Read the story and get a general idea.
Three tourists come on a visit to New York one day. They take a room in a large hotel. The hotel has twenty-five stories and their room is on the top floor. In the evening the three gentlemen go out for a walk along the streets of the city.
They return to the hotel about one o'clock in the morning after the theatre and a supper in the restaurant. When they come back the manager informs them that the lift is out of order. He is expecting some men to repair the lift but it is going to take a long time. So the friends decide to walk to their room.
It is a long walk and they decide to tell stories on the way to make it easier. The first man begins his story and when he finishes it, they have reached the tenth floor. The second man begins his story. It is long, interesting and funny, so when he finishes it, they have reached the eighteenth floor. There are only seven floors to go and one story to hear.
So, the third man begins his story. It is the last story and he isn't in a hurry to begin it. He is silent for a minute then he says: "My story isn't long, but it's too terrible to tell it now. We are on the nineteenth floor, but our key is downstairs. We forgot to take it with us."
I Learn and practise the pronunciation of the following vocabulary.
1. to come on a visit - atbraukt ciemos pie ... -
2. a hotel - viesnîca -
3. a storey - stâvs -
4. a top - virsotne -
5. a floor - stâvs -
on the top floor - augðstâvâ -
6. to go for a walk - pastaigâties -
7. to return - atgriezties -
8. a manager - vadîtâjs -
9. to be out of order - bût nekârtîbâ -
10. to be expecting - gaidît -
11. to repair - salabot, remontçt -
12. to decide - izlemt, nolemt -
13. easy - viegli -
14. to reach - sasniegt -
15. funny - jocîgs -
16. to hurry - steigties -
17. to be silent - klusçt -
18. terrible - ðausmîgs -
19. downstairs - lejâ -
20. to forget - aizmirst -
II Answer the questions.
1. Who comes to New York one day?
2. Where do they take a room?
3. Where do the three gentlemen go in the evening?
4. When do they return to the hotel?
5. Does the lift work?
6. Why do the friends tell stories on their way?
7. When does the third man begin his story?
8. What is the matter with the key?
III Read and reproduce the dialogues.
B. New York is a city of sky-scrapers. Let's take a room in one of them.
T. Sure, here is a good hotel. We'll enjoy our stay in it.
B. It's nice that our room is on the top floor, we'll have a beautiful view from it.
T. And now let's go for a walk to see the night city.
B. With pleasure!
B. Oh, there is something wrong with the lift. Let's better walk upstairs than wait.
T. Sure, let's.
B. I have a good idea. We shall tell each other stories to make our way easier.
I. Our stories should be long. I'll speak till the tenth floor.
T. I'll speak till the nineteenth floor.
B. Now it's my turn to tell you a story. My story isn't long, but it's too terrible to tell. We are on the nineteenth floor, but our key is downstairs. We forgot to take it.
IY Make up and act out dialogues, using the following vocabulary.
1. Sky-scrapers, let's, sure, to enjoy, to stay, the top floor, a beautiful view, to go for a walk, with pleasure.
2. There is something wrong with, let's better, sure, let's, to have a good idea, tell each other, to make easier, it's my turn, too terrible, to forget to take something.
Y Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. New York is a city of sky-scrapers.
2. Not everything is ideal in the USA.
3. It's not easy to walk upstairs in a sky-scraper.
4. The tourists were merry boys.
5. They have a good sense of humour.
YI Retell the story according to the given plan.
1. Three tourists come to visit New York city.
2. They take a room in a sky-scraper.
3. In the evening they go for a walk.
4. Something is wrong with the lift.
5. The friends walk upstairs.
6. The third man tells a story, which is too terrible to tell.
YII Topics for discussion.
1. Were the tourists good friends?
2. Were they optimists?
3. What would you do in the same situation?
4. Would you like to take a room in a sky-scraper? Why?
5. How will you try to make the way easier?
6. How did you like the three friends?
7. Did you ever find yourself in a similar situation? How did you find the way out?