Cafe Puccini lesson

Английский по методу A J Hoge с адаптацией от Романа Пронина.  Это большой урок состоящий из 2 рассказов. Освоение минимум 2 недели.

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My favorite spot in San Francisco is
Cafe Puccini- located in the North Beach
neighborhood of the city. North Beach has a long and interesting history.
It was originally the neighborhood for Italian
immigrants in the city- and
even today it has many Italian people, cafes, and restaurants.
As a kid, the famous baseball player Joe Dimaggio lived in North Beach.
The most famous period for the neighborhood,
however, was in the late 1950s and the 1960s—when North Beach
served as the center of San Francisco’s
In particular, North Beach was home to the Beat writers and poets.
The Beats developed a new, free, open
style of writing. They also
challenged the
conservative society of America in the 50s, and
helped create San Francisco’s
uniquely liberal culture.
Many credit the Beats as the fathers and mothers of the 1960s
cultural renaissance in America.
Among the most famous Beat writers were Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Gary Snyder-
all of whom lived in North Beach
at various times in their lives. The
focal point
of the movement  was City Lights Bookstore-
owned by
the anarchist poet  Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In the 1950s, City Lights
made history when they published Allen Ginsberg’s
controversial poem «Howl»- which
shocked mainstream Americans at the time.
Soon after, Jack Kerouac
followed with his books «On The Road» and «
The Dharma Bums«— and the Beat movement
was born. Ferlinghetti is
still the owner of the bookstore, and City Lights is still a popular
independent publisher.
And North Beach is still home to artists and writers,
although it has become much more expensive
and now attracts
wealthier residents as well as tourists.
Even though
the literary scene is not what it used to be- North Beach still has many
family owned cafes. You’ll find artists, writers, poets,
entrepreneurs, musicians, businesspeople, and tourists
relaxing together in them.
Для более полного освоения курса рекомендую со словарем заниматься отдельно.

spot: place

so suddenly

conservative people hate him


maybe even return to the Past

he frowned he cried

no one could beat Stephen Kin


they could not pick a winner everybody



a lot of people followed this technique of fast writing
technique of fast writing

he’s a very controversial writer creates a lot of conflict a lot of argument

large numbers of writers began

his writing creates disagreement

the judges the group of writers the referees read both papers both stories were fantastic

you don’t need to say every word correctly

labor union people

his writing two people agree

he cried

he laughed

past tense

wants to improve

held both writers side

lot of facial gestures

him except they decided to hold the competition

he made noise

to prove

King accepted

Stephen King wrote calmly

he seemed very confident

he shook his head

a little bit today

we talked about the Italian rent back in the 1500s and 1600s

I mention that those writers at the time they took the beat writers


interact communicate

equally as equals

very strong many people are against abortion

but an employee at Microsoft someone who works there is not an entrepreneur

they’re talking loudly if they have a lot of emotion

his feet

immigrants: foreigners who come to live in a (new) country

to be upset by something

it doesn’t bother them it’s okay

period: time

served as: was

literary: re: writing and books

renaissance: a time of artistic improvement; a time of art (and science)

in particular: specifically

developed: made,

created style: way of doing something

challenged: disagreed with

conservative: traditional; old; against change

uniquely: specially; not like others

liberal: new; wanting change and improvement

credit: compliment; identify

renaissance: a time of great art (and science)

various: different, some

focal point: center point; gathering place

the movement: a change in society; a group trying to change society

anarchist: political group that is against authority and control

made history: became famous; did something famous

controversial: creates conflict or disagreement

shocked: surprised and angered

mainstream: normal (society, culture) independent

publishers: a small bookstore or publisher (not a chain)

wealthier residents: richer people (living in the neighborhood)

the literary scene: the writing situation (in the city)

entrepreneurs: businesspeople who start and own a business

My favorite is Cafe Puccini,

which is named after the Italian 
opera composer. The cafe owner is Italian. He often plays opera music, and every day he sits at a table in the back and chats with his friends.
They hold long animated conversations in Italian,
adding to the music of the place.
I go to that cafe often. I usually get
mocha, find a small table, and    
then write articles for Effortless English. Sometimes I study a
little Spanish or Japanese. Sometimes I read. Sometimes
I just watch the people walk by the windows.
The staff
never seems
to mind that I stay a long time- they are always friendly.
On sunny days I sit at a table on the
sidewalk, but now,
during the winter, I stay 
If you get a
chance to visit San Francisco, stop by Cafe Puccini. Its located near the 
intersection of Columbus and Vallejo streets, in North Beach.
Be sure to bring a book by Kerouac or Ginsberg. Sit
enjoy the opera music, and 
relax for a while. No one will 
hurry you.


named after: given the same name as someone or something

composer: someone who writes music

hold: have; do

animated: emotional; having a lot of movement and gestures
to mind: to be bothered; to care
the intersection: where two (or more) streets cross each other
hurry: rush; make you leave quickly

I stay a long time and this case the verb to mind means to be bothered by something

I think is a little easier than some of our past articles

you will absorb the vocabulary

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