W: I can't find my cellphone.
M: Did you leave it in your bedroom?
W: I don't remember. I have such a bad memory.
M: Don't worry. I'll call you and we'll find it.
W: Hi, Mike. Have you decided where you're going to go on holiday?
M: I want to go to Thailand but my girlfriend prefers Korea.
W: So where will you go?
M: The latter.
M: Hello! My name is Adam Smith. I didn't get my luggage when I arrived here this morning.
W: I'll put you through to the lost-and-found office so they can let you know once your luggage arrives.
M: Thanks. Now let me tell you what my suitcase looks like.
M: Good morning, madam. I'd like to sign up for a new language course.
W: We have French classes, Spanish classes, and German classes. What language course do you want to take?
M: French classes. I hope to move to Paris one day.
W: Honey, I bought this fish and will cook it for dinner tonight.
M: Let me see. Oh, it doesn't look all that fresh to me now.
W: How about making something else instead? Got anything in the fridge?
W: Have you finished packing, Joseph?
M: Almost. I just need to pack my camera.
W: So what's stopping you? It's already half past two. Your train will leave in two hours. You should get going now.
M: I lent my camera to David last week. He's on his way here now. Don't worry. He'll drive me to the station. It only takes half an hour to get there by car.
W: OK. I hope you'll have a great time with your grandparents in the countryside.
M: Thanks. I'm really looking forward to it.
M: Are you still learning Chinese?
W: Yes, but I don't have enough time for it. I have so many other things to do every day.
M: It is the same with me. I can read Chinese now, but I still find it difficult to speak Chinese. And I don't always understand people when they speak Chinese to me.
W: We don't hear Chinese enough, I think. Do you listen to the radio from China?
M: Yes, I listen to the news from China almost every day. That helps me understand Chinese, but not to speak it.
W: We'd better go to China for a holiday.
M: Right. That'll be the best way.
W: Hello,everyone. Welcome to our program. Today, we are fortunate to have a special guest with us. Some of you may have heard of him before. He's an artist. His works have received many prizes and have been shown in over one hundred exhibitions across the country — Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, to name just a few. His name is Chris Cucksy. So Chris, tell us a bit about yourself.
M: Well, I was born in Springfield, Missouri, and grew up in Kansas. I didn't come from a family with wealth or position, but I did manage to get a master's degree in fine arts.
W: When did you first start to make art？ And what was the turning point in your life that made you an artist?
M: I always liked drawing as early as I can remember, so right from then, I knew that I was going to be an artist.
W: What is it that always inspires you to create?
M: Nature is the biggest inspiration. I'm always inspired by things of beauty and harmony.
W: Brad, I love your story. It's really exciting. How did you get inspired?
M: Well, one day last month I was waiting for my flight to Beijing and I saw a couple. They were both buying newspapers at that moment.
W: Why did they draw your attention? People often buy some newspapers and magazines to read at the airport.
M: Every few seconds the woman looked around. I wondered if someone was following them. You know, they might not be a real couple. They might just pretend to be a couple. It was very likely that they were trying to run away.
W: So you thought that they might be robbers or thieves?
M: Yes. I thought that they were bank robbers. I imagined they had robbed a bank and were trying to run away to another country.
W: Did you call the police?
M: No. The woman turned out to be waiting for someone. And they were really not a couple. They were just friends. Though I made a mistake, I got inspired to write the story.
W: It seems you like observing others very much.
M: Yes. In order to write good stories, I must do that. But I usually just observe others from a distance. I don't want to be considered strange.
W: Have I got any punishment when I was young? Well, yes, of course. I was only punished once while I was at school and that was only because I was forced to do something I didn't want to do. I got punished because of a boy, who I was really frightened of. He used to cheat in exams by hiding his notes in a roll of toilet paper and going to the toilet shortly after the exam had started in order to read them. It was quite a clever idea, but he got caught after a teacher found them. Then he tried writing his notes on the classroom wall. But when he moved the desk so that he could read them, a teacher saw him and he had to stop. Then, one day, he told me he would be sitting behind me and I was to move my paper so that he could read what I'd written. I did as he had said, but a teacher saw us and we were both punished. I had to write a composition about honesty but I think the teacher realized what happened, because she apologized for having to punish me. I can hardly forget the experience.