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Text 4.2. The day I came face to face with a tiger.


Exercise 4.2.1. Vocabulary. Learn the words below


a few days’ holiday – несколько выходных дней

guide - проводник

equipment - оборудование

to get a better view - чтобы лучше видеть

creep (Past Simple – crept) – красться, подкрадываться

deer - олень

like a flash of lightning – как вспышка молнии

throat - горло, гортань

grab - внезапно схватить

Exercise 4.2.3. Read and translate the text:

Tony Russell describes how the sight of a tiger in Nepal –‘500 kilos plus and four meters long’ – will stay with him forever.


Last year I went to Nepal for three months to work in a hospital. I think it is important to see as much of a country as you can, but it is difficult to travel around Nepal. The hospital let me have a few days’ holiday, so I decided to go into the jungle and I asked a Nepalese guide, Kamal Rai, to go with me.

We started preparing for the trip at six in the morning, and left camp with two elephants carrying our equipment. It was hot, but Kamal made me wear shoes and trousers to protect me from snakes. In the jungle there was a lot of wildlife, but we were trying to find big cats, especially tigers. We climbed onto

the elephants’ backs to get a better view, but it is unusual to find tigers in the afternoon because they sleep in the heat of the day.

Then, in the distance, we saw a tiger, and Kamal told me to be very quiet. We crept nearer and found a dead deer, still bleeding. This was the tiger’s lunch! Suddenly I started to feel very frightened.

We heard the tiger a second before we saw it. It jumped out like a flash of lightning, five hundred kilos plus and four meters long. I looked into its eyes and face, and saw right down the animal’s throat. It grabbed Kamal’s leg between its teeth, but I managed to pull Kamal away. One of our elephants ran at the tiger and made it go back into the grass, so we quickly escaped to let the tiger eat its lunch. That night it was impossible to sleep!


to creep – ползти

to describe – описывать

an elephant – слон

equipment – снаряжение

to escape – уйти, скрыться. удалиться

face to face – лицом к лицу

a flash of lightning – вспышка молнии

frightened – испуганный

to grab – схватить

a guide – проводник

a sight – вид, зрелище

a snake – змея

a throat – горло

to wear – надеть, носить (одежду)


Exercise 4.2.4. Give the three forms of the verbs below and the Russian meaning.

to creep

to feel

to find

to go

to leave

to make

to run

to see

to sleep

to think

to wear


Exercise 4.2.5. Answer the question.:


1. When did Tony go to Nepal?

2. Where did he work?

3. What is important for Tony?

4. Where did he decide to go during the holiday?

5. Who was his guide?

6. What animals did they take with them?

7. What animals did they want to find?



Exercise 4.2.6. Translate the questions below from Russian into English and answer them.

1. В какую страну поехал автор?

2. Где он работал?

3. Куда автор отправился на выходные?

4. Кто был его проводником?

5. Как долго автор провел в Непале?

6. Что увидели в джунглях автор и его проводник?

7. Что случилось с автором и проводником?


Exercise 4.2.7. Check your memory. Speak about the event that happened to Tony Russell


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