W: So, what do you think of the lamb?
M: It's pretty good, but I think the lamb you make at home is better.
W: You're sweet to say that. Oh, can you get the waiter's attention for me?
M: I saw you washed the car today. I guess I'll bring my umbrella to work.
W: Why would you do that?
M: It always rains right after you wash the car.
M: Would you like to go with me to the new bookstore tomorrow morning?
W: I'd love to. But only if we go there by bike rather than by bus or by taxi.
M: No problem. We can use Mobike.
M: There is a good chance that Mary will get home today.
W: Well, I hope she drives carefully. You know how the traffic is this time of year.
M: Oh, Mary's a good driver. Have confidence in her.
W: Can we eat food during the test?
M: Only drinks are allowed, unless you have a medical excuse.
W: I need to eat every hour, or my blood pressure will drop.
W: Where shall we park our car?
M: I'll park near the sports stadium. There are always spaces round there.
W: But I want to go to the camera shop so the sports stadium isn't very convenient for me. Is it possible to park along the street?
M: No way. We'll get a ticket. I'll drive to the camera shop and you can get off. I'll walk back to the camera shop after I've parked the car.
W: OK. I'll see you there. Then we can go to the market together.
M: Wendy, I was wondering if you could help me get a job? I mean, since you're resourceful...
W: Why? I thought music was your life career. Is that because of that guitar player Tony? I remember you said you didn't get along with him.
M: No, not like that. I love playing in my jazz band, but I can't rely on it for a full time salary. When the days are good, we get hired a lot to play at weddings, outdoor concerts and festivals. Then, once the cooler temperatures set in, we don't get that many jobs at all. Sometimes I can barely make ends meet.
W: I need to talk to you about the situation in the office, Simon.
M: Oh, I know I should have kept my desk clean. Sorry, I...
W: That's not what I want to say. I mean the noise! We're supposed to do our preparation for the courses and grade the students' assignments in the office, but Professor Brian constantly has students coming in to help with his research reports. I can't get focused on my work!
M: What do you think of that small room downstairs? We could change it into a meeting room for Professor Brian to use.
W: You mean the room used for storing supplies now? I thought the school said it would be changed into a little library.
M: Well, I don't know. Let's go and ask.
W: My guest today is Tim Jones, who organizes an international summer course for young musicians. Tim, tell us all about it.
M: Well, I'm lucky to have such a great job. Basically, young musicians come from all over the world and learn to play together to have a concert tour. By the end of the eight week course, they're really good, and hearing them play is what gives me most pleasure. Unfortunately, I don't get to know them all that well, as organizing every single small thing of the course keeps me busy.
W: So, how do you find the young musicians?
M: We advertise online. Anyone between the ages of 16 and 20 can complete the application form and e mail it to us. We're not looking for the perfect performance or the good looking stars of tomorrow. But the course is in English, so a basic level of spoken language is necessary.
W: Where is the course held?
M: Mostly in a university during the summer holidays. They have halls for practicing, and plenty of bedrooms and dining rooms, which is a low cost for us. And of course, convenient transport is a must, so somewhere in the quiet countryside is no good, even though it is more spacious there.
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