W: What can I do for you, sir?
M: I planned to discuss the project with my colleague here. But all I can hear is other people's conversations. The food is up to its usual standard, though.
W: Excuse me, sir, this is a non-smoking area.
M: Oh, sorry, I will move to the smoking area.
W: I'm afraid no table in the smoking area is available now.
W: What do you plan to do on your vacation?
M: I'm just going to be lazy at home. I will probably do some gardening, watch TV and work on my stamp collection.
W: Didn't you volunteer to protect the plants?
M: Oh, I nearly forgot.
M: What do you think of Peter?
W: He needs a few lessons in fashion. That shirt he wears all the time looks like a tablecloth.
M: How much do I need to pay?
W: Let me see. Er... 9 dollars and 8 dollars. That's 17 dollars, sir.
M: OK, here is a 20-dollar bill.
M: How long have you been in Spain?
W: I'm here studying for the semester. I'm from New Hampshire, but I go to college in Washington. Have you ever been to the U.S.?
M: I went to New York once. How do you like Spain?
W: I love it! It's quite different, though. Here in Spain, people take time off in the middle of the day. It's so nice. I wish more Americans would take time for a nap after lunch. Personal space is also very different. People here sit so close to me when we're having a conversation!
M: Well, I've never noticed that.
M: Good afternoon. Can I help you?
W: Good afternoon. Yes, I've just come to the School of Education, and I'd like information about the library here.
M: Well, the School of Education has libraries on two sites. This one here is the Fordham site, and the other is not far from here, on Castle Road.
W: Is there any difference between the two libraries?
M: Not in terms of their services. Each site has a range of reference books on education.
W: Oh, I see. I'm training to be a primary teacher so I need to look at books for the five to eleven age group.
M: Well, you need to go to the other place. Here at Fordham, we only hold books relating to secondary education as well as special needs.
W: OK, thanks a lot.
W: Good morning. Can I help you?
M:Yes, please. I'm a new student and I'd like to have some information about the accommodation.
W: Right. The university provides two types of accommodation, residence halls and self-catering accommodation.
M: How much does it cost for the self-catering accommodation?
W: For a single room, 37 pounds per week. For a double room, it's 52 pounds per week.
M: I'd like the self-catering accommodation. How far is it from the residence to the university?
W: It all depends. For the residence at 110 Palm Street, it is about one and a half miles and for the Freemen's Common Houses at William Road, it is about half a mile.
M: I want the nearer one. When do I need to apply?
W: Are you an undergraduate or a postgraduate?
W:Then you should apply for it as soon as possible, since places in university-owned accommodation are limited and if you don't apply for it before the end of the month, you are not likely to get a place.
M: OK, I've got it. Thank you very much.
M: This weather is crazy! I'm not accustomed to such cold weather.
W: Neither am I. But the snow is kind of pretty. I don't want to spend another morning in those chairs in the student center.
M: Yes, and the ice bars hanging from the roofs are my favorite, especially in the sun.
W: My favorite place now may be the fireplace in the student center.
M: That's your favorite place? No wonder I've seen you there so many times.
W: The chairs are comfortable. But maybe I should get outside more.
M: Yes, let's go ice skating or snowboarding!
W: I've never done either of those things before, so I'd love to go.
M: Ice skating is a little difficult, so let's go snowboarding. There's a great hill behind the student center.
W: That sounds brilliant.
W: Hi, you're listening to Talk Back, the show where you tell us what you think about Radio Western. I'm sure you've all heard we have a new boss here at Radio Western and this Miss White pays much attention to your views. And later in the show, we'll be speaking to a surprise guest who has sent a letter to us. I must start by saying a big "thank you" to Tony Marsons — judging from your letters, he did a great job of covering the show last week while I was away. Thanks Tony. And thanks for all the e-mails asking about my holiday. I had a long, rather boring flight home late last night but I must say I had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and the locals we spoke to were really friendly. It's a shame about the weather, which was disappointing, but you can't have everything as supposed. And the kids loved it, so everyone was happy. Anyway, let's go on to the first of your letters... John from Leicester writes, "As the programs end with guests getting rushed and many questions going unanswered, why don't you offer some kind of aftershow online program where the guest can continue answering listeners' questions?" I think that's a good idea. We'll certainly pass this one up to management. I'm sure a service like this would go down really well on our website.