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M: Excuse me, I got lost. I took a bus to city hall, but I can’t find the place.
W: This is the concert hall, not city hall. To go there, you should take the bus at Grand Hotel over there.
M: Can I help you?
W: I’m looking for a size twelve dress.
M: Oh, let me see. An eight, a ten. Ah, you’re lucky. I have the prettiest dress here in a twelve. Why don’t you try it on?
W: Do you think you can take care of everything in the office today?
M: No problem. Just go home and take a rest. If there is anything I feel I cannot handle, I’ll call you.
W: We have a half-day tour, a full-day tour and an evening tour. Which one would you like?
M: What is the schedule of the half-day tour?
W: It sets out at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 2:00 p.m.
M: Now, what seems to be the trouble, Mrs. Stevens?
W: I’ve been very dizzy lately. And last night, I had some chest pain.
M: Don’t worry. Let me have a look.
W: Wow. That was a great match. I really like watching tennis games.
M: Me too. I think tennis is an exciting sport.
W: I think so. Do you play tennis, John?
M: Yes, but not very well. Do you play?
W: A little. How about a game on Tuesday afternoon?
M: Mrs White, I’m afraid we have to put you on a strict diet. From now on, you’re going to have to stay away from salty food.
W: Does that mean I can’t have any more fast food?
M: Right. You can’t have any fried food or steaks.
W: What about breakfast food like eggs and sausages?
M: Those are all bad for you. But you can have porridge, bread and orange juice.
W: Well, what about lunch and dinner?
M: Have a salad for lunch. As for dinner, you can have all the vegetables you want. Fish and chicken are also okay.
W: What about dessert? Can I still have ice cream?
M: Yes, but not too much.
M: Hi Nancy! You look worried. What’s wrong?
W: Well Daniel, have you ever felt nervous on stage?
M: Sure. Do you remember that play I was in a few years ago? I knew my lines, but I was terrified to have to recite them in front of an audience. As soon as I saw the crowd of people down there, my heart beat so fast that I was unable to say a single word.
W: That’s how I feel just thinking about the spelling competition next week.
M: I didn’t know you made it to the finals.
W: I’m worried I’ll get nervous and freeze on stage. I might forget how to spell everything, even my own name. I don’t know what to do.
M: Nancy, I know that you’re not going to forget how to spell your name. I’ll help you get through this. I’ll go to the school hall with you to practice. Then I’ll teach you an exercise my baseball coach taught me. Believe me. It works.
W: I feel much better now. Thanks, Daniel.
W: Hello, ladies and gentlemen! Today, we have invited Prof. Stone to talk about the role of elderly people in our society. Welcome to our show, Prof. Stone.
M: To begin with, I’d like to tell a story from my own life. Several years ago, when my grandparents were well into their 80s, they were no longer able to care for themselves very well. My grandfather was afraid of leaving the only home they had known for the past 60 years. The idea of having to sell their home and move into a retirement home was an extremely painful experience for them. Indeed, old age for them, and many old Americans can mean not only the possible failure of one’s health, but the loss of identity and self-worth.
W: Yes, it’s true. What do you have to say about the problem of old age?
M: Many experts have given talks here that have focused on the medical care, and the development of public services for senior citizens. Today, I’d like to focus my comments on the meaningful roles that elderly can play and should play in our society.
W: Talking about personal relationships, well, I’d naturally think of my relationship with my mother. Whenever I need help, my mother is always there for me. She often tells me that I can be anyone I want, as long as I’m confident of myself. She sees my talent and pushes me to do the best I possibly can. As I was growing up, we were often on the move. I had to admit that moving so often made me feel lonely. But my mother did everything she could to help me feel happy. In fact, so much traveling was really a good thing because it made us close. I respect my mother so much as she never treats me as a child, but as an equal. She gives me the freedom to make mistakes and to learn from them all. Unlike friendships that can fade or break, I know I’ll always be connected to my mother no matter what I face. She is not just a role model, but someone I love.