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четверг, 28 апреля 2011 г.

106b. People of England: King George VI

George VI was King of the UK and its Dominions from December 11, 1936 until his death in 1952. Being the second son of King George V, he was not considered immediate heir to the throne. His elder brother, Edward VIII, was expected to continue dynasty, but abdicated the throne to marry Ms. Wallis Simpson, an American, twice divorced, of very obscure past and no royal descent. Despite the counsel from the family against this marriage, Edward made a resolute decision to pursue Wallis Simpson rather than the throne, leaving his brother, George, in charge of all the country's affairs.

King George VI showed incredible strength and charisma as he ruled the country throughout World War II. His speeches expressed enthusiasm and encouragement, and at the pinnacle of his reign few people could suspect that the King used to have severe speech impediment, and his stammer used to make people restless and discontented. At the age of 30 His Royal Highness (then still the Duke of York) began seeing Lionel Logue, an Australian-born speech therapist who helped him overcome his culprit and become eloquent. Lionel Logue's grandson, Mark Logue, and Peter Conradi wrote a book about the friendship between the Australian-born speech therapist and the Duke of York entitled The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy. The story was later developed into a historical drama movie The King's Speech that won 4 Academy Awards in 2011, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Colin Firth.

Watch the trailer of this movie and complete the assignments below.

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  1. Listen and watch the trailer. Fill in the gaps with the missing words.

    My husband is... well, he's 1)_________ to speak publicly.

    Perhaps he should 2)________ _______.

    And what if my husband 3)_______ the King?

    My husband has 4)_________ everyone.

    5)________ them into your mouth.

    He hasn't seen me. I can 6)______ your husband, but I will need 7)________ ______.

    What was your 8) ________ _______?

    I'm not here to discuss 9) __________ _______.

    Why are you here then?

    Because I bloody well 10)________!

    Do you know any jokes?

    Timing isn't my strong 11)_________.

    Your methods are unorthodox and 12) _________.

    War with Germany will come, and we will need a King whom we can all stand 13) ________.

    He's afraid of his own 14)_________.

    Listen to me! Listen to me!

    Why should I waste my time listening to you?

    Because I have a 15)________!

    Your greatest test is 16)_______ ___ ________.

    What's he saying? I don't know, but he 17)_______ to be saying it rather well.

    Your 18) __________ speech.

    Forget everything else... and 19)_____ ______ ____ ______ _______.