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Now choose a collocation from the
previous exercise to complete the following sentences. You may need to change
the form of the collocations.
1. I’ve decided to bring everyone together today
and to discuss the future of the
2. It’s not easy to in Vietnam if you
are not a citizen of the country or married to one.
3. Before we advertise the position externally, we’re going to
who is currently working for us at a
4. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to begin this project next week as I’ll be
5. I think that the word ‘bondage’ in our company name does not suggest that we
that is secure and trustworthy, but
rather that we deal in sexual eroticism.
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Escucha el dictado y escribe el texto. Sigue las instrucciones.
1. Listen to the text read at normal speed. (Primero escucha el dictado a una
2. DICTATION – Listen and write. Use the pause button on your media player if
you need to.
(Escucha y escribe lo que oyes. Utiliza la pausa en tu reproductor si lo
3. Listen to the text again and check your dictation.
(Escucha el texto de Nuevo y comprueba lo escrito)
A cowboy rode into a town. He fastened his big fine horse to a post outside a
rough bar, kicked open the bar door, walked up to the bar and asked for a beer.
When he had finished his drink, he went back outside, only to find that
someone had stolen his horse.
The cowboy went back into the bar, got his gun out and fired three shots into
‘Which one of you dirty no-good dogs has stolen my horse?’, he shouted, and then
he fired three more shots into the bottles behind the bar.
‘OK, then,’ he growled, looking very mean, ‘I’ll tell you what I’m going to do.
I’m going to order myself another beer. I’m going to drink my beer and then I’m
going to go back outside. If my horse isn’t back where I left him, I’ll have to
do what I did when the same thing happened in Texas.’
The other customers in the bar looked at each other and shivered – they were
terrified. When the cowboy had finished his second beer, he went back outside.
Sure enough, the thief had brought the horse back and tied it to the
post, exactly where the cowboy had left it.
The cowboy got back on his horse. The barman went up to him and asked in a
‘Er, before you go, please tell us, what exactly happened in Texas?’
‘I had to walk home,’ said the cowboy.
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Elige la opción correcta para completar las siguientes frases.
1. All human wisdom is
in two words; wait and hope.
2. Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
3. generalizations are dangerous, even this one.
4. Business? It's quite simple; it's money.
5. How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must
be education that .
Before you read the text, read the following comprehension questions.
1. What did the beetle do to Tom when he took it
out of the box?
2. What part of the dog’s body did the beetle bite (the first time)?
3. What did the people in church hide their faces behind when the dog got bitten?
4. Apart from the beetle, what other two insects did the poodle try to amuse
5. What did the dog’s owner do with the dog when it jumped onto his lap?
Now read the text and answer the questions.
The minister started delivering his sermon and
droned on and on monotonously through an argument that was so boring that many
heads soon began to nod. They napped despite the fact that the argument dealt
with limitless fire and destruction which reduced the chosen few to such a small
number that they hardly seemed worth saving.
Tom counted the pages of the sermon. After church he always knew how many pages
there had been, but he seldom knew anything about what had actually been said.
However, this time he was really interested for a little while. The minister
created a wonderfully emotional picture of the assembling together of the
world's hosts at the millennium when the lion and the lamb should lie down
together and a little child should lead them.
But the pathos, the lesson, the moral of the great spectacle were lost on Tom.
He only thought of how conspicuous the main character was in front of all the on-looking
nations. His face lit up with the thought, and he said to himself that he wished
he could be that child, if it was a tame lion.
Now he returned to suffering again, as the dry argument continued. Suddenly he
remembered a treasure he had and got it out. It was a large black beetle with
formidable jaws; a "pinchbug," he called it.
It was in a small box. The first thing the beetle did was to bite his finger,
which caused Tom to flick it into the aisle and it landed on its back. Tom’s
hurt finger went into his mouth. The beetle lay there working its helpless legs,
unable to turn over. Tom looked at it, and wanted it, but it was safe out of his
reach. Other people uninterested in the sermon found relief in the beetle, and
they watched it too.
After a while a small dog, a poodle, slowly wandered in. He seemed sad and moved
slowly and heavily due to the summer heat. The dog saw the beetle and his sad
tail lifted and began to wag. He inspected the prize, walked around it, smelt it
from a safe distance, walked around it again, became braver and took a closer
smell. Then he lifted his lip and slowly tried to take it in his mouth. But he
missed. He tried again, and again. He began to enjoy the diversion and dropped
down on his stomach with the beetle between his paws, and continued his
Eventually, the poodle got bored, and then tired and absent-minded. His head
nodded, and little by little his chin came down and touched the enemy, who
immediately bit it. There was a loud yelp, a flick of the dog's head, and the
beetle fell a couple of yards away, and landed on its back once more.
The spectators became very amused and several faces went behind fans and
handkerchiefs, and Tom was entirely happy. The poodle looked foolish, and
probably felt it, but there was resentment in his heart, too, and a craving for
revenge. So he went to the beetle and began to attack it again. He jumped at it
from every angle, hit it with his front paws and bit at it with his teeth, all
the time jerking his head and flapping his ears.
But he grew tired once more, after a while. He tried to amuse himself with a fly
but this didn’t work. He followed an ant around, with his nose close to the
floor, and quickly got tired of that, too. He yawned, sighed, forgot the beetle
entirely, and sat down on it. Then there was a wild yelp of agony and the poodle
went sailing up the aisle.
The yelps continued, and so did the dog. He crossed the church in front of the
altar. He ran down the other aisle. He crossed in front of the doors and ran
along the side until he was a woolly comet moving in its orbit with the speed of
At last the frantic sufferer changed course, and jumped into its master's lap,
who threw it out of the window, and the voice of distress quickly thinned away
and disappeared in the distance.
By this time, everyone in the church was red-faced and trying not to laugh, and
the sermon had stopped. Soon, the parson continued, but it had lost the
impressiveness and impact it had had before. Even the most serious messages were
constantly being received with smothered bursts of unholy laughter. It was a
genuine relief to the whole congregation when the sermon
was over and the benediction pronounced.
Tom Sawyer went home quite cheerful, thinking to himself that there was some
satisfaction about divine service when there was a bit of variety in it. He had
but one thought that troubled him. He was ok with the dog playing with his
beetle, but he did not think it was fair that he carried it away with him.
... to be continued!
* The text has been adapted from the Adventures
of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
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