Curso First Certificate Exam

LOS CURSOS DE INGLES GRATIS PREFERIDOS POR LOS HISPANOHABLANTES

 

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Time for presents (I)

 

 

Click on the audio buttons and listen to this conversation between George and Mildred while you check their comments with the audio transcription.

 

MILDRED:

Right, that's Kirsty. Now, who's next on the list? Oh, Phyllis. What shall we get her? Oh, aren't these statuettes nice?

GEORGE:

I'd rather we got her something useful. She's got enough rubbish in that flat already. What about an ashtray? Here, look, these are nice. And cheap she never spends much on us.

MILDRED:

That's enough about my relatives, George. You know she's not as well-off as us.

GEORGE:

Well, what about this vase? Or one of these bowls?

MILDRED:

Mmm, they're pretty. She could put fruit in that. Yes, I think that'll suit her nicely. Well done, George. Now, what about Simon? How about a tie?

GEORGE:

You know he never wears them. What about one of these knives?

MILDRED:

It's time he learned to dress like the rest of the world, George. I'm getting him a tie, one to match the shirt I gave him for his birthday. And if he doesn't like it, too bad.

GEORGE:

I wish you'd leave the boy alone, Mildred. Let him do what he wants to do. He's got to find his own way.

MILDRED:

One of us has got to make him see sense, George. You'd let him do anything. He'll be dressing up in women's clothes next. Here look, this one's nice.

GEORGE:

It's money down the drain, dear.

MILDRED:

Or this one, don't you think? Yes? Right. That's Simon done. Now, let me see. Oh, that's it, we've got presents for everyone.

GEORGE:

Good. Now let's pay for this lot and get back to the hotel. There's a cut-price bar tonight.

MILDRED:

Oh, George, look at these rugs! Aren't they beautiful!

GEORGE:

And a nice price too I should think by the look of them.

MILDRED:

Here's the tag. Oh, well, I don't call that dear. I can just see this in the bathroom. I'm sure Simon would like it too.

GEORGE:

And how do you propose getting it back? We're already over the limit. Take it in your hand luggage?

MILDRED:

I'm sure we could have it sent. Shall we ask if they can arrange that here?

GEORGE:

No. Come on.

MILDRED:

George!! Wait!!

GEORGE:

Come on! We can't afford it. Now, where are the presents? See if you can get them wrapped nicely. Then we won't have to do it.

 

Time for presents (II)

 

 

ACTIVITY 239: Now, listen again to Mildred and George's conversation. For questions 1-to-3, choose the answer (A, B, or C) which you think fits best according to the conversation. Please, note that answering these questions requires a certain amount of inference. Then check the answers with alternative explanations.

1.

Where is this scene taking place?

 

A.    in a gift shop
B.    in a hotel lobby
C.    in a post office

2.

What are the speakers doing?

 

A.    buying holiday souvenirs
B.    comparing prices
C.    organising for goods to be sent

3.

What is the relationship between the speakers?

 

A.    brother and sister
B.    husband and wife
C.    two good friends
 

Time for presents (III)

 

 

ACTIVITY 240: Finally, listen again to their conversation. For questions 1-to-4, choose the answer (A, B, or C) which you think fits best according to the conversation. Then check the answers with alternative explanations.

1.

What did they buy for Phyllis?

 

A. 

B.   

C. 

1.

What did they buy for Simon?

 

A. 

B.   

C. 

3.

What do we learn about George's feelings?

 

A.    He doesn't like Mildred's relatives. .
B.    He doesn't want to spoil Simon.
C.    He doesn't like to spend money.

4.

What do we learn about Mildred's behaviour?

 

A.    She's not an organised person.
B.    She wants to change Simon's behaviour.
C.    She doesn't trust George's advice.

Qué tacaño parece George !!! 
En la próxima página Mr. Grammar explicará los usos de las estructuras IT'S TIME, WOULD RATHER y HAVE DOMETHING DONE ...

 

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