Elementary ‐ Difficult Customer (B0001 ) A: Good evening. My name is Fabio, I’ll be your waiter for tonight. May I take your order? B: No, I’m still working on it. This menu is not even in English. What’s good here? A: For you sir, I would recommend spaghetti and meatballs. B: Does it come with coke and fries? A:It comes with either soup or salad and a complimentary glass of wine, Sir. B: I’ll go with the spaghetti and meatballs, salad and the wine. A: Excellent choice, your order will be ready soon. B: How soon is soon? A: Twenty minutes? B: You know what? I’ll just go grab a burger across the street. Elementary ‐ Calling In Sick (B0002) A: Hello, Daniel speaking, how may I help you? B: Hi, Daniel, Julie here. A: Hi, Julie, how are you? B: Actually, I’m feeling quite ill today. A: I’m sorry to hear that. What’s wrong? B: I think I’m coming down with the flu. I have a headache, a sore throat a runny nose and I’m feeling slightly feverish. A: I see... so you’re calling in sick? B: Yes, I was hoping to take the day off to recover. A: OK, then. Try and get some rest. Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Hotel Upgrade (C0003) A: Good afternoon. What can I do for you? B: I’d like to check in please. I have a reservation under the name Anthony Roberts. A: All right R.O.B.E.R.T.S... Oh, Mr. Roberts we’ve been expecting you& and here is your keycard to the presidential suite. B: But there must be some mistake; my reservation was for a standard room. A: Are you sure? Let me double check. B: Yeah&Here, this is my confirmation number. A: You’re right Mr. Roberts, there seems to be a mixup, unfortunately we’re overbooked at the moment .
B: So& A: Not to worry. We’re pleased to offer you a complimentary upgrade. B: Presidential suite baby! Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ I need an assistant! (C0004 ) A: ...like I told you before, we just don’t have the resources to hire you an assistant. B: I understand that, but the fact is we’re understaffed. A: The timing is just not right. The economy is bad, and it’s too risky to take on new staff. B: Yeah, I guess you’re right.... here’s an idea, what if we hire an intern? She would take some of the weight off my shoulders. A: She? B: Yeah, you know, a recent graduate. She could give me a hand with some of these projects and we could keep our costs down. A: That sounds reasonable... let me see what I can do. A: Tony, I’d like to introduce you to your new assistant. B: OK, great! Let’s meet her! C: Hi, I’m Adam. B: Oh... hi... I’m Tony... Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Cut In Line (C0005) A: I can’t believe it took us two hours to get here. The traffic in New York is unbelievable. B: Yeah, but just relax honey, we’re here and we’re going on vacation. In a few hours we’ll be in Hawaii, and you’ll be on the golf course. A: Oh no!Look at that line! It must be a mile long! There’s no way I’m waiting for another two hours. B: Honey... don’t... C: Hey man, the end of the line is over there. A: Yeah... C: No seriously, I was here first, and you can’t cut in line like this. A: Says who? C: I do! A: So sue me! C: Alright...that’s it.... Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Road Trip
(C0006) A: So, are we all ready to go? B: Yup, I think so. The car’s packed; we have munchies and music, and the map’s in the car. A: Did you get the camera? B: Got it! Did you fill up the tank? A: Yup, it’s all set. B: You’re sure we’re not forgetting anything? A: I’m sure... we’ve got all our bases covered. B: Well& let’s get going then! I love road trips! B: Um... do you think we can make a pit stop? A: But we’ve only been on the road for ten minutes. B: I know, but I forgot to go to the bathroom before we left. Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Virus! (C000 7) A: Oh great! This stupid computer froze again! Thats the third time today! Hey Samuel, can you come take a look at my PC? It’s acting up again. It must have a virus or something. B: Just give me a second; I’ll be right up. B: I ran a virus scan on your computer, and it turns out that you have a lot of infected files! A: But I’m quite careful when I’m browsing the internet, I have no idea how I could have picked up a virus. B: Well, you have to make sure that your anti-virus software is updated regularly; yours wasn’t up to date, that’s probably what was causing your problems. A: Ok. Anything else? B: Yeah, try not to kick or hit the computer! A: Um yeah& Sorry about that. Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ What’s your n ame again? (C0008) A: Nick! How’s it going? B: Oh, hey... A: What are you doing in this neighbourhood? Do you live around here? B: Actually, my office is right around the corner. A: It was great to meet you last week at the conference. I really enjoyed our conversation about foreign investment. B: Yeah, yeah, it was really interesting. You know, I’m in a bit of a hurry, but here’s my card. We should definitely meet up again and
continue our discussion. A: Sure, you still have my contact details, right? B: You know what, this is really embarrassing, but your name has just slipped my mind. Can you remind me? A: Sure, my name is Ana Ferris. Don’t worry about it; it happens to me all the time. I’m terrible with names too. Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Silence pl ease! (C0009) A: Those people in front of us are making so much noise. It’s so inconsiderate! B: Dont worry about it; it’s not such a big deal. A: Oh... I cant hear a thing! Excuse me, can you keep it down? C: Sure, sorry ’bout that! A: Someone’s phone is ringing! B: Honey, I think it’s your phone. Did you forget to switch it off? A: Oh, no! You’re right. That’s so embarrassing! C: Do you mind keeping it down? I’m trying to watch a movie here! Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Driving Sales (C0010) A: All right, people. We’re holding this meeting today because we’ve got to do something about our sales, and we need to do it NOW! I want concrete solutions. How do you intend to drive sales... Roger? B: Well, in fact, we’re the most expensive in the market, so maybe we need to lower our prices to match the competitors? A: Lower our prices? Not very creative. It’ll never fly with Swan. What kind of thinking is that? Geez. Anybody else have a better plan? Natalie? C: Um, perhaps, um, a sales promotion. Maybe a two-for-one offer, or something like that! A: What? That’s the same thing. Bad idea. Really bad idea. Dammit people come on! Think! The CEO will be here any minute. D: Do we have any ideas yet? C: Yes Mr. Swan, we were kind of considering a two-for- one offer to get more competitive. D: A two-for-one promotion? Hmm. I kind of like the sound of that. It sounds like
something we should consider. A: Yeah, exactly. Just what I was thinking! In fact, that’s a brilliant idea! I’m glad we thought of that. Very creative.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ New Guy in Tow
A: Oh, I don’t know if you heard, but someone moved into that old house down the road. B: Yeah, I know. I met the owner of the house yesterday as he was moving in. His name is Armand. A: Really? What’s he like? You have to fill me in. B: Actually, he’s a bit strange. I don’t know... I’ve got a bad feeling about him. A: Really? Why? B: Well, yesterday I brought over a housewarming gift,but Armand started acting really weird, and then he practically kicked me out! I tried to, sort of, peek into his house, but everything was so dark inside that I couldn’t really get a good look. A: Well, you’ll never guess what I saw this morning. A delivery truck pulled into his driveway, and it dropped off a long, rectangular box. It almost looked like a coffin! B: You see! Why would he... C: Hello ladies... B: Ah, Armand! You scared the heck out of me! This is my friend Doris. C: A pleasure to meet you...If you are not doing anything tonight, I would like to have you both for dinner.I mean...I would like to have you both over for dinner.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Cleaning the Ho
A: Honey, the house is such a mess! I need you to help me tidy up a bit. My boss and her husband are coming over for dinner and the house needs to be spotless! B: I’m in the middle of something right now.
I’ll be there in a second. A: This can’t wait! I need your help now! B: Alright, alright. I’m coming. A: Ok, here’s a list of chores we need to get done. I’ll do the dishes and get all the groceries for tonight. You can sweep and mop the floors. Oh, and the furniture needs to be dusted. B: You know what, I have to pick something up at the mall, so why don’t you clean the floors and Ill go to the supermarket and get all the groceries. A: Sure that’s fine. Here is the list of all the things you need to get. Dont forget anything! And can you pick up a bottle of wine on your way home? B: Hey, honey I’m back. Wow, the house looks really good! A: Great! Can you set the table? B: Just a sec I’m just gonna vacuum this rug real fast A: Wait! Don’t turn it on... Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Out Of Contr ol Spending (C0013) A: OK, so now the last point on our agenda. Jill, let’s go over the profit and loss statement. B: Great. Well, the main issue here, as you can see, is that our expenses are through the roof. A: Let’s see... These numbers are off the charts! What’s going on here! B: Well, um, sir, the company expenditures on entertainment and travel are out of control. Look at these bills for example. Just this month we’ve paid over twenty thousand dollars for hotel charges! A: OK, thank you. I’ll look into it. B: The list goes on and on. Here, this is a bill for five thousand dollars for spa treatments! A: Thank you; that will be all. I’ll take care of it. B: Look at this one sir, eight thousand dollars were spent in one night at a place called ”Wild
Things”?! A: OK, I get it!! Thank you for your very thorough analysis! Elementary ‐ I’m in Debt (B0014) A: Hello, I’m here to see Mr. Corleone. B: Right this way, sir. C: Charlie! What can I do for you? B: Mr. Corlone, I’m really sorry to trouble you, but I need your help. C: Anything for you, Charlie! Your father was like a brother to me. B: Well, sir, you see, this recession has hit me pretty hard; I lost my job and I’m in a lot of debt. C: I see. . . . . . B: Yeah, you know, I’ve got credit card bills, car payments, I’ve got to pay my mortgage; and on top of all that, I have to pay my son’s college tuition. C: So you’re asking for a loan. B: Well, I just thought maybe you could help me out. C: What? At a time like this? I’m broke too, you know! You’re not the only one who has been hit by the recession! I lost half my money in the stock market crash! Go on! Get outa here! Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ I’m sorry, I lo ve you (C0015) A: Whoa, whoa, what’s going on? Watch out! B: Hey, watch where you’re going! A: Oh, no! I’m so sorry! Are you all right? B: Oh...I don’t know. A: I feel terrible, I really didn’t mean to knock you over. My tire, just exploded, and I lost control of my bike. Really, it was an accident. Please accept my apologies. B: Just let me try to stand up. SONG: Why do birds suddenly appear, every time you are near? A: Are you okay? B: Oh, wait a second, you seem really familiar, I think I know you from somewhere. A: Yeah, I think we have met somewhere before. That’s right! We met at Aaron’s place last weekend! What a coincidence! But
anyway, I’m glad to see that you’re not too badly hurt, and I should probably get going. I have a nine o’clock meeting. B: Ouch! My ankle! I think it’s broken! You can’t just leave me like this! Are you calling an ambulance? A: Nope, I’m canceling my appointment so that I can stay here with you. SONG: Do you remember when we met? That’s the day I knew you were my pet. I wanna tell you how much I love you.
Elementary ‐ Turn left here! (B0016)
A: Hurry up, get in. B: I’m in, let’s go! A: OK, make a left here. . . no wait, I meant make a right. Come on, speed up! B: Geez! What’s the rush? A: Don’t worry about it, just drive. Oh, no, the light is about to change. . . step on it! B: Are you nuts! I’m not going to run a red light! A: Whatever. Just turn right here. . . .The freeway will be packed at this hour. . . .let’s take a side street. Go on! Get out of our way! Move, move! B: What’s your problem! Geez. Having a fit is not going to help! A: Here, I know a short cut....just go down here, and we’ll cut though Ashburn Heights. Let’s go, let’s go! Watch out for that lady! B: I’m going as fast as I can! A: Yes! We made it. 5:58, just before the library closes. B: You’re such a geek!
Elementary ‐ Here Comes the Bride (B0 017)
A: I can’t believe that Anthony is finally getting married! B: Yeah well it’s about time! He’s been living with his
parents for 40 years! A: Don’t be mean. Look here come the bridesmaids! Their dresses look beautiful! B: Who are those kids walking down the aisle? A: That’s the flower girl and the ring bearer. I’m pretty sure they’re the groom’s niece and nephew. Oh, they look so cute! B: I just hope the priest makes it quick. I’m starving. I hope the food’s good at the reception. A: That’s all you ever think about, food! Oh, I think the bride’s coming now! She looks gorgeous. Wait, what’s she doing? Where’s she going? B: Oh great! Does this mean that the reception is canceled?
Intermediate ‐ Protest! (D0018)
A: This is Action 5 News reporter Sarah O’Connell reporting live from Washington, D. C. where a protest has broken out. Thousands of angry citizens are protesting against the proposed bailout of the auto manufacturing industry! Sir, sir, Sarah O’Connell, Action 5 news. Can you tell us what’s happening? B: Yeah, yeah, we’re here because we feel this is an injustice! The financial irresponsibility of big business has to stop! We’re there to show the government that we don’t like the way that they’re spending our tax dollars! A: Sir but what exactly is making everyone so angry? B: It’s an absolute outrage, Sarah, the US government wants to give 25 billion dollars of taxpayers’ money to the auto industry. These are companies that have been mismanaged and are now nearly bankrupt. A: I see. But, many supporters of the bailout argue that it could help save the jobs of millions of hardworking Americans. B: That maybe true, and I for one don’t want to see anyone lose their job, but how can these CEOs ask for a bailout when they’re making millions of dollars? And then, they have the nerve to fly to Washington in private
jets! This costs hundreds of thousands of dollars! And they’re asking for money! That is just not right! A: Good point. This is Sarah O’Connell reporting live from Washington D. C., back to you, Tom.
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Christma s Chronicles I (C0019)
A: I hate working on Christmas Eve! Whoa! Get a load of this guy! Come in central, I think we’ve got ourselves a situation here. B: License and registration please. Have you been drinking tonight, sir? A: I had one or two glasses of eggnog, but nothing else. B: Step out of the vehicle, please. Sir, what do you have in the back? A: Just a few Christmas gifts, ’tis the season, after all! B: Don’t take that tone with me. Do you have an invoice for these items? A: Umm...no...I make these in my workshop in the North Pole! B: You are under arrest, sir. You have the right to remain silent. You better not pout, you better not cry. Anything you say can and will be used against you. You have the right to an attorney; if you cannot afford one, the state will appoint A: You can’t take me to jail! What about my sleigh? It’s Christmas Eve! I have Presents to deliver! Rudolph! Prancer! Dancer! Get help!
Elementary ‐ I Can See Clearly Now (B0 020)
A: Hello, Arthur. What seems to be the problem? B: Hey doc. Well, I think I might need glasses. I’m getting headaches, and I really struggle to see things that are far away. But I have always had 20/20 vision. A: Sounds like you may be far-sighted. OK, then, cover your left eye and read the chart in front of you. B: Mmm.. . X, E, R, 3, a question mark, and I can’t quite make out the other symbol but I think it’s the peace sign.
A: Wow, Arthur! You’re as blind as a bat! B: Yeah, I know, my vision is really blurry at times. A: Ok then, head on over to the other room and pick out some frames while I fill out your prescription. B: Thanks doc! A: Arthur, that’s the bathroom.
The Office ‐ What Do You Do? (C0021)
A: Oh, look, there’s Veronica and her boyfriend. She’s always going on about him at the office. Oh, great, they saw us. They’re coming this way. B: Oh, man... C: Jessica! Arthur! Hi! I’d like you to meet my boyfriend Greg, he’s the V. P. of quality and safety for a top Fortune 500 food company. A: Nice to meet you. This is my husband, Arthur. B: Hey, how’s it going? D: Hello. A: Veronica talks about you all the time. I guess you must be pretty busy at work. D: Well, yeah, a V. P. position is not easy, you know! I implement policies and procedures nationwide of various departments, as well as train junior managers in FDA and EPA regulations. I also have to oversee daily ope B: Wow, yeah... that sounds exciting. D: And what about you, Arthur? What do you do for a living? B: Oh, I’m a Top Gun pilot!
The Weekend ‐ Christmas Chronicles II
A: Really, gentlemen, you can’t take me to jail! Don’t you know who I am? Kris Kringle, you know, Papa Noel, Pere Noel, Babbo Natale, sheng dan lao ren! B: Yeah, Yeah, we’ve heard that one before, haven’t we Joe? C: Yeah, last week we booked this guy who claimed to be the tooth fairy! Can you believe that? A: It’s Christmas Eve and I have all these
Presents to deliver! Where is your Christmas spirit? What will happen when all the children wake up tomorrow and don’t find any gifts in their stockings? B: Sorry buddy, you were parked in a no-parking zone, you were speeding, and you have no ID! C: Besides that, even if we let you go now, your sleigh has been impounded and those reindeer were taken to the city zoo. A: What! This is unbelievable! What’s this world coming to? Christmas is ruined! C: What’s that up ahead? It looks like... elves!! Elves!! Whoa, they’re shooting candy canes! Mayday, Mayday, we are under heavy attack! We need backup!
Elementary ‐ Making an Appointment ( B0023)
A: Hello, Fairbrook Consulting, how may I help you? B: Yes, this is Julianne Horton, and I’m calling to arrange an appointment with Ms. McNealy. A: Certainly, what day were you thinking of? B: How’s Thursday? Does she have any time available then? A: Um. . . let me double check. . . unfortunately, she’s booked solid on Thursday, how does next Monday work for you? B: Actually, I’ve got something scheduled on Monday. Can she do Tuesday? A: Sure, Tuesday’s perfect. May I ask where you’re calling from? B: Sure, Merton Financial Advisors. A: Oh, actually, Tuesday’s no good. Sorry ’bout that.
Elementary ‐ Where should we eat? (B0 024)
A: Do you two have any plans for the evening? B: We were thinking of checking out a restaurant in the neigbourhood. Do you have any suggestions? A: I know this really nice Italian place. The food is fantastic, and the d′ecor is beautiful. I’d recommend giving it a try. C: Actually, I’m not all that crazy about Italian
food; I’m in the mood for something a bit lighter. A: In that case, I know a great little bistro. They make a really tasty seafood platter; the fish is outstanding. B: It sounds fantastic, but I’m allergic to seafood, so. . . A: Okay, well, let me think. . . Oh, I know this great little place. It’s just a hole in the wall, but they do the most amazing sandwiches. You gotta give them a try. C: Ella, you took me there last time I visited, and I got food poisoning, remember?
Intermediate ‐ Planning For The Worst
A: Well, right, let’s move to our next order of business, as many of you are aware, in recent weeks there has been a lot of media coverage surrounding this bird flu issue. And it’s come to my attention that our company lacks any sort of bird flu contingency plan. B: Basically, we need to come up with a clear plan; we need to outline specific actions that our company can take to maintain critical business functions in case a pandemic strikes. A: So, what I’d like to do is: first appoint someone to look after drafting our plan; Ralph, I’d like you to head up this project. C: Sure, no problem. What issues do you want me to consider? B: Well, let’s see, there are a few points we need to be thinking about. . . first, I’ll need you to analyze our numbers and figure out what kind of financial impact an outbreak might have. A: You’ll also need to think about how we can avoid any of our employees getting infected; think of ways to reduce employee-customer contact, perhaps some IT solutions that will allow our people to work from home. C: I guess you’ll need me to forecast employee absences as well, right? And I’ll think about the impact this will have on our clients. Hey, what about vaccines? Should we be thinking about getting vaccines for our employees? A: Exactly right. So, I’ll leave this to you, and
we’ll review the draft plan in two weeks. Okay, so, anyone want to order some KFC for lunch?
Elementary ‐ New Year Resolution (B00 26)
A: So, did I tell you about my New Year’s resolution? I’ve decided to go on a diet. B: And you’re going to completely transform your eating habits, right? A: Exactly! I’m going to cut out all that junk I eat; no more chips, no more soda, no more fried food. B: I’ve heard this one before. A: But this time I’m going to stick to it. I really mean it! Trust me, Carol, I’m going to be a new man in one year’s time! B: Well, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. A: Thanks, honey, that was a great meal. I’m stuffed. Do we have any chips left?
Elementary ‐ Asking for Time Off (B002 7)
A: Mr. McKenna, do you have a second? I need to talk to you about something. B: Sure, Liv, what can I do for you? A: Well, I was just wondering. . . you see, I know I’ve used up all my vacation days this year, but my sister is getting married, and the wedding is overseas, and, well. . . B: You wanna take some time off, is that right? A: Well, sir, I was just hoping that I might be able to take some unpaid leave this year. B: What dates are you planning on taking off? I’ll need at least two months notice, so that I can plan for your absence. A: I was thinking of taking off from September first until the thirtieth. Would you be okay with that? B: Well, I guess so.
Daily Life ‐ I’m Sorry, I Love You II (C0
A: I’m so relieved that your ankle wasn’t broken! I feel just awful about this whole thing.
I wanna make it up to you. Let me take you out to dinner tonight. My treat. B: That sounds great! I’d love to! Here is my address. Pick me up at eight? A: Perfect! B: Thank you for such a lovely evening! The food was amazing, and I had a great time. A: Me too. You look so beautiful tonight! I wish this night would never end. There’s something I have to tell you... B: What is it? A: I woke up today thinking this would be just like any other ordinary day, but I was wrong. A twist of fate brought us together. I crashed into your life and you into mine, and this may sound crazy, but I’m falling
Advanced ‐ Investing in Emerging Mark
A: Dad, I’d like to borrow some money. B: Sure, Johnny, how much do you need? Five bucks? A: Come on, Dad, I need thirty thousand. I wanna get into the market. You know, I’m tired of hearing all this news about the economic downturn, the inevitable recession, people stuffing their money in their mattresses. I look at this as an opportunity. This is a chance for me to get a jump start on building my nest egg. B: I don’t know about that; with all the uncertainty in the markets right now, it would be a very unwise decision to invest. I don’t know if you’re aware son, but there has been a lot of turmoil in the markets recently. There have already been half a million layoffs in the last few months, and we have no idea how the proposed stimulus package will impact the economy. There’s just too much instability. I wouldn’t feel comfortable investing in this climate. A: But look at it this way, every challenge is an opportunity. And anyway, I’m not talking about investing in the domestic market. There are emerging markets that promise great returns. Look at China, for example; they have 1.4 billion people, half a billion of whom
have recently entered the middle class. Here alone, the aggregate demand for consumer goods rePresents an amazing wealth generating opportunity. B: Come on, son, you’re looking at this too naively, the Chinese market has exhibited a great deal of instability, and their currency has been devalued by almost a whole percentage point. A: Fine, then! If that’s the way you feel, so be it. But you’re losing out on a great opportunity here. I’m going to go hit up Mum for the cash.
Daily Life ‐ New Guy in Town II (C0030
A: Oh, Armand, thank you for such a thoughtful invitation! It’s really very nice of you to invite us over for dinner, don’t you think so, Ellen? B: Oh, yes of course! We’d love to come over. Can I bring anything? C: No, don’t worry about it; I’ll take care of everything. I’ll see you tonight. Come with an appetite... I know I will! B: I don’t want go over to his place for dinner! He gives me the creeps! Why on earth did you accept? A: Oh come on Ellen, it will be nice to get to know him. Besides, he’s new to the neighborhood, and it would be rude to decline his invitation. B: I guess so... You always rope me into things like this! C: Ladies! Thank you for coming! You look delicious...I mean beautiful. Please come in. A: Oh Oh Armand! You are too kind! B: How did I get myself into this...
Elementary ‐ Canceling an Appointment (B0031)
A: Hello, Samantha speaking. B: Hi Samantha. This is Angela calling. A: Oh, hi Angela, what’s up? B: I’m just calling about our meeting today. I wonder, is it possible to reschedule our appointment in the afternoon? I have a bit of an emergency that I need to take care of.
A: Let me see, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem... B: I’m really sorry, I hope it doesn’t inconvenience you too much, it’s just this thing came up, and ... A: Angela, you know what, I can’t make it to our meeting, either. Why don’t we postpone it to tomorrow afternoon at the same time? B: Sounds great. See you tomorrow. C: Angela..Angela, look up! See that lady over there who is trying on a red leather jacket? Isn’t that Samantha? B: What? No wonder she told me she couldn’t make it to the meeting, oh, no, I think she saw me...
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Opening a Bank Account ( C0032)
A: Next, please. May I help you, sir? B: Hello, yes, I’d like to open a bank account. A: Certainly, I can can help you with that. What type of account would you like to open? A chequing or a savings account? B: What What features do they offer? A: Well, if you just take a look here, see, with our chequing account, you can have unlimited daily transactions for a small monthly fee, and our savings account has a higher interest rate, but you must carry a minimum balance of $ 10,000 dollars. B: I see, well, I think I’m more interested in a chequing account; I like to have easy access to my money. A: Alright, then, with this chequing account you’ll be issued a debit card and a cheque book. Will you require overdraft protection? There is an extra fee for that. B: No, that won’t be necessary. A: In that case, I’ll get you to fill out this paperwork; I’ll need your social insurance number, and two pieces of government ID. If you could just sign here, and here, and here; we’ll be all set. Would you like to make a deposit today? B: Yes, I’d like to deposit one billion dollars.
Elementary ‐ Foul! (B0033)
A: Has the game started yet? B: Yeah, about 5 minutes ago. A: Who’s winning? B: The Bulls, of course! A: What! That wasnt a foul! C’mon, ref! B: Don’t worry, Shaq always screws up free throws. A: You were right! He didn’t make the shot! B: That was a great shot! A three pointer, yeah! A: Did you see that? He traveled and the ref didn’t call it! B: This ref needs glasses. Hey ref, open your eyes! I can’t believe he didn’t see that! A: Okay... end of the first quarter... Alright, I’m gonna make a beer run.
Intermediate ‐ Live from Washington (
A: This is Madeline Wright, for BCC News reporting live from Washington D. C. where, very shortly, the new President will deliver his inaugural address. Just moments ago, the President was sworn-in to office; following the United States Constitution the President swore an oath to faithfully execute the office of the presidency. B: And what exactly is going on now, Madeline? A: Well, Tom, true to American tradition, the band has just played “Hail to the Chief”, and the President has been honored by a 21-gun salute. Now we’re waiting for the President to take to the stage and deliver his speech. Tom, it’s like a who’s who of the political world here on Capital Hill, with dignitaries representing several different countries. B: What’s the mood on the ground like, Madeline? A: In a word, the mood here is electric. The excitement in the air is palpable; I’ve never seen a larger crowd here on Capital Hill, and the audience is shouting, crying, and embracing each other. On this, a most historic day, you can feel the hope and the excitement in the air. The 20th of January will go down in history as the . . . . Oh, Tom, it looks like the
President is about to begin. . . C: My fellow Americans, today I stand before you...
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ He’s not a Go od Fit (C0035)
A: So, Lauren, I just wanted to talk to you quickly about our new customer support representative, Jason Huntley. B: Sure, what’s up? A: Basically, I’ve got a few concerns about him, and the bottom line is, I don’t think he’s a good fit for our company. B: Okay... what makes you say that? I thought you were pleased with his overall performance. Didn’t you just tell me last week how impressed you were with his attitude? A: Yeah, his attitude is great, but he’s really unreliable. Sometimes he’s really productive, but then other times... take last Tuesday for instance, he was forty-five minutes late for our morning meeting! B: Well, I’m sure he had a perfectly good reason... A: But that’s not the only thing... you know, he really doesn’t have the best work ethic, I’m constantly catching him on MSN and Facebook when he should be talking to clients. B: Yeah, but come on, Geoff, as if you don’t check Facebook at work. Look, you hired this guy, we’ve invested a lot of time and money in his training, so now it’s up to you to coach him. Make it work, Geoff! A: Make it work, Geoff. You would say that, wouldn’t you, he is your cousin; what a jerk, make me hire your stupid, useless, cousin.
Elementary ‐ I’m Sorry, I Love You III ( B0036)
A: Steven! Where have you been? I’ve been trying to get a hold of you for hours! B: I... um... there was an emergency at work, so... A: I was waiting for you in the restaurant for three hours! And you didn’t even have the decency to call me! Do you have any idea how embarrassed I was? B: Honey, I promise this won’t happen again,
it’s just that I... A: Yeah, right. I’ve heard it all before. I’m not going to take any more of your empty promises. This is the 5th time you’ve stood me up in two weeks! You need to get your priorities straight. I’m tired of you putting your job first all the time! B: Come on, Veronica, that’s not fair. I do care about you a lot, you know that. I tried to ... A: You know what? Maybe we should just take a break. I need some time to think about where this relationship is heading. B: But...Veronica, would you just listen to me? There was a fire alarm at my office building today and I was stuck...
Elementary ‐ Intermediate ‐ Chinese N ew Year (C0037)
A: I’m so excited about Chinese New Year! When do I get to visit Grandma? Grandma makes the best dumplings in the world! B: Ha ha, right. Sounds to me like you’re more excited about the dumplings than seeing your Grandma. A: Of course I miss Grandma, too. I bet she’s gonna teach me how to play Mahjong! Hey, Dad, are you going to buy me firecrackers this year? We’re going to have the best fireworks! I’m really looking forward to lighting them! B: Son, firecrackers aren’t toys; they’re dangerous! A: No, fireworks are awesome! B: Whoa, don’t you remember? Last year when I set off the firecrackers, you covered both your ears and hid behind your mother? A: Dad! I was scared because... because I saw a bug. That’s all. B: Hahaha... really? A: Oh, and I can’t wait to watch the dragon dance! Dad, can I sit on your shoulders this time? B: Hey, I offered last year... A: Well, I... anyways, I was just thinking of the red envelopes. I wanna make a list of all the things I’m gonna buy with my red envelope money! I can’t wait! I’m gonna have so much money! Mom, can I get a pen and a piece of paper?
A: I want a new transformer, no, two
and...maybe the wheeljack? I’ll get a PSP
game, hahaha, and I’ll buy the entire class
lunch at MacDonald’s...
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Buying a Car ( C0038)
A: Hi there, can I help you folks? B: I’m just browsing; seeing what’s on the lot. My daughter wants a car for her birthday, you know how it is. C: Dad! I’m sixteen already and I’m, like, the only one at school who doesn’t have a car! A: She is right, you know. Kids these days all have cars. Let me show you something we just got in: a 1996 sedan. Excellent gas mileage, it has dual airbags and anti lock brakes; a perfect vehicle for a young driver. C: Dad, I love it! It’s awesome! Can we get this one please? B: I see... What can you tell me about this one? A: Oh, that’s just an old World War Two tank that we use for TV commercials. Now about this sedan... B: Whoa, whoa wait a minute. Tell me more about this tank. A: Well, Sir, if you are looking for quality and safety then look no further! Three inches of reinforced steel protect your daughter from short range missile attacks. B: Does the sedan protect her from missile attacks? A: It does not. B: Well, I don’t know. Let me sleep on it. A: Did I mention the tank is a tank? B: I’ll take it! C: Dad!
Elementary ‐ My New Boyfriend (B0039 )
A: Irene! I heard you were on a date last night! So, how how did it go? I want all the juicy details! B: Um... well, actually, we had a fantastic time last night. He was...amazing! A: Okay, now you really have to fill me in.
What’s he like? B: He’s really good looking; he’s quite tall, around 6’1”, he’s in his early thirties, and he’s got the most beautiful dark brown eyes... A: He sounds hot! What does he do for a living? B: You know what, this is the best part. David is a junior investment banker at Fortune Bank, so he’s got a great career path ahead of him! A: Hold on a sec, his name is David? B: Yeah? A: That’s my brother!
Elementary ‐ Can I ask you a favor? (B0
A: Um, sorry to bother you, um... my name is Rachel. I’m new here. Can I ask you a favor? B: Hi Rachel, welcome on board. I’m afraid I can’t help you right now. I’m getting ready for a very important meeting. A: Excuse me, but can I bother you for a sec? C: You know what, I’d love to help you, but I’m about to meet an important client. Do you wanna try Sean instead? He sits right over there. A: Sorry to interrupt you Sean, could you do me a quick favor? D: Actually, I’m working on a document that is due in a couple minutes. I really can’t talk to you right now. Sorry about that. A: Geeze! I just want to know where the bathroom is! What’s wrong with you people!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Movie Tra iler (C0041)
A: In a digital world, even the strongest must fight for survival. Two people, possess a secret so valuable, so powerful, they have to defend it at all costs. B: I don’t care where they are, I don’t care what it takes... you find them and bring them to me! A: They only had one chance! And their chance was to fight back! D: You wanna play rough? Okay, say hello to my little friend! A: With a little help from a Governor...
C: Listen to me! We have to get them outta there! No matter what! A: Nothing will prevent them from doing their job! Double the action. D: Get down! A: Triple the excitement. D: Get down again! A: This summer... nothing will stand in their way. B: I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse. A: Two hosts, one podcast, coming to a theater near you.
Elementary ‐ I Need More Time (B0042 )
A: So, Casey, how are things going with the photos for the press kit? B: Yeah, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that. I might need to ask for an extension on that deadline. A: You’ve had over a month to get this finalized! Why are things delayed? B: Well, the thing is, we ran into a lot of problems. . . A: I’m not looking for excuses here. I just want to get this finished on time! B: I know, and I apologize for the delay. But some things were just beyond my control. I had trouble booking the photographer, and then Michael was sick for three weeks, so I couldn’t include him in the photos, and the design team lost all the files, so I had to re-do the pictures. A: I’m not going to put this off any longer, Casey! I want those photos ASAP!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Applying for a Visa (C0043)
A: So, you’re applying for a B2 visa, where is your final destination and what’s the purpose of your trip to the United States? B: I’m going to visit my brother; he’s just had a baby. He lives in Minneapolis. A: And how long do you you plan to remain in the United States? B: I’ll be here for approximately three weeks.
See, here’s my return ticket for the twenty-sixth of March. A: And, who is sponsoring your trip? B: My brother, here, this is an invitation letter from him. I will stay with him and his family in their home. A: Alright, tell me about the ties you have to your home country. B: Well, I own a house; actually, I’m leaving my dog there with my neighbors. I have a car at home, and oh, my job! I’m employed by Tornel as an engineer. Actually, I only have three weeks’ vacation, so I have to go back to work at the end of March. A: And what evidence do you have that you are financially independent? B: Well, I do have assets in my country; like I said, I own a house, and see, here’s a bank statement showing my investments, and my bank balance. A: I’m sorry, sir, we cannot grant you a B2 visa at this time, instead, you are granted a resident visa! Congratulations, you are the millionth person to apply for a visa! You win! Congratulations!
Elementary ‐ Small Talk (B0044)
A: Morning. B: Hi there Mr. Anderson! How are you on this fine morning? A: Fine, thank you. B: It sure is cold this morning, isn’t it? I barely even get out of bed! A: Yeah. It’s pretty cold, alright. B: Did you catch the news this morning? I heard that there was a fire on Byron Street. A: No, I didn’t hear about that. B: Did you happen to watch the football game last night? The Patriots scored in the last minute! A: No, I don’t like football. B: Oh. . . By the way, I saw you with your daughter at the office Christmas party. She is really beautiful! A: She’s my wife! Oh, here’s my floor! Nice talking to you. Goodbye. B: Sir this is the 56th floor! We are on the 70th!
A: That’s okay, I’ll take the stairs!
Elementary ‐ Intermediate ‐ I’m Sorry I love You IV (C0045)
A: ... so, I said, ”let’s take a break .” And since that night, I’ve been waiting for him to call, but I still haven’t heard from him. You don’t think he’s seeing someone else, do you? B: Come on, don’t be so dramatic! I’m sure everything is going to work out just fine. A: You think so? Oh, no! How can he do this to me? I’m sure he’s cheating on me! Why else wouldn’t he call? B: But, you two are on a break. Theoretically he can do whatever he likes. A: He’s the love of my life! I’ve really messed this up. B: Come on, hon. Pull yourself together. It’s going to be alright. A: But I... I still love him! And it’s all my fault! I can’t believe how immature and selfish I was being. I mean, he is a firefighter, it’s not like he can just leave someone in a burning building and meet me for dinner. I’ve totally messed this up! B: You know what, Veronica, I think you should make the first step. I’m sure he’ll forgive you... A: No, this is not gonna happen! I... I’ve ruinedeverything.... B: Hey... do you hear something? Guess what? It’s your lovely firefighter! C: When I had you, I treated you bad and wrong dear. And since, since you went away, don’t you know I sit around with my head hanging down and I wonder who’s loving you.
Elementary ‐ Uppe ‐ Intermediate ‐ EmergencyRoom (D046)
A: Help! Are you a doctor? My poor little Frankie has stopped breathing! Oh my gosh, Help me! I tried to perform CPR, but I just don’t know if I could get any air into his lungs! Oh, Frankie! B: Ellen, get him hooked up to a monitor! Someone page Dr. Howser. Get the patient to hold still, I can’t get a pulse! Okay, he’s on the monitor. His BP is falling! He’s flat lining!
A: NOOOOOO! Frankie! Nurse! Do something! B: Someone get her out of here! Get me the defibrillator. Okay, clear! Again! Clear! Come on! dammit! I’m not letting you go! Clear! I’ve got a pulse! C: Okay, whats happening? B: The patient is in acute respiratory failure, I think were going to have to intubate! C: Alright! Tubes in! Bag him! Someone give him 10 cc’s of adrenaline! Lets go, people move, move! A: Doctor, oh, thank god! How is he? B: We managed to stabilize Frankie, but he’s not out of the woods yet; he’s still in critical condition. Were moving him to intensive care, but& A: Doctor, just do whatever it takes. I just want my little Frankie to be okay. I couldnt imagine life without my little hamster!
Elementary ‐ Advanced ‐ Just In Time Strategy (E0047)
A: I called this meeting today in order to discuss our manufacturing plan. As I’m sure you’re all aware, with the credit crunch, and the global financial crisis, we’re obligated to look for more cost efficient ways of producing our goods. We don’t want to have to be looking at redundancies. So, we’ve outlined a brief plan to implement the just-in-time philosophy. B: We have two basic points that we want to focus on. First of all, we want to reduce our lead time. C: Why would want to do that? I think this is not an area that really needs to be worked on. B: Well, we want to reduce production and delivery lead timesfor better overall efficiency. A: Right, production lead times can be reduced by moving work stations closer together, reducing queue length, like for example, reducing the number of jobs waiting to be processed at a given machine, and improving the coordination and cooperation between successive processes. Delivery lead times can be reduced through close cooperation with suppliers, possibly by inducing suppliers to locate closer to the
factory or working with a faster shipping company. C: I see& That makes sense. B: The second point is that we want to require supplier quality assurance and implement a zero defects quality program. We currently have far too many errors that lead to defective items and therefore, they must be eliminated. A quality control at the source program must be implemented to give workers the personal responsibility for the quality of the work they do, and the authority to stop production when something goes wrong. C: I’m with you on this one. It’s essential that we reduce these errors; we’ve got to force our suppliers to reduce their mistakes. A: Exactly. Well, let’s look at how we’re going to put this plan into action. First...(fade out)
Elementary ‐ Intermediate ‐ Carnival i n Rio! (C0048)
A: I can’t believe we’re here! Carnival in Rio! Seriously, this is like a once in a lifetime opportunity! Can you believe it? We’re here at the biggest party in the world! B: I know! We’re so lucky that we found tickets for the Sambadrome! Good thing we found that ticket scalper. A: Look! It’s starting! Wow, this is amazing! Look at how many dancers there are. Oh my gosh! The costumes are so colorful! This is so cool! B: It says here that the school that is dancing now is one of the oldest and most prestigious samba schools in Rio. A: No kidding! Look at them, they’re amazing! Look at that girl on the top of that float! She must be the carnival queen! Move over there so I can get a picture of you! B: Ok. Hurry up take the picture! C: join us! come and dance! B: Oh really.... no I can’t. No really, I don’t know how to dance! Honey I’ll see you later! A: Patrick! Don’t just leave me here!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Daddy Please! (C0049)
A: Hey daddy! You look great today; I like
your tie! By the way, I was wondering can I& B: NO! A: I havent even told you what it is yet! B: Okay, okay, what do you want? A: Do you think I could borrow the car? I’m going to a concert tonight. B: Um.. I don’t think so. I need the car tonight to pick up your mother. A: Ugg! I told you about it last week! Smelly Toes is playing, and Eric asked if I would go with him! B: Who’s this Eric guy? A: Duh! He’s like the hottest and most popular guy at school! Come on, dad! Please! B: No can do... sorry. A: Fine then! Would you mind giving me 100 bucks? B: No way! A: That’s so unfair!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ New Guy In T own III (C0050)
A: Please make yourselves at home. Let me take your coats. Dinner is almost ready; I hope you brought your appetite B: Your house is lovely, Armand! Very interesting decor...very...Gothic. C: I think it’s amazing! You have such good taste, Armand. I’m thinking of re-decorating my house; maybe you could give me a few pointers? A: It would be my pleasure. Please have a seat. Can I offer you a glass of wine? C: We would love some! A: Here you are. A very special merlot brought directly from my home country. It has a unique ingredient which gives it a pleasant aroma and superior flavor. C: Mmm... it’s delicious! B: It’s a bit bitter for my taste... almost tastes like... like... C: Ellen! Ellen! Are you okay? A: Did she pass out? C: Yeah... A: I hope that you didn’t poison her drink too much! You’ll ruin our meal!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ What a B argain! (C0051)
A: Hello. May I help you? B: Yeah, this dress is really nice! How much is it? A: That one is one hundred and fifty dollars. B: One hundred and fifty dollars? What about this other one over here? A: That’s one hundred and forty dollars. B: Hmm...that’s a bit out of my price range. Can you give me a better deal? A: This is an exclusive design by DaMarco! It’s a bargain at that price. B: Well, I don’t know. I think I’ll shop around. A: Okay, okay, how about one hundred dollars? B: That’s still more than I wanted to spend. What if I take both dresses? A: Okay, I can give you a special discount, just because you seem like a nice person. One hundred and ninety dollars for both. B: I don’t know... It’s still a bit pricey.... Thanks anyway. A: Okay, my final price! One hundred dollars for both! That’s two for the price of one. That’s my last offer! B: Great! You’ve got a deal!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Pizza Delivary (C0052)
A: Good evening, Pizza House. This is Marty speaking. May I take your order? B: Um yes& Id like a medium pizza with pepperoni, olives, and extra cheese. A: We have a two-for-one special on large pizzas. Would you like a large pizza instead? B: Sure, that sounds good. A: Great! Would you like your second pizza to be the same as the first? B: No, make the second one with ham, pineapple and green peppers. Oh, and make it thin crust. A: Okay, thin crust. Your total is $21.50 and your order will arrive in thirty minutes or it’s free! B: Perfect. Thank you. Bye.. A: Sir, wait!! I need your address!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Head Che f (C0053)
A: ...Right away sir, your order will be ready shortly. Jean Pierre, we have another special for table seven! B: I’m working as fast as I can! We’re really in the weeds! Where is my sous chef? Luc! I need you to peel more potatoes. Marie, chop some onions and carrots for the stew. A: Jean Pierre another special! We’re really packed tonight! We’re running low on wine. Is there any left in the cellar? C: Sorry I’m late, everyone. Wow, we are doing really well tonight! B: Harry, stop talking and get over here I need this sauce stirred and the fish needs to be butchered and buttered. C: Ok, I’m on it! A: Jean Pierre, table seven has requested to see the chef! I think they are food critics from Cuisine Magazine
Elementary ‐ Intermediate ‐ I’m Sorry I Love You V (C0054)
A: Honey, of course I forgive you! I love you so much! I’ve really missed you. I was wrong to get upset over nothing. B: I’m sorry I haven’t called or anything, but right after you decided you wanted a break, I was called up north to put out some major forest fires! I was in the middle of nowhere, working day and night, trying to prevent the blaze from spreading! It was pretty intense. A: Oh, honey, I’m glad you’re okay! But I have some exciting news... I think I’m pregnant! B: Really? Wow, that’s amazing! This is great news! I’ve always wanted to be a father! We’ll go to the doctor first thing in the morning! C: We have your test results back and, indeed, you are pregnant. Let’s see here... everything seems to be in order. Your approximate due date is October twenty-seventh two thousand and nine, so that means that the baby was conceived on February third, two thousand and nine. B: Are you sure? Are these things accurate? C: Well, yes sir, they are.
A: What’s wrong? Why are you asking these questions? B: This baby isn’t mine! I was away the first week of February at a training seminar! A: I... I... no, it can’t be...
Elementary ‐ Intermediate ‐ Hockey (C 0055)
A: Hello everyone! I’m Rick Fields, and here with me is Bob Copeland. B: Howdy folks, and welcome to today’s game! You know, Rick, today is a key game between Russia and Canada. As you know, the winner will move on to the finals. A: That’s right, and it looks like we’re just about ready to start the match. The ref is calling the players for the face-off... and here we go! The Russians win possession and immediately set up their attack! Federov gets checked hard into the boards! B: Maurice Richard has the puck now, and passes it to the center. He shoots! Wow what a save by the goalie! A: Alright, the puck is back in play now. Pavel Bure is on a breakaway! He is flying down the ice! The defenders can’t keep up! Slap shot! He scores B: What an amazing goal!
Daily Life ‐ Planning a Bank Robbery (C
A: All right, so this is what we are going to do. I’ve carefully mapped this out, so don’t screw it up. Mr. Rabbit, you and Mr. Fox will go into the bank wearing these uniforms. We managed to get replicas of the one the guards wear when they pick up the money. B: Got it. C: No problem, boss. A: When you get inside, tell them that you are filling in for Carl and Tom, and say that they are on another route today. Don’t lose your cool. Just act natural. B: What if they want to call and confirm? A: You let him. C: What!? A: Dont worry, we have the phones tapped, so
the call will be patched through to me, and Ill pretend to be the transport company. B: Ha ha, you are so clever boss! A: Okay, shut up. Only take as much money as you can fit in these bags. Dont get greedy! Are you ready? Let’s go.
Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Malfunction ( C0057)
A: Hey Carl, can you make a copy of this contract for me please? When you have it ready, send it out ASAP to our subbranch. B: Sure! Um... I think I broke this thing. Maxine, can you help me out here? I’m not really a tech guy. C: Yeah, sure. I think it’s just out of toner. You can go use the other one upstairs. On your way up, can you fax this while I try and fix this thing? B: Sure! Dammit! Everything in this office seems to be breaking down! Never mind. I’ll send this stupid fax later. Oh great! Is someone playing a practical joke on me? This is ridiculous! D: The elevator has some sort of malfunction. Just take the stairs dude. What floor are you going to? B: I have to go up fifteen floors! Never mind. Made it! There is the copier!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ This Is Your C aptain Speaking (C0058)
A: And the next thing you know, we’re running towards the... Oh...did you feel that? B: Yeah, don’t worry about it; we’re just going through a bit of turbulence. C: Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. It looks like we’ve hit a patch of rough air, so we’re going to have a bit of a bumpy ride for the next several minutes, and... A: This why I hate flying... Oh! C: At this time, I’d like to remind all of our passengers to fasten their seat beltsand remain seated until the fasten seat belt sign is turned off. Please ensure that all cabin baggageis carefully stowed under the seat in front of you. I’ll be back back to update you in
a minute. A: Did you hear that? Brent! B: Don’t worry about it. This is totally normal. It happens all the C: Ah, ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain again. We’ve got quite a large patch of rough air ahead of us, so for your safety, we will be suspending in-flight service. I would ask all in-flight crew to return to their seats at this time. I would also like to ask that all our passengers refrain from using the lavatory until the seat belt sign has been switched off We can expect...
Elementary ‐ Advanced ‐ Job Intervie w I (E0059)
A: Okay, so let’s go over everything one more time. I really want you to get this job! B: I know! It’s an amazing growth opportunity! They’re true industry leaders, and it would be so interesting to be part of an organization that is the undisputed leader in business process platform development. A: So, let’s see, you did your research on the company, right? B: Well, I visited their website and read up on what they do. They’re an IT service company that offers comprehensive business solutions for large corporations. They provide services such as CRM development, and they also offer custom designed applications. A: So what would your role in the company? B: Well, the position is for an account manager. That basically means that I would be the link between our and our development team. A: Sounds good, and so, why do you want to work with them? B: Well, as I said they’re the industry leaders, they have a really great growth strategy, amazing development opportunities for employees, and it seems like they have strong corporate governance. They’re all about helping companies grow and unleashing potential. I guess their core values and mission really resonated with me. Oh, and they offer six weeks’ vacation, stock options and bonuses... I’m totally going to cash in on that.
A: You idiot! Don’t say that! Do you want this job, or not?
Elementary ‐ Intermediate ‐ New Guy in Town IV ( C0060)
A: All right, drag her over here, and help me tie her up. B: I can’t believe she fell for it! She is a lot more gullible than I thought! A: Well, you gotta admit, my acting was brilliant! B: Whatever. I was the one that convinced her to come. Look, she’s waking up! C: What’s going on? Ellen? What are you doing? A: The cat’s out of the bag, you witch! You can stop pretending, now! B: Yeah Lois , we know who you are! Now, we want some answers! Why are you here? C: Fools! You don’t know who you’re dealing with! You can’t stop me! B: Run!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Swim fast er! (C0061)
A: This is such a beautiful day! Great for sailing! B: It sure is! The water looks so nice! Anchor the boat for a little while. I’m going to take a dip. A: Why are you doggy-paddling? I taught you how to swim! Do your breast stroke! B: I get too tired! I’ll just backstroke, it’s easier! A: Try kicking your legs more. That’s good. Don’t go out too far! B: It’s Jump in! A: Kathy! Get back here! I see a shark! B: Ahhhh!!!! Help me! Help! Bring the boat closer! The shark is coming straight towards me! A: It’s right under you! Kathy!!!!!
Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Job Intervie w II (C0062)
A: Thanks for coming in today, did you have
any trouble finding us? Please take a seat. B: Thank you. A: So, let’s get started; tell me a bit about your educational background. B: Sure! Well, I graduated with honors from Chesterton University with a major in Business Administration, with a specialization in Information Management, and I minored in psychology. I chose this course of study for two reasons: I wanted to gain some practical, marketable skills, which the information management track provided, and I also feel that interpersonal skills are essential for professional success, hence the minor in psychology. A: Interesting. And, your postgraduate studies? B: Well, I am really passionate about consumer behavior, so I pursued a master’s in that area. I also strive to keep my professional skills current, so I continuously attend seminars and conferences related management and customer service. A: Very good. Now, tell me a little bit about your work experience. I see here that you previously worked at Oracle. B: Yeah, I worked as their customer support manager, which brought me a breadth of experience in both client care, and process management. I supervised and coordinated the customer support team as well as implemented new strategies to achieve better customer satisfaction. A: Interesting... B: Yes, in this position I was able to make some pretty significant contributions to the overall success of the company. With the different initiatives that we implemented, we lowered our churn rate to about five percent, which had a direct impact on revenue.
Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Receptionist (C0063)
A: Good afternoon. May I help you? B: Yes, I’m here to see Joanna Stevens. I have an appointment at four. A: Certainly, may I take your name? I’ll let her know you’ve arrived.
B: Sure, it’s Josh O’Neil. A: Ms. Stevens will be with you momentarily. Can I offer you something to drink? B: Yes, a coffee would be nice, thank you. A: Here you are. Ms. Stevens is ready for you now. I’ll show you to her office, right this way. A: Just watch your step here...
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ I’m Sorry I Lo ve You VI (C0064)
A: This is ridiculous! I can’t believe you’ve been sleeping with someone else! How could you do this! You know what? I’m out of here! B: Wait! Doctor how is this possible? I haven’t cheated on my boyfriend! C: I have something to confess... I’m sorry Veronica, I lied. B: Wait... what? What do do you mean? C: I lied. You aren’t even pregnant; there’s no bun in the oven. I was just so overwhelmed with jealousy that I couldn’t help myself. Veronica I love you! B: What are you talking about!!! Who are you? C: It’s me! Daniel, don’t you remember me? From high school. I sat behind you every day in class! I used to go to every football game and watch you in the cheerleading squad! B: You are insane! We never even spoke! Why did you lie like that to my boyfriend? C: Because Veronica... It’s not fair! I love you; I have since the first day we met! Everything was going fine until that jerk came into the picture and ruined everything! I went to med school and became a doctor for you! You always said how you wanted to marry a doctor! You will be mine now... one way or another... A: I heard everything, you lying bastard! Get your hands off her!
Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Job Intervie w III (C0065)
A: Very good. Now, I have a couple of final questions. B: I hope they’re not too hard! A: Well, why should we hire you? B: I think that I would be a perfect fit in this company. I have a unique combination of strong technical acumen, and outstanding soft
skills; you know, I excel at building strong, long-term customer relationships. For example, when I headed the customer support department in my previous company, our team solved about seventy percent of our customers’ problems. I decided that we needed better information and technical preparation on our products, so after I implemented a series of training sessions in coordination with our technical department, we were able to solve ninety percent of our customers’ issues. Given the opportunity, I could bring this kind of success to this company. A: Impressive! So, what would you consider to be your greatest weakness? B: To be honest, I struggle with organization and time management. Punctuality has never been a strength of mine. I find it hard to organize my time efficiently. I have actually addressed this weakness recently, by attending a workshop on efficient time management. It helped me a lot, by providing me with great insights on how to get organized and use my time efficiently, so I think I’m getting better now. A: Great... Well, let me tell you that I am very pleased with this interview. We are short-listing our candidates this week, and next week we will inform our short listed candidates of the day and time for a second interview with our CEO. B: Great, thanks a lot! I hope to hear from you! Good bye.
Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Calling The O ffice (C0066)
A: Ello-hay, Aniel-day eaking-spay, ow-hay ay-may I elp-hay ou-yay B: Ay-hay, Aniel-day, Ulie-jay ere-hay A: Ay-hay, Ulie-jay, ow-hay are ou-yay? B: Actually, Im eeling-fay ite-quay ill otday-tay. A: Im orry-say oo-tay ear-hay, at-they. ut-way is ong-wray? B: I ink-thay Im oming-cay own-day ith-way uhthey oo-flay. I ave-hay a eadache-hay, a ore-say oat-thray and Im eeling-fay ighly-slay
everishfay. A: I ee-say. O-say oure-yay alling-cay in ick-say? B: Es-yay, I uz-way oping-hay oo-tay ake-tay uh-they ay-day off oo-tay eecover-ray. A: Ok, en-they. Ay-tray and et-gay ome-say est-ray.
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Soccer (C 0067)
A: Welcome back, soccer fans. My name is Rick Fields and, as always, I am joined by my commentating wingman, Bob Copeland. B: And we’re on the brink of soccer history today, as Ecuador and Brazil are tied one-one as we begin the second half of the 2022 World Cup! A: The ref calls the players for the kick off, and here we go! Ecuador quickly passes the ball to the midfield, but, ohhh, it’s out of bounds. B: That will be a throw in for Brazil. Adriano has the ball and makes a long pass to Robinho, and the ref has called him offside. A: No question about it. He was offside by a mile! We have a goal kick for Ecuador. Edison Mendez heads it to Valenica, he shoots! Deflected by the defender and we have a corner kick. B: Delgado takes the corner. We have a foul! Oh no, Dida, the goalkeeper, has fouled the Ecuadorian player! He gets a yellow card and that will be a penalty kick! A: This is the perfect opportunity for Ecuador to get ahead in this match and become World Champions! He gets ready for the kick. He shoots! and he...
Ground breaking Research (C068)
A: We’ve been over this a thousand times. The data is irrefutable! Look, we’ve done extensive research, built studies, and read the literature, and there is conclusive evidence to support my theory! B: Horowitz, I beg to differ. Even in your most recent study, the investigative approach was flawed! You know as well as I do that the collection of data was not systematic, and
there is a large margin of error. To draw a definitive conclusion based on that data would be misleading A: That is preposterous! B: You are trying to single-handedly solve one of the world’s greatest mysteries, and yet you are oblivious to the fact that you are wrong! A: I am not wrong! The chicken came first! B: No! The egg came first!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ How Would Y ou Like Your Eggs? (C0069)
A: Wow, you’re up early today! What’s for breakfast? B: Well, I felt like baking, so I made some muffins. A: Smells good! I’ll make some coffee. Do you want me to make you some eggs? B: Sure, Ill take mine, sunny side up. A: Eww, I don’t know how you can eat your eggs like that! Ever since I was small, I’ve had eggs and soldiers. B: You know, my dad had scrambled eggs eggs every morning for twenty years. It drove my mom crazy! A: You know what really drives me crazy? When I ask for soft boiled eggs, and they overcook them, so they come out hard boiled! How can you dip your toast into a hard boiled egg? B: You’re so picky sometimes. A: Here you go, honey, fried eggs. B: Dammit! I asked for sunny side up! How many times do I have to tell you.
Elementary ‐ AdvancedMedia ‐ Buying Underwear (F0070)
A: This sucks; I hate buying lingerie. Okay, just find something and get out of here. Alright, these are fine. Oh, no, don’t come over here, don’t come over here. B: You look a little lost, can I help you? A: Um, I’m just having a look around. It’s my girlfriend’s birthday tomorrow. Im trying to find her something. B: Well, you can’t give her granny panties. Have you thought about getting her some sleepwear? We’ve got these lovely, silky
nighties. Or, how about a nice panty-and and-bra set. Look, here’s a nice satin push-up bra, and you can choose a few different styles of undies to go with it. A: Sure that’s fine. A: This is so awkward...what ones do I pick? What size is she? B: Well, do you want a thong, some bikini briefs, maybe this nice pair of lacy boy shorts? A: Just pick something and get the hell out of here. A: Um, I’ll go with these two. A: This is mortifying; I just want to get this over with. She better thank me for this... Here you are, sir. I’m sure she’ll enjoy them. B: Finally! A: I’m sorry, sir. I’m going to have to take a look inside your bag.
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Happy Ho ur (C0071)
A: Hey man, what do you have on tap? B: Heineken and Budweiser. We have a two-for-one happy hour special. A: Cool, gimme a pint of Heineken and half a pint of Bud. B: Okay...A pint of Heineken and and half a pint of bud for table six! And what about some appetizers? A: Sure! Let’s have some nachos and mozzarella sticks. B: Okay. That’ll be 80 bucks. A: Wait... What!
Elementary ‐ Intermediate ‐ You Are Fi red! (C0072)
A: Hi Isabel! You wanted to see me? B: Yes Anthony, come on in. Have a seat. A: Is everything okay? You seem a bit preoccupied. B: Well, Anthony, this is not going to be an easy conversation. The company has made some decisions which will have a direct impact on your employment. A: Okay... B: I don’t want to beat around the bush so I’m just gonna come out with it. We are going to have to let you go.
A: What? Why? I mean... just like that? I’m fired? B: I’m sorry but, to be honest, you are a terrible employee! A: What! I resent that! B: Anthony, you were caught making international calls from the office phone, you called in sick in eight times this month and you smell like alcohol!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Which Finger ? (C0073)
A: ...The rings please. May this ring be blessed so he who gives it and she who wears it may abide in peace, and continue in love until life’s end. B: With this ring I thee wed. Wear it as a symbol of our love and commitment A: Honey, that’s my pinkie. The ring goes on the ring finger! B: This one? A: That’s my index finger! B: Oh, right. This one, right? A: Umm... that’s the thumb, Nick. B: Okay, Okay, I got it! This is the ring finger! A: That’s my middle finger, Nick. This is my ring finger!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ What Am I Th inking! (C0074)
A: Miss, your salad. B: Mmm, looks good! I’m positively famished. A: And for you, sir... C: Thank you. A: Enjoy. B,C:Thank you. C: I can’t believe she’s on a date with me! I’m so lucky! I must be the luckiest guy in the world! I want to scream at the top of my lungs, ” I’m the luckiest dude in the world! ” Oh, shut up! Don’t be such a dumb ass. She’s so hot. Wait, I can’t say that. That’s sexist. She’s so hot, She’s making me sexist. Oh my god! I’m such a tool. Okay, get it together. Uhh, she’s eating salad. Oh right, I have a salad. Oh, crap! Which fork do I use? Dammit! She’s going to think I’m a moron. What the hell are all these forks for? Which one did she
use? Okay, chill... be cool, be cool. Just take a fork... eat your salad... B: Um... I... C: Yrmf? Mmmm. Sorry, you were saying? B: You’re eating my salad. C: Oh, yes... it’s delicious...
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Going To The Dentist (C0075)
A: Hey, Gary, great to see you again. Please have a seat. So tell me, what seems to be the problem? B: Thanks, doc. I’ve got a really bad toothache! I can’t eat anything, and look, my face is all swollen. I think it might be my wisdom tooth. A: Well, let’s have a look. Open wide. Hmm... this doesn’t look good. Well, it looks like you have a cavity and your crown is loose. We’ll need to put in a filling before it gets any worse, and the crown probably needs to be refitted. I’m going to order some x-rays. B: Is it gonna hurt? A: No, not at all! Just lay back and relax. A: Ok, spit.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Learning Sim ple Math (C0076)
A: Alright, children, let’s review. Tommy! Pay attention! B: Sorry Miss Kadlec. A: Okay, Crystal, now tell me, what’s four plus eleven? C: Um...fifteen! B: Miss Kadlec always asks Crystal; she’s such a teacher’s pet. A: Okay...and what about fifty six minus sixty? C: Um... negative four! A: Very good... twelve times twelve? B: Very good. Suck up. C: One hundred and forty four! A: Zero divided by one? C: Zero! A: How did you know that? Okay, smarty pants, the square root of two! B: Bet you’re not going to get that one, know-it-all. C: Um...one point four one four two one three
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ F1 Racing (C0077)
A: Welcome back racing fans! My name is Rick Fields and, as always, I am joined by my partner in crime, Bob Copeland. B: We’re in the last stretch of this very exciting race, and Kimi Rikknen is leading the pack with only four laps to go! They are heading to turn three and Lewis Hamilton tries to pass Rikknen! It’s a close one and, oh no! Hamilton hits the wall! A: He came in too fast, jammed on the breaks and spun out. We have a yellow flag and the pace car is making its way onto the track. B: The cleanup crew is towing the heavily damaged car and the green flag drops! Rikknen is still in the lead with only two laps to go! A: Smoke is coming out of his car! He seems to be having engine trouble! He makes his way into the pit, and Fernando Alonso takes the lead! B: How unlucky for Rikknen, and this race is over ladies and gentlemen, Alonso takes the checkered flag!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Internati onal Workers Day (C0078)
A: Alright everyone settle down. Let’s get started. As you know, an important aspect of becoming a good citizen is understanding the genesis of our legal system. It is not enough to simply memorize our laws, it is necessary that we comprehend why and how they were formed. This brings me to our topic for today. Does anyone know what we celebrate on May first? B: Cinco de mayo? A: No, that’s May fifth in Spanish, James, no wonder you are failing my Spanish class. No, May first is International Workers’ Day. B: Do we get a day off from school then? A: No! It is not considered to be a national holiday here in the US, but in other countries it is. B: Aww, man!
A: In the nineteenth century, working conditions were appalling, with workers being forced to work ten, twelve, and fourteen hours a day. Support for the eight-hour work day movement was growing rapidly, despite the indifference and hostility of many union leaders, and by April 1886, 250,000 workers were involved in the May Day movement. Previous legislative attempts to improve working conditions had failed, so labor organizers took drastic measures. They passed a resolution stating that eight hours would constitute a legal day’s work. And, on May First 1886, the resolution took effect. B: Cool! Is that why we only work eight hours now? A: Yes! But the happy ending came at a high price. On May third, 1886, police fired into a crowd of strikers at the McCormick Reaper Works Factory, killing four and wounding many. A mass meeting was called for the next day to protest the brutality. B: And then what happened? A: Well, as we say, the rest is history...
‐ Funky Galaxy Battles (C0079)
A: They are breaking through! Set your blasters to full power! B: Excellent job. Search the ship, she’s gotta be in here somewhere... bring her to me! C: Lord Hater, we have a survivor here... B: Where is she? Don’t make me destroy you, tell me where she is! D: Not so fast! She will no longer be your prisoner! It’s time you and I settled this once and for all! B: You are unwise to think you can defeat me. You know nothing of the power of the obscure side! D: We will stop you... C: Lord Hater! We have an unidentified spacecraft taking off from the rear dock! They somehow managed to escape our tractor beam! B: After them! C: They are accelerating towards the speed of light We lost them, sir...
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ I’m Sorry I Lo ve You VII (C0080)
A: Thank god you showed up when you did! He’s insane! Do you think we should call the police? B: Don’t worry about it, I’ll call my friend and have him take care of it. I can’t believe he was stalking you all these years. What a nut job! A: I know! Well... he said I’m not pregnant. I’m sorry if I got you all worked up over nothing. I want you to know that I didn’t do it on purpose... B: Don’t apologize! From the moment I met you, not a day has gone by when I haven’t thought of you. And now that I’m with you again, I’m... I’m just scared, Veronica. The closer I get to you, the worse it gets. The thought of not being with you, I mean, I just can’t handle it! We were made for each other, Veronica. You are my everything, my soul mate. What can I do? A: Just hold me... I’ll always be here for you, no matter what. And together, we can tackle whatever life throws at us. I believe in us, Veronica. B: I’m so happy to hear that! I knew we belong together. I love you so much.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Getting A Hair Cut (C0081)
A: Hello there! Come on in! Don’t just stand there! Come and take a seat! B: Um, okay. Well, I just want a trim. Nothing too fancy. A: Oh my gosh! Your hair is amazing! So silky, so shiny! I am going to work my magic on your hair! You hear me? You are going to look like a million bucks! B: Okay. Um... can you make sure my sideburns are even and you just take a little off the top. A: Don’t you worry, I’ll take care of everything! (starts cutting) Oh my god! I just love your curly hair! It’s so fluffy and cute! You should totally let it grow out. An afro would look great on you! B: Um... no.
A: Okay, but you are going to be my masterpiece!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ New Guy In T own V (C0082)
A: What the heck is going on! Did you see that? What was that thing? B: I don’t know! I’m just glad we made it out! Look, there is a police car! Help! Help! Please stop! C: Howdy man. What seems to be the problem? Is this man bothering you? A: Officer, officer, there is, like, a witch creature back there! We tied her up but she broke free, and she was about to have us for dinner! C: Okay, calm down, calm down. Lemme see your eyes please. Have you been drinking tonight, son? B: We are telling the truth! She’s in there! We suspected her of being a kidnapper or rapist but it turns out she’s an alien or something. C: Okay, calm down, calm down. Lemme see your eyes please... B: Ugg! Seriously! Are you gonna help us or not? C: Okay, let’s go have a look, shall we? Hello? Is anyone in here? A: Be careful! She might be hiding! C: It’s perfectly safe... there isn’t anyone...
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Using The AT M (C0083)
A: Stupid girl, making me spend so much money, now I have to get it from the ATM... B: Hello, welcome to Universal Bank. Please insert your card into the slot. A: I know where to put my card! Stupid machine, talking to me like I’m an idiot... B: Please input your 6 digit PIN code followed by the pound key. Thank you. Please select an option. Thank you. You have selected withdrawal. A: Yeah, yeah, I know what I selected. Just gimme my money! B: Please type the amount you would like to withdraw. Thank you, you want to transfer 10000 USD to the World Wildlife Foundation.
If this is correct please press 1. A: No, no! Stupid machine, what are you doing! No! B: Confirmed. Thank you for using our bank! Please remove your card from the slot. Goodbye! C: Danger, danger! The exits have been sealed and the doors will remain locked in until the local authorities arrive. Thank you for using our bank. Have a nice day. A: No!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ At The Pharm acy (C0084)
A: Hello sir, how can I help you? B: Yes, I need this prescription please. A: Let’s see. Okay, so 50 mg of Prozac, would you prefer this in capsule or tablet? B: Capsules are fine. A: Okay, you should take 1 capsule 3 times a day. Be sure not to take it on an empty stomach, and also, don’t ever mix it with alcohol! B: Yes, I know. It’s not the first time I’m taking this! Don’t worry, I won’t overdose! A: Okay, anything else I can get you? B: Oh, yes, I almost forgot! Can I also get some eye drops and um, some condoms? A: Sure. Darn condoms aren’t registered in our system. B: Oh, well that’s okay, I’ll get some later, thanks... Really it’s no problem. A: Just hang on there a sec. Can I get a price check on ” Fun Times Ribbed Condoms” please!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Baseball ( C0085)
A: Hello baseball fans, and welcome back to today’s game! My name is Rick Fields and of course, I am here, once again, with the man that seals the deal, Bob Copeland. B: It’s a beautiful day to see two world class teams face each other and fight for their right to be called champions. A: Well, the national anthem has just been sung, and the umpire has started the game. It’s time to play ball!
B: Roger Vargas is up at bat. The pitcher winds up and strike one! A: A very nice curve ball by the pitcher. The catcher gives him the sign, he winds up and Vargas gets a line drive! B: The players are scrambling to get the ball. Vargas gets to first base and he’s still going! The outfielder throws it to second! Vargas slides! He’s safe! A: Great play! B: We have a runner on third and up at bat is Brian Okami! There’s the pitch, he hits it! It’s going, going, that ball is gone! A: Home run by Okami! That puts this team ahead by two as we are at the bottom of the fifth inning here at Richie Stadium!
Looking for an Apartment (C0086)
A: Hi! We are the Christianson’s! We are here to see the apartment. B: Oh, hi! Sure, come on in! Well, as you can see, the place has just been renovated. The previous tenants left a huge mess here, so the landlord has redone everything. A: It looks great. It’s so bright and airy! What great light! I really like these hardwood floors. What’s the square footage of this place? B: Well, it’s about 120 square meters, or 1300 square feet, more or less. Oh, the landlord has also installed new kitchen appliances. There’s a new dishwasher, and a professional-grade gas range. Really, at this price, this place is an amazing deal! A: I love it! But what are the payment terms? B: First and last month rent as deposit and rent is due on the 1st of every month. Considering the amount of money invested into the apartment, it’s a very good deal! A: Yes, it is! Too good to be true... B: The living room and dinning room are quite spacious as you can see, and down this hall, here’s the master bedroom. It has a huge walk-in closet and an en suit bathroom. We can’t go in there yet as the police... I mean the clean up crew hasn’t finished. A: What do you mean? What’s in here?
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Star Trek The Lost Generation (C0087)
A: Captain, we’re under attack by an unidentified ship. B: Damage report. A: We’ve sustained heavy damage to the engines. We’ve lost our warp drive. B: We’ll have to attempt to make contact. This is Captain Picard of the Starship Enterprise. We don’t wish to engage. What is the nature of this attack? C: I am Captain Kor of the ship Klothos. Your ship attacked our search party... B: No! You’re not doing it right! Kor doesn’t sound like that. His voice is deeper! C: I am Captain Kor of the ship Klothos. Your sh... B: No! If you can’t do a Klingon voice, I’ll have to find a more serious Star Trek fan actor who actually can, OK? C: But... but... I already bought the Klingon suit! And the wig...
Will You Be My Girlfriend? (C0088)
A: Hey, you’re early! Where’s everyone? B: Well... I told them not to come. I made a reservation just for the two of us. I thought we could have an quiet evening all to ourselves. A: Oh... why? B: Jennifer, there’s something I wanna ask you. A: Sure. What is it? B: Hmm... okay, here’s the thing. I’ve always seen you as more than just a friend, and I can’t take it any more. I know you better than anyone, I know the pros and cons of your personality, I even know what side of the bed is yours! I think we would be great together, don’t you? A: Are you serious? We’ve been friends for years! We can’t just change that overnight! B: I know! I never had the guts to tell you... until today. So, what do you say? Are you willing to give me a shot? A: I... I...
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ At The Airport
A: Next please! Hello sir, may I see your passport please? B: Yes, here you go. A: Will you be checking any bags. B: Yes, I’d like to check three pieces. A: I’m sorry, sir. Airline policy allows only two pieces of checked luggage, at twenty kilograms each, plus one piece of carry-on luggage. I will have to charge you extra for the additional suitcase. B: What? Why! I am taking an intercontinental flight! I’m flying sixteen thousand kms! How am I supposed to only take two, twenty kilo bags? That’s absurd! A: I am sorry, sir, there’s nothing I can do. You cannot board the flight with that large bag either. Carry-on bags must fit in the over-head compartment or under your seat. That bag is clearly too big. B: Now I see. You charge next to nothing for an international ticket, but when it comes to charging for any other small thing, you charge an arm and a leg! So tell me, miss, how much will I have to pay for all of this. A: Let’s see... six hundred and twenty-five US dollars. B: That’s more than my round-trip ticket!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ I’m Sorry I Lo ve You VIII (C0090)
A: Veronica! Veronica! Veronica! Are you OK? B: Steven! What’s going on! Who were those guys? I didn’t know you have a gun! What’s going on! A: I will come clean as soon as we get to safety, OK? For now, you have to trust me, please! I would never do anything to hurt you. B: Steven, I... A: Okay, run! I haven’t been completely honest with you Veronica, I’m sorry. I’m not a fireman. I’m not even from the United States. I’m a spy for the Indian government. B: What? Why didn’t you tell me before? What are you doing here? A: When I was a young boy, I used to play cricket my father back in my hometown of
Hyderabad. It was a peaceful town, and my father was a renowned chemist. One day, he was approached by members of the CIA, claiming that my father had made the discovery of the millennium in his small lab back at the university where he taught bio-chemistry. I never saw him again. I vowed to discover the whereabouts of my father and consequently joined the Indian Intelligence Bureau. B: What does that have to do with those men shooting at us? Most importantly, why did you lie to me! A: I’m sorry, I wasn’t supposed to meet you. I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with you, but you have to believe me when I tell you that what I feel for you is real. B: I can’t believe this! Why are all these things happening to me! I can’t take it anymore! Let me out of the car!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Aliens! (C 0091)
A: Oh honey, this is so romantic! I have never seen so many stars before! It’s beautiful! B: See that constellation there? That’s Orion! And the very bright star? Well, it’s not a star since it doesn’t blink. That’s actually Venus. A: What’s that big flashy one? B: I don’t know... I think it’s a UFO! C: Greetings earthlings. I come from afar, from a distant galaxy known only to a few. A: Why are you here? Where did you come from? C: We have been observing you for the last three thousand years. We have seen the amazing capacity that humans have to create such wonders as the Taj Mahal or masterpieces such as the Haffner symphony. Unfortunately, your intelligence and creativity does not come without consequence. Your ambition and desire for more will be your downfall, and we are here to save your planet from you. B: You think you have us figured out? What gives you the right to come and judge us? Who are you to play God with our fate? C: Silence human! It is that belligerent
attitude that has caused years of pain and anguish among yourselves! Now you will pay the price!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ 1950’s (C 0092)
A: Heya, Tracy. How are you doing? B: I’m swell, Sandy! A: Hey listen, you wanna go to the sock hop with me this Friday? It’ll be a blast! B: First of all it’s the Sadie Hawkins dance. The girls gotta ask the guys. Also... A: Oh, right. So when are you gonna ask me? I’ve had my eye on you for a while. C: Hey, buddy. Ease off my girl, man. Or do you want a knuckle-sandwich? B: Cool it, guys. A: Your girl? Says who? C: Says me, pipsqueak!
Elementary ‐ Intermediate ‐ Volleyball (C0093)
A: It’s a beautiful day here in New Zealand at the Men’s Volleyball world championship. My name is Rick Fields and I’m joined by the man with the plan, Bob Copeland. B: Thank you, Rick. We’ve got a very exciting encounter ahead of us today as two powerhouse teams, Brazil and China, face off against each other and try to qualify for the next round. Without a doubt, both teams are in top shape and this will prove to be a competitive match. A: The ref signals the start of the game and here we go. Ribeiro serves and China quickly receives the ball. Chen bumps it to the setter, and... a very nice set by Chen! B: Xu spikes it! Wow, what a great hit! The Brazilian blockers anticipated the play and tried to block him but he managed to get the ball in! Great play. A: It’s China’s service now. What a superb jump serve by Li, oh, and we have a let serve. The ball was coming in fast and almost made it over the net. B: Brazil calls for a time out and we’ll be right back, after a short commercial break.
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ Big Bang T heory (C0094)
A: What’s up? You don’t look too good. B: Yeah, my head hurts, that’s all. I’ve been in physics class all day. It’s killer! A: I liked physics. It’s all math, really; arcs, curves, velocity, cool stuff. B: Yeah, yeah, but today’s lesson was all about the creation of the universe. A: A physics class about the creation of the universe? That’s some pretty unscientific language there. Sounds more religious to me. B: It’s all religion. Take the theory of the Big Bang. How is it possible that all of the stuff in the universe comes from an explosion? That’s no better than Atlas carrying the globe on his back or African myths about turtles and stuff. A: Turtles? Whatever... Look, all that’s required for the creation of matter an imbalance of particles and anti-particles. At least, that’s what the math says. B: Math, shmath. What’s the evidence? A: There is evidence! You know Edwin Hubble? He’s the guy who in the early twentieth century was the first scientist to measure the drift of matter in the universe, thus advancing notions of an expanding universe. What would it be expanding from? Well, the Big Bang... DUH! B: Anyway, it’s just a theory. Why do people go around touting theories? Where’s the scientific rigor in that? A: Dude, don’t equivocate. A theory only becomes a theory after withstanding rigorous testing. You slept through class, didn’t you? B: Agh! You’re making my head hurt again! Quit with the questions!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Talking About a Past Event (C0095)
A: Mike! Hey, how are you, man! Long time no see! B: Hey, Pat! Yeah, I haven’t seen you in ages! How are you? A: I’m doing great! It’s funny running into you like this. Just last week I ran into Matt as well. B: Yeah? How’s he doing?
A: He’s doing well. We went out for a couple of beers and the funniest thing happened. B: Oh yeah? A: Well, we were talking and catching up on what we’ve been doing, talking about work and family, when all of a sudden, Matt saw a mouse run under his chair and he completely lost it! He started freaking out, and screaming... B: Ha ha, really? A: Yeah, and the funniest thing was, that he jumped on to his chair and started shrieking like a girl. You had to be there! Everyone was staring and laughing... it was hilarious!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ 1960’s En glish (C0096)
A: Hey man... I really like your pad. Those lava lamps are far out! Thanks for letting me crash here tonight. B: It’s no problem, brother! I wanted a pad where people could come, listen to music and just hang loose, you dig what I’m saying? A: I dig it man! We could throw a bash here and make it a really happening scene! B: Yeah man, that would be groovy! Hey, I gotta split for a while, are you OK here by yourself? A: Don’t worry about me brother... You go take care of business. B: Alright, peace out.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Weather Fore cast (C0097)
A: ...And now, let’s go to Kenny Williams for today’s weather forecast. B: Thank you Bill, and good morning Salt Lake City! A: What’s the weather looking like today, Kenny? B: Well, it’s a bit of a mixed bag in Utah today; we’ve got heavy cloud cover here in Northern Utah, and we’re calling for scattered showers throughout the day, with a day-time high of forty-five degrees. Now, if we move down to the south of the state, we can see that a cold front is moving in. We can expect clear skies, but it will be quite cold, with temperatures
hovering around the thirty degree mark. A: It’s a chilly day folks, so don’t forget your coats! What about tomorrow Kenny? Do you have good news for us? B: Well, it’ll be a rainy day for Northern Utah; we can expect some isolated downpours in the morning. Winds will be coming in from the North East, with gusts reaching twenty-three miles per hour. Salt Lake City can expect the rain to turn to sleet in the evening. Things are looking a bit better for the South; we’ll see cloudy skies with a chance of showers. Later in the day, we can expect partly cloudy skies, with a forecast high of thirty-eight degrees. A: You heard it folks! It’s gonna be a cold one! B: That’s right Bill. We will have more later on today on the six o’clock news. That’s the weather forecast for this morning.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Flattering (C0 098)
A: Valerie! Hi! Wow how are you? It’s been such a long time! B: Darlene! Indeed, it’s been a while! How have you been? Wow, you look amazing! I love what you’ve done with your hair! A: Really? Thanks! I went to that hair salon that you told me about, but enough about me! Look at you! You haven’t aged a day since the last time I saw you! What is your secret! B: Ha ha, come on! Well, I’ve been watching what I eat, and working out three times a week. By the way, I heard your son recently graduated! A: Yes, my little Paul is finally a doctor. They grow up so fast you know. B: He is such a handsome guy. He gets his looks from his mother of course! A: Thank you! What about your daughter, Pamela? I heard she has passed the bar exam and married recently. B: Oh yes. She had a beautiful wedding in Cozumel Mexico and we all attended. A: Such a lovely girl. I hope my Paul is lucky enough to find a girl like that someday! B: But of course! Well, it’s been great talking to you, but I have to get going. A: Same here! We will catch up soon, maybe
over coffee! B: That would be great! Give me a call! A: See you soon! Bye! Ugg... I can’t stand that woman or her obnoxious son.
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ Movie Revi ew (C0099)
A: Welcome back movie lovers to another ” Premier Movie Review”. My name is Richard Clarke and I am joined today by the very erudite DavidWatson. B: Thank you Dick. Today we are going to talk about the movie ” Lion King”. Tell me Dave, what is your impression of this film? A: Well, I think this film is simply a fable, depicting man’s eternal greed for power, and in my opinion, it’s a very fine film. Even despite the accusations of plagiarism traditional folk tales from other countries. The musical score was amazing, the animation was very well done, and the story was simply enchanting. B: I think otherwise. Even though the animation was technically strong, and as you say, the score and songs performed by Elton John were great, the film lacks a certain originality; it lacked heart. And I would dare to say, it was too predictable. A: Predictable! How! Come on Dick, It’s a G-rated movie! It’s for the kids! It’s not a thriller! B: Well, that’s just it. It did have some very dramatic and intense scenes. For example when Mufasa dies, or the dark, grim portrayal of Scar. Even so, the film is linear. Mufasa dies, Simba runs away thinking it’s his fault. Falls in love and returns to retake what is rightfully his. It’s just too cliché. A: How can it be cliché? It’s a fable! It’s telling a time-honoured story! The movie make a point of how the hunger for power leads to corruption, and teaches children the value of respect, life and love. B: You have always been so soft, Dave! A: Open your heart Dick. Don’t shut us out. B: Anyway... That’s all for today folks! Join us next time as we talk about "How to lose a guy in 10 days" I’m sure you’ll love
that one Dave!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Where are yo u from? (C0100)
A: Where to, miss? B: Hi! Crenshaw and Hawthorne, at the Holiday Inn that is on that corner. A: Sure thing. So, where are you flying in from? B: From China. A: Really? You don’t look very Chinese to me, if you don’t mind me saying so. B: It’s fine. I am actually from Mexico. I was in China on a business trip, visiting some local companies that manufacture bathroom products. A: Wow sounds interesting! Excuse me if I am being a bit nosy but, how old are you? B: Don’t you know it’s rude to ask a lady her age? A: Don’t get me wrong! It’s just that you seem so young and already doing business overseas! B: Well thank you! In that case, I am 26 years old, and what about yourself? A: I am 40 years old and was born and raised here in the good old U.S of A, although I have some Colombian heritage. B: Really? That’s great! Do you speak some Spanish? A: Uh... yeah.. of course! B: Que bien! Entonces podemos hablar en espanol!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ 1970’s (C 0101)
A: Hey man! How’s it hanging? B: Hey man! Everything is just groovy baby! A: Did you go to the roller rink on Saturday? I heard it was far out, man! B: I wanted to, but I ran into this foxy lady that just moved to my block! I was chatting her up a bit and then we mellowed out at her place. A: Right on, right on! Well, Jim went to the rink with Sherry and he said it was dy-no-mite! He was low on bread, but Sherry paid for everything.
B: Gravy! Jim is such a jive turkey man. He is always hitting me up for cash. Anyway, you wanna book and go grab some grub? A: Yeah man, I’m starving!
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ Global War ming (C0102)
A: And therefore, global warming is the greatest deception of the early 21st century. Questions? B: Uh& yeah. In the lecture you said theres more evidence in the scientific record supporting global cooling? A: Well, yes, essentially, the historical record supports a theory of climate cycles. Warming and cooling are cooperating processes in the planetary eco-system. B: If thats true and the planet is getting cooler, what explains the rapid melting of the polar ice caps and the dramatic rise in the global average temperatures? A: But are global temperatures rising? If you look at the data from nineteen seventy-five youll& B: Youll be misled. If you were serious, you would look at the record starting in the 1880s. Then you would see how dramatically the earths temperature has changed. A: Young lady, I beg to differ. Look, the point of the lecture was to emphasize that there is evidence for both sides, and I’m putting forth the argument that there’s greater evidence in support of the global cooling hypothesis. Look, it’s an indisputable fact that the public is being manipulated and scared into believing theres some kind of climate crisis; this scaremongering is done, quite simply, for political reasons. B: But even without the uncomfortable reality that greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide contribute to global warming, isnt the topic appropriate for politicians to discuss? A: Not if they want to use your tax dollars and mine to fund completely unnecessary initiatives. B: Yeah, like conservation, protecting endangered species and investing in renewable energy. At the very least, you have
to concede that this debate has the potential to end our dependence on foreign oil. Buying oil supports autocratic countries that use these revenues to devastating ends. A: Why, Ive never been so disrespected in all of my days. I’m a professor, a scientist and researcher of high regard. B: Yeah, and a duplicitous one at that. Everyone knows youre in the pocket of the oil lobby. Why should we trust your so-called findings more than tobacco institute studies which say smoking doesnt harm health? Youre full of it. A: Some people just cannot handle civil debate!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Baby, I’m Sor ry (C0103)
A: Can we talk? B: Sure, honey, we’re talking now, aren’t we? A: You know what I mean. B: Yeah. I know. A: I want to know where this relationship is going. I’m in love with you and I need to know... B: You know, I think you’re awesome. A: I’m awesome. Well, I guess that’s my answer, isn’t it. B: Honey... A: Look, if you don’t love me, it’s not a thing, alright, we’ve had our laughs, but I don’t appreciate... maybe it’s just time we... B: Baby, I love you so much. A: You do? B: I love you. And I think you’re awesome. A: Oh, I love you too! B: Come on. Put the gun down. A: Oh baby, I’m so sorry.
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Skiing (C 0104)
A: Welcome ski lovers of all ages! My name is Rick Fields and here with me is the man that needs no introduction, Bob Copeland. B: Thank you, Rick! What a beautiful day here in Aspen, Colorado where the sun is shinning, and we’ve got twelve inches of fresh powder. It doesn’t get much better than this.
A: That’s right, Bob, but today we have a special treat for our viewers. We’re joined here by Ian Roussy, the four-time giant slalom champion. And on this special edition of the show, Ian is going to teach us the basics of skiing! So, let’s hit the slopes! C: Well, first off, let’s get those boots on. You’re going to want to make sure your boots fit snugly. That’s right; now snap them into your bindings. And you’re also going to want a good pair of goggles to protect your eyes. It’s a bright day today, so there’s going to be a lot of glare out there on the slopes. We don’t want you hitting any of thosemoguls! A: Bob, since you’re a beginner skier and might take a few spills, it is a good idea to have a good warm pair of dry ski gloves. C: Easy there, Rick! Well, let’s head on over to the chairlift, and test your skills! All right, we’re up here on the bunny hill, so, Bob, why don’t you do a few snow-plow turns. Gnarly run, Rick! Nice carving! You’ve got some mad skills! That was sick! A: You wanna see gnarley? Well, see that bump over there, I’m going to catch some major air. C: Butt plant! B: Ha ha ha! He lost his skis! Yard sale!!! A: Ahem, well. Thanks for joining us here today, I think that about does it. Bob, Ian, time for some après-ski? C: No way, man! We’re off to grab some freshies!!!
Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Job Well Don e (C0105)
A: And so, that concludes my outline for our marketing strategy next year. Thank you very much for your time. B: Hey, that was quite the Presentation! Honestly, I was completely blown away by your strategy outline. I’ve gotta say, Alex, you really wowed me today.
A: Aw, come on; it was nothing. Im just doing my job. B: No, I think you deserve some recognition here; I mean, if I look back on your previous Presentations, this is a huge improvement. A: Well, Kristin did give me a hand with the slides. Shes a real wiz on PowerPoint. B: And I saw that you took on board my feedback about pricing strategies. I really appreciate you taking the time to think though my suggestions. A: Yeah, well, that was some good advice. You made some really good points. B: Well, I just wanted to say well done. Really you did a great job.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Mobile Phone Plan (C0106)
B: Yeah, I’ve just moved here, and I’d like to activate my cell phone, and I’m not sure if I should go with a prepaid plan, or a monthly rate plan. A: I see. Well, can I have a look at your phone? Unfortunately, this phone can’t be used in the US; it’s not compatible with our 3G network. B: What? Really? I don’t really want to have to buy a new phone. A: Well, you’re in luck! You see, if you sign up for our three-year plan, we’ll throw in a handset for free. B: Really? What’s the catch? A: There’s no catch! You just choose a plan, sign a three-year contract and, that’s it! Actually, we’re running a special promotion right now, and we’re giving away a Blackberry Curve with our special Mega Value forty dollar plan. B: So what does this plan include? A: Well, you get nine hundred anytime minutes, and you can also enjoy free mobile to mobile calling to other Tel-Mobile clients, one thousand text messages per month, and unlimited evening and weekend minutes. Oh, and we also offer a rollover option. B: Wow, all this for forty dollars per month? A: That’s right, plus the activation fee, the emergancy services fee, the monthly service fee, oh, and any charges for extra minutes,
DailyLifeComplainingat aRestaurant (C0
A: Excuse me, waiter? Waiter! B: Yes, sir? What can I do for you? A: I’ve been sitting here for the past twenty minutes and no one has offered me a glass of water, brought any bread to the table and our appetizers haven’t been served yet! You know, in this kind of establishment, I’d expect much better service. B: I am sorry, sir. I’ll check on your order right away. C: Relax honey, the place is busy tonight, but I’ve heard the food is amazing. Anyway... B: Here you are, sir. The foie gras for the lady, and a mushroom soup for you. A: Waiter, I ordered a cream of mushroom soup with asparagus. This soup is obviously too runny, and it’s over-seasoned. It’s completely inedible! B: Okay, I do apologize for that. Can I bring you another soup, or would you like to order something else? A: Take this foie gras back as well, it’s rubbery and completely overcooked. And look at the portion size! How can you charge twenty-five dollars for a sliver of duck liver? B: Right away... sir. C: Honey come on! The foie gras was fine, why are you making such a big deal? Are you trying to get our meal comped again? A: What do you mean? We are paying for this. If I’m shelling out my hard earned bucks, I expect value for money! B: Here you are, sir. I hope it is alright now. The chef has prepared it specially for you. A: Yes, fine. C: Honey, are you alright?
Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Bad news, bo ss. (C0108)
A: ... Now that we have been over the gory details of our disastrous first quarter, Ed! Give us some good news. How are things looking for us in terms of sales this month?
B: Uh well...would you like the bad news first or the really bad news? A: What? Ed, don’t tell me you only have bad news! B: Well sir, our sales have dropped, no plunged, fifty percent in the past month alone. We are currently overstocked and overstaffed and our profits are falling fast. The market is in recession and we have no way of moving our inventory, or getting rid of our staff. If we consider redundancies, it would cost us a fortune because of the new regulations governing compensation packages. It’s a real mess. A: For crying out loud... How fast are we losing money? B: Um...how can I put this? Let’s just say that at this pace, we will be filing for Chapter eleven in less than three months. A: What! Geez! How could this have happened? So what’s the bad news? B: Oh, that’s the really bad news. Our supplier suffered QC problems and, well, half of our production is faulty. We’re going to have to recall all items sold in the last quarter. And the worst part? We’re going to have to shoulder this cost. A: Are you joking? Get the supplier on the line now! They have to assume the costs of this mess! B: We tried that, sir. The factory has gone under and the owner apparently has fled the country. A: We’re doomed! B: There is some really good news though! A: Really? What! B: I got offered a new job!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Breaking Up (C0109)
A: Honey, do you have a second? B: Sure! Are you okay? You seem a bit worried. What’s on your mind? A: We need to talk. B: Okay... A: I’ve been thinking, and well, I think we need to start seeing other people. B: What? Why? I mean, we’ve had our ups and
downs, and we have the occasional disagreement, but we’re happy together, aren’t we? A: That’s just it, I’m not happy anymore, Tim. It’s not you, it’s me. I know that I can be hard to deal with, and you are a great guy! You are the type of guy that any woman would kill for! B: So, what are you saying? You’re breaking up with me because I’m perfect? A: Tim, you are too good for me. You deserve someone who can make you smile and make you happy the way that you made me happy. Oh, I could say that I’ll be all you need, but that would be a lie. I know I’d only hurt you, I know I’d only make you cry. B: Baby, come on. Don’t do this to me! Whatever it is, we can work it out. Just give me another chance! I know that we can get through this, but we gotta stick together! Don’t leave me. A: I can’t, Tim. I hope someday you can find some way to understand I’m only doing this for you. I don’t really wanna go but, deep in my heart I know this is the kindest thing to do. B: Laura... A: Here are your keys. I’ll send my sister to pick up the rest of my things next week. I’m sorry, Tim. I wish you all the best, and I hope that one day we can meet again. I’ll always love you. Goodbye.
Registering for University (C0110)
A: Excuse me? Is this where I register? I’d like to sign up for my courses for next semester. B: Yes, of course. I need your student ID please. A: Here you are. B: Okay, Susan. It says here that you are a business major and you are in your second year. Is this information correct? A: Yes. I do want to take some additional credits this year to get a minor in psychology. B: Sure. That’s not a problem. Do you have the list of courses you want to take this semester? A: Yeah. Here’s my list. I’m not sure if the class schedule will allow me to take all of them
though. B: Yeah, that’s perfect. What about the subjects for your minor? A: Oh yeah! Almost forgot! I need to take fundamental linguistics, consumer psychology and neuroanatomy. B: Wow, you are going to be busy this semester! Okay, here you go. You are registered now; you’ll have to make your first tuition payment before classes start.
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Golf (C01 11)
A: Good morning golf aficionados! My name is Rick Fields, and you guessed it, I am here with my main man, Bob Copeland. B: Thank you, Rick! As you can see, ladies and gentleman, we are here in beautiful Pebble Beach where the top golfers in the world are trying to win the grand prize of one million dollars! A: Whoa, that’s a lot of cash! Let’s go to the course and see how Tiger Woods is doing. B: All right, were’re here at the eighth hole. It’s a par four, and has some very difficult hazards which many golfers find difficult to avoid. Although, I did see Jack Nicklaus hit a hole in one on this very same hole! A: Tiger Woods is about to tee off, and let’s see if he has the same luck as Jack. Tiger is asking his caddie for his driver and, he seems to be very nervous. B: Oh no! Not a good swing at all! It’s definitely not his day today. On the seventh hole he got a bogey and before that he barely made par. He will definitely not get a birdie on this shot. A: It seems that his ball has flown somewhere deep in the trees. He is having a hard time finding it and even his caddie has climbed a tree to try and spot it. B: Oh no! A bear! Run, Tiger, run! Somebody call animal control!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Dr. Plumber ( C0112)
A: Good afternoon! Did you call for a plumber? B: Yes, yes I did. Please come in! I’m so glad
you came! This old house is falling apart! Come on into the bathroom. See, here, there’s water leaking everywhere! A: I see. Let me have a look. It seems that your toilet is clogged, and that’s why it won’t flush. Let me just get my plunger. No, that’s not working either. I suspect that there’s some sort of foreign object in the pipes that’s causing a blockage. That’s what’s making your toilet overflow. B: Oh, that must be because of my four-year-old daughter. She is always flushing things down the toilet. You know how kids are. A: Yeah, I have a little one myself. Anyway, these water pipes are really rusty, so they also should be changed. That could be causing water to not drain completely; that might lead to more problems in the future. I would also suggest fixing this faucet that isn’t shutting off properly. I could have it all finished by today if it’s urgent. B: That would be great! Is it expensive? A: Let’s see... I would say about eight hundred dollars. B: What? That’s more than I make in a day and I’m a heart surgeon!
Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Sorry I’m Lat e (C0113)
A: Where is everyone? We were supposed to start fifteen minutes ago! B: Jo called and said she’d be here in a sec. She said she got tied up with a client. C: Sorry I’m late everyone. There was a huge traffic jam on the highway this morning. D: Morning everyone! Were you stuck in traffic as well, Jess? There was a huge pileup on the highway and traffic was backed up for miles. B: Scott just called and said that he’s running late. His last meeting ran over, but he’s on his way now. A: Guys, this is not acceptable. If I say the meeting starts at ten, the meeting starts at ten. Not tenoh-one! And definitely not ten-ten! All right. Let’s get started. So the first thing I want to talk about is our... E: I’m really sorry, everyone! I know I’m late. But really, it’s not my fault. I was getting a
coffee at Starbucks, and the line was way too long. I was waiting for twenty minutes to get my coffee!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ 1980’s (C 0114)
A: Jim! What’s up man! B: Charlie! Is that your ride? It’s butt ugly, dude! A: Don’t be a airhead! This is a nineteen sixty-nine Chevy Impala! I just need to fix it up a bit. In a couple of months, this baby is gonna be wicked! B: Not even! Check it out! Now that’s a fresh ride! A: Too bad the driver is a major dweeb. Anyone can have a car like that if their daddy is loaded like his. B: He’s coming this way, be cool. C: Hey guys! What do you think of my automobile? Isn’t it bad to the bone? A: Word! The ladies are gonna be lining up to get with you when they see you driving around in that car. C: You really think so? B: For sure! C: Awesome! A: Psych! haha.. you totally fell for it. C: You are a real scumbag, Charlie. When I do the nasty with the prom queen, we’ll see who has the last laugh. B: Dude, don’t have a cow!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ I Don’t Feel S o Good (C0115)
A: Are you okay, man? You don’t look very well. B: Ugh, I feel terrible. I went out last night with Trevor and things got a little out of hand. A: Nice! So, where did you guys go? B: We hit a couple of local bars, and met up with some friends. Everything was cool until Mike came along, and it turned out that it was his birthday yesterday! A: Oh no! Mike’s birthday is a drinkfest for sure! B: Tell me about it! We drank everything in the bar!
A: Is that why you missed work today? B: Yeah. I woke up this morning feeling really nauseous. I threw up like five times. A: Eww! B: I was so dehydrated that I drank like a gallon of water, and my head has been pounding all day. I swear, I’m never gonna drink again! A: Too bad man, tonight is Tracy’s going away party and she asked if you were gonna go. B: Oh, yeah. I’m there!
You MissedTheDeadline! (C0116)
A: And so, I just wanted to check in with you and find out where we are with this project. As you know, you’ve missed a fairly significant deadline last week, and this will negativity impact the team’s ability to move forward with the next stages of this project. B: I know, I’m really sorry that I missed the deadline. But really, it wasn’t my fault. You see, we had all of these unexpected technical problems at the last minute, and that I couldn’t get into the database and extract the kind of information that I needed for the data analyis. You know, if the tech guys would have done their job and kept the CRM stable, then I wouldn’t have missed my deadline. A: Oh, come on! An excuse like that is tantamount to lying. You’re essentially blaming the tech team for your time management issues, rather than accepting responsibility for the fact that you were procrastinating for the past two weeks. B: No, I’m not trying to pass the buck here; I know that it was me who is ultimately responsible for getting this done. But the thing is, I could have finished on time if the system hadn’t gone down. And you know, with everything I’ve got going on now, I can’t afford to waste time dealing with technical problems. I’ve got a lot on my plate and there are only twenty-four hours in a day... A: I’m not going to accept this excuse. You’re using these small technical glitches as a crutch and trying to rationalize the fact that you’ve missed your deadline. Look, we have
standards and I expect you to live up to those standards. No more phoney excuses. If you’re in over your head, you tell me. No more missed deadlines. Now, I want that data on my desk by nine am!
‐ I’m Sorry I Love You IX(C0117)
Steven: Veronica wait! Come on honey, get back in the car. Let’s talk it over, okay? Veronica: No! I’m tired of your lies! I don’t know who you are anymore! Steven: Veronica. It’s me, the man that has and always will love you. I’m sorry that I’ve lied to you. Believe me, it’s been so hard for me as well, and time and again, I’ve thought of coming clean. But, I couldn’t put you, or my mission at risk. It’s all over now. My assignment is complete and now I have to go back to India. Veronica: What? Are you kidding? Is there anything else I should know before I never see you again? How could you deceive me like that? Steven: Yes... Veronica... I know that this isn’t the best time and that you probably hate me right now but, I want to be completely forthright with you. I know deep in my heart that you are the best thing that has ever happened to me. Veronica... will you marry me? Come with me to India baby, I can’t make up for everything that’s happened, but I can promise you my undying love. I will be the most devoted husband, and I will cherish you always. Veronica: Steven... I can’t just leave everything at the drop of a hat! With everything that has happened between us, I just don’t know you any more. I just can’t build a relationship on a foundation of lies. I do love you but... I can’t go with you. I’m sorry... I love you... AIRPORT:This is the last call for flight eight one five from Los Angeles to Hyderabad. Airline worker: I’m sorry sir we can’t wait any longer you must board the plane. Are you waiting for someone? Steven: I was but, I don’t think she is
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Baby Talk (C0 118)
A: Honey, the baby is up again. B: It’s your turn! I went last night. A: Fine! Hello widdle baby! Why are you crying widdle baby? Oh, I see, you made a doo-doo! B: What’s going on hun? Why is the baby crying? A: The widdle baby made a doo -doo! B: What a good boy! Lets get this icky diaper off you. A: Looky what I have here! Mickey Mouse jammies! oopsie-daisy! Did the widdle baby just tinkle all over daddy? B: Yes he did! Yes he did! You just made a wee wee all over daddy! A: Hold still while I change this yucky diaper. C: What going on in here? A: Oh look it’s nana! Say hi to nana! C: He’s so adorable! I could just eat him up! A: Ok, say bye to nana! Time to go beddy bye!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Being Sca red (C0119)
Shabby: Eddie, why are we at this scary looking mansion? It’s like, ultra spooky! Eddie: I told you already Shabby, the owner of the house says there is a ghost haunting his house so we have to go in and investigate. Scruy puypoo: I don’t like this! Wilma: Come on guys, stop being such cowards. It’s a mystery and an adventure! Shabby: This place gives me the creeps! Seriously guys, let’s get out of here! I’m getting goosebumps just being here! Scruy: Shabby is a scaredy cat! Wilma: That laugh came from this room. Let’s go and check it out. Eddie: Look! A ghost! Run!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Boxing (C 0120)
A: Welcome back, boxing fans! My name is Rick Fields, and here with me is the man with
an iron jaw, Bob Copeland. B: Thank you, Rick! We are coming to you live from Las Vegas! We’re in the beautiful MGM Grand Hotel and Casino where the world heavyweight championship is about to get under way! A: That’s right Bob! We are about to witness the legendary Italian Stallion himself, Rocky Balboa, square off against his lifetime rival, Apollo Creed! This will be a gruesome match for sure. B: Both fighters are in the ring, and we are about to begin. C: In the blue corner, weighing in at two hundred and twenty pounds, the former heavyweight champion of the world, ”The Master of Disaster”, the one and only, Apollo Creed! In the red corner, weighing two hundred and eighteen pounds and with a record of forty-seven wins and thirty-seven knockouts, the undefeated, undisputed, heavyweight champion of the world, the ”Italian Stallion”, Rocky Balboa! A: There is the bell and this fight is underway! Apollo quickly attacks Rocky with quick strong jabs! Rocky dodges successfully and counterattacks with a strong right hook! B: Apollo is cut! Rocky landed a strong blow to his right eyebrow and cut him! A: This is his chance! Rocky quickly throws a left, right, another left! Apollo is getting pounded! B: Apollo recovers with a powerful haymaker and catches Rocky off guard! He’s down! the ref starts the count! C: 1,2,3,4,5,.....
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ Presidentia l Speech (C0121)
A: Good evening, my fellow Americans. Three days from now, after a half-century of service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in a traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor. This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.
A: Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all. A: Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on questions of great importance, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of our great nation. My own relations with Congress began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point. I then had the pleasure of building more intimate relationship with Congress during the war and immediate post-war period. Finally, we have progressed to the mutually interdependent relationship we’ve had during these past eight years.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Supermarket Cashier (C0122)
A: Excuse me sir, this is the express check-out lane for people that have fifteen items or fewer. It looks like you have more than fifteen items there. B: Oh, come on! I have sixteen items! Cut me some slack, will ya? A: Fine! Please place your items on the belt and push your shopping cart through. Do you prefer paper or plastic? B: Plastic. I also have a couple of coupons. A: No problem, I’ll take those. Sir, these coupons expired yesterday. B: Darn! Oh, well. I guess it’s just not my day. Thanks anyway. A: Do you have a club card or will it be cash? B: Yeah I got a club card. Here you go. A: Will this be debit or credit? B: Debit please. Also, could I get cash back? Fifty dollars would be great. A: Yeah, sure. Your total is seventy-eight dollars and thirty-three cents. Here is your receipt. Have a nice day.
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ 1990’s (C 0123)
A: Hey four-eyes! What’s up man, how have you been?
B: Not bad, just went to the mall and picked up some junk. Check out my new Adidas! A: Those are dope! You are gonna be getting mad props from the gang, man. Anyways, have you seen Betty lately? B: Dude, don’t even go there. That girl started trippin’ cuz I went to the movies with Veronica the other day. I was like ”look, you knew how I was before you got with me”. A: That’s right! Your such a playa, man. Dude, there’s Mad Max. Let’s go say hi. B: Max! Whassup! Are you okay? You look like you just saw a ghost. C: I got an F in English class. My life is over... A: Dude, get over it! You need to lay off the books for a while and have some fun! Come on, let’s bounce. C: Where are we going? Oh, crap. My dad is gonna go postal when he finds out about this. A: I’m gonna open a can of whopass on you if you don’t come with me now! C: Okay, okay. Geez...
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Tools (C0124)
A: Alright, ladies and gentlemen. We’ve been hired to build a deck on this here house, and turn this boring and drab lawn into a backyard oasis. There is one catch, though. We’ve only got one day to finish this, so I’m gonna need everyone to give one hundred and ten percent today. It’s going to be tough, but we’ve got a great team here, and I know that together we can tackle this project. That being said, let’s get to work! B: That’s right. Now, remember, we’ve been over the plans, but we really need to make sure that everything is up to code. The home inspectors here are pretty thorough, so please make sure you follow the plans exactly. And remember the carpenter’s rule of thumb: measure twice and cut once. A: Okay, guys. Let’s get at it. Bob! Pass me that hammer! The nails won’t go in; the wood is too hard. I think I’m gonna need the nail gun. That did it! C: Do me a favor and help me cut this two-by-four, will ya? Pass me the circular saw,
and grab hold of the end of the board. Now help me drill some holes in it so we can place the bolts. B: I think you should sand the edges. Look at all these splinters, someone could get hurt. Geez...you gotta take pride in your work! C: Yeah, you’re right. Pass me the sander and I’ll take care of it. A: Julia! Get over here with the level, measuring tape and that box of screws! C: Oh, no! Look out below!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ No Smoking! (C0125)
A: It smells like an ashtray in here! B: Hi honey! What’s wrong? Why do you have that look on your face? A: What’s wrong? I thought we agreed that you were gonna quit smoking. B: No! I said I was going to cut down which is very different. You can’t just expect me to go cold turkey overnight! A: Look, there are other ways to quit. You can try the nicotine patch, or nicotine chewing gum. We spend a fortune on cigarettes every month and now laws are cracking down and not allowing smoking in any public place. It’s not like you can just light up like before. B: I know, I know. I am trying but, I don’t have the willpower to just quit. I can’t fight with the urge to reach for my pack of smokes in the morning with coffee or after lunch! Please understand? A: Fine! I want a divorce!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ That’s Fu nny! (C0126)
AnnoHuenclleor:everyone, and welcome to open mic night! You’re in for a real treat as we’ve got a lot of great comics here with us tonight. First up, we have a very funny man coming straight from the state of Montana, Robert Hicks! A: Thank you, everyone! Well, what a lovely crowd. You know, there’s nothing I love better than standup comedy! You know, I’ve been working on my routine for months now, and I’ve got some real zingers for you tonight.
Let’s start out with some short jokes, how bout that? Where do you find a one legged dog? Where you left it. A: Get it? mmm Anyways... What do you call a sheep with no legs? A cloud ! A: Tough crowd... Alright, now you’re going to love this joke. It’s hilarious! What do cows do for entertainment? They rent moooovies ! moooovies A: Okay, Okay, we’ve got a few hecklers in the audience, but this one is good! What does a fish say when it runs into a wall? DAM! A: Okay, Last one! Why do gorillas have big nostrils? Coz they got big fingers!!!! CrowGd:et off the stage! You suck! A: Thanks everyone that was my time.
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ I Love Th at Song! (C0127)
Host: Welcome back, music lovers, to ”I Love That Song”! The game show where we test your musical knowledge to the extreme! Let’s get started! Team A... Guess this tune: Team A: Carrying Your Love With Me by George Straight! The genre is country music! Host: You are right! one hundred points to team A! Now, for our next cut. Team B: Thong Song by Sisqo! I believe the genre is R&B? Host: One hundred big points for team B! For all our viewers the acronym R&B stands for Rhythm and Blues. On that note, DJ, play our next song! Team B: Superstar by The Carpenters! Host: And the genre? Team B: Um... Um... Adult Contemporary? Host: That’s right! A hundred points! Uh oh! That sound means it’s double or nothing! The songs are more difficult and the points are doubled! Let’s hear our next song! Team A: Too easy! That song is Kinslayer by the Finnish power metal group, Nightwish! Host: You are correct! Very impressive team A! And it seems we have a tie! It’s time now for the tie-breaker round! Each team will be played three songs and they must tell us the
genre of each song in less than five seconds! Team A, are you ready? Team A: Ready! Host: Let’s hear it! Team A: Hip Hop, Classical and Gothic metal! Host: You are right! Team B, the pressure is on, if you get all of them right, we will move on to sudden death. If you miss one, you lose! DJ, Let’s hear it! Team B: Rap, Disco and... and...
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ I’m Sorry I Lo ve You X (C0128)
Gulam: Steven! Good to see you brother! How are you? How was your trip? Steven: It was fine. I’ve been better but, it’s great to be home, I’ve missed you all! How’s mom? Gulam: She’s great! All she ever does is talk about you -her little boy that went to the United States. You’re her pride and joy, you know that? Steven: Can’t wait to see her. And you? What’s new with you? Gulam: Well, Nisha and I are expecting! You’ll have another nephew or niece soon! Steven: That’s great! Wow! Congrats! You two are great together, ya know. You have such a beautiful family. I hope one day I can have that. Gulam: Of course, man! Come on! I mean, everything was set here for you to marry Shalini! You know, she’s still pining after you. I don’t think she’ll ever get over you. Steven: What are you talking about? I hardly knew her! How could she be in love with me? I couldn’t go through with it even though she is a great woman. No, I left my heart in the United States. I just hope Veronica is happy. Gulam: Get over it! You’re home now. Everyone here thinks so highly of you; there’ll be girls throwing themselves at you. You can marry anyone you want! Steven: I don’t want to marry anyone! I want to marry her! Don’t you understand? Gulam: You are incorrigible. Liliana: Steven! My baby how are you! I’ve missed you so much!
Steven: Hey, mom! Great to see you! Liliana: You look so thin! Didn’t those Americans feed you? Come come, let’s have some chai. By the way... There is a girl here waiting for you. Veronica: Hi Steven. Steven: Veronica! How did you get here? How did you know where I live? I waited for you at the airport but you never showed... Veronica: I also have some little secrets that I haven’t told you about, but we can discuss that later. I realized that I was just scared. Scared of how much I love you and of the commitment that marriage requires. I’m here now. Now there is something I wanna ask you. Steven, will you marry me? Priest: I now declare you, husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ Presidential Speech II (C0129)
A: We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite the carnage of these conflicts, America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. We are understandably proud of this preeminence, yet we realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment. A: Throughout America’s adventure in free government, such basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among peoples and among nations. A: We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will
understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love. A: Now, on Friday noon, I am to become a private citizen. I am proud to do so. I look forward to it. Thank you, and good night.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Going To The Gym (C0130)
A: Hey there, you look a little lost. Are you new here? B: Yeah how’d you know? A: You can always spot the newbies. I can give you a few pointers if you want. Were you trying to use this machine here? B: Yeah! I just started my training today and I’m not really sure where to begin. A: It’s ok, I know how it is. This machine here will work out your upper body, mainly your triceps and biceps. Are you looking to develop strength or muscle tone and definition? B: Well, I don’t want to be ripped like you! I just want a good physique with weights and cardio. A: In that case you want to work with less weight. You can start off by working ten to fifteen reps in four sets. Five kilo weights should be enough. Now it’s very important that you stretch before pumping iron or you might pull a muscle. B: Got it! Wow is that the weight you are lifting? My goodness that’s a lot of weight! A: It’s not that much. Just watch... I’m ok...
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ What if? Part 1 (C0131)
A: Okay, next question. If Eric asked you out on a date, what would you say? B: Duh! I would say yes! Eric is the most popular kid in school! Okay, my turn. What would you do if you won the lottery? A: Let’s see.... If I won the lottery, I would buy two tickets for a trip around the world.
B: If you buy me a ticket I will go with you for sure! A: My dad will freak out if I even mention a trip like that! B: Alright this is a good one. What would your mom say if you told her you are going to get married? A: If I told her that, she would faint and have me committed!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Mechanic (C0 132)
A: Howdy! Nice car! What seems to be the problem? B: I don’t know! This stupid old car started spewing white smoke and it just died on me. Luckily, I managed to start it up and drive it here. What do you think it is? A: Not sure yet. How about you pop the hood and we can take a look. Hmmm, it doesn’t look good. B: What do you mean? My daddy gave me this car for my birthday last month. It’s brand new! A: Well missy, the white smoke that you saw is steam from the radiator. You overheated your engine so now the pistons are busted and so is your transmission. You should have called us and we could have towed you over here when your car died. B: Ugh... So how long is this going to take? An hour? A: I’m afraid a bit more than that. We need to order the spare parts, take apart your electrical system, fuel pump and engine and then put it back together again. You are going to have to leave it here for at least two weeks. B: What! How am I supposed to get to school or go shopping? This is not happening!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Doing Laundr y (C0133)
A: Ok, let’s go through this one more time. I don’t want anymore ruined or dyed blouses! B: I know, I know. OK, so I have to separate the colors from the whites and put them in this strange looking contraption so called washing machine. A: Right. You have to turn it on and program it
depending on what type of clothes you are washing. For example for delicates, you should set a shorter washing cycle. Also, be sure to use fabric softener and this detergent when washing. B: So complicated! Ok, what about this red wine stain? How do I get it out? A: Since this is a white t-shirt, you can just pour a little bit of bleach on it and it will do the trick. B: Cool. Then I can just throw everything in the dryer for an hour and its all set right? A: No! Since you are washing delicates and cotton, you should set the dryer to medium heat and for twenty minutes. B: You know what? I’ll just have everything dry cleaned.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Buying a TV ( C0134)
A: Seriously, I don’t know why we need to get a new TV. B: Honey I told you already. I can’t appreciate the graphics level and detail of the games on my Playstation 3 on our old TV. C: Good afternoon folks! How can I be of service today? B: I’m looking to upgrade to a newer, bigger television set. C: You’ve come to the right place! What size are you looking for? A: Just a normal sized TV for our living room. C: I see. Well this set here is on sale. It’s a forty six inch HDTV screen and has all the works. Three HDMI connectors, USB, VGA and S - Video ports. It even has a DVI port so you can hook up your PC or laptop! This is without a doubt the complete home theater experience! B: This is exactly what I need! Can you imagine watching movies or playing video games on this thing? A: Honey, I think it’s a bit too big. I don’t even think it will fit in our living room. C: Not to worry, we will deliver and install it in your home. It comes with a wall mount so you can just hang it on the wall like a picture! B: This is great! How much will this set me
back? C: Lucky for you, this is the last one we have in stock so it’s half off! B: I’ll take it!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Cheer Up (C0 135)
A: Ok... I’ll talk to you later. Bye B: Carrie, are you ok? You seem a bit down. A: I just got off the phone with my boyfriend. He is always getting upset and losing his temper over nothing. It’s so hard to talk to him at times. B: Maybe it’s just that he is stressed out from work or something. He does have a pretty nerve wracking job you know. A: Yeah but, he is always in a really foul mood. I try to find out what’s bothering him or get him to talk about his day but, he always shuts down and brushes me off. B: Men are like that you know. They can feel nervous, anxious or on edge and the only way they can express it is by trying to hide it through aggressiveness. A: I guess you are right. What do you think I should do? He wasn’t always this grouchy you know... B: Talk to him, try to cheer him up when he is down and if that doesn’t work, I say get rid of him and get a new one! A: You are something else you know that?
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ Gambling ( C0136)
A: Did you hear? The state is thinking of legalizing gambling in our city! Soon we are gonna have amazing hotels and casinos here which will be good for our business! B: Are you serious? Gambling is a vice industry built on deception and fed by the intentional exploitation of human weakness for the sole purpose of monetary gain! It disgusts me. A: What are you talking about? How does it exploit people? B: Well, to begin with, Gambling is addictive, ruins marriages, destroys families and bankrupts communities. Once you are
addicted it is very difficult to stop. People have lost their houses, cars and been left out on the street after becoming addicted. Secondly, it exploits because men become addicted to gambling most often because of the action and risk. Women gamble to escape, and senior citizens will start gambling for the social interaction. Underage gamblers often start gambling on sports with friends and then illegal bookies. A: Geez! Now that I think about it, maybe legalizing gambling isn’t such a good idea! Although, I have been to Las Vegas, and I didn’t become addicted or anything like that. B: You cannot predict who will become addicted to gambling. Now excuse me, I have a protest rally to organize!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Getting Inter net Service (C0137)
A: Welcome to Galanet. How can I help you? B: Hi. I would like to get an internet plan for my house. A: Of course. We have three different plans with different prices you can choose from. The first one is the cheapest but most basic plan which is thirty dollars a month. This is for broadband internet with a download speed of five hundred and twelve kbps. B: I have no idea what kbps means. I just want to be able to get online, play games and chat with my friends. Oh, and watch movies online as well. A: Well, this connection might be a bit too slow for your needs. I suggest you get the premium package for fifty dollars a month which includes a connection speed of two megabytes. That way you can play games online without any lag. This package also includes a wireless router and a personal firewall absolutely free! B: Do I have to pay an installation fee? A: Lucky for you, this month we aren’t charging our normal installation fee. You are saving yourself 100 bucks right there! And we’ll throw in this pen drive! B: Awesome!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Renting A Car
Man: Hi, I made a reservation for a mid-size vehicle. The name is Jimmy Fox. Agent: I’m sorry, we have no mid-size available at the moment. Man: I don’t understand, I made a reservation, do you have my reservation? Agent: Yes, we do, unfortunately we ran out of cars. Man: But the reservation keeps the car here. That’s why you have the reservation. Agent: I know why we have reservations. Man: I don’t think you do. If you did, I’d have a car. See, you know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to hold the reservation and that’s really the most important part of the reservation, the holding. Anybody can just take them. Agent: But we do have a compact or an SUV if you’d like. Man: Fine. I’ll take the compact. Agent: Alright. We have a blue Ford Focus for you Mr. Fox. Would you like insurance? Man: Yeah, you better give me the insurance, because I am gonna beat the hell out of this car.
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Playing C hess (C0139)
Daddy: Bobby! Come here, look what I got you! Bobby: What is that? Daddy: A chess board! Daddy is going to teach you how to play! Bobby: Cool! Daddy: Ok, each player gets 16 pieces. You can be the white ones and I’ll play with the black pieces. Now in the front, you set up the pawns. Those are the least valuable pieces and can only move one space forward. When you are about to capture another piece, it can move one space diagonally. Bobby: What about all these other pieces? Daddy: See this one that looks like a tower? It’s called the rook. The one with the tall hat is called the bishop. See this little horsey? This is called the knight, it’s a very important piece so
it’s best to not let your opponent capture it. Bobby: And these two? They are husband and wife? Daddy: That’s right! That’s the queen and that’s the king. If the other player captures your king, he will say ”Check Mate” and the game is over! Doesn’t this sound fun? Bobby: Nah! This is boring! I’m gonna go play Killer Zombies on my PlayStation!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Buying a Com puter (C0140)
Customer: So can you fix it? Sales Clerk: I’m sorry sir. This computer is not broken or damaged. It’s simply just too old! That’s why your programs and applications are running slow. There really isn’t much I can do. Customer: What do you mean? I bought this computer just three years ago! Sales Clerk: Yes, but technology is ever changing and technology is becoming obsolete faster and faster! Customer: Ok, I know where this is going. How much will it cost me to get a new computer? Sales Clerk: Well, this desktop over here is our latest model. It has a four gigahertz processor with sixteen gigabytes in RAM and a hard disk with one terabyte. Of course, it includes a mouse, keyboard and desk speakers. Customer: I have no idea what you are talking about. I just want to know if it’s good and if I will be able to play solitaire without the computer crashing or freezing all the time! Sales Clerk: This PC is top of the line and I guarantee it will never freeze! If it does, we’ll give you your money back!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ What If? Part 2 (C0141)
A: This is the good life! We have it good don’t you think? B: Yeah of course! Although, don’t you ever wonder what ”could have been”? A: What do you mean? B: Well, sometimes I think of how things could
have turned out if I had done things a little differently. A: For example? B: Like for example, if I hadn’t studied architecture, I would have become an artist like I wanted to. A: I see. Yeah now that I think of it, I wouldn’t have gotten married if I hadn’t moved to this town and met Sally. B: You see! Everything happens for a reason! We wouldn’t even have met if I hadn’t been in that car accident ten years ago! A: Well, I have no regrets! B: I’ll drink to that!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ What Do I Wear? (C0142)
A: Honey come on! We are going to be late! Honestly, you take longer getting ready than I do! B: I was drying my hair and ironing my shirt! Can you come here for a sec? I need your help. A: What is it? Why are all these clothes on the bed? B: I don’t know what to wear! Ok, give me your opinion. Do you like the way this looks? The striped short sleeved shirt with this checkered sweater and my lucky sandals. I like the cut and hemline of these shorts so I think I’ll wear these as well. A: Are you joking? What am I going to do with you? We are going to a dinner party not the beach! Wear the shirt with the silk tie I bought you and these corduroy pants. It’s chilly outside so you can wear this coat. B: Thanks honey! You have such great fashion sense. Now, what am I going to do with my hair?
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ The Butcher ( C0143)
Butcher: Hi. What can I get for you? Gina: Id like a half a pound of ground beef, please. Butcher: Good choice! Our ground beef is extra lean, if you know what I mean. Gina: Could I also have half a dozen pork chops and two pounds of boneless chicken
breasts? Butcher: No, no no no chicken breasts at the moment, but we have some nice chicken thighs. Gina: No, that won’t do. I’ll take this smoked ham you have here. Butcher: Okay, is there anything else? Gina: Do you have any other cold cuts? Is this salami and bologna you have here? Butcher: Yes! It’s very fine meat! Made it myself... Gina: Sounds good. Okay, that’s it. Butcher: Wait! We have T-bone, rib eye, and sirloin steaks. They are very fresh! Just came from the slaughter house... Gina: Mmm... No that’s okay, really. I think that’s all for today. Butcher: Okay. That will be thirty-four dollars and fifty cents.
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ Capital Pun ishment (C0144)
ProfeTsshoar:t’s all for today’s class. We will continue our lecture on crime and punishment tomorrow. A: Do you think we should be tougher on crime? B: Well, it depends on what you mean. A: For example, we could bring back the death penalty for murder, give longer prison sentences for lesser offences and lock up juvenile offenders. B: Those really sound like Draconian measures. Firstly, what do you do about miscarriages of justice if you’ve already put innocent people to death? A: You’d only use capital punishment if you were absolutely sure that you’d convicted the right person. B: But, there’ve been many cases of wrongful conviction where people have been imprisoned for many years. The authorities were sure at the time, but later it was shown that the evidence was unreliable. In some cases, it’d been fabricated by the police. A: Well, no system of justice can be perfect, but surely there’s a good case for longer prison sentences to deter serious crime.
B: I doubt whether they could act as an effective deterrent while the detection rate is so low. The best way to prevent crime is to convince people who commit it that they’re going to be caught. It doesn’t make sense to divert all your resources into the prison system. A: But if you detect more crimes, you’ll still need prisons. In my reckoning, if we could lock up more juvenile criminals, they’d learn that they couldn’t get away with it. Soft sentences will merely encourage them to do it again. B: Yes, but remember that prisons are often schools for criminals. To remove crime from society, you really have to tackle its causes. A: Well, if I were president, I would impose tougher laws and punishment. I would have a peaceful society based on fear of punishment, not consciousness of doing the right thing. B: You sound like a dictator! A: Well if it works, why not?
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Chicken Pox ( C0145)
A: What’s wrong with you? Why are you scratching so much? B: I feel itchy! I can’t stand it anymore! I think I may be coming down with something. I feel lightheaded and weak. A: Let me have a look. Whoa! Get away from me! B: What’s wrong? A: I think you have chicken pox! You are contagious! Get away! Don’t breathe on me! B: Maybe it’s just a rash or an allergy! We can’t be sure until I see a doctor. A: Well in the meantime you are a biohazard! I didn’t get it when I was a kid and I’ve heard that you can even die if you get it as an adult! B: Are you serious? You always blow things out of proportion. In any case, I think I’ll go take an oatmeal bath. A: Ewww!
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ Animal Rig hts (C0146)
A: You should have seen the T.V. show that was on last night, the topic it covered was
really interesting; animal rights. B: Do you really believe in that? If they are going to focus on something, they should do it on civil rights. A: Yes, but we cant deny that animals are vulnerable, defenseless, and are completely at the mercy of human beings. B: I understand your point, but we continue to have transgressions against human rights. If so much attention weren’t devoted to the topic of animals, we would then concentrate more on saving a human being instead of protecting a koala. A: You can’t compare apples and oranges; I believe that both topics are important and that we can’t ignore them, the mistreatment of animals can cause a great environmental imbalance. I believe that governments should prohibit activities like poaching. B: Well, you are right on that point. This is the reason that I don’t buy leather and I try to buy synthetic products. B: At least youre doing your part. My contribution is to have a pet in the house that I treat like a member of the family. A: As long as you dont treat it better than your wife, its fine.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ The Argument (C0147)
A: Wow, that terrible movie is finally over. Next time I’m picking the film, because I don’t want to end up seeing a chick flick. B: Well you should have picked, in the end you always complain about everything. A: Not everything, just this film. Even the title is ridiculous; and it’s so long, those are the two and a half most wasted hours of my life, so much so that I’m thinking about asking them to give me my money back. B: I’m thinking of taking you back home. I thought we could have a nice evening, but you’re always so negative. A: I’m only complaining about a movie that I could have rented or bought and then thrown in the garbage. B: You see, that’s what I’m talking about, I can’t stand your sarcastic jokes anymore
A: Next time, go with your gay friend who is more in touch with his feelings. B: Well he’s more of a man than you are; at least he appreciates love stories. A: Love? More like one-night-stands. B: Don’t criticize Mario or else I’ll start on those fat, drunk friends of yours; they’re no saints. A: My friends? Fat? What about those whales you call friends? B: You’re unbearable; you can walk home, I’m leaving.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Paranoid (C0 148)
A: Dan, Dan dude. You have to come over to my house right now! B: Is everything Ok? A: Just get over here! A: Come in! Quickly! B: So, since when is your house a bank? A: What do you mean? B: I mean, what’s up with the and locks and iron bars on your windows. A: Security Dan, security! You can never be too safe you know! A lot of sickos out there. Just the other day they caught that peeping tom red handed! Had a high power telescope and binoculars by his window. B: Whats the matter with you? Why are you acting all paranoid? A: Paranoid? I’m not paranoid! I’m cautious! You see Dan, we have to be on guard at all time! People just invade your privacy as if they knew you! Telemarketers, solicitors, even your bank! They have way too much information! I like to keep everything on a need to know basis B: OK, well, what did you want to see me about? A: You are being watched! Be careful Dan! Be careful!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Moving (C014 9)
A: Ok, that’s fine. Bye. B: What happened? A: That’s it, my lease is up. I have to move.
B: What? Why? Can’t you renew it? A: The owner apparently is selling this place to make way for the construction of a parking lot B: Well, I can help you pack. We should start looking for a new place for you ASAP. A: I think I might move in with my parents for a couple of months until I can find something. You know how hard it is to find a decent place around here. I’m gonna have to put most of my stuff in storage for a while. B: Well, let me know if there’s anything I can do to help out. A: Actually, would you mind looking after my pet tarantula and snake for a couple of weeks? B: hehe.. sure
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Bug Spra y (C0150)
A: The mosquitos are biting me! B: Me too, I can’t stop scratching. They are everywhere! Sneaky little jerks. A: Do you have any bug spray? B: No, I forgot to buy some. A: Then we’ll have to put up with it. B: We can cover ourselves with beer! That way if they bite us, they’ll get drunk and fall asleep A: That’s without a doubt, the best idea youve had! Lets do it! B: Run! They are thirsty for more!
Elementary ‐ Advanced ‐ Darwin’s The ory Of Evolution (E0151)
A: It’s been a long time since I last saw you. Where have you been? B: The exams and plans I have to turn in in are driving me crazy, I don’t even have time to sleep. A: It’s the same for me. I’m up to my neck in work, but at least finals are coming soon and we’ll have a vacation. Where are you going now? B: I’m going to Anthropology class and now with the year anniversary of Darwin, it’s the only thing we study. Frankly, I’m sick and tired and tired of hearing about this guy. A: What? Why? How can you not like Darwin? I mean the man changed the entire perception
of how things came to and his theory is backed by pretty solid evidence! B: I don’t like him. His theory of human evolution and natural selection is full of holes. It lacks the solid evidence of which you speak of. A: That statement puts you at odds with half of the academy. Not to mention your professors! Furthermore, the explanation proposed by Darwin about the origin of species and the mechanism of natural selection constitutes a grand step toward a coherent understanding of the world and evolutionist ideas. B: I’m not minimizing his grand contributions, it’s just that his theory reminds of the conundrum of the chicken and the egg. A: What are you talking about? B: The question is, which was first? The chicken or the egg? I feel the same regarding his theory. How does the first cell of life come to be? A: Interesting. I think that question is better suited for my philosophy class. In the meantime, how about we settle this... with a due!
Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Cut It Out (C 0152)
Ed: Hey, Mary, can you cut that out? Mary: Cut what out I’m not doing anything. Ed: The tapping of your pen on your desk. It’s driving me crazy. Mary: Fine! By the way would you mind not slurping your coffee every time you have a cup! Ed: I don’t slurp my coffee. And plus, how can you hear it when you’re shouting into your phone all the time? Mary: You ’ve got to be kidding me! You’re complaining about me talking on the phone when you go out for a cigarette break ten times a day to shoot the breeze? Ed: Look, we have a lot of accumulated anger from working in these conditions, and it’s probably okay to let off steam once in a while But, it’s probably not a good idea to keep it up I’m willing to forgive and forget and if you are.
Mary: Fine. Let’s call a truce. I’ll try to more considerate and to keep the noise down Ed: Yeah, I’ll try to do the same. So, I was wondering you wanna go out to dinner Friday night?
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Homesick (C0 153)
Sarah: Tom! How are you? We missed you at the party last night. Are you ok? Tom: I don’t know. I didn’t really feel like going out. I guess I’m feeling a little homesick. Sarah: Come on We’ve been through this already! Look, I know the adjustment was hard when you first got here, but we agreed that you were gonna try and deal with it. Tom: I was. It’s just that the holidays are coming up and I won’t be able to home because I can’t afford the airfare. I’m just longing for some of the comforts of home, like my mom’s cooking and being around my family. Sarah: Yeah, it can get pretty lonely over the holidays. When I first got here, I’d get depressed and nostalgic for anything that reminded me of home. I almost let it get to me, but then I started going out, keeping myself busy and before I knew it, I was used to to it. Tom: I see what you mean, but I ’m still bummed out. Sarah: Ok how does this sound: let’s get you suited up and hit the dance club tonight. I hear that an awesome DJ is playing and there will be a lot of pretty single girls there! Tom: You know, I could really go for that. You don’t mind being my wingman for tonight? Sarah: Not at all! It be fun! It will be like a boys night out... well kinda... Tom: Great! I must warn you though, whatever happens, don’t let me go on a drinking binge. Trust me, it’s not a pretty picture!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Rock Ban d (C0154)
A: I’m forming a music band. B: Do you already know how to play an instrument?
A: Uh... Yeah! I’ve told you a thousand times that I’m learning to play the drums. Now that I know how to play well, I would like to form a rock band. B: Aside from yourself, who are the other members of the band? A: We have a guy who plays guitar, and another who plays bass. Although we still haven’t found anyone to be our singer. You told me that you had some musical talent, right? B: Yes, I’m a singer. A: Perfect. So you can audition this weekend here at my house. B: Great! Wait here? You don’t have enough room for the amplifiers, microphones or even your drums! By the way where do you keep them or practice? A: Dude? What are you talking about? It’s right here! All we need is my Nintendo Wii and we are set!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Bachelor Party (C0155)
A: Hi honey! You’ll never guess what! My friends Julie and Alex are getting married! B: Wow that’s great news! They’re a great couple! A: I know! Anyways I just talked to Alex’s best man and he is organizing the bachelor party It’s gonna be gonna be so much fun! All the groomsmen are thinking up all the wacky and crazythings we are going to do that night. B: You aren’t going to a strip club are you? I don’t want you getting a lap dance from some stripper with the excuse that it’s your friends party. A: Aw come on! It’s just some innocent fun! You know how these things are! We are gonna play drinking games, get him some gag gifts and just have a good time. Nothing too over the top . B: Well, I don’t know. A: Come on! If one of your friends was getting married I wouldn’t mind you going to her bachelorette party! B: Good,because my friend Wendy is getting married and I’m organizing her party!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Scary Sto ry (C0156)
A: Oh no! The lights went out! Honey can you light a candle? B: Sure. What do we do now? A: Well, we can just talk, you know, like we used to. Hmm... I know! I'll tell you a scary story! It happened to me and my dad when I was a teenager... (fade out - fade in new scene) I was living with my father at the time, when he received a phone call. B: Hmm... I know! I’ll tell you a scary story! It happened to me and my dad when I was a teenager...I was living with my father at the time, when he received a phone call. I was living with my father at the time, when he received a phone call. FatheHr:ello? Yes this is him. I see, I’m sorry to hear that. Ok no problem. I’ll be there shortly. Pack some clothes Tony, my great aunt is very ill and no one in the family wants to take care of her. We are going to stay at her house for a few days. Kid: Aunt? What aunt? I never knew you had a great aunt! FatheWr:ell, the family doesn’t talk about her or get near her, for that matter. Kid: Why is that? FatheCr:ome on, we have to go. B: So we arrived at this old house on the outskirts of our town. There was almost no one around and the house had an eerie look to it. Once inside the house, we walked to her room and I was surprised to find my dad’s great aunt in a wheelchair, yelling at someone, but we were alone in the room. FatheHr:i, aunt Ursula! This is my son Tony. UrsulWa:hy have you come? Why are you here? Don’t you know it isn’t safe? My time is near, he is coming for me. Kid: Who is coming for you? UrsulTah: e prince of darkness! The lord of the underworld, the tempter, the old serpent. FatheCr:ome on, aunt Ursula let’s lay you down. You need to get some rest. Tony, help me lay her down.
B: That night, we slept in one of the 12 rooms of that big old mansion. The trees outside seemed to come alive and their shadows formed ghoulish shapes on my bed. All of a sudden, we heard screaming. UrsulAah: hh! Get off me beast! I won’t let you take me! Ahhh! Kid: Dad! Dad! Something is attacking aunt Ursula! UrsulUa:rsula: Take your claws off me! Go back to the underworld you demon! I shall be judged before you can take me! FatheTrh: e door is jammed! Stand back! Aunt Ursula! Where are you? Kid: Over here! B: And as we approached her, she was lying on the floor, with her hands and feet open like the Vitruvian Man, breathing heavily with bloody marks and scratches on her arms, legs and face. Remember how I mentioned that she was in a wheel chair? My aunt had been paralyzed from the neck down for just over a year. After this incident, strange things would happen in the house and my aunt would yell and scream, according to her, warding off the evil that had come to get her. As the days passed, she became very weak and eventually was unable to talk. My dad had to work during the day, so I was left to care for her. When she lost her voice and laid on her death bed, I would hear her breathe, in and out. B: Until finally one day, she breathed in... and never exhaled. That night, I felt relieved that it was finally over, but it wasn’t. B: I was so terrified of what I was hearing, that I didn’t sleep all night. The following morning, I went to the bathroom, expecting to find a mess and everything torn up, but I found everything exactly as it was before. The movers came that same day and as we were cleaning out her drawers and personal items, we found strange notebooks with names and amounts of money written next to them. We found pictures with people’s faces sewn with black or red string. And you want to know what the strangest thing was? There was a small doll, filled with dead ants, with a strand of hair tied around it’s waist, and on the doll’s face, there was a picture of me with the numbers: ”311009”. You know what date it is
today? October 31st, 2009....
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Trick Or T reat (C0157)
A: Trick - or -treat B: Tom, aren’t you a littletoo old to be trick-or - treating? A: What are you talking about? Where is your Halloween spirit? Didn’t you ever dress up in a costume and go around the neighborhood trick-or treating with your friends? B: Of course I did, but when I was ten! Trick –or treating is for kids, plus, I ’m sure people will think you’re a kidnapper or something, running around with kids NCP at night. A: Whatever, I’m going next door, I heard Mrs. Robinson is giving out big bags of M&Ms!
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ All Saints D ay (C0158)
C: The Day of the Dead has arrived All Soul’s Dayand All Saint’s Day! A: Your neighbor is crazy. Why is he screaming that? B: Because today is the first of November the Day of the Dead A: Oh, that’s right. B: This is a very special day among many cultures around the world especially in Latin America A: Seriously? I thought it was just like any other day, except for the fact that people visit the cemetery and remember their loved ones. B: Well, that’s just part of it People across the world celebrate in different ways. In Mexcio for example it’s Common to see people building private altars honoring the deceasedusing sugar skulls, preparing the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. In the Philippines , the tombs are cleaned or repainted, candles are lit and flowers are offered Entire families camp out in cemeteries .and sometimes spend a night or two near their relatives’ tombs! A: Whoa! That’s scary! I don’t know if I could do that!
B: Why? We should fear the living, not the dead .
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Getting Flowe rs (C0159)
A: Hello sir, how may I help you? B: I would like to buy some flowers, please. Something really nice. A: I see, may I ask whatthe occasion is? B: It’s not really an occasion, it’s more like I’m sorry. A: Very well. This arrangement here is very popular among regretful husb ands and boyfriends. It has a dozenlong stem red roses with a couple of sunflowers and a single orchid that stands out. It includes a small teddy bear to achievethe effect of immediate forgiveness. B: I think I’m gonna need more than just a dozen red roses and a bear. What else do you recommend? A: Mmm, well this is our ” I’m sorry I cheated on you” package. Two dozen red roses lined with tulips, carnati ons and lilies. The fragrance and beauty of this flower arrangement is sure to make her forgive you. B: I don’t think that’s gonna cut it. I need something bigger and better! A: I’m sorry sir but, what exactly did you do? B: Well, I may have accidentally insinuated that she is getting chubbier . A: Get out of my store you jerk!
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ Health Insu rance (C0160)
A: Hey honey, how was your day? B: It was alright. I ran into Bill and we got to talking for a while. He’s in a bit of a jam. A: Why? What happened? B: Well, his son had an accident and Bill doesn’t have health insurance. This really got me thinking, and I wondered if we shouldn’t look into a couple of different HMO’s. A: Yeah, you’re right. We aren’t getting any younger and our kids are getting older. B: Exactly! I searched on the web and found a couple of HMO’s with low co pays and good coverage. The deductibles are low, too. A: Sounds good, although, do you think we
can qualify for insurance? Those insurance companies are real pirates when it comes to money. B: Well, we don’t have any pre-existing illnesses or conditions, so we should be fine. A: I wish our company or country provided us with healthcare. B: Not in a million years!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Computer Ga mes (C0161)
A: Mark, Where have you been? I’ve been calling you all morning. B: I’ve been playing computer games. A: What? So you blew me off yesterday and today over a stupid video game? What game is so important that you have no time for me anymore? What are you playing? B: It’s called Counter Strike It’s a first person shooter game. It’s awesome. It’s a multi player game where you can go online and compete against players from all over the world. A: You’ve been wasting your time on this? I can’t believe it! It doesn’t even look fun or challenging! B: My laptop is on my bed. If you think it’s so easy then get onlineand try to beat me. A: Fine! B: Damm it! How are you killing me with a single shot? It’s not fair! I don’t want to play anymore! Let’s go get something to eat. A: Can you bring me something? I am totally hooked on this game!
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ Veteran’s D ay (C0162)
A: Do you have any plans for Veteran’s Day B: You mean Armistice Day A: Well, as you know, on November 11th allies signed a peace treaty with the Germans, also known as the Armistice Treaty This marked the end of WWI and many countries around the world commemorate this date under names such as day. In Poland it’s their independence day! There’s a lot going on around the world on this day. B: Wow, I didn’t know! Probably because I
flunked history in school.
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ Social Secu rity (C0163)
A: Well that was an interesting documentary! B: For sure! I didn’t really understand some of the technical jargon they used in the film when they talked about social security in the US. A: Like what? B: Well, they mentioned how people put away money in something called a 401K? A: Yeah, I know it sounds weird, but a 401k is a type of retirement plan that allows employees to save and invest for their own retirement Through a you can authorize your employer to deduct a certain amount of money from your paycheck and invest it in the plan Everyone tries to contribute as much as possible so that when you retire, you can rest peacefully on your nest egg. B: That’s interesting and logical I guess. In my country, we also have to contribute to a government run retirement fund, but most people don’t really trust it so they just invest in properties or things like that. A: That seems a bit unstable don’t you think? B: Yeah, but corrupt governments inthe past have created distrust among banks and financial institutions, so now people prefer to have money hidden in a jar or a piggy bank. A: I’ve been thinking of doing that lately! I don’t want some banker to run off with my money!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Apology Lette r (C0164)
A: Dear Mary, I come here today, in this way, because I need to apologize to you. I failed you. Although I did not lie to you in words, I lied to you with faces that did not belong to me. I never meant to ruin the friendship that meant the world to me. You mean the world to me and now I come to you asking for forgiveness. If in your heart you find you can’t, then I will understand and learn from this experience. A: You came into my life at a time when I needed you the most. We talked about so
many things that I started to realize my heart and my soul could actually feel something other than hurt. You placed comfort where there was fear, confidence where there was doubt, a shoulder where tears could fall and completeness where there was emptiness. I wanted to hold onto to this so badly that I did whatever it took for you to notice. What I didn’t realize was that I could lose my entire being, all of who I was and all that I had placed in you. A: I wanted to be the one who would be there when you needed to talk. I wanted to be the comfort for your soul when the world was too much to handle. I wanted to be strong for you when everything else seemed impossible. I wanted to love you in only the way you deserved to be loved, never realizing that I was destroying myself and you. Somehow I needed you to be a part of my life. The only problem was that I was willing to jeopardize everything to get that done. A: All the things that I told you about how I felt and how you make me feel were true. Nothing else mattered to me except hearing the laughter in your voice when you were happy. You made my days easy to get through and my nights peaceful; you helped me look forward to another day. Even though distance separated us, just being was enough. A: I’m sorry for hurting you and if I had to do all over again I would have been 100% with you. Forgive me please,
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Asking For A Loan (C0165)
B: Hello Sir may I help you? A: Yes. I would like some information for requesting a loan. B: Very well, here are the general terms of our loan policies. We pride ourselves in having the lowest interest rate in the country for personal loans. A: I see. So let me get this straight. If I borrow let’s say, ten thousand dollars, how much will I have to pay each month? B: It depends on how long you take to pay it back. If we lend you ten thousand dollars at an
annual interest rate of ten percent for forty eight months, you would have to pay each month a portion of the loan which is called the principal and another small portion of the annual interest rate. This of course is considering that you don’t default on a payment! A: It sounds good but, there is just one problem. I have a terrible credit score. B: That is a very serious problem you see, the bank must assess your personal information, past loans, assets and any other relevant information such as your credit score in order to approve your loan. A: You know what? I don’t really need the money. Thanks anyways!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Dr. Botox (C0 166)
A: What are you doing? B: Look at me. I look so old! I look as if I were thirty. A: Come on! Stop being so vain. You look great! You are beautiful! B: Yes, I am, but I think it’s time for some plastic surgery I’m tired of these wrinkles and sagging skin. See? A: I don’t see any wrinkles or sagging skin! You are stop beings ridiculous. Besides, I think that people who get Botox, have facelifts, or tummy tucks look weird. It doesn’t look natural. B: Whatever, I think I’m gonna get liposuction and a nose job and some breast implants as well. A: I think you need to get brain surgery. I honestly don’t think you need cosmetic surgery. You look amazing. B: I thought you were my friend and would support me on this! I just want to feel better about myself and feel more attractive. A: You don’t need plastic surgery to do that. You are fine the way you are and you have guys drooling all over you! Plus, plastic surgery hurts! B: Really? A: Yeah! When I got my nose job I was black and blue for a week!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Learning How To Drive (C0167)
A: Ok! I’m ready for my driving lesson! Should I start the car? B: Hold on there Fittipaldi, first let’s go over things one more time. Now before you even think of starting the car, make sure your seat is at a comfortable position and you can grip the steering wheel firmly. Next check your rear view mirrors to make sure you can see properly. A: We have been through this a million times! Let’s get going already! I’m ready! B: Fine start the car. now gently step on the clutch and shift to 1st gear. Good, now accelerate gently and let go of the clutch as u do it. There we gogood! A: I’m doing it! I’m driving! This is awesome! Le’ts turn some music on! B: Keep your eyes on the road! No music! We are coming up to a red light, step on the brakes. What are you doing? I said the brakes! Look out for those people! Get off the sidewalk! A: Get out of my way! This is just like playing video games! B: It’s the police! Pull over! A: They’ll never take me alive!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Roller Co aster (C0169)
A: I’m so excited! We are finally here! Six Flags Magic Mountain! This is the best amusement park in the world! B: Alright settle down now, you’re gonna give yourself a heart attack. C: I can’t believe they charged us dollars each. It seems like a rip off don’t you think? It’s not like I’m gonna get on these rides. A: Whoa. . . Viper! That’s the world’s highest and fastest roller coaster! You go at more than miles per hour! I wanna go on that one! Can I mom please? Can I ? B: Chris I’m not sure you should get on that it seems a bit too much for you and we just had breakfast minutes ago. I don’t think it’s a good idea.
A: Aww come on mom! I can handle it. I promise I won’t ask for anything else! Besides, it’s not like I’m gonna throw upor anything. . . C: Let him go Carol, he’ll be fine. A: Alright! Yeah! This is amazing! See how high up we’re going? Whoa. . . mmmf mmfff barf.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Wedding Dou bts (C0170)
A: Man, I’m freaking out! You gotta help me! B: Whoa whoa take it easy, relax. Geez, you’re sweating like a pig! What’s going on? A: I can’t go through with this! I just can’t! I’m not ready for marriage! What was I thinking? I’m only thirty five years old! I’ve got my entire life ahead of me, adventures waiting! I can’t settle down yet! B: What are you talking about? It wasn’t more than a month ago that you were rambling on about how you are tired of living the life of a bachelor and how you envy your friends that have a family! A: I know I know! B: Let’s think this through. First of all, you cannot leave Amy at the altar. Not only will she be humiliated and kill you, but she is the woman that you love andthe woman of your dreams! Why would you want to end that or jeopardize it like this? Second of all, you are just getting cold feet. You know deep down inside that you want to marry her, so cut the crap and do it! B: You’re right. I’m being crazy! Ok, I’m ready, lets do this! A: Great! Phew! That was a close one ! You had me going there for a minute I thought I was gonna have to slap some sense into you
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Buying a Camera (C0171)
A: Hello, ma’am, can I help you find something? B: Yes, actually I’m looking to buy a camera. A: We’ve got a wide selection do you know if you’d like a point-and-shoot, or something a little fancier? Are you shopping for yourself or for someone else?
B: Actually I’m buying a camera for my husband. A: Ah, well then I’d recommend a nice entry-level digital SLR. B: Yeah? Can I take a look at the SLRs you carry? A: Sure thing, follow me. This here is the. B: The Canon Eos. Yeah it’s ok, but I’m looking for something that performs better in low light, has a better display panel, and longer battery life. A: Oh, ah, um the Nikon D60 is a nice option. B: Yeah, but what kit lens does this camera come with? I don’t want some bulky telephoto lens. A: Oh, well this one has the, uh. B: Looks to me like an 18-55mm lens. pretty standard, that will do. Not like my husband will be stalking celebrities or anything! A: So, ahem, can I interest you in any acc... B: Accessories? Do you carry polarizing filters? A: Polarizing filter um we should! I’m sorry, ma’am. looks like we’re sold out. B: No you’re not! There are some right here! A: Oh, well, would you look at that! Po-la-ri-zing filters. B: Thanks for your help, Ralph! A: No problem, ma’am.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Dry Cleaners (C0172)
A: Thank god you are open! I have an emergency! B: Hello Mr. Henderson what can I do for you? A: I need this dress and this suit dry cleaned ASAP! B: OK, I can have it ready by the end ofthe week. A: No you don’t understand, I need this tomorrow morning! I accidentally spilled beer all over my wife’s dress and we have a wedding to attend tomorrow! She’s gonna kill me! B: Ok, I can have it ready tomorrow afternoon, but this suit is also very stained. I can’t guarantee we can remove it completely. A: Fine! Can you also iron and starch this
shirt? B: Certainly. A: Great! This is our secret! If you see my wife, say nothing to her about this!
Elementary ‐ The Office ‐ Preparing a Budget (C0173)
A: Welcome Mr and Mrs Carnwell, please take a seat. B: Thank you. A: So I understand that your family spending has sky rocketed and you want to start budgeting. C: Yes that’s correct. Frankly speaking our household income is relatively high and we have never had any money problems, but I think this is the main reason as to why our spending has gone out of control. B: We have two kids and with allowances, paying their credit cards, ours and not to mention our mortgage and car payments. With the recent economic downturn, my husband’s business has suffered and now we need some advice as to how we can prepare a family budget. A: I see. Well you have come to the right place. First what we need to do, is determine your cash flow. Knowing how much money is coming in will help us allocate spending to different categories such as mortgage, education, groceries, etc. B: Yes that makes sense. A: Secondly, I need you to bring all of your receipts for the last two to three months. That way, we can determine what your average expenditures are and see which category you are spending money on the most. Usually, your fixed costs are higher and we can’t do much about that, but we can usually trim your variable costs such as entertainment or clothing. C: Great! We will do that then! Now how about we treat you to a nice dinner? A: That’s another thing. If you really want to stop spending so much money, throw away at least half of your credit cards!
Elementary ‐ The Weekend ‐ Getting a
A: Honey I’ll be right back! B: Where are you going? A: I told you already! I’m going to get my nails done. B: Again? You just went last week! You spend more time atthe nail salon than you do here at home! Honestly, why do you need a manicure every week? A: Well, first of all, I like to pamper myself, and my nails look great. You should come with me! B: Why? I don’t want to have nail polish or anything like that! A: They don’t only paint my nails! The manicurist will remove my cuticles, file my nails, and apply at least nails coats of nail polish! B: Yeah, sounds like something I should definitely do.
Elementary ‐ Global View ‐ New Years Resolution (C0175)
A: Did you read this? It says that the number one new years resolution make is to spend more time with friends and family. B: Why would that be funny? A: Well, think about it. We are a society that is always on the go, not because we have to, but because we want to. B: Why? A: We work hard and spend less time at home because we are trying to provide for our family with goods and services that are usually unnecessary. B: I don’t agree, but anyways, I think you should start thinking of a new year’s resolution yourself. A: What’s the point? We always make a new year’s resolution and by February we will have forgotten about it. It’s pointless. B: Well then maybe you should resolve to sticking to your goals and objectives. A: What about you? Your gym bag is gathering dust and you still have brand new running shoes that are yet to be jogged in.
B: Well, I would go if you kept your promise of going to the gym with me everyday! A: Yeah yeah whatever.
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Heating (C01 76)
A: It’s freezing in here! Can I turn up the heat? B: Don’t touch that thermostat! You don’t pay the bills around here! A: Dad! Are you serious? What’s the point of having central heating if we can’t use it! Look, I can see my breath! B: Put on a sweater! I’m not gonna let you run up my heating bill just because it’s a bit chilly. A: Dad! I’m gonna catch a cold! B: When I was your age, my parents didn’t have central heating like you do! We had a furnace in the center of the living room and that was it. We used it to cook, heat the house and even dry our clothes! We never caught a cold. You should be grateful!
The Weekend ‐ Decorating a Christmas Tree (C0177)
HUSBAND: I’m home! Everyone come here! I bought a Christmas tree! Look at this beautiful pine tree! WIFE: Wow, it’s huge! Are you sure it will fit inthe living room? KID: Awesome! I’ll go getthe Christmas lights! HUSBAND: Of course it will. help me put it in the living room. KID: I found the lights! WIFE: I got the Christmas ornaments! We could also place these stockings next to the chimney. HUSBAND: Great idea! While we decorate the tree, we can listen to some good old Christmas songs!
Findingtheperfect present (C0178)
A: Bill. Bill! You gotta help me! B: What’s wrong? Slow down or you are gonna give yourself a heart attack. A: Tomorrow is Christmas and I haven’t
bought my mom anything! I’m such a bad son! B: Take it easy! Let’s go to the mall, window shop a little and see if there is anything she might like. A: That’s just it! I don’t know what to get her! Last year I got her a ring that was two sizes too big and a pair of shoes five sizes too small! I suck at getting presents for people. B: That’s where you’re making a big mistake! You can’t just guess peoples’ likes or sizes! Especially with clothes or jewelry. On top of that, I think that you should get your mom something that shows how much you love her. At the same time you should show her that you took the time and effort to look for something that she would really like! A: Yeah you’re right. When it comes down to it, I can be pretty tacky. B: Yeah tell me about it. I know! Your mom is trying to learn Spanish right? Why don’t you get her a gift certificate for this great website I saw called SpanishPod. A: Now that’s a great idea!
Intermediate ‐ Silent Night (C0179)
A: Silent night, holy night A: All is calm, all is bright A: Round yon Virgin Mother and Child A: Holy Infant so tender and mild A: Sleep in heavenly peace A: Sleep in heavenly peace A: Silent night, holy night A: Shepherds quake at the sight A: Glories stream from heaven afar A: Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! A: Christ, the Saviour is born A: Christ, the Saviour is born A: Silent night, holy night A: Son of God, love’s pure light A: Radiant beams from Thy holy face A: With the dawn of redeeming grace A: Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth A: Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Elementary ‐ Jingle Bells (B0180)
A: Dashing through the snow A: In a one horse open sleigh
A: O’er the fields we go A: Laughing all the way A: Bells on bob tails ring A: Making spirits bright A: What fun it is to laugh and sing A: A sleighing song tonight A: Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells A: Jingle all the way A: Oh, what fun it is to ride A: In a one horse open sleigh A: jingle bells, jingle bells A: Jingle all the way A: Oh, what fun it is to ride A: In a one horse open sleigh A: Dad, dad, dad! Wake up! It’s Christmas! B: Timmy. It’s too early for this. Look, it’s six in the morning! Go back to bed! A: No way! Santa already came and left all our presents! Can we go open them? Please! Please! C: Of course we can honey. Bill, come on, get dressed. B: Fine! Not like Santa brought me any gifts! C: Bill! Honestly, you can be such a grouch sometimes. A: Look at all these presents under the Christmas tree! Awesome! B: Alright Timmy, knock yourself out. We should get ready and head to the market to buy everything for the Christmas dinner tonight. C: Yeah you’re right. It’s the first time we are hosting Christmas dinner at our house so everything has to be perfect. B: I got the list right here. Ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, ingredients for the gravy and of course, yams! C: My dad offered to bring the eggnog so we should be set!
Elementary ‐ Daily Life ‐ Christmas Da y (C0181)
A: Dad, dad, dad! Wake up! It’s Christmas! B: Timmy. It’s too early for this. Look, it’s six in the morning! Go back to bed! A: No way! Santa already came and left all our presents! Can we go open them? Please! Please!
C: Of course we can honey. Bill, come on, get dressed. B: Fine! Not like Santa brought me any gifts! C: Bill! Honestly, you can be such a grouch sometimes. A: Look at all these presents under the Christmas tree! Awesome! B: Alright Timmy, knock yourself out. We should get ready and head to the market to buy everything for the Christmas dinner tonight. C: Yeah you’re right. It’s the first time we are hosting Christmas dinner at our house so everything has to be perfect. B: I got the list right here. Ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, ingredients for the gravy and of course, yams! C: My dad offered to bring the eggnog so we should be set!
Global View ‐ Boxing Day (C0182)
A: What do you think of this one?
B: Eh, so so. A: And this one? Too flashy? B: Nah, not too flashy. A: Uhg! And this sweater from my aunt? Isn’t it hideous? B: I guess. A: Are you even listening? I’m trying to have a conversation with you. B: And I’m trying to watch the game, but you’re yapping on about your new clothes! A: Well I have to decide which gifts to keep and which to exchange for better ones when I go to the Boxing Day sales this afternoon! B: Well could you do me the favor of making this quick? It’s the third quarter and you’ve been blabbering on since the first! A: Oh, your precious game. You watch the same game every year, and each year your beloved hometown team loses by at least three goals! B: Oh no you didn’t. You didn’t just insult the Salsbury Seals, did you? Why don’t you just. just go and return all of those stupid clothes and not come back until the sales are over? A: I might just! Enjoy your stupid game!
B: And Merry Christmas! A: Merry Christmas!
Daily Life ‐ Winter Clothes (C0183)
A: Bye, mom!
B: Wait, Jimmy, it’s cold outside. Put a hat on! A: Ok. Bye! B: No, wait, you will be too cold without mittens. A: Alright. See ya! B: Hold on, with that wind, you’re going to catch a cold. Wear this scarf. A: Ok, see you after school... B: Oh... and ear muffs! Put these on... here we go. A: Mom? B: Yes, honey... A: I... I can’t breathe.
Daily Life ‐ Fresh Start (C0184)
A: Now that it’s the new year, I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf.
B: Yeah? You finally decided to wipe the slate clean? A: You got it! I have a new job, I’m living in a new city, with new friends! This is my opportunity to make some small changes in the way I live my life. B: So what are you going to do? Take up an art class or something? A: Well, first of all, I’ve decided to stop smoking. It’s not that I’m pinching pennies or anything, it’s just that I’ve been smoking since I was sixteen, and I think it’s time to stop. B: I’m with you on that one. Anything else you’re planning on doing? A: One last thing, I’ve decided to come out of the closet. B: It’s about time!
The Weekend ‐ Farm Animals (C0185)
A: Isn’t this great? I always wanted to own a
farm, live out in the country, grow my own food!
B: This is very beautiful. Though I have to confess, I don’t know the first thing about farming! A: That’s fine! Don’t worry about it! B: What was that? A: Relax, it was just a goat! B: And that? A: It’s just the cows that are grazing over there. We can milk them later. B: What was that? A: Honey, seriously, It’s just a sheep. Relax! A: Relax, that was just the horses and donkeys that are in the stable . B: You know what? I don’t think I can hack it here out in the countryside. I’m going back to the city!
The Office ‐ Business Plan (C0186)
A: I’ve had it! I’m done working for a company that is taking me nowhere!
B: So what are you gonna do? Just quit? A: That’s exactly what I am going to do! I’ve decided to create my own company! I’m going to write up a business plan, get some investors and start working for myself! B: Have you ever written up a business plan before? A: Well, it can’t be that hard! I mean, all you have to do is explain your business, how you are going to do things and that’s it, right? B: You couldn’t be more wrong! A well written business plan will include an executive summary which highlights the idea of the business in two pages or less. Then you need to describe your company with information such as what type of legal structure it has, history, etc. A: Well that seems easy enough. B: Wait, there’s more! Then you need to introduce and describe your goods or services. What they are and how they are different from competitors’? Then comes the hard part, a market analysis. You need to investigate and analyze hundreds of variab