Ex. 3. Read the dialogue about different means of travel and do the tasks after it.
Alex: Personally I hate seeing people off. I prefer being seen off myself. Iím extremely fond of travelling and feel terribly envious of any friend who is going anywhere. I canít help feeling I should so much like to be in his place.
Bert: But what method of travelling do you prefer?
A.: For me there is nothing like travel by air; it is more comfortable, more convenient and of course-far quicker than any other method. There is none of the dust and dirt of a railway or car journey, none of the trouble of changing from train to steamer and then to another train. Besides, flying is a thrilling thing. Donít you agree?
B.: I think I should like to say a word or two for trains. With a train you have speed, comfort and pleasure combined. From the comfortable corner seat of a railway carriage you have a splendid view of the whole countryside. If you are hungry, you can have a meal in the dining-car; and if the journey is a long one you can have a wonderful bed in a sleeper. Besides, do you know any place thatís more interesting than a big railway-station? There is the movement, the excitement, the gaiety of people going away or waiting to meet friends. There are the shouts of the porters as they pull luggage along the platforms to the waiting trains, the crowd at the booking-office getting tickets, the hungry and thirsty ones hurrying to the refreshment rooms before the train starts. No, really! Do you know a more exciting place than a big railway-station?
Cecil: I do.
A.: And that is?
C.: A big sea port. For me there is no travel so fine as by boat. I love to feel the deck of the boat under my feet, to see the rise and fall of the waves, to feel the fresh sea wind blowing in my face and hear the cry of the sea-gulls. And what excitement, too, there is in coming into the harbour and seeing round us all the ships, steamers, cargo-ships, sailing ships, rowing boats.
A.: Well, I suppose thatís all right for those that like it, but not for me. Iím always seasick, especially when the sea is a little bit rough.
B.: Iíve heard that a good cure for seasickness is a small piece of dry bread.
A.: Maybe; but I think a better cure is a large piece of dry land.
David: Well, you may say what you like about aeroplane flights, sea voyages, railway journeys or tours by car, but give me a walking tour any time. What does the motorist see of the country? But the walker leaves the dull broad highway and goes along little winding lanes where cars canít go. He takes mountain paths through the heather, he wanders by the side of quiet lakes and through the shade of woods. He sees the real country, the wild flowers, the young birds in their nests, the deer in the forest .
And besides, you are saving your railway fare travelling on foot. No one can deny that walking is the cheapest method of travelling.
So I say: a walking tour for me.
A) Answer the questions.
1. What means of travel does Cecil prefer?
2. What means of travel does Bert like?
3. What means of travel does Alex find most enjoyable?
4. What means of travel does David like most of all?
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