W: How did your tennis practice go this morning, Ted? There were so many dark clouds in the sky.
M: Yeah, I thought it might rain, but it didn't. Actually, it was better than when it's sunny, because we could see the ball more easily.
M: We saw a big grey bird. Grandad said that type of bird usually lives near rivers.
W: And were you near a river when you saw it?
M: No. We were still in town. It was on top of a house. But there was a river and trees in a park nearby.
W: I just couldn't do the English homework last night. I really don't like it when we have to do things like writing a story.
M: Oh, I love writing stories. It's nice to be creative now and then.
W: What about these shoes, Jonathan?
M: They're really nice, but isn't ￡35 quite expensive? We usually only spend about ￡25.
W: Look at these others — they're ￡15, but they're not as good.
M: Yeah, I see what you mean. OK, we'll get the ones you suggest.
M: Are you going to watch that singing competition on TV later tonight?
W: I'd like to, but Mum might want to watch the other channel!
M: And did you see the talk show last night?
W: No, I missed it. But I saw the program about the street dance.
W: Finally, the weekend is here. I can't wait.
M: Me neither. So Maggie, do you have any fun plans?
W: Yes, I do! I'm going to the organic farm tomorrow morning with my mother.
M: An organic farm? What for?
W: My mum and I are going to pick apples. I want to learn how to make apple pie, and my mum's going to teach me. What about you, David?
M: Oh, I'm going to the science museum. There's a robot exhibit there. It's a two-day exhibition and it will display some robots that appeared in early science fiction films.
W: You're a fan of the Star Wars movies, right? When did the first one come out?
M: It came out on May 25th, 1977.
W: How do you remember that so clearly? That's more than 40 years ago!
M: I'm a huge fan! There were a lot of science fiction movies in the late 1970s because of Star Wars.
W: And when did the next two movies come out?
M: The Empire Strikes Back came out in 1980 and Return of the Jedi came out in 1983.But then there was a long gap until the next one. Fans had to wait for 16 years until The Phantom Menace. There were no movies from 1984 to 1998.
M: Hi, Jane. How are the preparations going for the business trip next month?
W: Hello, Robert. We're just finishing the presentation. I'm going to book the flight later.
M: Great. If you book the flight online, it'll be cheaper. How are we going to get to the airport?
W: I'm not sure yet. If we get a taxi or a bus in the morning, it will be the rush hour. I think it will be quicker if we take the underground.
M: Good idea. And the hotel? Have you booked one?
W: Yes, I've reserved rooms at the Ritz.
M: Is there anything else we need to arrange?
W: We should make sure we have business cards. If we meet any potential customers, we can give them one. Oh, and remember to keep all your receipts. The company will pay for all your meals and travel.
W: The problem is that too many people create too much waste.
M: Yes, you're right, Carol. If everyone recycled more, we'd reduce a lot of waste. I mean, look at the amount of paper we waste in this office. It's crazy.
W: Exactly, Alex. And coffee cups too.
M: Yes. If we recycled our paper and the paper cups, we'd save a lot of waste.
W: That's right. And don't forget plastic. Nobody recycles their plastic water bottles. Let's do something.
M: Well, I would take the plastic bottles to the recycling center. And I'll make a collection box which people can put their water bottles in.
W: I'll make two collection boxes for paper and cans. If we put them in the kitchen, people will see them. We'd save a lot of waste. We're going to make a difference.
W: Right, everybody, let's get started. I'd like to welcome you all to your new university. Even though you haven't started classes yet, you'll have a very busy first two weeks here. For example, you have probably noticed a number of associations asking you to join them. There are sports clubs such as football, basketball, and tennis. Moreover, there are more academic clubs. The history club, for example, meets once a week and takes trips to interesting places as well as inviting guest speakers to talk. I'd advise that you look around all of the clubs before joining any because you have to pay to be a member of most of them and you don't want to run out of money in your first week!Next, I have to tell you about the process of registering for your courses. Firstly, you have to go to the university administration building to get your registration document. Don't forget to take your ID. Secondly, take your document to see the head of the department of each course that you want to take. You'll find the room numbers for each class on the registration document. Besides, remember to get a book list for each course when you see the head of the department. Finally, return the completed document to the university administration building. You will then be given a library card. If you have any problems with accommodation, please go to the secretary office, not your academic department. I think that's all.