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A Difficult Customer

2006-08-11 15:13

  Lesson 31

  Text A

  A Difficult Customer

  Dolores works in a shop selling gramophone records. One afternoon a middle-aged woman came in, sat on a stool in front of the counter, and smiled at her brightly.

  "I want a record, dear," she began. "One I heard on the radios this morning. "

  "What was the record called?" Dolores asked, without much hope. The woman shook her head.

  "I don't remember. I should know it if I. heard it , though. Perhaps if you play me a few records, I shall be able to pick it out. "

  She settled herself more comfortably on her stool.

  "We have hundreds of records in stock, " Dolores pointed out. "It would take a very long time to play you even a little of each. Could you hum it to me?"

  The woman shook her head again. "I can't even sing the National Anthem in tune. We should only get into a complete muddle if I were to start humming. " She looked quite depressed, as if this reminder of her own lack of musical ability were the last straw. Then suddenly her face brightened.

  "I've just remembered something," she said. "It comes from a play. There's a girl who speaks very badly, if you see what I mean. But after a time she learns to talk well.Some thing about —— what do you call it? Phonetics."

  This was enough for Dolores. "If you ask me, it's from 'My Fair Iady',?quot;" she said.

  "That's it, dear. If you'd thought of it soonerr, we wouldn't have wasted so much time. I suppose you are new to the job."

  TextB

  That Hurts a Iot

  Malc went to the Casualty Department of the hospital There he was examincd by the doctor. DOCTOR:   Right. Just take off your jacket and shirt. And lie down on that bed over there……

  That's right…… Now, just hold up your right arm, will you?…… Does this hurt?

  MALC:   No.

  DOCTOR:   And this?

  MALC:   Yes. . . a bit. . . ouch !

  DOCTOR:   And do you feel anything when I do this?

  MALC:   Yes , that hurts quite a lot.

  DOCTOR:   And you don't feel any 'pain anywhere else? In you legs , for example?

  MALC:   NO, nothing.

  DOCTOR:   Well , it's probably nothing serious. But I think we'd better have that shoulder

  X-rayed. We can't do the until the morning, though. So it'd be better if yo stayed in hospital for the night. . .

  Question 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.

  At the Doctor's Doctor   Good morning. How are you?

  Patient   I'm very worried , doctor

  Doctor   Oh? What are you worried about?

  Patient   I'm afraid that I'm very ill.

  Doctor   I'm sorry to hear that. Why do you think so?

  Patient   Because I feel tired all the time, even when I wake up in the morning. I find it very difficult to do any work. I have no appetite. My wife cooks   me deliciousmeals but I can only eat a little.

  Doctor   How do you sleep?

  Patient   Very badly, doctor.

  Doctor   Do you find it difficult to get to sleep, or do you wake up early?

  Patient   Both, doctor. I never get to sleep until two o'clock and I always wake up at five.

  Doctor   Are you worricd about anything?

  Patient   Well , yes , I am. 1'm worried about my work. I've just taken a new job. I earn a lot of money but it's difficult work. I'm always afraid of making a mistake.

  Doctor   I see. please take off your shirt and lie down on the couch.

  Patient   Yes, doctor.(The doctor examines the patient )

  Doctor   Well, there's nothing very much wrong with you, I'm glad to say. You're working too hard and worrying too much.Do you take much exercise?

  Patient   No, doctor. I never have enough time for exercise. I start work very early in the morning and finish late in the evening. Then I can't get to sleep. Can you give me some medicine to help me to sleep?

  Doctor   I can , but I'm not going to. You don't need medicine. You need advice. Don't

  work so hard. Too much work is bad for you. Don't worry about your work.It's silly to worry. Take regular exercise.

  Patient   But I may lose my job, doctor! It's hard to get a job like mine.

  Doctor   Then get an easier one, even if you earn less money. Which would you rather have, health or wealth?

  Patient   You're right, doctor. It's more important to be healthy than wealthy. I'll change my job. I'm grateful for your advice.

  Doctor   Come and see me again in a month's time. I think you'll be a different man!

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