M: Hi Sally! This is Joe.
W: Hi Joe!
M: We’re planning a surprise party for Susanna this Friday. She is retiring this month. Would you like to come?
W: Sure, come in.
W: I think you should try hard to get that job. You should do careful research to prepare for the interview.
M: Thanks. But I’ve changed my mind. Why should I go to these job interviews? I’d like to be my own boss.
M: Excuse me. I’m sorry that this book was due yesterday
W: That’s okay. You know you need to pay a fine for that, right? That’s one dollar and fifty cents total.
W: Can I help you with anything?
M: Er… Yes. I’m here to see the flat. I saw your ad about a room for rent.
W: Oh, you’ve come to the wrong door. The flat for rent is one floor up.
M: Does your Grandma still live in your hometown?
W: Yes. She says she can take care of herself though her hearing is going. She loved to have her children go back and stay with her. But she wouldn’t come to live with us.
M: That’s typical of people of her age.
M: Come on. It’s time to go. We promised Mom not to be late.
W: Just hold your horses. What’s the hurry anyway?
M: Well, I’ve to get to stop and put gas in the car first.
W: That won’t take long.
M: Well, it won’t if there is no line there.
W: But I’m not quite ready.
M: I’ll give you five more minutes. Then I’m going on without you. W: You wouldn’t do that to me.
M: Oh, yes, I would.
M: Hello, Sophia!
W: Simon, I owe you an apology. I shouldn’t have said nothing and left the party suddenly. You know, I was in such a hurry that I nearly knocked over the table with glasses of wine.
M: Oh, forget it. Jashar told me your dad had an accident. How is he now?
W: Much better. He hurt his knee in his office and he’s now at home. He will have his last appointment with the doctor next Monday. I guess he’ll be able to get back to work soon.
W: Hi Jim. How are you?
M: Hi Tracy. Why are you carrying so much books? Do you need any help?
W: No, thanks. I’m going to the library to return them. It’s not far away. I’ve just finished my term paper for my world history class. How are you doing?
M: Not bad. Very busy, though. I just got off work. I’m about to get something to eat.
W: I hear you’ve changed your job. Where are you working now?
M: ABC Company as a computer programmer. It’s a good job but a bit difficult for me now. It requires a lot of work.
W: Well, I’m sure you can manage. Now I’d better let you go get some food.
M: Yeah. It’s great seeing you again.
W: Good evening. This is Meeting Artists. Our guest today is James Patric Commb, the happy artist. Mr. Commb is famous for his colorful murals that is pictures painted on the world. Welcome Happy. Our audience is curious about how you got your name.
M: My initials are JP. In Spanish, they’re pronounced “jota pe”. And my Mexican friends called me so when we were in Mexico.
W: What inspired you to become an artist?
M: My father was an oil painting artist. He used to work in the living room. One day when I was six, I put some paint and wanna his painting when he was out. First, he was mad. Then he left. That was all it took to make me an artist.
W: How do you describe your work?
M: My work speaks to the five-year-olds in all of us that we become experienced when we grow up. We’re always five years old at heart. We all want to have fun.
W: That’s a unique idea, which is why your art is so special. Thank you very much for coming Happy and for bringing us so much happiness.
W: Good morning, welcome to the language center of our university. We aim at helping people improve their language ability in several languages. Now our focus on one of our programs — the English training program, which I think you might be interested in. The program offers year-round English courses in eight levels from beginning to advanced. It offers a wide variety of courses for students, scholars, and professionals. Participants can prepare for study at an American university, improve their language skills and knowledge of U.S. culture needed for their jobs. The strength of the program is its ability to offer courses that are specially designed to meet any student’s specific needs and goals. More students in this program study full-time which consists of twenty hours a week. On the first day of the program, you’ll take a test to determine your level. At the end of each seven-week session, your language skills are evaluated. And if you’ve made enough progress, you’re promoted to the next level. In addition, you can enter the language center bonus project, which will allow you to have extra English hours with a native speaker. For more practice chances, there are also several social activities and field trips organized by the Students Center.
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M: How’s school today, Dave?
W: Great. I got an A on my chemistry exam, a B on essay writing. And our teacher said we’d go camping tomorrow.
W: Hello, Vivian. Haven’t seen you for some time. What are you reading?
M: Just checking the job page of the local newspaper.
M: I’ve found that many people like to study English on the Internet. How about you?
W: Well, as a matter of fact, I just start taking some courses. It is a good way to improve English.
W: I heard that some airlines have changed their flight restrictions. And I need to find out what they are.
M: There are websites that list the general restrictions. You may have a look there.
W: Jason, how long have you been with this company?
M: Five months this week.
W: I would say that’s enough time to learn that we have rules here. Why didn’t you report before you made a decision?
M: How about driving to the beach this weekend?
W: There are too many people there. I prefer picnic in the woods or by the lake.
M: Then let’s go to the lake. It’s just an hour’s drive from here. We can bike around the lake and swim after the picnic lunch.
W: You’re always so sporty. Bring your bike if you like, but I will bring a good book with me.
W: Mr. Smith, I was wondering if I could change my major from biology to political science or sociology.
M: Which year are you in?
W: Second term, year two.
M: Okay, but these majors are very different. You probably will have to take more classes and prepare for more exams. You’ll be graduating a year later.
W: Oh, no. I hate graduating later than all my friends. I’d better stick to my present major then.
W: Hey Mark. I’m putting you on a new project. You’ll have to go to California.
M: What should I do there?
W: You have to collect and interview the sales data from all the brand stores. If you find something missing, work with the sales managers to give the information you need to complete the analysis.
M: Sounds like a lot of work.
W: It’s a pretty big project, so take someone with you. I think you can finish in a week if the two of you are working on it.
M: When should we start off?
W: You needn’t hurry so much. I will give you two days for preparations and packing up.
M: Who should I get in touch with when I get there?
W: Lisa. I’ll email you the necessary information.
M: Who do you suggest should go with me?
W: Either Jack or Peter.
M: Let’s say Peter. He’s just finished his project and he is more experienced. W: Great. Keep me updated.
W: Good evening, welcome to Around the Globe with Susan Davidson. Our guest today is Charlie Hamilton, a photographer who spent a month and a half in the Amazon. He’s going to share with us the challenges and responsibilities of his work. Charlie, the Amazon people have rarely seen people from outside and you look so different. How do you approach them?
M: That’s true. But if you spend enough time, you get to know them. Actually we can laugh about the same things even if we can’t talk.
W: One of your pictures I really like shows the villagers and you together by a river, laughing. There seems no barrier at all.
M: Indeed. That was only a couple of days after I went there. But everyone was just relaxed with me, we’re all having fun. In fact, what I like most is everyone is laughing. Nowadays, we tend to show the unhappy side of people’s life in Amazon, the trees are being cut down, these people are sad. But what I want to show is they still have fun.
W: That’s really special point of you. Thank you for leading us get close to our fellow beings around the globe.
W: Hi, everyone. It is raining now. We have to give up our plans for a boat trip belong the River Thames and walk along the South Bank. But the good news is we still have a huge selection of world-class museums. And many of them are free for visitors. You know, the UK’s capital isn’t a bad place to spend the rainy day. So our rainy tour of the London’s museums today starts in the Science National History Museum of West London and finishes at the National Gallery. We’ll start our museum tour in the heart of London, South Kensington. South Kensington is well-known for its old buildings, fantastic restaurants and many designer shops. But the real reason visitors flood here is for the chance to experience three of the city’s best museums: Victoria and Albert Museum, the National History Museum and the Science Museum. All of them happen to be within walking distance from one another, so you won’t get wet. Today it happens to be the last Thursday of the month, so we can enjoy free guided tours, talks and events at the National History Museum. Remember, we have to leave there at 1:00 p.m. Finally, we’ll arrive at the National Gallery. Its 1800s building own to over 2,000 works with art by famous painters like Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh.
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