W: Is this the right place to sign up for the Spanish class?
M: No, this room is for German. The Spanish class is held down the hall, right next to the French class.
M: I’m sorry, but you can’t take your camera inside. You’ll have to leave it here and pick it up after the concert.
W: Well, I guess it’s too late to take it back to the car. Please be careful with it. It belongs to my roommate. She’ll never forgive me if anything happens to it.
M: I hate my job. I want to work somewhere where I don’t have to wait on tables and deal with people every day.
W: Yeah, get out of customer service! You should be an accountant or work online at home.
M: I’m looking for a white dog with brown ears.
W: Well, sir, we have a few dogs that match that description. Did you fill out our information forms yet?
M: No, sorry. Um... I just want to see if my missing dog was brought here.
M: Want to come to watch TV with me?
W: Uh, you know, actually I was going to do some laundry.
M: Hold on... here you go. This is mine. You don’t mind doing a little extra, do you?
W: Well, sure.
M: Welcome to Ferguson’s. Can I tell you about our specials today?
W: I’m not a regular customer here, so could you recommend something for lunch?
M: Well, this afternoon our special is the club sandwich, but I really like to recommend the French onion soup. Are you ready to make a selection, or shall I give you more time?
W: I think that I’ll take your recommendation on the French onion soup. Could you please bring me some ice water first?
W: Good afternoon, Royal Bank. How may I help you?
M: Hello. I have an account with your bank, and I’d like to have a copy of my bank statement. I tried to reach you this morning, but the lines were all busy. Can I request a statement over the phone?
W: I’m sorry you can’t. However, you can get it on the bank’s website. But to use the website, you need to register as a member.
M: All right. I’ll just check the website. Can you give me the website address?
M: Flora, when you were little, what did you like to do?
W: When I was at junior high school I used to like playing soccer with my friends. Actually in Kenya, what’s different from other countries is we get used to making our own soccer balls to play. It was very easy.
M: Wow. How did you make the soccer balls?
W: We used to collect plastic and paper and bind them with string to make something round. So we didn’t have to spend any money.
M: That’s great. So were you a good soccer player?
W: Not really. I used to like playing soccer but I was not very good at it, to tell the truth.
M: Yeah, like me. I wasn’t a very good athlete. I mean I like sports but I was never very good at them. Um, so do you play soccer in Japan?
W: Sometimes... Now, actually I’m not playing soccer anymore because the work in the bank takes up much of my time.
W: Where are you from, Corey?
M: I’m from Canada. I’ve just moved here.
W: Canada! Are you good at winter sports then?
M: Yeah, I love winter sports very much, such as skiing and snowboarding. I also like ice diving.
W: Wow! That sounds quite exciting!
M: Yeah. I’ve been doing that for seven years, since I was nine. What do you do in your free time?
W: Well, swimming used to be my favorite hobby. But now I spend most of my spare time in the acting club I joined last year, and I really love the theater —I really want to be an actress one day. Have you got any other hobbies?
M: Um, I enjoy playing online computer games. I feel quite relaxed when playing the games and it helps me make new friends. How about you? Do you spend much time online?
W: Well, I’m not interested in computer games. I think it makes no sense spending time playing something with strangers. I prefer chatting face to face with my friends.
M: I like chatting with friends too.
W: Oh, it’s time for class. Our English teacher is coming. After class I’ll introduce you to some of my friends.
W: OK, so tomorrow we’ll be doing a tour of the city to see some of the most important sights in San Francisco. Now, we need to be at the Ferry Building in time to catch the boat at 10 am.
But I think we should aim to be there by 9:45. It’s a fifteen-minute walk from the hotel. You won’t need to bring any money for food because a packed lunch is provided. The boat fare is also included. It should be sunny tomorrow but it can get windy on the boat, so a jacket is necessary. It takes about 25 minutes to get to Sausalito. We’ll spend about an hour in Sausalito where we’ll do some shopping. From Sausalito we’ll get a bus across the Golden Gate Bridge to Golden Gate Park. Here you’ll have a choice of activities. Firstly, the museum. The best thing here is the painting collection. Or you can go to the Japanese Tea Garden. This is the oldest Japanese garden in the United States. It first opened in 1894 as part of an international exhibition. Anyway, you’ll have about an hour to visit either of these two places before we break for lunch.
Our first stop after lunch will be at Alamo Square. I’m sure this will be familiar to many of you as the houses have appeared in so many films and TV shows. We’ll stop and take some photos here before moving on to Chinatown where we’ll have a guided walking tour.