When I was sixteen years old, I made my first visit to theUnited States. It wasn’t the first time I had been abroad. Like most English children I learned French at school. And I had often been toFrance, so I was used to speaking a foreign language to people who didn’t understand English. But when I went toAmericaI was really looking forward to having a nice easy holiday without any language barriers.
How wrong I was! The misunderstandings(误解) began at the airport. I was looking for a public telephone to give my American friend Penny a call and tell her that I had arrived. A friendly old man saw me looking lost and asked if he could help me.
“Yes,” I said, “I want to give my friend a ring.”
“Well, that’s nice,” he said. “Are you getting married? But aren’t you a bit young?”
“Who is talking about marriage?”I replied. “I only want to give my friend a ring to tell her I’ve arrived. Can you tell me where there’s a phone box?”
“Oh!” he said, “There’s a phone downstairs.”
When at last we met, Penny explained the misunderstandings to me.
“Don’t worry,” she said to me. “I had so many difficulties at first. There are lots of words which the Americans use differently in meaning from British. You’ll soon get used to all the funny things they say. Most of the time British and American people understand each other!”
1.At first the writer thought _____ in America.
A.he wouldn’t have any language difficulties
B.he would not understand the Americans
C.the Americans might not understand him
D.it wouldn’t be an easy and relaxing holiday
2.From the passage we can see that “give somebody a ring”_____.
A.means the same in America as in England
B.means “call somebody” to the old man
C.has two different meanings
D.means “be going to get married” in England
3.In the last paragraph, the underlined “they” refers to _____.
A.the old man and the boy
4.Penny will agree with the idea that _____.
A.Americans use words entirely differently from
B.ritishB. Americans speak in a funny way
C.It will be hard for the author to get used to American English
D.Americans and British can understand each other in most cases