W: I'm not feeling very well, doctor. I have a bad cold.
M: Have you got a sore throat, too?
W: No, but I've got a headache.
M: I see. Take one of these pills every four hours. You'll be OK soon.
M: What’re your plans for the summer vacation?
W: I'm planning on getting a part-time job.
M: What kind of part-time job?
W: I don't know. I just want to get some work experience.
W: Hi, Victor, can we have a talk today?
M: I'd love to, but I've got a pretty tight schedule today. I'll finish a report by ten and then drive to the airport to pick up an engineer at eleven. After that, I'll have a meeting with him over lunch. I won't have a break until two o'clock. But then from three until five, I have to attend a senior staff meeting.
W: I bought a Harry Potter book yesterday. It's 46 yuan.
M: That's so expensive! I only spent 20 yuan on it.
W: Really? The price of this book is 46. Is yours fake?
M: Maybe. Now I know why there are so many errors in it.
M: The apartment I looked at today was pretty decent — around 120 m2. The surrounding area is very quiet and safe with many trees and plants.
W: That's good. Is the location accessible?
M: Yep, it's near a bus stop.
W: Well, maybe we can buy this one then.
W: What are your plans for today, Mark? Nick and I are going shopping. Do you want to come too?
M: Well, as a matter of fact, I'm meeting Steve. He's writing an article and he's asked me to take some photos for it.
W: An article? About what?
M: Oh, just people... Anyway, I'm seeing Steve at the zoo, at ten.
W: Oh well, let's meet for lunch, shall we? How about that sandwich bar we went to on Friday? I'll see you there at 12 o'clock.
M: Sounds good. See you.
M: Nancy, what's wrong with you? You look a bit down.
W: Yes, my credit card bill has just arrived. I'm in debt now.
M: Well, how much have you overdrawn last month?
W: 3,000 yuan.
M: 3,000 yuan? You have overspent too much.
W: I have no other choice. Two friends of mine held birthday parties last month. I spent a lot on the birthday presents.
M: What about the rest?
W: Well, some was spent on get-togethers with friends, some on makeup, some on clothes, and some on food.
M: You'd better change your consumption habit. Otherwise, you will get into the financial trouble soon.
W: I think so.
M: What are you writing online?
W: I'm replying to a man's article in the forum(论坛).
M: Do you know him?
W: No. I think his viewpoint expressed in the forum is wrong. So I want to show him my opinion.
M: Do you do that kind of thing often?
W: Yes. I like to discuss with different people online.
M: What do you usually talk about?
W: Any topic. Politics, science, film stars, in a word, everything in the world.
M: Sounds interesting.
W: I think so. But sometimes, we may start a flame war in the forum.
M: War? You fight with each other online? But how is that possible?
W: Ha-ha. We do not fight face to face. The main tool for us to use is our words expressed in the forum.
M: I see.
M: Hi, Mom.
W: There you are. I am getting worried. It's so late.
M: Yes. I ran into Julie and we went to a pub. She told me a funny thing.
W: Oh? What was that?
M: Well, she was driving home after work and she suddenly saw an old lady on her hands and knees in the middle of the road.
M: Yes. Julie was so shocked that she stopped suddenly and the car behind crashed into hers.
W: Was she hurt?
W: And what was the old lady doing?
M: I'm just coming to that. So Julie got out of her car and saw the old lady pick up something and walk away.
W: Lucky indeed, Julie didn't run her over.
M: Then a policeman came, but he didn't believe what Julie said.
M: Luckily, there was a witness, a man waiting for a bus. He saw it all. Guess what the old lady was doing?
W: I haven't the slightest idea.
M: She was looking for her gold tooth.
W: A gold tooth?
M: Yes. It fell out as she was crossing the road. The witness heard her saying, "Oh, my gold tooth."
The beginning of October means Nobel Prize time. Daily announcements followed this week. Each prize is about $1,110,000 together with a diploma and gold medal handed out on Dec. 10.
The prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace and Physiology or Medicine were founded by the will of Alfred Nobel, a wealthy Swedish man. The first awards were presented in 1901, five years after Noble's death. However, the economics award wasn't created by Noble but by Sweden's central bank in 1968.
The Nobel judges are prohibited from making their discussions known for 50 years. They try hard to avoid giving clues about the winners before the announcements.
Scientists often have to wait decades to have their work recognized by the judges. The
judges want to make sure any breakthrough stands up to the test of time. However, that's against Nobel's will. It states the awards should belong to those who, during the previous year, shall have made the "greatest benefit on mankind".