Mary: Where are you from, Peter?
Peter: From Kazan. What about you Mary?
Mary: I'm from Izhevsk, the capital of Udmurtia.
Peter: Oh, I do remember now. I heard you sing a song about Izhevsk and the Urals at the concert. You are very fond of your native town, aren't you?
Mary: Yes, I am. I adore it. I am always dreaming about going back to my native lands. Very
often I am home-sick.
Peter: When did you visit your parents last?
Mary: A year ago. But I keep up a regular correspondence with them. Mother and Fother are missing me terribly, so am I.
Peter: I would like you to tell me something about Izhevsk.
Mary: With pleasure, but not at this moment. Now I am in a hurry. Tonight I'm going to Helen's birthday party.
Peter: Well, I send her my best regards and wish her many happy returns of the day. Hope to see you tomorrow.
Mary: So long, Peter. Drop in tomorrow evening if you have time.
Jane: What do you do. Mark?
Mark: I'm a student but I'm working with Tim for the summer.
Jane: You won't be here for long. will you?
Mark: I'll only be here until the end of August and then I'll go home.
Jane: You won't have a holiday, will you ?
Mark: Oh. yes. I'll have three weeks' holiday in Wales. I'm going to the Welsh mountains.
Jane: And then?
Mark: Then I'll go to Coventry.
Jane: Why will you go there?
Mark: To study at the University of Warwick.
Jane: Oh, I'll be very near there.
Mark: Where will you be?
Jane: I'll be at Birmingham University. What are you going to study?
Mark: Economics. I hope to work tor an advertising agency one day. And what about you? Will it be your first year?
Jane: Yes. I'm doing modem languages. I don't know what I want to be. I think I'd like to be a teacher.
Mike: It's a wonderful shop!
Bob: It is. I always do shopping here. Here is the shopping list. Let's go to the meat counter.
Mike: What shall we buy?
Bob: We want some beef and a chicken. You know I can't do without meat.
Mike: I'm fond of dairy products.
Bob: Look! The chicken is splendid and the beef is of superior quality. Now let's go for dairy products.
Mike: All right. Here are the eggs, unsalted butter, sour milk. sour cream and bottled milk.
Bob: What's next on the shopping list?
Mike: I think juice. Let's buy apple juice.
Bob: It makes no difference for me.
Mike: Here it is. The lemons and oranges look fine. Let's have some.
Bob: Okay. Our cart is full up. Let's go to the cash register.
Shop-assistant: What can I do for you?
Sergei: I'd like to buy a sweater.
Shop-assistant: What size do you want?
Sergei: Fifty-two. Dark colours, please: black or brown.
Shop-assistant: Try on this. It's of pure wool.
Mary: I'd like to buy an everyday dress.
Shop-assistant: We've got fashionable ones. Try on this one.
Mary: It's a bit tight.
Shop-assistant: Oh, no. It's modem silhouette.
Mary: I'm afraid it's too expensive for me.
Shop-assistant: This model is all the fashion now.
Mary: Well, I'll think it over.
Mother to her son: Nick, take the money and the shopping-bag and go to the baker's.
Nick: What shall I buy, mum?
Mother: A loaf of brown bread, a long loaf of white, two buns and biscuits for tea.
Nick: Anything else?
Mother: Let me see. On your way back drop in to the dairy shop and buy a bottle of milk, half a kilo of hard cheese and kilo of curds or cottage cheese.
Nick: All right, mum. I am off.
Aunt Vera to her niece Kate: Kate. it's time to go shopping. Don't forget the money and the shopping-bag.
Kate: What shall I buy. auntie?
Aunt Vera: Go to the butcher's for some steak and a chicken. On your way back drop in to the grocer's and get a packet of flour.
Kate: Very well. I'm ready.
- You are fond of art. aren't you?
- Yes. I am. I am not very good at painting but I try to go to every art exhibition. Besides, I've read a lot about Russian painters.
- Do you collect books on painting?
- I wouldn't say so. I've several books on art, but in general I borrow books from our libraries. Are you fond of art?
- Yes. I am. Besides, I like music, or to be more exact classical music.
- Who is your favourite composer?
- I like Chaikovsky, Rakhmanlnov. Mussorgsky...
- I appreciate your taste. Modest Mussorgsky depicted the most tragic events of Russian history in his operas. Take his opera "Boris Godunov"...
- I have heard "Boris Godunov" three times. I must admit I enjoyed every minute of it.
- Don't you think that Mussorgsky and Andrey Tarkovsky have very much in common?
- Do you want to say that Tarkovsky's films and Mussorgsky's operas have much in common?
- That's exactly what I mean. Their talents match. Do you agree with me?
- I have never thought about it. Andrey Tarkovsky was really a very gifted person. It is a pity that his life was very short. Have you seen his films?
- Yes. I have seen all his films. They give much food for thought.
- I believe that each of his films should be seen several times.
- I agree with you here. The more you see such films the better you understand them.
- Andrey Tarkovsky wanted to stage his own production of "Boris Godunov". Do you know that?
- I am happy to inform you that his dream has been realised.