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A VISIT

I am at work in my room.

There is1 a knock at the door.

I say: «Come in!»

One of my friends comes in and says: «Good afternoon!»

I shake hands with him and say to him: «How are you?»

«Very well, thanks, and how are you?»

«I am fine (all right), thank you».

I push up an armchair and say to my friend: «Please sit down and make yourself at home (comfortable)».

We have a talk.

We talk about the weather, literature, art, politics, science.

Soon dinner is ready.

I invite my friend to dinner: «Will you have dinner with us?»

He says: «Thank you ever so much, it is very kind оf you».

I introduce him to my wife: «I should like you to know comrade Petrov, my dear».

My wife says: «I am delighted to meet you, comrade Petrov».

At dinner we continue our friendly talk.

Half an hour after dinner my friend takes his leave, saying: «Thanks awfully for all your kindness. Now you come and see me as soon as you possibly саn».

I say good-bye to him and invite him to come to my place another time.

CONVERSATION

- Good afternoon!

- How glad I am to see you! It's ages since we saw each other last.

- You may believe me I am just as glad to see you.

- Well, in the first place tell me how you are?

- Fine, thank you. And you?

- Now I feel quite all right. But some time back I was rather seriously ill and it took me some time to recover.

- But it's all over now, I hope?

- I am glad to say it is.

- Well, how's work at your office?

- Have you heard that I have been promoted? I'm now head of the office.

- I congratulate you with all my heart. But it means a; lot of extra work, does it not?

- Rather, but I'm not afraid of it. You know, I like my, work tremendously. But here comes my wife. I want to introduce you to her. My wife Anna Petrovna-comrade Petrov whom I have told you about.

- I am very glad to meet you. I have heard such a lot of you from my husband.

- The pleasure is all mine.

- But why do we all remain standing? Please sit down and make yourself at home (comfortable).

- Well, what's the news?

- I'll tell you first of all about the wonderful exhibition of Soviet painting I saw the other day at the Tretiakovl Gallery. I was greatly struck by it. Have you seen it?

- Not yet, I am sorry to say. But I am going to see it one of these days, by all means.

(They discuss art, literature, scientific topics; in some time the mistress of the house invites everybody to dinner)

- Will you have dinner with us?

- Thank you ever so much. That's very kind of you But I am afraid it's too much trouble.

- No trouble at all. We'll be so glad if you have dinner with us. Nothing very special, of course, but I've got a bottle of good wine.

- That's really too good of you. You are so kind, I really can't refuse.

- Well, we'll begin with the wine if you do not mind. There's to your health! (They al! clink glasses).

- Thank you ever so much. But you have anticipated me: I just wanted to toast your wife and yourself.

- We may do that later. Meanwhile let us take the soup. And please help yourself to salt and pepper, if you care for it.

- No, thanks, I don't care much for pepper, but I'll take some salt.

- May I offer you another helping? (May I help you to another plate of soup?)

- No, thanks. I think I have had quite enough.

(They pass over to the second course, then to the dessert, after which they chat in a friendly way for some time)

- I am afraid I must be leaving now2. It's high time for me to be returning home.

- Couldn't you stay a little longer?

- I'm afraid I can't. It's late as it is.

- Well, I am very sorry, but by all means come and see us again as soon as possible.

- Thank you so much for all your kindness. I'll come as soon as I possibly can. But you come and see me at my place before that.

- Thank you! We'll both be delighted to come.

- Good-bye! Hope to see you again soon!

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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