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Places of Interest in Great Britain


Britain is rich in its historic places which link the present with the past. The oldest part of its capital London is Lud Hill, where the Сity is originated. About
a mile west of it there is Westminster Palace, where the king lived and the Parliament met, and there is also Westminster Abbey, the coronation church.

Liverpool, the "city of ships", is England's second greatest port after London. The most interesting sight in Liverpool is the docks. They occupy a river frontage of seven miles. The University of Liverpool, established in 1903, is noted for its School of Tropical Medicine. And in the music world Liverpool is a well-known name, for it's the home town of "The Beatles".

Stratford-on-Avon lies 93 miles north-west of London. Shakespeare was born here in 1564, and here he died in 1616.

Cambridge and Oxford Universities are famous centres of learning.

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument, presumably built by Druids, members of an order of priests in ancient Britain.

Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England.

The British Museum is the largest and richest museum in the world. It was founded in 1753 and contains one of the world's richest collections of antiquities. The Egyptian Galleries contain human and animal mummies. Some parts of Athens' Parthenon are in the Greek section.

Madam Tussaud's Museum is an exhibition of hundreds of life-size wax models of famous people of yesterday and today. The collection was started by Madam Tussaud, a French modeller in wax, in the 18th century. Here you can meet Marilyn Monroe, Elton John, Picasso, the Royal Family, the Beatles and many others famous people.



Athens' Parthenon [,æθins `pa:θənən] – Афинский Парфенон

Canterbury Cathedral Archbishop [`kænt(ə)bəri kə`θi:drəl ,a:t∫`bi ∫əp] – архиепископ Кентерберийский

Druids – друиды

Elton John – Элтон Джон

Liverpool [`livəpu:l] – Ливерпуль

Lud Hill – Лад Хилл, старинная часть Лондона

Marilyn Monroe – Мэрилин Монро

Picasso – Пикассо

Stonehenge [,stəun`hend3] – Стоунхендж

Stratford-on-Avon [`strætfo:d ən `eivən] – Стратфорд-на-Эйвоне (город в Великобритании)

the Beatles – "Битлз"

the City – "Сити", исторический центр Лондона, самоуправляющийся административный район в восточной части города

the Royal Family – королевская семья

Tussaud's Museum – музей мадам Тюссо


antiquity [æn`tikwiti] – антиквариат; древность

dock – пристань, причал, портовый бассейн

exhibition [,eksi`bi∫(ə)n] – выставка, показ

famous – знаменитый

frontage – фасад

modeller [`modələ] – модельер, зд.: тот, кто изготавливает модели

movie stars mummy [`mΛmi] – мумия

order – орден

prehistoric [,prihis`torik] – доисторический

presumably [pri`zju:məbli] – возможно, вероятно, предпочтительно

priest [pri:st] – священник

to be noted for smth. – быть знаменитым чем-л.

to be originated – происходить, возникать

to meet (met, met) – встречать(ся), видеться

to establish – основывать, учреждать, established – основанный

to contain – содержать в себе, включать

wax – adj. восковой


Questions for self-examination:

1. What is the oldest place in London?

2. What is the most interesting sight in Liverpool?

3. What is Stratford-on-Avon famous for?

4. When was the British Museum found?

5. Who started the collecton of Madam Tussaud's Museum?


2.2. The United States of America

Reading and Writing

1. Scan the text "The USA" to get the full idea of it. Find the paragraphs about:

- geographical location of the USA;

- the US political structure;

- the US landscape and climate;

- its industry.

2. Find in the text the English equivalents to:

– общая площадь страны;

– состоять из трёх ветвей власти;

– едва ли существует разница между их политическими курсами;

– высокоразвитая индустриальная страна;

– среди наиболее важных отраслей обрабатывающей промышленности.


Read and translate the text for getting the detailed content.



The United States of America is the fourth largest country in the world (after Russia, Canada, and China). It occupies the southern part of the North American Continent and stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. It also includes Alaska in the north and Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. The total area of the country is about nine and a half million square kilometers. The USA borders on Canada in the north and on Mexico in the south. It also has a sea-boarder with Russia.

The USA is made up of 50 states, each of which has its own government, and the District of Columbia, a special federal area where the capital of the country, Washington, is situated. The population of the country is more than 270 million.

The USA is a federal republic. According to the US Constitution the powers of the government are divided into 3 branches: the executive, headed by the President, the legislative, exercised by the Congress, and the judicial. The Congress consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

There are two main political parties in the USA: the Republican and the Democratic, though there's hardly any difference between their political lines.

If we look at the map of the USA, we can see lowlands and mountains. The highest mountains are the Rocky Mountains, the Cordillera, and the Sierra Nevada. The highest peak is Mount McKinley which is located in Alaska.

America's largest rivers are the Mississippi, the Missouri, the Rio Grande, and the Columbia. The Great Lakes on the border with Canada are the largest and deepest in the USA.

The climate of the country varies greatly. The coldest regions are in the north. The climate of Alaska is arctic. The climate of the central part is continental. The south has a subtropical climate. Hot winds blowing from the Gulf of Mexico often bring typhoons. The climate along the Pacific coast is much warmer than that of the Atlantic coast.

The USA is a highly developed industrial country. It's the world's leading producer of copper and oil, and the world's second producer of iron ore and coal. Among the most important manufacturing industries are machine-building, shipbuilding, automobile and armaments industry and others.

Though mainly European and African in origin, Americans are made up of nearly all races and nations, including Chinese and Native Americans.

The largest cities are: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia,
Detroit, San-Francisco, Washington, etc.



Alaska [ə`læskə] – Аляска

the United [ju'naitid] States [steits] of America – Соединённые Штаты Америки

Canada ['kænədə] – Канада

China ['t∫ainə] – Китай

Chicago [t∫i`ka:gəu] – Чикаго

Detroit [di'troit] – Детройт

District of Columbia [`distrikt əv kə'lΛmbiə] – округ Колумбия

Florida ['florida] – Флорида

Hawaii [ha'waii:] – Гавайи

Los Angeles [los'ænd3ili:z] – Лос-Анджелес

Mexico ['meksikəu] – Мексика

Mount McKinley [maunt mə'kinli] – гора Мак-Кинли

North America [no:θə`merikə] – Северная Америка

Philadelphia [filə'delfiə] – Филадельфия

San-Francisco [,sænfrən'siskəu] – Сан-Франциско

the Atlantic [ə`tlæntik] Ocean – Атлантический океан

the Columbia [kə'lΛmbiə] – река Колумбия

the Congress ['koŋgres] – Конгресс

the Cordillera [,ko:di'ljeə] – горная система Кордильеры

the Great Lakes [`greit `leiks] – Великие озёра (5 озёр: Мичиган, Онтарио, Гурон, Верхнее озеро и Эри)

the Gulf of Mexico [gΛlf əv `meksikəu] – Мексиканский залив

the House of Representatives [,repri'zentativz] – Палата представителей

the Mississippi [,misi'sipi] – река Миссисипи

the Missouri [mi'zuəri] – река Миссури

the Pacific Ocean [pə`sifik 'əu∫n] – Тихий океан

the Republican [ri'pΛblikan] and the Democratic [`demə'krætik] parties – Республиканская и Демократическая партии

the Rio Grande [,гiəu `grænd] – река Рио-Гранде

the Rocky Mountains [`roki `mauntinz] – Скалистые горы

the Senate ['senit] – Сенат

the Sierra Nevada [si`era ni`væda] – Сьерра-Невада

Washington ['wo∫iŋtən] – Вашингтон



according [a'ko:diŋ] to – в соответствии с, согласно

arctic ['a:ktik] – арктический

armaments [`a:məment `indəstri] industry – военная промышленность

automobile [`o:təməbail] industry – автомобильная промышленность

branch [bra:nt∫] – ветвь (власти)

coast [kəust] – побережье

coal [kəul] – каменный уголь

continental [,konti`nentl] – континентальный

copper [`kopə] – медь

highly developed [`haili di`veləpt] – высокоразвитый

iron ore ['aiən ,o:] – железная руда

lowlands [`ləuləndz] – низменность, долина, низина

manufacturing [,mænju'fækt∫əriŋ] – промышленный

mashine-building [mə`∫i:n ,bildiŋ] – машиностроение

oil [oil] – нефть

powers ['pauəz] – полномочия

sea-border [`si: ,bo:də] – морская граница

shipbuilding [`∫ip,bildiŋ] – кораблестроение

southern ['sauðən] – южный

subtropical [,sΛb'tropikəl] – субтропический

the executive [ði ig'zekjutiv] – исполнительная власть

the legislative [ðə `led3islætiv] – законодательная власть

the judicial [d3u'di∫iəl] – судебная власть

to exercise [`eksisaiz] – зд.: использовать, осуществлять, to be exercised by smth. – осуществляться кем-л.

to occupy ['okjupai] – занимать

to stretch [stret∫] – тянуться, простираться

to border [`bo:də] on – граничить с

to be located [ləu'keitid] – находиться, быть расположенным

to vary [`veəri] – меняться, варьировать

typhoon [tai'fu:n] – тайфун


For self-examination

Answer the questions:

1. Where is the USA situated?

2. What's the total area of the country?

3. What countries does the USA border on?

4. How many states does the USA consist of?

5. What is the capital of the country?

6. What is the population of the United States?

7. What mountains in the USA do you know?

8. What are the largest rivers of the USA?

9. What can you say about the climate of the country?

10. What does the USA produce?

11. How many chambers does the Congress of the USA consist?

12. What are the main political parties in the USA?

13. Who is the US President now?

Fill in the blanks:

1. The USA occupies the ______ part of the North American Continent.

2. The USA is made up of 50 states and the ______ of ______.

3. The USA is a ______ reрublic.

4. The Congress consists of the Senate and the House of _______.

5. There are two main political parties in the USA: the ______ and the Democratic.

6. The highest mountains in the USA are the Rocky Mountains, the Cordillera, and the ______.

7. Its largest rivers are the Mississippi, the Missouri, the ______ and the ______.

8. It's the world's leading producer of ______ and ______.


Put the words in the correct order to make a sentence:

1) the, is, United States of Americа, the fourth, the, world, largest country, in;

2) the, is, USA, made up, 50 states, of;

3) two, there are, political parties, in, the USA, main;

4) varies, climate, the, of the country, greatly;

5) the, climate, is, the central part, continental, of;

6) all, Americans, made up of, nearly, races, nations, are, and.


4. Make up a plan (logical scheme) and then summarize the content of the text "The USA" in writing.

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