Read the story and get a general idea.
Once a group of tourists who were staying at a hotel in Birmingham were having dinner in the restaurant. Fish was brought and while they were eating it, some of them told interesting stories about finding pearls and other valuable things inside fish.
An old gentleman, who up to now had listened quietly to their conversation, at last said:
"I've heard all your stories, and now I'll tell you one. When I was a young man I was employed in a large importing house in New York, and, as is usual with young persons, I fell in love with a pretty young girl. Very soon we were engaged. About two months before our marriage was to take place, I was suddenly sent to Birmingham on very important business. I left my sweetheart, promising to write to her.
I was obliged to stay in Birmingham longer than I had expected. At last my work was done, and I could leave Birmingham. But just before I left for home, I bought a beautiful and very expensive diamond ring, intending to give it to my sweetheart.
On my way to New York, I was looking through the morning newspaper, which had been brought on board by the pilot. Suddenly I saw an announcement of my sweetheart's marriage with another. This made me so angry that I threw the ring overboard. A few days later, when I was dining at a hotel in New York, fish was brought. While I was eating it I bit on something hard. What do you think it was?"
"The diamond ring," cried his companions. "No," said the old gentleman sadly, "it was a fish-bone."
I Learn and practise the pronunciation of the following vocabulary.
1. a tourist - tûrists -
2. a restaurant - restorâns -
3. while - kamçr -
4. a pearl - pçrle -
5. valuable - vçrtîgs -
6. inside - iekðpusç -
7. quietly - mierîgi -
8. to be employed - strâdât, kalpot -
9. to fall in love - iemîlçties -
10. pretty - jauks -
11. to be engaged - bût saderinâtam -
12. marriage - precîbas -
13. to take place - notikt -
14. suddenly - pçkðòi -
15. on business - darîðanâs -
16. a sweetheart - mîïâkâ -
17. to promise - solît -
18. to be obliged - bût spiestam darît kaut ko -
19. a diamond ring - briljanta gredzens -
20. to intend - nodomât (kaut ko darît) -
21. on board - uz tvaikoòa -
22. angry - dusmîgs -
23. to throw (threw) - sviest, mest -
24. overboard - pâri bortam -
25. to bite (bit) - kost -
26. hard - ciets -
27. sadly - bçdîgi, skumîgi -
28. a fish-bone - zivs asaka -
II Answer the questions.
1. Where was a group of tourists staying once?
2. What did the tourists do while eating fish?
3. What did the old gentleman who had listened quietly to the tourists' conversation at last say?
4. Where was he employed, when he was young?
5. Whom was he in love with?
6. When was their marriage to take place?
7. Where was he suddenly sent?
8. Why was he sent to Birmingham?
9. What did he promise to his sweetheart?
10. Did he return to his sweetheart in time?
11. What did he buy before going home?
12. What did the man read in the morning paper on board a ship?
13. What made him very angry?
14. What did he do with the expensive diamond ring?
15. What happened to him when he was eating fish at a hotel in New York?
III Read and reproduce the dialogues.
T. Fish is very tasty, but sometimes if is a bit too hard to bite.
S. May be it is some precious thing in it, you know that fish sometimes swallows bright things which fall into the water.
T. Sure, it does. My auntie lias once found a pearl inside a trout. But I'm afraid in this case it is simply a piece of bone.
S. Such a pity! Bones are dangerous, be careful!
T. Thanks, I'll try to be!
G. I'll tell you a fish story, if you don't mind.
T. You are welcome!
G. When I was young, I was employed in a large importing house.
T. Was it in Birmingham?
G. No, no. It was in New York, where I fell in love with a pretty young girl.
T. Is she your wife now?
G. Don't hurry, please. We were only engaged, but I had to go on business to Birmingham.
T. Did you promise to write to your sweetheart?
G. I wrote to her, but I was obliged to stay in Birmingham longer than it was planned.
T. Did she come to see you in Birmingham?
G. Oh, no, and before I left for home, I bought a very expensive diamond ring for my girl.
T. And on your way to New York you read an announcement of your sweetheart's marriage with another.
G. Right so. And I threw the ring overboard. But a few days later I was dining at a hotel in New York, and while I was eating fish I bit on something hard.
T. Was it your diamond ring?
G. No, no. Unfortunately it was only a fish-bone.
IY Make up and act out dialogues, using the following vocabulary.
1. Tasty, a bit too hard, to bite, a precious thing, to swallow, to fall, into the water, sure, I'm afraid, in this case, such a pity, be careful, I'll try.
2. A fish story, if you don't mind, you are welcome, to fall in love with, a pretty young girl, don't hurry, to go on business, I had to ... , to promise, to be obliged to do smth, to come to see, expensive, on one's way, right so, a few days later, while.
Y Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. A group of tourists were good story tellers.
2. Fish sometimes swallow bright things.
3. The old gentleman was very modest.
4. The old gentleman still remembered his sweetheart.
5. His listeners thought that he'd found his expensive ring inside the fish.
YI Retell the story according to the given plan.
1. A group of tourists were staying at a hotel in Birmingham.
2. Fish stories.
3. The old gentleman was once employed in a large importing house in New York.
4. He was engaged with a pretty young girl.
5. He was obliged to stay in Birmingham longer than it was planned.
6. His sweetheart married another man.
7. He bought an expensive diamond ring for his girl but threw it overboard on his way home.
8. He bit on something hard while eating fish a few days later.
YII Topics for discussion.
1. Fish lives in a mysterious subwater world, that is why its life attracts people, doesn't it?
2. People at leisure always talk much, don't they?
3. Love in youth is remembered the whole life because it is a very strong feeling, isn't it?
4. Did the girl really love the boy?
5. Would you throw an expensive diamond ring overboard?
6. Did the young people meet afterwards?
7. Did die old gentleman marry after that?
8. Was the girl happy without him? Didn't she regret?
9. Do you know any fish stories?
10. How did you like this story?