Debby: You n’t told me anything about your job yet, Amy. What exactly you doing at present?
Amy: Cataloguing new books. We’vebought quite a lot of science fiction (научная фантастика) lately.
Debby:children like READING at all now?children like
books like that?
Amy: Oh yes, theyextremely interesting (ВНИМАНИЕ! interesting - интересные. НО interested in smth. - интересоваться
ч. либо) really! I would read them myself if I had more time, but Ifar too busy now. Work at my job, and the house KEEPING.
Debby:Couldn’t Alan and Jeena help you a little?
Amy: Jeenan’tmuch good ( not much good - толку чуть; никакого толку ). Besides, she’sbusy with her lessons lately. And Alan doing his best (to do one's best - стараться изо всех сил), but he’s no good ( no good - не получается) at all (совсем) at house work, poor darling.
Debby: It’s your own fault, Amy. If I had a husband I would train him better.
Amy: Perhaps, youwould. I always find it quicker to do everything myself.
Debby: That’s why you’reoverworked.
Amy: I’m not getting enough sleep, that’s the worst.
Debby: You start very early,n’t you?
Amy: Yes, our librarymoved further west lately. And it’s a long way from here.
Debby: Well, then try to go to bed earlier. If you went to bed at ten you would get enough sleep, surely.
Amy: Yes, you’re right, Debby. I’vetried that, but somehow itn’t work (не получается). We always sit up too late, (to sit up - засиживаться
допоздна) Alan and I.
Debby: Listen, Amy, I have an idea. That library of yours has several branches, hasn’t it?
Amy: Yes, it has, but what about it (= А что?)?
Debby: Ask them to transfer you to another branch. If you worked nearer
home, you wouldn’t waste so much time on the journey (to waste time on smth. - тратить на ч.-л. время).
Amy: What? Oh no, that’s out of the question (= это невозможно)!
Amy: If In’t have that hour on the tube I wouldn’t have time to read
any books at all. And I must read something as a librarian, mustn’t I?
LISTEN, REPEAT AND TRANSLATE
Alanno good at all at house work. - If I had a husband // I would train him better.
I’m not getting enough sleep. - If you went to bed at ten // you would get
If you worked nearer home // you wouldn’t waste so much time on a journey
If I n’t have that hour on the tube // I wouldn’t have time to read any books at all.