Read the story and get a general idea.
Once a rich English woman called Mrs. Johnson decided to have a birthday party. She invited a lot of guests and a singer. The singer was poor, but he had a very good voice.
The singer got to Mrs. Johnson's house at exactly six o'clock as he had been asked to do, but when he went in, he saw through a door that the dining-room was already full of guests, who were sitting round a big table in the middle of the room. The guests were eating, joking, laughing, and talking loudly. Mrs. Johnson went out to him, and he thought she was going to ask him to join them, when she said, "We're glad, sir, that you have come. You will be singing after dinner, I'll call you as soon as we're ready to listen to you. Now will you go into the kitchen and have dinner, too, please?"
The singer was very angry, but said nothing. At first he wanted to leave Mrs. Johnson's house at once, but then he changed his mind and decided to stay and teach her and her rich guests a good lesson. When the singer went into the kitchen, the servants were having dinner, too. He joined them. After dinner, the singer thanked everybody and said, "Well, now I'm going to sing to you, my good friends." And he sang them some beautiful songs.
Soon Mrs. Johnson called the singer.
"Well, sir, we're ready."
"You are ready?" asked the singer. "What are you ready for?"
"To listen to you," said Mrs. Johnson in an angry voice.
"Listen to me? But I have already sung, and I'm afraid I shan't be able to sing any more tonight."
"Where did you sing?"
"In the kitchen. I always sing for those I have dinner with."
I Learn and practise the pronunciation of the following vocabulary.
1. to decide - nolemt -
2. a birthday party - dzimðanas dienas svinîbas -
3. to invite - uzaicinât -
4. a guest - ciemiòð -
5. a singer -dziedâtâjs -
6. poor - nabadzîgs -
7. exactly - tieði -
8. in the middle of - vidû -
9. to joke - jokot -
10. to laugh - smieties -
11. loudly - skaïi -
12. to think (thought, thought) - domât -
13. to be going to do smth - gatavoties kaut ko darît -
14. to join - pievienoties -
15. to be glad - bût apmierinâtam -
16. to call - pasaukt -
17. as soon as - tikko kâ -
18. to be ready for ... - bût gatavam -
19. to listen to - klausîties kaut ko -
20. to be angry - bût dusmîgam -
21. to leave - aiziet -
22. at once - uzreiz -
23. to change one's mind - pârdomât -
24. to teach somebody a lesson - pârmâcît kâdu -
25. a servant - kalps -
26. to thank - pateikties -
27. I'm afraid - baidos -
II Answer the questions.
1. Who decided to have a birthday party?
2. Whom did Mrs. Johnson invite?
3. What singer was that?
4. Did the singer come in tune?
5. What were the guests doing when the singer came?
6. What did he expect to hear from Mrs. Johnson?
7. What did Mrs. Johnson tell him?
8. Why was the singer angry?
9. Where did he have dinner?
10. Whom did he sing for?
11. What lesson did he teach Mrs. Johnson?
III Read and reproduce the dialogues.
S. Good evening, Mrs. Johnson.
J. Good evening, Mr. ... what's your name?
S. Mr. Jack Smith.
J. Oh, yes, Jack, will you please come with me!
S. With pleasure, Madam!
J. We are glad, sir, that you have come.
S. I'm happy to serve you!
J. You'll be singing after dinner.
S. As you say, Mrs. Johnson!
J. I'll call you, as soon as we're ready to listen to you.
S. Where will you call me from?
J. From the kitchen. You'll go into the kitchen now and have dinner too.
S. Thank you, madam!
J. Well, sir, we are ready.
S. You are ready? What are you ready for?
J. To listen to you. Didn't I tell you that before?
S. Listen to me? But I've already sung.
J. What have I invited you for, dear sir?
S. But I'm afraid I shan't be able to sing any more tonight.
J. Where did you sing?
S. In the kitchen. I always sing for those I have dinner with.
IY Make up and act out dialogues, using the following vocabulary.
1. Good evening, come with me, with pleasure, to be glad, to be happy, to serve, to call, as soon as, to be ready, to listen to, a kitchen.
2. To be ready, to listen to, to sing for somebody, to invite, I'm afraid, I shan't be able, any more, tonight, always.
Y Prove it by the facts from the story.
1. Mrs. Johnson was a snob.
2. The singer was poor.
3. The singer was a punctual man.
4. That was a big birthday party.
5. The singer was offended by Mrs. Johnson.
6. The singer had a good sense of self-respect.
7. The singer decided to teach Mrs. Johnson a lesson.
8. Mrs. Johnson was angry to hear that the singer couldn't sing for her guests.
YI Retell the story according to the given plan.
1. Mrs. Johnson invited a lot of guests and a singer to her birthday party.
2. The singer came at exactly six o'clock, as he had been asked to do.
3. Mrs. Johnson didn't want the singer to have dinner together with her guests.
4. The guests were very loud and merry.
5. The singer went into the kitchen to have dinner with the servants.
6. He sang in the kitchen for the servants.
7. The singer wasn't able to sing any more that night.
8. The singer taught Mrs. Johnson a good lesson.
9. Mrs. Johnson was angry.
YII Topics for discussion.
1. Did Mrs. Johnson really like music?
2. Was she good as a person?
3. Why didn't the singer leave Mrs. Johnson's house at once.
4. Have you ever met snobs?
5. Is snobbery a good quality?
6. What would you do in the singer's place?
7. Will Mrs. Johnson invite singers to her guests in future?
8. How will she treat them?
9. Will the singer's lesson help her to understand her attitude towards people?