W: We are running out of time. It’s 12 o’clock.
M: Don’t worry. The film will start in 45 minutes.
M: Have you gotten your shopping done yet?
W: Almost. I got a watch for my husband, but I can’t seem to find anything for my dad. He would probably like a book or a case for his coin collection.
M: Have you heard that all the international flights have been canceled because of the weather?
W: No, I’ve been in the meeting hall all day.
M: Unfortunately, I found it out while waiting for the flight to New York.
W: Hi, David. You are very difficult to reach. I called you several times. But I kept getting a busy signal. Is your phone out of order?
M: No, not out of order. But we seem to have a bad connection on the phone line. I can’t hear you clearly.
W: Would you close your books now? Please remember to write down your name and school number.
M: How long do we have?
W: 90 minutes. If you finish the paper earlier, you can leave the room.
W: Have you chosen the music for the party yet?
M: I was going to just let people bring their own.
W: Oh, I don’t think you should do that. One person needs to be in charge. Otherwise people will start disagreeing. Sonia’s really good at music. You could ask her.
M: OK, have you got her number?
W: Yeah, it’s on my mobile. I’ll text it to you.
W: You know, if we’re going to buy a water heater, we should talk about it. We could go to the mall tomorrow. They’re having a sale.
M: Could we talk about this tomorrow?
W: Well, I’m just trying to plan my day.
M: Please honey, I have worked for 12 hours today. I want to go to sleep now.
M: Hey, come and see my new computer. Look how fast it is.
W: Wow! I can’t believe it. I thought your other computers were fast!
M: Yeah. But this one is like lightning. And the picture’s so clear.
W: Yeah. You always have the latest, don’t you?
M: You bet. This machine is right on the cutting edge of technology. You wouldn’t believe how much I can do. Apart from checking e-mails and chatting, I can watch videos on it while surfing. And it’s not that expensive to upgrade, either. Uh, speaking of computers, how’s yours? Still like it?
W: Yeah, it’s fine. Thanks!
M: I know I gave you one. It was only a year old. Still, are you sure it meets all your needs? Maybe you should think about upgrading.
W: You know me — the only things that I need a computer for are e-mails and word processing. I don’t think I’ll need a new one anytime soon.
W: OK. They are the last customers, so we’re done for the evening. How did you find it?
M: I enjoyed it.
W: Oh, good. I think it went really well on the whole and you’re very friendly to the customers. And you serve the dessert quickly.
M: Thank you.
W: Well, there’re just a few little things. First, once people at the table have finished, can you just make sure you clear the plates as soon as possible? This way they can have a bit of space and have some time to just chat a bit.
M: OK. I’ll make sure I do it next time.
W: And um, it’d be really good that you could just try to keep the water glasses filled. Just fill them if you notice that they’re empty as you’re walking around or when you’re taking orders.
M: Oh, I thought if I do that, probably I’ll just interrupt them.
W: No, it’s fine if you can just very quietly go over and fill them. However, it gets easier as you go on. The first night’s always the most difficult one. You did really well.
M: Good morning, everyone.It’s good to see you all here today.I believe some of you once dreamed of becoming famous.I was one of you.Now I’d like to share my story with you.As a young actor, I first arrived in Los Angeles in 1984.I saw the shining lights of the city as the plane landed and I felt excited as the first step that would lead me to fortune got under way.I imagined that the development of my dream would move smoothly, and soon I would be one of the best-known faces on the cinema screen throughout the world.I was confident in my first performance in 1986.I knew the lead role was perfect for me.I was anxious to become well-known.But when they offered me a small role, I saw that my plans for quick success were ruined.Over the years I tried out for other roles, but I never got a good part.Sometimes I thought of giving up.Five years later, I found myself working in the offices of a movie company.And eventually I ended up as a manager of this company after years of hard work.