W: Are you focusing on the World Cup?
M: Oh, no. I'm watching an instructive public interest advertisement.
M: Don't you have any hobbies, like stamp collecting or things like that?
W: No, I don't have any hobbies. How about you?
M: I have just one — photography. It's expensive, but it's a lot of fun.
W: Tony, thank you for bringing those old coins today. They really helped to bring our history class to life.
M: You're welcome, Miss.
W: Don't forget to take them home with you tonight.
W: Will you go to see the school performance tomorrow?
M: Of course. A lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes by teachers and students, and parents have put in a lot of hours, too. Nobody will miss it.
W: Hi, Jack. What did you think of the lecture you attended last night?
M: Well, I should have stayed at home. And half of people had left before it was finished.
M: Shall we go to the youth club on Saturday night?
W: I can't. I have to write an article on Sunday, so I want to go to bed early tomorrow. Anyway, I haven't got much money. Why don't you come round and watch a DVD with a pizza or something?
M: Oh, come on! Your sister will be back from university for the weekend. She'll want to go to the club.
W: Yeah, OK! I'm sure she'll lend me some money. I'll try and finish the article tonight.
M: Is everything ready for Billy's birthday party?
W: Yes. I've finished baking the birthday cake and I've set the table. Did you find the party hats?
M: Yes, I did. I've put them on the table for each child. And I've prepared enough biscuits and candies.
W: Good. James, does the birthday cake look wonderful?
M: Sure. But you haven't put the candles on the cake yet.
W: Oh, right. I've prepared some party games for the children, too.
M: I've bought a CD with lots of children's songs on it.
W:Hopefully, Billy will have a nice time.
M: I don't know what to do. I start off studying but I always end up doing something else.
W: I'll help you but please listen to me. Now first, turn off your music. Music doesn't help you study.
M: OK. No music.
W: Have an apple and a glass of water on your desk before you start. Here you are.
W: Because then you don't need to go to the kitchen for something to eat or drink.
W: Turn off your phone.
M: No way!
W: Yes. It stops you working. If you turn it off, it's easier to concentrate. You can read your messages later.
M: OK, but I can't turn off the Internet on my computer. I need it to look up information.
W: OK, but you can turn off your instant messages.
M: I know! Mom?
W: Good afternoon and welcome to You and Your City. Every week we speak to a teenager from a different place. Tonight we're speaking to 17-year-old Dave, who lives in London. Hi, Dave.
M: Hi, Lily.
W: Dave, everyone knows that London is an exciting city for tourists. But what's it like for a teenager living there?
M: Oh, London is a great city to live in. I study at a local school and at the weekend, like all teenagers, hang around with my friends.
W: What do you do?
M: Lots of things. We go to cinemas and clubs. But what I like most is the park. At the weekend the park is crowded with joggers and footballers. In fact, I play football there every Sunday morning with my mates.
W: What else do you enjoy doing?
M: Well, London's famous for its entertainment. There's always a music or street festival on somewhere. I really enjoy those kinds of festivals. Actually, next week there's going to be an international jazz festival. And if you're into theatres, museums or galleries, there are plenty of those around. But to be honest, that's not really my things. Oh, of course there are lots of good restaurants, but I seldom go there.They're too expensive for me!
W: Well, Dave, you seem to live happily in London.
M: Sure, thanks for inviting me to appear on your program. Bye.
Roald Dahl was born in Wales, in 1916. He was an unhappy schoolboy, so after graduating from school he decided to look for adventure. He first worked for the Shell Company in East Africa, where he lived in the jungle, and then he joined the Royal Air Force, as a pilot. He was injured while flying, so in 1942 he went to Washington, where he started his career as a writer.
In 1943 Dahl published The Gremlins, his first children's book, which was followed by many others. They were all very successful because he really connected them with children's interests. He later admitted he couldn't have written children's stories if he hadn't had children of his own. Actually, his books are based on bedtime stories he made up for his own children.
As for his family life, he married Patricia Neal, an actress, and they had five children. However, they were not happy. Patricia suffered a stroke but later recovered. Their marriage ended in divorce. Dahl died in Oxford in 1990. He was a generous man who always donated money to those who needed it. He was awarded several important prizes. His secret for becoming a good writer is lively imagination and hard work.