English for communication * Урок 3

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На английском

In the restaurant

Russell Brundon
Aren’t you hungry?

Cora Grant
Oh, yes, we are.

Russell Brundon
And I’m awfully thirsty.

Cora Grant
Would you like a glass of orange juice?

Russell Brundon
Thanks, I’d love one.
I like orange juice very much.

Cora Grant
And I prefer apple juice.

Russell Brundon
All juices are good for you: tomato, apple, apricot and, of course, pineapple juice.

Cora Grant
I like pineapples best of all.

Russell Brundon
What shall we have?

Cora Grant
The three-course meal, I suppose.

Russell Brundon
Well, you choose.

Cora Grant
Let’s start with salad, then chicken soup, fish and chips.

Shirley Pearl
I think, I’ll have some peas, fruit and a cup of tea without sugar.

Win Lynn
Are you slimming?

Shirley Pearl
Yes, I am.

Win Lynn
What does your diet allow you?

Shirley Pearl
Well, a little meat or fish, eggs, perhaps some cheese or milk, a lot of vegetables: lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, very few potatoes, a lot of fruit.
No cakes, no ice cream, no chocolate and very little salt.

Win Lynn
I bet your producer only likes slim actors and actresses.

Shirley Pearl
He does indeed.
I have to be on a diet.
I don’t live to eat but I eat to live.

Tony Dakota
Do you want dressing with your salad?

Kate Pagan
No, no, thanks.

Tony Dakota
Tastes differ, of course.

Kate Pagan
Are you a vegetarian?

Maurice Morgan
I don’t think any of us is a vegetarian.

Tony Dakota
Good roast-beef is much tastier than watery vegetables.

Maurice Morgan
I’d order steak.

Kate Pagan
Do you like it rare, medium or well done?

Maurice Morgan
I must confess I like good food, an occasional beer, cheerful people, theatres and lively music.

Arthur Clarke
Is this your keep-fit programme?

Maurice Morgan
Yes, it is. My motto is: «Eat at pleasure, drink with measure and enjoy life as it is».

Cora Grant
You’re not a fitness fanatic, are you?

Bernard Berg
The advice of our doctor is quite different.
Don’t take a taxi, he says. Walk to your work each day.
Ignore the lift.
Climb the stairs.
Don’t eat bread and butter.
Take two cold showers a day.
Do plenty of housework.

Stop drinking. Give up smoking. Exercise your memory. And train your body.

Cora Grant
Your recommendations are very useful, Doctor.

Arthur Clarke
Glad you think so.

Cora Grant
In short, early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Arthur Clarke
You’re quite right.
I usually get up at 6.30 and do my morning exercises.
It takes me half an hour.

Cora Grant
How many meals a day do you have?

Arthur Clarke
I have four meals a day: a light breakfast, lunch, dinner — the heaviest meal, and a cold supper.
As a rule, I don’t eat sweet things.
They are fattening.

Maurice Morgan
Have you ever tasted Mexican dishes?

Arthur Clarke
No, I haven’t. I’ve never been to Mexico.

Dulcie Dutchman
What do you think of spicy food?

Arthur Clarke
I avoid it.
I prefer good plain food, nothing fancy.

Russell Brundon
A cigarette?

Arthur Clarke
No, thanks.

Tony Dakota
A drop of brandy?

Arthur Clarke
I’m off alcohol.

Tony Dakota
Isn’t it boring sometimes to follow these strict rules?

Arthur Clarke
They are not strict.
If you’re in perfectly good health, you can enjoy life more and work better.

Cora Grant
I agree with you.
Health is the greatest wealth.

Maurice Morgan
But it is so difficult to resist temptation.
This apple-pie looks so inviting.
Can I have a piece of it?

Cora Grant
Here you are.

Maurice Morgan
Thank you.

Arthur Clarke
I invite you to my lecture on Thursday evening at the Polytechnic Museum.
It starts at 7.30.

Cora Grant
With pleasure.

Tony Dakota (Sarcastically)
The more we learn, the less we know.

Nora North (Taking up a photo from the floor)
Whose photo is this?

Steve McQueen
Heavens! It’s mine.
How careless of me!

Cora Grant
You have a large family.

Steve McQueen
Not very large.
I have a wife, a son and a daughter.

Nora North
And who are these young people?

Steve McQueen
They are my nephews and my nieces, my sister’s and my brother’s children.
I have a lot of relatives.
This is my father-in-law.

Pat Harris
The young man on the left is your son, isn’t he?

Steve McQueen
How do you know?

Pat Harris
Why! He looks like you.

Steve McQueen
But he takes after his mother in character.
He’s very hot-tempered.

Pat Harris
How old is he?

Steve McQueen
He is twenty-one.
He’s two years younger than my daughter.
She’s in the middle next to him.
I’m missing my children.

Mona Doan
Your daughter looks like a film star.

Steve McQueen
Does she?
Children adore her.
She teaches French.
She’s devoted to her work.
I attended one of her classes once.
The children read and spoke French, wrote a little, sang and played a lot of games.
Now I know learning can be fun.

Pat Harris (Addressing the astronaut)
You’re single, aren’t you?

Tony Dakota
Yes, I am.
I’ve watched the married lives of my friends.
If you don’t mind I’ll tell you what often happens.
The wife usually complains: «When we sit in the living room you always watch TV and never look at me.
When we eat breakfast together you always read newspapers and never talk to me.
When we go to parties you usually sit with your friends and rarely dance with me.
And you’re lazy!
You never help me with the housework.
When our windows are dirty you never wash them.
When our car breaks down you never fix it.
You never play with the kids.
Sometimes I think you don’t love me.
Do you call that a happy family life?»

Shirley Pearl
Don’t be so pessimistic.

Tony Dakota
I am not pessimistic.
I’m being realistic.

Shirley Pearl
I’m afraid you exaggerate the difficulties of married life.
Love conquers all.
And if wife and husband share…

Cora Grant
Excuse my interrupting you but we’re running short of time.

Tony Dakota
(Addressing the waiter)
Can we have the bill, please?

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