W: Dad, I think we've got everything in the car.
M: Really? I don't think the tent is going to fit. And the sleeping bags and fishing equipment take up a lot of space, too.
M: You can change planes in either Chicago or Denver.
W: You mean there's no direct flight from New York to Atlanta?
M: Cindy, how are you getting along with the translation work?
W: I have written and rewritten so much that I don't know if I'll ever get it finished.
W: What is the time?
M: It's a quarter past nine by my watch.
W: My favorite program Sing! China will be on soon. Don't switch the channel. You can turn to the computer for your favorite football match.
W: What do you think of McDonald's?
M: It's a good place for children — good foods and a safe place for them to have fun. The foods are of great quality and children love the chips there.
W: No, I don't agree. Look, how fat some of the children in this city are! Keep your children away from fatty food.
W: How is your mother feeling these days?
M: Much better, thanks, Ms. Wang. The operation went smoothly and the doctor says she'll recover in no time and she'll probably come home at the weekend.
W: That's wonderful. When will you come back to class?
M: I still need a week to take care of her and today I will do some cleaning for her coming home.
W: OK. Take care of your mother and yourself. The whole class are expecting you.
M: Honey, let's eat out tonight.
W: What for?
M: I got promoted.
W: Really? That's great. It's a big moment. We should celebrate it. But Linda is coming tonight. Can we make it another time?
M: Linda is coming! That's it. Linda will come with us and we can enjoy a family dinner together. It must be a wonderful time.
W: Sounds good. It is half a year since we had a family dinner. Have you booked a table for four?
M: For four? There are just three of us.
W: Our granddaughter Shelly is coming along. And today is her fifth birthday.
M: It's a real surprise. I can't wait to see her. I'll call and make a reservation right now.
W: Good afternoon. What can I do for you?
M: Yes, please. I would like to know something about the driving courses.
W: Well, we have short full-time courses during the summer. Are you interested in them?
M: No, I am free only at weekends.
W: Then there are weekend courses. The course starts at 8 every Saturday and Sunday morning.
M: Sounds fine. What about the coaches?
W: We have very excellent coaches here and some of them have been teaching for 20 years.
M: Good. How many hours of training shall I have each day?
W: 3 hours in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. It ends at 6 pm.
M: Then how many people share a training car?
W: Usually three. And we have two coaches for each car.
M: Very good. I will have more chances to get trained. Thank you.
W: You are welcome.
W: It's Saturday tomorrow. So, what's your plan?
M: I'm so exhausted this week. I'll stay at home and relax myself.
W: You mean you'll get some sleep and watch several NBA games, huh?
M: Yes, especially the game of Cavaliers.
W: Why do you love NBA games so much?
M: NBA games are exciting. The outcome can be changed in only a few seconds. And there are fascinating skills. How about you? What will you do this weekend? Go skateboarding as usual?
W: I'm worn out, too, and I'll stay in the dormitory and see some videos about skateboarding.
M: How long have you been skateboarding? Three years or four years? I don't remember it exactly.
W: About four years. During those four years, I watched videos about skateboarding and practised the skills once and once again. You may feel it boring and painful, but I take delight in it. Every advance in skills brings me a great sense of fulfillment. Every time I jump into the sky, I feel I'm flying.
M: Wow, amazing.
Having a noisy neighbor is a really common problem, especially for people who live in an apartment.
Like you, I also had a noise problem with a neighbor. He'd watch loud movies every night, sometimes until 3 in the morning. One night, I decided I'd had enough of the noise, so I went to my neighbor's apartment and we argued. However, that only made him turn his TV up even louder every night after that.
A week or so later, I saw my neighbor outside. Even though we'd lived next to each other for a long time, the first time we'd spoken was when we had our argument.
So, I chatted with him and got to know him better — I also made a joke about how I liked his taste in movies.
That night, the noise problem stopped. It seemed that all I had to do was get my neighbor to see me as a friend, not an enemy.
So, my advice to you is to be calm and patient with your neighbor.
One day, go over and ask if you can come in for a talk. If you mention that their noise is affecting your studies, they should soon change their mind.
At the same time, however, not everyone is comfortable with facing people this way. If you're one of those people, write a polite and friendly letter instead, explaining your problem to your neighbor.
Many people we know can make us angry, but usually, the best way to win someone over is through kindness.