Розмовні теми частина 1 - Т. М. Гужва 2003

My working day

a) Read and act the dialogues,

b) Make up the dialogues based on the models using as many words as possible dealing with topic «My Working Day».

Dialogue 3-1

My Working Day. Monday Morning

Read die dialogues and compare David’s and Sue’s lives with Mrs.

Cornelia’s life.

David: What’s the matter, honey?

Sue: Oh, I don’t know.

David: Come on, something’s the matter. What is it?

Sue: It’s just life. It’s too boring!

David: It’s not that bad. You have the children.

Sue: But Kim will be at school and John’s only a baby! You’ll leave in five minutes, but I’ll be here all day. You won’t be home till seven!

David: One of us has to work, honey.

Sue: Yes, dear, but your day will be interesting. My day will be the same as every other day.

David: My work isn’t always interesting.

Sue: I know, but you travel around, you meet different people, and you do different things. Whom will I meet today? What will I do? Huh? Oh, I’ll do the dishes, feed the baby, wash the clothes, clean the house, give the baby a bath, walk the dog...

David: But... but... honey...

Sue: Then I’ll feed the baby again and put the kids to bed. What a life? Today, tomorrow, this week, next week, this month, next month, next year — forever!

David: It’s just Monday morning, honey. You’ll feel O.K. tomorrow.

Sue: Will I?


David’s Monday

Sue’s Monday

David Shaw, television news reporter.

Sue Shaw, housewife.

8:30 — catch the train.

8:15 — drive David to the train station.

9:30 — arrive at MBS studio.

8:45 — wash the dishes.

10:00 — take an interview with Miss Universe.

10:00 — feed the baby.

12:00 — have lunch with movie producer.

10:30 — do the wash.

3:00 — interview Paul McCartney at Kennedy Airport.

12:00 — clean the house.

5:00 — meet Walter for drinks.

2:30 — go to the supermarket.

6:00 — catch the train.

3:00 — pick Kim up at school.

7:30 — have dinner.

4:00 — make dinner.

8:30 — watch TV.

6:45 — meet David at the station.

9:30 — walk the dog.

7:30 — have dinner.

11:00 — go to bed.

8:30 — wash the dishes.

9:00 — feed the baby.

10:15 — go to bed.

Dialogue 3-2

An Interview

Arnold Rivera, the TV news reporter, is interviewing Mrs. Cornelia Vandeigift for the programme Real People.

Arnold: Well, Mrs. Vandeigift, please tell our viewers about an ordinary day in your life.

Cornelia: Well, I wake up at eight o’clock.

Arnold: Really? Do you get up then?

Cornelia: No, of course I don’t get up at that time. I have breakfast in bed, and I read the «New York Times».

Arnold: What time do you get up?

Cornelia: I get up at ten.

Arnold: What do you do then?

Cornelia: I read my letters and dictate the answers to my secretary. Arnold: And then?

Cornelia: At eleven I take a walk with Jimmy.

Arnold: Jimmy? Who’s Jimmy?

Cornelia: Jimmy’s my dog.

Arnold: Oh, what time do you have lunch?

Cornelia: I have lunch at twelve thirty. I eat alone.

Arnold: Oh, I see. Well, what do you do after lunch?

Cornelia: Oh, I rest until six o’clock.

Arnold: And at six? What do you do at six?

Cornelia: I get dressed for dinner. I have dinner at seven o’clock. Arnold: Yes, well, what do you do after dinner?

Cornelia: I read or watch TV. I take a bath at nine-thirty, and go to bed at ten.

Arnold: Thank you, Mrs. Vandeigift. You certainly have a busy and interesting life.

Cornelia: You’re welcome.

(from «American Streamline" by Bernard Hartley and Peter Viney, Oxford American English)

Answer the questions to the dialogues:

1. When does Mr. David (Mrs. Sue, Mrs. Cornelia) get up?

2. When does Mr. David (Mrs. Sue, Mrs. Cornelia) usually have breakfast (lunch, dinner)?

3. When does Mr. David (Mrs. Sue, Mrs. Cornelia) walk the dog?

4. Which of them goes to bed at eleven o’clock?

5. Whose life is the most sensible (enjoyable, attractive)?

Dialogue 3-3

A Typical Working Day

Casey Lord of BBC talked to Arthur Hailey, one of the most commercially successful living novelists. His works are available in 30 languages. The titles of Arthur Hailey’s books — Wheels, Hotel, Airport indicate that he writes mainly about modem life in factories and big cities.

Lord: Can you tell us what would be for you a typical working day? How do you go about your work?

Hailey: I go about my work in that I take three years for a book, the first year I do nothing but research into the background. About six months of planning after that, and then the hardest work of all, the actual writing; and when I get to the writing stage I’m usually at my desk about half past eight or nine in the morning. I work through the day with a break for lunch, and finish at about five... I work an ordinary day just like anyone does at any occupation.

Lord: Your method of working is systematic to the Nth degree, do you enjoy writing a book?

Hailey: It’s a love-hate relationship — at least that’s how my wife describes it. I tell people that I enjoy the research because that involves going to places and meeting people. And there comes a time when you can put off the writing no longer. People say to me sometimes «Are there days when you don’t feel like writing?» — and I say, «I never feel like writing!»

Lord: Are you going on for the rest of your life writing, or are you going to do other things, are there other ambitions that you want to fulfil?

Hailey: No, writing is the only thing, though as for going on, I’m not too sure. I did say that after the book I’ve almost completed now I wasn’t going to do any more, now I’ve decided to do another one, and perhaps there’ll be another one after that. There’s a problem: doing a book is total involvement for three years and shutting off from a lot of other tilings, and yet I really don’t know the answer to your question.

(from «Moscow News")

I take three years for a book — мне нужно три года на книгу • мені потрібно три роки на книгу

through the day — целый день • цілий день

to the Nth degree — в N-ой степени • в N-ому ступені

don’t feel like — не расположены, не хотите • не бажаєте, не схильні

to fulfil — осуществлять • здійснювати, виконувати

total involvement — полная самоотдача • повна самовіддача

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