Read the story and get a general idea.
He was an American in London and had hired a guide to show him the city.
''How long did it take to build this house?'' he asked his guide as they passed a large hotel building.
''Why, about six months.''
''Six months!'' exclaimed the American. ''Why, it wouldn't take us more than six weeks to put a building like that in New York.''
They passed an office building which was quite new.
''And how long did it take to build that?''
''About four weeks,'' answered the guide.
''Four weeks!'' said the American. ''In New York we'd build a place like that in four days.''
Nothing more was said until they approached the Houses of Parliament.
''Well, that's not a bad looking place. How long did it take to build it?''
''Well, you may not believe me,'' answered the guide, ''but that building wasn't there when I crossed the bridge last night.''
I Learn and practise the pronunciation of the following vocabulary.
1. to hire - nomât -
2. How long did it take you to do? - Cik ilgs laiks jums pagâja? -
3. it takes me ... - man paiet ... -
4. to pass - paiet garâm -
5. to exclaim - iesaukties -
6. to put up a building - uzbûvçt çku -
7. like that - tâds -
8. quite - pavisam -
9. we'd build - mçs uzceltu -
10. nothing more - nekas vairâk -
11. to approach - pievirzîties -
12. that's not a bad looking place - tâ ir diezgan laba çka -
13. to believe - ticçt -
14. to cross - pâriet -
15. guide - gids -
II Answer the questions.
1. Where did an American travel?
2. Whom did he hire?
3. What question did the tourist ask when they passed a large hotel building?
4. What did the guide answer?
5. Was the American surprised?
6. What did he say to the answer?
7. How long would it take the Americans to build a hotel like that?
8. How long did it take the Englishmen to build an office building?
9. How long would it take the Americans to build the same office building?
10. What did the American say about the Houses of Parliament?
11. What did the guide answer to his question: "How long did it take you to build it?"
III Read and reproduce the dialogues.
A. I'm an American and I'd like to hire a guide to show me the city.
G. I'll be pleased to help you.
A. Thank you. I'm an architect mid I'm especially interested in buildings.
G. Then have a look at this large hotel!
A. Oh, how long did it take to build it?
G. Why, about six months.
A. Six months! It wouldn't take us more than six weeks to put up a building like that in New York.
G. I'm sorry, then we are slow builders.
A. Excuse me, please. I'm from the United States and I'm interested in your building industry. Tell me please, how long did it take to build this skyscraper?
E. About four weeks.
A. In New York we'd build a place like that in four days.
E. And this is an impressive building, isn't it?
A. Well, that's not a bad looking place. How long did it take to build it?
E. Well, you may not believe me, but the building wasn't there when I crossed the bridge last night.
A. Really? That's something!
IY Make up and act out dialogues, using the following vocabulary.
1. To hire, how long did it take you, it took us, to be especially interested, to have a look, more than, to be slow, to exclaim, like that.
2. Excuse me, building industry, how long did it take you, an impressive building, that's not a bad looking place, you may not believe me, last night, that's something.
Y Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. The American tourist didn't understand anything in construction buildings.
2. The American tourist liked to boast.
3. The guide was a ready-witted man.
4. The American tourist didn't know London at all.
YI Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. The American tourist wants to see London.
2. The American tourist wants to show his country's superiority.
3. The guide gives clever answers.
YII Topics for discussion.
1. Would you read about the place before going there?
2. Would you recognize the Houses of Parliament? What does the place look like?
3. What other places would you recognize in London?
4. Would you hire a guide being in London, or do you know the city well enough to see everything yourself?
5. Would you ask questions similar to the ones of the American tourist?
6. How do you like the guide's answers?
7. What would you answer in the guide's place?
8. How do the American's questions and exclamations characterize him?
9. Did you like the story? Why?