Charles Dickens. Great Expectations (in English, intermediate, chapter 1)

Аудиокниги на английском языке с текстом и заданиями

Great Expectations. Chapter 1. In the churchyardПриступаем к изучению творчества Чарльза Диккенса. Мы начинаем читать и слушать на английском языке один из его  интереснейших романов, который называется «Большие ожидания». Иногда можно встретить. такой перевод названия: «Большие надежды». Текст аудиокниги Great Expectations адаптирован и относится к уровню СРЕДНИЙ (Intermediate). Рекомендуем для изучающих английский язык. Слова для изучения, а также сложные конструкции и обороты выделены. Глава 1 «Человек на кладбище».

Charles Dickens. Great Expectations (for intermediate)

Chapter One «The Man in the Churchyard»


  1. the most frightening thing — самое страшное
  2. wandered into the churchyard — забрел на кладбище
  3. wilderness  — дикая местность
  4. marsh country — болотистая местность
  5. scared me half-way out of my skin — напугал до полусмерти
  6. seized me by the chin — схватил за подбородок
  7. teeth chattered- зубы стучали
  8. begged- умолял
  9. turned me upside-down — перевернул вверх ногами
  10. like a hungry beast — как голодный зверь
  11. a threatening shake- угрожающе тряхнул

Audio for Chapter One.

It was, I think, the most frightening thing that ever to happened to me. . .
I am a grown man now, but I was a small boy at the time, and I can feel, even yet, the thrill of horror that ran through me on that Christmas Eve, all those years ago.
I had, for some reason, wandered into the churchyard and found my parent’s grave. It was a raw afternoon towards evening, I remember; the wind was rushing in from the sea and beyond the churchyard wall there stretched the dark flat wilderness of the marsh country, with the river winding across it. I was already a bundle of shivers, feeling lost and afraid, when a figure started up from among the gravestones and scared me half-way out of my skin.

“Hold your noise! ” cried a terrible voice. “And keep still, you little devil, or I’ll cut your throat! ”
He seized me by the chin; a fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A man who was wet to the skin and covered in mud; who shook and shivered, and whose teeth chattered in his head as he glared into my eyes.
“Oh, don’t cut my throat, sir,” I begged, in terror. “Pray don’t do it, sir. ”
“Tell us your name! ” said the man, giving me a little shake. “Quick! ”
“Pip, sir. ”
“What? ” said the man, staring at me.
“It’s really Philip, but everyone calls me Pip. ”
“Show us where you live,” he ordered. “Point to the place. ”
I pointed to where our village lay, among the trees, a mile or more from the church.
The man looked at me for a moment, then turned me upside-down and emptied my pockets. There was nothing in them but a piece of bread. When the church came to itself again — for he was so sudden and strong that he made it go head over heels before me — I was seated on a tall gravestone, trembling, while he ate the bread like a hungry beast.
“You young dog! ” he said suddenly, with a threatening shake of his head. “What fat cheeks you’ve got! I’ve half a mind to eat you! ”
I hurriedly expressed my hope that he wouldn’t, and held tighter to the stone to keep myself from crying.
“Now look here,” said the man, “where’s your mother? ”
“There, sir,” said I.
He jumped, started to run away, then stopped and glared at me over his shoulder. I pointed.
“There, sir,” I explained, timidly. “She’s dead — and my father, too.”

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Activities for Chapter One:

1. Answer the question:

Who was the man in grey?

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2. Remember the synonyms for the word LOOK AT — смотреть на (2). Pay attention to the preposition (обратите внимание на предлог)

  • look at — смотреть (на)
  • stare at — пристально смотреть, уставиться (на);
  • glare at — смотреть с гневом, яростью

3. Write out 10 words you don’t know into your vocabulary.

4. Answer the questions:

  1. What was the most frightening thing that happened to the boy?
  2. Who scared him half-way out of his skin?
  3. What did the man say to the boy?
  4. Describe the man. What was he wearing? What did he look like?
  5. Can you say what the man was like?
  6. What did he look for?
  7. Did he do harm to the boy?

5. Translate chapter 1 from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

6. Tell yourself what happened in the text. Start like this «The main character of the story is a small boy. One day he was wandering into the churchyard…..»

7. Imagine that you were that boy and tell us your story.

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8. Слушать аудиокнигу Great Expectations ПРОДОЛЖЕНИЕ главы первой:

Запомните следующие слова. Вы услышите их в тексте, поэтому проверьте их произношение, пользуясь подключенным к сайту словарем.
  1. a blacksmith- кузнец
  2. a file — напильник
  3. seize — схватить
  4. hold (held,held) — держать
  5. tilt — наклонить
  6. swing (swang, swung) — качнуть

Audio for Chapter One (continuation):

Answer the questions:

  1. What did the man ask the boy to bring?
  2. Did he threaten the boy? Why?
  3. Who did he tell him about?

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ПРОДОЛЖЕНИЕ аудиокниги на английском языке Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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