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DIALOGUESll.

2012.06.14

VOLUNTEER WORK

9.

- Good morning.

- Good morning. It is nice to see you again.

- How are you? Are your legs better now?

- Thank you for asking, I feel much better now.

- What have you been doing today?

- Nothing special. As usual I had a quiet day, only Mrs Smith dropped in , we had some coffee in the morning.

- OK. What can I do for you? I can see the list here. Let’s start with the first thing, the supermarket. What sould I buy for you?

- Only bread and milk.

- Are you sure it will be enough for you? If you want, I can prepare some

food for you. It is said that I am a great cook.

-It is very kind of you, but there is no need for that..I have some leftover from yesterday. Maybe you can cook some other time.

-That would be great.

-But you know what? Could you also bring me some vegetables from the market. What food and vegetables are not very expensive this week?

- Oh, there are all kinds of vegetables and fruit such as cherry, sour cherry, lettuce raddish, cucmber.I can prepare a nice spring salad. It won’t cost much money.

- That would be nice. Could you also borrow a few books from the library?

- What would you like to read? I can recommend some of my grandmother’s favourites? Do you like romantic stories or detective stories? I will bring you some. I’ll return the ones you have already read. Is that all? What else can I do for you?

- On the way home I would like you to go to the post office and the chemist’s, if you don’t mind.

- No problem. Just give me the  prescription for the medicine and I can pay the bills at the post office. Do you have any letters to send?

- Oh, no. That’s all for today. Thank you. What would I do without you?

-Don’t mention it. I would like like to help you more often.

 

 

10.JOB APPLICATION

 

-Good morning! I read the advertisement in the local newspaper and I would like to apply for the job.

-Good morning!

-I have got a 3- month holiday in the summer and I would like to earn some money to help my family to make ends meet. In addition, my salary??wages???  would help a lot to continue my studies at university.

-Tell me about  yourself in a nutshell!

-My name is………….., as you can see it  in my CV. I was born in Mezőkövesd on …………31th March 1992. As for my studies I left Szent László Secondary School last year. I graduated with good marks. During the summers, I worked as a drive-thru cashier for your company to help pay for my education.

Are you interested in a full-time or part-time position?

I am more interested in a full-time position. However, I would also consider a part-time position.

What is your greatest strength?

I think I work well under pressure. When there is a deadline, I can focus on the task at hand and structure my work schedule well.  I am a trouble shooter as well. When there was a problem at school, the formmaster and my former teachers would always ask me to solve it.

-Do you have a driving licence?

-Yes, I do. I have had it for almost two years now.

-Do you have a car?

-No, but my parents always let me drive their car. Furthermore, I would like to know if  I have to wear a uniform.

-Yes, you have to wear a white T-shirt with blue trousers. What languages do you speak?

-I can speak English and German fluently at an intermediate level and my mother tongue is Hungarian. How much money will I get?

-You will get about 3000 Forints per day,not to mention the fringe benefits: free meal- three times a day plus a mobile phone. Thanks for coming. We will let you know the result as soon as we have made a decision . Goodbye!

-Goodbye!

 

11.American camp 

-         Have you thought about the ad I showed you at school? I’m rather serious about working at that summer camp in America. Should we apply?

-         Well, it’s a very exciting idea to spend 6 weeks in the United States. It’s just that I’m not sure if my english is good enough to work with american kids. But, on the other hand, it would be a great opportunity to improve my English.

-         You know, if we apply, theyâ019ll invite us for an interview. thatâ019s how they decide if somebody is suitable for the job. Let’s try it! What do we have to lose? I’d like to brush up my English , too.

-         Well, you’re right, I think, Will they ask us what kind of job We’d like to do?

I haven’t got the faintest idea. But they probably will. The ad says they need sports and games instructors, art instructors, shop assistants and kitchen staff. They might also take into consideration what kind of experience we have in these areas, and how good our English is.

-         And I think they’ll try to find out if we have the right qualities to be able to work with children. I mean, if we are reliable, patient, friendly, open-minded, things like that.

-         Well, we don’t have to worry about that. You’ve got two younger brothers, and I’ve seen you playing with them and helping them with their homework. You’ve learnt how to be patient and how to solve conflicts. As for me, remember, I worked with primary-school children at Lake Balaton last summer. I loved the kids. I looked after them all day, played with them, organised games, and we even staged Winniw the Pooh.

-         Yes, we should speak about all these experiences at the interview. Let’s decide which job we’d like to do. If you ask me, I wouldn’t like to work in the kitchen. Peeling potatoes all day is out of the question.

-         Don’t be too picky. But I must admit, working kitchen help is the last thing I’d like to do, too. We Won’t be able to practise English if we’re washing the dishes all day, anyway.

-         How do you feel about working in the shop? I wouldn’t mind that. It’s interesting and you can meet a lot of people.

-         Actually, I don’t find it very intersting. I’d prefer to work with the children. You

know I can play the guitar and the violin, and I’ve already taught music to children. I could teach the kids how to play the guitar. I’m rather good at drawing and painting, too. So, my first choice is the job of art instructor.

-         That sounds good. I’ll ask for the job of sports and games instructor, then. I’m a good swimmer, and I’m on the school’s basketball team. I’m just a bit worried about working with native speakers. Will I be able to understand the kids? They speak so fast. And how will be fine. Just be friendly, and don’t lose your temper. We’ll get used to the kids in a few days. Another impotant thing is that we should always stick to the rules. You know, looking after children is a huge responsibility.

-         Absolutely. We should ask which part of the States the camps are in. And we should also find out about the dates, the visa and the travelling arrangements, too.

-         Definitely. We can ask about them at the interview.

Do you know how to apply?

-         No, but we can find out about it easily. Let’s call the phone number in the ad.

12.Choosing a TV programme

- What shall we do this evening?

- I don’t feel like going out.Let’s watch TV.

- Ok. What’s on?

- I’ll get the TV guide and see what’s on. On Living TV there is a football match, England against Germany. It starts at eight.

- Football match on Saturday night? Oh, no. I hate football. I would rather watch a good film.

- The football match seems to be very exciting. Both teams are good and you know, like English football very much. But let’s find a good film. On Nickelodeon there is an American comedy series, Sabrine the Teenage Witch starting at 8.30.

-          Do you think it’s exciting?

- Oh, no. It’s a bit childish. On ITV 1 there is a famous film, Pretty Woman. I’m sure you’ll like it.

- Yes, I like romantic films very much. I think I’ll watch it.

- But you know I hate Julia Roberts. And the story is so stupid. On film four there is also …………… starting at 9 but I’m not keen on romantic films. On living TV there ’s another film …………… at ten after the football match and on Film 4 there is a horror starting at 11, the title is Alien.

- Doesn’t it start a bit late?

Oh, no, we can stay up late because  we don’t have to get up early on Sunday. But I have seen the Alien many times.

- Which programme would you like to watch then?

- I ’d rather watch the the football match.It’s live and none of the films are very exciting. What about you?

- I’d like to watch Pretty Woman.

 

- You know what I think of these romantic films. You have seen it a hundred times.

Well then, let’s watch the film but om Monday I’ll buy another TV so that I can watch what I want to.

 

 

13.Losing weight

 

-          I will never be able to lose these extra few pounds. No matter how hard I try, I always stay the same weight.What do you think I should do?

-          Don’t give up yet. There is a problem with your eating habits.

-          Really, what shouldn’t I eat?

-          First, you should stop eating all those chips. They are greasy and unhealthy. And you always have pizza and a coke before bedtime. Try to avoid sugary drinks, or at least or at least buy diet soft drinks. Or try mineral water.

-          Mineral water? I don’t like it.

-          You will get used to it. It’s refreshing and healthy.

-          I hope so. Another thing. What should I eat? I like going to fast food restaurants.

-          The junk food you get there is full of calories and contains a lot of fat. It’s lower in vital nutrients Next time when we go to Burger King, try one of the salads. They are better for you than hamburgers. But the best way would be to try Chinese or Mediterranian restaurants, where the food is good for you and delicious at the same time.

-          That’s a good idea. How about eating chocolate?

-          You should limit the amount of sweets if you want to lose weight.

-           What else should I do to lose weight?

-          You should try to lead a more active lifestyle. Try to spend less time in front of the TV. Get some exercise.

-          Getting exercise takes so much time and energy. How often should I do sports?

-          Why don’t you join a gym or you can do exercises at home every day. Twenty minutes of exercise a day will work wondres. And if you don’t have the time to do some exercises every day, then try to take a walk in the mornings. Doctors say that twenty minutes’ exercise three times a week is all that is necessary.

-          Thank you so much for your help.

 

14.Surprise Party for your sister/brother

 

 

-Albert, did you know that Petra’s going to be 18 on the 15th of May? Look at this photo. I can hardly believe that my little sister is turning 18! She’s beautiful, huh?

-Yeah! She really looks great! But I see what you mean. Because we’ve grown up together, she’ll always be that a lovely little girl with pigtails to me. To be honest, I had completely forgotten about my parent’s and not very good at remembering dates. Every year I hate to try hard not to forget my parent’s and brother’s birthday. I’m absolutely hopeless. Thanks for mentioning her birthday. I’ll start thinking about what to get her for a present.

-Actually, I’ve got an idea. I want to me her 18th birthday memorable for her. I’m thinking of organising a surprise party. Would you like to help?

-A surprise party? A brilliant idea! Of course, I’ll help. Petra deserves the best. She’s always helped me with my literature essays. Don’t worry, I’m joking. She deserves a great party for a hundred other reasons. The only problem is that I haven’t got the faintest idea how to organise a surprise party.

-Don’t worry! I haven’t done anything like that before, either. But it can’t be so much difficult. First, we should decide when and where the party is going to be. I talked to my mum yesterday and she likes the idea. Luckily, Petra’s birthday falls on Saturday. My mum says we could have the party in our garden and the living room on Saturday evening.

-That’s fie. Who shall we invite?

-We should definitely invite our common friends, Éva, Dávid and Robi. Could you call them and tell them about the party? I know Petra’s best friends from her class, so I’ll call them. And my parents want to invite a few close family members. I’m worried about the very mixed company. A lot of people don’t know each other and won’t be able to talk each other. I’d prefer to have only young people, but my mum insists on inviting the family, too.

-Don’t worry. Your parents will find a way of making the party enjoyable for everybody. I just can’t see how it’s going to be a surprise for Petra if the guests start coming on Saturday one after the other.

-Well, this is the biggest problem, and this is where I need your help. Perhaps you could take her out for an ice cream around 6 o’clock, or you could call her and ask her to come over to your house because you need help with another essay. I’m sure you’ll manage to make up goods excuse. In the meantime, we could prepare everything in the house and in the garden. When you get back with Petra, let’s say, at 7.30, the house will be dark, suddenly we’ll turn the lights on, ad she’ll see flowers, the cake and decorations, an we’ll shout ’Happy Birthday’. Can you imagine her face? It’ll be a fantastic surprise.

-It sounds pretty good. But it isn’t your idea, is it? You’ve taken it from a Hollywood movie, I guess.

-It doesn’t matter where I got the idea from. The result is what’s important. What else do we have to organise?

-The food and drinks, of course. Since we’re going to have quite a few people, it would be best if everybody brought……

-Yes, it’s a very good idea. I loved your mum’s homemade cherry pie the other day. Do you think she could make it again? My parents have offered to buy the drinks and the birthday cake. I’ll ask the girls to design and prepare the decorations. We have more than a week; I think it’ll be enough time to arrange everything. When you cal our friends, could you tell them about everything? By the way, we could ask Norbi to bring his DJ equipment, you know, he’s an experienced DJ, and we could dance as well.

-It’ getting better and better. I’m just wondering what I should get Petra. I’d like to find something really nice for her. But I still have time it think about it.

 

15.A visit to London

 

 

 

- Hello Winnie. Long time no see. Where have you been?

- Imagine, I have just returned from the UK. As a graduation present, my parents booked me a one-week holiday in London.

- Who did you go with?

- I went there alone. Firsty, I was a bit worried about how to get there but everything was all right.

- Woooow. Where did you stay?

- I stayed at a fabulous B&B hotel which was located in the very heart of the city. Although my room was extremely small with only a tiny window, the staff was very polite to me.

- I have never heard about this type of accommodation. What does it cover?

- A bed and breakfast (or B&B) is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and breakfast, but usually does not offer other meals. Typically, bed and breakfasts are private homes with fewer than 10 bedrooms available for commercial use.

- Great. And what did you eat?

- Unfortunately, I have put on some weight. My day always started with a huge breakfast including scrambled eggs, sausage, black pudding, bacon, mushrooms, baked beans, hash browns, and half a tomato. As Somerset Maugham said:

              To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.’

As for lunch I usually ate fish and chips, which is very popular in the UK.

- What sights have you seen?

- I have no idea where to start…..To begin with, I visited the Tower of London. You know, this royal fortress, on the north banks of the River Thames, was built by William the Conqueror, following his successful invasion in 1066. It has been added to over the years by the various monarchs. The Tower, or Bloody Tower as it is known, has been host to many famous executions and imprisonments, including those of Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Lady Jane Grey and Sir Walter Raleigh. The Jewel House, which houses the Crown Jewels, lies within the confines of the Tower of London.

An another impressive landmark was the Palace of Westminster, known also as the Houses of Parliament, is where the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) conduct their sittings. The Palace lies on the north bank of the River Thames in the London borough of the City of Westminster.

- Have you seen the queen?

- Unfortunately, I haven’t. However, I visited her official residence, Buckingham Palace which is one of the most popular landmarks in London. It is the London home of the British Royal family. The 600 room palace is surrounded by a 40 acre garden.

- It must have been gorgeous. I hope to get there one day.