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George Churchill




Jerry: Just outside this village there's a very dangerous bridge.

John: Yes. Charles told me two jeeps crashed on it in January. What happened?

Jerry: Well George Churchill was the driver of the larger jeep, and he was driving very dangerously, He'd been drinking gin.

John: George Churchill? Do I know George Churchill?

Jerry: Yes. That ginger-haired chap. He's the manager of the travel agency in Chester.

John: Oh, yes. I remember George. He's always telling jokes. Well, was anybody injured?

Jerry: Oh, yes. The other jeep went over the edge of the bridge, and two children and another passenger were badly injured.

John: Were both the jeeps damaged?

Jerry: Oh, yes.

John: And what happened to George?

Jerry: George? He's telling jokes in jail now, I suppose.

2. George's Jaw

— Ah, George, jolly good. Just exchange your jacket and jeans for these pyjamas, while I jot down your injuries in my register. Age, religion, that's the usual procedure.

— Well, Doctor Jones, I was just driving over the bridge on the edge of the village...

— Half a jiffy. Let's adjourn to the surgery. I've got a large sandwich and a jar of orange juice in the fridge. Join me?

— Jeepers! My indigestion... and my jaw! I shan't manage...

— A generous measure of gin — just the job!

— It's my jaw, Doctor. I was on the bridge at the edge of the village. I was just adjusting the engine when this soldier jumped out of the hedge...

— Imagine! He damaged your jaw, did he? I suggest an injection into the joint. Just a jiffy. I'll change the syringe.

— Oh jeepers! Gently, Dr Jones!

Exercise VI.Read the rhymes and learn them.

1. I measure from top of my head to my toes,

I measure my arms starting here by the nose.

I measure my legs and I measure me all,

I measure to see if I am growing tall.

2. Jumping this way, jumping that,

Jumping gently like a cat,

Jumping sideways, jumping tall,

Jumping high like a bouncing ball.

3. Just and Unjust

The rain it rainth on the just

And also on the unjust fella,

But chiefly on the just because

The unjust steals the just's umbrella.

Exercise VII.Transcribe the proverbs and learn them.

1. Measure for measure.



2. Eat at pleasure, drink with measure.

3. Jackdaw in peacock's feathers.

4. Jack of all trades and master of none.

5. Business before pleasure.

6. To measure another man's foot by one's own last.

UNIT 23. [1] - [r]

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

1. [1]           2. [r]  
lady   all   allow   rain agree
land   able   along   rather arrange
last   fall   almost   reach borrow
late   feel   already   read bread
laugh   full   always   real bring
lead   girl   colour   red direct
learn long   meal mile   yellowearly   rest right drink every
lack   people   eleven   road foreign

3. [1]– [r]

light — right belly — berry



low — row collect — correct

lead — read alive — arrive

lock — rock long — wrong

lip — rip list — wrist

law — raw lap — wrap

led — red fly — fry

clash — crash

4. Silent i

final position: car, fur, near, poor, later, prefer

before consonant: harm, bird, turn, fierce, short, pearl

before silent e: there, shore, care, pure, fire, here

N. В.: iron, ironmonger, ironing

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

(a) lake; a lovely lake; island in a lovely lake; a large island in a lovely lake; a hill on a large island in a lovely lake; a low hill on a large island in a lovely lake; lying on a low hill on a large island in

a lovely lake; a pool lying on a low hill on a large island in a lovely lake; a small pool lying on a low hill on a large island in a lovely lake.

(b) the track; across the track; a tree-trunk across the track; trapped by a tree-trunk across the track; trucks are trapped by a tree-trunk across the track; this train and its trucks are trapped by a tree-trunk across the track.

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

[1] (a) 1. Ladies and gentlemen, on your left you will see Lumley Castle.

2. This belongs to Lord and Lady Lumley, who live here with their family.

3. All the land on the left of the road belongs to the Lumleys.

4. They have a famous collection of wild animals, including lions, so please do not leave the coach until we are safely inside the car park.

5. We are lucky: Lord Lumley is allowing us to leave the grounds and go inside this beautiful stately home.

[r] (b) 1. Is that Richmond Travel Agency? — No, this is British Rail Enquiries.



2. Sorry, wrong number.

3. Can I borrow your ruler? — Sorry, Ruth borrowed it yesterday, and she hasn't returned it yet.

4. The librarian reports that three hundred readers used the library reading-room in the period from February to April.

5. Round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.

6. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

7. Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run.

8. Ring-a-ring o'roses.

[1] — [r] (c) 1. This little girl called Ruth, left all alone, loves her small doll Rosa.

2. Mary had a little lamb.

3. Rack your brains, Lucy.

4. I'm looking for a raincoat, please.

5. I'd rather have a brown raincoat. I look terrible in blue.

6. I'm sorry, that's the only brown one left, and it's a very large size.

7. This year the fashionable colours are black, brown, cream, blue and yellow.

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

1. Strawberries, raspberries and red-currepts with real cream are really very refreshing.

2. Robert Rowley rolled a round roll round, A round roll Robert Rowley rolled round, Where rolled the round roll Robert Rowley rolled round?

3. Eleven local lads and lasses dancing round the village Maypole to a tuneful old melody.

4. The tall pole topples and falls but all the people laugh and the lads and girls are still able to smile.

5. The rate collecter correctly collected the late rates at a great rate.

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


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