M: Tim said your brother is a teacher.
W: It can't be true. He must be mistaken — my sister is.
M: I'm seeing Jack in the park at ten.
W: Oh well, let's meet for lunch, shall we? How about that sandwich bar we went to last Saturday?
W: This desk is wonderful. And the color is my favorite.
M: But can't you see the price? It says it costs ＄3,000!
M: Go faster, Tina!
W: I can't. The speed limit here is fifty miles per hour.
W: Front Desk. Can I help you?
M: Yes. This is John Hall in Room 1436. I forgot to pack my razor. Can I get one?
W: Just call Room Service at extension 105.
M: Thank you.
W: What are you doing this weekend? How about going to the movies?
M: Sorry. I'm broke. I guess I'll just hang out at home, probably study and watch the tube.
W: That's too bad. The same thing happened to me last month. I was short of money after my birthday.
W: What's the best way to get to Waterfront Park from here? Can I take the subway?
M: No. You can catch the number 34 bus in front of that hotel. Get off at Harbor Street. Actually, it's just a short walk from here.
W: Really? How far is it?
M: About ten or fifteen minutes' walk.
W: That's quite short. Thank you very much.
M: That's OK.
M: Can I help you？
W: Yes, please. I'd like to get this prescription filled.
M: OK. It'll be a few minutes.
W: Oh, while I'm here...my daughter coughed quite a bit last night. Can you suggest anything?
M: How old is your daughter?
W: She's four.
M: This is a good cough mixture. Give her two teaspoons before she goes to bed. If her cough doesn't clear up in a day or two, you should take her to the doctor.
W: I will. Thanks.
M: And here's your prescription.
W: Are there any special instructions?
M: They're on the bottle. You have to take it on an empty stomach. That means at least one hour before meals or two hours after.
W: Well, before we decide we're going to live in Weymouth, we ought to have a look at the schools. The kids' education is really important.
M: I looked for some information at my office, and I took notes. There are three middle schools in Weymouth:one state school and two private schools.
W: How big are they?
M: Weymouth High School is the biggest, about 1,000 pupils. Their classes are big too. They have an average of thirty pupils to a class.
W: That's a lot. I expect the private have less.
M: Yes, there are about 200 students at Carlton Abbey and 150 at St Mary's. They only have about twenty students to each class.
W: How many children go on to university every year in each school?
M: Well. Weymouth High School is very good, 50 percent of whose pupils go on to university...and Carlton Abbey even better, 70 percent. St Mary's is not so good, only 8 percent.
W: Well, they certainly seem like quite good schools. But we'll have to find out more before we can decide.
Here is the news from Dallas.
Walmart posted its worst monthly sales results in history, declaring a large decrease in April.
Monthly sales measure sales gains or losses at stores open for at least a year. They are an obvious sign of the returns a supermarket earns, and thus an influence on the amount of profit it makes. Most U.S. supermarkets are reporting their April results on Thursday.
Walmart's 5% drop in the four-week period fell below its earlier forecast of "flat" sales of a 2% to 3% decrease. In a recorded phone message Thursday, Walmart blamed bad weather last month in most U.S. areas.
Walmart's chief financial officer warned a month ago that the company's earlier goal of earnings for its latest quarter would be "a challenge" to achieve, considering what the company foresaw as a difficult April. The company didn't provide an update. It did, however, predict a sales gain for this month of a small decrease. Walmart will report its results for its first quarter on Tuesday.