a) Read the dialogue.
b) Make up dialogues based on the models using as many words
as possible dealing with the topic «My Home ».
A House of Their Own
Mr. Reed: Have you decided how many rooms you want?
Jack: Two bedrooms, I think. A double bedroom for ourselves, and another not quite so large.
Mrs. Wells: You’d better have three, Jack. One for the child — or children. You’ll be having children, Anne?
Anne: Yes, we intend to have children.
Mrs. Wells: And a third bedroom for visitors. Or for the children when they grow too big to sleep in the same room.
Jack: But won’t three bedrooms make the house rather expensive, Father?
Mr. Wells: That’s all right.
Jack: Let’s have three bedrooms, then.
Mrs. Wells: Do you like built-in furniture, Anne? What about having wardrobes built into the bedrooms?
Mr. Reed: An excellent idea, Mrs Wells! We design built-in furniture for most of our houses. It saves space, and is cheaper, usually, than buying separate pieces of furniture.
Anne: I’d love that, Mrs. Wells. What about you, Jack?
Jack: I agree. It will cost us much less to furnish the house if the wardrobes are built in. But it’s going to cost you a pretty penny, Father!
Mr. Wells: Very well, Mr. Reed, built-in wardrobes in the bedrooms.
* * *
Mr. Reed: Now, the downstairs rooms. Am I to design a living- room and a separate dining-room, or a room that can be used for general purposes?
Mrs. Wells: That’s question for Anne, I think.
Anne: Jack and I would like a fairly large living-room, I think. We don’t need a separate dining-room.
Jack: We’ve been talking about that. We thought we’d like to have a fairly large kitchen with a dining recess. Lots of people eat in the kitchen nowadays.
Anne: Modern kitchens are quite pleasant rooms, aren’t they? We’re not likely to have a servant, so it’s much simpler to have meals where they’re cooked. What do you think, Mrs. Wells?
Mrs. Wells: Oh, a good modem kitchen’s quite pleasant. But I don’t think you should eat all your meals in the kitchen. But I’m old-fashioned, perhaps.
Mr. Reed: It’s quite possible to plan a dining recess that’s separate from the part of the kitchen where the work is done.
Mr. Wells: I agree with your mother, Jack. You oughtn’t to have all your meals in the kitchen. Breakfast — yes. But suppose you have friends to a meal. You wouldn’t want to give them lunch in the kitchen, would you?
Anne: I don’t see why not. If the kitchen’s good enough for me and Jack, it’s good enough for our friends.
Mr. Reed: May I make a suggestion? Why not have a dining recess in the living-room? Here’s the sort of thing I mean. With three
bedrooms, there’ll be quite a lot of floor-space downstairs. You can have a good kitchen — plenty of space for working in, and space for a table you could have breakfast at if you wanted. You’d have quite a large living-room. Now, look at this sketch. Here’s your living-room. One end of it can be used quite easily for meals. Between the two parts of the room you can have a built-in piece of furniture. It wouldn’t be high — not up to the ceiling. On one side there’d be cupboards and drawers and shelves for china, silver, cutlery and so on. And on the other side would be a bookcase. You could have a built-in writing-desk, too, if you liked.
Anne: Oh, that’s a marvellous idea. Don’t you think so, Jack?
Jack: I do, indeed.
Mrs. Wells: And so do I! I think it’s most unpleasant to sit in a living-room and see the dining-table with the remains of a meal on it. And then a visitor calls, just as you’ve finished dinner, and she has to sit there looking at the remains of the meal — unless you rush round and clear everything away!
Mr. Wells: Well, Mr. Reed, we all seem to be agreed. Please combine the dining-room and the living-room.
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Mr. Reed: We haven’t discussed heating yet. Have you thought about that?
Mrs. Wells: Do you like central heating, Anne?
Anne: Yes, Mrs. Wells, but isn’t it rather expensive? First costs, I mean — the furnace, and the boiler, all the pipes and radiators?
Mr. Reed: That depends upon the system. An automatically controlled oil-burning system is rather expensive.
Mr. Wells: Electric fires are expensive, I know. We have them in the bedrooms, and the electricity bills are always high at the end of the winter.
Jack: I’m old-fashioned. I like open fires.
Anne: I like to see a fire. But coal fires do make a lot of work — and a lot of dust, too.
Mr. Reed: You might have a furnace in the kitchen, and a storage tank upstairs. A furnace that bums coke is much less expensive than one that bums oil. A good one would give you all the hot water you need for the kitchen and for baths, and enough for two radiators in the living-room.
Anne: Oh, I know what you mean. They have to be filled twice a day, don’t they?
Mr. Reed: Yes, and you clear out the ashes once a day. They’re very little trouble.
* * *
Mr. Reed: Here’s the hall, and the stairs. There’s a door from the hall into the living-room here, and another door on the right, into the kitchen. On the left side of the hall there’s a cloak-room with a wash-basin in it, and next to it a lavatory.
Jack: That all seems very convenient.
Anne: There’s plenty of light in the kitchen, I hope.
Mr. Reed: There’s quite a large window in the north. The door on the west side can be half glass, too, if you like.
Jack: That’s the side door for the tradesmen, isn’t it?
Mr. Reed: Yes. If you look at this sketch again, you’ll see there’s a path from the gate to the front door. Here’s the garage, on the west side of the house. By using the west wall of the house as one wall of the garage we can save quite a bit of money. There’s a wide path from the road straight to the garage. You can have a concrete surface — or tarmac.
* * *
Anne: The kitchen looks rather small, doesn’t it?
Jack: Where will that furnace be, Mr. Reed?
Mr. Reed: I think you’ll have as much space as you need, Miss Green. I’ve included a cellar — Mr. Wells agreed to the extra cost for that. The furnace will be in one half of the cellar, and the other half will be for storing coke. The coke will be dropped into the cellar through a covered opening in the concrete driveway — just in front of the garage doors.
Jack: How do we get down into the cellar?
Mr. Reed: There’s a door in the kitchen — here, in this comer. The stairs to the cellar are below the stairs to the bedrooms.
Anne: Are you sure the furnace will provide all the water we shall need?
Mr. Reed: It’ll give you all the hot water you’ll need, Miss Green. There’ll be enough for these two radiators in the living-room.
Jack: Well, that’s fine, isn’t it, Anne?
Anne: It’s marvellous. What about the upstairs?
* * *
Mr. Reed: Here’s a rough sketch of the upstairs rooms. The two large bedrooms are in the south. The small bedroom’s in the north.
Each of them has a large hanging-cupboard, so there’s no need for separate wardrobes. Here’s the bathroom.
Jack: Father says he told you to put a wash-basin in the largest bedroom.
Mr. Reed: Yes, that’s right. I’ve put it here, on the east wall. Is that where you’d like it?
Anne: There isn’t a window on that side, is there?
Mr. Reed: No, the window’s in the south.
Anne: That’s where I’d have the dressing-table then, and the washbasin on the east wall.
* * *
Jack: We discussed lighting last time we saw you, Mr. Reed. Will that be all right?
Mr. Reed: You said you didn’t want standard lamps or table lamps.
Anne: No, neither of us wants them. I don’t like flex running all over the floors. I fall over it.
Mr. Reed: I’ve arranged for indirect lighting in the living-room. The cables will be built into the wall and there’ll be brackets so that the light shines on the ceiling and is reflected downwards. That’s what you want, I think.
Jack: Yes, that will be very good. But you’ll see that there are two or three other points, won’t you?
Anne: We shall want one for the radiogram. And a power point for the vacuum-cleaner.
Mr. Reed: I’ll see to those. You’re having a telephone, aren’t you? Where would you like that? In the living-room?
Jack: No, not in the living-room, please. In the hall, don’t you think, Anne?
Anne: Well, the hall may be rather a cold place for a long conversation on a winter evening!
Jack: Yes, perhaps. But can you think of anything more annoying than having a broadcast of an opera from Covent Garden interrupted by the ringing of the telephone bell? And then having to turn the wireless off, or turn it low, while one of us carries on a telephone conversation?
Anne: You’re right. Jack. I hadn’t thought of that. If the telephone’s in the hall, one of us can go on listening to the broadcast.
Jack: It might be difficult to hear the telephone bell if we were in the garden. The hall’s in the north and the garden’s in the south.
Mr. Reed: It’s not likely that you’d both be in the garden, is it, except perhaps in summer? And in summer the doors would probably be open.
Anne: Let’s have the telephone in the hall, then. It will mean buying a low table and a chair.
Mr. Reed: Oh, there’s one thing I forgot to mention about the kitchen. There’s a larder here, in the north-west comer. You’ll find it quite cool — the window’s in the north.
Anne: That’ll be very useful. I don’t think we shall be able to afford a refrigerator — not for a few years, anyway.
Jack: Most of the kitchen furniture is to be built in, isn’t it?
Mr. Reed: Miss Green and I discussed that very thoroughly when she was here with your father last week. The sink and the draining-boards will be under the window. The electric cooker will be on the other side of the kitchen. And there’ll be plenty of space for a refrigerator and a washing-machine if you get them later on. Perhaps you’ll get them as wedding presents.
Anne: We’ll be lucky if we do!
* * *
Mr. Reed: We’ve settled the exterior of the house, haven’t we? Red brick for the walls and red tiles for the roof. And you’re having a fireplace in the living-room — on the east wall.
Jack: I’m glad that could be included, even though we’re having radiators. How do people arrange their furniture if there's no fireplace to put the chairs round?
Mr. Reed: Round the television set in most homes today, probably. Is there anything else you’d like to ask me about?
Anne: I don’t think I’ve any more questions. What about you, Jack?
Jack: I don’t think so.
Mr. Reed: Well, I’ll make my final plans and send them to you, probably in two or three weeks’ time. Then, if you approve everything, the plans can go to the builders.
Anne: Please let me know when the builders start working. We shall want to go and see our house going up.
Mr. Reed: Certainly, Miss Green.
(from A. S. Hornby)
I to intend to do smth. — намереваться ч.-л. делать • мати намір зробити щось
to design — задумывать, замышлять, проектировать • задумувати, загадувати
pretty penny — большая сумма денег • велика сума грошей
old-fashioned — старомодный • старомодний
to make a suggestion — вносить предложение, подавать мысль • вносити пропозицію
sketch — эскиз, набросок • ескіз, начерк
that’s a marvellous idea — это чудесная мысль • це чудова думка
remains — остатки • залишки
furnace — печь, топка • піч
ashes — пепел, зола • попіл, зола
concrete surface — бетонное покрытие (поверхность) • бетонна поверхня
flex — электрический гибкий шнур • електричний гнучкий шнур
brackets — бра • бра to reflect — отражать(ся) • відбивати(ся)
wedding present — свадебный подарок • весільний подарунок
exterior — экстерьер, внешняя (наружная) сторона • екстер’єр, зовнішній бік
to approve — одобрять, утверждать • схвалювати, стверджувати