M: There’s a new bakery on the next street. Should we get some pork pies or beef pies this morning?
W: I want something sweet. The egg cake lady just opened her doors. Let’s go and stand in line.
W: I’m making a card for my language teacher. I can’t remember the German for "Get better soon".
M: Why don’t you ask your neighbor Ingrid? She speaks German fluently.
W: It’s National Day. Let’s go to the square and see the performances.
M: First, let’s visit my parents and have breakfast with them, like we do every year.
W: Of course! On our way, let’s pick up a gift for them at the store.
M: You look sad. What’s on your mind?
W: I’m not sad at all. I’m just thinking about something, Dad. How are you feeling?
M: Oh, I'm just happy to be spending time with you today, sweetheart!
W: Excuse me. Can we get a table for four people?
M: Sure. But you may need to wait for a few minutes. Please sit in the waiting area and take a look at the menu first.
W: This slide is so big! It looks dangerous.
M: It probably is. It's called a stone slide. I bet it hurts a lot if you fall off your box.
W: What box?
M: You have to sit on something when you slide, or else you’ll tear your pants and hurt your legs. Most people sit on a big, fold-up paper box. See? There’s a pile of them next to the slide. Hey, Sandy, I dare you to try it!
W: Dave, do I look like I’m scared?
M: Your face is a little white.
W: Well, I’m not afraid. But you go first.
M: Ha! I knew it. All right, see you at the bottom!
M: Good morning, madam. Today we are going to a wonderful place where you can see some rare birds. After that there will be a thirty-minute bike tour around a small island.
W: How lovely! But first of all, can I know about the hotel where I’m going to stay？
M: Yes, of course. The Beach Hotel opened in 2017. And it sits on the seaside. It is the most beautiful hotel here.
W: That sounds great.
M: And there are some restaurants near it. So, at dinnertime, you’d have a lot of choices. You can enjoy the delicious food.
W: That’s really nice. I like to have some local foods while traveling. What about the scenery around it?
M: The hotel has the best views of the ocean.
W: Oh, I can’t wait to live in the hotel.
W: Did you know the Apple smartwatch can save your life?
M: No, how is that?
W: The alarm on one woman’s watch went off when her heart started beating much faster. She didn’t even know it was happening. She went to the doctor to ensure that nothing was wrong. But they tested her and found out she was starting to have a heart attack!
M: That’s amazing. If it had happened to me, I would have thought it was from walking fast or running.
W: She wasn’t doing anything active.
M: If the watch can find certain problems, it will probably become more popular, especially with elderly people.
W: The younger generation is into a healthy living. They will probably be good customers, too.
M: Hmm... I wonder if other companies like Samsung and Huawei will get in on this part of the market. They must be waiting to see what happens with Apple watch sales.
W: Actually, my friends have smartwatches from those companies already. I like my Fitbit watch, personally. The battery lasts a very long time.
M: What are you reading about, Sue?
W: Oh, just some funny news about big, scary lake creatures.
M: I thought people didn’t believe that stuff anymore.
W: Well, people keep taking videos of strange things they see in the water. Everyone has a smartphone these days, so more people are sharing their experiences instantly on social media. There are many lake monsters around the world. For example, Lake Superior has its own stories about a lake monster. But the original Nessie in Scotland is still the most famous. Stories about it have been around since 1933. But there’s another creature that interests me more. It’s the Kanas Lake Monster, right here in China.
M: You mean Kanas Lake in Xinjiang?
W: Yes. In 1985， the university studied the lake and said there are creatures living in it that are as long as 15 meters. It’s a very old lake, you know.
M: Do you really think there are monsters in that lake? It’s not even one of the biggest lakes in China. How would they survive in there?
W: I don’t know. But it’s thrilling to think there might be very large animals alive in the world that we’ve never seen!
M: Well, Dad studied biology in England in the 1970s. He must have heard a lot about Nessie. Go ask him if he thinks it’s possible that these creatures exist.
M: Hello students. It’s great to be here today. I’m excited to tell you about my life experiences and the lessons I’ve learned. The most important lesson I learned in my life is the importance of hard work. We all have dreams, and to achieve them we must work hard. I’m now the owner of my own business. But I started with nothing. I came to the United States with my mother when I was ten years old. She wanted me to have a better life than we did in our country. She worked very hard to clean houses so I could have food and clothes. More than anything she wanted me to go to school and be successful. She taught me that everyone can do these things through effort and determination. So I entered a middle school in the U.S. and worked as hard as I could on my studies. I asked the teacher for extra help after class and learned English from my new friends. When I finished high school, my hard work paid off. I got a scholarship to university where I also determined to learn all I could. After college, one of my business professors helped me get a loan to open my own business. It was a struggle, but five years later I owned a growing business at the age of thirty! My mother is so proud. Remember, anything that’s worth having is something you have to work for.