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Two peas in a pod



They even dressed us the same. My mother said that it was easier for her just to buy two of everything. Sometimes it was the same clothes but in different colours – a red top for me and a yellow one for my sister, for example. When they did that, we swapped the clothes so that they still couldn’t tell us apart. Not even our parents could tell us apart. Our schoolteachers never could.

And then there were our names.

It was crazy – they called us Edie and Evie! Even our names were almost identical.

Two peas in a pod, they called us. Two drops of water.

Sometimes we could hardly tell ourselves from each other. At least, when we were small. But as we grew up things began to change.

Everybody thinks identical twins are, well, identical. But if you’re a twin, you’ll know that it’s not true. Physically, yes, we were almost identical. I say almost, because there was the birthmark. My sister has a very small brown spot on her left shoulder. I don’t. This was the only way we could ever be told apart.

But other than

that, twins, even identical ones, are different inside. I think we started to change when we started school. I was always very good. I never got into trouble, I always did all of my homework and did very well in all the tests and exams. Evie wasn’t like that. Evie was always getting into trouble. Evie never did her homework. Evie was a really bad student, who never studied and never learned anything. She would have failed her exams – but of course she didn’t. Why? Well, it’s simple, isn’t it?

If you have an identical twin, how do you know which is which?

Evie, of course, started by copying my homework. Then she got worse. When there was a class test, she would write my name on her paper. When she got into trouble, she smiled beautifully at the teacher and said, ‘No, I’m Edie, I’m the good one. It was my twin sister Evie who was naughty!’

They never took us seriously. We were only small children after all; there was no harm in being a bit naughty. Everyone used to laugh. And because they never really knew who was who, neither of us was ever punished for being naughty, and they never failed either of us in our exams, because they couldn’t be sure which one to fail and which one to pass.


as we got older, it got worse. Evie started to steal things. At first it was only things from other children – sweets or pens or pencils or rubbers, the kinds of things that sometimes happen in school. But when we were 15, some money was taken from a teacher’s bag. It was quite a lot of money, and the situation was serious. Then they found the money in Evie’s pocket. And what did Evie do? Well, of course, she did the same thing she always did. ‘No, it wasn’t me. It was my twin sister.’ And I got into trouble, serious trouble this time. They called the police. They tried to expel me from school. It was only when our parents came in and pleaded with the headteacher that they agreed to drop the charges and say nothing about it. We were lucky that time.

But the trouble didn’t stop there. Evie

was always playing truant, not going to school. Then when she came in again, she accused me of lying. She said that she was Edie, and that I had given the teachers the wrong name when they called the register. I thought about telling everyone about the birthmark on her shoulder, that they should check the birthmark to make sure who was who. That would solve the problem. I don’t know why I didn’t. Identical twins are always very close, and even though I knew she was bad, I didn’t want to get her into trouble. Perhaps also because I knew that trouble for her also meant trouble for me.

After we left school I began to worry more. I got a job working in an office. It wasn’t an interesting job, but it was OK. I worked hard in the office, I did well and was going to get a promotion. Evie, on the other hand, did nothing. She never got a job. She used to come and ask me for money. She often disappeared for long periods of time. I didn’t know where she was. This was bad, but it was worse when one day I looked at my passport and found that I had Evie’s. I didn’t know where she was, but obviously she had taken my passport to get there. Wherever she was, and whatever she was doing, she was pretending to be me.


Eventually it happened. There was a loud knock on the door at six o’clock in the morning. There were three policemen there. Two of them in uniforms, the other one a detective. I looked at their serious faces and thought that they had come to tell me bad news. I thought they were coming to tell me that my sister had died. But it wasn’t that. They asked me to come to the police station with them. I understood that I couldn’t say no. They said that they didn’t want to arrest me just yet, but that if I refused to help them, they would arrest me.

Of course, they asked to see my documents. I had to show them Evie’s passport, and tried to explain that I wasn’t really Evie, but that my sister had taken my passport.

When I got to the police station, Evie was there too. They had already arrested her – well, I say ‘her’, but of course, they had arrested me. As far as the police were concerned, they had arrested ‘Edie’. That’s what it said on her passport, and that’s who she said she was.

There was a long list of charges against her. Fraud and smuggling drugs. She told the

police that she was really Edie, and that I had changed the passports. Edie, me, who had a perfect alibi. Edie hadn’t been to any other countries. She went to work every day. It was Evie who was the problem, she said.

The trial lasted for days, with even the judge and the lawyers getting continually confused about who was who. Eventually, they convicted her. Ten years.

I still go to my job every day. I’m still free. I never go to visit my sister in prison. I’m afraid that she might show someone that she doesn’t have a birthmark on her left shoulder. Then someone might look, and they will find that I do.


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Two sisiters and the cat

Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Smith are sisters. Mrs. Wilson lives in a house in Duncan and Mrs. Smith lives in a condominium in Victoria. One day Mrs. Wilson visited her sister. When her sister answered the door, Mrs. Wilson saw tears in her eyes. “What’s the matter?” she asked. Mrs. Smith said “My cat Sammy died last night and I have no place to bury him”.

a woman cryingShe began to cry again. Mrs. Wilson was very sad because she knew her sister loved the cat very much. Suddenly Mrs. Wilson said “I can bury your cat in my garden in Duncan and you can come and visit him sometimes.” Mrs. Smith stopped crying and the two sisters had tea together and a nice visit.
a busIt was now five o’clock and Mrs. Wilson said it was time for her to go home. She put on her hat, coat and gloves and Mrs. Smith put the dead Sammy into a shopping bag. Mrs. Wilson took the shopping bag and walked to the bus stop. She waited a long time for the bus so she bought a newspaper. When the bus arrived, she got on the bus, sat down and put the shopping bag on the floor beside her feet. She then began to read the newspaper. When the bus arrived at her bus stop, she got off the bus and walked for about two minutes. Suddenly she remembered she had left the shopping bag on the bus.

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Classroom activities. A project: Travelling

Almost all people are fond of travelling. It is very interesting to see new places, another towns and countries. People may travel either for pleasure or on business. There are various means of travelling. For me there is nothing like travel by air; it is more comfortable, more convenient and, of course, far quicker than any other means. 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.

With a train you have speed, comfort and pleasure combined. From the comfortable 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 a journey is a long one you can have a wonderful bed in a sleeper.

Travelling by ship is also very popular now. It is very pleasant to feel the deck of the ship under the feet, to see the rise and fall of the waves, to feel the fresh sea wind blowing in the face and hear the cry of the seagulls.

Many people like to travel by car. It is interesting too, because you can see many sights in a short time, you can stop when and where you like, you do not have to buy tickets or carry your suitcases.

A very popular means of travelling is hiking. It is travelling on foot. Walking tours are very interesting. Hitch-hiking is a very popular method of travelling among young people. But it is not as popular in our country as abroad. Читать далее «Classroom activities. A project: Travelling»

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Round The World- Alone

travel-aloneJohn White is a bus driver. He likes his job, but he loves his boat. Once a year, John goes on a short journey in the boat. His wife Pauline and son Andy often go with him.

This year is different. John is taking a year off from his job and is sailing around the world. And he’s doing it alone. An exciting journey? Yes and no. ‘Sometimes, dolphins and whales swim along with the boat, and sometimes i sail paat beautiful tropical island,’ says John. ‘But sometimes the eeather gets bad and then i have problems.’ John wants to John wants to be safe, because that road is quite safe for his wife and son to be with him on another trip. He hopes the weather will not hurt him much. He understands that it is a dangerous path, but he is ready for it.

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My Favourite Sport

young-woman-runner-running-on-260nw-359568020My favorite sport is running. It is very useful for your health. It develops the will power and regulates heart work. I try to run as much as I can, both in the afternoon and during the day.  At one time, I participated in a lot of races, but for some reason I had to leave the race. I love to run because at that time I feel more free and it seems to me that I can run wherever I want and nobody can reach or stop me. But of course, now I’m not so fast and resistant in the past, but I feel like I can still be free and happy.

Իմ սիրելի սպորտաձևը վազքն է։ Այն շատ օգտակար է առողջության համար։ Այն զարգացնում է կամքի ուժը և կարգավորում սրտի աշխատանքը։ Ինքս աշխատում եմ հնարավորինիս չափով վազել, թե առացոտյան և թե օրվա ընթացքում։ Ժամանակին ես շատ եմ մասնակցել մրցավազքներին, բայց ինչ֊ինչ պատճառներով ստիպված եմ եղել թողել վազքը։ Ես սիրում վազել, քանի որ այդ ժամանակ ես ինձ ավելի ազատ եմ զգում և ինձ թվում է թե ես կարող եմ վազել այնտեղ, որտեղ կկամենամ և ինձ ոչ ոք ոչ կարող է հասնել, և ոչ էլ կանգնեցնել։ Բայց իհարկե հիմա ես այդքան արագ և դիմացկուն չեմ ինչ անցյալում, բայց զգում եմ, որ կարող եմ լինել առաջվա պես ազատ և երջանիկ։

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We never win, but we always win

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Rick Hoyt is American. He is in a wheelchair because he’s got cerebral palsy. He can’t talk so he uses a computer to communicate with people. Rick is a happy and successful man, he has a job at the University of Boston, and he works in computer studies. Rick loves sport too, and he takes part in marathons and triathlons.
Triathlons? In the teiathlon, people swim four kilometres, cycle 180 kilometres and then run a maraton, 42 kilometers. Rick can’t run, cycle or  swim because he’s in a weelchair. So how can he take part in a trathlon?
Rick can take part because de does it with his father, Dick Hoyt. In the running, his father pushes him in his weelchair. In the swimming, Rick lies in a small boat and Dick swims and pulls him. And in the cycling, Rick sits in a special seat on the front of Dick’s bike. Togther, they are «Team Hoyt».
Of course, Team Hoyt never wins the race. The winner of a triathlon usually finishes in about nine hours, The Hoyts usually take about 14 or 15 hours. «That’s right,» says Dick. «Rick and i never win. But we think that we always win».

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Hello from San Francisco! I’m in a good class, so I’m really happy. There is a new boy in our class called Brad. He’s very small, he’s got dark hair and green eyes. He’s really funny and his mom is a famous film director. There is also a new English teacher, Mr Allan. No, he hasn’t got dark hair and green eyes. And he isn’t really funny! What about you? I’ve got lots of questions. How are you? How are things at your school? Are your friends fun? Are your teachers interesting? Are you happy there? Mail me soon!
P.S.  Here’s a photo of me whit my friends.

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sometimes— երբեմն
any more-այլևս
there is— կա
new— նորhe hes got— նա ունի
funny— զվարճալի
famous— հայտնի
also— նաև
what obaut you— ինչ կասես քո մասին

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Related imageClaire is 16. She lives in Godalming in the south of England . She doesn’t watch TV every day. She’s selective-she chooses which programmes to watch. This is what she says about TV.
‘No, I don’t watch TV every day. I think it can be a waste of time. My favourite programmes are competitions- like Britain’s Got Talent. I always watch that. The people do great things. And thats why I like it a lot. I also watch documentaries- especially about life in other countries, becouse I really like geography. I sometimes watch cartoons at the weekend. I watch about eight house of TV a week, I guess. I never watch sports programmes- I don’t like them at all. And I hardly ever watch the news’.

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