M: Before feeding the dog, I’m going to clear up its house.
W: It’s about time to do that. Look at the mess! It smells terrible.
M: Make one copy of this document for me and twenty for other managers.
W: OK, Mr. Collins. As soon as I send the e-mail to the important client, I will go to deal with this.
M: The food in this restaurant is pretty good. And they also give the best service.
W: That’s right. Have you been here before?
M: No, but my friend Bob often comes here.
M: I’d like to make an appointment to see Dr. Owen on Tuesday morning.
W: But he’s not free then. What about Wednesday afternoon or Friday morning?
M: I can’t come on any afternoon. I suppose I’ll have to have the morning appointment then.
W: Can I help you?
M: Yes, I’d like to buy a birthday cake for my mother.
W: We have three sizes： small, medium and large with different styles. Which would you prefer?
M: The size doesn’t matter. But I want something special. Do you have one in the shape of a rose?
M: Oh, look at those earrings, Maria. They’re perfect for you.
W: These red ones? Red isn’t a good color for me.
M: No, the yellow ones.
W: Oh, these? Hmm, they are too big for me.
M: Well, that necklace looks nice.
W: Which one?
M: That blue one right there. How much is it?
W: It’s ＄1,200. That’s too expensive.
M: Hey, let me get it for you. It’s your birthday present.
W: What a day! First, I forgot to put the chicken into the fridge.
M: What happened?
W: I found it went bad when I prepared my lunch. Then I tried to use my computer, but I couldn’t get a Wi-Fi signal.
M: Oh, no!
W: After that, I tried to use the cleaner.
M: Let me guess. It didn’t pick up the dirt.
W: Worse! It spread dirt around the room instead of picking it up.
M: Did you have your robot help?
W: Of course. It helped me clean the outside windows.
M: That’s really amazing!
M: Hi, Cathy. How are you doing?
W: I’m well, thanks. How are you?
M: I’m fine. I’m just calling to get some directions from the airport to your office.
W: OK, well…when you arrive, there is a taxi stand straight outside. It is probably your best choice in terms of getting to my office from the airport. There is a bus as well which costs you only ＄5.
M: OK, but you’d recommend a taxi?
M: OK, and how much do you think that would cost?
W: About ＄20. And it should take you no more than 30 minutes to get to the office.
M: So I will have plenty of time to make our three o’clock meeting, then.
W: Oh, yes.
M: Great! Thanks very much. Bye!
W: No worries. Look forward to seeing you.
W: When are you going to Europe? Next week?
M: Yes. I’m leaving Los Angeles on Monday. Then I’ll work with Tanya Dolan in the London office the next day. I’m meeting my manager Sue Redman on Wednesday, and then I’m going to Paris.
W: Really? Why are you going to Paris? On business?
M: No. I’m taking a break. I’m having two days off.
W: Good idea. So, how are you traveling to Paris? Are you driving?
M: No, I’m taking a train.
W: Oh, right.
M: Then I’m staying in Paris for two nights.
W: Great. So how will you go back to LA from Paris?
M: I’m going back to London on the train first. Then I’m flying home on Saturday afternoon.
M: I’m arriving in LA late at night.
W: So is it a non-stop flight between London and LA?
M: No, I’m not flying direct. I’m changing in New York.
M: Hi, my name’s Sam Conti and my job is making and selling chocolate. People often ask how I got into this business. Well, my parents wanted me to study medicine or economics at university, but at the time I thought law might open more doors, so that’s what I studied. But life doesn’t always work out the way you plan it. After college, I spent one year in South America, where I fell in love with growing cocoa beans. It is not an easy job, because cocoa beans can be easily affected by weather — much more than other fruits like apples or bananas. In fact, the beans are more like grapes, so each year’s crop is of a different quality.
When I came home, I decided to open a small shop making and selling my own chocolate. That was hard work I can tell you, because so much can go wrong with chocolate. The hardest bit is melting it in the right way, but cooling it correctly isn’t easy either. To learn the trade, I set about testing all the chocolate I could find. Another thing I like to do is write up my experiments. I keep a diary for this. It’s the key to my success.