W: How long will I wait?
M: It may be twenty or thirty minutes during weekdays. But today is during the weekend, there are so many patients waiting outside. Maybe you need to wait for about 45 minutes.
M: Can you lend me your biology book? I’ll give it back to you on Friday.
W: Good, because I’m writing my essay at the weekend.
M: Have you seen Mary? I have a meeting with her today.
W: She’s off to Italy for a one-day meeting, isn’t she?
M: That’s next week.
W: Then she must be in the manager’s office. That’s right, and it’s computer training.
M: Did you get anything from the duty-free shop?
W: Well, I looked for the CDs I had promised I would get for Tony. Unfortunately, they’d sold all of them, so I had enough money for a handbag for myself. But I forgot about the chocolates for Mary.
W: Hey, is this really you?
M: Yes. I really love it.
W: When did you take it?
M: At Christmas when I was ten. I got a new camera from my parents. And I took this picture with it.
W: Morning, Alan.
M: Hi, Jane. I’m on my way to the department meeting now, so as I am passing your office, I think I should ask for those sales figures I need.
W: What? The ones for your lecture on Friday?
M: That’s right. I will be in conference tomorrow, so I’ll take them with me now if I can.
W: Fine. Here they are.
W: Hi, Tom. You look unhappy. What happened?
M: I’m worried about the presentation which I have to give next Friday evening. I don’t know how to prepare for it.
W: Oh, maybe you can ask for some advice from our tutor or senior students who have given a presentation before.
M: But how can I get in touch with such a senior student?
W: You can look for some useful information on our school network, www.studentlink.com.
M: Really? Can I get all the answers on the website?
W: Of course. You can ask questions on the website, and then wait for someone to answer. Or you can also keep in touch with our tutor by e-mail or telephone.
W: What were you doing when the car crash happened?
M: I was cycling home from school with my friend.
W: Were you going fast?
M: I don’t think so. That’s a medium speed for my bicycle. I usually cycle like this and nothing has ever happened.
W: What color were the traffic lights?
M: They had turned green for us.
W: So how do you remember the accident?
M: The businessman was walking across when his phone rang. He stopped to answer it, I guess. It was still ringing when we were already sitting on the ground.
W: Did you see the car crash?
M: Yes. The driver didn’t stop the car until it was too late. The businessman was knocked over. I fell off my bike and my legs were hurt here, but I was worried about the businessman. He was unconscious when the ambulance came.
M: Ms. Fischer. I see you are now working at the university in teaching program development.
M: It says here that you are developing language lessons for the computer. So why are you interested in our company?
W: Well, the project that I’m working on is going to end in a few months, but I have become very interested in the field and would like to continue it.
M: But right now you are developing software. If you worked for us, you would be selling software.
W: Yes, I understand that. I’ve been working recently on testing the programs on students, and I’ve learned a great deal from that process. That means that I can explain the product in a convincing manner.
M: Yes, that certainly would be an advantage. Do you have a lot of international travel experience? For this job, we would be sending you abroad.
W: Well, I’ve traveled to Asia twice. I went to Japan once and Korea the other time. I have always wanted to go to South America.
M: Chile might be your choice then.
W: That sounds fascinating.
M: OK. Welcome, everybody. We’re lucky with the weather today. It is unusual for it to be sunny with the gentle wind here at this time of year — we’re more used to rain, which is why everything’s so green. Now, Cork is Ireland’s second most populous city. The city center is actually on an island surrounded by the river. When people arrive in the city by car, they often get very confused by all the bridges they keep crossing as they go from one part of the city to another. As we walk down St. Patrick’s Street, you’ll see on one side old buildings going back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. On the other side are mainly modern offices and shops. You may want to come back and spend some time looking at the older buildings we pass. After that, we will visit the famous food market. If you want to stop and buy something, I suggest the bread, which they bake several times a day, but it’s a bit hot to carry that around today. In the Grand Parade we’ll go past some very pretty buildings, and then we’ll stop in the cafe in the art gallery for a drink. This is an excellent place to have lunch if you want to come back another day. We can’t visit the university and the public museum on this walk but I recommend that you go there another day. Now, if you’re ready, we’ll set off.