W: I'm sorry to have kept you waiting.
M: Oh, I don't mind. I came here at half past eight, and it's only 8:40 now.
M: Another piece of meat pie?
W: No, thanks really. I'm on a diet.
M: Please do. You've hardly eaten anything.
M: Will you have any time to type this English paper before lunch?
W: No problem. I can start right now and finish it in about an hour.
W: Well, are you seriously considering buying a car? I'm trying to get rid of mine. All it needs is some new paint.
M: Thanks. But most used cars end up being more trouble than they are worth.
M: That's an awfully heavy sweater for a day like today.
W: Well, I'm going to be at a lecture in the hall most of this morning. And you know what the air conditioning is like in there.
M: Are you flying to Seattle too?
W: Yes, I can't believe this delay! Three more hours!
M: I know. I will miss my son's birthday party now.
W: Well, there's nothing we can do about it. Blame Mother Nature, I guess.
M: Right, who knew she would drop three inches of snow overnight?
W: Hey, why don't we go to get something to eat while we wait?
M: OK. This is a brand new building and there should be many great places to choose from.
W: Are you ready for your trip?
M: Not really. I still have to buy some clothes.
W: Well, what's the present weather like where you are going?
M: It's really hot in the summer, so I'm going to buy some shorts and a few T-shirts.
W: What about the rest of the year?
M: People say that the fall can still be warm until November, so I'm going to buy some jeans and a few casual shirts.
W: Will you need any warm clothes for the winter?
M: Well, the weather doesn't get too cold, but it often snows in the mountains, so I'm going to buy a couple of warm sweaters, a jacket, and a hat. I don't have room in my suitcase to pack a coat, so I'm going to wait until I get there and buy it when I really need it.
W: Are you going to take anything else?
M: They say it is raining cats and dogs in the spring, but again, I'll probably just wait and pick up a raincoat there later on. But I'm going to take a good pair of shoes because I plan on walking to and from school every day.
W: Hi, Joe, many people in our department are leaving for the holiday. What are you going to do?
M: I think I'll just stay at home. I may see some friends and watch a few DVDs. And I probably would go to the Ottawa Car Show. What about you, Ariel? What's your plan?
W: I am going to do some traveling with my family.
M: Oh, where?
W: Toronto. And on our way, we're going to visit my aunt Betty, in Kingston.
M: That's exciting. How long do you plan to stay?
W: Two days. I have a get-together party with my college friends in Toronto. Oh, I'm afraid I've got to go now. My husband is waiting for me. And we'll have to pick up Daniel from school. Have a nice holiday, Joe!
M: Thank you. You too.
W: I can't wait for the summer vacation! What are you going to do this summer?
M: Well, my family is going to the beach for half a month.
W: Do you rent a few hotel rooms or something?
M: No, we stay at my uncle's house every summer in Destin, Florida, It's my favorite time of the year!
W: Oh, cool! That sounds great! What do you do there?
M: Well, we hang out at the beach a lot, of course. My mom and my sister like to lie out on the beach, but my father and I usually surf or play beach volleyball with nearby people.
W: That sounds like a lot of fun! What else do you do?
M: Let's see... We go out to dinner some nights. Sometimes we pick up fresh seafood from the local grocery store and cook together at home. Those are my favorite times, just spending nights together as a family. Sometimes we watch movies or play card games. You know, we never really do things like that back at home.
W: It sounds like you will stay at the beach all the time!
M: You said it! That sure would be nice.
M: Hello, everyone. Today I'll talk about a special language "Silbo Gomero", which is whistled, not spoken. Juan Cabello takes pride in not using a mobile phone or the Internet to communicate. Instead he whistles. Cabello, 50, lived in one of Spain's mountainous islands off West Africa. Like his father and grandfather before him, he knows "Silbo", a language that can be heard more than two miles away. This unusual way of communicating is said to have arrived with early African settlers. Cabello used it for everything: to talk to his wife, to tell his kids something, to find a friend if he gets lost in a crowd. In fact, he makes a living from Silbo, performing daily exhibitions at a restaurant on this island. People throughout this island are known to have used Silbo in the past as a way of communicating over long distances. A strong whistle saved farmers from walking over the hills to give messages to neighbors. Then came the phone. Nowadays, it's hard to know how many people still use Silbo. In 1999, it was introduced as a subject in this island's primary school, in an effort to prevent the language from dying out. Now 3,000 students are studying it, but only a few people are believed to be able to communicate fully in the whistling language. In fact, little is known about Silbo's origins. Silbo-like whistling has been found in parts of Greece, Turkey, China and Mexico, but none is as developed as Silbo.