The giraffe has a long neck. Giraffe with double F, not PH. The teacher said PH

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A     ‘The giraffe has a long neck.’

A     Giraffe with double F, not PH.

B     The teacher said PH.

A     What do you mean, the teacher?

B     The teacher said giraffe with PH.

A     The teacher said giraffe with PH?

B     Yes, you spell it with PH.

A     No, you spell it with double F.


M    Agrippine!

M    I’m paying you to help him, not hit him.

A     He’s stupid.

M    OK, I’ll carry on. ‘The elephant has a long trunk.’

M    That’s elephant with PH, not F.

B     That’s Agrippine’s fault.

M    Agrippine said elephant with an F?

B     Yes.

A     You liar!

A     How did you produce such a stupid child?

M    Two children.

B     It’s Dad’s fault.


A     I don’t know how to spell giraffe. How do you spell it?

B     You spell it with double F. G-I-R-A-double F-E.








cassette recorder




tune in / listen carefully

T     OK, people, now this is the study centre, and remember, it’s your study centre for you to use. Erm, if we look over here, we have the bookshelf and there are dictionaries, er, grammar books, and the course books, for the stuff you’re doing. Er, there are also practice books so you can improve your grammar and vocabulary, and if you’re interested, there are readers in Italian, simple Italian, and there are short stories.

Now, you can borrow most of the books here, and take them home, but you can’t take the dictionaries home. If you want to use the dictionaries, you have to use them here. Remember that. Now, you have to write your name in the book at the desk – you write your name, the name of the book you want to take out, and the date you’re taking it out, OK?

S 1  Um, how many books can we borrow?

T     Three – and you can keep them for a week. (right) OK. OK, now moving on here, these are the computers, and you can do exercises - don’t worry, I’ll show you how to use them later. And look, there’s the printer, so when you finish an exercise, you can print it out, and you don’t have to pay to use the printer, OK, which is good. And if you look over there, that’s erm, the cassettes and videos– they have all the latest films there (cool) – anything you want to see, and finally, there’s the, erm, photocopier – you have to pay, but, don’t worry, it’s, it’s not expensive. Now, if we carry on over here …


listening challenge

T     OK. So, is there anything you want to ask?

S1   Yeah, um, when does the, erm, centre open?

T     Er, it’s open from 9.00 in the morning to 7.00 in the evening. Now, you can come in and use the centre before your lesson, or any time during the day when you have some free time. (right)

S 2  Is it OK if we borrow videos and take them home?

T     Erm, I’m not sure about that, but I don’t think you can.

S 3  Er, can we practise pronunciation here?

T     Yes, of course. You can use the cassettes. Now, you listen, and then you repeat into the tape recorder, and then you play it back and listen to what you said, OK? Now, I’m going to show you how to use the computers to practise your vocabulary, so if we all come over this way please…


A     Can we borrow the cassettes?

B     Yes, of course.

A     Is it OK if I use the printer?

B     Yeah, no problem.

A     Can we take the dictionaries home?

B     No, I’m sorry, you can’t.


At university, you can wear what you like,

and you can study what you like.

On holiday, you can eat when you like,

and you can sleep when you like.


Exams are a good thing.

I think that’s true.

I’m not sure about that.

I don’t think that’s true.

That’s not true.

Hmm … it depends.


J     You can’t go to primary school until you are six.

S     Hmm, I’m not sure.

J     No, that’s, that’s not true, I think you can, you go to primary school when you’re five, don’t you?

S     Yeah, because my sister started primary school when she was five.

J     Exactly.

S     Yeah.

J     You don’t have to wear a uniform at primary school. I think that’s true, actually.

S     I’m not sure.

J     Well, we didn’t have to wear a uniform at …

S     I think that’s not true, because we had to wear a uniform, and there were about three or four primary schools around where I lived, and they all had to wear school uniform.

J     Well, we didn’t have to, and the school that my little boy goes to, they don’t have uniforms, so …

S     Oh, really?

J     Yeah! So that can’t, well, maybe it just depends on the school.

S     I’m not sure.

J     You can’t study more than two foreign languages at school.

S     That’s not true.

J     I think it’s generally true, er, you don’t usually learn more than two languages at school, do you?

S     Well, we studied French, German and Italian.

J     OK, so ...

S     But maybe our school was more languages orientated. Generally people only tend to take one or two, don’t they?

J     Yes, yeah. Hmm.

J     You have to go to school on Saturday.

J and S        That’s not true!

J     That’s definitely not true, definitely not true.

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