47. SERGEI FYODOROV ARRIVES IN ENGLAND
(At the passport control)
Officer: Your passport, please.
Sergei: Here you.
Officer: Mr Sergei Fyodorov?
Sergei: Fyodorov, that’s right.
Officer: Youcoming to Britain as a specialist. How longyou intend to stay?
Sergei: About ten months. I have a Russian government scholarship. Herea letter of recommendation from the University of London.
Officer: I see. you going to stay in London all the time?
Sergei: No, I would like to spend about three months in the Midlands.
Officer: Well, you have a British visa valid for three months. You can extend it later. That’s all. I hope you’ll have a pleasant stay in Britain.
Officer: Thank you very much.
(At the customs)
Officer: this your case?
Sergei: That’s right.
Officer: Have you anything to declare?
Sergei: No, nothing. I have only my personal things and a few books. Oh, and this old camera.
Officer: Could you open your case, please?
Sergei: Here you.
Officer: That’s all right. You can shut your case, thank you.
(Bureau of exchange)
Sergei: Good morning. I’d like to change a few dollars into British money. Whatthe current rate of exchange?
Accountant: 2 dollars 10 to a pound.
Sergei: Here50 dollars.
Accountant: 50 dollars. That makes 23 pounds 80. Here you, thank you.
Sergei: Thank you very much. Good bye!
Accountant: Good bye!
48. MEETING SERGEI FYODOROV
Debby: Hallo, Amy. ThisSergei Fyodorov,
Amy:Oh, our guest from Russia.
Sergei: Howyou do? ISergei. Nice to meet you.
Amy:Howyou do? IAmy. It’s nice to meet you too, Sergei.
Debby: And whereAlan?
Amy:He’s just coming. Oh, here he. Sergei, please meet Alan, my husband.
Sergei: Howyou do?
Alan: Howyou do?
Amy:Come in to the living room all of you.
Alan: you smoke, Sergei?
Sergei: No, thank you.
Alan:Debbyjust told us about you. How longyou staying in this country?
Sergei: Icome here for ten months. I’m doing research.
Alan: you going to stay in London all the time?
Sergei: Not all the time. Igoing to work at London University for two months, and then I’d like to go to the Midlands, to visit a few factories.
Debby: ThisSergei’s first visit to England, you know.
Amy: it really? You speak English very well, Sergei.
Sergei: Thank you, Amy.
Amy:You must very good at languages. I’m afraid, wenot, Alan and I. Russian good to learn?
Sergei: I suppose, itfor an Englishman.
Amy: it more difficult than French?
Sergei: Iafraid, it.
Amy:Oh, dear. Just think about it, Alan. And you can’t speak French well yet.
49. ANOTHER CUP OF TEA
Amy:Another cup of tea, Sergei?
Sergei: Yes, please. you always drink it with milk?
Sergei: We hardly ever drink tea with milk in Russia.
Amy:I know, you put lemon in it. We call that ‘Russian tea’. you like green China tea? We often drink it. It’s very refreshing.
Sergei: We often buy Chinese tea in Russia. But it n’t green tea.
Debby: We must take you to a Chinese restaurant one day, Sergei.
Alan:Oh, a very bright idea, Debby. I know a good place in Soho. What about GOING tonight?
Amy: come with us, Sergei.
Sergei: That’s really kind of you. Thank you very much.
Alan:Now, where can we meet? Where you staying?
Sergei: In a hotel, not very far from here.
Alan:Well then, let’s meet at your hotel at 7:30 (half past seven).
Amy:By the way,your hotel comfortable, Sergei?
Sergei: Not very, Iafraid. And it’s rather expensive. I’d like to find a private room.
Amy:Really? You know, that’s really funny because we have a room to let.
Sergei: Have you really? That sounds interesting.
Alan:What about HAVING a look?
Sergei: Yes, of course! With pleasure!
Alan:Good! Let’s go and see it, then.