Unit 1 Traces of the past
Listening to the world
H = Hina; M1 = Man 1, etc.; W1 = Woman 1, etc.
H: I have a busy social life. I go out most nights after work with friends. Last night, I
went out for a meal with an old friend from university
it was really good to see her.
Tell me about your social life. Do you go out a lot?
M1: I do go out quite a lot, yeah. I ... I like to go out to bars and I quite like going to
houses and having dinner and things like that.
W1: I like to go to the cinema and um, I think the last movie I saw was The Hangover
it was very funny. And ... and I like to go to the theater also.
M2: Not too regularly. Weekends. I play golf …
um, socialize afterwards.
W3: During the day we do. Er, in the evening,
no, no. No, we don’t.
W4: My friends and I like to go out quite a lot. We go clubbing; we go to discos.
W5: Yes, I go out sometimes in the village. Er, we live in a small village, so a lot of
our social life is in the village, so we go out to
friends’ houses, go to parties, go to the
W6: Um, not so much … but I like it a lot. I like
to go to the theater, to the cinema,
meet friends, eat out.
W7: Sometimes I go out for a ... for a couple of drinks with some good friends, but ...
um, not very often. A couple of times a month maybe.
H: Did you go out last night?
W4: We went to this club in Piccadilly Circus and we danced all night. We had a few
drinks, but then mostly dancing. And there was (were) a few guys there and they were
really cute and we, like, talked to them.
W5: We had dinner in an Italian restaurant by Tower Bridge and it was lovely. We
lovely evening of just looking at the … the
river and enjoying the view and
enjoying lots of fun with the family.
enjoyed a lot. And afterwards I met some friends for
a … for a drink in town.
W2: We went to the theater. We saw a play by Tom Stoppard called Arcadia, which
was extremely interesting and we enjoyed it very
much. Afterwards, we went with
W1: Um, last night I went to, um, Westfield Shopping Center, which is in the west of
London and I enjoyed a delicious meal there.
t night I went to a friend of mine’s
house which is in south London and um,
we went out and went to a fish and chip shop, bought some fish and chips and went
home and had that with a beer in front of the television.
I = Interviewer; B = Baruti
I: Thank you for coming on the show, Baruti. We are all very interested to know more
about your work. But, first of all, let’s start
from the beginning. Um, where were you
B: I was born in Johannesburg in 1962.
I: Can I ask you about your childhood?
B: Yes, of course. I was the fourth child in a very big family
there were 11 of us.
My father was a teacher and my mother cleaned houses for rich people.
I: Did you go to school?
B: Yes, I did. Education was very important to my parents.
I: When did you decide to work with poor children?
B: When I was in school, one of my friends lost
his parents. He had no family …
um … no
living grandparents, so he moved to a house for orphans. I visited him and
when I saw his life there, I decided to work with orphans.
I: When did you open your orphanage?
B: We opened it in 1996.
B: Yes, my wife and I. We got married in 1990.
I: And who’s your hero?
B: I’m glad you asked that –
it’s Mother Teresa.
I often think about her words: “I can
do no great things, only small things with great
I: That’s very interesting. I have one more
question: What’s your favorite book?
B: Let me think about that. I like many books, but
Long Walk to Freedom
is one of
favorites. It’s the story of Nelson Mandela’s
life in his own words.
I: That sounds interesting. Thank you.
OK … now, it’s time to ask the audience
questions. Are there any questions for
Baruti? … Yes, you at the back …
Carlos Acosta is one of the greatest living ballet dancers. He was the first black
principal dancer at Covent Garden in London. He is famous around the world and in
his home country of Cuba he is a national hero.
Carlos now travels the world but always sees Cuba as his home. All his family
dance first and then to speak. He talks about the heat and the sea, about dance and
music and happiness.
“Cuba is always going to be my home. In my
heart, that’s the only country, you
know, and because
that’s where all my relatives are,
memories, you know, and
this is the only place
I’m never going to be a foreigner. You learn how
to dance first;
then you learn how to speak, you
know, in Cuba. It’s something that’s been passed
and the sea and … it’s … it’s almost, that’s what
it’s asking for, dance and
music and happiness.”
often missed school. He was a champion breakdancer in the streets
but didn’t want to
be a professional dancer. When he was nine, his father sent him to a ballet school.
Carlos hated it. He told his father he wanted to do something else.
“So I … I did tell him many times that I didn’t
want to be … and that I wanted
to … to do
football, you know
didn’t want to hear it. So, I
went and … But
thank God he didn’t want to hear it because
thanks to that I’m here
At ballet school, Carlos wa
sn’t always a good
student and didn’t want to be a
dancer. But when he was 13, Carlos saw the Cuban National Ballet and he loved it so
much that he changed his mind about ballet. He decided to work hard and three years
dance competitions and became famous all over the world.
Now he is an international star and he dances in many countries, but he still goes
home to Cuba several times a year to visit his family.
Speaking for communication
I = Isabel; M = Marek
I: Hi, Marek. How was your weekend?
M: OK. And yours? What did you do?
I: I went for a walk. It was great!
M: Who did you go with?
I: With my boyfriend, Diego. He’s a football
M: Oh. Where did you go?
I: By the river. It was really beautiful.
M: That sounds good.
I: And you? What did you do?
M: Oh, I played football; cleaned the flat.
I: Who did you play football with?
M: With some guys from work. We play every weekend.
I: Really? Where did you play?
M: In the park. There’s a football pitch there.
I: Did you win?
M: Of course. I scored five goals!
I: Ha! I don’t believe you!
I = Interviewer; W = Writer
I: We are very pleased to have you here, George. Shall we start from the beginning?
Could you tell us about your childhood?
W: Yes, of course. I was born in a small town in the northeast. My father was a truck