Occurring with a writer, who write books about Australian animals

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New Comers


- Hello, Sam!

- Hi, Dan, nice to meet you.

- Do you know that we have two new comers in our form?

- Yes, at the interval I even have got acquainted with one of them.

- Really, what interesting?! And what is his name?

- His name is Robert Allen and he is very humorous. He was telling me a joke every minute.

- What does he look like? And how old is he?

- Robert is 13 years old - a slender, of medium height boy with green eyes and with a mole on the cheek. From my point of view, he will be the tidiest, cleanest and neatest person in the whole form. Furthermore he is very inventive.

- Do you think that if he is well dressed, his character is good and that we will have a faithful pupil and friend?

- However, …

- Dont worry. Youre luckier than me. Because Gary, who was talking with me at the interval was untidiest person I had ever seen. He is plump, even overweight 14 years old boy that is making such loud noises, imitating animals as a fool. But he seems to me very cheerful boy.

- I saw him. If he is casually dressed, and with a turned up nose and freckles on the face.

- Yes you are absolutely right Dan!

- Sorry Sam, but do you know that the bell rings earlier this day than others?

- Are you sure?

- Yes, better if we finish our talk later. And know lets go to our classroom and see the other pupils.

- OK.A World Of books


- Hello, Dan, glad to meet you!

- Hi Sam, havent seen you for ages. Where have you been? Let me see what book youve borrowed in the library.

- Oh, this is a great book, which contains a lot of fairy tales of Charles Dickens. And how about you, do you read books?

- You know Im a very busy person and read books when I have freetime. From my point of view, why to read books whereas you can watch TV. You can widen your knowledge or get useful information in a few minutes.

- You are wrong. I know that TV programmes provide us with pictures and sound, but books are still a cheap way to get information and entertainment. And then for example a paperback novel is cheaper than an evening at the cinema of theatre. You can also keep a book forever and read it many times and every time.

- I agree with you, however its a problem for people that do not have time for reading the latest news from the newspaper. Practically when I have holidays and go to the library, instead of watching TV-set, I see a lot of books in it, and find it difficult to make a good choice.

- I can give you advise to read books that impressed your friends and which, in their opinion, are beautifully written or consult a librarian who maybe analyzed some chapters from the books. And also make a choice from book not for their pictures, its cover, however the table of contents. Always follow the rule, that basically you read to get information and for fun, not to while the time away.

- Hmm… Thanks for your help. Ill follow your advice. I think that having a home library is a good and interesting idea, too. From my point of view, as Im not a good reader, books in the home are a wonderful source of knowledge and pleasure, and some types of books should be in every home, such as: good dictionaries, that you can consult it any time you need to find some information; large encyclopedia again as the source of info, though it might be expensive; and of course an Geographical Atlas.

- In a word, what kind of books do you read or like to read at all? I think that most of all I like science fiction because it is about events that take a place in the future or in other universes.

- Im sorry Dan, Im in a hurry and promised to be at home at four oclock, we might finish our talk later.

- Sure Sam. It was nice to talk with you, thank you for so interesting conversation.

- Ill phone you as soon as possible, bye!

- Good Bye!


















- Ooo, Sam what brings you here? Hello, havent seen you for ages.

- Hi, Dan. Glad to meet you too! I think the last time I saw you was at school, when we had an evening with our class.

- Yes, you are right… Many years have passed since then. Ive heard that your family left Estonia for Australia.

- We went there at once after I finished a school. But how do you know that?

- It doesnt matter! Tell me, how are you doing.

- Im fine. You know…

- And how is it there in Australia?

- Every person that Ive met ask me the same question.

- It is because not every one has been to Australia.

- You know Australia is an unique country. First, because its nature strikes with its view. Wild animals are everywhere. Big extraordinary species of birds and animals. A kangaroo, a duckbill, an emu, anteater and koala, eucalyptus and wild dog dingo, and a huge buffalo: these animals are the only ones it once on the Earth (planet). Huge deserts… the Great Sand and the Victoria, the Gibson desert… and the temperature is higher than 30 degrees above zero.

- Really?! It is very hot. As I know the hottest summer temperature in Estonia is nearly 29 above zero.

- Dont compare?! Australia is sometimes called “the upside down world”. Can you guess why?

- Hmm… Let me think!

- Dont try, - because the continent lies in the Southern Hemisphere, where winter comes in July and summer begins in December.

- And what people do during the Christmas holidays?

- To your surprise they often sunbathe on the beach or swim and surf in the ocean.

- From my point of view, if Ive been a geograph Id called Australia the hottest place in the hole World.

- If it is youd became a bad geograph. But if you said that this continent is the hottest place in the Southern Hemisphere youd been absolutely right as the summer temperature in Egypt (Africa) is nearly 45 degrees above zero.

- You called me fool, however I know something about Australia at all…

- And for example? (laughing)

- …Tasmania. Lets talk about Tasmania. To the best of my geography knowledge, Tasmania is the island state which one of the few places in Australia that have enough rain all year. The island is Australias leading producer of pears and berries of different kinds. Potatoes are also grown in some areas. And Tasmania is sometimes called the orange isle because it produces most of Australian oranges.

- Ha ha ha…

- What are you laughing at? (angry)

- Dont become angry. Relax. You are wrong about producing oranges. The main product is apples and the isle is sometimes called the apple isle. But dont make our talk become a quarrel.

- OK.

- Better, - if you can, of course - , show me the town which I havent seen for many years.





Collecting Coins and Sports


- Hi, Dan, nice to meet you (havent seen you for ages). Are you busy today? How about playing table tennis at 5 oclock? There is a new club near our town castle.

- Thats a good idea. Ive heard about your interest in sports, especially in tennis. But why did you choose this kind of sport as a hobby? From my point of view playing tennis doesnt involve much knowledge.

- No, you are mistaken. We have a lot of competitions in different cities or even countries.

And during our pastime we always go sightseeing and visit many different places: museums, exhibitions, art galleries. You can see how much knowledge we get, learning the history of a country, its customs (traditions) and culture.

- And where have you been with your team?

- For example last week our clubs team took part in the Euro-championship in Finland, where people from many parts of Europe participated. There were Swedish, Finnish, German and French, even Chinese teams and many others. Of course we spent much time at the competitions, however, we could go to the famous Finnish National Art Gallery, where I was able to see the paintings and sculptures of well-known artists and different work of art of their country. And I can tell you that I was full of unforgettable impressions.

- Tastes differ. As for me, I like indoor activities most of all.

- What sort of activities? I mean, do you have a special hobby?

- Yes, collecting coins. I have a big collection of coins. All of them are dated from the ancient times. Each can tell you about famous people, and you get acquainted with many Kings and Queens and other well known person. You can get much knowledge from this kind of hobby.

- And what is so interesting in it? I think its very boring and just a waste of time! - Just have a look! Have you ever seen this American coin? It is very rare and expensive. The coin is old, - dated by the 1815 (year). There is a famous Queen on its front side and wise phrases on its back. This is the best copy of my collection. Im very proud of it, because it consist of nearly 1000 coins.

- Well now I see that you have neatly labelled and counted each coin. But does this hobby involve any physical activity? For example sport is a physical activity. As Ive been playing it for 6 years, I have become fit, healthy, and I practically never get (feel) ill.

- OK. Lets say all hobbies are interesting. For some people it is a pleasure to collect coins, for others sport is a hobby.

- Yes, you are right. Oh, Im sorry, but I have to run. I promised to be at home at five. Bye!

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