W: Excuse me. Could I have a Robinson Crusoe?
M: Sorry, it has just been borrowed by a boy student and it won't be available until next week.
W: Have you seen my keys? It's not in my handbag, and it's not on the dressing table.
M: Why don't you look under the chair? Maybe it just fell off when you went to the bathroom.
M: The bus hasn't come yet, and it looks as if it is going to rain.
W: In that case, why not take a taxi home right now instead of waiting for the bus?
M: Sounds great.
W: I'd love to see a different type of movie for a change. I'm tired of movies about prison breaks.
M: I agree. Let's go and see that new movie at the Central Theater. I hear it's a touching story of two young lovers.
W: Steve, when is everyone getting together for Sharon's party tomorrow?
M: We're meeting at Sullivan's Bar at 7:30. When will you get there?
W: I'll be thirty minutes late because I have to drop off my son at a piano lesson.
W: Excuse me. Could you tell me where the nearest hotel is?
M: Oh, the nearest hotel is The Greens. It's on Broad Street.
W: The Greens, on Broad Street. Oh yes — I remember it. But I'm ... I'm afraid I don't quite know how to get there. You see, I'm a stranger here.
M: OK. Walk straight north. Then turn right and keep walking until you see a brown tower.Ten minutes, and you'll be there. It's just down Broad Street, a very modern yellow house. You can't miss it.
W: Thank you very much.
M: You're welcome.
W: May I show you a table, sir?
M: Yes. Do you have a table by the window?
W: Follow me, please. This table. So what can I get you, sir?
M: I just want some noodles and soup.
W: What kind of noodles do you want? We have beef, pork and egg noodles.
M: I love beef the most. And I want some tomato and egg soup.
W: OK. Anything else?
M: Yes. I also want a sandwich. A ham sandwich with tomato is OK.
W: Is that all? Don't you want anything for dessert? We have ice cream, blueberry pie, apple pie and chocolate pudding.
M: The first kind, please. And that's all.
W: Everything will be ready shortly.
W: Sam, do you remember the girl who came with Janet last night to our party?
M: I am not sure I remember who Janet is.
W: You know her. She is all, slim, and with brown hair. She wears glasses. She was wearing jeans and a blue shirt.
M: Oh, yes, I remember her. She has long hair.
W: That's the one. But do you remember her friend?
M: Yeah, she is much smaller than Janet. A girl with short, wavy hair. She also wears glasses. I remember the glasses, because she lost them somewhere. She and Janet spent a good few minutes going around and looking for them.
W: Do you remember her name?
M: Yes, Susan. What's wrong?
W: Apparently she is the daughter of my boss. They were discussing the party and she mentioned my name.
M: So what?
W: Well, I could not remember her name, so I thought I had better find out.
M: Thank you for meeting with me today, Ms. Lewis.
W: It's my pleasure, sir.
M: Well, let's get started. I see from your application that your parents live in New York.
W: Yes. They have lived here for many years.
M: And where have you lived, Ms. Lewis?
W: I grew up in Vermont and went to college in California. When I left for college, my parents moved to New York.
M: I see you stayed in California after college.
W: Yes, I studied music at the University of San Diego, but then I moved to Hollywood and became a fashion designer. I've always been much more interested in acting, though. It took years, but I finally got a great offer here in New York.
M: So, why are you interested in this building?
W: Well, I'm ready to buy my own place. This building is close to Broadway, which is where I'll be working. Plus, it's only a short walk to my parents' house.
M: I'm going to be honest with you, Ms. Lewis. You have a strong application, but we do worry about allowing a single person to buy an apartment. What if you lose your job? There would be no one to pay the home loan.
W: With all due respect, sir, I know that there are single men in the building. I hope this is not a question you only ask women.
M: No, not at all. Please don't suggest anything like that.
Hi, I am Rebecca. For many students, they often feel like their English has come to a dead end, but there are several things that students can do to really improve their learning, but they need some changes...a new way you view language learning.
First of all, keep in mind that you might not be able to do it alone. Perhaps you're in a classroom studying English, but you need an experienced teacher to help you, maybe once or twice a week.
The other thing I've found is that many students don't really have a study plan. They might be studying a few minutes a night, but they don't have things planned out. Uh, this amount of time I'm going to be studying grammar, and this amount of time I'll study writing.So, you have to have some type of plan.
And the last thing is that going out into the community and being involved in clubs or a homeless shelter will give you opportunities to expand and apply your language. Learning is really tough. It takes a lot of work, and you have to really decide if you are going to break the ceiling of English.