(Monica and Klaus are in the bank.) Bank clerk: Good moming, Sir. Klaus: Good morning. I would like to change some travellers’ cheques. They are in EURO. What is the exchange-rate today, please? Bank clerk: The exchange-rate is 1.15 EURO to the British pound. How much money do you want to change? Klaus: I would like to change 200 EURO – here are 4 cheques at 50 EURO each. Bank clerk: Would you please sign the four cheques? Klaus: Certainly. (He signs the cheques.) Here you are. Bank clerk: Can I see your passport or your identity card, please. (Klaus shows him his passport.) Thank you, Sir. 200 EURO are £ 173.- and there is, of course, a service charge. How would you like the £ 173.-? Klaus: In ten-pound notes, please. Bank clerk: Here you are, Sir. Thank you and have a good day. Klaus: Thank you. You too!
(lt is the next day. Klaus and Monica are in the tube. They are going to The City.) Klaus: Monica, I thought a city was a very big town. Monica: Yes, it is, but it is also the name of the financial centre in London. If we are lucky, we will see a businessman with a bowler hat, a dark suit and an umbrella. Klaus: Oh, yes. Monica: But most businessmen do not wear a bowler hat nowadays. Klaus: Where will we go today? Monica: First we will visit St. Paul’ s Cathedral – it is very beautiful. Then we will look at Tower Bridge. If we are lucky, we will see the drawbridge open for a ship to go through. lt takes only two rninutes to open. After that we will visit The Tower. There you will see the Beefeaters and the farnous ravens. Then, last but not least, you will see the Crown Jewels – but we rnust probably stand in a queue to go in. Klaus: The English always stand in a queue! Monica: Yes, I know. lt is a tradition! Klaus: And everyone always says “I am sorry”. If they touch your coat, they say “I am sorry”. Monica: (laughs) That is another tradition! Scene 9
(After their visit to The Tower, Monica and Klaus go to ” The Red Lion” pub.) Klaus: This is rny first visit to an English pub. lt looks very old. Monica: Some English pubs are hundreds of years old and their architecture is very special. I hope we can find an empty table. Lunch in a pub is very cheap and very popular. Ah – there is a table by the window. We can look at the boats on the Thames. Klaus: Why are those men standing at the bar? Monica: That is a pub tradition. Men and women often stand in a group at the bar. They drink and talk and tell stories and they laugh a lot. Waiter: Good afternoon. Are you ready to order? Monica: What would you like to eat, Klaus? Klaus: I would like to eat a typical English lunch, Monica. Monica: All right. (to the waiter) We would both like roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with Brussels sprouts, carrots and gravy. And after that we would like apple pie and custard. Waiter: What would you like to drink, Sir? Monica: Would you like to drink beer, Klaus? Klaus: Yes, please, Monica. Monica: (to the waiter) We would both like half a pint of pale ale, please. Waiter: Certainly, Madam. Klaus: What is pale ale, Monica? Monica: Ale is an old name f or beer, pale is the colour. You can choose between pale or dark. You can also choose the taste – mild or bitter. Waiter: Your drinks. Monica: Thank you. Cheers, Klaus! Klaus: Cheers! (Klaus drinks.) Goodness, Monica, the beer is warm! Monica: Yes, we drink beer at room temperature in England. Klaus: I like it! When do the pubs open and close? Monica: They open at 11 o’ clock in the morning and they close at 11 o’clock in the evening. But perhaps they will soon be open 24 hours every day. Waiter: Your food. Klaus: Thank you. What is Yorkshire pudding, Monica? Monica: lt is a mixture of flour, eggs and milk. I think you will like it. Enjoy your meal, Klaus.