M: Come on in.Why don't you give me your coat?I'll put it in the dryer for you.How were the roads?
W: It's raining cats and dogs out there.
M: I'm glad you got here safely.Watch your step,though.I've just washed the floors in here.
W: I'm so hungry!Why is it taking so long?We're going to be late to the movies.
M: It's really crowded in here.Maybe they're short of help.Can you try to get the manager's attention?
M: Why haven't you been at work since last week?Is everything OK?
W: Well, the doctor says it is the flu, so I can give it to others very easily right now.All I can do is take medicine and take a rest now.Then I can go back to work.
M: When will you get your work done?I really wanted to make it to that movie tonight.
W: I'm not sure.I have to finish this report for my boss.I'll call you as soon as I leave work.
M: Being a homeowner is a lot of extra work.We have to clean the inside and outside of the house.I hardly have any time for myself these days.
W: Wait until we have kids.Then you'll really know what work is!
M: Do you like travel, Mary?
W: I absolutely love it.
M: Me too.Being in other cultures, meeting new people, seeing new sites — it's the best!
W: My favorite part of traveling is eating.
M: Really?Normally, you watch your diet very carefully.
W: Yes, but when traveling, food is such an important part of getting to know a culture.Can you imagine going to Italy without tasting a pizza, or to Belgium without eating loads of chocolate?
M: Plus,eating is an easy icebreaker when it comes to meeting local people.People take pride in their local dishes and love to talk about them.
W: I can't agree more.Although I don't like to cook, I would love to try to cook the delicious food for you right now.
W: I'm happy to hear about your friend's wedding, sir.For your jacket, would you like a more traditional three-button one or a modern two-button one?
M: Let's go with a two-button one.I'm not as slim as I used to be, you know.
W: No problem, sir.And for your shirt?Would you like your shirt to show past your jacket sleeves? If so, we'll have to adjust the sleeve length of the jacket by half an inch.
M: Sure, let's do that.I think it makes me look more modern.
W: I completely agree.And at least this will work for anniversary parties and business events as well.
M: Katherine, I need some advice.I've been invited to a backyard barbecue at a classmate's house, and I'm not sure what to expect.
W: That's great, Lee!It will be a great chance for you to meet new people.What would you like to know?
M: I don't know... What should I bring?What should I wear?He told me not to worry about food, and people will eat standing up and moving around.
W: Oh, cool!Well, you shouldn't have to worry about table manners, then.You won't sit at a table.Does he have a pool?
M: Yeah, he said there will probably be some swimming.
W: OK, so wear your swim shorts and a T-shirt.That way, if you don't want to swim, you'll look like everyone else, and if you do, you're already prepared.
M: Anything else I should bring?
W: Some beer, or if you don't drink, then maybe some potato chips.You'll see the snack table when you get there.
M: Thanks.I'll let you know how it goes.
W: Today I'm talking to the teenage skateboard champion, Blayne Jackson.Blayne,how did you first learn to skateboard?
M: I got my first skateboard when I was eight.I was hoping to join the skateboard club at my local park, but I had to be at least 12 to have lessons.So I just watched lots of skateboarding videos and then practiced all the moves.My cousin was really good at doing jumps, but he was 13 and not interested in teaching a kid like me!
W: Where's the best place for skateboarding?
M: Well, for freestyle skateboarding, any flat ground, like a basketball court, will do.The place I like most right now is the path that goes along the beach in my town.There's a square in London which is great for skateboarding.
W: I guess health is important.What do you do to stay fit?
M: I used to skateboard for 3 hours every day.That wasn't keeping me fit enough，though.So I've had a home gym put in and I've started to spend time in there.
W: Any advice for young people taking up skateboarding?
M: Don't waste money on a cheap board.Another thing I'd advise is that don't expect to learn it straight away.It takes time and practice.
W: Thanks, Blayne.
W: Here is a piece of news about paper. Scientists have invented a new type of paper that can be used again up to 20 times.Users will be able to either remove the writing from the paper themselves, or leave it to disappear over a period of time, after which the paper will be completely blank and ready to be used again.There is no big change in quality between the first and the twentieth printout.Under normal circumstances it seems that the writing will remain perfectly clear for at least three days, long enough for most practical purposes.
The new process does not require ink.Instead, something can be printed on the paper using a mixture of chemicals and light.If users want the print to disappear more quickly, they can apply heat to the paper. This can take as little as ten minutes. The hope is that in the future this paper will be widely used, providing an environmentally friendly alternative to ordinary paper.