уровня IELTS по английскому языку. № 28.
Прочтите текст о "Быстрых свиданиях".
Для вопросов с 1 по 6 выберите ( ) True (T) или False (F) для
the text about 'Speed Dating'. For questions
1 to 6, choose () True (T) or False (F) for the best answer.
Mr Lear was trying speed dating for the
first time. T
(2) Participants give each other their scorecards.
(3) Generally more women attend speed dating
than men. T
(4) Some married couples have met through
speed dating. T
(5) Ms Townsend and Mr Harris arranged to
meet again. T
(6) Mr Lear has decided to give speed dating
another try. T
STEVE LEAR, 26, sat at table No 1 in the
Water View Hotel lounge, his cheeks red,
hands on his knees, every hair in place.
Dating, he admitted, was not his forte.
'I'm very nervous,' said Mr Lear, a dental
technician from Littlehampton, 'Until now,
I've left meeting women to chance.'
Love doesn't come easy. But at least finding
out whether a date had potential on this
particular evening wouldn't take much time.
Mr Lear didn't have to worry about suffering
through three hours of difficult conversation
or have anxiety about using just the right
chat-up line. He had signed up for Speed
Dating, a new variation on the traditional
blind date. He was about to have a seven-minute
conversation with each of the eight women
in the room.
'I have no idea what to expect but I decided
it was worth a try,' said Mr Lear. 'Anything
else I've ever done was on my own. I haven't
been very successful.'
The 'rules' of Speed Dating are simple.
When the bell rings, the search for a suitable
partner begins. After spending seven minutes
in conversation, the bell rings again and
participants move on to another person.
The players only have to check a scorecard
box next to the names of the people they
speak to - 'Yes, please call me,' if interested,
or 'No, thanks.' Scorecards are handed in
at the end of the session. If both parties
agree to see each other again, the organisers
contact them and let them know the happy
Speed Dating was introduced to London from
Los Angeles a couple of years ago and quickly
became a popular new way to find love in
the city. It is intended for there to be
an equal number of both sexes but if a session
is cancelled it is usually because of a
shortage in men, particularly in the 40
to 55 age range. According to the organisers,
Speed-Dating events have led to numerous
lasting relationships and they hope one
day soon to be able to boast of an actual
Ms Stella Townsend, 33, of Camden Town revealed
that she had been unlucky in love. She taught
chemistry, but having it with men seemed
to be another story. 'The best thing here
is you know everyone is looking,' she said.
Rejection can be painful. To reduce the
risk of potential embarrassment, participants
aren't allowed to ask for each other's phone
numbers or indicate whether they want to
continue the conversation. They are told
if they have a match within 48 hours after
the event ends.
Finally, Ms Townsend chatted to Andy Harris,
27, of Leyton. She thought they had a lot
in common. On the scorecards, I noticed
that they had checked off each other's names
positively. Ms Townsend left, hopeful that
Mr Harris had felt the same.
As for Mr Lear, by the end of the session,
he hadn't checked off any 'Yes' boxes. 'I
didn't feel a connection,' he said. 'I found
myself waiting for the bell to ring.' However,
far from being downhearted or rejected,
he added, 'I guess it's something that takes
a bit of getting used to. It's still early
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