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A radiator. Can you see it? Why not? Is the mirror round or square? Is there anything on top of the radiogram? No, nothing at all. Yes, there are some newspapers. Are there any armchairs in the room? Yes, there are two. Yes, an old lady. Is anybody sitting in the other chair? No, nobody. Do you like our sitting-room? Yes, I do, very much. Everybody does.
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The Bakers are friends of ours. They live next door to us. Our room is a little larger than theirs and it has more furniture in it. Mine is in my sitting-room, but his is in his study. My wife keeps her music in the music-stool, but Mrs. Baker keeps hers in a separate cabinet near the piano.
You can also see that theirs is a grand piano, whereas ours is an upright. Both my wife and Mrs. Baker are very fond of music and both play the piano very well. However, they have three easy chairs whereas we have only two. In their room they have an electric fire, but we, like most English people, have a coal fire.
Sometimes we burn logs of wood instead of coal. Of course, their furniture is more modern than ours. I should think it must be very valuable. And what do you think of the piano? By the way, do you play the piano? Does your wife?
Oh yes, she does, and very well too. Our neighbours, Mr. White have arrived. The maid opens the door and lets them in. She shuts the door, and shows them into the lounge. We greet them, shake hands with them, and ask them to sit down. A few minutes later we hear a ring at the door.
She kissed her aunt, who introduces her to the Whites, and we all sit down. The ladies talk about the weather and the latest fashions. We men discuss politics, business and the latest news.
Presently the maid brings in the tea on a trolley: a pot of tea, cups and saucers, hot water, a jug of milk, and sugar; also sandwiches, bread and butter, jam, and cakes. My wife pours out the tea. I hand it round. My niece passes round the sandwiches and cakes. We all enjoy the tea very much. Lesson ten Afternoon tea Good afternoon, Mrs.
White, how are you? Very well indeed, thank you, and how are you? Excuse me, please. Hallo, Betty dear! You do look well. Let me introduce you. This is my niece, Miss Smith. White, Mr. How do you do…. How do you do. How do you like your tea, Mrs. White, strong or weak? Not too strong, please, and one lump of sugar, I like my tea rather sweet, but my husband prefers his without sugar. Pretty good, thank you. And how are things with you?
I hope things will soon improve. How long is he going to stay there? Here you see Mr. The host, Mr. Brown, is sitting at the head of the table, and the hostess, Mrs. Brown, is at the other end. Thompson are sitting on either side, facing each other. The dining-room table is covered with a white cloth. The maid has laid the table in the usual way, and has put the right number of knives, forks, spoons and glasses for each person.
On the left of each person is a table-napkin and a plate with a roll on it. On the sideboard the Browns usually have a bowl of fruit: apples, pears, plums, cherries, grapes, oranges or bananas according to the season. The mistress of the house has just served the soup. Lesson twelve Dinner-table talk Good evening. Thompson, will you sit here on my left, and you, Mr.
Thompson, there…. How long have you been in London? Is this your first visit? And what do you think of London, Mrs. I was asking what you thought of London. There always seems to be something interesting to do. And how do you like our weather? Will you have some more chicken? No, thank you. What about you, Mr. Yes, please, just a little. And now what sweet will you have, Mrs. Er—trifle for me, please. And you, Mr. Trifle for me, too, please. Lesson thirteen My bedroom At night, when I feel tired and sleepy, I go up to my bedroom and switch on the electric light.
I take off my shoes, undress and put on my pyjamas, Then I get into bed and switch off the light. After a few minutes I fall asleep. I sleep the whole night through. Punctually at seven-thirty in the morning, the alarm clock rings and wakes me up.
I get out of bed, put on my dressing-gown and slippers, and go into the bathroom, where I turn on the hot and cold taps. My shaving things are on the shelf above the basin. Then I turn off the taps and have my bath.
Sometimes I have a shower. In the chest of drawers I keep clean linen, such as shirts, collars and handkerchiefs, besides things like socks and ties. The dirty linen is put in linen basket and sent to the laundry. In the wardrobe I keep my suits and other clothes, which I hang on coat-hangers. Lesson fourteen Morning and evening What time do you get up as a rule? Generally about half-past seven. Why so early? Because I usually catch an early train up to town.
When do you get to the office? Do you stay in town all day? What do you usually do in the evenings? We generally stay at home. Once or twice a week we go to a theatre or to the pictures.
We went to the pictures last night and saw a very interesting film. Occasionally we go to a dance. Do you like dancing? Yes, very much. Do you dance? I used to when I was younger, but not very often now.
Too old! Are you doing anything special tonight? If not, what about coming with me to my club? Well, my heartiest congratulations. Thank you very much. I could manage to come along tomorrow night, if that would suit you. Yes, excellent. Very well. As a rule, you go into a large entrance-hall or lounge, where visitors are constantly coming and going. The porter takes your luggage, and you go to the reception desk to see about your room and get your key.
Then the page takes you up to your room in lift.
Lesson sixteen Booking rooms Here we are! Shall I look after the luggage or will you? All right. Where shall I find you? Good morning. Can you let me have a double room with a bathroom? Or if you have two single rooms, so much the better. How long do you intend to stay? I expect we shall be here for a week at least, perhaps a fortnight. Yes, you can have two rooms with a bathroom on the first floor.
I hate a noise at night.
They face the courtyard. How much are they? Will you fill up this form, please. Christian name. Permanent address. Place and date of birth. Is that all right? And here are your keys. The page will show you up to your rooms and your luggage will be brought up straight away. Lesson seventeen At the restaurant In all large towns there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, tea-rooms, and inns or public-houses. All the large hotels have dining-rooms or restaurants, like the one in the picture.
Each little party of guests have their own table, and every table, as you see, has its own lamp. In the picture you can see several couples dancing at the far end of the room, near the orchestra. Meals in England are much the same as in other countries, with the exception of breakfast. Very few people like chocolate or cocoa for breakfast. The two main meals of the day, lunch and dinner, are both more or less alike. Lesson eighteen Ordering a meal Is this table free, waiter?
What a pity! We wanted to be near the dance-floor. The menu, please.
Here you are, sir. What do you think, darling? And to follow? A grilled steak with baked potatoes and peas. Will you have anything to drink, sir? Well, I am rather thirsty. Bring me half a pint of bitter. What about you, darling? Very good…. What sweet would you like?
So will I. Black or white? White, please. Oh, and two liqueur brandies. Shall we dance? The bill, please. Very good, sir. Here you are. Thank you very much, sir. Lesson nineteen Numerals: times and dates If I want to know the time I look at my watch. It keeps fairly good time, but occasionally it goes wrong. When it does that, I take it to a watchmaker, and have it repaired, cleaned and regulated. Sometimes people just say eight-fifteen instead of a quarter past eight, and eight-thirty instead of half-past eight.
We say other times as follows: five minutes past eight , or simply, five past eight. Similarly, ten past eight , twenty past eight , twenty-five past eight , twenty-five to nine , twenty to nine , ten to nine , five to nine Referring to dates, we say, for instance: Henry VIII the eighth was born on the twenty-eighth of June, fourteen ninety-one 28th June , and died on the twenty-eighth of January, fifteen forty-seven 28th January Be careful to pronounce distinctly thirteen, thirty; fourteen, forty; fifteen, fifty; sixteen, sixty; and so on.
Then learn: a hundred , a hundred and one , two hundred and seventy-six , a thousand 1, , three thousand three hundred and eighty-seven 3, Lesson twenty Days and months. Asking the time. Do you know the days of the week? What day will tomorrow be? And the day after tomorrow? What day was yesterday? And the day before yesterday? As it happens, last Monday was my birthday. Is that so? Well, many happy returns of the day.
Thank you. Can you tell me the right time, please? There are three copper coins, the penny, the halfpenny, and the farthing. The other coins are the sixpence, the shilling, the two-shilling piece, and the half-crown, which is worth two shillings and sixpence, or as we say, two and six. There are four farthings in a penny, twelve pence in a shilling an twenty shillings in a pound. If the price of a reel of cotton is fourpence, you hand over four pennies for it. Similarly, you say twopence, Threepence, and so on.
If a stamp costs three-halfpence, you hand the clerk a penny and a halfpenny or three halfpennies, and he gives you a three-halfpenny stamp. Lesson twenty-two At the bank Can you change me some money, please? What is it you wish to change? Here it is: some French francs, Swiss francs, American dollars and a few Dutch guilders.
Here we are. How would you like it? Would you please give me seven five-pound notes, four pound notes and four ten-shilling notes, and the rest in small change. Will that do? Er—would you mind giving me the sixpence in coppers. Thank you…. By the way, can I open an account here? Good afternoon, sir. My name is Anderson. I should like to open an account with you.
A deposit or current account? Well, I want to be able to pay for things by cheque. Then you want a current account.
How much money do you want placed to your credit? I think that ought to last me for some time.
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I take it you can supply references? Lesson twenty-three Postal services There are Post Offices in every town and nearly every village in the country. If you want to send a telegram, you can either take it to the nearest Post Office or dictate it over the telephone. Pillar-boxes are emptied several times a day. If you want your letter to arrive more quickly than by ordinary post, you can send it by Air Mail. Letters are delivered to your home or office by a postman, and telegrams by a telegraph-boy.
Here you can see what the inside of a Post Office looks like. On one side of the counter you see several customers, on the other side, the clerks. One of the people in the picture is downloading postage-stamps, another is registering a letter, the third is writing out a cable. Ask for a halfpenny stamp, a penny stamp, a three-halfpenny stamp, a threepenny stamp and so on. If you want to send parcel, you hand it to the assistant, who weighs it on scales and gives you the necessary stamps.
The amount you have to pay depends on the weight of the parcel. In most Post Offices and also in many streets, there are public telephone-boxes from which you can telephone. All you have to do is lift the receiver, put into the slot the pennies due for the call, and dial the first three letters of the exchange you want, followed by the number. Lesson twenty-four At the post office Excuse me, can you tell me where the nearest Post Office is?
Perhaps that gentleman over there will be able to help you. There it is, that building over there. Thanks very much. I want to send a telegram. Where can I get a form? Will you put your name and address on the back? Do you mind telling me where I can get stamps and a registered envelope? At the next counter.
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A five-shilling book of stamps, please, and a large registered envelope. Will this size do? Threepence by ordinary post, or sixpence, if you want to register it.
Lesson Twenty-five Travelling Those who wish to travel, either for pleasure or on business, have at their disposal various means of transport. There is, for instance, the humble, inexpensive bicycle. With a motor-car, one can travel comfortably for long distances without getting too tired. Luxurious ships cross seas and oceans from one continent to another.
Aeroplanes carry passengers to various parts of the world in almost as many hours as it takes days to do the journey by other means. But most of us still have to use trains. Look at this picture of a busy railway station. A train is standing at one of the platforms ready to leave. Some of the passengers are looking out of the windows watching the late-comers who are hurrying along looking for empty seats.
The engine is ready to draw the train out of the station. On another platform a train has just come in; some passengers are getting out, others are getting in. At the bookstalls people are choosing books, magazines or newspapers for the journey. At the cloakroom others are depositing or withdrawing their luggage. Further along there are refreshment rooms crowded with people snatching a hasty meal, while those with time to spare are sitting in the waiting rooms.
Twenty-six At the Station Porter, will you see to my luggage, please? Where for, sir? Will you have this trunk labeled and put in the luggage-van. The suitcase, and bag can go on the luggage-rack. Right, sir. What class? Try and find me a corner seat in a smoker, facing the engine, if you can. Have you got your ticket yet, sir? Not yet. Here it is. Which platform is it? One first to Glasgow, please. Single or return? Do I have to change anywhere? Your carriage is near the dining-car, and you can order lunch when the attendant comes along.
What time do we get to Glasgow? Thank you, sir. Lesson twenty-seven Travelling by sea and air Last Wednesday week I went down to Southampton Docks to see my partner off to New York on one of our largest liners.
What colossal ships these steamers are when you see them from the landing-stage alongside the quay. I had a pass, so I went on board and had a look round. From the to deck I could see the huge cranes lifting the cargo and depositing it in the holds. I saw members of the crew carrying out their duties in various parts of the ship. While the captain watched the operations and gave his orders from the bridge.
Then the siren sounded and the visitors made for the gangways. Finally the ship began to move off, and the passengers, leaning over the rails, waved good-bye to their friends standing below amongst the crowd. Slowly she left the harbour, passing beyond the pier, and gradually disappeared in the distance.
A few days later I myself had to go to Paris. The journey was urgent and I went by air. I went to the airport by a special bus provided by the company. On the airfield we saw a large plane waiting for us. Our pilot made a perfect landing, and we got out of the plane. Twenty-eight On the boat This way for the Dover boat! Have your passports ready, please. Pass up the gangway! First class on the right, second class on the left. Here we are!
Would you like to stay up on deck, or go down below? Do you travel much? Not more than I can help by sea. I think I shall, one of these days. I can see the English coast already, can you? Yes, just. Still, thanks all the same. On both sides of the street there are shops, banks and restaurants. In some parts of London there are trolley-buses and trams as well. The noise is deafening, but one soon gets used to it. In any case, before crossing the road, take care to look to your right, and when you reach the middle of the road, look to your left.
At night, the streets are lit by electricity, or in some districts, by gas. The main streets are flooded with light from the brilliant shop-windows and the illuminated signs and advertisements, so that after dark everything looks as bright as in broad daylight. Lesson thirty Asking the way Excuse me, can you tell me the way to Trafalgar Square? How far is it from here?
Is there a bus? Excuse me, officer, is there a bus from here to Trafalgar Square?
Ask the conductor to put you down at Trafalgar Square. Does this bus go to Trafalgar Square? Yes, sir. Come along, hurry up…. No room on top, inside only… no standing on the platform… pass down the bus, please. Trafalgar Square, please…. Trafalgar Square! This is where you get off, sir. If I were you, I should make up my mind beforehand. It all depends on your tastes. You may, for instance, be interested in shops, or in art-galleries, or in museums, or you might prefer to start with the principal historical buildings and monuments.
There you might as well get off and walk up to St. Lesson thirty-two Sightseeing Is it possible to see anything of London in one or two days? Well, yes, but, of course, not half enough. What do you think I ought to see first? Do you like art-galleries? Then why not go to the National Gallery and the Tate? Do you think I shall have time for that? Well, you might, but if I were you, I should leave that for some other day. You could spend a whole day there. I suppose it its.
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What about going to the Zoo? You could spend a couple of hours there comfortably, or even a whole afternoon, watching the wild animals, birds and reptiles. You could have tea there too. How do I get there? Let me see. Where are we? Is it much of a walk?
I think I will. The Zoo, please. Lesson thirty-three The big stores I went into one of the big London stores today and enjoyed myself very much, just wandering from one department to another, looking at the various articles on the counters.
I thought the assistants were very helpful. There must have been some hundreds of salesmen and saleswomen and dozens of different departments, including china, haberdashery, confectionery, hardware and even provisions. I went from one department to another—from umbrellas to gloves, from fancy goods to lace—up and down, in lifts and on escalators. We wet up to the restaurant and had lunch together. Of course, we talked and talked. His grandfather died quite recently.
Then we did some shopping together. I helped her to download some presents for her children. We used to be very great friends before she went to live abroad.
Lesson thirty-four Shopping Er-excuse me, how do I get to the glove department? Over there on the left, madam, just past the ribbon counter. Is this the right counter for gloves? Yes, madam. What sort of gloves do you require? Kid, suede, chamois…? Well, let me see some of each. Certainly, madam. What size do you take? I think a six is your size.
How do you like these? And now, how do I get to the shoe department? What kind of shoe did you want, madam? I want a strong walking-shoe with a low heel. Perhaps calf would be best. As you see, I have rather small feet. Try them on….
How do they feel? I shall have to wait till next year for that. But I might get a raincoat later on.
My wife has also been downloading some new clothes this week. It would seem that the one she bought three weeks ago is already out of date. Lesson thirty-six Ordering new clothes Good morning, I should like to order a lounge-suit. What have you got in the way of materials? I want something for the autumn, not too heavy and not too light.
How do you like this pattern, sir? What about this then? How much is it? This is an exceptionally good quality cloth, very soft, and guaranteed pure wool. A suit of this will cost you twenty-five guineas. Can you call in tomorrow fortnight for a fitting?
At the dress-shop I should like to try on one of these dresses. Please come with me to the fitting-room. This is a model gown and quite the latest style. What about this one? We have this model in several sizes and colours, pale green, dark brown, black….
Let me see the black one in my size. My eldest son would be all for the sports shops, with their golf clubs, tennis rackets, cricket bats and footballs. If you smoke a pipe, you have the choice of dozens of excellent brands of pipe-tobacco; if you like cigars, then you can get them at any price you care to pay; and if you prefer cigarettes, you can download Virginia, Turkish, or Egyptian, whichever you like.
Virginia cigarettes are, of course, those made of American tobacco. Matches are good and cheap, but most people nowadays use a lighter. Many tobacconists are at the same time newsagents, stationers, and booksellers, so that you can download books, magazines, newspapers, picture postcards, and other stationery, such as writing-pads, notepaper, blotting-paper, envelopes, ink, fountain-pens, pencils and so on.
Very often you can download sweets and chocolates there as well. Lesson thirty-eight downloading cigarettes Good afternoon. I should like some cigarettes, please. What kind would you like? Virginia, Egyptian, or Turkish? Well, I think I should like to try some of each, and then I can decide which I like est.
How many would you want? Say, a packet of twenty Virginia, and a box of twenty-five of each of the others. Which brand do you recommend? If I were you, I should try these. How many boxes?
Oh—half a dozen. What about some pipe tobacco? You can have it by the ounce or in a tin. Well, may I suggest a good Havana cigar? Let me have five, please. Oh, I nearly forgot. I should like a few flints for my lighter. And now, add it all up and tell me how much I owe you. Would you mind wrapping them up? Everybody, male and female, old and young, requires his attention regularly.
Men must have their hair cut. If they have beards or moustaches, they must have them trimmed. Women must have their hair cut or waved. There are several customers sitting on the settee, waiting their turn. An assistant is brushing his overcoat. He will expect a tip, of course. I always shave myself, with a safety-razor. My brother shaves with an electric razor. I always think a man ought to shave himself. Haircut and shave, please.
I should also like a manicure.How would you like it? A five-shilling book of stamps, please, and a large registered envelope. On the airfield we saw a large plane waiting for us. I think you can find rich men and poor just as much in farming as in any other occupation. Do you understand me when I speak slowly?
Shall I look after the luggage or will you? The mistress of the house has just served the soup.