Moscow, the 80s. Non-adapted short stories for translation from English and retelling. Levels B2—C2

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Book 2. Part 1

Объем: 26 бумажных стр.

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The book consists of 6 non-adapted stories for translation from English. When translating, it is necessary to rely on knowledge of grammatical topics such as the coordination of tenses, conditional sentences of 1 to 4 types, passive voice, gerund, communion, etc. The book contains 4276 words, idioms and slang words.

The number of words you need to know for the following purposes of using a foreign language

How to work at the stories

Follow the simplest rules, namely:

1. First, analyze the sentence for grammar — the tenses and forms of verbs, active or passive voice.

2. If you don’t know any words, use your dictionary or the Translate Google service https://translate.google.com

3. If the sentence has idioms, or words with difficult realities, use the search for their meanings or the realities here https://context.reverso.net

4. First, translate all sentences in the story, then learn all the new words and phrases, do the interpretation of these stories, retell them.

From the author

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Tatiana Oliva Morales

Cafe “Lira”

Cafe “Lira”, the 80s

I did not limit myself to parties. In addition to those in the student dormitories of the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute and the University of Peoples Friendship after Patrice Lumumba, I also liked some informal movements, such as parties of artists and poets, hippies, punks and rockers in the street Old Arbat and in Gorbushka (Culture House named after Gorbunov), as well as funny casual meetings of graduates of the 23rd special school in the cafe “Lira”, which was located in the Pushkin Square, on the very spot where the building of the first Moscow cafe “McDonald’s” is now located. In truth, my character was unusually curious and outgoing from nature.

And once in a pleasant autumn evening, when it was getting a little dark, quarreling slightly with my dad about the fact that different generations, views on life and mortal existence sometimes do not coincide, I went in search of new adventures and acquaintances in a place of chance meeting of the graduates of the 23rd specialized English school, cafe “Lira”.

It was just about this place that the leader of the “Time Machine” group Andrei Makarevich wrote winged catch lines at the time:

Time Machine — Cafe Lira

Author of text (words):

Makarevich An.

Composer (music):

Makarevich An.

By the way, Andrei Makarevich did not study at our school, his sister, Natasha, who loved to sing songs by him, studied with us, of course, we liked to sing them too. We first sang them to the accompaniment of a home piano, and then we all switched to guitars. At the same time, the songs of Vladimir Vysotsky and Bulat Okudzhava were very popular in our circle.

Speaking of the well-known personalities, Vladimir Basov, who had played one of the leading roles in the popular film “Moscow — Cassiopia” studied with us, but in an older class. He was called Lob by everyone behind his back.

However, I’ve moved away from the main theme of my story — from the “Lira” cafe. Arriving at the cafe, I sat down at a free table, ordered a cup of coffee without sugar and began to ponder how to live on. I didn’t really want to discuss with my dad about the difference in outlook on life.

My mother was in the hospital at that moment, they were going to release her, but not earlier than in a couple of weeks. I wanted to hang out (temporarily live) some time in a pleasant and calm atmosphere, close to my heart and soul.

— It would be possible, for example, to go to one of my student dormitories. — I thought, but I immediately abandoned such a simple idea. I wanted something new and unusual.

Then I went to a familiar bartender and asked a question:

— Hello, old man, listen, do you have any ideas of a crib (apartment or room) in which I could hang out for a couple of days? You know, my folks have driven me crazy with their discussions of my wrong lifestyle and with the boring lectures on the same topic.


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