M: This matches that suit I have at home,doesn't it?I don't know how to tie it,though.
W: Don't worry,I do.My dad taught me how to do it when I was little.
M: Hey,Naomi.Do you need me to come to pick you up and take you to the party tonight?
W: No,I have a car.I just have to wait for my mom and dad to come home,because I can't leave my little sister at home alone.
M: I'd like to get these pants shortened by a half inch.Moreover,do you think you could make the waist tighter?
W: Sure.Why don't you step over here?We'll do some quick measurements.
W: Wow,this smells good.I never knew you were so helpful in the kitchen.Can I have some?
M: Sure,but it's not ready yet.Why don't you get the dishes ready and put the tablecloth on the table?
M: You should read this.It's one of my favorite books of all time.I recommend it to all my friends who like to read.
W: Actually,I've always wanted to read that.But I can never finish that thick books.It looks like a dictionary.
M: What is that awful noise?It sounds like a bunch of people are running around up there.
W: I know.I was talking to the people in the apartment next door,and they said they could hear it too.
M: Turn up the television.I can't hear the movie.
W: I can't turn it up any louder.
M: What are they doing up there,anyway?This has been going on all day.
W: Apparently,they're putting in new floors.They'll be done soon;don't worry.
M: I have an idea.Let's go out and see a movie.
W: You're right.I can't take this anymore.
M: You look like you are lost.Are you looking for something?
W: Oh,yes.Where is the bathroom?
M: Well, I've been to this museum a few times.I think there is one down this hallway.Follow me.
M: Do you often go to museums?
W: Um,no.I've never been here before.I just came here with a friend,but she is still looking around.
M: I see.I'm a painter myself.I come to museums at least once a month.
W: I don't think there is a bathroom here.This is another gallery!Where are you taking me?
M: I thought there was one here.Sorry.Maybe there is one down that hallway.Let's go.
W: Well,I'll just go and look for it by myself.Thank you.
M: Hey,Alison.Do you think you can pay for the cab? I don't have any cash on me right now.
W: No problem.I can just put it on my card...Oh,no!Where is it?
M: When was the last time you used it? I remember seeing you take it out to pay for our movie tickets.
W: No,that was my other one.It must have been where we ate.I probably never picked it up after we paid our bill.
M: Here,use my phone.I still have their number on my phone.
W: What's your security password?
M: 7782.Just press recent calls.It should be the first number.
W: Hello,my name is Alison Swan.I was there about half an hour ago,and I left something on the table...Yes,I have it in my wallet. I was sitting at table twelve...You do?That's great!Thank you very much.I'll be there shortly.
M: So,they have it?
W: Yes.What a relief!
M: I need your advice on something,Michelle.
W: Sure,what is it?
M: I heard you speak more than one language,and I was wondering if you had any tips for me.How did you become so fluent in English?
W: It took a lot of hard work,but I was lucky enough to move to Canada when I was really young.It also helped that I already had some relatives from France living here who could help me.What are you trying to learn?
M: Well,I'm taking Spanish right now.My grades are at the top of the class,and I plan to go to a university in Spain in the future.
W: What seems to be the problem?
M: The classes are easy.I'm not that worried about my reading level,and the basic conversation isn't an issue.But how will I be able to write essays at the college level?
W: You just need to study more than what you learn in class.
M: You mean like paying someone to teach me on the weekends?
W: I mean you should read Spanish books,newspapers and other academic materials you can get your hands on.
M: Good idea.
W: You also should try joining chat rooms with native speakers.It's totally free.I'll give you a list of websites you can check out.
M: Thanks.That would be a big help.
M: As a businessman,I am upset to see the decline of shopping.The Internet shopping has an effect on doing business in actual physical shops.Shopping on the Internet is,of course,developing quickly but this is at the expense of small,personal shops.At one time,every town used to have a butcher's,a greengrocer's and a tailor's shop.My own town also had a bookshop,though you didn't see it in every town.Small shops began to find it difficult to survive when big supermarkets opened on the edges of towns.People also found it more and more difficult to park their cars on busy streets near the small shops.However,the biggest blow came from the Internet,when people found they could do most of their shopping at home.This certainly is progress and the Internet is a great thing.You can buy whatever you want at your home and it is often cheaper.The only thing that is missing is personal service.There is hope for our towns,however,and shops are using new ideas,such as entertainment and special events,instead of window displays and special offers,to attract customers.