/. Read the following text which will help you to discuss what real friendship is.
If You Want to Have a Friend...
Let us suppose that everybody here in this group has a good friend. Friendship between two people grows when they do something useful together and when they have the same interests. Their friendship is still better if they understand each other well.
Do you remember the English proverb – "The friend in need is a friend indeed"? We agreed that you cannot live without friends, that real friends are always ready to help each other. Let us also agree that the real friendship is possible only when people respect and trust each other.
So you can see that friendship between two people is a very great thing. As English people say: "A good friend is as the sun in winter". A good proverb, isn't it? A real friend makes your life happier and more interesting. He is dear to you and you want your friendship to last for a very long time.
Well, there are some other English proverbs about friendship and friends. Take, for example, this one: "A friend is easier lost than found". What does it mean? It means that it is difficult to find a good friend. You may lose a friend quickly if you do something wrong. Always think how to keep friendship.
And there is another thing which is no less important: if you want to have a friend, you have to be good friends yourselves.
//. Discuss the reading.
1. When does friendship grow between two people?
2. When is real friendship possible? What is real friendship in your opinion?
3. What does the proverb "A friend is easier lost than found" mean?
4. Have you a real friend? What do you do together?
5. What books about friendship have you read?
6. Did you like them? Why?
///. Tell. Ask. Discuss.
Try to use the following:
I believe so.
I don't think you're right.
1. An English proverb says, "A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody".
2. During a discussion about friendship a girl said: "Her friendship means a lot to me". Ask each other what the girl wanted to say about her friend. (She was an old friend of hers; their friendship lasted very long; she was older and knew many important things; she could advise her younger friend on what to do; she helped her to decide correctly in difficult situations.)
3. Your friend said in a conversation with you, "I'm prepared to help you if you want me to". Speak about the way your friend could help you. (Help me do my homework; with my work in the garden; get an interesting book; carry paper and metal to school; draw a placard.)
/. Read the text which will help you to discuss friendship and comradeship.
Friendship Is a Very Great Thing
Do you remember the English proverbs about friendship which you have discussed already? Here they are: "A friend in need is a friend indeed", "A good friend is as the sun in winter", "A friend is easier lost than found", "A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody".
Friendship is a very great thing and that's why people of all countries have so many proverbs about it. As you do not know all English proverbs about friends and friendship, here are some more. Take, for example, this one: "A friend is never known till a man has need".
What does it mean? It means that the best friend is the one who helps you when you are really in need of help. You know your real friends when you are in a difficult situation.
The second proverb is: "A friend is not so soon gotten as lost". The meaning of this proverb is that it takes a long time to become really friendly with somebody. But there are many ways of quickly losing a friend if you do something wrong. So you must try to keep a friendship.
Another English proverb is: "Before you make a friend, eat a bushel of salt with him". Of course, you need not eat much salt to become good friends but you must know your friend very well. If you help each other and do useful and important things together, your friendship will fast for a very long time.
The words 'friendship' and 'comradeship' are very close to each other in meaning. Friends and comrades may have the same interests; they understand, help, respect and trust each other.
//. Discuss the reading.
1. What English proverbs about friendship do you remember?
2. In what way can you learn to know your real friends?
3. How long have you known your best friend? What sort of a girl (boy) is she (he)?
4. Have you ever helped someone with his school work? Have those pupils become your comrades (friends)?
5. What will you do if a boy (girl) comes up to you and says, "I would like you to be friends with me"?