W: Could you please sign for a parcel for me this afternoon?
M: Sure. Just give me your ID card. Oh, tell me where to put your parcel.
W: Just leave it on the table.
M: I just noticed this mark on my shirt and I need it for my friend's wedding later today. How long would it take to clean it off?
W: It looks like a small job. Well, I think it shouldn't take more than ten minutes to clean it off, possibly.
W: I've given up using the car and I go to work on this now. I can move through the traffic easily, and riding it is good exercise for me.
M: Oh, that's good! I think I need a change, too. I'm tired of waiting long for a bus.
M: Hi, Nancy. Tom said you're looking to buy a place in the Greenwood area. It is a nice neighborhood.
W: It certainly is and it has some great schools, too. Tom said he would like our two kids to go to school there.
W: If it is still this hot tomorrow, we may give up the idea of having a picnic in the afternoon.
M: Oh, I don't think it'll last long. The forecast says it will be cloudy by mid-afternoon.
W: Brian, I heard from the personnel manager that you're going to be sent to Singapore. Are you looking forward to it?
M: Sure, Jenny. This gives me a chance to work with John Taylor.
W: Yes. He's a good manager. You'll learn a lot from him.
M: I hope so. I've never been out of the country, so I'm very nervous about it.
M: Which coffee maker do you think I should buy? This one is cheaper, but the one over there is of higher quality.
W: If you buy a cheap one, you'll just have to replace it after a short while, and that will cost you more in the long run.
M: I think you're right. I'll go with the more expensive one. Oh, look! It is on sale! I'll get a 20 percent discount on it.
W: Yes, it's a bargain.
M: Do you need more time or are you ready to head to the checkout line?
W: Let's go to the checkout line, because I still have to visit the gym today.
W: Mike, please tell me something about our university. It's so big that I get lost sometimes.
M: OK, Mary. Let's look at the map. Look, the student restaurant is at the bottom right-hand corner. At the bottom left-band corner is the Student Union. And between the student restaurant and the Student Union is the Medical Service Station.
W: I see. And what is it in the middle of the map?
M: That is the Media Center where you can take part in many activities.
W: Where is the library? I think I will use it a lot.
M: The new library is next to the Student Union. Students can borrow books from the library. You can also borrow some books that cannot be got from the old library, such as sports magazines and financial books, but you can borrow entertainment magazines from both.
W: Did you have a good weekend? I heard you went on a sailing trip.
M: It was too expensive, so I just went fishing. What did you do, Emily?
W: I wanted to play basketball, but I couldn't find anyone to play with. So I played tennis with my brother instead.
M: Why didn't you ask Jenny? She is good at sports. Oh, no, at that moment she was busy at the park. There was a badminton competition.
W: I hope she won a prize. Did you hear about Joe? He broke his leg when playing football.
M: Oh, no. That will stop him going swimming with me next weekend!
W: Are you going to the beach? I'll come with you. I love the beach. Would you like to take me there?
M: Of course. The more people, the better. We can ask Andy as well. He watched a lot of films at home this weekend, but he likes to go outside.
W: Great. I'll ask him if he wants to come.
M: Do you want to know my first experience of going to the cinema? Well, I will talk about it now. It was a Saturday morning in 1937. I was five years old. My father took me to the cinema that very afternoon.
The size of it amazed me, and I loved the atmosphere immediately. In those days there was a girl who showed you to your seat in the dark if you arrived after the film had started and she was there with her boxes of sweets and ice cream in the breaks. My mother had given me some money before we left home, so I queued up and bought myself some chocolate.
But the film itself was the most important thing. When the curtains were opened and the lights were turned down, I couldn't believe my eyes.
There were sudden changes of scenes that took my breath away, and action that was shown from many different angles. Obviously audiences are used to those now. These days film scenes only last a few seconds and are filled with special effects. In those days one scene could last for several minutes. And of course the sets were very basic, if you compare them to today's. But the performances the actors gave were wonderful. I had never experienced anything like it and I loved the cinema from that point on. And now I'm a film director!