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1.Break the Ice

(1)Oh, I’m really sorry:

Ted: Oh, I'm really sorry. Are you OK?

Ana: I'm fine. But I'm not very good at this.

Ted: Neither am I. Say, are you from South America?

Ana: Yes, I am originally. I was born in Argentina.

Ted: Did you grow up there?

Ana: Yes, I did, but my family moved here eight years ago when I was in high school.

Ted: And where did you learn to rollerblade?

Ana: Here in the park. This is only my second time.

Ted: Well, it's my first time. Can you give me some lessons?

Ana: Sure. Just follow me.

Ted : By the way, my name is Ted.

Ana: And I'm Ana. Nice to meet you.

(2) Hey, hey! that was fun

Ted: Hey, hey! that was fun. Thank you for the lesson!

Ana: No problem. So, tell me a little about yourself. What do you do? Ted: I work in a travel agency.

Ana: Really! What do you do there?

Ted: I'm in charge of their computers.

Ana: Oh, so you're a computer specialist.

Ted: Well, sort of. Yeah, I guess so.

Ana: That's great. Then maybe you can give me some help with a computer course I'm taking. Ted: Oh, sure...But only if you promise to give me some more rollarblading lessons.

Ana: It's a deal!

(3)Yu hong the Immigrant.

Interviewer: Where are you from originally, Yu Hong?

Yu Hong: I'm from China...from near Shanghai.

Interviewer: And when did you move here?

Yu Hong: I came here after I graduated from college. That was in 1992. Interviewer: And what do you do now?

Yu Hong: I'm a transportation engineer.

Interviewer: I see. So you 're an immigrant to the United States.

Yu Hong: Yes, that's right.

Interviewer: What are some of difficulties of being an immigrant in the U.S.?

Yu Hong: Oh, that's not an easy question to answer. There are so many things, really. I guess one of the biggest difficulties is that I don't have any relatives here. I mean, I have a lot of friends, but that's not the same

thing. In China, on the holidays or the weekend, we visit relatives. It isn't the same here.

Interviewer: And what do you miss the most from home?

Yu Hong: Oh, that's easy: my mom's soup! She makes great soup. I really miss my mother's cooking.

(4)Childhood Memories A

A: Hey! Are these pictures of you when you were a kid?

B: Yeah! That's me in front of my uncle's beach house. When I was a kid, we used to spend two weeks every summer.

A: Wow, I bet that was fun!

B: Yeah. We always had a great time. Every day we used to get up early and walk along the beach. I have a great shell collection. In fact, I think it's still up in the attic!

A: Hey, I used to collect shells, too, when I was a kid. But my parents threw them out!

(5)Childhood Memories B

A: You know what I remember most about growing up?

B: What?

A: Visiting my grandparent's house… you know, on holidays and stuff. They lived way out in the country, and my granddad had a horse named Blackie. He taught me how to ride. I just love that horse-and she loved me, too! I used to really enjoy spending time at my grandparent's house. And every time I came back, Blackie remembered me.

B: Ah, memories!

2.Living Places

(1) Living Places A

A: The neighborhood sure has changed!

B: What was this place like before, Grandpa?

A: Well, there used to be a grocery store right here on this corner. Hmm. It was pretty quiet. Not many people lived here then.

B: These days, the population is growing fast.

A: Yeah. I bet they'll tear down all these old buildings soon. In a few years, there will be just malls and high-rise apartments.

B: Hey, that doesn't sound too bad!

A: No, but I'll miss the old days.

(2) Living Places B

A: Creative Rentals. Good morning.

B: Hello. I'm calling about the apartment you have for rent.

A: Yes. What can I tell you about it?

B: Where is it, exactly?

A: It's on King Street, just off the freeway.

B: Oh, near the freeway. Can you hear the traffic?

A: Yes, I'm afraid you do hear some. But the apartment has lots of space. It has three bedrooms and a very large living room

B: I see. And is it in a new building?

A: Well, the building is about fifty years old.

B: Uh-huh. Well, I'll think about it.

A: OK. Thanks for calling.

B: Thank you. Bye

(3) Living Places C

A: Hello?

B: Hello. Is the apartment you're advertising still available?

A: Yes, it is.

B: Can you tell me a little about it?

A: Well, it's a perfect apartment for one person. It's one room with a kitchen at one end.

B: I see. And is it far away from the subway?

A: There's a subway station just down the street. Actually, the apartment is located right downtown, so you step out of the building and there are stores and restaurants everywhere. But it's on a high floor, so you don't hear any street or traffic noise.

B: It sounds like just the kind of place I'm looking for. I'd like to come see it, please.

A: Sure. Let me give you the address.

(4) Apartment Hunting A

A: What do you think?

B: Well, it has just as many bedroom as the last apartment. And the living room is huge.

C: But the bedroom are too small. And there isn't enough closet space for my clothes.

A: And it's not as cheap as the last apartment we saw.

B: But that apartment was dark and dingy. And it was in a dangerous neighborhood.

A: Let's see if the real estate agent has something else to show us. (5)Apartment Hunting B

A: Well, how do you like this space, then?

C: Oh, it's much better than that other one. The thing I like best is the bedrooms. They are too huge!

B: Yes, they are nice and big.

C: And there are two bathrooms! I could have my own bathroom!

B: Yes, I guess you could.

C: The only problem is the color of the living room. I really don't like those dark green walls. A: Oh, I'm sure we can change the color if we want to.

3.Big Day

(1) Halloween A

A: Did you know next week is Halloween? It's on October 31

B: So what do you do on Halloween? We don't have that holiday in Russia.

A: Well, it's a day when kids dress up in masks and costumes. They knock on people's doors and ask for candy by saying words“Trick or treat!”

B: Hmm. Sounds interesting.

A: But it's not just for kids. Lots of people have costume parties. Hey… my friend Pete is having a party. Would you like to go?

B: Sure. I'd love to.

(2) Halloween B

A: So are we going to wear costumes to the party?

B: Of course. That's half the fun. Last year I rented this great Dracula costume, and this year I'm going as a clown.

A: A clown? Yes, you would make a good clown.

B: Hey!

A: Oh, I'm just kidding. What about me? What kind of costume should I wear?

B: Why don't you go as a witch? I saw a terrific witch outfit at the costume store.

A: A witch… yeah, that's a good idea. So after I scare people, you can make them laugh. (3) Japanese Wedding A

A: You look beautiful in that kimono, Mari. Is this your wedding photo? B: Yes, it is.

A: Do most Japanese women wear kimonos when they get married? B: Yes, many of them do. Then after the wedding ceremony, the bride usually changes into a Western bridal dress during the reception.

A: Oh, I didn't know that.

(4) Japanese Wedding B

A: Did you get married in a church, Mari?

B: No, the ceremony was held at a shrine.

A: Oh, a shrine…

B: Yes, we were married by a priest in a traditional Shinto ceremony. A: Hmm. And who went to the ceremony?

B: Well, only the immediate family attended the ceremony…you know, our parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters…

A: And what about the reception? What was that like?

B: Lots of friends and relatives came to the reception…about a hundred people. And the first thing happened was that the main guests gave formal speeches.

A: Speeches?

B: Yes, and then after that, all the guests were served a formal meal. While everyone was eating and drinking, lots of other guests gave short speeches or sang songs. Some of the speeches were funny.

A: Sounds like fun!

B: Yes, the songs and speeches are all part of the entertainment during a wedding reception. And then, at the end of the reception, each guest received a present for coming to the wedding.

A: A present from the bride and groom?

B: Yes, it's a Japanese custom.

A: What a nice custom!

4.Complains and Excuses

(1)H ousehold Chores A

A: Jason…Jason! Turn down the TV a little, please.

B: Oh, but this is my favorite program!

A: I know. But it's too loud.

B: OK. I'll turn it down.

A: That's better. Thanks.

B: Lisa, please pick up your things.

A: They're all over the living room floor.

B: In a minute, Mom. I'm on the phone.

A: OK. But do it as soon as you hang up.

B: Sure. No problem.

A: Goodness! Were we like this when we were kids?

B: Definitely!

(2)Household Chores B

A: Have you noticed how forgetful Dad is getting? He's always forgetting where his car keys are. It drives me crazy.

B: And he can never find his glasses either.

A: I know.

B: You know what drives me crazy about Mom?

A: What?

B: Those awful talk shows she watches on TV. She just loves them. A: Yeah, I think she watches them for hourseveryday.

B: Oh, well. I guess they're just getting old. I hope I never get like that. A: Me, too. Hey, let's go and play a video game.

B: Great idea. By the way, have you seen my glasses anywhere?

(3) Household Chores C


A: James, please turn that down…James!

B: Yes, Mom?

A: Turn that down. It's much too loud.

B: Sorry, Mom. I had it turned up because I wanted to hear the game. [2]

A: Molly, put the groceries away, please. There's ice cream in one of the bags.

B: I can't right now, Dad. I'm doing my homework.


A: What's this, James!