M: I didn’t see you driving the car recently. What happened?
W: Janis and I started cycling to work in order to save money on gas.
M: Can you tell me where you are going to spend your winter holiday?
W: I haven’t decided yet. Maybe I’ll visit my grandmother in Boston.
W: I’m going to the dentist’s, then the bank, and after that I will have to prepare a presentation for the history seminar.
M: You’ll have a busy afternoon.
M: I’ve cleaned the living room, the bedrooms except for…
W: I know. The toilets! Don’t worry. I’ll clean them.
W: Do you remember our friend Walter Sullivan?
M: Yes, I remember him. He used to work with us, didn’t he?
W: That’s right. He was always late for work.
M: What have you been busy doing recently?
W: Exams are approaching, and I’m busy reviewing the books to prepare for them. I’m buried in a pile of books these days.
M: You’re too serious about your studies! What about going for a walk this afternoon?
W: I don’t have the leisure time as you do.
M: Oh, come on. Haven’t you ever heard "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"? Do you want to become a fool?
W: OK! I don’t want to be called a fool. Let’s go for a walk!
W: Excuse me. May I meet Mr. Robbins?
M: Is that Mr. Robbins in the marketing department?
W: Yes, it is.
M: Oh, his office isn’t on this floor. We are on the seventh floor. So you must go upstairs for three more.
W: What’s his office number?
M: I don’t know it exactly. I only know it is next to the manager’s room.
W: Hello, George. It’s Victoria. How are you?
M: Not too bad.
W: I’m just calling about the prices, from the three hotels, for the conference. Have you got copies of all of them?
M: Uh… yes.
W: Could you e-mail them to me?
M: Uh, I can fax them. I’ve only got hard copies. So…
W: OK, fine.
M: I’ve got to go to a meeting in about a quarter, so I’ll send them now.
W: There’s no rush. This afternoon is fine.
M: No, no. I’ll send them now.
W: OK. Then maybe we can discuss them later today.
M: Sure. I’ll be in the office all afternoon.
W: OK. I’ll come to your office this afternoon, then.
M: Isabella, how many people work for Rolls-Royce?
W: Rolls-Royce Group is a big company but our office here in France is small. There are only four people: two directors from Germany, one engineer and myself.
M: So what is a typical day like? How much time do you spend on the telephone and e-mail?
W: Well, first of all I make myself a big cup of coffee. Then deal with the telephone and daily affairs. OK, it’s not too bad but I have a lot of e-mails to write and read, so this maybe takes around 75% to 80% of my time.
M: How many hours per week do you work?
W: In France we have a 35-hour working week now, so I start to work at 9, have one hour for lunch and finish at 5. I even leave at 4:30 on Fridays sometimes.
M: Do you like your job?
W: I do like my job. I like working for a British company. And I feel like a member of the team rather than just a secretary. It’s a real pleasure to come here every day.
W: Good morning. My name is Julie Hartwell, and I’m going to talk to you today about our firefighter training program. The program lasts for three months. During this time, you’ll learn how to climb the ladder safely and how to use other equipment. The college has over two acres of grounds, where we can create real fires for students to practice on — under safe conditions, of course. We will learn how to fight fires on trains, in buildings and at petrol stations. If you want to apply for this course, you must be 18 years of age or over, have a driving license and be very fit. You must also be able to work as part of a team and be able to solve problems in very difficult situations. The other thing you need to remember before applying for this course is that you will often be working when your friends are enjoying themselves. If you have any questions, please come and see me in my office, which is Room 116 on the first floor.