W: Do you think this sweater would look good on me?
M: Yes, it would. I think you would look very fashionable with your pink skirt.
W: Yeah. I think it would go well with my new bag too.
M: Do you have a seat for the concert tomorrow?
W: I'm afraid there are no seats now, but we sell standing-room-only tickets two hours before the performance.
M: Why does Tom have to be late every time? Doesn't he realize he has ruined my happy mood for this trip?
W: Relax, honey. Tom said he was caught in a traffic jam. He'll be here soon.
M: I heard you married. How did you meet your husband? Did you use the Internet as I told you?
W: No,I posted an ad in the newspaper. There were dozens of e-mail responses. But it wasn't until my friend introduced him to me that I found my Mr. Right.
M: Have you heard that Ted is leaving our company?
W: No, I haven't. But I'm not surprised.
M: I know. He is just not suitable for the work.
W: Considering his performance, I would have fired him long ago if I were the boss.
M: So, Shona, why do you like running?
W: A few years ago, I got a little bit disappointed because I was away from home. One of my friends took me for a jog, and I just noticed such an effect on my mood and it just completely lifted my mood.
M: Wow,that's interesting because you know I'm exactly the same way. Like, people think that I run because I want to stay fit, or I want to lose weight, but actually it's all mental. I look forward to running every day.
W: Exactly. All you need is like a really good pair of trainers and it doesn't matter where you are in the world.
M: Right, I totally agree.
W: Hey,Charlie. I didn't expect to see you shopping here.
M: Oh, hi, Emma. I live here now.
W: What? You mean you moved out of your downtown apartment and choose to live in this suburb? When?
M: About two weeks ago.
W: So we're neighbors now. Great! But isn't it a little inconvenient for you to get to your workplace now?
M: Yeah, but the old place is just too noisy. My daughter couldn't even focus on her homework at night.
W: You're right. A quiet environment is important for study. Besides, the air is much fresher here,isn't it?
M: You're right.
W: Anyway, I plan to throw a party for people in the community next month. You must come.
M: Sure thing.
W: I think we should school our children at home when we have kids.
M: What? Why?
W: Well, our public schools here are not very good and private schools are just too expensive. I have been reading up on home schooling and it has a lot of advantages.
M: Like what? I think that by doing something like that we would make our children separate from social life.
W: Well, first of all, I would be able to teach them everything they learn in school in a more relaxing and fun way. I also think that having a one-on-one class is much better since you can focus more on his or her strengths or weaknesses.
M: I think neither your parents nor mine would agree to such an idea.
W: Well,I will bring it up over Sunday brunch.
M: Good luck with that!
W: Peter, my boss just called. I need to go to the office now. I want you to take Tony to that school to help him sign up for the math and piano courses.
M: Claire, don't you think we should let our son choose what he really wants to learn?
W: You mean we allow him to take the kung fu lesson? Trust me — it's of no use to him. He'll never become a kung fu star.
M: But Tony is big enough to make his own decisions and we should respect...
W: Look, Peter. I really don't have time to argue with you over it. Just do what I say, okay?
M: Alright, you win. So how much money should I prepare anyway?
W: The math course costs 2,500 yuan and the other one 3,000 yuan. You don't have to bring the cash. They accept credit cards there.
M: Okay, Your Highness.
Ladies and gentlemen: When taking an elevator, do you often push the "close" button? You hope by pushing it, the elevator door will close faster. But what if the button is actually false? Elevators' "close" buttons are a complete trick, at least in the US, and doors will not close any faster no matter how hard you push. But the buttons aren't completely useless. False buttons can make you feel better. They give you a sense of control that can help reduce stress. That's why some other buttons in our lives are false, too. For example, many offices in the US have false regulators. People may feel better when they think they can control the temperature in their workspace. You were told that traffic light buttons could help make the traffic signals change faster. But they may not really work either. However, even when people know these little "white lies", they still push false buttons. As long as the doors finally close, it seems worthy.