A Bit of Beef at the Picnic

Paul: Picnics! I detest picnics!

Kate: Paul, do stop grumbling and get the basket out of the car. We couldn't stay indoors today. It's beautiful!

Paul: I do like a proper Sunday dinner. What I like is roast pork with apple sauce and gravy, peas and carrots and cabbage, and treacle tart for pudding...

Kate: Here's a perfect spot! Spread the rug behind this bush. Good. Look, we've got brown bread and butter and pâté and cold chicken ...

Paul: Blast! I'm sitting on an ant's nest! Picnics!

Kate: And the salad's got tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cucumber, beetroot...

Paul: Rabbit food! Oh, for a plate of boiled beef and dumplings!

Kate: Oh dear! Paul, I do believe your bit of beef is coming this way! Isn't that a bull?

Exercise VI.Read the rhymes and learn them.

1. Apples, peaches, pears and plums

Tell me when your birthday comes.

2. One potato, two potatoes,

Three potatoes, four,

Five potatoes, six potatoes,

Seven potatoes more.

3. Two little sausages

Frying in a pan,

One went pop

And the other went bam!

4. Betty Batter bought some butter

But she said, "My butter's bitter.

If I put it in my batter,

It will make my batter bitter.

If I buy some better butter,

It'll make my batter better."

So she bought some better butter

And it made her batter better.

Exercise VII.Transcribe the proverbs and learn them.

1. Business before pleasure.

2. Betwixt and between.

3. Better be alone than in bad company.

4. Barking dogs seldom bite.

5. Praise is not pudding.

6. Practise what you preach.

Exercise VIII.Pronounce the following sentences with aspiration.

1. Пошла Поля полоть в поле.

2. Поля поле поливает, полет и перепалывает.

3. Папа Петру пирожок пек.

4. Петр Петрович Перепелович продал телку купил перепелку.

5. В пруду у Поликарпа плавали пять карпов.

6. У бабушки Богдана болит бок.

7. Борис, будешь банан?

8. Бей в барабаны, бей в барабаны быстрей.

UNIT 13. [t] - [d]

Exercise I.Read the following words paying special attention to correct pronunciation.

ı. [t]     2. [d]    
time what between do read rider
town late water day road ladder
torn night after dog side already
taxi port writer dreary old ready
telephone don't empty drab head Monday
trousers liked stool drive add holiday
tell hoped storm date afraid idea
twelve asked temptation daughter loaded lady
twenty passed Anthony dinner acted body
Theresa bite Chatham dirty waited study
Thames late Betty danger lived under

3. [t]-[d]

tie — die trunk — drunk time — dime set — said

mate — made ton — done mat — mad . bet — bed

heart — hard late — laid coat — code two — do torn — dawn

4. Silent t Silent d

christen chestnut handsome
listen Christmas handkerchief
glisten exactly handcuff
castle soften grandmother
wrestle often grandfather
whistle mustn't Wednesday
cabaret ballet  

Exercise II.Read the following sense-groups, mind the rhythm and intonation.

(a) eight; to eight; a quarter to eight; till a quarter to eight; arrive till a quarter to eight; won't arrive till a quarter to eight; the train won't arrive till a quarter to eight.

b) concert; to the concert; straight to the concert; taxi straight to the concert; take a taxi straight to the concert; you'd better take a taxi straight to the concert.

Exercise III. Transcribe and intone the following sentences. Practise reading them in pairs.

[t] (a) 1. On the tip of your tongue.

2. Temptations are like tramps, let one in and he returns with his friends.

3. To fall between two stools.

4. Can he take out two books or ten books?

5. Don't take it to heart.

[d] (b) 1. Dan's Dad is a good driver.

2. Deidre is the dowdy daughter of the Duke of Dundas.

3. Deidre is dreaming a dreadful dream.

4. She dreams of her dear old darling Daddy, held deep down in a dark, dank, dirty dungeon, doomed to die on her wedding day.

[t] — [d] (c) 1. David and Daniel are two terrible twins.

2. Diana brought a tea tray with toasts, tarts and a pot of hot strong tea to tempt the twins.

3. Don't answer the telephone until I tell you to, Dick.

4. If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again.

5. These trousers are tight. Why don't you try them, Dave?

6. It was at a minute or two to two that Dick Dandy was shot in the cabaret.

Exercise IV.Read the rhymes and learn them.

1. When a twister twisting would twist a twist,

For twisting a twist three twists he will twist,

But if one of the twists untwists from the twist,

The twist untwisting untwists the twist.

2. Never trouble trouble

Till trouble troubles you,

It only doubles trouble

And troubles others too.

3. If a doctor is doctoring a doctor, does the doctor doing the doctoring have to doctor the doctor the way the doctor being doctored wants to be doctored or does the doctor doctor the way he usually doctors?

Exercise V. Read the dialogues, mark the stresses and tunes. Learn them. Act out the dialogues.

A Damaged Telephone

Daisy: Dunstone 238-8282.

Donald: Hello, Daisy. This is Donald.

D i a s y: Oh hello, darling.

Donald: What did you do yesterday, Daisy? You forgot our date, didn't you?

D i a s y: Well, it rained all day, Donald, and I have a bad cold, so I decided to stay at home.

Donald: Did you? I telephoned twenty times and nobody answered.

D i a s y: Oh, the telephone was damaged. They repaired it today.

Donald: What did David do yesterday? Did he and Dotty go dancing?

Daisy: No. They stayed at home and played cards with the children.

Donald: And what did you do? Did you play cards too?

Daisy: No. Sidney and I listened to the radio and studied. What did you do yesterday, Donald?

Donald: I've just told you, Daisy, I tried to phone you twenty times!

Waiting for Templetons

Tessa: What time did you tell Templetons to get here, Martin?

Martin: Any time between 10 and 12.

Tessa: But it's after two! They're terribly late!

Martin: Why didn't you contact United Transport as I told you?

Tessa: Peter Thompson said that Templetons were better.

Martin: Tessa! Peter Thompson's a director of Templetons. Oh! blast it! I've torn my trousers on the radiator.

Tessa: Oh Martin, do take care! ... Hadn't we better telephone?

Martin: I've tried. The telephone's not connected yet.

Tessa: And the water's still cut off. We can't just wait here all afternoon in an empty flat with no water and no telephone.

Martin: How uninviting an empty flat is.

Tessa: And it seems tiny, too, now, doesn't it?

Martin: I'm tempted to take a taxi straight into town and stay the night in a hotel.

Tessa: How extravagant! But what a delightful thought!

3. All Dressed Up like á Dog's Dinner

Sam: Jack, for Pete's sake! Who's that girl all dressed up like a dog's dinner — red hat, red dress, red gloves — ah! but what's this? Blue shoes!

Jack: Take that back, Sam Boyd. Dog's dinner indeed!

Sam: You're quite right! My dog hates raw meat! He'd have ten fits if I gave him a red mess like that for dinner.

Jack: It's her best dress. To impress you, you rude creature! She's sweet, rich, clever — and a good cook!

Sam: Lord save us, the man's mad! Don't say you're in love with the red maiden?

Jack: Yes, Sam. I am. What's more — we're engaged. This time next week we'll be man and wife.

S a m: I did really put my big foot in it, didn't I? All I can say now is — good luck, old man!

Exercise VI.Read the rhymes and learn them.

1. Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

2. Hoddley, poddley, puddle and fogs,

Cats are to marry the poodle dogs,

Cats in the blue jackets and dogs in red hats,

What will become of the mice and the rats?

3. Hey, diddle, diddle! The cat and the fiddle,

The cow jumped over the moon,

The little dog laughed

To see such sport,

And the dish ran away with the spoon.

4. Little Miss Muffet, Sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey.

There came a big spider,

Who sat down beside her

And frightened Miss Muffet away.

5. A tutor who tooted a flute

Tried to tutor two tooters to toot.

Said the two to the tutor

"Is it harder to toot or

To tutor two tooters to toot?"

(C. Wells.)

Exercise VII.Transcribe the proverbs and learn them.

1. A storm in a teacup.

2. Better late than never.

3. When children stay still, they have done ill.

4. Dead as a door nail.

5. Dull as. ditch water.

6. Never say die until you're dead.

7. Between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Exercise VIII.Pronounce the following sentences with aspiration.

1. Ткет ткач ткани на платки Тане.

2. У пенька опять пять опят.

3. Трое трубачей трубили в трубы.

4. Тут-тук-тук, кто там? Почтальон Печкин.

5. От топота копыт пыль по полю летит.

6. Дай девочке дядины подарки.

7. Давай достанем деньги из деревянной шкатулки.

UNIT 14. [k] – [g]

Exercise I.Read the following words paying special attention to correct pronunciation.

1. [k]     2. [g]    
can book because go bag ago
car back become get big agree
саге black breakfast gate dig angry
case break excuse garden frog again
caused. dark pocket grow log against
kind drink second good leg forget
kill lake secret grass rug forgive
kitten like local green flag regular
kitchen make weaker great plug August
coat lock thicker guess drug together
call neck market gun dog tiger
cold music walking game smog longer

3. [k] - [g]

cot — got coat — goat ankle — angle

cave — gave clue — glue crow — grow

cards — guards curl — girl back — bag

cold — gold class — glass cap — gap

could — good leak — league coal — goal

pick — pig lock — log

4. Silent k before n Silent g

know knife gnaw gnat

knock knew gnome sign

knee knight campaign foreign

poignant cognac

Exercise II.Read the following sense-groups, mind the rhythm and intonation.

(a) August; school in August; a language school in August; to go to a language school in August; idea to go to a language school in August; great idea to go to a language school in August; it's a great idea to go to a language school in August.

(b) awake; to keep me awake; coffee to keep me awake; cups of coffee to keep me awake; a couple of cups of coffee to keep me awake; I have a couple of cups of coffee to keep me awake.

Exercise III.Transcribe and intone the following sentences. Practise reading them in pairs.

[k] (a) 1. Ken quite likes Kate. Kate doesn't care for Ken.

2. Ken catches Kate and kisses her quickly.

3. Kate cries, kicks and screams.

4. Ken cures Kate with a quick cup of coffee and a cream cake.

5. To kill a wife with kindness.

6. The king was in his counting house counting out his money.

[g] (b) 1. One of my favourite guessing games is the Bag Game.

2. It's a good game at the beginning to get to know each other.

3. The girlguide is giggling at a glum guardman guarding the gate.

4. A garden is overgrown with grass.

5. Go and teach your grandmother, Gordon.

[k] — [g] (c) 1. Cats keep coming into my garden.

2. Carol's cousin had broken his leg.

3. I've broken a glass in the kitchen.

4. There's a cow in my garden.

5. Cut the grass.

6. This girl has golden curls.

Exercise IV.Read the tongue-twisters and learn them.

1. Three crooked cripples

Went through Cripplegate,

And through Cripplegate

Went three crooked cripples.

2.Three grey geese in a green field grazing.

Grey were the geese and green was the grazing.

3. A canner, exceedingly canny,

One morning remarked to his granny

"A canner can can

Anything that he can.

But a canner can't can a can, can he?"

Exercise V. Complete the following sentences working in pairs.

1. — Can you talk in Cockney to a crowd in Connaught Square?

— Of course I can talk in Cockney to a crowd in Connaught Square.

2. — Can you coat a coffee cake with Cornish clotted cream?

— Of course I can...

3. — Can you quickly kick a crooked Coca-Cola can?

— Of course I can...

4. — Can you catch a cuckoo in a broken wicker cage?

— Of course I can...

Exercise VI.Read the dialogues, mark the stresses and tunes. Learn them. Act out the dialogues.

Guests in August

Craig: I've just got a telegram from Margaret and Greg.

Carol: Are they coming to England again?

Craig: Yes. At the beginning of August.

Carol: Good. We can all get together again.

Craig: I'm glad they're coming in August. We can take the dog and go for walks together.

С а г о 1: Yes. And we can give a garden party.

Craig: And Margaret can play her guitar in the garden and sing Greek songs again. ,

Carol: Yes. August is a good time to come to England.

The Cuckoo Clock

Mrs Cook: Would you like some cream in your coffee, Mrs Clark?

Mrs С 1 a r k: No thank you. But I'd like a little milk.

Mrs Cook: Would you like some chocolate cakes?

Mrs Clark: Thank you.

Mrs Cook: Take two. Here's a cake fork, and here's a...

Mrs Clark: Excuse me, Mrs Cook. But what's that next to your bookshelf? Is it a clock?

Mrs Coo k:Yes. It's an American cuckoo clock.

Mrs С 1 a r k: Is it plastic?

Mrs Cook: Oh, no, Mrs Clark. It's a very expensive clock. It's an electric clock.

Mrs Clark: Well, it's exactly six o'clock now, and it's very quiet. Doesn't it say 'cuckoo'?

Mrs С о о к: Of course, Mrs Clark. Look!

Clock: Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

Mrs Clark: How exciting! What a clever clock!

Clock: Cuckoo!

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