M: Here are two packages for you from New York. Could you please sign your name here?
W: Sure. Thanks.
W: Look how thin the mommy is — and she had a baby only six months old.
M: Yeah, my wife gets really depressed when she sees moms like that. She had our daughter two years ago and she still can’t lose weight.
W: I wanted to go to Spain in August but it’s so expensive.
M: Well, summer is peak season, so it’s the most expensive time. Why not go later in the year?
W: I’m hungry. Shall we go out for a bite to eat?
M: Sounds good.
W: And then how about going to see the new film?
M: It’s wonderful.
W: Yesterday’s lecture was excellent, right?
M: The topic was interesting, but the lecture was much more difficult, and I couldn’t follow it completely.
W: Oh, no! Not again! This happens every day.
M: What’s wrong?
W: Look at the mess, Jim! You have your supper and never do the washing up afterwards.
M: I don’t do the washing up but I wash the car every week.
W: I don’t care about that. You never help me with the housework!
M: That’s not true, darling. I prepare your meals, right?
W: Oh! So what? The kitchen’s always a mess afterwards. You cook meals and I do the rest every day.
M: Calm down. OK, I will do everything in our house from next weekend.
M: I’d like to rent a bike for a day. How much does it cost?
W: It’s 20 dollars a day. A day is from 9:00 in the morning until 7:00 in the evening.
M: So, if I brought the bike back at 7:30, would I have to pay for an extra day?
W: Yes, and there’s a deposit to pay as well. It’s 50 dollars. Then when you bring the bike back, we’ll give you back the 50 dollars. But if you didn’t bring the bike back before 7:00 pm, we’d keep the money, of course.
M: Well, you don’t need to worry. I’ll surely bring the bike back at 5:00 pm. Do you have helmets, by the way?
W: Of course. It’s free to rent a helmet. Let’s go and choose a bike and a helmet for you.
M: Hi, Tracy. You’re getting ready for tomorrow’s lessons, aren’t you?
W: Oh, yes, but I’m a bit nervous. I don’t know what will happen in class or how I’ll get along with my new classmates...
M: I can understand. Just take it easy. You’ll make a lot of new friends very soon.
W: Thank you. I’ll try my best to get used to my new school life as soon as possible. By the way, what time does the first class begin?
M: At 8 o’clock. But before that we have 10 minutes to hand in homework and then 20 minutes for morning reading.
W: So we must get to school before 7:30, right?
W: And how long does each class last?
M: 45 minutes, with a 10 minute break.
W: Well, I hear that lunchtime is nearly 12 o’clock and I think I’ll be starving by then.
M: Don’t worry. There’s a 30 minute break after the second class, so we can buy something to eat. Or you may take some cookies and fruits to school.
W: That’s good.
W: Darling, I’m going to stop by Bergner’s first. It’s got some quality stuff. Who knows, some of its dresses might be on sale.
W: It’s a fairly well known store like Penny’s. I need to get something for Lisa’s birthday. She’s into name brands. Any suggestions?
M: A Gucci handbag or Calvin Klein T shirt might be nice. Oh, I have a 15% discount card for Penny’s. Let’s go ahead and use it. Here it is.
W: It’s wonderful. We can save some money for our home. Oh, no! I was supposed to give Helen a call an hour ago. It’s already a quarter to five. I left my phone with her. She must be still waiting for my call.
M: Use my phone, darling.
W: OK. Is my telephone number 61199621?
M: Oh. You still don’t remember it. It’s 61299621.Only the last number is different from mine. Mine is 2.
W: Don’t blame me. I have changed it for only three days.
M: OK. You should write it down on your notebook.
OK, this one looks interesting...listen...This application is from Orson Barnes, who lives in Birmingham. He’s applying for the post of Publicity Manager with Happy Holidays.
He’s 32 years old, and he’s got a degree in economics from Manchester University. It was a five year course, and as part of his studies he did a work placement for a year with a small telecommunications company in Spain. His first job after he left university was with XL Holidays, and he worked there for four years. After three years he was promoted to the position of Operations Assistant and he was in charge of three people. For the last three years he’s been working for Sky Airline. He’s responsible there for marketing. In addition to his degree, he’s got a qualification in Russian. He’s been studying Italian since July, too, but he hasn’t taken any exams in it yet. He’s also done a course in human resources and one in business law. He says that he’s enjoyed his time at Sky Airline, but he now feels the need for a new experience. He sounds good. What do you think?