M: What do you want, Arlene?
W: Just a vegetable salad. How about you?
M: I would like a cup of coffee and an apple pie.
M: Linda is going back to China next month, Alice.
W: Oh, really.
M: And she will not take Amy this time.
W: Would you mail a letter for me? I am quite busy with my research at present.
M: Oh, I'm sorry. I'm afraid I can't do it now. I have to meet my tutor in a few seconds. But I could mail it after that.
W: That's fine.
M: Well, my wife and I just arrived back from one of our holidays in Santa Margarita and...
W: Oh, yes? Lovely place. Did you enjoy yourselves?
M: Not exactly. The thing is, we were expecting to stay in a quiet area, but the hotel was in the center of the town and it was noisy.
W: How do you like your new job?
M: Actually, I'm thinking about changing my job.
W: Why? You did pretty good.
M: But I'm not very satisfied with my salary.
W: Hey, Ben! What have you been doing these days?
M: Hi! I've been studying a lot lately. All my classes seem to have exams during the same week.
W: That's terrible. Where are you going now?
M: I'm heading to the gym. I've been sitting at my desk all day and I need some exercise. Do you want to go with me?
W: I'm sorry, but I just come back from the gym. I had swimming practice and I am going to have dinner.
M: May I help you, Miss?
W: I want to return this blue T-shirt and get my money back.
M: What's the problem with it?
W: There are several small holes in it. I'm afraid I can't wear it.
M: Have you brought the receipt with you?
W: Yes, here it is.
M: I'm so sorry that you can't return it because you bought it on sale.
W: But I can't wear it at all! It is quite clear that it's not my fault.
M: The promotion is still going on in our mall. You can exchange it.
W: Okay. Thanks.
M: Hi, Jane.
W: Hi, Pete.
M: What are you doing?
W: I'm trying to make a present list.
M: Already! It's only the 30th of November.
W: I know, but I've got a large family and it's always difficult to find all good presents for them.
M: OK, let me help. Who would you like to buy presents for?
W: Well, my two elder brothers, my sister, my parents, my three cousins and our dog, Sam.
M: OK. Let's start with your sister. How about perfume?
W: No, I got her perfume last year.
M: A CD?
W: She doesn't like music.
M: OK. How about a book?
W: That's a good idea.
M: What kind of book does she like?
W: Could you give me something for the pain? I didn't get to sleep until three o'clock this morning.
M: Aspirin is the strongest medicine I can give you without a prescription.
W: That isn't strong enough, and I don't have an appointment with my dentist until next week.
M: Who is your dentist?
W: Dr. Williams.
M: Doesn't he have his office on the corner?
W: Yes, he does.
M: Are you a regular patient?
M: Oh. Then I can call him if you like. Dr. Williams will give me a pain prescription over the phone.
W: I'd appreciate that very much. Do you think that he'll still be in his office?
M: Sure. It's only four-thirty. He should be there until five.
M: Too bad you can't get an appointment sooner.
W: I know. Dr. Williams is always booked up though.
M: In the meantime, be careful not to eat or drink anything too hot or too cold.
W: I really don't feel like eating or drinking anything at all.
M: Well, I'll give Dr. Williams a call and we'll see what we can do for you.
It is really difficult for American university students to develop good health habits, but many students do manage to live a very healthy lifestyle.
Most schools offer plenty of opportunity for exercise through organized teams or classes in yoga, soccer, volleyball and other fitness activities, or by providing recreation centers where students can exercise, swim, work out or play different sports.
Finding healthy food to eat in the schools can be more of a challenge. However, as American society becomes more educated and concerned about health problems, even some fast food restaurants offer healthy alternatives such as salads, soups and low-fat sandwiches.
There are strict restrictions on smoking in most schools too. In addition, schools usually include a student health center where students can seek medical attention. This is really a bonus for the students, because a simple doctor's appointment can cost a hundred dollars, and a short hospital stay will cost thousands.