W: How much will it cost my daughter and me to go to Beijing by bus?
M: It's 90 yuan for you and half of the ticket price for your daughter as she is under 1.2 meters.
M: Honey, you've been on the phone for a couple of hours. Who are you talking with?
W: It's Sally, Daddy. She always knows the latest news from school, and she couldn't wait to tell me.
W: Listen! What's that noise?
M: Look out of the window and you'll see. The cat is out in the backyard, playing with a vase I threw away yesterday.
M: What's your lunch special?
W: All our specials are listed on the menu.
W: There will be a close basketball match between Class One and our class on the playground this afternoon.
M: How I wish I could have time to watch it.
W: Could you please find a book for me?
M: OK, what's the title of it?
W: I only know the author is Christopher Vogler and it's a book about writing.
M: That works. Let me look it up on the computer. OK, now I found one book with the author's name. It's The Writer's Journey:Mythic Structure for Writers.
W: That's it. I remember it now.
M: Good. Now go upstairs and look for it. There are also a great many other books about writing up there.
W: Thank you.
W: David, you can play the guitar, can't you?
M: I've played for about six years. But I haven't practiced it much since I went to college. Why do you ask?
W: I'm singing for a group that meets every Wednesday. We have several piano and violin players, but no guitar player. I'd love to invite you to play the guitar for us.
M: Who is directing the group?
W: Janet Pearson.
M: Well, I'm afraid I need a lot of practice before I can play before audiences.
W: Don't worry about that. Miss Pearson will teach you if necessary.
M: Then I think I can have a try.
W: I'm sure you'll be just fine. I expect to see you next Wednesday.
M: Hi, Judy. It's Peter Ken from ABC Company. I'd like to tell you that we have received the machine and are quite satisfied with it. But we are disappointed that there wasn't much choice of color.
W: Sorry to hear that. We will fax you the brochure this afternoon. It shows color pictures of all our models.
W: Can we expect an order from you?
M: Yes. That's why I am calling. I want to order 500 machines. I wonder if you can make the delivery by the end of this month.
W: OK. We can do that. I will work out this agreement this evening. Would you be free to come over tomorrow morning to sign it?
M: I'm afraid I can't. I've got a staff meeting at ten then. Shall we meet at lunchtime?
W: Sure, sounds good! Bye for now!
W: Hello. Care for the Community. How can I help you?
M: Oh, good morning. I'm interested in doing some part-time work for your organization. My name is Philippa Tailor. I'm a student at the University of California.
W: Good morning, Philippa. When would you be available to work? Days? Evenings?
M: Well, days would be difficult, as I have classes then. I was thinking maybe a couple of evenings a week, or maybe three. But no more than that.
W: OK. Philippa, why are you interested in working for us?
M: Well, I major in Social Care Studies. I'm hoping to apply for a job in social care when I graduate, and this would give me some work experience in this field.
W: Great. And what makes you suitable for this kind of work?
M: Well, I have very good communication skills. That's my strong point, I think. And I'm a good listener.
W: Hmm. What I'd like to do, if it's OK with you, is fix an appointment so we can meet and talk about this some more. It wouldn't be anything formal, not an interview or anything like that. Er, how about Tuesday 9th September at 4:30?
M: Ah, I'm sorry. I have a lesson then. Would Wednesday be possible?
W: The 10th? Yes, that would be fine.
W:Good evening. You are listening to Popworld of BC&D International. I'm Susan Welch.
Well, first, I would like to say a few words to my dearest listeners who are not very familiar with this program.
Since many people want to listen to and understand pop songs, radio producers at BC&D International have made hundreds of programs over the years. We have a vast library of the golden old classical songs, as well as the latest pop songs.
For those of you who like a bit of background with your favorite music, there's The History of Pop or The Road to Music.These two series bring you the language of pop music and information about the periods and the artists. If you want to hear from the artists themselves, there's a new series called About the Big Hits. It is about the meaning and ideas behind their songs.
If you want to understand the words to big music hits, Popworld is the program for you. After all, it's hard enough for native English speakers to understand most pop songs. So if English isn't your first language, you shouldn't be surprised if the words to many songs leave you in the dark.