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A: It’s nice in here. And I like the view from this table.
B: Yes, I like eating here.
A: Can you recommend anything?
B: Try the grilled vegetables with mushroom sauce. It’s my favourite dish.
A: Ok, I’ll try that. And some fried meat, too. I’m really hungry.
A: Your ticket and your passport, please, sir.
B: Here they are.
A: Is this your luggage?
A: Excuse me, sir, but your suitcase is five kilos heavier than is permitted.
B: Oh, yes…I see. Do I have to pay extra for the excess weight?
A: Are you enjoying the voyage?
B: Oh, yes! It’s the first time I’ve travelled by sea, but I like it very much.
A: I like it when the sea is calm but when the waves are high, I feel a bit scared.
B: Me too…and a bit seasick.
A: You have twenty minutes to do this task. Any questions?
B: Yes, I’ve got one.
B: Should we write the answers below the text or on the answer sheet?
A: On the answer sheet, please.
A − 4: In a restaurant
B − 5: At the airport
C − 1: On board a ship
D − 2: In a classroom
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Speaker A: I enjoy reading but I don’t usually have much time for it because there’s lots of homework to do. Yesterday I borrowed a book from our school library and read it for a while before going to sleep. But the book was really interesting. I got involved and put it aside only when I had read it up to the very end. In the morning, I wasn’t able to get up on time, so I missed the school bus and got to school thirty minutes after the bell had gone.
Speaker В: I like reading, especially historical novels. That’s why I know more than most of my classmates. Our teacher often asks me to give presentations to the whole class. I may spend hours in the library or searching the Internet for information on some historical event or some historical personality. Some of my friends think that it’s boring, but it’s incredibly interesting. I’m considering taking history as my major at university.
Speaker С: Our class is very united and we often help each other in school and in life. Yes, I’m very lucky that the people around me are friendly and supportive, and there’s no bullying or fighting in class. My friends have different interests, but they all are very nice people. There are those who like science, those who like sports, and those who like arts, but everyone enjoys school parties and school trips.
Speaker D: It was shocking news when my parents told me about their decision to move to another city. I was completely against it. I didn’t want to leave my school — I had so many friends there! I’d just joined the school volleyball team, the best team in the area! But there was no choice — my parents had to move because of their jobs. They have good jobs, but we have to move too often.
Speaker E: I have lots of friends and most of them are my classmates. We often do homework, work in a library, or do sports together. Our school is a good place for doing sports — we have a gym, a football pitch, a swimming pool, and even a tennis court. The swimming pool is not very large but it’s enough for practicing different swimming strokes and for water aerobics classes. I wish we had a little skate park,
A − 6: The speaker explains why he/she was late for school.
B − 4: The speaker talks about his/her favourite school subject.
C − 2: The speaker describes his/her schoolmates.
D − 5: The speaker explains why he/she had to change school.
E − 3: The speaker describes the school sports facilities.
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Jim: Hi, Nora. You look great!
Nora: Hi, Jim. It’s probably because it’s my birthday today. I’m turning sixteen.
Jim: Oh, many happy returns! Are you having a party today?
Nora: No. We’ll have a party some time later. My exam session started two days ago, so I’m very busy now. No time for partying.
Jim: I see. Have you already passed any of your exams?
Nora: Yes. Mathematics. And three more are left. They’ll keep me busy till the middle of June.
Jim: Poor you! But maths is the most difficult one, right?
Nora: Yes. I’m so happy that I passed it and my grade was surprisingly good.
Jim: Congratulations! Are you going to study maths at university? I mean when you go to university?
Nora: I don’t know. I hope not. I want to become a journalist. Journalists don’t need mathematics, do they?
Jim: Well, I think that if you want to work as a journalist, you should be well-educated in all fields. That is, apart from having excellent communication skills.
Nora: Right. Anyway, I still have two more years at school to learn everything I need to before I go to university.
Jim: And how about short-term plans? What are you doing this summer — working, travelling or both?
Nora: Um, I don’t know yet. We may go to my grandmother’s. She lives in Italy.
Jim: Italy sounds great!
Nora: I love it too! But my mother insists on our going to Paris as she wants me to practice my French. I don’t think it’s necessary — I have no problem speaking French. I’m actually top of the class in French and Spanish.
Jim: Don’t you like Paris?
Nora: I definitely prefer the Italian countryside to the city of Paris.
Jim: I understand. And in Italy you can practice Italian, can’t you?
Nora: I don’t speak Italian, though I go to my grandma almost every summer.
Nora: All my friends there learn English and want me to speak English to them, so they can practice.
Jim: Very clever of them!
1) is going to have a birthday party later.
2) has passed her Maths exam.
3) has chosen her future career already.
6. Next year Nora is going to
3) continue her school education.
7. In the summer Nora wants to
1) go to Italy.
8. Nora can speak
1) Spanish and French.