M:Will you excuse me for a moment? I left my document bag in the car.
W:Beat the eggs, add a little milk, and some salt and pour them into the pan.
M:How about adding a little water?
M:Darling, what do you think of this kind of wooden chair for our cafe?
W:It looks great, but it's kind of small, just like the ones in my company. How about this green one here?
W:How long will it take you to fix my car?
M:I'll call you when it's ready, but it shouldn't take longer than ten days.
W:Sir, can I come in now?
M:Sorry, lady, I am afraid you have to wait half an hour for our business hours are set from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
M:Are you all right? You look off-color.
W:I'm OK. I just feel a bit tired.
M:That is because you work too hard, I suppose.
W:I guess so. Do you remember the new student in my class?
M:You mean the boy from Vietnam?
W:Yes, he is having a hard time communicating since he doesn't speak much English.
M:You must be doing a lot to help him catch up. It's very kind of you.
W:But it's really rewarding to see him make progress and fit well into the group.
M:Hi, Tracy, I am going out of town this weekend, and I was wondering if you could take care of my dog while I am gone. You know my dog, Jaws, don't you?
M:Just feed him a kind of dog food today and make sure he has plenty of water in his dish. Oh, and he needs someone to take him for a walk around the block every afternoon.
W:Well, how about if I just throw a bone over the fence to give him some exercise?
M:No, he really needs a walk. And he likes to watch the three o'clock Superbone on Channel 4, and then you need to brush his teeth and give him doggy treats at four.
W:You must be out of your mind if you think I am going to watch your dog. I wouldn't watch that doggy even if you pay me.
M:Have you booked a table, madam?
W:Yes, we've booked one for two. The name is Morrison.
M:Oh, yes, we have the table for you near the group. This way, please.
W:Group? What group? Oh, the music group, I suppose. I can't stand the noisy place. Now where is the menu?
M:It's on the wall, madam, on the blackboard.
W:On the blackboard, indeed. I suppose you can't afford proper menus.
M:I'm sorry, madam, but that's the way we always do.
W:I have such a busy afternoon in my office. If I were not so hungry, I would leave immediately.
M:Why did it take you such a long time to get out of the airport?
W:I helped an old woman find her husband. It took a while.
M:Why couldn't the woman find her husband herself? Was there something wrong with her eyes?
W:No. She could see clearly, but she couldn't hear well. The woman was talking over the phone loudly. But it seems she didn't know what the other person was saying. So I went over and offered to help.
M:Was it her husband who was on the phone with her?
W:Yes. He was waiting for her just outside the airport, but she couldn't hear him clearly and couldn't find him. So I got on the phone, talked to her husband for a minute and took her to where her husband was waiting for her.
M:You are always so nice. So are you hungry?
M:How about going to eat first? There is a nice restaurant near here.It serves nice steaks.
W:I had a steak this noon. How about some Chinese food?
M:OK. I know one which isn't far away from here. It's five o'clock now, so I think we'll be able to get there around half past five.
M:Pedal Power is a small charity based mainly in the UK. At Pedal Power, they collect second-hand bikes in the UK and send them to some of the poorest regions in the world. When they distribute bikes overseas, they don't give them away for free. In order to continue operating, they need to have a constant supply of bikes which they send out every six months. In August 2000, they simply ran out of money. It was a terrible situation. Fortunately, in October 2001 they won an Enterprise Award which helped them enormously.
Dan Pearman is the founder of Pedal Power. He got the idea of exporting bicycles to developing countries while he was in Ecuador. Dan Pearman went there in 1993 and he joined a voluntary organization. Where Dan Pearman lived in Ecuador was a rural area. His neighbor had the only bicycle in the village, whereas everyone else walked everywhere. His neighbor's business was very successful. For years Dan Pearman couldn't understand why. Then he realized having a bike meant his neighbor could reach anywhere he liked without much trouble. Other local carpenters could only accept jobs nearby, so no matter how skilled they were, they could never do as many jobs as his neighbor. When he returned to the UK in 1998, he started planning Pedal Power.