ТОП 10:

Texts for translation in the written form


3.4.1 Translate the following text in the written form


Sunday is my day-off. I may do anything I like after my week’s work.

On my days-off I wake up later then usual. As soon as I wake up I switch on the radio. I like to do my morning exercises to music. I also open the window to air the room.

Then I go to the bathroom. There I clean my teeth and have a warm shower. It doesn’t take me long to get ready for breakfast.

After breakfast I make my bed, tidy up the room and wash the dishes.

On my days-off I go to the country or to the cinema or visit museums and art galleries. I am fond of sports. So in summer I like to go swimming and in winter to go skating or skiing.

In the evening I can go to a concert or theatre. I can also watch TV if there is something interesting on.

At 12 o’clock I go to bed. Thus my day-off comes to an end.


3.4.2 Translate the following text in the written form


Philip Blake is Mr Blake’s elder son. He has got a small house in Bishopton [bi∫∂pt∂n]. Bishopton is a small place near London. Philip works in London. He is a manager of a plant. He always goes to London in the morning on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He doesn’t go to his office on Saturday and Sunday. Every morning Philip looks through newspapers. He is interested in the latest political and business events. Sometimes Philip goes to different places to discuss business with their customers. He is a very busy man. Floy Robinson is a secretary to Mr Philip Blake. Her office is not large. Every morning from Monday till Friday Floy comes to the office at 9. At 10 o’clock Floy usually looks through the mail and at 11 she comes into the manager’s office with the letters. The manager reads them and gives answer to the letters. Floy writes the answers in her book and goes to her office.

Floy usually has lunch at home but sometimes she has lunch at the plant with her friend Tom. She stays in the office till 5. In the evening Floy has French lessons. She learns the French language with pleasure. Floy wants to know French well to read books and see films in Fernch.


3.4.3 Translate the following text in the written form


Dong-feng (East Wind) Kindergarten is a preschool run by a city in southwest China. It has 270 three to six-year-old children and 60 staff members. Three-quarters of Dong-feng’s children are day students who attend school from about 8 A.M. to 6 P.M., Monday through Saturday. The others are boarding students who go home only on Wednesday evenings and on weekends.

On a typical day school starts at 7.30 A.M. with a breakfast of steamed buns. After breakfast when the day students arrive, the teachers lead the children in morning exercises followed by a song. Then the children sit down and the teachers hand out wooden blocks. Ms. Xiang says: “Just pay attention to the picture of the building and build it. Build according to order.” The children begin to work.

At 10.00 it’s time for the children to go to the bathroom. After that they play a game of tag. At 10.45 it’s bath time for the boarding students. Three or four at a time the children bathe in large tubs. The children return to the classroom and Ms. Wang drills them in addition and subtraction.

Later lunch is delivered from the central kitchen. Ms. Xiang reminds the children to eat in silence and not to waste any food. After lunch it is time to go to the dormitory for a nap. Nap time lasts from noon to 2.30. While the children rest the teachers catch up on paper work, eat and relax in the classroom next door.

After returning to their classroom the children are taught to recite a story. Then they move outside for some relay races. At 5 P.M. the children have supper – a meal of meat, vegetables and rice. At 6 P.M. the parents arrive to pick up their children. Inside the boarders listen to music before getting ready for bed. By 7.45 the children are all in bed and by 8.00 all are quiet and asleep.




3.5.1 Listen to the recording and answer the questions


1) What kind of boy was John?

2) What did his parents want him to be when he grew up?

3) What did John say he wanted to be?

4) Why did John want this job?

5) How did his mother feel about this?

6) Why did John think that garbage collectors only worked one day a week?


3.5.2 Listen to the recording “I wander around the kitchen” What are Tony's two jobs? Can you remember anything about how he spends his day? Read the transcript of Tony's interview, and then see if you can put the pictures in the right order


interviewer: How do you organize your work?

tony: Well, I'm married, so to be alone in the mornings, the first thing is to get rid of my wife, who fortunately has a job, so she gets up in the morning, makes a cup of tea, rouses me, I come downstairs, wander round the kitchen, have my cup of tea, iron her clothes for her that she's put out for me on the first floor landing on top of the ironing board, so I do her ironing - by that stage she's in the bath, so I'm - by that stage it's half past eight, quarter to nine, I'm only half an hour from being on my own - come down and make sure she's got all her lunch in a bag, by that stage I've finished my tea, I've finished the ironing, she's out of the bath, I'm in the bath, she goes upstairs and gets dressed; by the time- if this is all synchronised properly- by the time I get out of the bath and go upstairs she's fully dressed; and then by the time I'm dressed and come downstairs she's just about to hop on her bicycle and go off to work, which makes it about nine o'clock or nine fifteen.

And then I'm on my own. And I fluffle around for half an hour, putting off sitting down, make myself another cup of tea; but I'm usually working by ten o'clock. Then I work till twelve o'clock, half past twelve, then reward myself with some lunch, have a cup of tea, waste another ten minutes, start working about one o'clock again, and work till two o'clock, half past two.

Thereafter I become a househusband, and get the house organised for the evening when my wife comes home, at anywhere between six and seven o'clock, and the house has got to be tidy or I get into trouble. And doing it all myself involves doing most of the housework, most of the ironing, all the washing, a good part of the cooking... Tony is a writer and 'househusband'. He works alone all day. Would you like his kind of life? Why (not)?




3.6.1 Please, tell what do you usually do at the university and in the pastime. Use given words and words combinations. Try to add the list


at the English lesson

to read the texts, to ask and answer questions, to learn new words, to translate from Russian into English and from English into Russian, to listen to the tape, to repeat after the speaker, to write tests.

at the lecture

to listen to the lecturer, to take notes, to ask questions

at the seminar

to make a report, to ask the teacher to explain something, to take part in discussions, to write tests

in the pastime

to have a good time, to go for a walk, to play chess (tennis, football, etc), to watch TV, to listen to records, to go to the cinema (theatre, concert), to go fishing (hiking, swimming, etc.)


3.6.2 Imagine that you are hosting a students’ delegation from England. Your new English friends would like to learn about your typical working day. Please, tell them the facts using the following scheme. Make changes or additions if necessary


7.00 – 7.30 getting up; morning \ physical exercises; washing; breakfast

7.30 – 8.00 walking to the university

8.30 – 14.00 having classes; working at the library; visiting Internet center

14.00 – 15.00 lunch

15.00 – 17.00 shopping; swimming in the pool; meeting friends

17.00 – 20.00 preparing for classes; playing with younger sister \ brother

20.00 – 21.00 dinner

21.00 – 23.00 reading; watching TV; telephoning friends

23.30 – going to bed


3.6.3 Read the text about Andy Powell, a 22-year-old student at London University, how he divides his day


Work: I go to lectures from 9 till 12, and I have classes from 2 till 4. Apart from that I spend about 3 hours in the library or working in my room.

Travel: My flat’s near the university. I don’t spend more than half an hour a day travelling.

Eating: I don’t eat breakfast, and I only have time for a quick lunch. Dinner’s more relaxed. I suppose I spend about 2 hours altogether having meals.

Friends: I go out nearly every night for four hours or so. We usually meet in a pub and go on somewhere.

Reading: I don’t read much apart from work. I read a bit in bed – may be half an hour a day.

TV: I watch TV for about an hour a day on average. I usually watch the news, and sometimes there is a good movie or music program.

Sleep: I go to bed pretty late usually, I probably sleep about 6 hours a night –from 2 till 8.


That makes 22 hours out of 24. So how does Andy spend the other 2? Doing nothing!

How do you divide your day? How much of your day do you spend sleeping? working? Eating? Talking to people? What else do you do? Tell your partners. Ask some other students what they did either yesterday or at the weekend. Ask as many questions as possible.


What time did you get up yesterday?

Did you come to school by bus?

What did you have for breakfast?



3.6.4 Find Russian equivalents to the following English proverbs. Make up a short story using one of these proverbs


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