This is ENGLISH USA, on VOA. Now, Lesson 43, Part 1. ENGLISH USA, SUARA AMERIKA, Pelajaran Ke 43, Bagian Pertama.
Dalam pelajaran ini Anda akan dibimbing memberi deskripsi beberapa milik Anda kepada seseorang yang tidak dapat melihatnya. Martin bercakap-cakap dengan pemilik sebuah bengkel mobil tentang pekerjaannya dan mobl-mobil yang diperbaikinya.
MARTIN: Good morning.
KELLY: Hi. What can I do for you?
MARTIN: I want to write a story about garages. May I talk to you about your work? Do you have time?
KELLY: Sure. I have a few minutes. What do you want to know?
MARTIN: May I record?
MARTIN: Tell me the name of the garage.
KELLY: Kelly’s Cars.
MARTIN: And your name is Kelly?
KELLY: Yes, I am Kelly. Kelly Morgan.
MARTIN: What do you do, Kelly?
KELLY: I’m a mechanic. I fix car.
MARTIN: Are you the owner?
KELLY: Yes, I own the garage.
MARTIN: When did you open the garage?
KELLY: This garage is new. It’s about two years old. I had an old garage.
KELLY: The old garage was near the harbor. I moved. The building was too expensive. It was big. This building is smaller.
MARTIN: What did you do there?
KELLY: I restored old cars.
MARTIN: What do you mean ..restored?
KELLY: I bought old cars.
MARTIN: How old?
KELLY: Twenty, thirty, forty years old. Sometimes older.
MARTIN: Then what did you do?
KELLY: I made that old car look like a new car. OK? I bought an old car. I’m going to tell you about one car. it was a Packard. They don’t make Packards now. It was black. And it was terrible.
MARTIN: What do you mean—terrible?
KELLY: It was rusted. It was damaged. The paint was chipped. One window was broken. The tires were not good.
MARTIN: It sounds like my car.
KELLY: Is your car fifty years old?
MARTIN: No, it’s five years old. What did you do?
KELLY: It had four doors. One door was bad. I found a good door in Michigan. I found a new window in Mississippi. I found excellent tires in Ohio. MARTIN: What happened to the rust?
KELLY: I repaired the rusted parts.
KELLY: I cut the damaged metal off. Then I put new, clean metal on. I had to paint the car, of course.
MARTIN: What color?
KELLY: I wanted a brown car. I painted it brown. It looked expensive.
MARTIN: What happened to the inside?
KELLY: It had nice seats. It had lovely wood panels. It was brown. I put new brown carpeting on the floor.
Deskripsi membantu kita membayangkan sesuatu yang tak dapat dilihat. Kelly, mekanik tadi, menggambarkan apa yang dilakukannya di masa lampau untuk memugar sebuah mobil. Ia menggunakan beberapa kata deskripstif supaya Martin Dapat mempunyai bayangan yang leih jelas. Dengarkan lagi kata-kata deskriptif itu dan benda-benda yang dilukiskannya.
MARTIN: New Car. Old garage. Big building. Black Packard. Brown carpeting. Wood panels. Clean metal. Excellent tires. Bad door. Terrible outside. Beautiful inside. Expensive car. Rusted car. Damaged car. Chipped paint. Broken window.
Pergunakanlah sekarang beberapa kata deskriptif. Jawablah pertanyaan-pertanyaan Martin dengan menggunakan kata-kata deskriptif. Umpamanya, apabila Martin mengatakan” What is your house like?” Anda mengatakan “It’s small.”
MARTIN: What is your house like?
MARTIN: What is your shirt like?
MARTIN: What is his car like?
MARTIN: What is the hotel like?
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