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COSTA AND RICK
calls me "Costa"
I'm Manuel Balthazar Costa, I'm 27,
and I'm married to Gloria. Everyone just calls me 'Costa'. We have
a son Tiago, 5 and a daughter Sara, 3. I was a
dairy farmer in
I came to Britain first on honeymoon in 1992, when I saw snow
for the first time. I fell in love with the countryside in
Britain. So, in 1996, when times were very hard on the farm, I
decided to come back to Britain. I had no work to come to, and
spoke almost no English. Gloria was
heavily pregnant, and Sara
was born fifteen days after we arrived.
It was very hard at first. I asked my friend Rick
to print me some
leafletsadvertising my services as a gardener, and I
posted 2000 of them through
letterboxes myself. I got just two
jobs from that, but the people recommended me to their friends,
and they recommended me to their friends, and so on.
At first I had real problems understanding my
remember a man
kept telling me ‘Four?’
– except he was really
asking me ‘What for?’ But gradually my English has improved, and
now I have over 50 customers.
call me "Rick"
I'm Henrique Sa Carvalho, aged 23,
but people just call me 'Rick'. I was a student in Portugal. I came to
Britain in 1993 to realise my
goal of becoming a computer
engineer. Like Costa, I had no job to come to, but I took work
washing up in a restaurant. After three months I was
chef, and worked there for three more years. I learned most of
my English here and at evening classes.
When the restaurant closed I became a
salesman with a printing
company. It was
while I was here that I printed Costa's leaflets!
I didn't stay long. The hours were long, the money was poor, and
I had no time to go to school.
So I sold my convertible sports car, bought
tools and a
gardening. The money is much better, but the hours
In 1998 I married my girlfriend, Bernadette, and a few months
Il started a computing course.
This led to my
goal of being a Computer Service Engineer for Microsoft. It's
strange to think that I told my teachers at school in Portugal
that I'd never need English!
SAY WHICH STATEMENTS ARE ABOUT RICK AND
WHICH ARE ABOUT COSTA.
He got a lot of work through recommendation.
He got married and started a computing course.
He became a chef and learnt English at evening classes.
He was a dairy farmer in Portugal.
He took work washing up in a restaurant.
He returned to Britain and looked for work.
He was a student who wanted to be a computer engineer.
He came to Britain on honeymoon.
He advertised his services as a gardener.
He became a salesman with a printing company, then a gardener.
dairy farmer: productor de
leche on honeymoon: de luna de miel almost no: casi
nada de heavily pregnant:
con gravidez muy avanzada to print me: que me imprimiera leaflets: folletos
advertising: publicitando posted: envié por correo letterboxes: buzones jobs: empleos customers:
clientes kept telling me:
objetivo, meta washing up: lavar
los platos promoted:
ascendido salesman: vendedor while I was here:
fue mientras hacía eso I didn't stay long:
no lo hice mucho tiempo tools:
herramientas van: camioneta,
jardinería are still long: todavía eran muchas this led: esto
condujo that I'd never need: que nunca necesitaría inglés