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Lesson 6

Speaking on the phone

Janice and Jeremy - Situations
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This is Jeremy Brook speaking. 


Sorry — Janice who? 


I'm sorry. I don't think I know anyone by that name.  


On holiday? Did we? When was that? 

In Greece! Of course! I remember! You're the American girl who was in the next room. How are you? 


I'm fine. What a surprise! What are you doing? Where are you? 


Here? What are you doing here? 


Erm ... well ... I'd love to, but ... well, it's not very convenient, actually. Our flat isn't that big, and ... 


Yes, I am. I got married last year. 


Well, I'm glad you understand. I'm sorry to let you down. Well, maybe we could meet for a drink er ... you know? 


No, I suppose you're right. Well, it was nice to hear your voice again. Enjoy your trip round Europe. 


Thanks. Bye, Janice. 


Same to you. 

The story of a famous photo

Marinette and Henri - Situations
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Marinette We didn't know that our picture was so famous until thirty years later. One day I was working in the cafe when the man from the bookshop next door came in. He was holding a new book which had a photo on the cover. Suddenly I said, 'I don't believe it! That's Henri and I when we were very young!'

I remember that afternoon at the Bastille very well. When the man took that photo we were arguing! Henri was standing very near me. I was saying, ‘Henri, don't stand so near me, there is somebody behind us’


Henri We didn't know that the photographer was taking a photo of us. We were arguing. I can't remember exactly what we were arguing about. I think I was trying to kiss Marinette and she didn't want to. Or I think maybe we were arguing about our wedding - we got married a few months after the man took the photo.


Marinette People who know this photo always think of us as the eternal lovers, like Romeo and Juliet. But life isn’t like that. It's very difficult to stay in love when you see your husband every day at home and you see him every day at work too. And I'm very hard-working but Henri is still a dreamer. Ah, those were the days…

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