M: Fried chicken is our famous dish. Would you like to taste it?
W: Well, I need another minute.
M: OK, Madam. Take your time.
W: Hi! This is Lucy from Dr. Black’s office. We just want to remind you of your appointment on Thursday.
M: Thank you. I almost forget.
W: Look at the robot singing and dancing.
M: That’s amazing — if it could play chess, I would definitely buy one.
W: Sing, dance and play chess — yes, I would too!
M: We will have a party at Mary’s café on Sunday. Would you like to join us?
W: Really? I’m glad you invite me. That’s a great chance for us to talk about the old days.
W: So what do you usually do in your free time?
M: At the moment, I’m spending most of my free time learning German. I also enjoy playing the violin. How about you?
W: I go to the sports club and do some exercise once a week.
W: I visited the new museum near the city center last month. It opened two weeks ago. You’d like it.
M: Why? Is there lots of information about trees?
W: No. It’s mainly about wild birds that live in the forest. When I went there, there was a special plant exhibition, and they’re having a study day for teenagers there about different kinds of clouds. M: That’s useful for me when I go sailing.
M: What shall we do this weekend?
W: Do you have something special in mind?
M: No, not really. I just thought it might be fun to do something new.
W: Do something for a change, you mean?
M: Yes, something different.
W: I usually go shopping and have my hair cut during the weekend and you usually watch football matches on TV.
M: Yes, you often have tea with your friends. And I sometimes play cards with my friends. We have seldom done anything together since we were married.
W: Now I’ve got an idea. Why don’t we go for a picnic this weekend?
M: Good idea! I will choose the place and you can prepare the food.
W: Hi, Gary. How handsome you are in the blue coat!
M: Thank you. I’m very glad to hear that.
W: I like your new coat very much. Where did you get it?
M: Well, I got it from the department store where there are many clothes, from shirt to skirt, from jacket to coat.
W: Oh. I know that store. Clothes there are expensive for me. How much did it cost you?
M: Not as much as the saleswoman asked for. She wanted $90.
W: So, how much did you pay for it in the end?
M: I tried to make her bring down to half the price.
W: Wow! How smart you are! In fact, I have been attracted by a cool hat in that store for a long time. Can you help me bring its price down?
M: I’m not sure, but I can have a try.
W: Then, thank you very much.
W: Hello, Mr. Anderson. My name is Jenny Green, and I’m a secretary at Feiyu Food Company.
M: I don’t think we have an appointment.
W: No, we don’t. I’m very sorry to just show up like this.
M: Since you are already here, what can I do for you?
W: Well, I know that your supermarket was founded three years ago and business has been good for the past two years.
M: I’m quite busy, Miss Green. If you don’t mind, please get straight to the point.
W: OK. You may have heard of products made by our company. We also have TV advertisements. We would like to work with you. If we cooperate, it’ll certainly help your business.
M: I’m quite satisfied with the food company that serves us now. Its products are popular with customers.
W: Here. At least take a look at some of our products.
M: All right... These are pretty good indeed, but...
W: The price is very reasonable. And you don’t even need to worry about a contract. If you are not satisfied, we will adjust the price.
M: Well, I know, but now I have an important meeting. Leave your card. I’ll call you when necessary.
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