ABOUT MYSELF. MY FAMILY

Let me introduce myself. My name’s Helen. My full name is Helen Brunt.
I am nineteen and I am in the 2nd year of the Psychological Faculty at Novosibirsk Teacher Training University.
I live in Altai, which attracts many tourists because of its beauty. It is a mountainous region with many lochs and can be very bleak in winter.
During the term-time I live in a hostel and quite often go home at weekends or on holidays.
My mother is a housewife and is always busy looking after the house. She is not very tall. She is kind and always ready to help. By character my mother is energetic and talkative, while my father is a quiet man. He works at a big automobile plant as an engineer. He likes his work and spends most of his time there. My father is a tall and well-built man with short black hair and grey eyes. He is 50 and my mother is 48. They both come from quite large families (my mother is one of four children and my father is one of three), so my sister, my two brothers and myself have many aunts, uncles and cousins.
My mother’s parents live in a small village quite far away and we very rarely see  them. My elder brother Vladik is almost twenty-five. He is a manager of a trade company and has got much work every day. Vladik looks through the mail, receives customers, makes appointments and goes on business to different cities and towns. He has already been abroad. It is a well-paid job and my brother is very efficient. He works all days long. Sometimes he even works at weekends. Vladik really enjoys his work.
My other brother – Dmitry is 17 and in his final year at school. He does well at school and gets only good and excellent marks. His favourite subjects are biology and chemistry and choosing a career is no problem for him - he has always wanted to become a doctor. My brother’s dream is to enter the Medical University and I think his dream will come true, because he works much and reads much. The youngest member of the family is Julie, who is 5. She goes to the kindergarten. Julie is a very naughty child. She likes to spend her time outdoors, playing different games. She also likes reading, drawing and playing the piano. All of us like music and we can play different musical instruments. My elder brother can play the guitar, my younger brother can play the violin, Julie and I can play the piano. We all get on very well with each other and with our parents.
We like to spend time together. In the evening we watch TV, read books, talk about the events of the day or just play musical instruments and sing our favorite songs. All in all we are a very happy family.
Vocabulary
an aunt – тетя
an uncle – дядя
a cousin – кузен
an elder brother – старший брат
to look through – просматривать
mail – почта
to receive – принимать
to go on business – уезжать в командировку
to be abroad – быть за границей
dream – мечта
to enter – поступать
a kindergarten – детский сад
naughty – шаловливый
hide-and-sick – прятки

Lexical exercises

Ex. 1. Give Russian equivalents to:
to be in the 2nd year, to attract tourists, because of the beauty, that is why, during the term-time, to be busy, to look after, to come from quite large families, to see smb. rarely, a well-paid job, trade company, to look trough the mail, to make an appointment, to receive customers, to go on business, to go abroad, to be efficient, to get on well with each other, all in all, a naughty child, choosing a career is no problem for him.

Ex. 2. Give English equivalent to:
учиться на первом курсе; жить в местности, которая привлекает туристов своей красотой; в течение семестра; присматривать за домом; любить работу; хорошо оплачиваемая работа; на открытом воздухе; выбор карьеры; для него не проблема; энергичный и общительный; проводить большую часть времени.

Ex. 3. Answer the questions:
1. Where does Helen live?
2. Why does this area attract many tourists?
3. Helen is in the 3rd year at Novosibirsk Teacher Training University, isn’t she?
4. Where does she live during the term-time?
5. Does she often go home?
6. What is her mother?
7. How old are her parents?
8. Why do Helen, her brothers and her sister have many aunts and uncles?
9. Do they see their grandparents often or rarely?
10. Does Vladik enjoy his work?
11. What is Dmitry interested in?
12. What musical instruments can Helen, her brothers and her sister play?
13. Do the children get on well with each other?
14. How old are you?
15. Are you married?
16. Do you live together with your parents?
17. Are you the only child in the family?
18. Do you help your parents?
19. Do you spend your weekend together with your family?


MY WORKING DAY

On week-days I usually get up at 7 o’clock. I make my bed, open the window and do my morning exercises. Then I go to the bathroom where I clean my teeth and wash myself. If I have enough time I take a cold and a hot shower. It really wakes me up and makes my body feel well. After bathroom I go back to my room where I dress myself and brush my hair. In 10 minutes I am ready for breakfast. It may be a cup of tea or corn flakes, and very seldom I eat scrambled eggs.
After breakfast I put on my coat, take the bag and go to the University. As I live not far from the University it takes me only five or seven minutes to get there.
I don’t want to be late for the first lesson so I come to the University a few minutes before the bell. I leave my coat in the cloakroom and go upstairs to the classroom.
The lessons begin at eight o’clock in the morning and they are over at half past one in the afternoon. I have six lessons a day with short breaks between them. After classes I go home and have dinner there. I usually have something substantial for dinner, for example, cabbage soup for the first course, hot meat or fish with some vegetables for the second. Then I drink a cup of tea or milk. Sometimes when I have to stay at the University after classes I go to the canteen and have dinner there.
After dinner I have a short rest, read newspapers, make some telephone calls, go to the bakery. I also work at school and it takes me three or even more hours to get ready for my lessons. Sometimes I go to the library to write a report. As a rule I have very little free time on my weekdays. But when I have some spare time I do some work about the house: do the shopping and the cleaning.
Eight o’clock is supper time in our family. We all get together in the kitchen, then go to the sitting-room and watch TV, read books or discuss different problems. Then I go for a walk with my dog. Twice a week I go to the University in the evening to play volleyball. I am a member of the University volleyball team and we have our training rather late.
At about eleven at night I go to bed.
Vocabulary
working day – рабочий день
take a bus (tram, trolleybus) – ехать автобусом (трамваем, троллейбусом)
week-days – будние дни
to go to work – идти на работу
to wake up – просыпаться
to leave for work – уходить на работу
to get up – вставать
to work – работать
to do morning exercises – делать утреннюю зарядку
to have a rest – отдыхать
to make one’s bed – убирать постель
to have a break – иметь перерыв
to take a shower (bath) – принимать душ (ванну)
to make a telephone call – звонить
to wash (oneself) – умываться
to be in a hurry – торопиться
to dress (oneself) – одеваться
to go to bed – ложиться спать
to clean teeth – чистить зубы
to comb (brush) one’s hair – причесываться

Ex. 1. Answer the questions:
1. When does your working day begin?
2. What do you do when you get up?
3. Do you do your morning exercises every day?
4. Who makes breakfast for you?
5. What time do you leave for the University (for work)?
6. How long does it take you to get there?
7. How long does it last?
8. When do you have dinner?
9. Do you usually have dinner at home or at the canteen?
10. What do you usually have for dinner?
11. Do you have a short rest after dinner?
12. How long does it take you to prepare your homework?
13. Do you sometimes go to the library to get ready for classes?
14. What do you usually do in the evenings?
15. When do you go to bed?

Ex. 2. Ask your friend:
1. Когда он встает, завтракает, уходит из дому, возвращается с работы, идет спать, просыпается?
2. Где он делает зарядку, завтракает, обедает, делает уроки?
3. Что он делает утром, днем, вечером, в школе, дома, в библиотеке?
Ex. 3. Make up sentences using underlined words and word-combinations:
1. I usually get up at 7.
2. My working day begins at eight o’clock.
3. I have a sandwich with tea for breakfast.
4. My classes last 6 hours.
5. It takes me three hours to get ready for my lessons.
6. I go to bed at 11.

Ex. 4. Translate into English:
1. Мой рабочий день начинается в 9 часов и длится 7 часов. 2. Он встает в семь, а уходит из дома в восемь. 3. Чтобы не опоздать на работу, мы вышли из дома на 15 минут раньше обычного. 4. Вчера мой брат был болен и не пошел на работу (остался дома). 5. В будние дни у них практически нет свободного времени. 6. Кроме работы в учреждении, ей приходится делать всю работу по дому. 7. Отец обычно обедает в столовой, дети – дома. 8. Я должен торопиться, чтобы не опоздать на автобус. 9. Чтобы не опоздать на поезд, нам пришлось взять такси. 10. Придя с работы, Дина приняла душ и пошла на дискотеку. 11. Тебе понадобится полчаса, чтобы добраться домой на трамвае. Это долго. Бери такси. 12. Он встал, умылся, оделся, позавтракал, вышел из дома и быстро пошел на остановку.

MY HOUSE AND FLAT

I live in a new nine-storeyed block of flats. Our flat is on the second floor. It is very cosy. There are three rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, a small entrance hall and two balconies. The rooms are light, there are big windows there. In the morning I get out of bed and go to the bathroom.
It is not a large room. There is not much furniture in it. The most important thing is a bath-tub, which is behind the door. There is also a shower with two taps and a sink near the left wall. Above the sink there is a mirror and a glass shelf with many different things on it. Here you can find a soap dish with a bar of soap, tooth brushes in the glass, tooth powder and a comb.
Opposite the sink there is a washing machine. In the corner you can see a towel rail with two towels. Between the sink and the washing machine there is a bath mat.
When I am ready to have my breakfast I go to the kitchen. The kitchen is not big, but it is very cosy and comfortable. Everything you need is at your hand. The ceiling is whitewashed and the walls are glazed here. Near the left wall there is a stove. If I want to warm up or to cook my food I switch on one of three burnings. Sometimes I bake cakes and pies in the oven. Near the stove there is a sink, where I wash up the dishes. In the right corner you can see a refrigerator, where I keep food. Near the refrigerator there is a table and four stools.
After breakfast I go to the living-room. It is rather large. There is a thick carpet on the floor, a small round table in the middle of the room and a piano near the wall. Opposite there is a sofa and two arm-chairs. Near the sofa there is a bookcase with a lot of books. We are fond of books. The curtains on the window match the walls. We also have two bedrooms. One bedroom is my parents’ room and the other is my own one.
My parents’ bedroom is larger than my room. There are two beds, a bedside table, chairs and a wardrobe in it. In the evening I go to my bedroom. I like to have a rest here. There are two comfortable arm-chairs, a sofa and a table with many flowers on it in my room. Our flat is very cosy with all modern conveniences, such as central heating, electricity, cold and hot running water and a telephone.
Vocabulary
сosy – уютный
light – светлый
furniture – мебель
a shower – душ
a tap – кран
a sink – раковина
a mirror – зеркало
a towel – полотенце
a ceiling – потолок
whitewashed – побеленный
glazed – покрытый кафелем
a stove – плита
to switch on – включать
curtains – шторы
modern conveniences – современные удобства
central heating – центральное отопление

Lexical exercises

Ex. 1. Answer the questions:
1. Do you live in a house or in a flat?
2. How many rooms are there in your flat?
3. What furniture is there in your own room?
4. Are the walls in your room papered or whitewashed?
5. Have you got a kitchen unit?
6. Is you kitchen light?
7. Where is the refrigerator in your kitchen?
8. In what room do you receive guests?
9. In what room do you sleep?
10. In what room do you have meals?
11. What colour are the curtains in your sitting-room?
12. Do you have a wall-unit in the sitting-room?
13. Where is the bookcase in the sitting-room?
14. What is there in front of the bookcase.
15. Is your hall cosy and comfortable?
16. Where do you keep your shoes?
17. Where do you put your hats and coats?
18. What modern conveniences do you have in your flat?



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