Read the story and get a general idea.
Once an old gentleman went to see a doctor. The doctor examined him and said: "Medicine won't help you. You must have a complete rest. Go to a quiet country place for a month, go to bed early, drink milk, walk a lot, and smoke just one cigar a day."
"Thank you very much," said the old gentleman, "I shall do everything you say."
A month later the gentleman came to the doctor again. "How do you do!" said the doctor, "I am very glad to see you. You look much younger."
"Oh, doctor," said the gentleman, "I feel quite well now. I had a good rest. I went to bed early, I drank a lot of milk, I walked a lot. Your advice certainly helped me. But you told me to smoke one cigar a day, and that one cigar a day almost killed me at first. It's no joke to start smoking at my age."
I Learn and practise the pronunciation of the following vocabulary.
1. to go to see a doctor - iet pie ârsta -
2. to examine - izmeklçt -
3. medicine - zâles -
4. a complete rest - pilnîgs miers -
5. quiet - mierîgs -
6. just - tikai -
7. to look - izskatîties -
8. to feel -just -
9. advice - padoms -
10. almost - gandrîz -
11. to kill - nogalinât -
12. at first - no sâkuma, sâkumâ -
13. it's no joke - tas nav joks -
II Answer the questions.
1. Whom did the old gentleman go to see once?
2. What did the doctor do with him?
3. What did the doctor advise the old gentleman?
4. When did the old gentleman come to see the doctor again?
5. How did the old gentleman look?
6. What did the old gentleman say about his rest?
7. What almost killed him at first?
8. Why did a cigar a day almost kill him at first?
III Read and reproduce the dialogues.
D. What can I do for you, sir?
O.G. I feel so weak, doctor. Please, help me.
D. Let me examine you.
O.G. O'key, doctor.
D. I'm afraid medicine won't help you. You must have a complete rest in a quiet country place.
O.G. Sure, doctor.
D. Go to bed early, drink milk, walk a lot, and smoke one cigar a day.
O.G. Thank you, doctor. I'll do everything you say. Good bye!
D. Good bye!
O.G. Good morning, doctor!
D. Good morning, sir! Glad to see you! How are you now?
O.G. Fine, thank you.
D. You look much younger!
O.G. Oh, doctor, I feel quite well now. I had a good rest. I went to bed early. I drank a lot of milk. I walked a lot. Your advice certainly helped me.
D. That's very nice!
O.G. But you told me to smoke one cigar a day. And that one cigar a day almost killed me at first.
D. Why so?
O.G. It's no joke to start smoking at my age.
D. Didn't you smoke before?
O.G. No, I never smoked in my life.
D. I'm really very sorry, sir.
IY Make up and act out dialogues, using the following vocabulary.
1. What can I do for you? Let me examine you, I'm afraid, won't help, a complete rest, a quiet country place, to go to bed, to drink milk, to walk a lot, to smoke one cigar a day.
2. Glad to see you, how are you? Fine, to look much younger, to feel quite well, to have a good rest, to go to bed early, advice, to kill, at first, it's no joke, at my age, never in my life, to be sorry.
Y Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. The gentleman was very old.
2. The doctor gave him a very useful piece of advice.
3. The gentleman didn't like the doctor's advice.
4. The gentleman did everything the doctor said.
5. The doctor was not attentive.
6. The old gentleman never smoked in his life before.
YI Retell the story according to the given plan.
1. The old gentleman was once ill.
2. The doctor examined him and gave him useful advice.
3. The old gentleman did everything what the doctor told him.
4. The advice helped him.
5. One cigar a day almost killed him at first.
6. He never smoked before.
YII Topics for discussion.
1. Do you always follow doctor's advice?
2. Is it necessary to follow doctor's instructions exactly?
3. Do you like to go to see a doctor?
4. What would you do if you were the old gentleman?
5. How does the behaviour of the old gentleman characterize him?
6. What can you say about the doctor as a professional?
7. How did you like the story?
8. What lesson does the story teach?