V. Talking Assignments

1. Work out short dialogues according to the model:

How long does it take you (him, her ...) to do it?

Generally it takes me (him, her ...) about 5 minutes (half an hour, an hour and a half, 2 hours).

Use the words: to wash and get dressed, to clean one's teeth and comb one's hair, to have dinner, to do one's morning exercises, to prepare for one's classes, to do one's English home-work, to make one's bed, to get to the University, to look through a newspaper, to make notes, to get ready for a credit-test, to prepare for one's exam (seminar) in ancient history.

2. Make up wh-questions. Let your fellow-student answer them:

where to have supper, to go right after classes, to do one's home-work, to wash and clean one's teeth, to look through newspapers and magazines;

when to wake up, to get up, to go to bed, to work at the library, to have one's exams, to leave for the University, to have dinner;

what to have for supper as a rule, to keep in one's bookcase, to look through in the morning, to call a room where you sleep;

who to wake you up, to examine the students of that group, to help you with your English, to make breakfast for you.

3. Translate the following into English. Begin your sentences with:

a) It's necessary to ( ; ; ; );

b) I hardly ever ( ; , , );

c) As a matter of fact I ( ; () (); );

d) Generally I ( ; ; ; );

e) As a rule I ... (; ; ; .).

4. Interview your friend, ask the questions about his/her working day:

B.: I generally get up at seven o'clock.
.: Because I have a lot of things to do before 1 leave for the University.
.: Yes, that's what I begin with as a rule. Then comes the usual procedure of making my bed, washing and so on.
.: No, I don't. As a matter of fact I hardly ever take a bath in the morning. I prefer taking a shower. Then I clean my teeth, comb my hair and get dressed.
.: If my mother is not up yet, I make my breakfast myself. If my mother is up, she does. After breakfast I usually help mother to clean up.
.: Generally at half past eight, as it takes me about twenty minutes to get to the University.
.: I always take a trolley-bus in the morning. But after classes I sometimes walk home.
.: Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don't. If I can prepare for the next day's classes at home, I go straight home. If I haven't got the necessary books and journals at home, I go to the library.

5. Summerize his/her answers. Describe how your friend usually begins his/her day:

Use: early (late) riser; get up early (late); wake up at ...; take a shower; brush teeth, shave, dress; have breakfast; have a busy day (much work) ahead; have no spare time; work hard; waste time; devote much time to ... ; sit up late; a busy man; work on ... .

6. Do you agree with the English saying which says: Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise? Give your reasons:

To start with;

Frankly speaking;

To tell the truth;

The thing is;

I must confess;

On the one hand and on the other hand .

7. Ivan Petrenko works for the University newspaper Trybuna studenta. He is asking students about their free time. Translate his questions into English:






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