W: The Internet is down again. Oh, what can I do?
M: You can read a book, watch TV, take a walk...There are a lot of things to do.
W: I don't mean that. I mean, how can I reconnect to it?
W: Brad, I've got this list of Chinese names here. Could you help me pick one?
M: So you are serious about having a Chinese name for your job in China?
W: Yes, two of my friends in the team have already got theirs.
W: What's the score now?
M: It's 3-2 at the moment in England's favor. But Spain seems to be taking the upper hand on the field.
M: Oops! My pen is out of ink. I haven't finished it yet.
W: You can borrow mine.
M: Thank you. I'll buy a new one tomorrow.
W: John, could you give me a lift home this evening? My car's at the garage.
M: I'd love to help you. But I promised to meet someone at the airport after work. Harry goes your way, though. Why don't you ask him?
W: Good afternoon, sir. Can I help you?
M: Yes, we need a room for the night. Have you got any rooms available?
W: Yes, would you like a single room or a double room?
M: A double room.
W: How many nights would you like to stay?
M: We are only staying overnight.We'll check out tomorrow morning. How much is it?
W: It's $68 per night.
M: OK. Do you accept credit cards?
W: Yes, we do. Now your room number is 204. Here is the key.
M: Thank you.
W: Michael, what time is it? We are going to be late for the party.
M: It's 6:15 (a quarter past six). Don't worry, Rebecca. We will be fine.
W: But we have to be at Sarah's house by 6:30 for her surprise birthday party.The traffic is getting heavier.
M: Relax. The party starts at 7:00. We're not far from her house now. But I do need help with finding a place to park the car. So Sarah doesn't see it. Can you phone her husband and ask him where it is best to park our car.
W: OK. I'm calling him now.
M: Hi, Julia. It's Robert. How are you? I didn't see you in class today and I wondered if you were all right.
W: Oh, yes. I'm better now, but I decided to take the day off as I woke up with a slight cold. It's really so nice you called.
M: Julia, I've got you a copy of the main points of the lecture. It was just an introduction to French impressionist paintings.
W: I see. I can read it then before the next class.
M: Er, Julia, I'm calling as I wonder if you are free on Saturday night. My friend Max is having a party and I'd like to know if you want to go.
W: That would be really nice. I'll be free then. What time shall we go?
M: How about meeting in the Student Union Bar at 7:00?
W: That'll be fine. But shouldn't we buy a present for Max?
M: Well, we can stop at the gift shop on the way.
W: Fine, I'll see you then.
W: Excuse me. I'm doing research on bus service. Could I get you to answer a few questions? It won't take long.
M: OK. I'd like to help.
W: Thanks. How often do you take a bus, every day, less than once a week or somewhere in between?
M: I go to school by bus. So it's usually twice daily, Line Four.
W: I see. Could you rate its service? If 1 is poor, 2 is fair, and 3 is good, which number would you choose?
M: I would say 2.The drivers are nice. The buses are clean and the seats are comfortable, but it's sometimes unreliable. There should be a bus every ten minutes. But yesterday morning I waited almost twenty minutes before the bus came and was almost late for school.
W: Oh, that's too bad. Do you have some suggestions for the bus company?
M: Try to have the buses arrive on time, of course, and um, there can be a map on the bus. You know some passengers can not use the guidebook very well.
W: Thank you very much for your help.
M: You are welcome.
Hello, everyone. It is indeed a great pleasure to have this chance to address such a large audience this evening. I'm Pierre Chabrol from the University of Marseille. At the moment I'm carrying out a research in Senegal for the United Nations as a part of project to increase the world food production. Before I get on to what exactly we did in our research, I would like to explain briefly the purpose behind it. Quite simply my subject is rice. As you all know, rice is the main food for millions of people in the world. So if the rice crops fail, millions of people starve and die. And they do fail, very often through disease. Now what my colleagues and I have been doing out in the field in Senegal as well as in the university laboratories is to try to produce a disease-resisting variety of rice, a particular kind of rice, which will resist disease, in other words, a stronger type of rice.