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TELEPHONING

I want to make arrangements with my friend for a meeting.

I think best to telephone to him.

But I have mislaid his telephone number and I cannot find it.

I look up his number in the telephone directory. It is D-1-10-00 [di: wΛn ten ou ou], extension 203 [tu: ou θri:]

I go into a telephone booth.

I put a 15 kopeck piece into the slot of the telephone.

I take up the receiver and hear a buzz (buzzing).

I dial D-l-10-00.

Very soon I hear frequent buzzing. It means the line is engaged.

I put down the receiver (hang off) and wait a couple of minutes.

I try again. This time I hear a prolonged buzzing. It means the line is free.

I hear a voice: «Exchange here, number, please!» I say: «Extension 203, please».

A click follows. I hear my friend's mother saying: «Hello, who is calling?»

I say: «Simonov is here. Can I speak to Вогуа?»

I hear his mother calling out: «Вогуа, you are wanted on the phone», and to me she says: «Hold on, he'll be here in a minute».

I thank her and soon my friend answers the telephone. We make arrangements for a meeting in the evening.

CONVERSATION

- Hello, who is calling?

- It's Volodya speaking (Volodya is here), hello!

- How ate you, Volodya? I've not seen you for ages. Where have you been all this time?

- I'm fine, thanks, Borya, I telephoned to you several times but I could not get you on the phone. Whenever I rang you up there was frequent buzzing and nobody answered the telephone.

- Oh, I remember now. Our telephone was out of order for a couple of days.

- I thought your number was changed and looked it up in the telephone directory.

- No, it was not changed.

- Is your father in? My father asked me to give him a message.

- Unfortunately he is out. Leave the message with me3. I'll be sure to give4 it to him as soon as he returns.

- Very good, thank you. Please tell your father he needn't come to the office to-day. The meeting is off. Be sure to remember it.

- Certainly I will. Volodya, wouldn't you come round to see me to-day?

- Pardon?

- I say, wouldn't you come over to see me to-day?

- No, I'm sorry. I cannot. I have a very busy day today. I have a hundred and one things to attend to. Let us make arrangements to meet on some other day.

- What about Sunday?

- Sunday suits me perfectly.

- It's a go then. I'll be expecting you on Sunday.

- I'll drop in about noon.

- Very good. Thanks for calling.

- Good-bye.

- Good-bye (so long, cheerio).

WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS

NOTES






About myself

A trip by railway

My family

A sea voyage

Our flat

At the doctor's

At the library

At the cinema

The hotel

At the theatre

Street traffic

At the post office

An excursion out of town

Sport

Telephoning

Shopping

A visit

Sightseeing

Park of culture and rest

The soviet union

The dining-room

Elections

At the museum

Sputnic

A trip by air

 

 

 





 

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