Track 8 is an excerpt from Charles Dickens' novel "David Copperfield". Listen to the track and answer the following questions.
- What is the information on David Copperfield’s birth?
- Are there any predictions in relation to his birth?
- Describe David Copperfield’s own attitude towards his birth and the related predictions.
- Explain the expression “posthumous child”.
- Retell David Copperfield’s reflection upon never having known his father.
- The text gives a weekday and a time of David Copperfield’s birth: a Friday, twelve o’clock at night. However, it doesn’t give an exact date and year. Also, the circumstances of David Copperfield’s birth are mentioned: he is the son of a widowed woman, and some predictions about his future had been made even before his birth.
- The two predictions – stated by some sage women – are: that David Copperfield is said to be destined to be unlucky in life and that he would be able to see ghosts and spirits.
- David Copperfield tries to stay neutral: he reflects upon the two predictions and says that the reader himself should judge whether his life was lucky or not, and secondly, that he is not keen on being able to see ghosts and spirits. He adds that if anybody else has this ability, they can keep it.
- A posthumous child is a child who is born after his or her father’s death. In David Copperfield’s case, his father died six months before he was born.
- Having never known his father, David Copperfield remembers his visits to the churchyard and the big white gravestone, where he spends many nights lying closeby.
- to consider
- sich beschweren
- hell, leuchten
- etwas erwägen, bedenken
- die Erinnerung, das Gedenken
- to complain
Complete the text with the verbs in the future perfect.
- When I am in Mexico, I (pass) my final exams.
- After six months of work for this company, Mick (earn) enough money for our trip to Australia.
- Mum, by the time you get back from work (do) my homework and Timmy (clean) his room.
- By the end of July, my uncle and my aunt (finish) the construction work in their new house, so that they can move next August.
- When I am in Mexico, I will have passed my final exams.
- After six months of work for this company, Mick will have earned enough money for our trip to Australia.
- Mum, by the time you get back from work will have done my homework and Timmy will have cleaned his room.
- By the end of July, my uncle and my aunt will have finished the construction work in their new house, so that they can move next August.
Will-future, going-to-future or future progressive?
Lea: “ to the party with us next Friday night?”
Hannah: “No, I won’t. I (meet) a guy named Johnny. My sister arranged it.”
Lea: “What (you / do) all night?”
Hannah: “We probably (have) dinner first. And later we (go) dancing.”
Lea: “Do you think you (enjoy) spending your time with a boy you’ve never met before?”
Hannah: “Well, I hope it (not / be) boring.”
Lea: “ Will you go out (you / go out) to the party with us next Friday night?”
Hannah: “No, I won’t. I am going to meet a guy named Johnny. My sister arranged it.”
Lea: “What will you be doing all night?”
Hannah: “We probably will be having dinner first. And later we will go dancing.”
Lea: “Do you think you will enjoy spending your time with a boy you’ve never met before?”
Hannah: “Well, I hope it won't be boring.”
- Der Mechaniker wird die Geschirrspülmaschine bis Montag nicht repariert haben.
- Was werden wir nächstes Jahr um diese Zeit tun?
- Sie heiraten im Mai.
- Ich habe mir vergangene Woche das Bein gebrochen.
- Laura macht seit drei Stunden ihre Hausaufgaben.
- Wann fährt der nächste Zug nach London?
- In letzter Zeit hat sich in ihrer Firma einiges geändert.
- The mechanic won’t have repaired the dish washer by Monday.
- What will we be doing at this time next year?
- They are getting married in May.
- I broke my leg last week.
- Laura has been doing her homework for three hours.
- When does the next train leave for London?
- A lot has changed in her / their company lately.
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