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Dialogue Number One


Link for audio: https://yadi.sk/d/-YIU5yvyhEpmd

Hello, David!

A:              Hello, David. How are you, dear?
B:              Very well, thank you. Er, this is Vicki.
A:              Oh, hello, Victoria.
C:              Hello.
A:              Ugh… Is that your dog?
B:              Yes, it’s on…
A:              Oh, David! You know all about my allergies! I can’t go near a dog! Take it away!

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Dialogue Number One
A: Hello, David. How are you, dear? Хэллоу, Дэвид! Хау а: ю, диа? Как дела, дорогой!
B: Very well, thank you. Er, this is Vicki. Вери вел, сэнк ю. Зис из Вики.
A: Oh, hello, Victoria. Оу, хэлоу, Витория.
C: Hello.
A: Ugh… Is that your dog? Из зэт ё дог? Это Ваша собака?
B: Yes, it’s on…
A: Oh, David! You know all about my allergies! I can’t go near a dog! Take it away!
Оу, Дэвид! Ю ноу ол эбаут май элерджиз! Ай кант гоу ниа э дог! Тейк ит эвэй!
О, Дэвид! Ты знаешь всё о моих аллергиях! Я не могу идти рядом с собакой! Забери это прочь! 

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Dialogue Number Two


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Lunchtime

Father: Right. Lunchtime. Let’s have something to eat. Andrew, are you hungry?
Son: Yeah. Pizza for me.
F: How about a sandwich?
S: No. Pizza. It’s my favorite. With ketchup.
F: Ketchup? On a pizza?
S: Yeah, dad, ketchup. And a chocolate donut.
Daughter: Ergh.
F: Anything to drink?
S: A cola.
F: OK… And for you, Victoria?
D: An orange juice.
F: Anything to eat?
D: No, dad. I’m on a diet!
F: How about an egg and bacon sandwich?
D: Dad! I’m a vegetarian!
F: Oh, yes, sorry. How about a cheese and tomato sandwich?
D: No, thanks. Just an orange juice.
F: OK.

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1. Right. Lunchtime. Let’s have something to eat. Andrew, are you hungry?
2. Yeah. Pizza for me.
3. How about a sandwich?
4. No. Pizza. It’s my favorite. With ketchup.
5. Ketchup? On a pizza?
6. Yeah, dad, ketchup. And a chocolate donut.
7. Ergh.
8. Anything to drink?
9. A cola.
10. OK… And for you, Victoria?
11. An orange juice.
12. Anything to eat?
13. No, dad. I’m on a diet!
14. How about an egg and bacon sandwich?
15. Dad! I’m vegetarian!
16. Oh, yes, sorry. How about a cheese and tomato sandwich?
17. No, thanks. Just an orange juice.
18. OK.
1. Райт. Ланчтайм. Лэтс хэв самсинн ту ит. Эндрю, а: ю хангри?
2. Ес. Пицца фо ми.
3. Хау эбаут э сэндвич?
4. Ноу, пицца. Итс май фэйврит. Виз кетчап.
5. Кетчап? Он э пицца?
6. Еа, дэд, кетчап. Энд э чоколат дона(т).
7. Ёу!
8. Энисинн ту дринк?
9. Э кола.
10. Окей. Энд фо ю, Виктория?
11. Эн орандж джюс.
12. Энисинн ту ит?
13. Ноу, дэд. Айм он э дайет!
14. Хау эбаут энэг энд бейкон сэндвич?
15. Дэд, айм веджитериэн!
16. Оу, ес, сори. Хау эбаут э чи:з энд томэто сэндвич?
17. Ноу, сэнкс. Джаст энорандж джюс.
18. Окей

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Dialogue Number Three


Link for audio: https://yadi.sk/d/a66ILXhGhEq2c

Zoe and Shaun

Zoe: — Wow! Congratulations, Shaun. You were great!
Shaun: — Thank you, Zoe. I can’t believe it.
Z: — So, Shaun, tell us about yourself. Where were you born?
S: — Belfast, but my parents moved to Manchester later.
Z: — How old were you then?
S: — I was ten.
Z: — When did you leave school?
S: — Three years ago. When I was sixteen.
Z: — Where did you work?
S: — In a supermarket.
Z: — When did you decide to be a singer?
S: — I didn’t. I wanted to be an actor. I studied acting in my free time. But I love singing.
Z: — Are you a fan of Eye Dolls?
S: — Oh, yeah. This is the dream of a lifetime. They’re all really great guys.
Z: — What’s going to happen next?
S: — We’re recording a new album next week. Then we’re going on tour.
Z: — Well, good luck with your new career, Shaun.
S: — Thanks, Zoe.

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1. Зоэ – Вау! Кэнгратьюлэйшнс, Шон. Ю вё грейт!
2. Шон: — Сэнк ю, Зоэ. Ай кант белив ит.
3. Сэу, Шон, тэл аз эбаут ёсэлф. Веэ вё ю бо(р)н?
4. Бэлфаст. Бат май пэрэнс мувд ту Манчестер лэйте.
5. Хау олд вё ю зэн?
6. Ай воз тэн.
7. Вэн дид ю лив скул?
8. Сри: еаз эгоу. Вэн ай воз сиксти:н.
9. Веэ дид ю вёк?
10. Ин э сюпемаркет.
11. Вэн дид ю десайд ту би э синне?
12. Ай диднт. Ай вонтед ту би эн эктэ. Ай стадид эктин ин май фри: тайм. Бат ай лав сининн.
13. А: ю э фа нов ай долс?
14. Оу, ее. Зис из зэ дри:м ов э лайфтайм. Зей рол риали грейт гайз.
15. Вотс гоин то хэпен нэкст?
16. Ви рекодин э нью элбум некст ви:к. Зэн вир гоуин он тоо.
17. Вэл, гуд лак виз ё нью кэриэ, Шон.
18. Сэнкс, Зоэ.

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Dialogue Number Four


Link for audio:  https://yadi.sk/d/WrzSMtGgcUrFc

Weather Forecast

Good evening,
I’m Angela Jones, and here is the weather forecast for tomorrow, March the twenty-first.
Well, it’s going to be a cold day in the north-west with temperatures around two degrees Celsius.
In the north-east it’s going to snow in the afternoon.
Rain is going to move into Wales in the morning, and it’s going to rain in the south-west of England in the afternoon.
It’s going to be a cloudy day in the south of England.
In the south-east it’s going to be a lovely, sunny day.
It’s going to be windy in the Midlands, and in the east it’s going to thunder.
Well, that’s all from me, have a nice day!

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Dialogue Number Five


Link for audio: https://yadi.sk/d/8-irgiCyhEqiB

Game

A: What are you playing?
B: Shh.
A: What?
B: Road Race Four.
A: Which is your car?
B: The red one. It’s the second – there’s only one car in front. There it is! OK.
I’m going to pass it… come on, come on… I’m passing the blue car… Yes! I’m in front…
I’ve passed it. I’ve won! Oh, no. Oh, how did that happen?
A: Can I have a go now, then?
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1. Вот а: ю плеинн? — (во) Что ты играешь?
2. Шшш!
3. Вот?
4. Роуд рейс фо:(р).
5. Вич из ё ка:(р)?
6. Зе ред уан. Итс зе секонд — зеэриз онли уан ка:(р) инфронт. Зеэритиз! Окей.
7. Айм гоуинн ту пасит… камон, камон… Айм пасинн зе блу ка:(р)… Йес! Айм инфронт…
8. Айв пастит. Айв вон! Оу ноу. Оу хау дид зэт хэпен?
9. Кэн ай хэв э гоу нау зен?
ПЕРЕВОД
1. (во) Что ты играешь?
2. Шшш!
3. Что?
4. Дорожные гонки 4.
5. Которая (есть) твоя машина?
6. Красная (машина). Она вторая — там только одна машина перед ней. Вот она!
7. Я собираюсь обогнать её. давай, давай!… Я обгоняю голубую машину. Да! Я (есть) впереди…
8. Я обогнал её. Я выиграл! О нет. О, как это случилось?
9. Можно я теперь попробую тогда? (= Можно тогда я сейчас попробую?)

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Dialogue Number Six

Link for audio:  https://yadi.sk/d/eHXzjf5whEqm2

 

Arranging Next Meeting

H: OK. Let’s arrange the next meeting. How about Monday the eighth in the afternoon? Chelsea?
C: Yeah. That’s good for me.
H: Adam?
A: Um, Monday the eighth? No, sorry, Harry, I can’t. I’m meeting my bank manager at two thirty.
H: Right. What about Thursday the eleventh?
C: In the morning?
H: Yes.
C: I’m free.
A: No, sorry, I can’t do Thursday. I’m going to Liverpool.
H: Right. Friday the twelfth?
C: Yep.
A: No… I’ve got two appointments on the twelfth.
H: The fifteenth? Lunchtime?
A: No, sorry. I’m seeing my girlfriend then.
H: Can’t you change it?
A: It’s her birthday. I’m taking her to lunch.
H: Well, we can’t wait too long. When’s good for you, Adam?
A: Tomorrow? Ten o’clock?
H: Fine for me.
C: Sorry. I’m … No, no. It doesn’t matter. I can change it.
H: Great. Let’s meet at ten.
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Dialogue Number Seven


Link for audio: https://yadi.sk/d/RlSamqdJhEqoW

Machines

I usually come here three or four times a week.
I run every day too.
I always do weight training.
I don’t often use the machines.
Well, I sometimes do five minutes to warm up, that’s all.

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Dialogue Number Eight


Link for audio: https://yadi.sk/d/keDypP2WhEqux

Travelling

 

A: Have you got everything?
B: Yes. It’s all here.
A: Passports?
B: Yes.
A: Train tickets?
B: Of course. Don’t worry.
A: Have you got seat reservations?
B: Yes. Car four. Seats B-fifteen and B-sixteen.
A: What about the hotel vouchers?
B: They’re in my bag.
A: What about money?
B: You’ve got it.
A: Have I?
B: It’s in your bag.
A: Oh, yes. Here it is. Oh, we haven’t got anything to read.
B: It’s OK. I’ve got some magazines.
A: What about food? We can get some sandwiches.
B: No, there’s a buffet on the train.

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Dialogue Number Nine


Link for audio: https://yadi.sk/d/pzrMYYjChEqxM

Lunch

A: Lunch is in the garden.
B: Outside? I can’t sit outside.
A: But it’s a lovely day.
B: Not for me. I’ve got hay fever.
A: Oh, OK. We can go into the dining room. This way…
B: There are flowers on the table.
A: Yes, they’re roses from our garden.
B: Please take them away. I’m very allergic to roses.

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Dialogue Number Ten


Link for audio: https://yadi.sk/d/xUgWMIrqhEr3Y

Song

A: Are you waiting?
B: Yes, I’m looking for a song.
A: What’s the title?
B: I don’t know. But it’s on the radio.
A: I see. Who’s the artist?
B: I don’t know. It’s an old song.
A: Uh, do you know the words?
B: Um, yes… it’s uh… «I’m walking…» somewhere….
A: Can you sing it?
B: What? In here?
A: Yes.
B: «I’m walking to New Orleans…».
A: No, I don’t know it.
B: He’s American.
A: Ah.
B: He’s very good.
A: Mmm. Let me check the computer.
I… I’m… I’m walking… no… wa… walking… yes. Here it is.
«Walking to New Orleans» by Fats Domino.
B: Great! That’s it! Have you got it?
A: No, we haven’t. But we can order it.
B: OK. How much is it?
A: It’s a greatest hits CD. It’s fourteen ninety-nine.
B: That’s fine.

 

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Dialogue Number Eleven


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OK, be quiet, please! Let’s have the tall ones in the back row.
Can I have number three, number six, number eleven… and the goalkeeper, number one. Stand behind the chairs. Good. Mmm. Number three on the left… no-no-no, my left.
Then six, then the goalkeeper, and number eleven on my right. Number six?
You’re between number three and the goalkeeper. That’s it.
Goalkeeper, take off your cap, please. Oh, dear. No, put it on again.
Number four, hold the mascot. No, be quiet, please. Don’t laugh.
And number seven, hold the football.
Number eleven. Don’t look over there. Look at me. And number five, don’t look at him.
Thank you. And don’t chew gum, number six. Take it out. No, don’t put it there.
OK, ready? Smile! Say ‘cheese’! Thank you.
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Dialogue Number Twelve


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Guide: Right… this way, please. Oh, yes, yes. This is the… Mona Lisa, I think. And it’s by… Leonardo… um… Leonardo diCaprio, the famous, um, Spanish artist. It’s a very famous painting… and very… and it’s old.
Tourist: How old is it?
G: Oh, very old. And it…
T: How old is it exactly?
G: Ooh, a hundred… no, two hundred years old. She’s beautiful, and her smile is… very nice.
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Dialogue Number Thirteen


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Well, I’m retired. I live on my own now. Just me and my cat.
In my fridge there’s some cat food for Tibby. She doesn’t eat very much nowadays.
She’s fourteen, you know. There are some potatoes. They’re from yesterday’s dinner.
Um, there are some sardines on a plate, and they’re for my dinner tonight.
And I’ve got some peas for tonight as well.

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Dialogue Number Fourteen


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Chris:     Now, the next question is for two thousand. Are you ready, Pat?
Pat:        Yes, Chris.
C:           The first modern Olympic Games were in eighteen ninety-six. Where were they?
A, Paris? B, Athens? Or C, London?
P:           Um, well, the ancient Olympic Games were in Greece…
so, I’m going to choose Athens.
C:           Sure?
P:           Yes, I’m sure, Chris. Athens.
C:           Athens is the right answer. You’ve got two thousand pounds, Pat!
The next question is for four thousand. When was the first episode of ‘Star Trek’?  Was it A, nineteen sixty-six? B, nineteen seventy-six? Or C, nineteen ninety-six?
P:            Oh. Uh, it’s a very old programme… mm, I think it was nineteen sixty-six…
I wasn’t born then. Yeah, I’m sure it was nineteen sixty-six.
C:           Nineteen sixty-six is the… right answer, Pat! That’s four thousand.
Feeling confident?

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Dialogue Number Fifteen


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A:            Excuse me, can I ask you about breakfast?
B:            Sorry?
A:            It’s a survey. About breakfasts. It only takes a minute or two.
B:            OK. What do you want to know?
A:           What did you have for breakfast this morning?
B:            Is that all?
A:            That’s it.
B:            Oh, alright. I had a bowl of cereal and a banana.
A:            At home?
B:             Yes, at home.
A:            Anything to drink?
B:            Yes. I had a cup of tea. Are we finished?
A:            Yes. No more questions. Thank you.
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Dialogue Number Sixteen


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A:            Oh, it’s Debbie Toft – Inca Adventure. How far has she got?
B:            She’s climbed the mountain. She’s in the forest section now.
A:            That’s difficult. Has she been to the pyramid?
B:            No. Where is it?
A:            It’s on the other side of the river.
B:            Can she swim across?
A:            No, the river’s full of piranha fish.
B:            OK… so… She’s going to jump.
A:           Yes, but be quick…
B:            Right… She’s jumping the river. And she’s jumped across the river. What’s next?
A:            The pyramid’s along that path…
B:            You mean the path with the boa constrictor?
A:            That’s the one.
C:            Debbie Toft has lost three lives. That’s the end of this adventure.
Do you want to play again?

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Dialogue Number Seventeen


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I’ve got a very large American refrigerator.
I live on my own, but I have friends to dinner every weekend.
So I’ve got some champagne. There’s some cheese. It’s French cheese, Camembert.
I buy it from a specialist cheese shop in London. It’s very expensive. There’s some beef. Fillet steak, of course. And some fresh strawberries. They’re imported.
They come from California.

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Dialogue Number Eighteen


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Chris:    This is for eight thousand.
When were the dinosaurs alive? Was it, A, about sixty million years ago?
B, about six million years ago? Or C, about six hundred thousand years ago?
Pat:        A, Sixty million years ago.
C:           That was quick! Are you sure?
P:           Yes, I’m sure, Chris. I’m a science teacher.
C:           And you’ve got eight thousand! Well done, Pat. Now for sixteen thousand…
Who was Cleopatra? Was she A, The Queen of Rome? B, The Queen of England?   Or C, The Queen of Egypt?
P:            C.
C:           C, The Queen of Egypt?
P:           Yes.
C:           That’s your final answer?
P:            That’s my final answer.
C:           You don’t want to change it?
P:           No, Chris. C. The Queen of Egypt.
C:           And you’ve got sixteen thousand! Congratulations, Pat.
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Dialogue Number Nineteen


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Kylie:          Welcome to the fitness class. I’m Kylie Winton, and I’m your teacher.
Hi! OK, what’s your name?
Josh:            Josh Floyd.
K:                Can you spell Floyd, please?
J:                  Sure. F-L-O-Y-D. Floyd.
K:                Thank you, Mister Floyd.
J:                  Please, call me Josh.
K:                 OK, thanks, Josh.
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Dialogue Number Twenty


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A:         What time is it?
B:          A quarter past nine.
A:          What time does our train leave?
B:          Nine twenty-seven.
C:         The nine twenty-seven service to Disneyland Paris is now boarding at platform two.
A:         Ooh. Are there any toilets here?
B:         Yes, there are. But you haven’t got time. The train’s boarding now.
A:         We’ve got twelve minutes…
B:          It’s OK. There are toilets on the train.
A:          Are you sure?
B:          Yes, I’m sure.
C:          Would all passengers for train number nine-O-seven-four to Disneyland Paris
go immediately to platform two.
B:          Come on. Let’s go.

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Dialogue Number Twenty one


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A:            There you are… it’s a cheese salad.
B:            Oh, dear.
A:            Is there something wrong?
B:            Well, yes. I can’t eat cheese. I’m allergic to it, you see.
A:            I’m sorry…
B:            And I can’t eat potatoes. I’m on a diet.
A:            Well, you can have some quiche. Pass me your plate.
B:            Is that meat?
A:            Where?
B:            There! On the quiche!
A:            Yes, it’s just a little bit of bacon.
B:             I can’t eat that! I’m a vegetarian.
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Dialogue Number Twenty two


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A:            Hello? This is Tiffany.
B:            Hello. Can I speak to your father, please?
A:            No.
B:            Can I speak to your mother, then?
A:            Nope!
B:            How old are you, Tiffany?
A:            I’m four.
B:             Is there anyone else there?
A:            Yes. A policewoman.
B:             Really? What’s she doing?
A:            She’s talking to Mummy and Daddy… and to the firefighters.
B:             The firefighters?
A:             Yes. There are lots and lots of policemen and policewomen,
and lots and lots of firefighters. And a big, red fire engine!
B:             Oh, dear. What are you doing now, Tiffany?
A:             I’m hiding under the bed in Mummy and Daddy’s room.
B:             What’s that noise?
A:             It’s a police helicopter. It’s landing in the garden.
B:             Why are they all there? What’s happening?
A:             They’re all looking for me!
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Dialogue Number Twenty three


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I’m a vegetarian, actually. I don’t eat meat or fish. I’ve got some yoghurt.
I have yoghurt for breakfast because it’s very good for you. And there’s some salad.
I eat a lot of salad. I’ve got some beans, and some mineral water. That’s it!
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Dialogue Number Twenty four


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A:    OK. He’s got the ball, and he’s running towards the goal. He’s gone round two defenders…
There’s only the goalkeeper now. Is he going to score?
Oh, no! It’s gone over the bar, I don’t believe it! He’s missed!
B:     Oh, that was terrible – he’s missed every time.
A:    Yeah. I’m losing seven-nil now.
B:     You need a new striker.
A:     I know.
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Dialogue Number Twenty five


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A:            Hello?
B:            Hi, Mum! It’s me, Alex! I’m calling from California!
A:            Oh, what time is it there?
B:            It’s ten o’clock on Wednesday evening.
A:            Well, it’s six o’clock on Thursday morning here.
B:            Oh, sorry! I forgot!
A:            That’s all right, dear… I’m awake now. Are you having a good time?
B:             Oh, yes, we’re having a fantastic time.
A:            Where are you?
B:             We’re in LA… Los Angeles.
A:            Oh. Have you been to Universal Studios yet?
B:             Yes, we have. We went there on Monday.
A:             What was it like?
B:             It was great. The kids loved it.
A:             Oh. And have you been to Long Beach?
B:             Yes. We went there yesterday.
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Dialogue Number Twenty six


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Server:                Can I help you?
Father:                Please. Um, a slice of pizza…
Son:                    With ketchup.
F:                        With ketchup.
Server:                Ketchup’s over there. On the table.
F:                        OK. And a chocolate donut, and an almond Danish pastry.
Server:                Anything to drink?
F:                        Yes, a cola, and…
Server:                Regular or large cola?
F:                        Regular.
Son:                    Large.
F:                        OK. Large. And an orange juice, and a tea.
Server:                A cup or a pot?
F:                         A pot for one.
Server:                 There you go. Anything else?
F:                         No. That’s all. How much is that altogether?
S:                         Eleven eighty, please.
F:                         Thank you.
Server:                 You’re welcome.
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Dialogue Number Twenty seven

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A:             Did you see the Queen Mary?
B:             Yes. And we’ve been to Disneyland.
A:             When did you go there?
B:             Today. We’ve just got back to the hotel. The kids are asleep. They’re really tired.
A:             Have you been to Palm Springs yet?
B:             Not yet. We’re going there tomorrow… well, today British time!
A:             Ha-ha… what about the National Park? Have you been there?
B:             You mean the Joshua Tree National Monument?  We’re going there on Friday.
Then we’re going to Sea World in San Diego on Saturday.
A:             When’s your flight?
B:              Sunday. After lunch.
A:             Oh. How long does it take?
B:             Nearly twelve hours. So, see you on Monday.
A:             All right, dear. Have a nice time. Give my love to everyone. Bye.
B:             Bye.
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Dialogue Number Twenty eight


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I come here three times a week. I didn’t come yesterday. Twenty minutes a time.
I never enjoy it! But it’s good for you, that’s what my doctor says.
I always start on the exercise bike, then I jog for ten minutes,
and always lift some weights. I always have the same routine.
Then I have a shower and I go to work.
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Dialogue Number Twenty nine


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A:         What can you have, aunt Jemima?
B:         Well, I can’t eat bread. Or nuts. And I can’t drink tea or coffee. And I can’t wear nylon.
I can’t…
A:         We’ve got some ice-cream in the fridge. Can you eat ice-cream?
B:         Ice-cream? Mmm… yes, I can eat that. What flavor is it?
A:         Chocolate.
B:         Oh, no! I can’t.
A:         Are you allergic to chocolate, too?
B:          No, I’m not. But I don’t like it.
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Dialogue Number Thirty

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Chris      OK, Pat?
Pat:        Yes.
C:           Who was the author of ‘Frankenstein’?
Was it A, Agatha Christie? B, Mary Shelly? Or C, Charles Dickens?
P:            Oh. Um…
C:           Take your time, Pat.
P:            I’ve got no idea… it wasn’t Charles Dickens. Um… was Mary Shelly a poet?
Oh, I don’t know… Agatha Christie. Um, yes… Agatha Christie.
C:            That’s your final answer, Pat?
P:            Yes, Chris, I’m not sure, but… my final answer is… Agatha Christie.
C:            Oh, I’m sorry, Pat! That’s the wrong answer.
The author of ‘Frankenstein’ was Mary Shelly.
Oh, that’s too bad, Pat. But you are going home with sixteen thousand.
Give her your big hands!

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Dialogue Number Thirty one


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M: Welcome to ‘My life and memories’. First I want to begin by wishing you a happy birthday.
W: Thank you very much, dear.
M: How long have you been living in London, Elsie?
W: All my life. And I’ve loved every minute of it.
M: Have you ever been abroad?
W: Well, I used to go on day-trips to Calais. That was when my husband was still alive.
M: I believe you’ve been married more than once.
W: Yes, I’ve been married twice and engaged six times.
M: That’s interesting!
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Dialogue Number Thirty two

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M: Has London changed much since you were a little girl?
W: Good Lord yes! There used not to be all those ugly high buildings,
noisy supermarkets and horrible snack-bars.
People used to have more time for a laugh and a chat and they used to enjoy their food too.
On the other hand, most people are friendlier now than they used to be;
they don’t lose their tempers and shout so much.
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Dialogue Number Thirty three

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M: Tell me, you used to be an actress, didn’t you?
W: Used to be? I still am. I haven’t retired yet. I’ve just started in a new play.
M: Really! How long have you been acting?
W: For the last fifty years. I’ve also been a singer and a dancer.
M: Are audiences different from what they used to be?
W: Oh yes, they used to be much ruder than they are now. They used to shout and booh.
I remember once forty years ago they threw tomatoes at the actors.
But now they’ve become very polite and the theatre’s become less exciting.
M: Have you done everything that you wanted to in your life?
W: No, I haven’t. I’ve never been to Hollywood.
M: Well, good luck. I hope you’ve enjoyed coming here tonight.
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Dialogue Number Thirty four

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A: Whose file is that?
B: A man called Stubbs.
A: What is his Christian name?
B: Bert.
A: How old is he?
B: He’s fifty-eight.
A: What does he look like?
B: He has short hair and he is ugly.
A: Is he married?
B: No, he’s single.
A: What’s his job?
B: He hasn’t got a job. He’s a thief.
A: What kind of thief is he?
B: He’s a burglar.
A: Where was he born?
B: In Liverpool.
A: Is the form signed?
B: Yes, it is.
A: What day is it signed?
B: Twenty-ninth of November nineteen eighty-two.

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Dialogue Number Thirty five

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Claire has got to be calm

Claire has got to be calm. Claire works as an air hostess.
Every day she has to wear a uniform. Claire has got to be calm.
She has to make the passengers feel comfortable.
Please can I have some Coca-Cola? Yes, all right. Here you are.
And she has to serve meals.
May I have another cake, please? No, I think you’ve had enough!
Claire has got to be calm. But she doesn’t have to cook anything.
Claire used to work in a bank. She didn’t have to wear a uniform then,
but she had to start work at the same time every day
and she always had to work in the same place.  She didn’t have to be calm.
Now the plane has serious engine trouble. Claire has got to be calm.
The pilot has got to make an emergency landing.
Can I have a biscuit please? Yes, of course.
Claire has got to be calm. The passengers have got to put on their life-jackets.
Claire has got to be calm: she doesn’t have to clean the plane in the airport.
Thank you very much, dear!
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