W: What time is your mother arriving?
M: She was supposed to catch the noon bus but she called me to say she missed it. So she plans to take the 3:30 bus which will get her here after dinner time.
W: Sir, there’s a Mr Miller on the phone who wants to talk to you.
M: I’m busy at the moment. Can you ask him to hold on? Tell him I’ll talk with him in a few seconds.
M: I think I’d like to be a lawyer after graduation as the job sounds interesting. How about you?
W: I wouldn’t want to be a lawyer. I prefer to be a teacher though my parents expect me to be a doctor.
W: Good morning. I have an appointment with Mr Davis at 11 o’clock.
M: Yes, he left a message for you, saying he’s terribly sorry but he’s stuck in traffic. Please take a seat and he’ll be here as soon as possible.
M: Good afternoon. I’m Robert Anderson. I have an appointment with Mrs Brown. Is she in?
W: Yes, she is. She’s been waiting for you in her office. Please come in.
W: Excuse me, sir. I’m afraid you can’t park your car here.
M: Why not? It’s my parking place.
W: I’m afraid not, sir.
M: Oh? That’s a surprise. Let me see… A1214. It’s my wife’s birthday. Yes, I’m sure this is my parking place.
W: But I saw a black car always parking here before.
M: Oh, we’ve just painted our car. It was black.
W: Maybe. But the car of this space has a broken light on the right.
M: Yeah. It used to. We got that fixed yesterday, too.
W: Could you wait for a moment, sir? I’d like to have a check.
M: Sure, go ahead.
W: Sorry, sir, my mistake. This is your parking place.
M: That’s all right. It’s not your fault.
M: There’s a lot of traffic on the street. Is this the shopping district?
W: Yes, it is. There are a lot of stores, office buildings, and theatres near here.
M: What is the largest building on the left?
W: That’s a department store. It sells clothing, furniture, food — almost everything.
M: Do you buy everything in the same store? That’s very handy, isn’t it? It saves a lot of time. I need some clothes.
W: There’s a men’s clothing store next to the bank building on the right. There are also some good stores on Lincoln Street.
M: That’s a beautiful theatre on the corner. What do all the signs in front of it mean?
W: There’s a new play there tonight. The building next to the theatre is a hotel.
M: Is that the post office across the street?
W: No, it’s just three blocks straight ahead.
W: Well, do you want to have a picnic in the park on Saturday?
M: That’s a good idea. And we can ride our bikes for a while, too.
W: Then there’s the party.
M: Party? What party?
W: Have you forgotten? Mark and Mary invited us to dinner on Saturday night.
M: Ah, I had forgotten. What time will we get home, do you think?
W: Probably late. Mary wants to go out after dinner to a place where we can dance.
M: Then we’ll sleep all day on Sunday.
W: Oh, not all day. Don’t you have something special that you want to do on Sunday?
M: We talked about going to that new cinema.
W: Oh, yes! We can go in the evening. There are some new paintings in the museum that I want to take a look at in the afternoon.
M: It sounds like a busy weekend.
W: Our weekends are always busy. But that’s why I like New York — there is always so much to do.
M: So Maria, what can you tell us about your plans for the future?
W: Well, I’ve been considering taking a year out after I graduate. You know, maybe travel around the world and see some different countries.
M: What do you hope to gain from traveling?
W: It will give me a chance to experience different cultures first-hand rather than read about them in a book. But I also think that the experience I gain will help me find a good job when I come back.
M: Can you explain why you think traveling will help you find a job?
W: Well, from my point of view, the modern business environment is changing. Therefore, to be successful in one’s life, it is important to be able to accept changes. You should be willing to change your attitudes, and even working habits to suit the ever-changing environment.
M: Er…It sounds reasonable.
W: I also believe that traveling will teach me to be independent, as well as to value other people.
M: Why do you believe traveling will help you to value other people?
W: As you know, when you’re traveling you can’t get help from your family, so you have to depend on your friends, or even turn to unknown people.
M: Oh, I see. You’re right, Maria.
M: I am Steve. I grew up in South Wales. My favorite place to play was out on the hills where my imagination had plenty of space to expand.
My family moved out of Wales when I was thirteen. I went to a new school. One of my subjects was French. Because I had never learned any French, my teacher told me to sit in the corner and write anything I was interested in. That’s the time I started writing, just for myself, and I’ve been writing ever since. I enjoy writing fantastic stories. I think they’re like the old fairy tales, and can teach you important things. But I never write horror stories.
I am in my forties on the outside, twelve on the inside. I like rock music, Indian and Chinese food, and I enjoy drinking. I live in a small village with my wife Mary, ducks, cats, goats, hens and lots of rabbits. If you’d like to find out more about me and hope to buy my books, go to my blog.