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English Phonetics I

Text 1
I tried everything –labour exchanges, employment agencies, newspaper
ads- all with the same result . I even advertised mysel mentioning my
!ualiications and the colour o my s"in, but there were not ta"ers. Then I tried
applying or #obs without mentioning my colour, but when they saw me the reasons
given or turning me down were all variations o the same theme$ too blac".
There was , or instance% the electrical irm at &agenham which advertised
or technicians in a local newspaper. 'o special !ualiications were indicated , so
I applied, hopeul that my trained abilities would stand me in good stead% this time I
did not mention my colour. I received a prompt reply, as"ing me to call at the
personnel oice the ollowing morning. I presented mysel there about ( a.m. and
a young emale cler" handed me an application orm and directed me to an
anteroom where I had to ill it in and wait my turn to see the Personnel )anager.
*everal young men were sitting there, some o them waiting nervously,
others illing in their orms with worried concentration. +ne young man was unsure
about his spelling and appealed to the others or assistance% they too were unsure,
and I was pleased to be able to set him rigth.
+ne by one they were called away and then it was my turn. The Personnel
)anager sat with my orm on the des" beore him% he indicated a chair, pic"ed up
the orm and closely scrutinised it. ,e went through the amiliar game o !uestions
and answer, and I soon realised that he did not seem very interested in the extent
o my technical "nowledge . inally he said, with a grin. - . ,hy do you want this
I elt somewhat irritated by the irrelevance oh this remar" and replied$
. I need the #ob to help me pay or little things li"e the ood I eat, the clothes I wear
and lodgings I occupy.
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0esearch into happiness is always open to !uestion. &o people , when
as"ed, tell the truth about whether or not they are happy- Isn1t it peculiar to tell a
complete stranger that you are miserable- Possibly. 'evertheless, people who ill
in !uestionnaries without giving their names show the same sort o results as those
in open interview. It might also be suggested that people do not "now whether
they are happy or not. 2ut, i you believe that most people are aware o their own
emotional state and express it honestly when as"ed, the research ma"es some
ascinating discoveries.
It is interesting to note what does not necessarily ma"e you happy. 3lass,
wealth, social positions, intelligence and race are all poor indicators 4although
poverty is a good indicator o unhappiness5. ,omen are slightly happier than men,
and older people rather more satisied – though less #oyul- than younger people.
2ut most people are .or claim to be – happy. This is, surprinsingly, the same or
everyone. 6,hatever situation people are in whether they are prisoners or lottery
winners, roughly the same levels o happiness on average can be ound1. )ost
people score six or seven on a scale o one to ten.
)arriage is a greater source o happiness than being single. 78 percent o
married men and 91.8 percent o married women claim to be very happy, whereas
the igures or single men and women are 1:.8 percent and /8.8 percent. ;owever,
having children is not the source o happiness many to be believe it to be. *urvey
ater survey shows that happiness levels begin to all ater the birth o a child,
reachind their lowest point in the teenage years and only returning to previous
levels when the children leave home. This is rather strange, since people "eep on
having "ids despite the clear evidence that having children ma"es you less happy.
+ne possible explanation is that there are things that people consider more
valuable than happiness, li"e eeling o being worthwhile. +r maybe bad
marriages stic" together because o children.
Text 7.
The *elish <iant
Every aternoon, as they were coming rom school, the children used to go
and play in the <iant1s garden.
It was a large lovely garden, with sot green grass. ;ere and there over the
grass stood beautiul lowers li"e stars, and there were twelve peach-trees that in
the spring-time bro"e out into delicate blossoms o pin" and pearl, and in the
autumn bore rich ruit. The birds sat on the trees and sang so sweetly that the
children used to stop their games in order to listen to them. =how happy we are
here>? they cried to each other.
+ne day the <iant came bac". ;e had been to visit his riend the 3ornish
ogre, and had stayed with him or seven years. @ter the seven years were over he
had said all that he had to say, or his conversation was limited, and he
determined to return to his own castle. ,hen he arrived he saw the children
playing in the garden.
=what are you doing here-? he cried in a very gru voive, and the children
ran away.
=my own garden is my own garden,? said the <iant% = anyone can
understand that, and I will allow nobody to play in it but mysel.? *o he built a high
wall all around it, and put up a notice board.

;e was a very selish <iant.
The poor children had now nowhere to play. They tried to play on the road, but the
road was very dusty and ull o hard stones, and they did not li"e it. They used to
wander round the high walls when their lessons were over, and tal" about the
beautiul garden inside. = ;ow happy we were there>? they said to each other.

Text 8.
*ince we moved here a year ago I have been very rustated by my inability to
communicate luently. I have much, some would say too much. To say on any
given sub#ect. I have always been "nown as someone who is willing, even eager,
to share her opinions on almost any topic, and suddently have ound mysel with
this corious new disability that prevents me rom doing so. 2y the time I have
ormulated my vital contribution to a discission in progress, the conversation has
moved on and I have to begin processing all over again. I ind mysel regularly and
literally at a loss or words, an unamiliar dilemma or me. The most important
beneit o these classes, thereore, is that they have started reopening those
verballoodgates. I can converse again and so now I1m bac" on home ground on
my old soapbox, pontiicating again to anyone who1ll listen. The only dierence is
that now I hold orth in another language and that other people get more chances
spea", since I still have to stop to thin" more re!uently than in my native
language. I still have much to learn and ma"e the silliest mista"es regularly. )y
"inder riends say it1s part o my charm and they must have sore tongues rom
biting them so oten to resist the temptation to correct me constantly. I ind humour
the most diicult aspect to master and ear I may never get it I am still translating
sayings literally and being let in conusion as a result. I tend to swite o in a
conversation i no one is spea"ingndirectly to me, as I have to concentrate so
hard. *o sometimes I suddently realiAe that everyone is loo"ing at me
expectantly awaiting a response. Then I have to admit that I haven1t got a clue as
to what they1ve been tal"ing about and could I get a !uic" recap please. I am
ma"ing progress however. Every time I1m able to answer someone without
consciously needing translate each word, I eel there is yet a light glimmering at the
end o the tunner.

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