The emergency services

Have you ever had to call the emergency services? Why?


Тinа М.

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The French Firefighters
or the Importance of Knowing the Language of the Country
where you are going to go to.
We were coming back to France. One more time we were crossing the English Channel. One more time we could see the white rocks of England and a beautiful French coast. A lot of sea-gulls were whirling above a deck of the ferry, accompanying us. The picture was very nice and romantic. Then we left Calais for the town N. We did not know that town well, but we had no drop of anxiety, because Pierre had to meet our car on the way.||
But ... something was wrong. Pierre's mobile did not answer. The situation was not good, but it was not completely bad, because we had Maria's landline phone and her address. Oh! That number did not answer either... We were near the strange town.||
It was getting dark. We had to look for the street where Maria lived, but we had not a map of the town. There were very few people outside, but they did not speak English and I did not understand French. "Bonjour" and "Merci beaucoup" - it was my French vocabulary. It was simply awful! ||
Suddenly we saw a man in the uniform. "It is a policeman! He will help us"- I thought. Fortunately he spoke English and he was a firefighter. We were close to the fire station. After the short conversation they took a fire engine and said: "Follow us". Can you imagine the picture: a fire engine is at Maria's house?! But she was not at home! Her kind neighbour said that she had gone to her daughter Lydia's house and gave us an address. The firemen escorted us to Lydia's house.||
Some minutes later ... Pierre appeared… without us. (It was a silent scene for a moment and then – the burst of laughter!) His telephone did not work! ||
Our friends waited for us. They made a big supper. We had a nice time in that evening and there was a lot of laughter because of the situation with a fire engine, which accompanied us.||
I have a photograph with two handsome French firemen. This photograph is very dear to my heart, because those people were very kind to us! ||
At present I study ... French.||
Thank you very much for reading and correcting.

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This is a great job Tina! Your text is very well written.

I tried to make it sound more "English" and corrected some little mistakes.

 

- ... and the beautiful French coast: (the: it's precise: the French coast: definite article)

- above the deck of the ferry (it's precise)

- we did not know that town very well, but we were not anxious, because Pierre should meet us somewhere on the way.(we meet persons, not things - "had to" = obligation > should) 

- we were near that strange town (that town: the one you talked about)

- but we had no map of the town / but we didn't have any map of the town ( we don't say:" we had not a map" , it's not "English") 

- a man in the uniform. It He is a policeman!("He": you speak about a person)

- after a short (brief) conversation

- Can you imagine the scene: a fire engine stopped in front of Maria's house.( in front of = before)

- ... to her daughter's house.( the word "house" is not necessary: we know it's the place where she lives

  it's the same rule for "we go to the butcher's shop)

- .... gave us the address ( it's precise: her daughter's address)

- They prepared a big (delicious) supper. We had a nice time in that evening and there was a lot of laughter because of the situation with the fire engine that drove us.( to prepare a meal - the fire engine: it's very precise - relative pronoun "that" because it explains which engine it was.)

What did you mean by: " Pierre appeared .... without us." ? ( Everybody kept silent for a moment and then a burst of laughter!)

Excuse me for correcting so late! I had a very busy week! Thanks for all the busuu-berries I received!

Once again: Congratulations!

 

 

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Dear Marcelle!

Thank you very much  for your time which you spent for improving my exercise. Your explanations are invaluable for me.

You could not understand the sentence with Pierre because of my English. That was  the important place in the story, but I couldn't express it.

"Some minutes later ... Pierre appeared… without us."

It means: Pierre should met us, but he did not meet us, because his telephone did not work and he did not know about it. He was busy with his own deals in the town and was waiting for our call to go  to meet us.He thought that we did not call him. He was responsible for our meeting on the way. He came to Lydia's to say, that  there was not a call from us. He should met us and brought us to Lydia's. He was a part of the French company. But ... we already were there.That  was a real story.

Dear Marcelle! Thank you one more time. I appreciate your help to me very much.

Tina.

 

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'The French Firefighters'  or 'The Importance of Knowing the Language of the Country you are going to'.

We were coming back to France. One more time we were crossing the English Channel. One more time we could see the white rocks of England and the beautiful French coast. A lot of sea-gulls were whirling above the deck of the ferry, accompanying us. The picture was very nice and romantic.

Then we left Calais for the town N. We did not know that town well, but we had no hint of anxiety because Pierre was to meet our car on the way. But ... something was wrong. Pierre's mobile did not answer. The situation was not good, but it was not completely bad, because we had Maria's landline phone and her address. When that number did not answer either we were almost at the strange town.

It was getting dark. We had to look for the street where Maria lived, but we didn't have a map of the town. There were very few people outside, and they did not speak English and I did not understand French. "Bonjour" and "Merci beaucoup" - that was about it!  It was simply awful!

 Suddenly we saw a man in a uniform.

"It is a policeman! He will help us", I thought.

Fortunately he spoke English and he was a firefighter. We were close to the fire station. After a short conversation he jumped in a fire engine and said: "Follow us". Can you imagine the picture: a fire engine arriving at Maria's house?! But then she was not home! Her kind neighbour said that she had gone to her daughter Lydia's house and she gave us an address. The firemen escorted us to Lydia's house!

Some minutes later, Pierre appeared… without us! (There was a pregnant pause and then a burst of laughter!) His telephone was faulty!

Our friends waited for us. They made a big supper. We had a nice time that evening and there was a lot of laughter because of the situation with the fire engine.  I now have a photograph with two handsome French firemen. This photograph is very dear to my heart, because they were very kind to us!

At present I study ... French.

Thank you very much for reading and correcting.

Quite a saga!

Thanks for helping me :)