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Lesson 18

                                            Text A

                                       Christmas Cards
    It mas two weeks before Christmas. and Mrs Smith was very busy. She bought a lot of Christmas cards to send to her friends and to her husband's friends, and put them on the table in the living-room. Then, when her husband came home from work, she said to him, "Here are the Christmas cards for our friends, and here are some stamps, a pen and our book of addresses. 

WiII you please write the cards while I am cooking the dinner?"
   Mr Smith did not say anything , but walked out of the Iiving-room and went to his studys. Mrs Smith was very angry with hims , but did not say anything either.
   Then a minute later he came back with a box full of Christmas cards. All of them had addresses and stamps on them.
   "These are from last year," he said, "I forgot to post them. "

 

Text B

New Year Resolutions

    Peter and John are admiring the Christmas decorations on the houses. Peter invites John to see the tree at his house, but , John can't go. He has to buy a present for his mother. Later the boys and Mary talk about New Year resolutions. Peter tells Mary about one she should make. Mary, as you will see, has a good answer for him.

 

PETER:

  I'm glad we live in a small town.

JOHN:

  Why?

PETER:

  Because the houses look so nice at Christmas time.

JoHN:

  Yes , they do. Do you have a Christmas tree this year?

PETER:

  Yes , we have a big tree this year. I bought the decorations at the five-and-ten-

  centstorel?yesterday. Do you want to come and see it?

JoHN :

  I can't now because I have to buy a present for my mother.

PTEER:

  When can you come?

JoHN:

  I don't know when I can come. I'll let you know later.

*    *     *

MARY:

  Hi, boys. Are you going to make any New Year resolutions this year?

PETER:

  No, I never make any.

JOHN:

  I make them, but I break them the next day. Are you making any, Mary?

MARY:

  Yes, but I can't tell you what they are.

PETER:

  You'd better make Qne about losing 20 or 30 pounds.

MARY:

  Meanie! You'd better make one about saying nice things to girls.


 


                                 Question on Text B

7. Read the following dialogue once. Underline the key words while reading and retell to your partner the dialogue in your own words.

    Frank is very busy. He is talking to Jimmy, his best friend.
Jimmy: Did you play football yesterday?
Frank: Yes , I played with Tony and John.
Jimmy: What did you do after you'd played football?
Frank: We all went swimming.
Jimmy: Are you going swimming again this afternoon?
Frank: No , we aren't. We're going to help Mr Smith to plant some flowers.
Jimmy: Are you helping him all afternoon?
Frank: Yes, we are. We can neither play football nor do our homework today.
Jimmy: You're,going to be very busy.
Frank: Yes, we certainly are. But Mr Smith is going to pay us for all the work we'll do.