In the lunch hour
1.We got tickets for lunch. 2. I am not very hungry. 3. Will you pass me the salt, please? 4. Let's have lunch together? 5. Yesterday I went to the office without breakfast. 6. I'll join you in a few minutes. 7. The salad is very good but there's not enough salt in it. 8. The waitress came up to us in a few minutes. 9. Tea for my friend and coffee for me. 10. I usually have it with the soup. 11. When we went to the canteen there weren't many people there. 12. I'll have some mineral water, salad, meat and potatoes and ice-cream for the sweet. 13. By 12 o'clock I was already hungry. 14. Will you have any soup today? 15. The waitress brings the dishes. 16. I only had a cup of tea. 17. She brought some knives, forks, spoons and plates and took our tickets. 18. How'd you like your tea? 19. I like white bread for the meat course. 20. Oh, here is the waitress. 21. I don't like having lunch alone. 22. We had a little time before work to read a newspaper and have a smoke. 23. We talked a little when lunch was over. 24. We began to work half an hour later. 25. Shall I pass you some rye bread?
1. I want a pair of boots, please. 2. What's your size? 3. How do I get to the shoe department? 4. It won't be easy to find a suitable pair. 5. Here's a lovely pair, but it's more expensive. 6. I'll have another look. 7. You have very small feet. 8. Many things are bought and sold here every day. 9. It's eleven o'clock in the morning. 10. It's very cold outside. 11. Will you try them on? 12. I think they are a size too big. 13. You're lucky.! 14. That doesn't matter. 15. Here are your boots, the check's inside. 16. Helen buys some dark brown gloves to match her new boots and looks at her watch. 17. I think I'll take it. 18. Where do I pay? 19. Come along with me, and I'll show you. 20. How much is it? 21. Where is the glove department? 22. She sees that it's rather late, so she quickly leaves the store and hurries home. 23. It's over there to the left, please. 24. Though the store has just opened there are a lot of customers near the counters. 25. Oh yes, it's terribly cold!
A sea story
1. It was fifteen years ago when I was a mate on a ship which was going to New York. 2. I didn't eat much yesterday. 3. The captain was very angry. 4. I heard the strange voice three times. 5. The captain came up to me one morning. 6. The captain told the men to sail north-north-west. 7. He went on sleeping while we took him into our boat and sailed towards the ship. 8. There is a small boat there with a man in it. 9. Soon we reached the small boat and saw that the man in it was fast asleep. 10. We must save him. 11. I am very pleased that we have been able to save you. 12. We must sail in that direction and find out. 13. When the man was aboard the ship he suddenly opened his eyes. 14. I am making a record voyage from New York to Liverpool in a small boat. 15. Did you order your men to take me out of my boat while I was asleep. 16. I was right last night, wasn't I? 17. The captain looked through his glasses and said to me. 18. I think you had too much to eat last night and that's why you couldn't sleep. 19. I couldn't sleep and heard a voice which said into my ear. 20. I don't know what to do about it. 21. He suddenly opened his eyes and cried out loudly. 22. Did you want to be drowned in your little boat? 23. Where am I? Where is my boat? 24. We were having a very good voyage. 25. We asked captain Brown one evening to tell us something interesting about his voyages.
They are leaving Moscow
1. He has just graduated and is now getting ready to go to his home town.2. Would you like to know who they are. 3. He is going to work as a doctor at a hospital which was built a few months ago. 4. The man's a friend of mine. 5. Oleg is writing his new address on the last box. 6. The taxi is already waiting at the door. 7. You can't see his mother in the picture. 8. She's closing a suit-case. 9. She is cooking supper in the kitchen. 10. In an hour and a half their friends will come to say good-bye to Oleg and his family and wish them a happy life in the new place. 11. She must also go and get some food. 12. Oleg's wife, a young woman of about twenty-two, is busy packing things too. 13. As soon as he finishes writing it all the boxes will be taken to the railway station. 14. Some of his toys have already been packed in a box and he is putting the rest of them in it. 15. What's she doing now? 16. You can see his little son busy packing. 17. Why there are shirts, trousers, dresses, hats, suits, coats, shoes and other things all over the place. 18. If you look at the picture you'll see a man, a woman and a child in it. 19. He is hurrying. 20. She won't go shopping until all the things have been packed.
A fish bone
1. When I was a young man I lived in New York. 2. Late in September my work was done at last and I was able to leave for New York. 3. She gave me hers ans said that she would be waiting for me. 4. I was so angry that I threw her ring into the sea. 5. About two months before our marriage I was sent to England for a fortnight. 6. The fish was brought and while they were eating it some of them told interesting stories about finding rings and other things inside fish. 7. Alice was going to marry another man! 8. And this is what he told them. 9. But I had to stay in England for six months and not a fortnight as I had planned. 10. An old man who had only listened to their stories and never spoken a word, suddenly said that he would like to tell them an interesting story, too. 11. I couldn't believe my eyes but it was true. 12. One evening several tourists who were staying at a hotel in Manchester were having dinner in a hotel restaurant. 13. I went to say good-bye to Alice and gave her a ring. 14. I was looking through the morning newspaper and what do you think I saw? 15. It was a fish-bone. 16. What do you think it was? 17. I was having dinner at a restaurant in New York a few days later and while I was eating the fish I bit on something hard. 18. The ring! All the listeners cried out at once.
A good lesson
1. Well now I am going to sing to you my good friends. 2. The singer was very angry, but said nothing. 3. Soon Mrs Johnson called the singer. 4. I am afraid I shan't be able to sing any more tonight. 5. We are glad, sir, that you have come. 6. After dinner, the singer thanked everybody and said. 7. I always sing for those I have dinner with. 8. Then he changed his mind and decided to stay and teach her and her rich guests a good lesson. 9. Where did you sing? 10. He joined them. 11. The guests were eating, joking, laughing and talking loudly. 12. The singer was poor but he had a very good voice. 13. He saw through a door that the dining-room was already full of guests. 14. What are you ready for? 15. You will be singing after dinner. 16. Mrs Johnson came out to him and he thought she was going to ask him to join them. 17. And he sang them some beautiful songs. 18. Now will you go into the kitchen and have dinner too? 19. When the singer went into the kitchen, the servants were having dinner too. 20. The singer got to Mrs Johnson's house at exactly six o'clock as he had been asked to do. 21. Once a rich English woman called Mrs Johnson decided to have a birthday party. 22. She invited a lot of guests and a singer.
The Bronte family
1. It was nearly impossible to believe that these wonderful books were written by young women who had not seen anything of the world except the life of their own family. 2. Ann, who wrote poetry and two novels, died at 29. 3. But even she died at an early age of 29. 4. All the children were in poor health. 5. Nobody knew that the Bronte children had learned to write stories while they were playing. 6. The story of the famous and talented Bronte family is strange and unusual. 7. They didn't like to play noisy and active games. 8. All this was only found out in 1930 by an American university librarian who studied some of the toys and hand-written little books found in the house where the Bronte family had lived. 9. The game they liked best of all was writing little stories of their own. 10. Two of the girls died while they were still at school. 11. The Bronte children – five girls and a boy – lived with their father and aunt in Yorkshire. 12. Emily, who became world famous as the author of “Wuthering Heights”, died a year after the book was published in 1947. 13. Bramwell, the boy, was good at writing poetry. 14. Charlotte, the author of the wonderful novel “Jane Eyre”, was the only one strong enough to go out into the world and live her own life for a while. 15. But he died at the age of 31.
From Verkhoyansk to Sukhumi
1. Boris lives and works in the North of our country. 2. In Sukhumi it's usually very fine in April. 3. Soon I got an answer. 4. I hope you won't mind if I bring my wife and my son with me. 5. The air was fresh, the sky was blue and the sun was shining. 6. We reached the airport in time: the plane was just landing. 7. It was only half past six in the morning, but it was as warm as in the afternoon. 8. It won't take us long. 9. I hope you had a good journey. 10. It is not so cold here as in Verkhoyansk, is it? 11. I think it's just a little warmer. 12. I'm sure you'll like it here. 13. Do you know how cold it was there that day? 14. I took a taxi and started for the airport. 15. The passengers were getting out of the plane. 16. Aren't you dressed a bit too warmly? 17. I like Sukhumi at this time of year best of all. 18. You won't believe it: almost 35 degrees below zero, let alone the biting winds. 19. I went up to the plane and saw a group of people who looked very funny in this warm weather. 20. Ah, well, take off your coats, and let's hurry home. 21. It doesn't often rain and it's not hot yet. 22. He thanked me heartily for the invitation and asked me to meet him at the airport on the twentieth of April. 23. “I am afraid I may be late”, I said to the driver and asked him to go faster. 24. I wrote to him a few months ago to invite him to my place for a holiday. 25. We went to school together, then we went to the same college in Moscow.
1.The sculptor worked for two years to make the statue as beautiful as possible. 2. The governor thought that the sculptor was doing as he had been told. 3. Those who heard the question expected the sculptor to get angry. 4. The statue, which is called David, is one of Michelangello's best works. 5. The governor looked pleased and seeing the expression on his face the people thought that he liked the statue. 6. We have a copy of it in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. 7. Standing with his back to the governor he dropped the marble dust he had picked up little by little to make the governor believe that he was really changing the shape of the nose. 8. When Michelangello finished working he said proudly, “Now the statue is wonderful”. 9. So they were all surprised to hear him say that he didn't like the sculptor's work at all because the statue's nose was too long. 10. The people who had kept silent while the sculptor was working, realized now that he hadn't done anything to the statue and shouted with joy. 11. When the statue was ready a lot of people gathered in the square where it stood. 12. At last he came accompanied by the richest people of the city. 13. Michelangelo, the famous Italian sculptor, lived in Florence. 14. He said that Michelangelo was the only man in Italy who could do it. 15. Everybody was waiting for the governor. 16. Once a beautiful piece of white marble was brought to Florence. 17. He wanted him to make a statue out of the marble.
1. A hundred years ago people knew how to entertain themselves much better than they do now. 2. Nowadays we are entertained by professionals. 3. Most people could sing a little, or play a musical instrument, so at a party the guests entertained each other. 4. The art of conversation and writing letters is dying. 5. Conversation was an art, amusing conversation could keep people happy for hours. 6. Most of them didn't play very well, but they could amuse themselves and their friends. 7. People are becoming more and more lookers and listeners and less and less doers and talkers though it's much better to do something not very well oneself than always to sit and watch others doing it. 8. When a group of people gathered together they talked, played cards or other games, read aloud to each other, or went out shooting or walking together. 9. During the past hundred years the radio, the cinema and now television have made very great changes in the entertainments with which people fill their free time. 10. Why listen to your friends singing when you can hear the greatest singer of the world on the radio? 11. You can go by train or car to see some of the best players in your country playing an important match. 12. Just sit comfortably at home and watch the game without going outside at all. 13. Why play football with players who are not very good at it.