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?
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!
(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
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.
(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.
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.
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?
(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?
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. 
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!