which one are you looking at, sir? —That one over there, next to the bread rolls. —That's a beef salad, sir. —Thank you. Is there any rye bread? —No, I'm sorry. There are plenty of rolls. —Excuse me, sir, where do you come from? —We come from Copenhagen. —You speak English very well. —Thank you. —What are you doing at the moment? —We're visiting London. —What do you both do? —We are teachers. —Do you like your salad? —Yes. It's nice and fresh. Is yours good, too? —No. Mine is rather tasteless. —You need some salt and some olive oil. —Allow me to fetch you a chair. —Thank you, but I've just asked the waiter to get me one. —Let me get you a drink, then. —Thank you again, but look, John's bringing me one now. —I don't seem to be very useful, do I? —Don't say that. There's always another time, you know. Man: Three gin and tonics please. Waitress: I'm sorry, sir, but we're not allowed to serve drinks before twelve o'clock midday. Would you like me to bring you something else? Some coffee? Man: Waiter, this table-cloth is a disgrace. It's covered with soup stains.

Lesson thirteen

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Waiter: Oh, I'm so sorry, sir. It should have been changed before. If you'll just wait one moment ... Man: Waiter. I can't quite understand how you manage to get ten marks plus twelve marks plus sixty-five marks fifty pennies to add up to one hundred and seventy-seven marks fifty pennies. Waiter: One moment, I'll just check it, sir. You're quite right, sir. I can't understand how such a mistake could have been made. I do apologize, sir. Interviewer: Now let's go back to your first novel, Rag Doll. When did you write that? Writer: Rag Doll, yes. I wrote that in 1960, a year after I left school. Interviewer: How old were you then? Writer: Um, eighteen? Yes, eighteen, because a year later I went to Indonesia. Interviewer: Mm. And of course it was your experience in Indonesia that inspired your film Eastern Moon. Writer: Yes, that's right, although I didn't actually make Eastern Moon until 1978. Interviewer: And you worked in television for a time too. Writer: Yes, I started making documentaries for television in 1973, when I was thirty. That was after I gave up farming. Interviewer: Farming? Writer: Yes, that's right. You see, I stayed in Indonesia for eight years. I met my wife there in 1965, and after we came back we bought a farm in the West of England, in 1970. A kind of experiment, really. Interviewer: But you gave it up three years later. Writer: Well, yes. You see it was very hard work, and I was also very busy working on my second novel, The Cold Earth, which came out in 1975. Interviewer: Yes, that was a best-seller, wasn't it? Writer: Yes, it was, and that's why only two years after that I was able to give up television work and concentrate on films and that sort of thing. And after that ... Shop Assistant: Harling's Hardware. Customer: Hello. I'd like to buy a new fridge. I can't afford a very expensive one, and it mustn't be more than 140 cm high. Shop Assistant: Right. I think I have one here. Wait a moment. Yes, here we are. It's 50 cm wide and 130 cm high. Customer: Oh. And how much is it? Shop Assistant: It's one hundred and twenty-nine pounds, very cheap. Customer: I'll come over and have a look at it. A: Good morning. Can I help you? B: Yes. I'd like to find my perfect partner. A: I see. Well, if you could just answer a few questions? B: Certainly. A: First of all, what age would you like your partner to be? B: About twenty. Not more than twenty-five, anyway. A: Okay. And what sort of build? B: What do you mean? A: Well, would you like someone who is very slim or would you prefer someone rather more plump? B: Ah, I see what you mean. I don't think I mind, actually. A: And what about height? B: Oh, not too tall. A: So, medium-height? B: Yes, and long hair. A: Any particular color? B: No. As long as it's long, it doesn't matter what color. A: Good. Now, is there anything else at all? B: Well, obviously I'd like someone good-looking. A: Well, we'll see what we can do. Would you like to fill in this form in the next room and I'll call you soon. (enters C) C: Hello. Is this the Perfect Partners office? A: That's right. C: I'm interested in meeting someone new.

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A: Well, you've certainly come to the right p1ace. What sort of person are you looking for? C: Oh, someone tall, dark and handsome. A: I see. And what sort of age? C: Oh, mid-twenties, I suppose. A: Well, I might have just the person for you. Could I just ask how old you are? C: Twenty-four. A: Good. Could you just wait here a minute? (C puzzled) (A goes and fetches B) A: This doesn't usually happen, but I think I've found just the person for you. B: Oh, no! C: Not you! B: What are you doing here? C: I think I should be asking you that. B: Well, I just wanted to ... (interrupted by A) A: Excuse me, but what's going on? C: That's my husband. B: And that's my wife. A: But you're just right for each other, from what you told me. (Pause) B: Yes ... I see what you mean. C: I suppose it's true. You are what I'm looking for. B: Oh, darling. Why did we ever leave each other? C: I don't know, but it's not too late, is it? B: No. (they embrace) A: Excuse me. B & C: (surprised) Sorry? A: That'll be twenty-five pounds please! 47 Riverside Road, London SE1 4LP. 10th May, 1989 Dear Chris, Thanks for your letter. I'm sorry I haven't answered it sooner but writing is difficult at the moment. I fell off my bike last week and broke my arm. It isn't anything very serious and I'll be OK in a few weeks. Your holiday sounds fantastic. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Someone at work went to Jamaica last year and had a wonderful time. When are you going exactly? I hope you'll have good weather. There isn't really much more news from here. I'll write a longer letter in a few weeks. Send me a postcard and give my regards to everyone.

Yours Kim

Lesson fourteen
—I want to fly to Geneva on or about the first. —I'll just see what there is. —I want to go economy, and I'd prefer the morning. —Lufthansa Flight LH 203 leaves at 0920. —What time do I have to be there? —The coach leaves for the airport at 0815. —You must have some more chicken. —No, thanks. I'm supposed to be slimming. —Can't I tempt you? —Well, maybe I could manage a very small piece. —I expect you could do with a cup of tea, couldn't you? —I'd rather have a cup of coffee, if you don't mind. —Milk and sugar? —A milky one without sugar, please, —What would you like to drink? —A black coffee for me, please. —How about something to eat? —Yes, I'd love a portion of that strawberry tart. —Right. I'll see if I can catch the waitress's eye. —Can I take your order, sir? —Yes. I'd like to try the steak, please. —And to follow? —Ice cream, please.

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—Can I help you, madam? —Is there a bank at this hotel? —Yes, madam, the International Bank has an office on the ground floor of the hotel. —Is it open yet? —Yes, madam, the bank is open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 am till 3 pm. —Thank you. —Can I still get breakfast in the brasserie? —Yes, sir, if you hurry you can just make it—breakfast is served until 10:30. —How soon do I have to leave my room? —Normally it's by 12 noon on the day of your departure. —Well, you see, my plane doesn't go till half past five tomorrow afternoon. —I see. Which room is it, madam? —Room 577—the name is Browning. —Ah yes, Mrs. Browning. You may keep the room till 3 pm if you wish. —Oh, that's nice. Thank you very much. Conversation 1: Mrs. Henderson has just answered the telephone. Frank wasn't in so she had to take a message for him. Listen to the conversation and look at the message she wrote. Julie: 789 6443. Who's calling, please? Paul: Paul Clark here. Can I speak to Mr. Henderson, please? Julie: Sorry, he's out at the moment. Can I take a message? Paul: Yes, please. Could you tell him that his car will be ready by 6 pm on Thursday? Julie: Yes, of course. I'll do that. What's your number, in case he wants to ring you? Paul: 2748 double 53. Julie: (repeating) 2 ... 7 ... 4, 8 ... double 5 ... 3. Thank you. Goodbye. Conversation 2: Male: 268 7435. Who's calling? Female: This is Helen Adams. Could I speak to my husband? Male: Sorry, Mr. Adams is out. Can I take a message? Female: Could you tell him that my mother is arriving on Thursday? At about 1 pm. Male: Right, Mrs. Adams. I'll do that. Where are you, in case he wants to ring you? Female: I'm not at home. The number here is 773 3298. Male: (repeating the number) 773 3298. Thank you. Goodbye. Conversation 3: Female: 575 4661. Who's calling, please? Male: This is Mr. Jones from the Daily Star. I'd like to talk to Mr. Henderson. Female: Sorry, I'm afraid he isn't in. Can I take a message? Male: Yes... Please tell him that the advertisement will definitely be in Friday's paper. That's Friday, the 13th of this month. Female: Certainly, Mr. Jones. What's the phone number, in case he has forgotten. Male: My number? (astounded) The number of the Daily Star? Everyone knows it. (chanting) 123 4567. Female: (laughing and repeating) 1-2-3 4-5-6-7. Thank you. Mr. Jones. Shopkeeper: Yes, Mrs. Davies? What could we do for you today? Mrs. Davies: I want to order some foods. Shopkeeper: Well, I thought that might be the reason you came here, Mrs. Davies. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Mrs. Davies: But I want rather a lot, so you'll have to deliver it. Shopkeeper: That's perfectly all right. You just order whatever you like and we'll send it straight round to your house this afternoon. Mrs. Davies: Right. Well, first of all I want two boxes of baked beans. Shopkeeper: You mean two tins?

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Mrs. Davies: No, I mean two boxes. Two boxes of tins of baked beans. Shopkeeper: But each box contains forty-eight tins. Are you really sure you want so many? I mean, it would take a long time to eat so many. Mrs. Davies: Who said anything about eating them? I'm saving them. Shopkeeper: Saving them? Mrs. Davies: Yes, for the war. Shopkeeper: War? Are we going to have a war? Mrs. Davies: You never know. I'm not taking any chances. I read the papers. You're not going to catch me stuck in the house without a thing to eat. So put down two boxes of baked beans, will you? And three boxes of rice, five boxes of spaghetti and you'd better send me a hundred tins of tomato sauce to go with it. Have you got that? Shopkeeper: Yes, two boxes of baked beans, three boxes of rice, five boxes of spaghetti and a hundred tins of tomato sauce. But I'm not sure we have all these things in stock. I mean not that amount. Mrs. Davies: How soon can you get them, then? Shopkeeper: Well, within the next few days. I don't suppose you'll be needing them before then, will you? Mrs. Davies: You never can tell. It's touch and go. I was watching the nice man on the television last night. You know, the one with the nice teeth. Lovely smile he's got. And he said, 'Well, you never can tell. And that set me thinking, you see. Anyway, you just deliver them as soon as you can. I shan't be going out again after today. Now ... now what else? Ah yes, tea and sugar. I'd better have a couple of boxes of each of those. No ... no make if four of sugar. I've got a sweet tooth. Shopkeeper: So two boxes of tea and four boxes of sugar. Anything else? It doesn't sound a very interesting diet. How about half a dozen boxes of tinned fish? Mrs. Davies: Fish? No, I can't stand fish. Oh, but that reminds me, eight boxes of cat food. Shopkeeper: Cat food? Mrs. Davies: Yes. Not for me. You don't think I'm going to sit there on my own, do you? A sailor once went into a pub in a very dark street in Liverpool. He got very drunk there and staggered out around 11 pm. Around midnight, one of his friends found him on his hands and knees in the gutter. "What are you doing there?" he inquired. "I'm looking for my wallet. I think I lost it in that dark street down there," he said. "Well, if you lost it in that street, why are you looking for it here?" the friend demanded. The sailor thought for a moment." Because the light is better here," he answered. A famous 85-year-old millionaire once gave a lecture at an American university. "I'm going to tell you how to live a long, healthy life and how to get very rich at the same time," he announced. "The secret is very simple. All you have to do is avoid bad habits like drinking and smoking. But you have to get up early every morning, work at least 10 hours a day and save every penny, as well," he said. A young man in the audience stood up. "My father did all those things and yet he died a very poor man at the age of only 39. How do you explain that?" he asked. The millionaire thought for a moment. "It's very simple. He didn't do them for long enough," he answered.

Lesson fifteen
—What flights are there from London to Vienna tomorrow? —If you'd like to take a seat, I'll find out for you. —I'd like to travel first class, please. —BEA Flight BE 502 takes off from Heathrow at 0925, and flies direct. —What time have I got to get there? —You'll have to be at West London Air Terminal by 0810 at the latest. Dialogue 2: —Another piece of meat pie? —No, thanks, really. I'm on a diet.

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—Please do. You've hardly eaten anything. —It's delicious, but I don't think l ought to. Dialogue 3: —How about a nice cup of tea before you go? —Yes, I'd love one. —How do you like it? —A strong one with three spoons for me, please. Dialogue 4: —What are you going to have to drink? —I'd like something cool. —Would you care for some cake? —Yes, I'll try a piece of cheese cake. —It certainly looks tempting. I wouldn't mind some myself. —Have you chosen something, sir? —Yes, I think I'll have the curry, please. —What would you like afterwards? —I'd like some fruit if you have any. —Would you like a cigarette? —No, thanks. I'm trying to cut down. —Go on. I owe you one from yesterday. —OK, but next time you must have one of mine. —I wonder if you could help me—I'm looking for a room. —I have got a vacancy, yes. —What sort of price are you asking? —Eight pounds fifty a week excluding laundry. —Would it be convenient to see the room? —Can you call back later? We're right in the middle of lunch. —Will Dr. Black be able to see me at about 9:15 tomorrow? —Sorry, but he's fully booked till eleven unless there's a cancellation. —Would ten to one be convenient? —Yes, he's free then. —Can you fix me up with a part-time job? —Anything in particular that appeals to you? —I was rather hoping to find something in a school. —Have you done that kind of thing before? —Yes, I was doing the same job last summer. —I might be able to help you, but I'd need references. (Mr. Radford has just dropped in for a quick lunch.) Waitress: A table for one, sir? Mr. Radford: Yes, please. Waitress: Are you having the set lunch? Mr. Radford: Yes. Waitress: What would you like to start with? Mr. Radford: What's the soup of the day? Waitress: Mushroom. Mr. Radford: Yes, please. I'll have that. Waitress: And for your main course? Mr. Radford: The plaice, I think, and apple tart to follow. Waitress: Would you like something to drink with your meal? Mr. Radford: Yes. A lager please. Waitress: Thank you. Waiter: Good afternoon. Mr. Blackmore: Good afternoon. I have a table for two under the name of Blackmore. Waiter: Yes, sir. Would you like to come this way? Mr. Blackmore: Thank you. Waiter: Can I take your coat, madam? Mrs. Blackmore: Thank you. Waiter: Will this table do for you? Mr. Blackmore: That will be fine, thanks. Waitress: Would you like a drink before your meal? Mrs. Blackmore: Yes. A dry sherry, please. Mr. Blackmore: Half of bitter for me. Waiter: Are you ready to order? Mr. Blackmore: Yes, I think so. Waiter: What would you like for starters, madam? Mrs. Blackmore: I can't decide. What do you recommend? Waiter: Well, the prawns are always popular. The patè is very good ... Mrs. Blackmore: The prawns then please, for me.

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Waiter: And for you, sir? Mr. Blackmore: I think I'll try the soup. Waiter: Very good, sir. And to follow? Mrs. Blackmore: Rack of lamb, I think. Waiter: And for you, sir? Mr. Blackmore: I'll have the steak. Waiter: How would you like your steak done, sir? Mr. Blackmore: Medium rare, please. Waiter: Thank you. Would you like to see the wine list? Mr. Blackmore: Do you have a house wine? Waiter: Yes, sir. Red or white? Mr. Blackmore: Do you have half bottles or half carafes? Waiter: Yes, sir. Mr. Blackmore: One of each then, please. Reporter: Now, Susan. You've had a few minutes to rest. Can you tell us something about yourself? How old are you and what do you do? Susan: I'm twenty-two and I'm a bus conductress. Reporter: A bus conductress! So you're used to collecting money. Who taught you to cycle? Susan: Nobody. I taught myself. I've been cycling since I was five. Reporter: And who bought that beautiful racing cycle for you? Susan: I bought it myself. I worked overtime. Reporter: Good for you! And what are you going to do now? Susan; Now? If you mean this minute, I'm going to have a long hot bath. Reporter: You must need to relax. Again, congratulations. That was Susan James, winner of this year's London to Brighton cycle race. I hope I never grow old! My grandfather lives with us and he's making my life a misery. When I was small he was kind and cheerful. But now he's always complaining and criticising. I mustn't interrupt when he's talking. It's rude. He doesn't like my clothes. 'Nice girls don't dress like that.' I shouldn't wear make-up. 'Natural beauty is best.' Sometimes he interferes with my homework. 'When I was young we used to do maths differently,' he says. Honestly, he's so old he doesn't know anything. But that doesn't stop him criticising me. He doesn't like my friends or my favorite records. 'You're making too much noise,' he calls. 'I can't get to sleep.' When he's not complaining he's asking questions. 'Where are you going? Where have you been? Why aren't you helping your mother?' He thinks I'm six, not sixteen. Anyway, why can't I do what I like? It's my life, not his. Philip is a very interesting boy. He is clever but he doesn't like school. He hates studying but he is very keen on learning new practical skills. In his spare time he often repairs motorbikes. He likes helping the neighbours in their vegetable gardens, too.

Lesson sixteen
—How shall I do it, sir? —Just tidy it up a bit, please. —Do you want some spray? —No, nothing at all. Thank you very much. —Is anybody looking after you? —No. I'm after a size 40 V-neck pullover in grey. —The best I can do is a 36. —Could you order me one? —I should imagine so, yes. If you leave your address, I'll contact you. —How much is this greetings telegram to Germany, please? —I'll just make sure. Anything else? —Yes. Half a dozen air mail labels and a book of stamps. —Seventy-five pence exactly, please. —I keep feeling dizzy, and I've got a headache. —How long has this been going on? —It came on yesterday. —I should say you're generally run down. —What ought I to do?

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—It's nothing serious, but you'd better stay in bed for a day or two. —Mrs. Hughes, this is Peter Brown. —How do you do? —How do you do? —How do you find things over here? —If it wasn't for the climate, I'd like it very much. —It won't take you long to settle down. —If you'll excuse me, I really should be off now. —Not yet surely. Have another drink at least. —No, thank you all the same. —Oh dear! What a pity! —Thank you very much indeed for the delicious meal. —Thank you for coming. —I'm afraid I didn't quite hear what you said. —I said, 'There's no rush. I can take you in the car.' —Won't it make you late? —No, I'm going right past your place. —That radio's terribly loud. Could you turn it down a fraction? —Sorry! Is it disturbing you? —Yes, and something else—wouldn't it be an idea to buy your own soap? —Sorry! I didn't realize you felt so strongly about it. (Two customers are at the "Happy Hamburger".) Waiter: Can I take your orders, please? 1st Man: Yes. A Maxi Quarterpounder for me, please. With chips. Waiter: Anything else, sir? 1st Man: A banana long boat, I think. Waiter: What would you like to drink with your meal? 1st Man: Can I have a beer? Waiter: I'm sorry sir, we are not licensed to sell alcohol. 1st Man: A cold milk then, please. Waiter: And for you, sir? 2nd Man: I'll have the cheeseburger with a green salad, please. Waiter: And to follow? 2nd Man: I'll decide later. Waiter: And to drink? 2nd Man: Cola, please. —Can I get breakfast in my room? —Certainly, sir. It's served in your room from 8 until 10. —How do I order it? —Just ask for Room Service on the phone, or I can make a note of it if you like, sir. —Yes, I'd like it at 8.30 tomorrow morning—that's the continental breakfast. —Very good, sir. —I've just spilled some soup on my best dress, and we're leaving first thing the day after tomorrow. How on earth can I get it cleaned? —If you hand it in for dry cleaning before 9 tomorrow morning, it'll be returned to you the same day. I can get you Room Service and arrange it now if you like, madam. —Oh, could you really? That would be wonderful. —I've just spilled some soup on my best dress, and we're leaving first thing the day after tomorrow. How on earth can I get it cleaned? —If you hand it in for dry cleaning before 9 tomorrow morning, it'll be returned to you the same day. I can get you Room Service and arrange it now if you like, madam. —Oh, could you really? That would be wonderful. —I thought you had TV in all your rooms here. —I'm afraid not, sir, but we can install one in your room. —Will that be extra? —Yes, sir. Our charge for a color TV is four Finnish marks per day. —Well, I'll have to ask my wife what she thinks.

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—Very good, sir, and if you decide to rent one, would you please call Room Service? —(Sarcastically) Are you free to answer my question at last? —Yes, of course, madam—as you see, we've been rather busy today. —So it seems. I tried to find a maid this morning, but there wasn't anyone there. —When you want Room Service, madam, just lift the phone in your room and ask for Room Service. —Oh, that's how you do it—and how was I supposed to know? (Background sound of voices / glasses clinking / ice. Interrupted by doorbell.) Mrs. Phillips: How nice to see you, Mrs. Adams. Do come in. I'll take your coat. Henry ... Henry ... Mr. and Mrs. Adams are here. Mrs. Adams: It's very kind of you to invite us. Is it a special occasion? Mr. Phillips: Good evening, Mrs. Adams. Good evening, sir. What would you like to drink? Mr. Adams: My wife is driving tonight so I'll need something strong. Mr. Phillips: Follow me. Everyone's in the sitting room. (Background sounds of subdued merriment, voices, glasses, interrupted by the sound of metal on glass. Pause while noises stop.) Mr. Phillips: Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to tell you the reason for this party. Of course, we're always delighted to see all of you but ... what I want to say is ... Helen has just won a prize. She entered a competition and we're going to Bermuda on a free holiday. (Background sounds of congratulations. 'Well done, Helen.' 'Congratulations.' 'What a surprise. When are you leaving?') Mr. Phillips: Now I'd like to ask my wife to tell you about her success. Helen? Mrs. Phillips: Well, all I can say is: what a surprise! I had no idea I was going to win. I didn't even know I was going to enter the competition. Henry did all the work, didn't you, Henry? He told me how to fill in the form, how to answer the questions and how to write one sentence about Fluorex Toothpaste. The strange thing is ... we've never used it. James and Patrick were alone in the office. Patrick: You're not looking very cheerful. What's the matter with you? James: Oh, nothing special. I'm just a bit fed up. Patrick: With the job? James: With everything, with catching the same train every morning, sitting in the same office all day, watching the same television programs ... Patrick: You need a holiday. James: It wasn't always like this, you know. Patrick: How do you mean? James: Well, our great-great-grandfathers had more fun, didn't they? I mean, they hunted for their food and grew their own vegetables and did things for themselves. We do the same sort of job for years and years. There's no variety in our lives. Patrick: You need a holiday. That's what's the matter with you. Imagine you are being interviewed for a job you really want. How would you answer these questions? 1. What was the worst problem you encountered in your present job? 2. How did you handle it? 3. Why do you want to leave your present job? 4. What are you most proud of having done in your present job? 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this job? 6. What sort of boss would you most like to work for? 7. Supposing a member of your staff was frequently away from work, claiming to be ill, what action would you take? 8. If you were working as a part of the team, what unspoken rules of behavior would you observe?

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9. How long do you plan to stay in this job? Waiter: Yes, madam. What sort of fruit juice would you like to start with? Woman: The pineapple juice. Waiter: Would you prefer honey, marmalade or jam? Woman: Oh, marmalade, please. Waiter: And what would you like to drink, madam? Woman: Coffee, please, black coffee. Head Waiter: "Deep Sea Restaurant". Head Waiter. Good morning. Woman: I'd like to reserve a table for five. Head Waiter: And was that today, madam? Woman: Of course. Head Waiter: At what time, madam? Woman: Oh, about three o'clock, I suppose. Head Waiter: I'm afraid we only serve lunch until 3 pm, madam. Woman: Oh well, two o'clock then, and it must be by a window. Head Waiter: Very good, and what name, please? Woman: Bellington, Mrs. Martha Bellington. Head Waiter: Very good, Mrs. Bellington. A table for five at 2 pm today. Head Waiter: "Deep Sea Restaurant." Good morning. Man: Do you have a table for two this evening? Head Waiter: Certainly, sir. At what time was it? Man: What time does the band start playing? Head Waiter: At 8 pm, sir. Man: Right. Make it 7:30 then, and near the dance floor if possible. Head Waiter: Very good, sir. And what name, please? Man: Kryzkoviak. Head Waiter: Could you just repeat that, please? Man: Kryzkoviak, that's Polish, you know. K-R-Y-Z-K-O-V-I-A-K. Head Waiter: Yes. Thank you, Mr. Kryzkoviak. We look forward to seeing you. —What shall we do tonight? —How about the cinema? —That's a good idea. We haven't been for ages. —What would you like to see? —Oh, I don't know. Spy Story?

Lesson seventeen
—What's the postage on these letters to Thailand, please? —I'll have to check. Do you need anything else? —Yes. A three pence stamp, please. —That'll be eighty-five pence in all. —I wish you wouldn't have your TV so loud. —Sorry! Were you trying to sleep? —Yes, and while I think of it—please ask when you borrow the iron. —I really ought to have known better. Sorry! —Wendy, I'd like you to meet my brother, Sam. —How do you do? —How do you do? —What do you think of life in England? —I'm still feeling pretty homesick. —It's bound to be strange at first. —It's time we were off. —So soon? Can't you stay a little longer? —I wish I could, but I'm late already. —What a shame! —Thank you for a wonderful meal. —I'm glad you enjoyed it. —Sorry, but I didn't quite catch that. —I said, 'Can I give you a lift?' —Isn't it out of your way? —No, it's on my way home. —I feel shivery and I've got a pain in my stomach. —How long have you had it? —The best part of a week. —By the sound of it, you've caught a chill. —What should I do? —I'll give you something for it, and come to see you in a couple of days. Woman: I'd like the continental breakfast, please.

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—Spy Story? That terrible, old film? —But it's got James Perevelle in it. I'm still trying to write a story about him, you know. —But I've seen it before. —Never mind. Perhaps you'll like it better the second time. (In the cinema) —(You look so beautiful in that dress. Why do you have to die?) —Would you like an ice cream? —Shhhh. No, thank you. —(Let's run away together and forget about the whole world.) —What about some chocolates? —Shut up! I'm watching the film. —Well, I'm gonna get myself some chocolates. —(Just you and me and nobody else.) (After the film) —That was really wonderful. —Wonderful? Don't be silly. —He's a fantastic actor. —Do you feel alright? —Of course, I do. —I just wondered. You don't usually like rubbish films like that. —It wasn't rubbish at all. Some of the films you like are really terrible, though. The spaceship flew around the new planet several times. The planet was blue and green. They couldn't see the surface of the planet because there were too many white clouds. The spaceship descended slowly through the clouds and landed in the middle of a green forest. The two astronauts put on their space suits, opened the door, climbed carefully down the ladder, and stepped onto the planet. The woman looked at a small control unit on her arm. 'It's all right,' she said to the man. 'We can breathe the air ... it's a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen.' Both of them took off their helmets and breathed deeply. They looked at everything carefully. All the plants and animals looked new and strange. They could not find any intelligent life. After several hours, they returned to their spaceship. Everything looked normal. The man switched on the controls, but nothing happened. 'Something's wrong,' he said. 'I don't understand ... the engines aren't working.' He switched on the computer, but that didn't work either. 'Eve,' he said, 'we're stuck here ... we can't take off!' 'Don't worry, Adam,' she replied. 'They'll rescue us soon.' There were angry scenes yesterday outside No. 10 Downing Street as London school teachers protested about their salaries and conditions. London teachers are now in the second week of their strike for better pay. Tim Burston, BBC correspondent for education was there.

Lesson eighteen
—Cigarette? —No, thanks. Not before lunch. —Please have one. It's a new brand. —I honestly don't feel like one at the moment, thanks. —I believe you take in foreign students. —Yes, if you don't mind sharing. —How much is it? —Nine pounds per week including heating. —Do you think I could have a look at it, please? —We're having it decorated at the moment. Will Friday do? —I wonder whether the dentist could fit me in early tomorrow. —I'm afraid there's nothing before midday. —How about 12:45? —Sorry, but that's taken, too.

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—I was wondering whether you needed any part-timers. —What were you thinking of? —A hotel job of some sort. —Have you ever done anything similar? —Not so far, no. —There's nothing at present, but look back in a week. —How do you want it, sir? —Just a trim, please. —Would you like it washed? —No, thank you. Just leave it as it is. —Are you being served? —No. What have you got in the way of brown suede jackets, size forty-two? —Sorry, but we're sold right out. —Are you likely to be getting any more in? —I should think so, yes. If you leave your phone number, I'll ring you. —Eastbourne 54655. —Hello. John here. Can I speak to Mary, please? —Hold the line, please. —OK. —Sorry, but she's out. —Would you tell her I rang? —I'd be glad to. —4864459. —Hello. David Black speaking. May I have a word with June? —I'll just see if she's in. —Right you are. —I'm afraid she's not here. —Could you take a message? —Yes, of course. (Elina Malinen was in fact invited for an interview at the "Bon Appetit Restaurant". Here is part of the interview.) Johnson: Good evening, Miss Malinen. Won't you sit down? Elina: Good evening. Thank you. Johnson: Now, I notice you left the Hotel Scandinavia in l980. What are you now doing in England? Elina: I'm spending a few months brushing up my English and getting to know the country better. Johnson: And you want to work in England too. Why? Elina: I'm keen on getting some experience abroad, and I like England and English people. Johnson: Good. Now, I see from the information you sent me that you've worked in your last employment for nearly four years. Was that a large restaurant? Elina: Medium-size for Finland, about forty tables. Johnson: I see. Well, you'd find it rather different here. Ours is much smaller, we have only ten tables. Elina: That must be very cosy. Johnson: We try to create a warm, intimate atmosphere. Now, as to the job, you would be expected to look after five tables normally, though we get in extra staff for peak periods. Elina: I see. Johnson: I'm the Restaurant Manager and Head Waiter, so you'd be working directly under me. You'd be responsible for bringing in the dishes from the kitchen, serving the drinks, and if necessary looking after the bills. So you'd be kept pretty busy. Elina: I'm used to that. In my last position we were busy most of the time, especially in summer. Johnson: Good. Now, is there anything you'd like to ask about the job? Elina: Well, the usual question—what sort of salary were you thinking of paying? Johnson: We pay our waiters forty pounds a week, and you would get your evening meal free. Elina: I see. Johnson: Now, you may have wondered why I asked you here so late in the day. The fact is, I would like to see you in action, so to speak. Would you be willing to act as a waitress here this evening for half-an-hour or so? Our first customer will be coming in, let me see, in about ten minutes' time.

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Elina: Well, I'm free this evening otherwise. Johnson: Good. And in return perhaps you will have dinner with us? Now, let me show you the kitchen first. This way, please ... Tom: Well, what's the forecast? Are we going to have more snow? And ... is your mother awake? Helen: Hang on, Dad. The first answer is 'yes' and the second is 'no'. Let's have a cup of tea. Tom: That's a good idea. ... Where's Jean? Where's your mother? Jean, how about some breakfast? Helen: Shh. Mother's still asleep, as I've told you. Tom: And what about the twins? Where are Peter and Paul? Helen: They were sick all night. That's why Mum is so tired today. And ... they're having a birthday party tomorrow. Remember? Tom: Another birthday? Helen, look at the clock. It's 8:45. Let's go. We're going to be late. —Me, officer? You're joking! —Come off it, Mulligan. For a start, you spent three days watching the house. You shouldn't have done that, you know. The neighbors got suspicious and phoned the police ... —But I was only looking, officer. —... and on the day of the robbery, you really shouldn't have used your own car. We got your number. And if you'd worn a mask, you wouldn't have been recognized. —I didn't go inside! —Ah, there's another thing. You should've worn gloves, Mulligan. If you had, you wouldn't have left your fingerprints all over the house. We found your fingerprints on the jewels, too. —You mean ... you've found the jewels? —Oh yes. Where you ... er ... 'hid' them. Under your mattress. —My God! You know everything! I'll tell you something, officer—you shouldn't have joined the police force. If you'd taken up burglary, you'd have made a fortune! Why do people play football? It's a stupid game, and dangerous too. Twenty-two men fight for two hours to kick a ball into a net. They get more black eyes than goals. On dry, hard pitches they break their bones. On muddy ones they sprain their muscles. Footballers must be mad. And why do people watch football? They must be mad too. They certainly shout and scream like madmen. In fact I'm afraid to go out when there's a football match. The crowds are so dangerous. I'd rather stay at home and watch TV. But what happens when I switch on? They're showing a football match. So I turn on the radio. What do I hear? 'The latest football scores.' And what do I see when I open a newspaper? Photos of footballers, interviews with footballers, reports of football matches. Footballers are the heroes of the twentieth century. They're rich and famous. Why? Because they can kick a ball around. How stupid! Everyone seems to be mad about football, but I'm not. Down with football, I say. Mrs. Brink: Come in. Oh, it's you again, Tom. What have you done this time? Tom: I've cut my finger and it's bleeding a lot. Mrs. Brink: Let me see, Tom ... Hmmm, that is a bad cut. I can clean it and put a plaster on it, but you'll have to see the doctor.

Lesson nineteen
—Good morning. Can I see Mr. Johnson, please? —Have you an appointment? —Yes, at half past ten. —What's your name, please? —McDonald, Jane McDonald. —Ah, yes. Mr. Johnson's expecting you. This way, please. Mr. Johnson's room is on the next floor. —What does your friend do for a living? —He's one of those people who give legal advice. —Oh, I see. He is a solicitor, you mean. —Yes. That's the word I was looking for. My vocabulary is still very small, I'm afraid. —Never mind. You explained what you meant.

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—What shall we do this weekend? —Let's go for a walk. —Where shall we go, then? —Let's go to the new forest. We haven't been there for a long time. —That's a good idea. I'll call for you in a car at about half past ten. Is that alright? —That'll be splendid. See you tomorrow, then. Goodbye. —You have some brown, suede shoes in the window at four pounds. Would you show me a pair in size six, please? —Oh, what a pity. We have no size six left in that style. But we have a pair in slightly different style. —Can I try them on? —Yes, of course. —I like these very much. How much are they? —They are exactly the same price. Four pounds. —Good. I'll have them, then. —Excuse me, but I really must go now. —Oh, must you? It's still quite early. —I'm terribly sorry, but I have to be at home by midnight. My wife will be very worried. —I quite understand. What time does your train go? —At 11:15. Dear me, it's gone 11:00. I'll have to ask you to drive me to the station. —That's alright. But you must come again soon. —That's most kind of you. —You are up early this morning. —Yes. I've been out and bought a paper. —Good. Then you can tell me what the weather's like. —It's freezing. —Oh, dear, not again. —Don't worry. It's not nearly as cold as yesterday. —Thank goodness for that. —Excuse me, can you tell me where the "James Bond" film is showing? —Yes, at the Palace Cinema. —Do you happen to know when it starts? —I don't know when it starts, but I can tell you how to find out. It's here in the local paper. —Can you show me which page it is on? —Here it is. But I don't know which performance you want to see. —Why aren't you eating your breakfast? —I don't feel very well. —Oh, dear, what's the matter? —I feel feverish. I'm shivering. —Go and lie down. I'll send for the doctor. —Look, I hate causing any bother. I prefer working it off. —Certainly not. You must go to bed and keep warm. —Why aren't you eating your breakfast? —I don't feel very well. —Oh, dear, what's the matter? —I feel feverish. I'm shivering. —Go and lie down. I'll send for the doctor. —Look, I hate causing any bother. I prefer working it off. —Certainly not. You must go to bed and keep warm. —Why aren't you eating your breakfast? —I don't feel very well. —Oh, dear, what's the matter? —I feel feverish. I'm shivering. —Go and lie down. I'll send for the doctor. —Look, I hate causing any bother. I prefer working it off. —Certainly not. You must go to bed and keep warm. Mike: (confused) Look, Jenny. I don't understand what's going on. You said your sister was arriving at 7:30. It's 8:30 now. Jenny: I'm sorry, Mike. I don't understand either. Here's Helena's telegram. Have a look at it. Mike: Arriving Heathrow Tuesday 19:30. Can't wait to see you. (sarcastic) Can't wait to see you. Hmmm.

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I can't wait to see her. Jenny, where's she coming from? What airline is she traveling on? What's the flight number? Jenny: I don't know, do I? This telegram is the only information I have. Mike: Never mind, Jenny. Let's have a coffee. We can sit down and think about the best thing to do. —Have you ever been chased by a dog, Keith? —No, I haven't, but I have been chased by a bull. —Really? —Yes, it was a couple of weekends ago—I was ... er ... I was going for a walk out in the country following this footpath and it went through a field, and I was so busy looking out for the footpath that I didn't notice that the field was full of young bullocks. And the trouble was I was wearing this bright red anorak, and suddenly the bulls started bucking and jumping up and down and started chasing me. —What did you do? —Well, I was pretty scared—I just ran for the nearest fence and jumped over it. —Actually I do know somebody who once got bitten by a dog while he was jogging. —Was he? How did that happen? —Well, he was running past a farm when suddenly this sheepdog came out and started barking at him, so he tried to kick it out of the way but then suddenly the dog jumped up and bit him in the leg. I think he had to go to the doctor to make sure it wasn't infected. My grandfather was called Charles, and my grandmother was called Ann. They lived in Manchester. My grandmother died last year, aged ninety-eight. They had three children, named David, John and Alice. They are, of course, my father, my uncle, and aunt. My father is called David, and he is the eldest of the three. My mother is called Mary. My father was an engineer. He's retired now. My father's brother, my uncle, as I said, is called John. He's married to Heidi. They have two children. The oldest is called Simon, and the younger one is called Sally. My uncle John is in the army, serving in Germany. Simon is married to a girl called Diana. They have two children, Richard and Fiona. My auntie, Alice, married a man called Henry Jones. They moved to Australia when I was very young. I don't remember them very well. My husband's name is Andy. We have two children, Ida aged two and Tom who is six months old. We're working in China now, and may visit Aunt Alice next year. I was born in Scotland. In Glasgow to be exact. In the early 1950s and I suppose like everybody else, I went to school. Primary school, then secondary school. The only difference really is that I always went to the same school from when I was aged five, right through until I was aged eighteen. So there wasn't really much to relate about that part of my life. I suppose it was much the same as everybody else's. I lived in my hometown, Paisley, all that time. But then aged eighteen, like most British people of my sort of class and so on, I left my hometown and moved away to university. A lot of British people don't go to their local university—they go to another one which is further away. Possibly because they'd rather not stay at home with their parents. So I left my hometown of Paisley and I went to St. Andrews on the east coast of Scotland. There I studied English and then Modern History, and so for four years I studied those subjects and was very happy. Later I left St. Andrews with a degree in Modern History, and not really knowing what I wanted to do. I wasn't sure whether I'd go on to do some research or whether I'd like to be a teacher. So I took a year off to think about it. And then one year later I decided I wanted to be a teacher and I went to Teacher Training College. And this time yet again it was in another part of the country. In Newcastle in the northeast of England, so there I trained to be a teacher and I qualified as a teacher of History and English. And after that year I began work—real work for the first time in my 1ife. I suppose this would be around 1977.

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So then I went to work in a comprehensive school in southeast England outside London in a place called Basildon. And there I taught History, but I found out I really disliked both the place, Basildon, and the school. It was a terrible school. So I thought I don't want to be stuck here the rest of my life. I want to try something different. So I did something completely different. I went to er ... would you believe, the Sudan. And I ended up in Omdurman which is near the capital city of Khartoum in Sudan. And I taught English, I taught English to foreigners—to, in fact, teachers of English in a Teacher Training College. That went on for a couple of years. And then I returned to Britain where I did my Master's degree in Applied Linguistics. This time, again, in another part of the country. In Wales, in North Wales, at a place called Bangor. After graduating, and getting my master's, I went and I taught at Lancaster University. I taught Algerian students who were going to come to British universities to study. Then I went, for quite a long time, to Yugoslavia, to Lubijiana to be exact. And I taught ESP. ESP means English for Special Purposes—in particular I taught Scientific English in a Chemistry Department connected to UNESCO, U-N-E-S-C-O. And so I worked there for five years and then I moved, but still in the same city. I moved to another job, in medical English, in a hospital—which was also connected with UNESCO. After a total of seven years in Yugoslavia, and I left and I ended up here where I am now in China, teaching at Yiwai. Doctor Sowanso is the Secretary General of the United Nations. He's one of the busiest men in the world. He's just arrived at New Delhi Airport now. The Indian Prime Minister is meeting him. Later they'll talk about Asian problems. Yesterday he was in Moscow. He visited the Kremlin and had lunch with Soviet leaders. During lunch they discussed international politics. Tomorrow he'll fly to Nairobi. He'll meet the President of Kenya and other African leaders. He'll be there for twelve hours. The day after tomorrow he'll be in London. He'll meet the British Prime Minister and they'll talk about European economic problems. Next week he'll be back at the United Nations in New York. Next Monday he'll speak to the General Assembly about his world tour. Then he'll need a short holiday.

Lesson twenty
—Excuse me, but could you tell me the way to the cinema, please? —No, I'm sorry I can't. I'm a stranger in these parts. But why don't you ask that man with a beard? He'll be able to tell you, I'm sure. —Which one do you mean? —Look, the one over there, by the lamp-post. —Ah, yes. I can see him now. Thank you very much. —Not at all. —You are not eating your breakfast. —I don't feel very well. —Oh, dear, what's the matter? —I got a terrible headache. —You must go back to bed. You look quite ill. —I don't want to cause any bother. I'd rather work it off. —Out of the question. You must go to bed and keep warm. —I'm sorry to bother you. Can you tell me where War and Peace is showing? —Yes. At the Empire Cinema. —Would you know when it starts? —No. I can't tell you when it begins. But I know how you can find out. It's here in this Entertainment's Guide. —Can you show me which page is it on? —Certainly. But I'm not sure whether you want to go early or late.

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—You are up early this morning. —Yes. I've been out and bought a paper. —Good. Then you'll be able to tell me what the weather's like. —It's raining. —Oh, dear, not again. —Don't worry, it's not nearly as wet as it was yesterday. —Thank goodness for that. —Good morning. Can I see Mr. Baker, please? —Have you an appointment? —Yes, at ten o'clock. —What's your name, please. —Jones, Andrew Jones. —Ah, yes. Mr. Baker is expecting you. Will you come this way, please? Mr. Baker's office is along the corridor. —What does your friend do for a living? —She is one of those persons who look after people in a hospital. —Oh, I see. She is a nurse, you mean. —Yes. That's the word I was looking for. My vocabulary is rather poor, I'm afraid. —Never mind. You explained that very well. —What shall we do this weekend? —Let's go for a swim. —Where shall we go for it? —Let's go to Long Beach. We haven't been there for a long time. —That's a splendid idea. I'll call for you in a car at eleven o'clock. Is that alright for you? —Yes. That'll be perfect. See you tomorrow, then. Goodbye. —You have some black, walking shoes in the window. Would you show me a pair in size seven, please? —Oh, dear, what a pity! There are none left in size seven. Here is a pair in a slightly different style. —Can I try them on? —Yes, of course. —I like these very much. What do they cost? —They cost 4.25 pounds. —Good. I'll have them, then. —Excuse me, but I must say goodbye now. —Can't you stay a little longer? —No, I'm sorry, but I really must go. I shall miss my bus if I don't hurry. —When does your bus go? —At ten o'clock. Good gracious, it's already 10:15. I'll have to ask you to drive me home. —That's alright, but I hope to see you again soon. —That's most kind of you. Woman: Which do you prefer: driving a car yourself or being a passenger? Man: Well—that depends. I enjoy driving, especially on long empty roads where I can go nice and fast. But I'm not very fond of sitting in traffic jams waiting for lights to change, and things like that. I suppose I don't mind being a passenger, but only if I'm sure that the other person really can drive properly. Woman: So you don't really like being in other people's cars, then? Man: Well, as I say, it's all right with a good driver. Then I can relax, sit back and enjoy the scenery. But yes, you're right—on the whole I certainly prefer driving to being a passenger. —Hello, Allen. This is Collin speaking. — —Fine. How about you? — —Good. And how's Bob feeling after his holiday? — —I see. I've got quite a lot to tell you. — —I've just got engaged! — —Yes! No. We haven't fixed the date yet. — —What's she like? — —Lovely girl! We met on a bus, believe it or not.

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— —Yes. We just happened to be sitting together and got into the conversation. And we made a date for the same evening, and discovered we've got a lot in common, you know, same interests and, we laugh at the same things. — —No. You don't know her. Hmm. At least she doesn't know you or Bob. — —Oh, about three weeks now. — —Well, yes. It was quite a sudden decision, but I feel really happy. I'd like you both to meet her. Now, how about a meal together one evening soon? — —Would you ask Bob to ring me? — —Oh, I must go now. My boss has just come into the office. Bye. — —Oh, thanks. Bye. Everyone knows him as Old Arthur. He lives in a little hut in the middle of a small wood, about a mile from the village. He visits the village store twice a week to buy food and paraffin, and occasionally he collects letters and his pension from the post office. A few weeks ago, a reporter from the local newspaper interviewed him. This is what he said: I get up every morning with the birds. There is a stream near my hut and I fetch water from there. It's good, clear, fresh water, better than you get in the city. Occasionally, in the winter, I have to break the ice. I cook simple food on my old paraffin stove, mostly stews and things like that. Sometimes I go to the pub and have a drink, but I don't see many people. I don't feel lonely. I know this wood very well, you see. I know all the little birds and animals that live here and they know me. I don't have much money, but I don't need much. I think I'm a lucky man. James wrote a play for television, about an immigrant family who came to England from Pakistan, and the problems they had settling down in England. The play was surprisingly successful, and it was bought by an American TV company. James was invited to go to New York to help with the production. He lived in Dulwich, which is an hour's journey away from Heathrow. The flight was due to leave at 8:30 am, so he had to be at the airport about 7:30 in the morning. He ordered a mini-cab for 6:30, set his alarm for 5:45, and went to sleep. Unfortunately he forgot to wind the clock, and it stopped shortly after midnight. Also the driver of the mini-cab had to work very late that night and overslept. James woke with that awful feeling that something was wrong. He looked at his alarm clock. It stood there silently, with the hands pointing to ten past twelve. He turned on the radio and discovered that it was, in fact, ten to nine. He swore quietly and switched on the electric kettle. He was just pouring the boiling water into the teapot when the nine o'clock pips sounded on the radio. The announcer began to read the news: "... reports are coming in of a crash near Heathrow Airport. A Boeing 707 bound for New York crashed shortly after taking off this morning. Flight number 2234 ..." James turned pale. "My flight," he said out loud. "If I hadn't overslept, I'd have been on that plane." Interviewer: Do you mind if I ask you why you've never got married? Dennis: Uh ... well, that isn't easy to answer. Interviewer: Is it that you've never met the right woman? Is that it? Dennis: I don't know. Several times I have met a woman who seemed right, as you say. But for some reason it's never worked out. Interviewer: No? Why not? Dennis: Hmm. I'm not really sure. Interviewer: Well, could you perhaps describe what happened with one of these women? Dennis: Uh ... yes, there was Cynthia, for example.

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Interviewer: And what kind of woman was she? Dennis: Intelligent. Beautiful. She came from the right social background, as well. I felt I really loved her. But then something happened. Interviewer: What? Dennis: I found out that she was still seeing an old boyfriend of hers. Interviewer: Was that so bad? I mean, why did you ... why did you feel that ... Dennis: She had told me that her relationship was all over, which ... uh ... which was a lie. Interviewer: Are you saying that it was because she had lied to you that you decided to break off the relationship? Dennis: Yes, yes, exactly ... Obviously, when I found out that she had lied to me, I simply couldn't ... uh ... well, I simply couldn't trust her any more. And of course that meant that we couldn't possibly get married. Interviewer: Uh, huh. I see. At least, I think I do. But ... you said there were several women who seemed 'right.' Dennis: Yes. Interviewer: Well, ... what happened the other times? Dennis: Well, once I met someone who I think I loved very deeply but ... unfortunately she didn't share my religious views. Interviewer: Your religious views? Dennis: Yes, I expect the woman I finally marry to agree with me on such ... such basic things as that. Interviewer: I see. Dennis: Does that sound old-fashioned? Interviewer: Uh ... no. Not necessarily. What was her name, by the way? Dennis: Sarah. Interviewer: Do you think you'll ever meet someone who meets ... uh ... how shall I say it ... who meets all your ... requirements? Dennis: I don't know. How can I? But I do feel it's important not to ... not to just drift into ... a relationship, simply because I might be lonely. Interviewer: Are you lonely? Dennis: Sometimes. Aren't we all? But I know that I can live alone, if necessary. And I think I would far prefer to do that ... to live alone ... rather than to marry somebody who isn't really ... uh ... well, really what I'm looking for ... what I really want. Every color has a meaning. And as you choose a color, you might like to remember that it's saying something. We've said that red is lovable. Green, on the other hand, stands for hope; it is tranquil. Pink is romantic, while brown is serious. White is an easy one—white is pure. Orange is generous. Violet is mysterious, turquoise is strong and blue is definitely feminine.

Lesson twenty-one
—Can I see Zulu on Sunday? —I'm not sure. —Do you like football? —Yes, very much. —Would you like to go to a match on the 18th of December? —I'd like to see Coming Home at the Royal Theatre. —What a good idea! Do you know what time it starts? —I think it starts at 8 pm. —Tomorrow is the third of December. It's my birthday and I'm going to the George and Dragon. Would you like to come? —To celebrate your birthday? Of course I would. What group's playing? —The Riverside Stompers, I think. —I like organ music. Do you know where I can hear a recital? —Try St. Mary's Church. I know they have a beautiful organ.

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—I'd like to go to a recital on the 16th of December, but I'm working from ten to four. Do you know what time the recital begins? —Sorry, I'm afraid I don't. Why don't you look at your "What's on"? 1st Student: Well, first of all, I'm intending to have a good holiday abroad, just traveling round Europe, and then when I get tired of traveling I'm going to—well, come back and start looking for a job. I haven't quite decided yet what job, but I'm probably going to try and get a job in advertising of some kind. 2nd Student: Well, eventually I'm planning to open my own restaurant. Only I haven't got enough money to do that at the moment, of course, so I've decided to get a temporary job for a year or so, and I'm going to work really hard and try and save as much money as possible. Actually, I'm thinking of working as a waiter, or some job in a restaurant anyway ... Male Voice: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Victoria Hall for our annual presentation of the Nurse of the Year Award. First I'd like to introduce Dame Alice Thornton. Dame Alice is now retired after more than forty years of dedicated service to the public and the nursing profession. Dame Alice Thornton. Male Voice: Dame Alice, you were the first nurse of the year. That was thirty years ago. Would you now announce this year's winner? Dame Alice: Good evening. It gives me great pleasure to introduce our nurse of the year, Miss Helen Taylor. Dame Alice: Miss Taylor, you have been awarded this prize as a result of recommendations from your senior officers, your colleagues and the parents of the children you nurse. Here are some of the recommendations: 'efficient but patient', 'helpful and happy', 'strict but caring', 'human and interested'. These are the greatest recommendations any nurse could receive. I congratulate you! Jerry: Could I speak to you for a few minutes, Mr. Sherwin? Sherwin: I'm very busy at the moment. Can't it wait until tomorrow? Jerry: Uh, ... well, it's rather urgent. And it won't take long. Sherwin: Oh, all right, then. What is it? Jerry: It's a personal matter. Uh, you see, my wife is ill and has to go into hospital. Sherwin: Sorry to hear that. But why do you want to talk to me about it? Jerry: Because ... because we have a baby and there's nobody to look after her while she's in hospital. Sherwin: Who? Your wife? Jerry: No, no. My daughter. Sherwin: Oh, I see. But I still don't understand what all this has to do with me. Jerry: But that's what I'm trying to explain. I'd like to stay at home for a few days. Sherwin: But why? Jerry: To look after my daughter, of course. Sherwin: I thought you said she was going to hospital. They'll look after her there, won't they? Jerry: No, no, no! It's my wife who's going to hospital! Not my daughter. Sherwin: Really? I thought you said it was your daughter. You are not explaining this very well. Here is an alternative dialogue between Jerry and Mr. Sherwin. Listen. Jerry: Uh ... excuse me, Mr. Sherwin, but I was wondering if I could speak to you for a few minutes. Sherwin: Well, I'm rather busy at the moment, Jerry. Is it urgent? Jerry: Uh, yes, I ... I'm afraid it is. It's a personal matter. Sherwin: Oh, well, then, we'd better discuss it now. Sit down. Jerry: Thank you. Uh ... you see, it's about my wife. She ... uh ... well ... she ... Sherwin: Yes, go on, Jerry. I'm listening.

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Jerry: She's ill and has to go to hospital tomorrow. But we have a young baby, you know. Sherwin: Yes, I know that, Jerry. You must be rather worried. Is it anything serious? Your wife's illness, I mean? Jerry: The doctors say it's just a minor operation. But it has to be done as soon as possible. And ... well ... the problem is my daughter. The baby. That's the problem. Sherwin: In what way, Jerry? I'm not quite sure if I understand. Jerry: Well, as I said, my wife'll be in hospital for several days, so there's nobody to look after her. Sherwin: You mean, nobody to look after your daughter, is that it? Jerry: Yes, exactly. Both our parents live rather far away, and ...and that's why I'd like to have a few days off. From tomorrow. Sherwin: I see. I think I understand now. You need a few days off to look after your daughter while your wife is in hospital. Jerry: Yes, yes. That's it. I'm not explaining this very well. Sherwin: No, no. On the contrary. I just want to be sure I understand completely. That's all. Jerry: Will ... will that be all right? Sherwin: Yes, I'm sure it will, Jerry. All I want to do now is make sure that there's someone to cover for you while you're away. Uh ... how long did you say you'll need? Jerry: Just a few days. She ... my wife, I mean ... should be out of hospital by next Thursday, so I can be back on Friday. Sherwin: Well, perhaps you'd better stay at home on Friday, as well. Just to give your wife a few extra days to rest after the operation. Jerry: That's very kind of you, Mr. Sherwin. Sherwin: Don't mention it. Landlady: 447 4716. Student: Hello. Is that Mrs. Davies? Landlady: Speaking. Student: Good afternoon. My name's Stephen Brent. I was given your address by the student accommodation agency. I understand you have a room to let. Landlady: Yes, that's right. I've just got one room still vacant. It's an attic room, on the second floor. It's rather small, but I'm sure you'll find it's very comfortable. Student: I see. And how much do you charge for it? Landlady: The rent's twenty-five pounds a week. That includes electricity, but not gas. Student: Has the room got central heating? Landlady: No, it's got a gas fire which keeps the room very warm. Student: I see ... And what about furniture? It is furnished, isn't it? Landlady: Oh yes ... Er ... There's a divan bed in the corner with a new mattress on it. Er ... Let me see ... There's a small wardrobe, an armchair, a coffee table, a bookshelf ... Student: Is there a desk? Landlady: Yes, there's one under the window. It's got plenty of drawers and there's a lamp on it. Student: Oh good ... Is there a washbasin in the room? Landlady: No, I'm afraid there isn't a washbasin. But there's a bathroom just across the corridor, and that's got a washbasin and a shower as well as a bath. You share the bathroom with the people in the other rooms. The toilet is separate, but unfortunately it's on the floor below. Student: Oh, that's all right. ... What about cooking? Can I cook my own meals? Landlady: Well, there's a little kitchenette next to your room. It hasn't got a proper cooker in it, but there's a gas ring and an electric kettle by the sink. I find my students prefer to eat at the university. Student: I see. And is the room fairly quiet? Landlady: Oh yes. It's at the back of the house. It looks onto the garden and it faces south, so it's bright and sunny, too. It's very attractive, really. And it's just under the roof, so it's got a low,

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sloping ceiling. Would you like to come and see it? I'll be in for the rest of the day. Student: Yes, I'm very interested. It sounds like the kind of room I'm looking for. Can you tell me how to get there? Landlady: Oh, it's very easy. The house is only five minutes' walk from Finchley Road tube station. Turn right outside the station, and then it's the third street on the left. You can't miss it. It's got the number on the gate. It's exactly opposite the cemetery. Frankly, I've been delighted. As you know, I decided to give it up ten years ago. I put them all in the attic—all fifty or sixty of them—to gather dust, and forgot about them. Then I just happened to meet him one day in a bar, entirely by chance, and we got talking about this and that, and, well—to cut a long story short—he went to have a look at them, and this is the result. It's for two weeks. And it's devoted entirely to my work. Doing very well, too, as you can see from the little tickets on about half of them. You know, now that they're hanging on the wall like this, with all the clever lighting, and glossy catalogue, and the smart people, they really don't seem anything to do with me. It's a bit like seeing old friends in new circumstances where they fit and you don't. Now, you see her? She's already bought three. Heard her saying one day she's 'dying to meet the man'. Afraid she'd be very disappointed if she did. Interesting, though, some of the things you overhear. Some know something about it. Others know nothing and admit it. Others know nothing and don't. By the way, I heard someone say the other day that the 'Portrait of a Woman' reminded her of you, you know. So you see, you're not only very famous, but—as I keep on telling you—you haven't changed a bit. Ours is a very expensive perfume. When people see it or hear the name we want them to think of luxury. There are many ways to do this. You show a woman in a fur coat, in a silk evening dress, maybe covered in diamonds. You can show an expensive car, an expensive restaurant, or a man in a tuxedo. We decided to do something different. We show a beautiful woman, simply but elegantly dressed, beside a series of paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, and it works. Because she is wearing the perfume, and because she is next to expensive and beautiful paintings, our perfume must be beautiful and expensive too. It does work.

Lesson twenty-two
—Is that the Manager? —Speaking. Can I be of any assistance? —Could you speed up your switchboard a bit, please? I booked a call to Brussels a good twenty minutes ago and I haven't had a reply yet. —Well, perhaps they are rather busy at this time of the day. After all, we are an hour ahead of Belgium. —I know that, but I could have dialed myself direct in no time at all. —We do like to route the calls through the operator and then there can be no misunderstanding about the charges, I'm sure you understand. —No, I suppose it would be difficult to check the cost of directly-dialed calls, but nevertheless I do have to put through an important call to Brussels. —I'll get on to them myself and see what the delay is, then call you back as soon as I know anything. —And what seems to be the trouble, sir? —They don't want to let me into the nightclub. —Well, I'm afraid there is an entrance charge, sir. —But damn it all—I am a resident. It's ridiculous. —I'm very sorry, sir, but you see it is something of a special evening. Our guest star this evening is Sammy Davis Junior and I'm afraid that the tickets do cost 250 marks each. I could see if there are any left if you would like one. We generally try to keep a few back for the residents.

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—Good Lord. That's nearly thirty-five pounds. No, on second thoughts, I don't think I'll bother. Could you have them send up a bottle of scotch to my room. I'll entertain myself instead. —Very good, sir. That is room 634, isn't it? —Good evening, sir. I'm the Assistant Manager. —How nice! —Yes, I'm afraid we've had a complaint about the noise from your neighbor across the corridor. He's trying to get some sleep as he has an early start tomorrow. I'm sure you understand. —Oh, I see. —Do you think it might be possible to ask your friends to be a little quieter? We do like to give our guests a chance of getting a good night's sleep. It is well after eleven. —Oh, I'm so sorry. I do apologize. I suppose we were talking rather loudly. It's just that we've signed a very important contract. We were having a bit of celebration. —I'm pleased to hear it. Shall I ask Room Service to bring you some coffee? —No, that won't be necessary. We were just about to pack up anyway. —Thank you, sir, and good night to you. —Could I see the Manager, please? I have a complaint. —Can I help you, madam? —Yes. Did you have this room checked before we moved in? There's not a scrap of lavatory paper and the toilet doesn't flush properly, the water doesn't run away in the shower and I would like an extra pillow. What have you to say to that? —I'm extremely sorry to hear that. I'll attend to it right away. The housekeeper usually checks every room before new guests move in. We have been extremely busy with a large conference. —That's no way to run a hotel. One doesn't expect this sort of thing in a well-run hotel. —No, madam. I do apologize. It's most unusual. We do try to check the rooms as thoroughly as possible. Just the one pillow, was it? Is there anything else? —Well, your thermostatically-controlled air-conditioning doesn't seem to be working too well. It's as hot as hell up there. —I'll just adjust the regulator for you and I think you'll find it a little cooler in a short time. I'll also send someone along right away to look at the toilet and shower. Salesman: Good evening, all you holiday dreamers. It's holiday planning time again and we're here with suggestions as usual. We know what you want ... something more interesting, something less expensive. So ... what about America? New York from 199 pounds. Or Canada? Or Hawaii? Ah ... Hawaii. And from only 372 pounds. Or the beautiful Bahamas? From just 400 pounds. Nearer home we suggest Wales or Scotland. And if you would like an easy package holiday, you could visit Minorca from 103 pounds, Ceylon from 343 pounds, Mombasa from 311 and sunny Florida from 243 pounds. Is time a problem? Is money a problem? Just send for our brochure and both problems will disappear. Peggy: Bob, can we really afford a holiday? We're paying for this house and the furniture is on HP and ... Bob: Now listen, Peggy. You work hard and I work hard. We're not talking about whether we can have a holiday. We're talking about where and when. Peggy: Shall we go to Sweden? Bob: Sweden's colder than Sheffield. I'd rather not go to Sweden. Peggy: What about Florida? Florida's warmer than Sheffield. Bob: Yes, but it's a long way. How long does it take to get from here to Florida? Peggy: All right. Let's go to Hawaii. Bob: You must be joking. How much would it cost for the two of us? Peggy: But the brochure says the problem of money will disappear. Bob, where do you really want to go? Bob: I'm thinking of Wales or Scotland. Do you know why?

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Peggy: Yes. 'They're right on our doorstep and so close to home.' Jill: Now, let me see. Blue Skies Travel Agency. Ah, yes, it's a London number. 01 748 9932. I think I'll ring now. (sound of dialing and ringing) Voice: Hello. Jill: Uh ... good morning. Is that 748 9932? Voice: No, it isn't. It's 738 9932. Jill: Sorry. I must have dialed the wrong number. (sound of dialing and ringing tone) Telephonist: Blue Skies Travel Agency. Can I help you? Jill: Could you give me some information about holidays in North America? Telephonist: Just one moment. I'll put you through to our North American department. Miss Jones: North American department. Miss Jones speaking. Can I help you? Jill: Yes, please. I'm planning my holiday and I'd like some information about holidays in New York. Miss Jones: Certainly. What would you like to know? Jill: First, how much is the cheapest return flight to New York? And what will the weather be like? Miss Jones: I see. When do you want to go? Jill: In May ... and I'd like to know about the inclusive holidays and good hotels and ... Miss Jones: (interrupts) Certainly. Just give me your name and address. I'll send you all the information you want. Jill: My name is Jill Adams. Miss J. Adams. And my address is ... Traveller: Hello. I'd like some information about your trips to Kathmandu. Travel Agent: Yes, of course. What can I tell you? Traveller: Well, how, how do we travel? Travel Agent: It's a specially adapted bus with room for sleeping and ... Traveller: And, and, er, how many people in a group? Travel Agent: Well, the bus sleeps ten. Usually there are eight travellers and two drivers, a guide to look after you. Traveller: So, so we sleep, um, normally, in, in the bus? Travel Agent: Yes, and it's fully equipped for cooking and it's got a shower system that we put up every evening, weather permitting. Traveller: Er, um ... We leave from, from London? Travel Agent: Yes, and return to London. Traveller: Is there anything special we'd have to bring? Travel Agent: Oh, we give everyone a list of suitable clothes, etc. to bring. Of course, space is limited. Traveller: Oh, oh yes, I understand that. Now, how, how long in advance would I have to book? Travel Agent: Well, it depends. Usually six or eight months. It's amazing the number of people who are interested. Traveller: Well, I'm interested in the ten-week trip next spring. Travel Agent: Um, that one leaves on the fourth of April. Traveller: Yeah. That's right, yeah. It'll be for two people. Travel Agent: That'd be fine. Could you come in and we can go over all the details. Traveller: Yes, I think that'd be best, um, but can you give me some idea of how much that'll cost. Travel Agent: Spring for ten weeks ... Um, we haven't got the exact figures at the moment, but, er, something like, er, 1,100 pounds per person. Traveller: OK. Um, I'll come and see you one day next week. Travel Agent: Yes. Thanks for ringing. Traveller: Thank you. Bye. Travel Agent: Bye bye. Woman: So you have a half day, a full day and a day and evening tour of London? Man: That's correct. Woman: Well, as we're only here for a few days, I think perhaps we should take the full day and evening tour. Give my children the opportunity to see everything. Man: Won't that be a bit tiring for them?

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Woman: Yes, you're right. It's probably better if we don't include them on the evening part of the program. Man: Not the theatre and the dinner entertainment? Woman: Yes, that's what I mean. The hotel will take care of them. Man: Yes, I'm sure that can be arranged. Woman: Now, can you tell me what the cost will be? Man: For the full tour? Seventy pounds per head. Woman: So that would be 140 pounds for myself and my husband. What about the children, is there any reduction for them? Man: Certainly, we have half price for children and if they're not going to the theatre or the dinner, I think we could let them have the full day tour for thirty pounds each. Woman: That's fine. Could you tell me more details of the tour? I mean, what will we be actually seeing and so forth? Man: Well, here's a brochure for you to read, but I can quickly run through the main items of the tour with you. Now, as you see, you're picked up from your hotel at 8:30, so you must be sure to order an early breakfast. Woman: Yes ... Man: Then you're taken to see the Changing of the Guard and you'll see Buckingham Palace at the same time of course. After that you'll be taken down Whitehall to see the House of Parliament, Big Ben, you know the famous clock, and nearby Westminster Abbey. Now from there we have a river trip down the Thames towards the Tower of London. During the river trip you'll be provided with sandwiches and coffee, orange juice for the kiddies. When you get to the Tower, you'll see the Beefeaters, the traditional guards of the Tower and then you'll be shown the Crown jewels. Woman: And will we have a guide during all this? Man: Of course. There's an official guide who will explain the sights to you and give a short account of their historic associations in three languages, English, German and French. If you have any further questions he'll be only too pleased to answer them. Woman: Oh, that sounds perfect. Man: Now in the afternoon, you'll be taken to London Zoo for a couple of hours. We try to arrange this to coincide with the monkeys' tea party. The children always enjoy that. Woman: Oh, I'm sure mine will. Man: And from there we just go round the corner to Madame Tussaud's to see the waxworks and after that right next door to the London Planetarium where you'll see the stars simulated by laser beams. Woman: That sounds very exciting. What a full day. Man: Yes, well we do let you have a couple of hours' rest before taking you on to the theatre and dinner in the evening. Woman: Oh, that's good. I'll be able to get the children off to bed or settled down watching television or something. Well, that sounds marvellous. Thank you very much. Man: Not at all. Er ... there is just one thing, madam. Woman: Oh, what's that? Man: The cheque. Woman: (laughs) Of course. I have always been interested in making things. When I was a child I used to enjoy painting, but I also liked making things out of clay. I managed to win a prize for one of my paintings when I was fourteen. That is probably the reason that I managed to get into art college four years later. But I studied painting at first, not pottery. I like being a potter because I like to work with my hands and feel the clay; I enjoy working on a potter's wheel. I'm happy working by myself and being near my home. I don't like mass-produced things. I think crafts and craftspeople are very important. When I left college I managed to get a grant from the Council, and I hope to become a full-time craftswoman. This workshop is small, but I hope to move to a larger one next year.

Lesson twenty-three
Mr. Hanson: Could I have my bill, please? Waitress: Yes, sir. One moment, please.

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(She brings the bill and the customer looks at it carefully.) Mr. Hanson: Could you kindly explain this to me? What is item 6? Waitress: Perhaps I cou1d go through it for you. The first item is the cover charge. Number 2 is the beer. Then your starter, your main course and the vegetables. The main course was 4.50 not 3.50, so item 6 is the difference. Mr. Hanson: Oh, I see. But how was I expected to know that? Waitress: Yes, sir. They are a bit hard to follow sometimes. Number 8 is your dessert and number 9 the cigarettes. Oh, and number 7 is your second beer. Mr. Hanson: And what about the service, is that included? Waitress: Yes, that's marked down here, 10 per cent service. Mr. Hanson: Good. Thank you. Now, can you take my credit card? Waitress: I'm afraid we don't accept credit cards. Mr. Hanson: Oh dear. What about a cheque with a banker's card? Waitress: Yes, sir. That will be all right. Customer: Can you bring me the bill, please? Waiter: Certainly, sir. (He brings the bill.) Customer: I think there has been a mistake. Waiter: I'm sorry, sir. What seems to be the trouble? Customer: I think you have charged me twice for the same thing. Look, the figure of 5.50 appears here and then again here. Waiter: I'll just go and check it for you, sir. (He returns a few minutes later.) Waiter: Yes sir, you are quite right. The cashier made a mistake. I think you will find it correct now. Customer: Thank you. Waiter: We do apologize about this, sir. Customer: That's all right. No harm done. Now, can I pay by traveler's cheques? Waiter: Certainly, sir. We'll give you the change in local currency if that's all right. Customer: You needn't worry about that. There won't be much change out of twenty-five dollars. Waiter: Thank you, sir. That's most kind of you. —Waiter, there's a fly in my soup. —Shh, don't do too loud. Everyone will want one. —Waiter, there's a fly in my soup. —There is a spider on the bread. It'll catch it. —What's this fly doing in my soup? —I think it's doing the backstroke, sir. —There is a dead fly swimming in my soup! —That's impossible. A dead fly can't swim. —There is a dead fly in my soup. —Yes, sir. It's the hot liquid that kills them. —Waiter, there is a fly in my soup. —Yes, sir. We give extra meat rations on Fridays. —Waiter, there is a fly in my soup. —Don't worry, sir. There is no extra charge. A strange thing happened to Henri yesterday. He was on a bus and wanted to get off. So he stood up and rang the bell. To make sure the driver heard him he rang it twice, but the bus didn't stop, and the conductor came and shouted at him. The conductor was so annoyed, and spoke so fast, that Henri didn't understand a word. The bus stopped at the next bus stop and Henri got off. As he got off he heard someone say, "I think he's a foreigner." When Henri got home, he told his landlady about the incident. "How many times did you ring the bell?" she asked. "Twice," said Henri.

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"Well, that's the signal for the driver to go on," his landlady explained. "Only the conductor is allowed to ring the bell twice. That's why he got so annoyed." Henri nodded. "I see," he said. (A and B are a married couple. C is a travel agent.) C: Good morning. A and B: Good morning. C: Can I help you? A: Yes, we're thinking of going on holiday somewhere, but we're not sure where. C: I see. What sort of holiday did you have in mind? A: Lots of sunbathing. B: (at the same time) Lots of walking. C: Mm. (looking puzzled) So you'd like somewhere warm? B: Not too warm. A: Yes, as sunny as possible. C: And are you interested in the night-life at all? A: Yes. It'd be nice if there were some good discos and clubs we could go to. B: Oh, no! Surely that's what we're trying to get away from! A: What do you mean? We never go out at all, so how could we get away from it? B: Well, what's the point of going somewhere where there are lots of people just like here? C: (interrupting) Could I just ask what sort of price you want to pay? B: As cheap as possible. A: What do you mean? We want a top hotel. B: But we can't afford it. A: Of course, we can. We've been saving up all year. (Their voices rise as they argue. The travel agent looks bemused.) C: Just a minute, please. I think I can make a suggestion. Why don't you try the South of France? Then one of you can go to the beach and the other can walk in the mountains. A: That sounds like a good idea. And there are some good hotels there. B: No—there are too many English people there! A: Well, then at least we'd have someone to talk to. B: But, there's no point in going abroad to meet English people there! C: (interrupting again) Excuse me. A and B: Yes? C: Well, my wife and I have the same trouble as you. I like hot, lively places and she prefers a bit of peace and quiet and we always disagree about how much to spend. We usually split up and go to different places, but this year I've got a better idea. A and B: What's that? C: Well, I could go on holiday with you (indicates one of them) and you could go with my wife. A: That's an interesting idea. B: I'm not so sure ... C: Look, why don't you come round now and meet my wife and we can see what we can arrange ... The scene is at an airport. A man and a woman carrying several cases approach a customs officer (C.O.). Man: (whispering) Don't worry. Everything will be all right. Woman: I hope you know what you're doing! (They put their bags down in front of the customs officer.) C.O.: Good morning, sir, madam. Just returning from a holiday, are you? Woman: That's right. C.O.: And how long have you been abroad? Woman: Two weeks. Man: Yes, not very long. Not long enough to buy anything anyway. (laughing) C.O.: I see. Have you got anything to declare? Man: I'm sorry, I don't really know what you mean. Woman: Harry! C.O.: Come on, sir. I'm sure you know what I mean. Have you got anything to declare? Man: Well ... yes. I would like to declare that I love my wife. Woman: Oh, Harry. You've never said that before.

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Man: Well, it's true! It's just that I've never been able to tell you before. Woman: And I love you too! C.O.: (clearing throat) I'm sorry to interrupt, but I must ask you whether you have any goods to declare. Man: Ah, well I do have a record-player, a fridge and something for my wife's birthday that I'd rather not tell you about. Woman: Harry! And I thought you'd forgotten again! Man: Of course not, dear! C.O.: (annoyed) What I want to know, sir, is whether you have any goods in that bag that I should know about. Man: Well, let's have a look. (opens bag) We've got some bars of soap, a tube of toothpaste, clothes, a jar of cream ... C.O.: (angry) I only want to know if you have anything liable for tax, like cigarettes, perfumes or bottles of anything. Man: Well, we do have a bottle of shampoo. C.O.: Okay. I've had enough. You can go. Man: You mean that's it? C.O.: Please go away! Woman: Come on, Harry. He just told us we could go. (Takes hold of the suitcase and the contents spill out.) C.O.: Just a minute. May I see that jewellery, please? Man: Oh, my God! You great clumsy idiot! Woman: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to. Man: You never do anything right. I don't know why I married you in the first place! Woman: But Harry! You just said you loved me. Man: Not any more. C.O.: And now what have you got to declare, sir? Sam Lewis was a customs officer. He used to work in a small border town. It wasn't a busy town and there wasn't much work. The road was usually very quiet and there weren't many travelers. It wasn't a very interesting job, but Sam liked an easy life. About once a week, he used to meet an old man. His name was Draper. He always used to arrive at the border early in the morning in a big truck. The truck was always empty. After a while Sam became suspicious. He often used to search the truck, but he never found anything. One day he asked Draper about his job. Draper laughed and said, "I'm a smuggler." Last year Sam retired. He spent his savings on an expensive holiday. He flew to Bermuda, and stayed in a luxury hotel. One day, he was sitting by the pool and opposite him he saw Draper drinking champagne. Sam walked over to him. Sam: Hello, there! Draper: Hi! Sam: Do you remember me? Draper: Yes ... of course I do. You're a customs officer. Sam: I used to be, but I'm not any more. I retired last month. I often used to search your truck ... Draper: ... but you never found anything! Sam: No, I didn't. Can I ask you something? Draper: Of course, you can. Sam: Were you a smuggler? Draper: Of course I was. Sam: But ... the truck was always empty. What were you smuggling? Draper: Trucks! The first thing they do is to put out an APB and this goes to all the police stations in the country. Next we contact the hospitals. Often the person we are looking for has been in an accident. Then we might try parents, friends or relatives they might be with. We try to follow their movements and to find the last person they saw or were with. Then we try the media. We put photographs in local or national papers—especially papers they might read. There are other things we can do: put posters in places they might be, go on television. Here in America there is a magazine in which there are photographs of missing children. This is often the last hope. Of course, with nearly two million missing children every year, we can't do all these things for everyone. We haven't got the time, the money or the staff.

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Are you a morning person or an evening person? That's the question. When do you work best? For me the answer is easy. I work best in the morning. All my creative work is done before lunchtime. I get up at about eight, and then have breakfast. I listen to the radio a bit, and read the papers. And I start. Usually I work from nine or nine thirty until twelve but after that I'm useless. On a good day I write fifteen hundred words or more, sometimes two thousand words, in the morning. Then after lunch I go for a walk, or read. In the evening I like to relax, go to the pub or go out and meet people. If you're a writer you need self-discipline. But if you're tired, it shows: the mind and body must be fresh. 3. The car's giving problems again. I had it serviced last week but it's as bad as it was before. I don't know what to do about it. 4. Ooh, yes, I need your advice. The problem is that I have to go to this very formal dinner party next week and I haven't got a dinner suit here. I really don't want to buy one. What do you suggest? 5. Ever since I've been here I had this stomach problem, you know. I mean, it's not serious. Well, I don't think it is. I mean, you often get these things when you travel. Must be the different water or something. But it rea1ly is a nuisance and it seems to be getting worse ... 6. Damn! I've lost my wallet! Man: Telegram, miss. Jean: Oh, thanks. Jean: I wonder who it's from. Oh, it's for Helen. Helen, there's a telegram for you. Helen: For me? Oh, Jean, will you open it? I hate opening telegrams. Jean: Do you? Why? Helen: Well, it's just that I think a telegram must mean bad news. Jean: I'm just the opposite. I love opening telegrams because I'm sure they must mean something exciting. Jean: Helen, you'd better sit down. You aren't going to believe this. It says, 'Congratulations, Nurse of the Year. Letter follows.' Helen: It can't be true. Jean: Here. You read it. Hello. This is Sophie Peter's ringing from the Brook Organization. Um, we got your job application and I'm ringing just to arrange an interview with you. How about Monday morning at, er, 11:30? Would that be all right? That's Monday morning of the 10th of August. Um, if you can't make that time, could you please give us a ring? The interview will be with myself and Brian Shaw, so we, um, we look forward to seeing you then. Bye-bye. "Henry!"

Lesson twenty-four
1. Add two and four; eight and ten; fourteen and seven. 2. Subtract six from eighteen; four from eleven; five from nineteen. 3. Multiply two by eight; five by three; six by four. 4. Divide six by three; eight by two; twenty by five. 1. I'll take a commission of ten per cent. 2. The current rate of interest is twenty-three per cent. 3. I only get three-eighths of the total. 4. It's only a fraction of the cost, about a sixteenth. 5. Divide nine by two and you get four point five. 6. You only get two point four six per cent. 1. I have to get a new pair of Jeans. Is there anywhere ...? Do you know a, a good shop where I can get a pair? 2. Look, er, I want something interesting. All I've eaten since I've arrived here is junk food. I want some good local food. Where should I go and what shall I ask for?

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"Yes, dear?" "I'm going up to bed now. Don't forget to do your little jobs." "No, dear." Henry turned off the television and went into the kitchen. He fed the cat, washed up several dishes, dried them and put them away. Then he put the cat out, locked all the doors and turned out all the lights. When he got to the bedroom, his wife was sitting up in bed reading a book and eating chocolates. "Well dear, have you done all your little jobs?" "I think so, my love." "Have you fed the cat?" "Yes, dear." "Have you put him out?" "Yes, dear." "Have you washed up the dishes?" "Yes, dear." "Have you put them all away?" "Yes, dear." "Have you tidied the kitchen?" "Yes, dear." "Have you turned out all the lights?" "Yes, dear." "Have you locked the front door?" "Yes, dear." "Then you can come to bed." "Thank you, dear." After a little while they heard a gate banging downstairs. "Henry." "Yes, dear." "I'm afraid you've forgotten to shut the garden gate." "Oh dear! ..." —Ladies and gentlemen, it's the Lake Late Talk Show, with your host, Dickie Reeves. (applause) —Nice to be with you again, folks. And among the line of interesting guests I'll show you tonight is the lady you've all been reading and hearing about recently. She is beautiful. She is clever. And she is brave. She is the lady who makes friends with monkeys. She is with us tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, the apewoman herself, Josephin Carter. (applause) Hello, Josephin, or can I call you Joe? —Please do. —The first question that I know everybody has been dying to ask you is, how long have you been living with monkeys? —Apes actually. Well, I've been studying apes for quite a long time, ever since I was at university. But I've only been actually living with them for five years. —Five years in the African jungle, with only monkeys to talk to. —Apes actually. —Oh, with only apes to talk to. That's fantastic! And I know you're going back to your monkey colony ... —Ape colony actually. —... to finish your work. —Oh, yes. I haven't finished it yet. Although I have been recording their behavior and watching their movements very closely, I still haven't finished my work. I've also been training my husband to work with me. —Your husband? —Yes. He's come with me tonight. Let me introduce you to Tarsan! —Hi, everybody. People think that all solicitors are rich and prosperous. In any town there are, of course, rich and prosperous solicitors, but there are also solicitors like me. I am neither rich nor prosperous. I have an office over a fish and chip shop, for which I pay an exorbitant rent, and two rather inefficient secretaries. I suppose it is because my premises are in the less fashionable part of the town, but my clients always seem to have enormous problems and miserable incomes. Mr. Pollard was exactly that sort of client. He was a small, untidy little man, with a large head and round, old-fashioned spectacles.

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"I have a problem," he began nervously, "I bought this house, you see. I got a mortgage from the building society, but then I lost my job, so I got behind with the payments." He gave me the details. It appeared that he owed eleven payments of fifty pounds, and had no job and no money. Not surprisingly the building society had written to say they intended to take possession of the house; sell it, and thus get back their money. "What would happen if they sold it for less than I paid?" he asked. "Would I get back any money?" "Probably not," I replied. "Would you mind telephoning the building society?" he pleaded, "and see if they could possibly give me a little more time?" "If you're not earning any money, how will more time help?" I asked. He looked at me hopelessly. In the end the house was sold. The building society debt was paid off and Mr. Pollard got sixty pounds. Everybody agrees I'm just ordinary. My face is ordinary, my voice is ordinary, my clothes are ordinary. Everything about me is ordinary. 'What's Frank like?' they say. 'Frank? Oh—you know, ordinary.' they say. Now look at that man two rows in front. He's not ordinary. In fact I can't see anybody apart from me who is. Even this fellow next to me. Quite ordinary on the whole, I suppose. But there's something a bit ... something a bit odd about his mouth. Mustn't catch his eye. Might start a conversation. Don't want that. Interesting that he was just in front of me in the queue. They looked in his bag, they looked in his pockets—made him take his shoes off even. Mm—they've nearly finished with the food—though she didn't take my glass when she collected my tray. Ah—she's pressed her button again. Probably wants another gin and tonic. Had four already. Or is it five? Not bad, though. At least not in this light. Good—some of them are getting their blankets down now. I reckon that in about half an hour it'll all be quiet. And then ... Of course they looked in my briefcase too. Didn't look here, though, did they? Oh, no. Hah! Though they think otherwise, I know very well who those two in the back row are. Noticed them when I went to the toilet. But they won't shoot. Not as long as I have this in my hand, they won't. And it's so small. Marvellous what they can do these days. Just about now, if I were sitting in funny mouth's seat and not by the aisle—just about now, I could probably look down and see the mountains gleaming in the moonlight. I like that. Mm. Well, now I must go over my speech again. Mustn't forget what my demands are, must I? Well, I think that this problem of teenagers getting into trouble with the law is mainly caused by unemployment. You see, because of the high level of unemployment, so many teenagers nowadays leave school and find that they have no chance of getting a job, and this obviously makes them feel bored and frustrated. And as a result of this, they're much more likely to get drunk and so on. Another thing of course is that you get groups of unemployed teenagers wandering around the streets with nothing to do, which can easily lead to trouble of one sort or another.

Lesson twenty-five
1. At the third stroke, the time sponsored by Accurist will be twelve one and fifty seconds. 2. The code for Didcot has been changed. Please dial 05938 and then the number. 3. In the train crash in India, three hundred and twenty-five people are feared dead. 4. The 3.45 at Ascot was won by Golden Dove, ridden by Willie Carson. 5. Well, um, for a trip like that, we are speaking in the region of, er, two thousand eight hundred pounds a head. 6. Er, Celtic three, Manchester City nil, Queen's Park Rangers two, Motherwell United one. 7. In New York, the Dow Jones Index fell by point four to a low of two oh six four point eight. While in London, the FT Index rose eight points to one seven nine four point three.

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8. That'll be sixty-eight p, please. 9. The, er, latest figures show an increased profit of seventy-eight thousand, nine hundred and fifty-six pounds. 10. And how can we continue like this with unemployment running at three million, two hundred and fifty thousand. It really is unaccept ... 11. Yes, we can give you a special rate of, er, five point six eight per cent. 12. We'll have to adjust all our figures by an eighth. 13. Well, that's your choice. Eleven pounds forty-five for this one, fourteen pounds, or fifteen pounds ninety-nine. 14. So, it's two thousand three hundred and ninety-eight plus two thousand four hundred and eighty-nine plus two thousand four hundred and sixty three. I'll just total that up for you. Woman: So, you'll take the cream at three pounds five, the pills are four pounds thirty and then, um, this if fifty-five p. That's seven pounds ninety-five. Man: Sorry. I think perhaps it's seven pounds ninety. Woman: Is ten pounds all right? Man: Yeah, that's fine. It comes to six pounds thirty-five. Your change. Woman: Thanks. Man: Can I help you, sir? Woman: Oh, just a minute, I think you've given ... Man: Oh, I am sorry. Of course. Here you are. Well, we met at a party in London. You see, I'd just moved to London because of my job and I didn't really know anybody, and one of the people at work had invited me to this party and so there I was. But it was one of those boring parties, you know everybody was just sitting in small groups talking to people they knew already, and I was feeling really bored with the whole thing. And then I noticed this rather attractive girl sitting at the edge of one of the groups, and she was looking bored too, just about as bored as I was. And so we started, um, we started looking at each other, and then I went across and we started talking. And as it turned out she'd only just arrived in London herself so we had quite a bit in common—and well that's how it all started really. —What's the matter with you, then? You look miserable. —It's us. —What do you mean "us"? —Well, we used to talk to each other before we were married. Remember? —What do you mean? We're talking now, aren't we? —Oh, yes, but we used to do so much together. —We still go to the cinema together, don't we? —Yes, but we used to go out for walks together. Remember? —Oh, I can remember. It's getting wet in the rain. —And we used to do silly things, like running bare foot through the park. —Yes. I remember. I used to catch terrible colds. Honestly, you are being totally ridiculous. —But we never used to argue. You used to think I was wonderful. Once ... (sound of the door opening) Where are you going? —Back to live with my parents. That's something else we used to do before we were married. Remember? Not long ago I was invited out to dinner by a girl called Sally. I had only met Sally twice, and she was very, very beautiful. I was flattered. "She likes me," I thought. But I was in for a disappointment. "I'm so sorry we asked you at such short notice," she said when I arrived, "but we suddenly realised there were going to be thirteen people at the table, so we just had to find somebody else." A superstition. Thirteen. The unlucky number. Recently I came upon a little group of worried people, gathered round a man lying on the pavement beside a busy London road. They were waiting for an ambulance, because the man had been knocked down by a passing taxi. Apparently he had stepped off

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the pavement and into the street, to avoid walking under a ladder. They say this superstition goes back to the days when the gallows were built on a platform. To get up on to the platform you had to climb a ladder. To pass under the shadow of that ladder was very unlucky ... Other superstitions are not so easily explained. To see a black cat in England is lucky. But if you see a black cat in India, it is considered very unlucky. There too, if you are about to set out on a long journey, and someone sneezes, you shouldn't go. Break a mirror—you will have seven years' bad luck. Find a four-leafed clover, you will have good luck. Just crazy superstitions, of course. I have an African friend. One day he said to me: "If ever an African says to you that he is not superstitious, that man is a liar." Perhaps that is true of all of us. This is Lethbridge's description of a ghost near Hole House. One of the first incidents happened near to our home in Devon. One Sunday morning my wife and I were standing on the hill and looking at Hole Mill, which belongs to Mrs. N. I sat down and admired the view. After a time I heard a motorbicycle start up and I saw the paperman riding off and, as I watched, I saw Mrs. N come out from behind the Mill. She was dressed in a bright blue sweater and had on dark blue tartan trousers and a scarf over her head. She looked up, saw me and waved. I waved back. At this moment a second figure appeared behind Mrs. N and perhaps a meter from her. She stood looking up at me. Mrs. N went back behind the Mill and the other woman followed. I did not know her. She looked about sixty-five to seventy years old, was taller than Mrs. N and rather thin. Her face appeared to be tanned and she had a pointed chin. She was dressed in a dark tweed coat and skirt and had something which looked like a light grey cardigan beneath her coat. Her skirt was long. She had a flat-crowned and wide-brimmed round hat on her head. The hat was black and had white flowers around it. She was, in fact, dressed as my aunts used to dress before the First World War. She didn't look like the sort of person who was likely to be staying at Hole Mill today. Later we were leaning over a gate, admiring some calves, when we saw Mrs. N alone. 'Oh,' said my wife, disappointed. 'We were expecting to see two of you.' 'How is that?' asked Mrs. N. 'I have only seen you and the paperman all morning.' A journalist has a strange story to tell. I've never been a superstitious person ... never believed in ghosts or things like that. But, two years ago, something happened which changed my attitude. I still can't explain it ... somehow I don't think I ever will be able to. I was living in Frankfurt ... in Germany ... where I was a financial journalist. A very good friend ... one of my closest friends... we'd been at university together ... was coming over from England by car to see me. He was supposed to get there around six in the evening ... Saturday evening. I was at home in my flat all that afternoon. At about three in the afternoon, the phone rang. But ... but when I answered it, there was nobody there ... on the other end, I mean. Nobody. The phone rang again just a few minutes later. Again, nobody was there ... I couldn't understand it. Just a few minutes later, there was a knock at the door. I was in the kitchen, making some coffee. I remember I was just pouring the boiling water through the filter when I heard the knock. I opened the door and there was my friend ... Roger, that was his name. Roger. He looked a bit ... strange ... pale ... and I said something like 'Roger, how did you get here so early?' He didn't answer ... he just smiled slightly ... he was a bit like that. He didn't say very much ... I mean, even when I'd known him before, he often came into my flat without saying very much. And ... well ... anyway, I said 'Come in' and went back to the kitchen to finish pouring the coffee. I spoke to him from the kitchen, but he didn't answer ... didn't say a word ... and I thought that

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was a bit ... strange ... even for Roger. So I looked round the door, into the next room, where I thought he was sitting ... and ... and he wasn't there. The door was still open. I thought for a moment that he'd gone down to the car to get his luggage ... and then I began to wonder where his girlfriend was. She was coming with him, you see, from England. Well, then the phone rang again. This time there was somebody there. It was Roger's girlfriend, and she sounded ... hysterical ... At first I couldn't understand her. She was still in Belgium, several hundred kilometers away ... and she told me that she was in a hospital ... she and Roger had been involved in a car crash, and ... and Roger had just died ... on the operating table ... just a few minutes before. A journalist has a strange story to tell. I've never been a superstitious person ... never believed in ghosts or things like that. But, two years ago, something happened which changed my attitude. I still can't explain it ... somehow I don't think I ever will be able to. I was living in Frankfurt ... in Germany ... where I was a financial journalist. A very good friend ... one of my closest friends... we'd been at university together ... was coming over from England by car to see me. He was supposed to get there around six in the evening ... Saturday evening. I was at home in my flat all that afternoon. At about three in the afternoon, the phone rang. But ... but when I answered it, there was nobody there ... on the other end, I mean. Nobody. The phone rang again just a few minutes later. Again, nobody was there ... I couldn't understand it. Just a few minutes later, there was a knock at the door. I was in the kitchen, making some coffee. I remember I was just pouring the boiling water through the filter when I heard the knock. I opened the door and there was my friend ... Roger, that was his name. Roger. He looked a bit ... strange ... pale ... and I said something like 'Roger, how did you get here so early?' He didn't answer ... he just smiled slightly ... he was a bit like that. He didn't say very much ... I mean, even when I'd known him before, he often came into my flat without saying very much. And ... well ... anyway, I said 'Come in' and went back to the kitchen to finish pouring the coffee. I spoke to him from the kitchen, but he didn't answer ... didn't say a word ... and I thought that was a bit ... strange ... even for Roger. So I looked round the door, into the next room, where I thought he was sitting ... and ... and he wasn't there. The door was still open. I thought for a moment that he'd gone down to the car to get his luggage ... and then I began to wonder where his girlfriend was. She was coming with him, you see, from England. Well, then the phone rang again. This time there was somebody there. It was Roger's girlfriend, and she sounded ... hysterical ... At first I couldn't understand her. She was still in Belgium, several hundred kilometers away ... and she told me that she was in a hospital ... she and Roger had been involved in a car crash, and ... and Roger had just died ... on the operating table ... just a few minutes before.

Lesson twenty-six
1. Four, nine, seventy-seven Fourth of September, nineteen seventy-seven 2. Twenty-four, eight, sixty-three Twenty-fourth of August, nineteen sixty-three 3. Seven, seven forty-three Seventh of July, nineteen forty-three 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 3. 4. Ten sixty-six Seventeen seventy-six Eighteen one Nineteen eighteen Two thousand Fifty-five B.C. O-two-o-two, two-seven-four-one-four O-one-four-eight-three-two-nine-double one O-three-o-four-two-three-eight-double seven O-one-double four-one-double four-double six

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5. O-four-seven-three-five-eight-nine-o-five 1. R.S.V.P. (French, meaning "Please reply.") 2. et cetera (Latin, meaning "and so on") 3. care of 4. approximately 5. p.p. (Production Phase) 6. i.e. (Latin, meaning "that is") 7. e.g. (Exempli gratia. = For example.) 8. P.T.O. (Please turn over.) 9. Limited 10. Co. (Company) 11. versus 12. P.S. (postscript) 13. VIP (Very Important Person) 14. Great 15. Avenue 16. Road 17. Street 18. Gardens 19. Square 20. Park 21. Crescent 22. A.D. (Anno Domini) 23. B.C. (Latin, before Christ) 24. a.m. (ante meridiem) 25. p.m. (post meridiem) 26. MP (Member of Parliament) 27. BBC (the British Broadcasting Corporation) 28. VAT (Value-Added Tax) 29. TUC (Trades Union Congress) 30. AA (Automobile Association/Atomic Age/Associate in Arts) 31. RAC (Royal Aero Club) 32. PC (Personal Computer) 33. EEC (European Economic Community) Man: I see that dreadful women's liberation group was out in Trafalgar Square yesterday. Hmm. In my opinion, they all talk rubbish. Woman: But you can't really believe they all talk rubbish. Man: Of course, I can. I consider that it is unfeminine to protest. Woman: But you can't really believe it's unfeminine to protest. Man: Women should be seen and not heard. Woman: But you can't really believe that women should be seen and not heard. Man: Certainly. It's my belief that a woman's place is in the home. Woman: But you can't really believe that a woman's place is in the home. Man: Yes. And she should stay there. Women should look after men. Woman: But you can't really believe women should look after men. Man: Created to feed and support them. That's what they were. I'm certain that women are intellectually inferior to men. Woman: But you can't really believe women are intellectually inferior to men. Man: Not only inferior, but I know they can't do a man's job. Woman: But you can't really believe they can't do a man's job. Man: Yes, Maggie. That's my firm belief. But don't tell your mother I said that. George's mother was worried about him. One evening, when her husband came home, she spoke to him about it. "Look, dear," she said, "you must talk to George. He left school three months ago. He still hasn't got a job, and he isn't trying to find one. All he does is smoke, eat and play records." George's father sighed. It had been a very tiring day at the office. "All right," he said, "I'll talk to him. "George," said George's mother, knocking at George's door, "your father wants to speak to you." "Oh!" "Come into the sitting room, dear." "Hello, old man," said George's father, when George and his mother joined him in the sitting-room. "Your father's very worried about you," said George's mother. "It's time you found a job."

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"Yes," replied George without enthusiasm. George's mother looked at her husband. "Any ideas?" he asked hopefully. "Not really," said George. "What about a job in a bank?" suggested George's mother, "or an insurance company perhaps?" "I don't want an office job," said George. George's father nodded sympathetically. "Well, what do you want to do?" asked George's mother. "I'd like to travel," said George. "Do you want a job with a travel firm then?" "The trouble is," said George," I don't really want a job at the moment. I'd just like to travel and see a bit of the world." George's mother raised her eyes to the ceiling. "I give up," she said. A manager is talking about the prevention of shoplifting. Well, I manage a small branch of a large supermarket, and we lose a lot of money through shoplifting. I have to try to prevent it, or else I'll lose all my profits. A lot of shoplifting is done by young people, teenagers in groups. They do it for fun. They're not frightened so we have to make it difficult for them. Obviously a supermarket can't have chains or alarms on the goods, so we have store detectives, who walk around like ordinary shoppers, otherwise they'll be recognized. We have big signs up, saying 'shoplifters will be prosecuted,' but that doesn't help much. We've started putting cash desks at all the exits, we've found we have to do that, or else the shoplifters will walk straight out with things. Of course, that worries the ordinary shopper who hasn't found what he wanted. We also use closed-circuit television, but that's expensive. In fact, all good methods of prevention are quite expensive, and naturally, they make our prices more expensive, but it has to be done, otherwise shoplifting itself will make all the prices much higher, and the public doesn't want that! Principal: We are very honored to have Tania Matslova here today. It is only ten o'clock and Tania has already done two hours of practice. And she kindly agreed to watch your rehearsal after that. She is very interested in the training of young dancers and wants to ask questions. Don't forget, however, that Miss Matslova has two performances today. She must not get too tired ... Miss Tania Matslova. Tania: Good morning. We're going to be very informal, aren't we? Why are you standing? Move some chairs. Let's sit in a circle. (sound of chairs being moved, excited voices and piano music) Tania: That's better. I can see you now. And I want to congratulate you. Your rehearsal was very professional. I was impressed by your technique and your feeling for the music. I remembered myself twenty years ago. Do you think twenty years is a long time? It all depends. You must look forward to twenty years of practising six hours every day. Twenty years of traveling uncomfortably. Twenty years of going to bed instead of going to parties. Do you look forward to this discipline? I didn't know how difficult my life was going to be, but I wouldn't change it. The important thing is ... I'm still dancing. For me, dancing is living. I'm so sorry. I'm talking too much. Would you like to ask me some questions? James: I would. I'm really worried about my career, Miss Matslova. Tania: Please call me Tania. What's your name? James: James, Tania. Tania: So, James. Why are you worried? James: I love dancing but I hate changing in cold dressing rooms. I don't mind practising every day. In fact, I like it, I enjoy exercising. But I'm fed up with going to bed early every night and refusing invitations to parties. I like travelling ... but not if it's uncomfortable. I'm confused. Do you think I should carry on?

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Tania: It depends what you want, James. Would you rather go on dancing or would you rather live a normal, ordinary life? James: I want to do both. Tania: That, my dear James, is impossible. I'm fed up with getting up early. I'm tired of travelling. I've always hated leaving my family for weeks or months. But ... I'm a dancer and I look forward to dancing as long as I can. What can I say? If you don't want to be a professional dancer more than anything else, you'd better change your plans. James: Thank you, Miss M ... er, Tania. Your advice was really helpful. I can see now that just being keen on dancing isn't enough for a career. Principal: I'm quite sure you are all grateful to Miss Matslova for spending so much time with you. Tania: James, please let me know what you decide to do. I think you are very talented but that isn't enough. It depends what you want. And that applies to all of you. You must make up your minds. Jacqueling got out of the bus and looked around her. It was typical of the small villages of that part of the country. The houses stood in two long lines on either side of the dusty road which led to the capital. In the square, the paint was peeling off the Town Hall, and some small children were running up and down its steps, laughing. On the other side there were a few old men sitting outside a cafe playing backgammon and smoking their pipes. A lonely donkey was quietly munching the long dry grass at the foot of the statue that stood in the center of the square. Jacqueling sighed. it he It to "Hello. This is John. I'm afraid I can't make this evening. I've asked Peter to meet you but can't get away from work until twenty past six. seems better if you met at 6:50 at the entrance Waterloo Station."

... Well, you know there have been a lot of changes over the last few years. In fact, since 1978 the population has increased to about a quarter of a million. Unemployment is much better than in some cities. Now it's about five and a half per cent. Yes, but in 1978 it was only about three per cent. It's not bad, as I said. But there have been changes at the airport since we found oil. Since 1978 the number of aeroplane passengers has increased from 980,000 to 1,400,000. And over these last few years, from 1978 until now, the number of helicopter passengers has also increased enormously. It was 220,000 in 1978, but since then it's increased to 600,000. This time last week Roy Woods, a bus conductor from Streatham, in South London, was worried about money. He owed twenty pounds to his landlady in rent. Today he is rich, for last Saturday he won 120,000 pounds on the football pools. Last night he was interviewed on television by reporter Stan Edwards. Edwards: Well, Mr. Woods, what are you going to do now? Are you going to give up your job on the buses? Woods: Yes, I'm going to finish at the end of the week. Edwards: And what other plans have you got? Woods: Well, I'm going to buy a house. Edwards: Have you got a house of your own now? Woods: No, no, we live in a furnished flat. Edwards: Have you got a car? Woods: Yes, I've got an old Ford, but I'm going to buy a new car ... and my wife says she's going to have driving lessons!

Lesson twenty-seven
Due to fog we regret that changes have been made to the scheduled departures. Flight LH302 is now due to leave at 10:00. Frankfurt airport is closed and this fight will be diverted to Wiesbaden. Flight BA314 will now leave at 10:20 and Flight AI411 at 10:25. Please await further announcements.

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Today, I'm going to tell you how to make stir-fried beef with ginger. This typically Guangzhou dish is one of the quickest and tastiest ways to cook beef. The ginger adds spiciness. Serve it with ham and bean sprouts soup. See page 64. Ingredients: 350 grams of lean beef steak. Quarter of a teaspoon of salt. Two teaspoons of light soy sauce. Two teaspoons of dry wine. Half a teaspoon of sesame oil. One teaspoon of corn flour. One slice of fresh ginger. One table spoon of oil. One table spoon of chicken stock or water. And half a teaspoon of sugar. First, you put the beef in the freezing compartment of the refrigerator for twenty minutes. This will allow the meat to harden slightly for easier cutting. Then cut it into thin slices of about one and a half inches, that's three and a half centimetres long. Put the beef slices into a bowl. And add the salt, soy sauce, wine, sesame oil, and corn flour, and mix well. Let the slices soak for about fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, finely shred the ginger slice and set it aside. Heat a wok or large frying pan and add the oil. When it is very hot, stir-fry the beef for about two minutes. When all the beef is cooked, remove it, wipe the wok or pan clean and re-heat it. Add a little oil and stir-fry the ginger for a few seconds. Then add the stock or water and sugar. Quickly return the meat to the pan, and stir well. Turn the mixture onto a plate, and serve at once. Julie has just arrived at Bob's house. She has bought a new camera. She wants Bob to show her how it works. Julie: You're a good photographer, Bob. Can you have a look at this camera and show me how it works? Bob: Yes, of course. It isn't difficult. But first you have to buy a film. Julie: (scornfully) I know that. Here's the film. Bob: Right. Now first you have to open the film compartment. Just press the release. Then you have to put a film cartridge in the compartment. Close it carefully. After that you have to push the lever until you see number 1 in the counter window. And then all you have to do is this look through the viewfinder and press the button. It's very easy. Julie: Thank you, Bob. Let's try it. I'm going to take your photograph, so say 'cheese'. Yes, I agree. Lovely breakfast. Very nice. Excellent coffee, especially, don't you think? Anyway, as I was telling you, it happens to me every time I go to a new place: I always end up paying twice or three times as much as I should for

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