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What are you doing? I am working on phonetics now.
Do you often work on phonetics? Oh, yes. I do. I work on phonetics every day.
Are you working on phonetics now? Oh, yes! I am. I am working on phonetics now. I am concentrating on every sound, every word and every sentence.
What do you say you are concentrating on? I am concentrating on every sound, every word and every sentence.
Do you think your pronunciation is good enough now? Not yet. But I am working on it.
Where are you going on your coming holiday? I am going to Sochi on my coming holiday.
Have you ever been to Sochi? No, I have never been there.
Are you going by plane there? Oh, no. I am not going by plane. I am going by train.
I like trains. They are comfortable for the people who want to have some relaxing time. And I like travelling by plane, because I never have enough time. I have much work to do.
I don’t care much for holidays. I don’t care much for holidays because I think you can combine business with pleasure.
A holiday for me is always a change of scene. People like to have long and relaxing holidays. If you ask me, I like short and active holidays.
How often do you go to museums? Very seldom. I remember I went to a museum last year.
Was that a Tretyakov Picture gallery. Yes, it was. We had a very good time there.
What are you reading? I am reading a story The Fox and the Goat.
What is the story about? It’s about a cunning Fox and a silly Goat. I like to read stories about animals. Do you? Oh, yes I do! There are many stories about cunning foxes and silly goats.
Oh, yes! Very many. People like to write and to read stories about animals. Oh, yes! They do. The best story about an animal I’ve ever read is White Fang by Jack London.
Long ago there lived a powerful king. Who did you say lived long ago?
There lived a powerful king. He had an idea of poetic justice. Crime was punished, or innocence was decided, by the result of chance.
Do you think poetic justice exists in the world? I don’t think it does. That was just the king’s idea and kings usually do what they want.
Do they? Not anymore. But they used to. If you read the story A Lady, or the Tiger you’ll know more about it.
There is a great name in American Literature which I like. What is it? The name is O’Henry. He is one of the greatest writers of the United States. Have you ever heard the name?
Oh, yes! I have. Furthermore, I am reading a story by O’Henry The Ransom of Red Chief. Have you read it? Not yet. But I am planning to do it in the near future.
You can also listen to the audio disk . You will like the story even more. I am sure, I will. I’ve read many other stories by O’Henry The Last Leaf, While the Auto Waits. If you read them you’ll like them, too.