A. Read the text and do the tasks after it
DIFFERENT MEANS OF TRAVEL.
Alex: Personally I hate seeing people off. I prefer being seen off myself. I’m extremely fond of travelling and feel terribly envious of any friend who is going anywhere. I can’t help feeling I should so much like to be in his place.
Bert:But what method of travelling do you prefer?
Alex:For me there is nothing like travel by air; it is more comfortable, more convenient and of course far quicker than any other method. There is none of the dust and dirt of a railway or car journey, none of the trouble of changing from train to steamer and then to another train. Besides, flying is a thrilling thing. Don’t you agree?
Bert:I think I should like to say a word or two for trains. With a train you have speed, comfort and pleasure combined. From the comfortable corner seat of a railway carriage you have a splendid view of the whole countryside. If you are hungry, you can have meal in the dining-car: and if the journey is a long one you can have a wonderful bed in a sleeper. Besides, do you know any place that’s more interesting than a big railway-station? There is the movement, the excitement, the gaiety of people going away or waiting to meet friends. There are the shouts of the porters as they pull luggage along the platforms to the waiting trains, the crowd at the booking-office getting tickets, the hungry and thirsty ones hurrying to the refreshment rooms before the train starts. No, really! Do you know more exciting place than a big railway-station?
Alice: And that is?
Cecil: A big sea port. For me there is no travel so fine as by boat. I love to feel the deck of the boat under my feet, to see the rise and fall of the waves, to feel the fresh sea wind blowing in my face and hear the cry of the sea-gulls. And what excitement, too, there is in coming into the harbour and seeing round us all the ships, steamers, cargo-ships, sailing ships, rowing boats.
Alice: Well, I suppose that’s all right for those that like it, but not for me. I’m always seasick, especially when the sea is a little bit rough.
Bert: I’ve heard that a good cure for seasickness is a small piece of dry bread.
Alice: Maybe; but I think a better cure is a large piece of dry land.
David: Well, you may say what you like about aeroplane flights, sea voyages, railway journeys or tours by car, but give me a walking tour any time. What does the motorist see of the country? But a walker leaves the dull broad highway and goes along little winding lanes where cars can’t go. He takes mountain paths through the heather, he wanders by the side of quiet lakes and through the shade of woods. He sees the real country, the wild flowers, the young birds in the nests, the deer in the forest; he feels the quietness and calm of nature. And besides, you are saving your railway fare travelling on foot. No one can deny that walking is the cheapest method of travelling. So I say; a walking tour for me.
Tasks to the text:
Task 1. Answer the questions. Be careful to argue your case well:
1. What means of travelling do you know? 2. Why do some people like travelling by train? 4. What are the advantages of a sea-voyage? 5. What are the advantages of hitch-hiking? 6. What kind of people usually object to travelling by sea? 7. What are advantages and disadvantages of travelling by air? 8. What do you think about walking tours? 9. What is, in your opinion, the most enjoyable means of travel? 10. Do you think travel helps a person to become wiser?
Task 2. Fill in prepositions or adverbs where necessary:
Nina: Hello, Alex. I remember somebody told me that you had gone … an interesting trip … Siberia.
Alex: I really made a wonderful journey … the very heart of Siberia. We went … Krasnoyarsk … plane and then sailed … the Yenissei … a cargo-ship.
Nina: And where did you go … ashore?
Alex: Oh, … some spot you are not like to find … any map. Well, when we found ourselves … the bank we immediately started … the place where our expedition was working.
Nina: Did you go … car?
Alex: Oh, no! no car could have driven … those paths. We travelled partly … foot, and … some places went … small rivers and streamers … rowing-boats. We were … spots where no man’s foot had stepped … us.
Nina: How exciting! So you enjoyed … the journey, didn’t you?
Alex: Every minute … it, though it was not an easy one.
Nina: Did you return … air?
Alex: No, … train. The fact is, I had hardly enough money … the railway fare, not to say anything … the plane.
Ex 3. Role-playing.
You are a family deciding on the type of holiday you will go on next summer. Then report to the other families on your final decision, explaining the reasons for your choice. Point out advantages and disadvantages, giving warning based on personal experience.
Ex 1. Here are some character-sketches of different people. They express their attitude about travelling. Try to guess who these people are and choose from the list.
An experienced traveller __________________
A professor of History_________________
A couch potato (домосед)___________________
1. He likes to travel alone or with his students. They travel from curiosity. They like to see the beauty of the world and learn traditions of other countries. They think that travelling is fascinating and enjoyable. It broadens our mind and allows us to understand other people better.
2. He doesn’t like to travel at all. He believes that it’s better to stay at home, because travelling is dangerous, troublesome and expensive.
3. He likes to travel alone or with his friends. Usually travels for pleasure or in search of adventures. When he travels he likes to go sightseeing or explore unknown places. He believes that travelling is exciting and gives us life experience.
4. Usually he travels alone on business. When he travels he likes to meet new people. He thinks that travelling is useful but sometimes it’s a bit tiring.
Ex 2.Here are two options about travelling. Different people characterize travelling differently.Look and find which four of the surrounding words in each group cannot go with the word travelling.
terrific interesting super
intelligent fantasticgreat TRAVELLING amazing
fresh fascinating good for health exciting smart
horrible dangerous expensive
slow TRAVELLING exhausting
awful dreadful windy cold