W: Do you play any sports besides table tennis and running?
M: Table tennis is my main sport. I used to play basketball when I was in high school.
W: What did Miss Brown teach you?
M: Chinese. She was my senior high school teacher. She was always helping us.
W: Johnson, you look so sad. What’s wrong with you?
M: I received a call from my father. My grandmother has suffered from cancer and the doctor said she has only two months left.
W: I am sorry to hear that.
M: Mum, I called you many times yesterday but I couldn’t get through. What happened?
W: Four of your father’s friends had dinner at home. I had to cook dishes for them.
M: I thought you had gone to the supermarket.
M: Anna, hurry up. It is time for us to take exercise. Why haven’t you prepared well?
W: But Daddy, I am too tired to go on. I want to have a good rest.
M: I know you are tired, but you must keep exercising, otherwise you cannot lose weight and keep fit.
W: Would you mind if I came late to work tomorrow?
M: I’m afraid I’d prefer it if you don’t.
W: Hmm. What if I work overtime tonight?
M: Well, I really need you for the meeting tomorrow. Is there any way you can do whatever you need to do later?
W: If you put it that way, I’m sure I can figure something out.
M: Thanks, I appreciate it.
W: Let’s talk about your career. How many films have you made?
M: That’s a hard question. I think I’ve made more than 50 films!
W: Wow. That’s a lot! How many years have you been an actor?
M: I’ve been an actor since I was ten years old. In other words, I’ve been an actor for twenty years.
W: That’s impressive. Do you have any future projects?
M: Yes, I do. I’m going to focus on making a few documentaries next year.
W: That sounds great. Do you have any plans beyond that?
M: Well, I’m not sure. Maybe I’ll just retire.
W: Oh, please don’t retire! We love your films!
W: Hello, sir. I’m looking for a gift for my daughter. Can you give me some advice?
M: How about a laptop?
W: Yes, she needs something to help her at school.
M: How about a Mac?
W: That sounds good. How much is it?
M: Our newest 15-inch Pro is only ＄2,100.
W: Only ＄2,100? Okay, let me have one.
M: That’s great. Are you paying in cash, by check or by credit card?
W: Let me take my credit card out of my purse.
M: OK. Sign here, please.
W: Do I need to buy anything else?
M: All she has to do is open the box and follow the instructions.
W: Thank you so much.
M: It’s my pleasure. If you have any problems, just call.
M: I see that you worked as a manager. What was the most difficult part of your job?
W: Probably dealing with angry customers. After all, customers are always right.
M: That agrees with our principles, too. How long did you work there?
W: I was there for four years. I left the company two months ago.
M: And why did you leave?
W: My husband has found a job in Washington and I know your company has an opening there, too.
M: Yes, that’s right. But the position won’t be available until the middle of next month. Would that be a problem for you?
W: No, not at all. My husband’s new job doesn’t begin for a few weeks, so we thought we would spend some time driving to Emeryville to see my parents.
M: That sounds nice. So tell me, why are you interested in this particular position?
W: I know that your company is very famous and has wonderful products. I have thought many times to be part of it. When I heard about the opening in Washington, I jumped at the opportunity.
M: Well, I’m glad you did. Now, please tell me about...
It is commonly believed that walking a dog is good for older people. Dogs provide an excuse to go for a walk and get some exercise. However, research shows that dog-walking can have disadvantages for seniors. A report published in an American medical journal says more and more seniors are getting injured because of dog-walking. From 2014 to 2017, researchers found over 32,000 cases of over-65s suffering breaks due to walking their dog. Some injuries were serious and needed the seniors to have emergency operations.
Researchers advised the elderly of possible dangers of walking a dog. They said older adults with weaker bones must think about these dangers. They said just one injury could cause a deadly break, or the loss of independence. If a person is small while a dog is big, there are more chances of many accidents. But an elderly dog owner said old people need dogs’ company to ease loneliness.