Топик A Telephone Call
When Americans answer the telephone, they say, “Hello.” Not so in other countries. Germans methodically answer with their last names. Russians say, “I’m listening.” The curious French say, “Hello, who’s on the line?”, Italians greet callers with “Ready”, the English answer with their phone number, and the Chinese say, “Hey, hey, who are you?”.
A telephone call from a friend is a joy, unless you are in the middle of a meal, having a bath of on the point of going out to an engagement for which you are already late. But even when you have time, a telephone conversation cannot be savored and rerun several times as a letter can. You cannot put a blue ribbon around a sentimental telephone call and keep it for years.
A letter sender in effect is saying, “I am setting aside some of my time for you alone, I am thinking of you. This is more important to me than all the other things that I could be doing.”
Список слов к топику A Telephone Call
to savor – смаковать, наслаждаться
a blue ribbon – голубая лента
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