Read the story and get a general idea.
We asked our friend Captain Brown one evening to tell us something interesting about his voyages, and he told us the following story:
"It was fifteen years ago, when I was mate on a ship which was going to New York. We were having a very good voyage. The captain came up to me one morning and said: "Last night I heard such a strange thing that I don't know what to do about it. I couldn't sleep and I heard a voice which said in my ear: 'Sail north-north-west. Sail north-north-west.' We must sail in that direction and find out."
"I'm very sorry, captain," I said. "But I think you had too much to eat last night and that's why you couldn't sleep."
The captain was very angry.
"I didn't eat much yesterday," he said. "And I heard the strange voice three times, sir."
The captain told the men to sail north-north-west. One of the men saw something black in the sea the next day. The captain looked through his glasses and said to me: "There's a small boat there with a man in it. I was right last night, wasn't I? We'll save him."
Soon we reached the small boat and saw that the man in it was fast asleep. He went on sleeping while we took him into our boat and sailed towards the ship. When the man was aboard the ship, he suddenly opened his eyes and cried out loudly, "Where am I? Where's my boat?"
"Hello!" said the captain. "I'm very pleased that we have been able to save you."
"Did you order your men to take me out of my boat while I was asleep?" asked the man.
"Of course," answered the happy captain. "Did you want to be drowned in your little boat?"
"Look here," said the man. "My name's Captain Wilson and I'm making a record voyage from New York to Liverpool in a small boat ..."
I Learn and practise the pronunciation of the following vocabulary.
1. a captain - kapteinis -
2. a voyage - (jûras) ceïojums -
3. a following story - nâkoðais stâsts -
4. a mate - kapteiòa palîgs -
5. such a strange thing - tik dîvaina lieta -
6. to sleep - gulçt -
7. a voice - balss -
8. in my ear - ausî -
9. to sail - burât -
10. north-north-west - uz ziemeïrietumiem -
11. in that direction - ðajâ virzienâ -
12. to find out - noskaidrot -
13. you had too much to eat -tu pârâk daudz pieçdies -
14. that's why - tâpçc -
15. to be angry - dusmoties -
16. to look through - skatîties caur -
17. a boat - laiva -
18. to be right - bût taisnîbai -
19. to save - izglâbt -
20. to reach - sasniegt -
21. to be fast asleep - cieði gulçt -
22. to go on - turpinât -
23. towards - virzienâ uz -
24. to be aboard a ship - bût uz kuìa klâja -
25. suddenly - pçkðòi -
26. to cry out loudly - skaïi izkliegt -
27. to be pleased - bût apmierinâtam -
28. to order - pavçlçt -
29. to be drowned - noslîkt -
30. look here - paklausieties -
II Answer the questions.
1. Who told a sea story?
2. When did the action take place?
3. Where was the ship going?
4. What did the captain say one morning?
5. Could the captain sleep the previous night?
6. What did the voice say in the captain's ear?
7. Did the captain eat too much the previous night?
8. Did the ship sail north-north-west?
9. What did the captain see through his glasses?
10. What was the man in the boat doing?
11. When did the man open his eyes?
12. What did the captain tell the man from the boat?
13. Was the man glad to be taken from the boat?
14. Why was he angry?
III Read and reproduce the dialogues.
C. Hi, mate!
M. Hi, captain!
C. How are the things?
M. O.K., thanks.
C. But I couldn't sleep last night.
M. What was wrong?
C. You know, some strange voice said in my ear strange words.
M. Words? What words?
C. It said: "Sail north-north-west". We must sail in that direction and find out.
M. I'm sorry, captain, but I think you had too much to eat last night and that's why you couldn't sleep.
C. I didn't eat much yesterday, and I heard the strange voice three times, sir! Sail north-north-west! It's my order!
C. Hullo! I'm very pleased, that we have been able to save you!
M. To save me? How?
C. We took you out of your boat.
M. Did you order your men to do it?
C. Sure. Did you want to be drowned in your little boat?
M. Look here, nobody asked you to do it.
C. Strange! You don't understand your situation!
M. My name's Captain Wilson and I'm making a record voyage from New York to Liverpool in a small boat.
C. I see! Excuse me, please, captain.
IY Make up and act out dialogues, using the following vocabulary.
1. I couldn't sleep, last night, to say in one's ear, strange words, sail north-north-west, to sail, in that direction, to find out, I'm sorry, to have much to eat, that's why, three times.
2. I'm very pleased, to save, to take out of the boat, to be drowned, a little boat, look here, strange, a record voyage, I see.
Y Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. Captain Brown was a good storyteller.
2. The captain didn't sleep well one night.
3. The captain heard a voice saying to sail north-north-west.
4. The ship sailed north-north-west.
5. They saw a small boat with a man in it.
6. They saved the man.
7. The man was very angry.
YI Retell the story according to the given plan.
1. Captain Brown didn't sleep well one night.
2. He heard a strange voice.
3. He ordered to sail north-north-west.
4. They saved a man taking him out of a small boat.
5. The man was very angry.
YII Topics for discussion.
1. How could captain Brown hear the strange voice?
2. Why did he order to sail north-north-west?
3. Why was the captain happy?
4. Was it safe to sail in a small boat?
5. Was captain Brown a good captain?
6. What did the saved man do afterwards?
7. Would you like to sail in the ocean in a small boat?
8. Have you ever made sea voyages?
9. What is good in sea voyages?
10. Is there anything bad in sea voyages?