M: Can you type?
W: Yes, about eighty words a minute. I have been working as a typist for fifteen years.
M: That’s great. I can’t type more than forty-five.
W: Which is your favorite TV channel?
M: I like to watch the sports channel, ESPN.
W: Don’t you watch any other channels?
M: Sometimes I also watch Discovery, History and some news channels.
W: Mr. White is fluent in Spanish, and now he is going to learn French.
M: I’ve heard he also knows a little Japanese.
M: Was there anything valuable in the missing bag, madam?
W: Yes, my purse and my keys. Luckily, I was using my mobile phone at the time.
M: Anything else?
W: No, nothing else.
W: I’d like this textbook, but the cover is damaged. Do you have any other copies?
M: If that is the only copy on the self, I’ll give you a discount.
W: What’s the matter with you?
M: I’ve been having headaches.
W: How long have they been bothering you?
M: Umm… They started about two months ago. Oh, no. It must be about three months ago.
At first, I thought as if I had flu because I had a running nose and a bit of a temperature.
W: I see. And do the headaches come on at any particular time?
M: They are usually worse in the morning, especially during the past two weeks.
W: Now let me check if there is anything serious.
M: Hello, Robert speaking.
W: Hi, it’s Emma. I’m glad you’re there. It’s about our appointment on Wednesday morning. I’m afraid I can’t make it now.
M: Oh, that’s a shame.
W: I’m sorry. There was a change in my business partner’s plan. And Wednesday is the only day she is able to see me.
M: That’s okay. But we need to find another date.
W: I could manage sometime Thursday. How about you?
M: Sorry, I got an important meeting all day. What about Friday?
W: I’ll go to an exhibition in the morning, but I could come to your office after that.
M: Great! Look forward to seeing you then. Bye!
M: Welcome to the Summer Festival Program. We offer three major events today: Youth Celebrations, River Festival and Songs of Summer. If you love to dance, Youth Celebrations may be your choice. Students from various countries including Canada, America and Australia are each performing three dance pieces. If you like to stay by the river, River Festival will offer you a day of fun on the river bank, followed by fireworks in the evening. For music lovers, Songs of Summer brings you the Hunton Group who will perform old and new songs all about the summer. Hope everyone will have a good time.
W: Good morning, Plaza Hotel. Can I help you?
M: Hello, I’m just checking the room rates. How much are the single rooms, please?
W: Well, sir, the singles are now from 180 to 240 dollars.
M: And the doubles?
W: The double rooms are now 270 to 330 dollars.
M: That includes tax, I suppose.
W: No. But the price does include breakfast and service charge is extra.
M: Thank you very much. I think I got that. That’s singles from 180 to 240 dollars, doubles to 270 dollars.
W: No. The price of doubles is from 270 to 330 dollars.
M: Oh, I see. And can I get an extra bed if we need one?
W: Yes, of course. An extra bed is 45 dollars.
M: Okay, that’s fine. Thank you very much.
W: You’re welcome.
W: So many books here. Which one do you think Kate would like?
M: No idea. How about Tasty Fish? It’s fifteen pounds and it’s got so many color pictures in it.
W: So does the book Something Fishy. It’s also got many instructions for cooking.
M: It seems to be fairly traditional. How about World Wide Fish?
W: Oh, it looks more like a reference book than a cook book. A lot of reading, and not many pictures.
M: It’s interesting, though, the way it’s organized fish by fish.
W: That’s true. How much is it?
M: Twelve pounds.
W: And one I picked up first?
M: Something Fishy? Oh, here it is. That’s seventeen pounds.
W: Hmm… Well, this one has a nice combination of pictures and instructions. Anyway, we can’t spend all day here. I’m going to take this.
W: Hello, and welcome to our program of successful business women. Today, we are looking at the story of Maria Silvers, the founder of a chain of coffee bars. She comes from Singapore, but later moved to London with her family. Her father, who was a factory manager, filled her with a belief in hard work. Maria studied political science at university. After leaving university, she became a teacher. When her father died, she went to New York for a break. Every morning, she’d go to a coffee bar. When she got back to London, she realized that there was nothing like those coffee bars. So she decided to give up her job and do something about it. She opened the first coffee bar in 1995, and her success was quick. She opened ten more the following year. Now she is proud of her success and plans to open eighty more besides the eighty-five she already has. And Maria is only 33 years old.