W: Daniel, will you go with me to Mount Tai to take pictures of sunrise this weekend? I want to take part in a photo contest.
M: Sure. I'm thirsty for that long.
M: If I were you, I'd ride a bike to work. Taking a bus during the rush hour is really terrible.
W: Thanks for your advice, but I lost my bike yesterday.
M: What did you think of Dana's speech today?
W: Well, she must have spent a lot of time preparing it. I can't believe I could sit for that long without feeling bored.
W: I wonder if Simon will be here on time. He's supposed to be. The meeting begins at 8:00.
M: He called me and told me that he started out at 7:00, so he should be here by 7:50 at the latest.
W: Sweetie, let's go out for a walk.
M: It looks like snow. How about going to a cafe?
W: But I can't drink coffee with the medicine I'm taking. Why not go to the movies?
M: I would rather watch a video online.
M: Fantastic! You can play the violin so beautifully. I should give you the thumbs up. When did you start to play?
W: Twelve years ago when I was seven. At four, I was taught to play the keyboard.
M: It must be hard, isn't it?
W: In the beginning, it really was. The most difficult part for me is to learn the piano. I once tried it but gave up afterwards.
W: Excuse me, we're carrying out a survey. Would you like to answer some questions?
M: Of course.
W: How do you get pocket money usually?
M: I take part-time jobs to get pocket money. For instance, I look after my neighbor's baby every Friday evening and they pay me 12 dollars an hour.
W: Then, how do you usually spend your pocket money?
M: Well, I pay my phone bill every month. And sometimes I have to buy books for my study.
W: What a nice guy! Thank you for your cooperation.
W: Hello, Mr. Smith! You are going home today, aren't you?
M: Yes, isn't that wonderful?
W: It certainly is. Now I'll give you some instructions when you're at home. It is very important that you should avoid lifting any heavy objects. Don't do any heavy exercise, but light exercise is good.
M: Should I stay in bed much?
W: No, you should be up and walk around as much as possible. But, if you get tired or feel sick, make sure to take a rest.
M: What should I do if I get really sick all of a sudden or if something strange happens?
W: During the daytime you can call me during my office hours. At night, you can call the emergency room.
M: I've got it. Thank you very much.
W: That's all right.
W: Hey, James. How's the job search going?
M: Hi, Sharon. I had no idea it would take so much time. It sure makes it difficult to prepare for final exams. How about you?
W: I was lucky. There seems to be a shortage of high school teachers now. I applied to three schools, and each one offered me a position.
M: That's great. Which one did you like?
W: I haven't decided yet. Of course, it would be easiest for me to stay here in New York or go back home to Boston. But I may go to California.
M: That would be a big move.
W: So, tell me about your plans.
M: Well, I applied to six newspapers. Last week, I had an interview with The New York Times.
W: How did it go?
M: Not so well. I think they're looking for people with some experience.
W: Have you had any other interviews?
M: No, not yet. It seems that everyone wants to be a writer these days. There just aren't that many jobs out there.
W: That's too bad.
M: Yes. I hoped to have jobs lined up by graduation. That doesn't seem likely now.
W: What will you do if you can't find a job?
M: In that case, I'll begin working on a master's degree in the fall.
M: Hello, everyone. My name's Ben. I'm from a group called "Nature". We run courses for young people like you to do during weekends. Now I'd like to tell you about the courses you can do on Saturday mornings. You can learn a lot about things like science and maths at school. These courses are really about giving you students the chance to come and find out wildlife. It's an area that tends to get forgotten. We usually take students to a wild place that's near their home. Sometimes we go to a beach or a lake, but we've planned for you to go to a forest this time. That's the closest place for you, and the easiest to get to. Taking part in our activities means you get to do all sorts of things including building a fire, which you wouldn't normally be allowed to do at home. While you're with us, we'll also show you how to make things out of different materials. On the last course, everyone designed backpacks which they were very pleased with. This time we'd get you to design and make a birdhouse. When it is finished, you can take it home and show it to your family. We think you'll really enjoy this. Now, we'd like you to come and do some activities with us. You spend three hours each week with us and the courses last for 12 weeks. That might sound a long time, but we think you'll not be sorry when it's over.
Now, any questions?