W:What are we going to get for Lydia’s birthday?
M:How about a pair of running shoes?
W:You know she hates doing exercise.
M:Then I guess we can buy her a birthday cake.
M:Excuse me. Do you have time to help take a picture of us?
W:Oh, I’m sorry. I’ve got to catch a bus.
M:It really annoys me when Kate calls her friends during office hours.
W:If I were you, I would tell her to stop.
M:Maybe you’re right. I will talk to her sometime.
M:Here’s the menu, Madame. Would you like something to drink?
W:Yes, please. May I see the wine list?
M:Certainly. Here you are.
M:We need to have some fresh air. Do you mind my opening the window?
W:As a matter of fact, I’m feeling a bit cold.
M:Guess what I’ll be doing this summer!
M:I’m going to work at the Riverside Hotel.
W:What exactly will you be doing?
M:Let’s see. I’ll be doing some small repairs inside and outside the hotel. I’ll be cutting grass and taking care of the flowers.
W:Sounds interesting. What’s the pay?
M:Well, er. . . about $15 an hour. Five hours a day and Sunday free.
W:That’s good money. What are you going to do with it?
M:I’ll pay for the textbooks for next term.
M:Hi, Sue, how’s it going?
W:Oh, hi, Frank. Just fine. How are your classes?
M:Pretty good. I’m glad this is my last term here, though.
W:Why is that?I thought you were enjoying school.
M:I was, but now I’m getting tired of it. I’m ready for the real world.
W:What are you planning to do when you graduate?
M:First I want to get a job as a computer programmer, and then after five years or so I’d like to start my own business.
W:Sounds good. I still have three terms to go until I’m done.
M:You’ll make it for sure!Well, see you later.
M:Hello, Milton Hotel reservations. How may I assist you?
W:Hi, I’m calling to make some changes to an existing reservation.
M:Certainly. Do you have the reservation number?
W:Sure, it’s 219.
M:That’s a reservation for Sally Menkel. Is that right?
W:Yes, that’s right. I’d like to change the check-in date from September 15th to September 16th.
M:Certainly. I can make that change for you. Is that the only change?
W:No, the check-out date will also change, from the 23rd to the 24th.
M:No problem. We have you arriving on the 16th of September and leaving the 24th of September, altogether 8 nights. Will there be anything else?
W:Yes, instead of a courtyard room, I’d like a room with a view, preferably on an upper floor.
M:I can certainly change that for you, but there will be a change in the room rate. The new rate is $199 per night, instead of the original $179.
W:That’s OK. These are all the changes. Thank you very much.
M:You’re welcome. Have a nice day.
W:Gordon, I’m going to Keswick in the Lake District this weekend.
W:Yeah, five of us. Why don’t you join us?We’re getting to Keswick on Friday. Then we’re going boating on Saturday. And on Sunday we’re going to do some shopping. Then I will take some time to visit my Aunt Lucy.
M:You’re not going to camp, are you?Isn’t it a bit cold?
W:No, we’re not — it is a bit cold. We’re staying in a country inn. It’s not like five star hotels or anything but it’s really comfortable.
M:Hmm. Sounds interesting. You know, it’s the boating that I don’t like.
W:Well, what are you up to?
M:Sit on my sofa all weekend and watch the DVDs I’ve just bought. And that will be a busy weekend. I may finish watching Friends.
W:I don’t know how you can do that all weekend, Gordon. I’d get bored.
M:I know, I know. But that’s really what I want to do.
M:Hello!Welcome to the program. In America, May and June are the traditional months for graduations. A listener in China, Wang Ming, who’s about to get an engineering degree, wants to know how American college graduates find jobs. Right now the answer is:not very easily.
A latest study on the college job market showed that employers wanted to hire twenty-two percent fewer graduates this year than last. The study also showed that just twenty percent of those who looked for jobs before graduation have found one by now. This is compared to half of students who had looked for a job by this time two years ago. But one difference:fewer of this year’s graduates have started to search for jobs. Engineering graduates were more likely to have started their job search already and to have accepted a job. This is among the best-paid professions for people with just a college degree. On average, engineering majors expect to start at about sixty-two thousand dollars a year.