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Lesson 5

Text A

         A Welcome Surprise

  Let's now visit Mary Miller. Mary and her mother are happy today. The postman has brought a letter from Mrs Miller's brother. He's comingvisit the Millers with his family. Mary and Mrs Miller haveplan meals and festivities. Mary offersgo shoppinghelp her mother. MRs McLLER:   Mary, please gothe door.hear the bell.
   MARY:   It's the mailman, Mother. Here's a letter from Uncle George.
MRS MILLER:   Give itme ... How wonderful! He's comingvisit us.
   MARY:   When's he coming?
MRS MILLER:   He's coming by carthe twenty-fourth. He's staying from the
   twenty-fourththe twenty-sixth.
   MARY:   Let me look at the calendar. Good! The twenty-fourtha Saturday. Is he
   coming  alone?
MRS MILLER:   No, he's coming with Aunt Cynthia and the girls.
   MARY:   Mother,don't remember the girls. How old are they?
MRs MILLER:   Your cousin Fayfifteen. Rosemaryolder than Fay. She's seventeen.
MARY:   Are they goingstay here with us?
MRS MILLER:   Of course. The girls can stayyour room with you.
MARY:   Mother, may we have a party?
MRs MILLER:   If you like, but now we havethink about meals and many other things.
MARY:   Prepare the list, Mother.can go shopping.can gothe small stores.
   Everyone knows me there.

 
 
Text B

I'll StartThree Months' Time

    Rose left school when she was seventeen and wenta college for a yearlearntype. She passed her examinations quite well and then wentlook for work. She was still living with her parents.
    A lotpeople were looking for typists at that time, sowas not difficultfind interesting work. Rose wentseveral offices, and then chose onethem. It was near her parents' house. She thought, "I'll walk there every morning.won't needgo by bus. "
    She wentthe office again and saidthe manager, "I wantwork here, but what will you pay me?"
    "We'll pay you 27 pounds now," the manager answered, "and 30 pounds after three months."
    Rose thought for a few seconds before she answered. Then she said, "All right, then I'll startthree months' time. "

            QuestionsText B

7. Read the following passage once. Underline the key words while reading and retell the storyyour partner.

          What a Language!

    First Frenchman:once heard someone shout, "Look out."put my head outa window and a bucketfulwater fsllme. It seems that "look out" may mean "don't look out. "
Second F:was oncea ship and heard the captain shout, "All handsdeck. "put my handsthe deck and someone walkedthem. .
    Third F:once called earlyan English friend and the maid who camethe door said, "He's not up yet. Come backhalf an hour. " Whenwent again for him, she said, "He's not down yet. "said , "If he's not up and he's not down, wherehe?" She said, "He's stillbed. Whensay 'He's not up'mean he has not yet got np,so he has not yet come downstairs."
    What do these phrases meantheir respective contexts?
 


 

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