W:Which necklace do you prefer, sir? The yellow one or the pink one?
M:The white one seems more elegant!
M:I want a copy of the book Journey to the West. Do you have the latest edition?
W:Yes, it's on the shelf of the fairy tale.
M:Hi. You look different now.
W:I've lost ten kilos.
M:That's amazing! Please do tell me how you did that! You know I am often out of breath from climbing to the fourth floor.
W:The concert's on Sunday evening, Dad.
M:I won't forget that. You don't have to stay at home then. But what about the test next week?
W:Don't worry about that. I'll never let you down.
M:Madam, I'm going to let you off with a warning this time. But you need to get your car window fixed. Next time, I will have to give you a ticket. Anyway, it's bad for your safety.
W:Oh, thank you, officer. I promise it won't happen again.
M:Is everyone here today?
W:No, Jimmy Taylor is absent.
M:That's strange. We're choosing teams today. He asked if he could be a captain. It's really too bad that he is not here.
W:He and his father came to see me early this morning. His father asked if Jimmy could be excused today. He said that they were going on a trip.
M:How long will Jimmy be out of school?
W:His father didn't say, but he did give the reason for the trip.
M:What is that?
W:Jimmy's grandmother died.
M:Kate, how's the new student in your class doing?
W:The kid from Haiti? He's having a rough time communicating since he doesn't speak much English. However, the other kids seem to include him pretty well.
M:Our students are used to new kids who don't speak much English since we have had so many new immigrant families moving into our school district.
W:Don't I know it! This year I have had a Vietnamese, an Ethiopian, a Cuban and the kid from Haiti in my class. I spend a lot of time with them after class so that they can catch up.
M:It must have been hard for you since you have to give them special attention in order to help them.
W:It has been. Nevertheless, it's really rewarding to see them progress and make friends.
W:Henry, our income tax is due soon. Did you call our accountant?
M:He's figuring out our taxes right now. I gave him all the records of our income and expenses last week.
W:The government has taken away taxes from our paychecks all year. I hope we get some of that money back or at least that we won't have to pay more.
M:Remember the money your aunt left us when she died, and the money you made when you taught night school?
M:Well, that's all taxable income. That money has put us in a higher tax bracket.
W:What does that mean?
M:It means we have to pay more taxes.
W:Well, it looks like we'll have to make more money this year just to pay last year's taxes.
M:Well, Jenny, the school year is almost over. We just have two more weeks before exams. What do you plan to do this summer?
W:I'm going to teach English to some immigrants in the university's community service program.
M:That sounds interesting. Don't you need to speak a foreign language for a job like that?
W:No. I just have to present the language simply and give the students a chance to practice speaking.
M:Come to think of it, that's the way I was taught to speak Chinese. But speaking Chinese didn't help me learn to read and write Chinese.
W:My students won't want to read and write English, at least not now. They are more interested in speaking.
M:You sound very knowledgeable about all this. How do you know so much?
W:I took a"teaching English as a second language" course last year when you were in China. I've also talked with the program advisers quite a lot. I think I would like to be a TESL teacher after I graduate.
In today's program we will introduce the deepest and the cleanest lake on Earth — Baikal. Lake Baikal is about 600 km in length. Ice has different patterns in different parts of the lake. It happens because water freezes layer by layer. Especially it is very interesting to find a fish or a branch in the ice.
The ice in Baikal is the most transparent in the world! The water in the lake is so clear that you can see various objects at the depth of 40 meters. In some parts ice is as smooth as the mirror. You can take really nice pictures there with the reflection of sunlight.
Ice is cracking all the time. Cracks happen every year, almost at the same areas of the lake. Small cracks are often followed by a loud crack that reminds you of the thunder or gunshot. Thanks to the cracks, the fish in the lake don't die from the lack of oxygen.
Baikal is the most beautiful place in the world.