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A: Excuse me, but I’ve got some problems with my room.
B: Yes? What are they?
A: First of all, it’s the bathroom. There’s no hot water there. I can’t take a shower.
B: Oh… I’m sorry… We’ll fix it immediately.
A: And, there are no towels in my bathroom.
B: Don’t worry — I’ll take care of that too.
A: Excuse me, how can I get to the Waterpark?
B: It’s not far from here. Can you see the bridge over the river?
B: Cross the bridge and go straight ahead till the first traffic lights. Then turn to the right and you’ll see it.
A: Thank you.
B: Enjoy your day! The Waterpark is probably the best place in the city in such hot weather.
A: Now we are moving along one of the oldest streets of the town. The buildings on your right date from the 18th century. But most buildings on the left side of the road were built at the end of the 19th century.
B: Why is there such a difference between the two sides of the street?
A: The houses on the left side were badly damaged by the flood in 1860. The water went as high as the windows. The houses on the right side are located higher on the hill — the water didn’t get them.
В: I see. And what building are we passing by now? I feel as though I’ve seen it in a movie!
A: Do you often come here?
B: Yes. Twice a week. It keeps me fit. And I like it, especially in winter — it’s cold and windy outdoors, but the warm water reminds of the summer and the seaside.
A: The water doesn’t feel very warm to me.
B: They maintain a comfortable temperature of 23 to 24 degrees. Otherwise, the water would be good for taking a bath, not for sports activities.
A−5: In a hotel
B−2: In the street
C−3: On a bus excursion
D−1: In a swimming pool
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Speaker A: Lots of people in big cities want to keep pets. I think that a cat or a dog in an urban flat is okay, but I strongly disapprove of people who want to have a tiger, a monkey or a large snake at home. The unnatural environment does lots of harm to the animals, and it’s very difficult to provide a balanced diet for them. It also may be inconvenient or even dangerous to the owner and people around them as wild animals are unpredictable.
Speaker В: Sadly, we seldom, if ever have an opportunity to see animals in the wild. There used to be lots of hares, foxes, deer and beavers in my region. My grandfather said that when a little boy, he regularly saw those animals in the nearby forest. Today’s children are more likely to see an elephant in the Zoo, than a hare or a squirrel in the forest.
Speaker С: My friends and I are fond of animals and it makes us feel worried and sad that lots of animals suffer because of people. We set up an animal lovers’ club – Mowgli that helps animals survive in the urban environment. We leave food for birds, find new families for homeless cats and dogs, and raise money to provide medical care for animals injured in traffic accidents.
Speaker D: Life in big cities is really stressful and it may cause different illnesses. Some doctors believe that common pets we keep at home, like cats, dogs and birds, can prevent some illnesses. For example, people who have heart problems usually feel better if there’s a dog in the house. It’s partly because of the positive energy the animal gives and partly because regularly walking the dog makes people stronger.
Speaker E: I think that people should know more about nature and environmental problems. I like watching educational programmes about wild life on TV, but I don’t think there are enough of them. There should be more feature films about animals, and there should be more interesting books. If children learn to understand and love nature, they will never poison rivers and cut down forests for money when they grow up.
A−2: The speaker is against keeping exotic animals as pets.
B−6: The speaker says that common animals are disappearing.
C−1: The speaker talks about an animal care organization.
D−4: The speaker talks about health reasons for keeping pets.
E−5: The speaker believes environmental education is very important.
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Max: Good afternoon, Mrs. Davis.
Mrs. Davis: Oh, hi, Max. How was your first day at school?
Max: It was fine, thank you. Everyone is friendly and very helpful. Even the girl at the reception was very patient with me.
Mrs. Davis: Patient?
Max: Yes. I came too early and had to wait for the other students from my class in the reception hall. I asked the reception girl all kinds of questions about the school and she patiently answered them till the time my classmates came.
Mrs. Davis: I see. And how did you like the school?
Max: It’s nice. And it’s very convenient that the school is in the very centre of the city. The receptionist said that initially they were in a large Victorian-style building near the park. The school occupied the first floor and there was the public library on the ground floor. It was a nice place but too far from the bus stop. So they moved.
Mrs. Davis: Yes, the city centre is much better. It’s a bit noisy, but convenient. Have you made any friends in your class yet?
Max: No, not yet. But they are nice guys and I think we’ll get along well. We are all from different countries. It feels a bit strange.
Mrs. Davis: Why?
Max: We can’t speak any other language but English in class.
Mrs. Davis: Which is very good for your language practice. What did you do in class today?
Max: First, our teacher told us about the school and explained what is what. Where the library is and where the copy machine is… and where the Wi-Fi zone is.
Mrs. Davis: Are there any computers in your classroom?
Max: No. Our teacher says we don’t need them in class, only for our homework. We are supposed to make reports and write essays during the course and we can use either our own computers or the ones in the computer room. They are free but there are always lots of people there so I prefer to have mine.
Mrs. Davis: And how about meals? Have you been to the school cafeteria?
Max: Yes, we had lunch there. It’s ok, I liked the food. After lunch we went to the library and then the teacher showed us the gym.
Mrs. Davis: Are you into sports?
Max: Yes, I play volleyball but, unfortunately, I have to forget about it during the course. The gym is very small and is not equipped for playing the game.
Mrs. Davis: Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. And, how about the library?
Max: The library’s impressive. It’s not very large, but the choice of books is very good and they are all new.
Mrs. Davis: Right. Any homework due tomorrow?
Max: Fortunately not. We are having a “welcome party” tonight.
Mrs. Davis: Oh, it’s nice of them to arrange it for the newcomers.
Max: Yeah, I’ll just change my clothes and be off. I need to be there in half an hour.
Mrs. Davis: Fine. But, please, Max, don’t stay out too late. I know that you are a big boy, but our city is not the best place for late walks.
Max: I won’t. I promise.
3. On his first day Max came to school
3) too early.
4. Max’s school is located
1) in the city centre.
5. In class Max’s classmates speak
2) only English.
6. Max’s school
1) has a special computer room.
7. Max is disappointed with school
3) sports facilities.
8. In the evening Max is going to
3) go to a party.