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Which speaker says that it is …
1. a matter of taste
2. a matter of interaction
3. a matter of fantasy
4. a matter of history
5. a matter of health
6. a matter of justice
7. a matter of language

A – 7
B – 6
C – 3
D – 2
E – 1
F – 4

Speaker A: As awkward as it can be to express yourself when someone you know has suffered a loss or run into trouble of some kind, in English we have things relatively easy in comparison with Russian. The phrase ‘I’m so sorry’ can cover everything from stepping on someone’s foot by accident in the metro to consoling your friend over a bad break-up (with alterations in intonation, of course). But in Russian the same phrase would work in the first instance only. It would be entirely inappropriate for expressing condolence.

Speaker B: The latest movie True Grit tells the story of one-eyed US Marshal Reuben hired by 14-year-old Mattie Ross to find the killer of her father. In the search for the killer the girl and the marshal travel from Arkansas to Indian territory. Meanwhile a Texas ranger is also after the killer, and catching the criminal would bring him a generous reward. But Mattie insists that the killer should be taken to Arkansas to be executed there.

Speaker С: As Valentine’s Day approaches help could be at hand for a last minute attempt to produce something special for a loved one. A growing band of companies is offering an assortment of exciting, unusual gift experiences. With the support of top pilots and $20 000 you can jet into the highest reaches of Earth’s atmosphere in a supersonic jet. It’s not always easy, though, to meet all the demands. One man asked most earnestly for a ticket to the moon.

Speaker D: Last summer’s smoke and flames have prompted the Emergencies’ Ministry to post an online satellite map to chart the progress of forest fires and promote public safety in the coming summer — but experts say that coordination is a bigger issue. The regularly updated map, posted on the ministry’s website, has the potential to damp the flames of public discontent. Nevertheless, battlehardened volunteers suspect that the lack of coordination which caused last year’s troubles could still be a problem.

Speaker E: Despite the slow speed of construction following the crisis, glass houses are beginning to appear. Moscow is still grasped by ‘capitalist constructivism’, and it’s hard to change society’s perception of glass buildings and make them match neighbouring buildings. These modern constructions tend to be more popular with up-and-coming young people, who are more daring in contemporary design. Older and more conservative people won’t choose dwellings with panoramic glazing — they feel unprotected in it.

Speaker F: The delightful old town of Zaraisk, just 130 kilometres south of Moscow, makes an interesting day trip from the capital. According to legend, the town’s name comes from the suicide in 1237 by Duchess Eupraxia. Rather than be taken as a slave by the leader of the approaching Tartar horde, she threw herself and her baby son from the tallest tower in the battlements, and gave the town its name after the ancient Russian word «zaraz», which meant «to kill» or «strike one to death».