W: James, you've been watching TV for the whole evening. What's on?
M: It's a science program on the origin of the universe. I'll give a presentation on it in my class tomorrow.
M: Hello! Do you have The Best of Mozart?
W: Um, sorry, we've just sold out. But we can order one for you. If you give us your number, we'll call you when the CD arrives.
W: We'd better be going now, or we'll be late for the train.
M: No rush. It's 8:30 now. We still have two hours.
M: I am so tired of driving all those hours to work.
W: Yeah, I know what you mean. I used to drive two hours to work each way. But now I live within walking distance of my office. I don't even need a bike.
W: Hi, Andy! I didn't see you in Prof. Smith's class yesterday. What happened?
M: Well… I had a headache, so I called him and asked for sick leave.
W: The biggest mistake I made, uh, was leaving college in my last year and not completing my education. So I'm thinking of going back to school.
M: School? To study what?
W: Ecology. I'm interested in the relationship between humans and nature.
M: Cool. Is it what you studied years ago?
W: No. I majored in chemistry then.
M: Good morning, madam. I am your guide for this trip.
W: How lovely! Could you tell me about the hotel I'm going to stay at?
M: Yes, of course! The Grand Hotel opened in 1990, and it sits on the seaside along the South Coast Highway. It is the most beautiful hotel here.
W: That sounds great!
M: And there are some restaurants outside, so at dinnertime, you'd have a lot of choices.
W: That's really nice! I like to have some local foods while travelling. What about the scenery around it?
M: The hotel has the best views of the Pacific Ocean.
W: Oh, I think I will love this hotel!
W: Hi Mike!
M: Hi Alice! Nice to see you. You don't often come here.
W: I usually have fast food delivered to my office. Just came here for a change today.
M: The environment here is good. Clean and relatively quiet.
W: Yeah, and I heard the food is tasty. By the way, are you going to the concert tomorrow evening?
M: Yes. Are you?
W: Yeah. Catherine was supposed to go with me but she may have to work extra hours tomorrow. Do you know anyone who might like to go?
M: No… But if you like, I can ask around…Er…Joan might want to go.
W: Oh, yes, she's a great fan of classical music. I'll give her a ring after lunch.
W: Hi, I've only just arrived!
M: Oh, good. Now, here are the keys. Let's go in. There are two apartments. The one for rent is on the right. Do come in.
W: Thank you. I like the carpet. The color is nice, isn't it?
M: Yes, and this apartment is in good condition. Here is your lounge.
W: Where would we eat?
M: There is this corner here or you can use your kitchen. Come and see.
W: The kitchen is quite small.
M: Yes, but it has everything, cooker, fridge, even a dishwasher.
W: And there are lots of cupboards.
M: Let me show you the bedrooms. This is the smaller one.
W: It's a good size though.
M: Now, come into the other bedroom. You can see the bathroom too.
W: Yes, it is very nice but I will have to ask my friend first and we will come together. I understand it is eight hundred dollars a month.
M: Yes. But a few blocks downtown would be much more expensive.
W: Well, thank you. I will be in touch.
M: Thank you very much. Thank you, Dr. Johnson. Well, it is really great to be back at university again. The thing that I wanted to tell you today is this: Education is important.
When I came to the U.S., I was only thinking about being a carpenter. But I could not read the newspaper, and I could not understand the news on television or movies or anything like this. So I entered the City College to take English classes for foreign students.
I was very proud that I was going to a college, because no one in my family ever went to any college or to any university. You know, when you're 15 years old in my country, you finish school and then you learn a trade, and that's exactly what I did. When I was 15 years old I learned how to be a carpenter. A year later I came to America.
Luckily I met a very good teacher who encouraged me to take some math classes, business classes, and history classes, and I became a full-time college student.
And today, when I look back, I'm so happy because you never know where life will take you. All of a sudden I started making money because I was really good at math. You know, how to work out everything with math is so important. This is something that I learned when I started my own business, which is doing really well.