W: David, you have eaten all the cookies in that box? They are really bad for your teeth.
M: I know, but I was so hungry and you came back so late.
W: I'm really sorry, dear. Just as I got off work, I was told that I had to stay for a meeting.
W: She's a typical Japanese — really quiet and shy!
M: Oh, come on! Lots of Japanese people are really outgoing.
W: Have you heard? There's been a fire at the old paper factory.
M: Are you sure? There's nothing in the newspaper about it.
W: I just saw it on the 6 o'clock news. Turn on the radio and you might hear something about it there.
M: I'll phone Bob. He always knows what's going on.
M: Excuse me. Is this seat taken?
W: I don't think so. That man has got his books and notes and left a few minutes ago.
M: You know, my car hasn't been the same since I bumped into that telephone box.
W: You'd better have it looked into before you drive to Florida.
W: We need to get a present for Tanya. She is our only granddaughter and she's moving into her new flat soon. She said that she needs some cushions, but I don't know what color her sofa is.
M: I know that her mother has bought her a set of knives and forks, so why don't we get her a set of glasses?
W: Actually, she's got glasses already. Now, let's get her what she's asked for. I think I'll give her a ring about the color of her sofa.
W: What's up? You look a bit down.
M: I got my results this morning of my end-of-year exams.
W: Oh dear, not good news?
M: Yes. I failed physics.
W: Oh, no! I'm sorry. What happened? I thought you revised really hard for it.
M: I did, but the questions weren't what I expected. I tried to answer them, but...
W: Can you retake it?
M: Yeah, but I'll have to take the course again next year.
W: What? Wait. You have to repeat the whole year?
M: Yeah. That's normal, right?
W: Not really. When we fail an exam at university, we usually get the chance to retake it, but we don't have to take the course again.
M: Well, here you have to repeat the whole course and pay for it, of course.
W: Good afternoon, Mr Brown. I'm planning to take three weeks' leave in January.
M: Three weeks? You know we will be so busy next month. Could you put it off until February?
W: Sorry, I can't. Mr Brown, I have already finished my work for next month.
M: I see. You want to travel abroad or prepare for your wedding?
W: Not really. I want to go to see my parents in China. We will celebrate the Spring Festival in January this year, and it's our tradition to have a family reunion then.
M: All right. I'll do my best to meet your request.
W: That's very kind of you. Thank you very much.
M: No problem. By the way, when you're in China, would you mind buying a glass vase for my wife?
W: Of course not! I'd be happy to do that.
M: Hi, Rachel! How are you?
W: Don't ask! I've had a terrible morning!
M: What happened?
W: It's my car! I came out of the house this morning and found that someone had broken into my car.
M: Oh, no! That's awful. What did he steal? The car's MP3 player?
W: Yeah, he did take that. It would have been OK if that had been all he got, but he got away with my handbag too. I'd somehow stupidly managed to leave it on the back seat.
M: Oh, no! Was there anything valuable in it?
W: No, not really, but there was a set of spare keys in it, and my home address. Fortunately, I took my new iPhone with me.
M: Oh, that's terrible! That wasn't a very sensible place for your handbag!
W: I know! I know! I was very worried that he'd come to rob my flat so I called in a repairman and got my locks changed this morning. It cost me a fortune.
M: I bet it did! No wonder you came to work late. I bet you won't make that mistake again, will you?
W: Now I want to tell you something about a fantastic exhibition at the Science Museum. It's called "A Changing World" and it is all about global warming. The exhibition will start on October 3rd and it will last for a week.
The first things you'll notice when you walk in are hundreds of pairs of wellington boots. Everyone needs to put on the boots because the whole exhibition area is flooded with water. The idea is to show what will happen if sea level continues to rise. It really makes you think deeply.
One of the best shows is the one about the Arctic. In the room, there is a huge block of ice, which is slowly becoming liquid. There are also a number of photos, which show clearly how the sea ice is disappearing year after year.
As you walk around the exhibition, you'll see that all over the walls there're posters which explain the causes and effects of global warming. The content was written especially for this exhibition by some famous scientists, so you can be sure that you are getting the most up-to-date information.
There are some computers at the end of the exhibition. You can use them to send e-mails to your friends and let them know what you have learned or give them advice on what they can do to stop global warming.