W: We're visiting some friends at the weekend. What about you?
M: Oh, I'm just staying at home.
W: This store is always closed when I come. What on earth are the service hours?
M: They say the service hours are 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and 4: 15 pm to 8:15 pm Monday through Saturday. And it is closed on Sunday.
W: Peter, what are you going to do after graduating? It'd be nice to go traveling for a few months, wouldn't it?
M: Yes, but I did that before coming to university. Actually, I'm hoping to go on a management training course. But I have a job interview at a bank next week. I think I ought to be getting on with real life.
M: I'm sorry I'm late. Just as I was leaving the office, I got a call from the photo studio saying the photos of my friend Richard were ready, so I went and collected them.
W: He'll be pleased when you take them to his house.
M: Hi, Lily, I heard you just bought a car.
W: Yes, I bought it from Lisa at a very low price. She is leaving for China next month.
M: How long will she stay there?
W: For about two years.
W: Where are you from, Ken?
M: I'm from Toronto.
W: Oh, I've never been there. What's it like?
M: It's a big city, but it's not too big. The nightlife is colorful and I enjoy it.
W: Is it expensive to live there?
M: Yeah, a little bit.
W: And what's the weather like in Toronto?
M: Well, it's pretty cold in the winter, and very hot and wet in the summer. Its spring is short. It's nice in the fall, though. You can always see the clear sky then.
M: Are you feeling all right, Mary? You look pretty tired.
W: My sister and I had a birthday party for Jane last night. I didn't get much sleep.
M: Where did you have the party?
W: It was in our classroom. And after the party I had to start typing a history paper that was due this morning. I was kind of nervous because the professor said he wouldn't accept any late papers.
M: I don't know how you can do it. I couldn't deal with a situation like that.
W: Well, I just turned the paper in, and now I'm going home to sleep. See you later.
W: Intercity Flowers. How can I help you?
M: Hi, I'd like to have a dozen red roses sent to my apartment tomorrow for my grandparents' wedding anniversary, please.
W: OK, sir. I just need more details to complete the order. What's your name please?
M: Johnny Anthony.
W: Mr Anthony, have you ordered our flowers before?
M: Yes, I have. I've got a customer number. It is UR250BUT.
W: Ah, yes. We will confirm your information later. If nobody answers the door tomorrow, what shall we do,sir?
M: There will definitely be someone there.
W: But just in case, sir. Can we leave them at the front door, or with a neighbor?
M: OK. Leave them with the next-door neighbor. That will be fine.
W: OK, sir, that's a dozen red roses for your apartment. That will be $43.50.
M: Hello, I want to know some information about language classes.
W: What language are you interested in?
M: I want to learn Japanese, but I'd also like to improve my Chinese. I don't know which to study right now.
W: Maybe the class schedule will help you decide. Do you want to study in the morning, afternoon, or evening?
M: I work in the evenings, so mornings or afternoons would be better.
W: We offer an advanced Chinese class, but it is on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
M: I couldn't do that. When are the Japanese classes?
W: Which level do you want? Advanced?
M: No, elementary, definitely.
W: Well, are you free on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings? The elementary Japanese classes are held at those mornings.
M: I could do it in those mornings, but I'd prefer afternoons.
W: We have intermediate Japanese classes on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.
M: I really need an elementary class. So I'll take Japanese classes in the morning. How much is it?
W: For a six-week course, it's 575 dollars. You could pay for one week at a time, 125 dollars a week. Or you can save money by registering for two levels together. For example, pay for your elementary and intermediate classes now and you'll get twelve weeks of classes for just one thousand and fifty dollars.
M: Oh, I'll just pay for the six-week course.
OK, could I have your attention please? I'd like to formally introduce a new board member to you today. John Clayton has been with the firm for almost 20 years now. He started as a hardware technician and worked his way up to a senior manager, then a director, and finally to his current position of vice president in charge of research and development. Since you're all familiar with John's work, I want to tell you something about his personal life. John has three wonderful children aged 12, 9 and 7. Last year, his 9-year-old son, Luke, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. This was of course terrible news for John and his wife Karen, but they have been helping Luke fight the sickness, and he is doing very well. During this difficult period, John was able to do his job despite taking several weeks off to attend to his family. His election to our board of directors shows his working competence and high personal qualities. John replaces Martin Lynch, who retired last November, and I am confident that he is very competent in his work. John ...