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There was a time in England when postage rates were very high. Only rates for newspapers were low. People who had little money but much time sent letters to their friends with newspapers. They made very small pin-pricks under letters and wrote large letters in this way.Детальніше
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There was one king whose son fell in love with the beautiful but very poor daughter of a baker and married her. For several years, the young couple lived in harmony and happiness.Детальніше
Dave married, and when his new wife saw the clothes in his cupboard, she said: ‘Dave, you have only got one good shirt. The others are very old, and they’ve got holes in them. I’m going to buy you a new one this afternoon.Детальніше
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Jack was a young sailor. He lived in England, but he was often away with his ship. One summer he came back from a long voyage and found new neighbours near his mother's house. They had a pretty daughter, and Jack soon loved her very much.Детальніше
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When I arrived in England, I couldn't speak a word of English, so I decided to take some lessons. My teacher told us that we should be careful as in many ways English was a confusing language. Many a trap lies waiting for the unsuspecting student.Детальніше
Comic tale by Jörg Wickram A rider came in a tavern in the evening. He had a big dog with him the dog was very dirty. At dinner, the rider threw something to his dog to eat: a piece of bread, a piece of meat or a bone.Детальніше
A history teacher was talking to his class about the ancient Romans. ‘They were very strong, brave people, and they were good soldiers,’ he said. ‘They always wanted to have strong bodies, so they played a lot of games.’ ‘Did they like swimming?’ one of the girls asked.Детальніше
One morning, Joker walked out of town along the highway. When he had walked for a while he saw a wagon coming. The horses ran fast, the carter drove them violently with the whip. He called to Joker, "How far is it to the city? Can I be there by evening?Детальніше
Joker once worked as a farmhand with a farmer. The farmer wanted to get wood out of the forest. Joker had to go. He was sitting on the horse, the farmer was sitting in the cart. In the forest, a hare ran across the path in front of the horse.Детальніше
Once, Joker had drunk too much in a tavern and then became very tired. He wanted to sleep and chose a quiet place. In the garden were many beehives. Joker crawled into an empty basket and immediately fell asleep.Детальніше
In the past people built wooden and stone houses. People made straw roofs. The buildings were not safe. Households had a single open room, where they lived, cooked and slept. They lit a room with pine torches candles and lanterns. People slept on a crude homemade bed.Детальніше
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In 1865, in a small town in Germany, a little boy was very sick. His name was Max Hoffman. "Will our son die?" Max's parents asked the doctor. "Maybe," the doctor said quietly. "Stay with Max. Keep him warm. That's all you can do." For three days Max lay in his bed.Детальніше
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A young man was called up for army service, but he didn't want to become a soldier. When he went for his medical exam, he pretended that his eyesight was very bad. The doctor pointed ti the eye chart on the wall and said, «Please read the top line.Детальніше
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A young boy was playing with a ball in the street. He kicked it too hard and it broke the window of a house and fell inside. A lady came to the window with, the ball and shouted at the young boy, so he ran away but still he wanted his ball back.Детальніше
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Jack is a driver. He has got a car. But his car is not new. His car is very old. It is 10 years old. One morning Jack decided to buy a new car. He opened a door of his old car, got into the car and started off. He knew that the brakes of his old car are worn out.Детальніше
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