W: Are you able to understand these English short stories?
M: Yes, I am, but I have to look up some new words in a dictionary.
M: What is the weather like in New York today?
W: It's sunny today, but according to the weather report, it will rain tomorrow.
W: David, I'm in the fruit store around the corner and it's raining hard. Can you bring me an umbrella?
M: Sorry, Lucy. I'm not at home. I'm buying drinks in a grocery store.
W: I'm sorry I am late.
M: What's wrong with you? I left a message with your roommate about the time change.
W: She has a very short memory and it really gets on my nerves sometimes.
W: I don't have anything special to wear for the party tomorrow.
M: Why not drive downtown and do some shopping this afternoon?
W: My car is in the garage for repair.
M: Well, I'm driving downtown and I'd like to offer you a lift.
W: Welcome to our company, Mr.Smith. Our manager sent me here to meet you.
M: Thank you, Mrs.Wang. I have been looking forward to this visit.
W: This is the largest workshop in our factory.
M: That's great. In the US, I've seen many carpets from China, and I am especially interested in the fact that the carpets are made by hand.
W: This factory specializes in handmade carpets. They're of better quality than machine-made ones.
M: Of course. Do you use your own designs, or the traditional patterns?
W: Both. But we put emphasis on doing our own designs.
M: Do you sell all your carpets abroad?
W: Yes, to twenty other countries and regions.
M: I'm really impressed.
W: Housekeeping. May I help you?
M: Yes. This is Room 804. I can't find my coat. I am wondering if it's in the Lost and Found.
W: I can check for you. Could you describe the coat?
M: It's a light blue one. It's got a big silver zipper.
W: When was the last time you saw it?
M: Last night. I think I may have left it in the hall on the first floor.
W: OK. I'll check the Lost and Found and with the manager. We'll do our best to find it.
M: Thanks. I appreciate that.
M: How was school today? What did you do?
W: It was fun. We had a history class and our teacher had us play a game in the class.
M: What kind of game?
W: She told us a story from history. Then she put us into groups. Each group had to act out a part of the story. She promised to give a prize to the best group.
M: That sounds interesting. Which part did you do?
W: We had to do the king's wedding.
M: Did you win the prize?
W: Yes, we did. Sam was very funny as the king. Everyone had a good laugh. Even the teacher laughed a lot. She hardly ever laughs!
M: Sam can be very funny. I wish I could see it.
M: Hi, Alice.
W: Hi, Bob. It's a nice day, isn't it?
M: Yes. We'll have two days off. What are you going to do?
W: I don't know. Do you have any ideas?
M: Let's do something interesting with our classmates.
W: Great. How about going to the Central Park? We can have a picnic there.
M: That sounds good. And boys can play football.
W: What about girls?
M: Girls can play games, watch animals and dance. It must be interesting to watch the girls dance after playing football.
W: Yeah, of course. What shall we take?
M: Food and drinks. Oh, remember to take some small bags so that we can put the rubbish in them.
W: OK, I will. When shall we leave?
M: Let's leave at 8: 00 tomorrow morning. Let's meet at the bus stop near Happy Tea House.
W: All right. I'll take the girls and you can call the boys.
M: OK. See you tomorrow.
With the rapid growth of China's cities, some architecture companies are trying to help protect the environment. Some are even trying to find more ways to bring the urban population into contact with nature. MAD Architects is one of those companies that are trying to take "green" designs to a new level. The company believes in the importance of making buildings that can produce their own power and food. They believe the buildings should also recycle all of their waste. The new designs make people living and working in these buildings think about being outside. They feel like they're reconnecting with the natural world, instead of being far apart from it. The company believes this way of thinking is very important for the future of urban living.One of MAD's newest projects is called the Urban Forest, designed for the city of Chongqing. There will be offices, open spaces, balconies with trees, and many plants throughout. The project is inspired by the mountainous Chinese landscape and the traditional villages built on the hillsides. It will be an urban engineering wonder! Architects who are interested in working on the Urban Forest should apply at the MAD offices in Beijing, New York, or Rome.