M: I wonder why the post office is still not open.I've been waiting for 15 minutes.
W: It's ten past eight.You'll have to wait for 20 minutes before it opens.
W: Would you like to go camping with Peter and me during the summer vacation?
M: I'd like to.But I'm going to London to visit my parents with some friends.
W: Do you know where our food is?We've been here for almost half an hour.
M: I'm sorry.It must be ready now.I'll go and check.
W: Hello.Is Bill there?
M: Sorry, no.This is his brother, Tom.Can I take a message?
W: Yes, please.Tell him that Angela called and that the party is on Friday night at Amy's flat.It starts at about 7:30 in the evening.Could you please ask him to bring some of his CDs?We'd like some music that we can dance to.
M: No problem.
M: How are you getting on with the schedules?
W: I just have one more message to send.Have you got anything else for me to do?
M: Yes, here are some notes for you to type out.
M: Good afternoon, everyone.I'm glad to introduce Ms Linda Smith, who is famous for painting stones. Linda, when did you begin painting stones?
W: Actually, I started around six months ago.I happened to find some smooth stones on the beach and I brought them home and began to paint on them.I was amazed that they looked so beautiful so I continued.
M: How many have you painted so far?
W: About a hundred.
M: What kind of pictures do you paint?
W: It depends on the shape.I usually paint an animal or a scene from a place that I have been to. Look at this painting of a Swiss village.On this stone, you can see my neighbor's cats.
M: They are so colorful!They look so detailed, even though they are on such a tiny stone.
M: Good evening.I'd like to ask you a few questions about the robbery.
W: Of course, Officer.Come in.
M: Tell me what happened.
W: Well, last night I left work early.When I reached home, I saw that the lights were on in the study.
M: What did you do then?
W: I looked through the study window and saw a man.
M: What did he look like?
W: He was about 30, he was tall, and he had red hair.
M: Did he see you?
W: Yes, then he ran out of the room and I went to call the police.
M: Hi, Jenny!I'm so happy to see you again.
W: Me, too.It's been almost three years since we met in Canada.
M: So, how has everything been going?
W: I really don't know where to start.I worked as a computer programmer in Canada for eight months and then I went to China and did some editing work for China Daily for about two years.
M: Really?What are you doing at the moment?
W: I've just come back to Britain.I'm on my way to an interview for a journalism job at the moment.
M: Oh!Good luck!
W: Thank you!
W: Good afternoon!Welcome to the Service Center.What can I do for you?
M: Good afternoon. I'd like to rent a two-bedroom apartment.
W: OK, do you have a specific location in mind?
M: Well, I'd like to live near the elementary school, or at least within 2 miles.
W: Do you teach at the school?
M: No.I teach at the university, but my son goes to school there.
W: OK.What price range can you afford?
M: ＄500 to ＄580 a month.
W: Would you prefer an apartment with furniture or an empty one?
M: With furniture, and we'd like to be able to cook at home.
W: OK.Here are the photos of two apartments that I think will fit your needs.You can choose between them.
M: Thank you.Ah, the one on the Broadway Avenue looks nicer than the one on Main Street.When can I have a look?
W: You can look around now if you'd like.Let me get the key for you.If you are satisfied, we can sign an agreement today.
M: Great.Thanks.How much do you charge for the service?
M: All right.
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the White House!I'll be your guide today.The building known as the White House is the home of the president of the United States and his family.The president also has his office here.
In 1790, America's first president, George Washington, wanted to build a new presidential home.A competition was held to find a designer to build it. The architect James Hoban won the contest.He planned a building of grayish-white sandstone.The color gave the house its name.
The work started in 1792.But the house was not ready before the end of President Washington's term.America's second president, John Adams, and his wife moved into the house on Nov.1, 1800.By then, the building had six completed rooms.
Many of the rooms were still empty when John Adams left office a few months later.Other presidents tried to complete the White House.But the British burned it down during the War of 1812.The White House was rebuilt after that war.Since then, it has been enlarged, repaired and almost totally rebuilt.
Today, the White House has 132 rooms.Visitors can walk through some of the public ones.