M: Know what? I couldn't get back into my apartment, and had to stay at a hotel last night.
W: How did that happen? Did you lose your keys?
M: No, I left them in the apartment. And my wife was on a business trip.
M: Wow, so many choices, and so many people. So, what kind of film do you want to see?
W: It's up to you. But nothing too violent, please.
M: How was your trip to London?
W: It was fantastic. I visited a lot of places: museums and royal palaces. And the weather was fine. Horrible traffic, though.
W: How much time do we have before the conference? We don't have to hurry, do we?
M: Don't worry. It's 7:30 now. We still have an hour and a half. It takes only thirty minutes to get there.
M: Hey! Did you see Ann in the office this morning?
W: Yes, but why did she have such a long face?
M: I'm not sure. I heard she failed to get promoted.
M: What about the problems I've been having?
W: Not serious. Take some medicine and you will get a better night's sleep.
M: Thank you. How should I take the medicine?
W: Take one pill about thirty minutes before you go to bed.
M: How long should I take them?
W: Thirty days.
M: Is there anything else I can do?
W: Don't worry so much about things at work.
M: Should I stay home from work?
W: No, it's not necessary. Just remember to stay calm.
W: You're late.
M: Yes, I'm really sorry. I had to wait for ages for the bus.
W: Why didn't you drive?
M: Ah...well...I've sold my car.
W: Oh! Are you getting a new one?
M: No, I'm not getting another car. I've decided to live without one.
W: Wow! What made you do that?
M: I think there are too many cars. And this town is already far too polluted.
W: Well...that's true. But a car is useful.
M: I don't think so. Now in the city center anyway, I can never find anywhere to park. And you spend most of the time sitting in traffic jams.
W: But how are you going to get to work?
M: I'm thinking of getting a bicycle.
W: Don't you think bicycles are dangerous?
M: Not really. I don't think they're as dangerous as cars.
W: Well, I couldn't do without my car. I have to take the children to school every day.
M: I don't think children get enough exercise these days. They should walk to school.
W: Okay, I see what you mean.
M: Hey, Heather! Can I sit here?
W: Yeah, sure, Jonathan. How's your day?
M: Good. Say, are you planning your summer travels?
W: Well...not yet. I was just reading a story about this woman, Ellen Wilson, who climbed up Mount Qomolangma.
M: Yeah, I read that too. A rather extraordinary experience, isn't it? 96 days. She is actually a graduate of our college, the class of 2012.
W: Oh, really? So, Jonathan, what amazing thing have you done?
M: Well...I just went cycling across South America.
W: You didn't!
M: I did. Just last year before I entered the graduate school. It was such a brilliant time. Four months on the road enjoying wonderful scenery in the country, in towns and in cities all along the way. I got a bit tired, though.
W: Sounds great! Hmm...maybe I should think seriously about my big life adventure, like taking a long walk across a national park.
M: Wow! Let me know if you need someone to go with you.
W: Hi, Matt! May I ask you a few questions?
M: Certainly, Julia! What do you want to know?
W: I'm doing a study on the spending habits of students in our school. I'm writing a paper for my Social Studies course.
M: That sounds interesting.
W: To begin with, how much money do you get from your parents a month?
M: I get about 500 dollars.
W: How do you spend your money?
M: I spend about 300 dollars on food. You know how I like to eat.
W: Yes. What about the rest of the money?
M: Well, I spend on shows, about 30 dollars a month. Games, er...for rental of the tennis court and balls, about 50 dollars. I do spend some on things like reading material. And the rest I save.
W: What about clothes?
M: My mother buys them for me.
W: Thanks a lot, Matt!
M: You're welcome.
W: Hello everyone! I'm very glad to be here to talk to you. People need to feel secure and comfortable so they can be creative. Well-designed workplaces often create environments that make employees better thinkers. So today I'll talk about how to design workplaces that inspire creativity. I hope you can find it useful.
First, the colour of the office walls. Decorate your office with green. Other bright colours such as light blue and yellow can also increase creativity. Calmer colours help us concentrate. Green also reminds us of nature, which may help us to relax. Avoid red when you are choosing a colour. While it can give us a feeling of energy, it also affects our ability to analyze information.
Then let's turn to lighting. Lighting is also important. Workers can feel sleepy if it is too dark, while if it is too bright, it can make them feel anxious. The best kind of lighting is natural light. It makes us happier and more productive. When it comes to artificial lighting, warm colours are the best. But if we need to concentrate, a bluer light is better.
Space is another important matter. A company might want to develop a variety of spaces in an office. So staff can find privacy if needed but also work in open areas for creative thinking.