W: What's the matter?
M: I've hurt my back, at the top, near my neck. It hurts when I put my arms up.
M: Did you have good weather at the beach at the weekend?
W: Yes, it was sunny all weekend. There wasn't a cloud in the sky.
M: Wasn't it windy too?
W: Only on Sunday.
W: We'll finish the work soon. Perhaps we should stop for some coffee here.
M: Actually, I should prefer to go on with our work. Or it will be late when we leave for home.
W: Dad, it's Julia's birthday today.
M: Oh, is she having a party?
W: Yes. And she's invited me to spend the night at her place. Is that all right, Dad?
M: OK. Just call me when you want me to pick you up.
W: We've interviewed all of the applicants. Now we just have to make a decision.
M: Martina Hernandez gave me the best impression. She has the most experience.
W: I couldn't agree more. She is suitable for the job.
W: Aren't you getting off at the next stop?
M: You're right. That's where I usually get off for the office, but it's early so I thought I'd stay on as far as the High Street and do a couple of things there.
W: Some shopping?
M: Yes, after I've given this book back. I've just finished the last chapter and it's a few days late, so I'll have to pay a fine, but it is worth it.
W: Then which shop are you going to? You said you need a new jacket.
M: I've already bought it. I'm going to buy Adele's new CD.
W: I really need to find a job now!
M: So do I. Do you see anything good listed?
W: How about this telephone sales job? You call people and try to sell them magazines.
M: That sounds boring. And anyway, I'm not good at selling.
W: Well, I am! I might check that one out. Oh, here's one for you. An entertainment director assistant on a ship.
M: That sounds fun. I love traveling, and I've never been on a ship.
W: It says here you have to work every day while the ship is at sea. That'll be tiring.
M: That's OK. I don't mind working long hours if the pay is good. I think I'll apply for it.
W: Doctor's office. May I help you?
M: Yes. My name is John Carver. I'd like to make an appointment to see Dr. Carter.
W: What seems to be the problem?
M: I guess I have a bad cold.
W: Do you feel light-headed or have a fever?
M: No. But my nose is often running, and I don't feel like eating anything.
W: Well, let me check the schedule. Dr. Carter has an opening at 3:00 this afternoon. Can you come in then?
M: At 3:00? No, I'm sorry I can't. I have an important lecture to attend then. How about tomorrow afternoon?
W: Let's see. Tomorrow afternoon at 2:00?
M: Yes, that would be fine.
W: All right. See you then.
M: Why are you so dressed up?
W: I am on my way out to the celebration party of my company. And I have to meet some important customers there. How do I look? Is my make-up OK?
M: You look great. Your make-up is also perfect.
W: Do you think I should wear a blue dress?
M: No, the one you have on looks great, especially with your purple shoes and your hair like that.
W: Thanks for saying so. Do you have any ideas which necklace I should wear?
M: With that dress, I'd say your white diamond necklace would look perfect.
W: Thanks for helping out. Now I'm ready. What are you doing tonight?
M: Don't you remember? I have a get-together party with my college friends.
W: Oh, yes. But who is going to pick up our daughter at school?
M: Don't worry. I'll pick her up and then send her to my parents before I go.
M: Today's guest is singer Alisha Ryan, who was the winner of a well-known TV talent show a few years ago. Tell me, Alisha, was becoming a famous singer something you'd always wanted to do?
W: Not really. I'd always enjoyed singing, of course, but the idea of becoming a star never occurred to me until I saw Katie Wyatt, who'd been in my class back in my secondary school days, in a talent show. And my brother said I got a better voice than her. I suddenly knew it was something I at least had to try to do.
M: And how did you feel when you first went on live TV, and you had that victory?
W: Well, I didn't actually sing that well. I was annoyed with myself and I thought my family and friends were a bit disappointed, too. At one point I was convinced I'd lost, so afterwards I was just glad when the scores were announced and it became clear I hadn't.
M: You did in fact become famous overnight.
W: Yes, I realized that the next morning, when the national press had all the news about me.
M: I imagine they said a lot of nice things.
W: Yes, though it was mostly about how I had the right look, how stylish my clothes were and that sort of thing, rather than how I'd actually performed or what they thought of my singing voice.
M: How do you feel about friendships among famous people?
W: I couldn't say that exactly. Just remember it's probably going to end sometime, and when it does you'll want to go back to those you were close to before you were famous, so don't lose touch with them.
M: Thank you, Alisha.