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Ebook with audio file from Macmillian Readers Website

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Hi, Here an e-book with audio file from Macmillian Readers Website.  https://macmillaneducationebooks.com/dracula.html
The Road to Castle Dracula (Intermediate level)
My name is Jonathan Harker. I am a lawyer and I live in London. About seven years ago, some strange and terrible things happened to me….At the beginning of 1875, I received a letter from Transylvania, a country in Eastern Europe.
    The letter was from a rich man called Count Dracula. He wanted to buy a house near London…On the morning of the 4th May, I reached Bistritz, a small town in Transylvania. It was a beautiful day. The sun was shinning on the great Carpathian Mountains. Somewhere, high up in those mountains, was Castle Dracula where the Count lived. The coach from Bristritz would take me to the Borgo Pass.

    There, the Count’s carriage would meet me. The coach left (Present Past) from the inn in Bristritz at three o’clock. I had six hours to wait.I decided to have a meal.
Nobody in the inn spoke English, but the innkeeper spoke some German. He welcomed me and I was soon eating a good meal.
   The inn was very crowded. I watched all the people in their brightly-colored clothes. They were speaking in languages I could not understand. I drank some more wine and called to the innkeeper.
‘What can you tell me about Count Dracula?’ I asked him. ‘Have you ever seen his castle?’  The innkeeper walked away without answering my questions. All the people in the inn stopped talking. They looked at me in fear and surprise. Then they all began to talk at the same time. I heard the name ‘Dracula’ and another word, repeated several times...

 Excerpt of the story in Pdf version. https://www.planetebook.com/free-ebooks/dracula.pdf  

   I was evidently expected, for when I got near the door I faced a cheery-looking elderly woman in the usual peasant dress—white undergarment with a long double apron, front, and back, of coloured stuff fitting almost too tight for modesty. When I came close she bowed and said, ‘The Herr Englishman?’    ‘Yes,’ I said, ‘Jonathan Harker.’  She smiled, and gave some message to an elderly man in white shirtsleeves, who had followed her to the door. He went, but immediately returned with a letter (from the Count):

‘My friend.—  Welcome to the Carpathians. I am anxiously expecting you. Sleep well tonight. At three (o’clock) tomorrow the diligence will start for Bukovina; a place on it is kept for you. At the Borgo Pass my carriage will await you and will bring you to me.  I trust that your journey from London has been a happy one, and that you will enjoy your stay in my beautiful land.—Your friend, Dracula.’

       4 May—I found that my landlord had got a letter from the Count, directing him to secure the best place on the coach for me; but on making inquiries as to details he seemed somewhat reticent, and pretended that he could not understand my German.
This could not be true, because up to then he had understood it perfectly; at least, he answered my questions exactly as if he did.
    He and his wife, the old lady who had received me, looked at each other in a frightened sort of way. He mumbled out that the money had been sent in a letter, and that was all he knew. When I asked him if he knew Count Dracula, and could tell me anything of his castle, both he and his wife crossed themselves, and, saying that they knew nothing at all, simply refused to speak further. It was so near the time of starting that I had no time to ask anyone else, for it was all very mysterious and not by any means comforting.
      Just before I was leaving, the old lady came up to my room and said in a hysterical way: ‘Must you go? Oh! Young Herr, must you go?’ She was in such an excited state that she seemed to have lost her grip of what German she knew, and mixed it all up with some other language which I did not know at all. I was just able to follow her by asking many questions. When I told her that I must go at once, and that I was engaged on important business, she asked again:
‘Do you know what day it is?’ I answered that it was the fourth of May. She shook her head as she said again:
‘Oh, yes! I know that! I know that, but do you know what day it is?’
On my saying that I did not understand, she went on: ‘It is the eve of St. George’s Day. Do you not know that tonight, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway? Do you know where you are going, and what you are going to?’ She was in such evident distress that I tried to comfort her, but without effect. Finally, she went down on her knees and implored me not to go; at least to wait a day or two before starting.
It was all very ridiculous but I did not feel comfortable. However, there was business to be done, and I could allow nothing to interfere with it. …


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  • Head Tutor

Thank you for sharing this, Butterfly55!

Indeed, Macmillan e-books that have an accompanying audio file are very good for reinforcing grammatical structures and expanding vocabulary.

The most effective way of using such material is using the audio file to take dictations and then checking what you've written against the e-book.

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Thanks for the reply. Have to say that I still make too many mistakes when rewriting one of your sample exercises.

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  • Head Tutor

You're welcome.

Never worry about mistakes. That's what the exercises and tests are for: to show you where there are gaps so you can review the relevant part of the lessons and fill those gaps. 

Happy continuation!

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