J ohn Blythe is thirteen. His brother Timothy is fifteen. Their sister Heather is eleven. Their mother and father come from Northern Ireland, but the children were all born in London. Their mother is called Thelma and she is 38. Their father’s name is Matthew, and he is 39.
♫ Exercise 2 a. Listen to Judith Smith. Look at her family tree, below. Write in the names and ages of the people in her family.
T HE SMITH FAMILY
2 b. Make true sentences about Judith and her family.
Consonant clusters 1- beginning of words
♫ Exercise 1 a. Say clusters with / p, b, t, d, k, g/ followed by /w, r, l, j/. Listen, and practise this conversation.
A: Excuse me, is this the Bladon train?
B: No, I'm afraid you've just missed the Bladon train. It went at 12.03.
A: But it's only twelve o'clock now. Look at the clock.
B: No, that clock's three minutes slow.
Exercise 1 b. Make similar conversations about the trains shown in the table below.
♫ Exercise 3. Listen, and practise these conversations.
A: I've got a job with the BBC.
B: The British Broadcasting Corporation?
A: No, the Brighton Brush Company.
A: I didn't sleep very well last night.
B: Was your brain full of brilliant ideas?
A: No, there were breadcrumbs in the blankets.
♫ Exercise 4. Listen, and practise this conversation.
A: Splendid cricket match!
B: Who won?
A: We did! Shropshire needed three runs to win. Shrimpton hit the ball. Fletcher tried to catch it, but it slipped through his fingers.
B: Oh, no! So Shrimpton got his three runs, I suppose.
A: No, Thrush was just behind Fletcher. He flung himself forward ...
B: And he caught the ball?
A: No, but he picked up, and threw it, and Shrimpton was out!
B: What a thrilling ending!
Consonant clusters 2- end and middle of words
♫ Exercise 1. Say past tenses. Listen, and repeat these verbs.
♫ Exercise 2. Use the verbs to fill the gaps in the stories below. Practise them. Listen and check.
1 Three masked men ____________ the City Bank yesterday. When the doors were____________, they ____________ in. They ____________ the manager, and ____________ him into the strongroom. They ____________ the safe with his keys. Then they ____________ the manager in, and ____________ with ₤30,000.
2 When I ____________ at the door, he ____________, and ____________ three eggs on the floor. Of course, they ____________. I ____________ him as he ____________ up the mess. His glasses fell on the floor. The glass ____________.
♫ Exercise 3 a. Say [t] or [d] followed by [n]. Listen, and practise this conversation in a department store. Notice the intonation of A’s polite phrases.
A: Excise me, I’m looking for some sewing cotton.
A: I’m looking for some sewing cotton. Can you tell me which department I need?
B: I’m not certain.
A: Well, is it Fashion or Haberdashery?
B: I don’t know. You’d better ask an assistant.
A: I beg yourpardon. I thought you were an assistant.
Exercise 3 b. Make similar conversations, using the Store Directory below. Ask for these things.