W: Leo, are you going to play tennis with us today?
M: I'm sorry. I promised Bill I'd go swimming with him. You can join me in hiking tomorrow.
W: Mr Bryant, I've come to say goodbye.
M: Oh, really? Jill, I truly hope that you can accompany your parents for a few more days.
W: I wish to, but I really can't. I have an important meeting to attend.
M: Ms Brown, may I have a word with you?
W: Certainly, John.
M: I have to ask if I could pay the rent in a few more days.
W: I'm afraid not. I think we should follow what was said before.
W: This is a beautiful painting. Hilly, where did you get it?
M: Well, I painted it myself. I've been taking art classes for several years.
W: Amazing! I've no idea you were so brilliant. It looks like it was painted by a professional.
M: Gosh! It's so good to be back home. That's the last time we holiday in the mountain.
W: Oh, come on! It was wonderful! At least it didn't snow.
M: I would have preferred snow to constant rain. We had never seen the sun there.
M: Well, you know, Alice, sandwiches in this restaurant are popular.
W: Oh, no, Henry, not sandwiches again. I've eaten tons of them recently. I want something different.
M: Well, why not try some seafood?
W: But I'm allergic to seafood. Do they serve steak or chicken?
M: I think so. Here, look! Let's try their fried chicken.
W: You have a lot of interesting music in your music library. Where did you find it?
M: Some of it was copied from my CDs before I got rid of them.
W: You did?
M: Yeah, they took up too much room. I didn't want to leave them at my parents' house or put them in storage, so I just threw them away.
W: So now you only buy digital music?
M: Yeah, occasionally I buy songs from iTunes. But generally I get my music from eMusic. They don't have a lot of pop music. But they have a lot of albums of independent musicians. And the songs are much cheaper.
W: Do they have jazz? That's the only thing I care about.
M: Yeah, tons. They also have some really good hip-pop and rock.
W: Li Qiang, you've started university in New York. How do you find the university life there?
M: Well, it's quite different from that in China. There you're more on your own. Challenging but meaningful!
W: Come on, tell me more details.
M: Okay. For one thing, you are free to choose when to have lessons and what courses to take. I don't choose any early-morning lessons on Monday.
W: I see. So being able to get up late is what you like most in the university?
M: Not exactly. I don't get up late every day. On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, I get up at 7:30 because my advanced physics class begins at 8:00.This course is rather difficult. I prefer to have it in the morning with a clear mind.
W: You know exactly what you are doing in the university. That's awesome.
W: Good morning, Peter. What can I do for you today?
M: Hi, Doctor. I'm here because of sleeping problems.
W: How long have you been like this?
M: Since four months ago.
W: I see. Was there a stressful event in your life at that time?
M: Well, at first I thought it was the outbreak of the virus. Actually, it's my new job. I started a job then. I do research for an IT company. I like it but I have to work 60 hours a week.
W: That sounds stressful.
M: It is.
W: Is it possible for you to shorten the working hours?
M: No, as a new employee, I have to work hard to prove my value to the company.
W: All right, you need to find ways to reduce stress. Exercise can be helpful. Perhaps you can go to the gym after work.
M: Well, yes, not every day, but I could certainly go to the gym a few evenings.
M: Hey guys! My name's Michael and I'm here to tell you about my job as a video game writer. I work with game developers and designers to think of stories, and I write all the dialogues by myself. When I was in secondary school, I never imagined that I would do this job. I didn't know what to study at university. I was good at lots of science subjects, but I also loved entertaining people and I was good at art. In the end, I went to a film school where I studied lighting, special effects, etc. It was there that I started to think about working in the video game industry. People also ask me what I like most about being a video game writer. Well, the money is good and it's quite exciting. Just last night, for example, I was at a big dinner where prizes were given for new games. But what I love most is the fact that I get on well with everyone in the company. That's what makes my job so much fun.