Read the same dialogue translated into Standard English and compare it with your variant of translation

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Read the same dialogue translated into Standard English and compare it with your variant of translation

At school

(dialogue in standard English)


Anne joins Peggy, who seems to be in a daze

Anne: You seem really angry. What’s the matter?

Peggy: Just leave me alone, alright?

Anne: Relax! What’s the matter with you, anyway?

Peggy: Sorry. It’s just that I think I failed the final examination and now my parents are going to get all upset. I, uh, couldn’t think of the answer!

Anne: Well. now you’re going to be mad when I tell you who got 100% on it... I forgot her name... the one who always flatters the teacher.

Peggy: Jennifer Davies? You’re ridding! I don’t like her! She’s such a moron! How could she possibly get 100% on it when she’s absent from class all the time?

Anne: She’s the teacher’s favorite student, that’s why. Besides, he’s so casual he permits her to do it. There’s just something about her I don’t like. And you know what? I think she really likes him, too.

Peggy: You’ve go to be joking!

Anne: I’m very serious. Yesterday, before class starts, she walks up to Mr. Edward’s desk and says, «Good morning, Jim».

Peggy: Oh, that makes me sick! She’s totally disgusting!


Read the following dialogue in slang and try to guess the meaning of the expressions

At the movies

(dialogue in slang)

Chris and Lisa are seated in the movie theater waiting for Steve to arrive.


Chris: I wonder what’s keeping Steve?

Lisa:Oh, I forgot to tell you. He’s not gonna show up. He called just before we took off.

Chris: What kind of line did he hand you this time?

Lisa:Something about his car dying again

Chris: What a bunch of noise. He doesn’t even have a car. He gets around everywhere by bike, I don’t know what he’s trying to pull. The guy’s a total flake.

Lisa:You said it. That’s the last straw. The guy lies like a rug. I dunno why we’ve put up with him for this long. I’m telling you, if run into him tomorrow, I’m reading him the riot act. This time, he blew it big time. Man, I’m gonna have a field day with him.

Chris: Try not to lose your cool too much. One thing’s for sure. It’ll be a cold day in hell before we invite him to the movies again. By the way, do you even know what this movie’s about?

Lisa: All I know is that the critics panned it. They all said the star kept blowing his lines. But you can always count on one thing... if a critic thinks a movie’s a bomb, it’ll be a smash hit.

Use the explanations given below and compile the dialogue in standard English



1) Blow it big time (to) –to make a terrible mistake.

2) Blow one’s lines (to) –to make a mistake while speaking one’s lines from a script.

3) bomb –bad production (theater, television, movies, etc.)

E.g.The show was a real bomb. The show was really bad.

4) Bunch –a lot.

E.g.Thanks a bunch! Thanks a lot!

5) by the way –incidentally.

6) cold day in hell –never.

7) count on (to) –to depend on (someone or something).

8) die (to) –to become inoperable; (lit); to expise, to pass away.

9) field day –a great time; complete self-indulgence.

10) flake –an unreliable person.

11) get around (to) – commute; go from one sexual partness to the other; avoid.

12) guy –man

13) hand someone something (to) –to give someone something.

14) keep someone (to) –to detain someone.

E.g.What’s keeping him? What’s detaining him?

15) Last straw –the final act that one can tolerate.

16) lie like a rug (to) –to tell enormous lies.

17) line – excuse; overused statement used to allure.

18) lose one’s cool (to) – to lose one’s temper;

19) noise – nonsense;

20) pan (to) – to criticize brutally an element of the arts (such as a play, a movie, an actor, etc.)

21) pull something (to) – to succeed at doing something dishonest.

E.g. What’s he trying to pull this time? What dishonest thing is he trying to do this time?

22) put up with (to) – to tolerate (someone or something).

23) read someone the riot act (to) – to reprimand someone.

24) run into someone (to) – to encounter someone unintentionally.

25) show up (to) – to arrive

26) smash hit – a tremendous success

27) take off (to) – to leave

28) «You said it!» – «I agree!»


6. Read the same dialogue translated into standard English and compare it with your variant of translation

At the movies

(dialogue in standard English)


Chris: I wonder what’s detaining, Steve?

Lisa: Oh, I forgot to tell you. He’s not going to arrive. He called just before we left.

Chris: What kind of excuse did he give you this time?

Lisa: Something about his car becoming inoperable again.

Chris: What a lot of nonsense. He doesn’t even have a car. He commutes everywhere by bike. I don’t know what he’s trying to succeed at doing. The man is totally unreliable.

Lisa:I agree. That’s all I can tolerate. The man is always lies. I don’t know why we’ve tolerated him for this long. I’m telling you, if I inadvertently encounter him tomorrow, I’m reprimanding him. This time, he made a big mistake. Man, I’m going to have a great time yelling at him.

Chris: Try not to lose your temper too much. One thing is certain. We’ll never invite him to the movies again. Incidentally, do you even know what this movie’s about?

Lisa: All I know is that the critics criticized it harshly. They all said the star kept making mistakes saying his lines. But you can always depend on one thing... if a critic thinks a movie is a bad production, it’ll be a huge success.


Complete the phrases by choosing the appropriate words from the list below


keeping bunch show up
took off smash hit riot act
big time hand field day
get around put up cool


1) That belongs to me. ___________ me that right now!

2) When you talk to your boss, try not to lose your _________.

3) Where’s Janet? I wonder what’s ____________ her?

4) Tomorrow. I’m visiting a chocolate factory with my sister. We’re going to have a. ________!

5) I can’t believe you did that! This time you blew it ___________.

6) Steve already left? I wonder why he _____________ so early.

7) I’m so mad at him. The next time I see him, I’m reading him the _______.

8) The movie was great! I know it’s gonna be a _______________!

9) The teacher gave us a________________ of homework tonight.

10) I can’t believe you’ve __________ with his insults this long.

11) Ever since my car broke, I ___________ by bicycle.

12) I wonder what time John is going to ___________.


8. Match the two columns


1) You won’t believe the excuse he gave me this time. A. The movie was a real bomb.
  B. By the way, what are you doing tomorrow?
2) I agree! C. We’d better take off.
3) You can depend on me. D. The guy’s a total flake.
4) We’d better leave. E. You said it!
5) That’s a lot of nonsense. F. She read me the riot act.
6) The movie was really bad. G. I ran into Chris today.
7) I didn’t think you were going to arrive H. You can count on me.
8) She scolded me. I. That’s a bunch of noise.
9) Incidentally, what are you doing tomorrow? J. That’s the last straw!
10) I inadvertently encountered Chris today. K. You won’t believe the line he handed me this time.
11) The man’s not dependable. L. I didn’t think you were going to show up.
12) I can’t tolerate it anymore!  


Underline the word that best completes each phrase

1) It’ll be a (cool, cold, warm) day in hell before we invite him to the movies again.

2) What kind of (circle, square, line) did he (foot, hand, arm) you this time?

3) I don’t think he gonna show (up, down, in)

4) The actor kept (coughing, sneezing, blowing) his lines.


Speak test


In this test, you’ll be able to demonstrate how well you speak English. There are several different sections in the test, and special directions will be given for each section. The entire test will last approximately 20 minutes.

As you speak, your voice will be recorded. Your score for the test will be based on what is on the tape. Be sure to speak loudly enough for the machine to record clearly what you say.

Your tape-recorder should now be running and recording. Do not stop your tape recorder at any time during the test.

Section 1. Directions

In this action of the test you will be asked to answer some questions about yourself. After each question, you will have a short time to answer the question. Be sure to speak clearly after you hear each question.

Section 2. Directions

In this section you will be asked to read a printed paragraph aloud. You will be scored for proper pronunciation and clear speech. First, you will be given one minute to read the paragraph silently to yourself. Then, you will have one minute to read the paragraph aloud. Go on to the next page and begin reading the paragraph silently to yourself.

E.g. During cold winter, people must be extra careful to prevent excessive exposure to cold and serious loss of body heat. Layers of relatively light, loose clothing give better protection than one thick, heavy item. etc. ...

Section 3. Directions

In this section, you will see partial sentences and will be asked to make complete sentences using these parts. Look at Example Õ.

Example Õ: When the library opens... . There are a number of possible completions for this sentence. You could say for e.g.

When the library opens, I’ll return the book OR

When the library opens, I’ll go there to study

When the library opens, I’ll look for a new novel

These are only sample completions. There are many other possibilities. You may complete each sentence in any way you wish. Try to make the completed sentence meaningful and grammatically correct.

Now, complete the ten partial sentences. Speak when you hear the number and be sure to say the complete sentence.


1. If she reads the full report...

2. It will always be necessary...

3. When the airplane lands.,

4. Whenever you friend comes to visit.,

5. Before the game started..

6. In order to finish the assignment...

7. By saving our money..

8. While I was waiting for the bus..

9. Although many people liked movies..

10. Because of the cold weather..

Section 4. Directions

In this section you will see a series of pictures that tell a continuous story about what happened one day last month. You will be asked to tell the story that the pictures show. First, please study each if the following pictures silently, beginning with picture number one and going through picture number six.

Section 5. Directions

In this section, you will look at a picture and answer a number of questions about the picture. First, study the picture below silently.

Section 6. Directions

In this section, you will be asked to give your opinion on topics of international interest and to describe certain objects. Be sure to say as much as you can in the time allotted for each questions. Remember that this is simply a test of spoken English. When it is graded, the graders will be interested in theway you express your ideas, not the actual ideas. There will be no sample questions for this section.

Section 7. Directions

In this section of the test, you will see a class schedule and you will be asked to explain this schedule. Imagine that you are a teacher meeting your class for the first time. You must explain this schedule to your students. Be sure to include all important details in your description. You will have one minute to study the schedule silently.

Good Bye!

Thank you for working through this book. We hope you have found it interesting and useful.



Предисловие авторов
Unit 1. Introduction.
Unit 2. Family.
Unit 3. Talking about the weather.
Unit 4. Keeping fit
Unit 5. Ways of holiday-making. Travelling.
Unit 6. Education
Unit 7. New technologies
Grammar tests
Keep the conversation going
Supplementary reading.
Teacher’s Corner





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