M: Hi, Liza. It's Peter. Is Grace there?
W: Oh hi, Peter. No, she isn't here at the moment. I'm afraid she's at college this morning. Can I take a message?
W: What's the matter? You were really cheerful this morning but now you look rather upset.
M: I'm not very happy because I lost my wallet just now. I'm afraid I can't find it.
M: Mariam, tell us something about your life.
W: Well, I go to a private school. I'm studying four courses — math and three sciences. I want to go to university next year and study law.
M: Susan, we're going to hold a general meeting tomorrow at 7 a m. You need to prepare the reports and make them in PowerPoint.
W: No problem, sir. I will be ready for that.
M: Remember to inform the managers to join the meeting.
W: How is the weather in your hometown?
M: Well, it's not cold at all. It's not exactly warm but it's comfortable. While we were at your place, it rained a lot.
W: Hi, Peter!
M: Hi, Cindy!
W: Great to see you again! Welcome to London!
M: Thanks. It's great to be here finally.
W: So, how are you? How was your journey?
M: Well, the flight was forty-five minutes late but after that, it was fine. Its service was very good. The in-flight movies were really cool but there wasn't much food, so I'm kind of hungry now!
W: Oh, you poor thing! Well, it will be a long drive home, so why don't we get some breakfast around here first? Look, there's a restaurant over there.
M: So, Sophie, are you going on holiday with your family this summer?
W: Yeah, we're going to Florida two days after the end of the term. We finish this term on June 28th, right?
M: That's right ... so who's going?
W: Mum and Dad, obviously ... but my sister's not coming this year, just my little brother.
M: Oh well, nothing's perfect! What are you doing there?
W: We're spending a week in Orlando, you know, visiting all the theme parks. Then we're staying in another place near Orlando called the Everglades.
M: What's that?
W: It's a kind of nature reserve, with crocodiles and birds and other animals. We're going camping!
M: It sounds really cool! You are so lucky!
W: I know. I can't wait!
M: So, next year you're going to start your A levels. Which subject are you going to choose?
W: I'm surely going to choose Spanish because it is my favorite subject and then I'm not really sure ... I'd like to do art but I don't know if it's very useful for my career.
M: What do you want to do?
W: A journalist. That has been my dream since my childhood. So, I guess history or psychology or something is probably more useful for my career.
M: Do you want to go to university?
W: Yeah, but I'm not going to start university straight after I leave school. I'm planning to have a gap year, you know, a break from studying for a while.
M: And what would you like to do in your gap year? Any ideas?
W: I want to travel ... I'd like to go to Italy and learn Italian. I don't know if it's really practical but that's my dream!
W: Tom, you're training to be a technical adviser at Digital Superstore. What hours do you work?
M: Well, I work part-time on Saturdays, 9 till 3, and Sundays, 11 till 5.
W: Okay, so what do you do exactly?
M: Basically, I'm just here to help people with any problems — so I meet customers when they come into the store and talk to them. I advise them about the best things to buy. I don't actually take the money. I just help people decide what to buy.
W: What's the most difficult thing about your job?
M: Hmm ... well, we sell more than 2,000 different products in the store ... so it's very difficult to have all the information, to know everything about all the products.
W: What do you like about your job?
M: Well, I'm very interested in technology, computers and everything, and when working in the shop I get the chance to find out about all the latest things.
W: According to experts, nearly 25% of Britons, including children, are overweight. The government is worried and it is looking for ways to settle the problem. Many 11- to 14-year-olds already do cookery at school and from 2011, the government has been making this a must. It hopes that this will encourage people to cook instead of eating ready meals, fast food and snacks. All secondary school students will have cooking lessons for one hour a week for one term. They will learn to use simple, fresh stuff and simple recipes to prepare healthy, tasty meals. And schools are setting up cookery clubs called "Let's Get Cooking" throughout the country. The clubs will give more children the chance to learn to cook after school. Head teachers worry about the equipment they will need for the lessons. About 15% of schools do not have kitchens and there are not enough cookery teachers. The government promises to train 800 cookery teachers and to give schools ￡2.5 million a year to help children from poor families.