- Unit 1 -

1.1 Meeting someone you know well

Talking couple
Hello Mary.
Hello John, how are you?
Fine, thanks. How are you?
I'm very well, thank you. How's your new job?
It's very good. I like it very much...

How are you? Fine, thanks.
I'm very well, thank you

1.2 Meeting someone for the first time

Martin Jones has an appointment with Mr Silta, he arrives at reception.

Smiling boy
Good afternoon, can I help you?
Good afternoon, my name is Martin Jones, I have an appointment with Mr Silta at ten.
Just one moment Mr Jones, I'll call him.
Thank you.
He'll be here in a minute. Sit down, please.
Thank you.

(Mika Silta comes in.)

Handshaking men
Mika Silta:
Mr Johns?
Yes, that's right. Martin Jones.
Mika Silta:
How do you do (shakes hand).I'm Mika Silta. Welcome to Finntour.
How do you do?
Mika Silta:
Did you have a pleasant journey to Finland, Mr Jones?
Yes, very pleasant, thank you.

Can I help you?
I have an appointment with Mr Silta.
How do you do?
Welcome to Finntour.

1.3 Introducing people to each other

Mika Silta introduces Martin to his colleague.

Mika Silta:
Martin, come with me and I'll show you round.
Thank you. I'd like that.
Martin, this is my colleague, Leena Virta. Leena, this is Martin Jones from England.
Pleased to meet you Mr Jones.
Pleased to meet you too, Miss Virta.

Come with me.
I'll show you round.
This is my colleague
Pleased to meet you.

1.4 Exercise

1.5 Pronunciation practice

Listen to these phrases and repeat them

How are you? Sound
Fine thanks, and you? Sound
I'm very well, thank you. Sound
I have an appointment with Mr Silta at ten. Sound
Can I help you? Sound
How do you do? Sound
I'll show you round. Sound
Pekka, this is my colleague, Leena. Sound
Pleased to meet you. Sound
Pleased to meet you, too. Sound

1.6 KEY GRAMMAR POINT - be - olla

1.7 Exercise

1.8 Exercise

1.9.A Exercise

1.9.B Exercise

1.9.C Exercise

1.9.D Exercise

1.10 KEY GRAMMAR POINT - There is / there are

1.11 Exercise

1.12 Talking about... Talking about a town

In this dialogue, Mark is talking about the town of Abingdon, England


Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. This afternoon, Mark Jones from Abingdon, will tell us something about his home town.
Thank you Mika. Good afternoon everybody. I'm very happy to be here today. It's a pleasure for me to tell you something about my home town: Townhouses

Abingdon is a small town in southern England. It's about 90 kilometres west of London and only ten kilometres from Oxford, the famous university city. It's very easy to travel to Abingdon from London. There are buses direct from London Airport to Oxford and there are buses from Oxford to Abingdon every 15 minutes. If you want to travel by train, the nearest railway station is in Didcot. It takes about ten minutes by taxi from Abingdon to Didcot.

Abingdon is famous for its market, Monday has been market day in Abingdon for over 800 years. There is a market every Monday in the centre of town. Market traders come from all over the county to sell their products in Abingdon market. There are market stalls selling clothes, vegetables, fruit, tools and handicraft. There are always very many people in Abingdon on market day.

There are very many beautiful and historic buildings in Abingdon. The town hall, in the centre of town, was designed by Inigo Jones, one of Britain's most famous architects.


If you like sport there is a lot to do in Abingdon. There are many tennis courts, there's an open-air swimming pool and there's also an indoor swimming pool. There are three golf courses near Abingdon and there is a leasure centre near the centre of town.

Abingdon has a population of about 30,000. There is a lot of small industry in Abingdon including light engineering and manufacturing. Many Abingdon people work in the car factories in Oxford.

Dining family

You can eat and drink well in Abingdon. There are a lot of good restaurants and pubs in and around Abingdon. Many of these have music in the evenings. There is a big, international standard hotel near the river. There are also many smaller hotels and guest houses.

Are there any questions?

Are there any churches in Abingdon?
Yes, there are. There are about ten churches.
Are there any discos?
Yes. There's a big disco in the leisure centre and there are some smaller discos near the town centre, there are also a lot of pubs in Abingdon
Is there an ice-skating rink in Abingdon?
No, there isn't, but there's one very near the town.

1.13 Pronunciation practice

1.14 Exercise

1.15 Exercise

1.16 KEY GRAMMAR POINT - Has/have - have got

1.17 Exercise

1.18 Exercise

1.19 Exercise

1.20 Listening comprehension exercise

1.21 Reading for pleasure - The richest man in the world

Map of Brunei

Brunei is one of the smallest countries in the world. This small country is on the north coast of the island of Borneo in the South China Sea. Originally it was part of the British Empire, but today it is an independent country, but it is still a member of the British Commonwealth.

Borneo gets its money from oil and natural gas. Japan is the main buyer of Brunei's oil and gas, but it is also sold to other countries. Brunei's income from oil is about 10 billion Finnmarks every year. The population of Brunei is very small, about 230,000, but not all of these are Brunei citizens. There are many people from Pakistan, India, the Philippines and other poor countries. They come to Brunei to work in the oil industry, to clean the streets, to work in the forests and to work as servants in the houses of the rich Brunei citizens.

The leader of this country is the Sultan of Brunei. The Sultan is so rich that he can buy anything he wants. The Sultan's total wealth is about 100 billion Finnmarks. He owns hotels all round the world including the Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, the Hyatt in Singapore and the Dorchester in London. He has a huge collection of cars including Ferraris, Rolls Royces and Cadillacs.

A few years ago he built a new palace in Brunei. It is the biggest palace in the world. It has 1788 rooms and 257 bathrooms. It also has 6 large swimming pools. There are nearly 60,000 light bulbs in the Palace and the gardens and one servant is employed full time to change light bulbs - over 200 every day. The palace cost nearly 2 billion Finnmarks.

When the Sultan was 19 years old he married his 16 year-old cousin, Princess Saleha. In 1980 he married again, this time to an air hostess, Mariam Bell. Mariam is half Bruneian, a quarter English and a quarter Japanese. Today the Sultan has two wives and two families. They all live together in the new Palace.

1.22 Exercises for sending to your instructor


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