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Apr 11, 2007, 05:49 AM
Lesson 1A: Where will you be flying today?



Scene: Before Boarding. People involved: Attendant and Customer.



A: Where will you be flying today?

C: New York.

A: May I see your ticket, passport, and visa, please?

C: Here you go. My visa’s on page six of my passport.

A: Would you like a window or an aisle seat?

C: Aisle, please.

A: Do you prefer smoking, or non-smoking?

C: Non-smoking.

A: I have 13E available. How many pieces of luggage do you have?

C: Two.

A: Here’s your boarding pass. The plane will board half an hour prior to the departure. You’ll be leaving from gate three, on your left.

C: Thank you.





Scene 2: Arrived New York airport. Going through immigration. People involved: Immigration Officer. Customs Officer. Customer.



Announcement: Welcome to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Please have your passport and Immigration ready forms ready.



IO: What’s the purpose of your visit? Business or pleasure?

C-: Pleasure.

IO: How long will you be staying in the United States?

C-: Three months.

IO: OK. Please proceed to customs.



CO: Do you have dairy or meat products with you?

C-: No.

CO: OK, you’re all set.





Scene 3: The customer has gone through passport control and customs, he’s picked up his luggage, and he’s ready to go from the airport into the city. He could take a train, a bus, or a taxi, but since he’s staying in the US for three months, he decides to rent a car for a week instead to take a look around. Let’s listen. People involved: (car rental) Agent and Customer.



C: Hi. I’d like to rent a car for a week.

A: What kind of car would you like?

C: A compact.

A: May I see your driver's license?

C: Will my international license do?

A: Sure. Just fill out this form. Write your address here and sign your name on the bottom of the page. Unlimited mileage and the mandatory collision insurance are included.

C: Do I have to return the car to this location?

A: No, you can drop it off at any of our local branches.

C: The keys are in the car?

A: Yes, Our complimentary bus to the parking lot is through the door to your right.

C: Great!



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Apr 11, 2007, 07:02 AM
Lesson 2: Asking for Directions.





Dialogue 2a: Can you tell me how to get to ...? Richard is driving toward Stamford, but he’s not familiar with the city and he decides to stop on his way to buy a map. He stops at a convenience store to see if they can help him. Let’s listen. People involved: Richard and Salesperson.



R: Do you sell maps?

S: No, I’m sorry, we don’t.

R: Just my luck.

S: Maybe I can help you.

R: Well, can you tell me how to get to Stamford?

S: Sure. Follow the highway south for about 10 miles, and get off at Exit 30. At the end of the ramp, make a left on to Park Street.

R: Left at the end of the ramp?

S: Yes. Then, at the traffic light, turn right on to Maple Lane. At the next intersection, turn left and you’ll be in the center of Stamford.

R: Thanks a lot.

S: You’re welcome.









Dialogue 2: No Parking. Andrea and Bernard are in town to run a few errands. The only problem is that they can’t find a place to park. They’ve been driving around looking for parking on the street, but finally they give up and decide to park in a lot. Andrea decides to ask the parking attendant for directions.





(On the street, looking for a parking spot.)



A: You can’t park here! You’ll get a ticket!

B: I’ve had it! Parking in this city is no picnic. Let’s look for a parking lot.

A: There’s one right over there, and it’s only two dollars an hour.[/b]



(Driving into the parking lot and paying at the check-point.)



X: Hi. Here’s your ticket. Back up in that space next to the blue Honda. Just leave the keys in the car, but remember that we’re not responsible for any valuables left in your car.

A: In that case, I’ll take my bag with me. By the way, could you tell us how to get to the town hall?

X: No problem. Walk two blocks east on Barrow Street, then make a right. You’ll see a gas station on your left. Pass the gas station and make another left down Thompson Street. The town hall will be right in front of you.

A: So, I take a left after the gas station, on to what street?

X: Thompson Street.

A: Thompson. Thanks.

X: Any time.







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Apr 12, 2007, 02:29 PM
Lesson 03: Apartment Hunting





Scene: Steve and Patricia are interested in moving into a new apartment. Mr. Berger, the landlord, is showing them one of his apartments available to rent. He answers their questions.



L: Come on in, let me show you around. Here’s the living room.

P: Great! The view from this window is wonderful.

L: This is the kitchen.

S: It looks new.

L: Yes, we renovated just last year and replaced all the appliances.

P: Just look at all the closet space in the master bedroom!

S: Well, I’m sure you can fill those closets in no time.

P: Oh, come on, give me a break. I don’t have that much stuff.

L: And here’s the bathroom.

S: What did you say the rent was?

L: Thirteen hundred dollars a month.

P: Does that include utilities?

L: It includes heat, gas, and hot water. Electricity and telephone are extra.

P: When will the apartment be available?

L: On the first of the month.

S: We like it a lot, but we’ll have to think about it. Can we call you tomorrow?

L: Sure.



(THE NEXT DAY)



S: Hello, Mr. Berger, this is Steve Heller. I’m calling about the apartment we looked at yesterday. We’d like to take it if it’s still available.

L: Great!

S: So, what’s the next step?

L: I’ll draw up a lease and send it to you. What I’ll need from you is one month’s rent as security deposit, and the first month’s rent in advance.

S: I'll get the deposit back, won't I?

L: Of course, as long as the place is not damaged beyond the usual wear and tear when you move out.

S: Great! Can I send you a check?

L: Sure, a check will be fine. Just send it along with the lease after you’ve signed it.

S: Thanks.







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Apr 12, 2007, 02:33 PM
Lesson 4: Getting Things Fixed





Scene: Mario just moved into a new apartment and he’s found something that need to be fixed. Let’s listen in as he calls Mr. Watson, his landlord, to tell him about these problems.





M: Mr. Watson, this is Mario, your tenant in 6B.

W: Hi. What’s up?

M: There are a few problems with the apartment. First, the faucet in the bathtub drips constantly.

W: I’ll ask my plumber to come by and fix it tomorrow.

M: Also, one of the burners on the stove doesn’t work.

W: What’s the matter with it?

M: I can’t control the temperature. I think you’ll have to get an electrician.

W: I’ll see what I can do. Is that everything?

M: Well, there’s one more thing. I can’t get a dial tone on the phone; it’s dead.

W: I’m sorry, there’s nothing I can do about that. You’ll have to call the phone company.







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Apr 12, 2007, 02:49 PM
Lesson 5: Daily Household Chores



Scene: You do that, won’t you? – Megumi and Kenji are at home talking about all the little things that need to be done around the house. As a couple, they share these responsibilities, but sometimes they have to do a little bargaining with each other. Let’s listen in.



M: You said you’d do the dishes, didn’t you?

K: Only if you clear the table.

M: C’mon! I’ made dinner, didn’t I?

K: Yes, and it was delicious. All right, I’ll do the dishes.

M: Thanks. And while we’re talking about chores, the light in the basement burned out.

K: I’ll replace the bulb in a minute.

M: No, no, I already tried that. It still doesn’t work.

K: Maybe there’s a short. Did you try the fuse box?

M: Yes, and that didn’t help either.

K: Then we should call an electrician, shouldn’t we?

M: Do you have his number?

K: It’s on the bulletin board.

M: You’ll call him tomorrow, won’t you?

K: Sure, if I remember.





Possible topic of discussion:

-gender equality

-fuse (short)

-specialist (plumber, electrician)









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Apr 12, 2007, 03:09 PM
Lesson 6: All About Food



Scene 1: What’s For Dinner Tonight? Richard would like to cook dinner for himself and Sveta, so he asks her what she would like to eat. Let’s listen as they share their suggestions and make a shopping list. People: Richard and a salesperson.



6A



R: I was thinking of cooking dinner tonight. Any ideas?

S: What about roast chicken? Or beef stew?

R: I could go for roast chicken.

S: All right. Do we need to get anything?

R: I‘m making a shopping list right now. What kind of vegetables would you like?

S: How about cabbage and potatoes?

R: Sounds good. In that case, let’s get a whole chicken, some cabbage, and a bag of potatoes.

S: And what about dessert?

R: Why don’t we have hot fudge sundaes?

S: Mmmm -- sound delicious.

R: I don’t have much cash left. I’ll have to stop by the bank before I go to the supermarket. It might take me a while.

S: Take your time.







Scene 2: What Can I Get You? Joan’s ordering lunch from a shop/cafeteria. People: Salesperson and Joan.



S: Next.

J: I’d like a ham sandwich, please.

S: What kind of bread?

J: Whole wheat.

S: Mustard or mayonnaise?

J: A little mayonnaise, please.

S: Lettuce and tomato?

J: Yes, please.

S: How about some cheese?

J: I’ll take some Swiss, please.

S: That’s ham on whole wheat with Swiss, lettuce and tomato, and a little mayonnaise?

J: That’s right.







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Apr 12, 2007, 04:00 PM
Lesson 7: A Job Interview



Intro: In this lesson you’ll listen to a job interview and hear about a position in a financial company. The vocabulary you’ll learn will come in handy if you go on a job interview, no matter what type of position you’re applying for. After the vocabulary section, you’ll review how to make polite requests or ask questions in a more formal situation, and you’ll take a closer look at a sentence with ‘if’ and ‘would’.



Scene: An interview in a small firm. Maria Ramon is interviewing John Saunders for a position as head broker for a small financial company. Let’s listen in:



MR-: Please have a seat, Mr. Saunders. I received your resume a few weeks ago, and I must say I’m very impressed.

JS-: Thank you.

MR-: We’re a small financial company, trading mostly stocks and bonds. May I ask why you’re interested in working for us?

JS: Your company has an impressive reputation. And I’ve always wanted to work for a smaller company.

MR: That’s good to hear! Would you mind telling me a little bit about your present job?

JS: I’m a head broker in a large international company. I deal with clients on a daily basis, handling all aspects of the accounts personally.

MR: Why do you think you’re the right candidate for this position?

JS: I have a lot of experience in the stock market. And I enjoy working with people. As a matter of fact, in my current job I’m in charge of a team of eight brokers.

MR: Well, you might just be the person we’ve been looking for. Do you have any questions?

JS: Yes. If I were hired, how many accounts would I be handling?

MR: You’d be working with two other head brokers. In other words, you’d be handling about a third of our clients.

JS: And whom would I report to?

MS: Directly to me.

JS: I see. What kind of benefit package do you offer?

MR: Two weeks of paid vacation on your first year of employment. I believe you’re also eligible for medical and dental insurance. But this is something you should discuss with our personnel department. Do you have any other questions?

JS: No, not at the moment.

MR: Well, I’ll have to discuss your application with my colleagues, and we’ll get back to you early next week.

JS: OK, thanks. It was very nice to meet you.

MR: It was nice meeting you, too, and thanks for coming in today.





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Apr 13, 2007, 03:49 AM
Lesson 08: First Day in the Office





Scene: You Must Be Our New Colleague! Today is Bob Fuller’s first day at his new office. He’s beginning a job in the international sales division, and he’s meeting some of his new colleagues. Let’s listen in as one of them introduces him to some of the people he’ll work with.



Susan: Hi, I’m Susan Richter. And you must be Bob.

Bob: Yes, Bob Fuller. Nice to meet you.

Susan: Let me introduce you to some people. Annette, I’d like you to meet our new colleague.

Annette: Oh, hello, I’m Annette Silva. Good to meet you.

Bob: Hi, I’m Bob Fuller.

Annette: Where will you be working?

Bob: In the international sales division.

Annette: Oh, right next door. We’ll be seeing a lot of each other then. Let’s heave lunch sometime.

Bob: Yes, I’d love to.

Susan: Let me introduce you to Phil now. He’s the manager of our division.

Phil: Hey, you must be Bob. We’ve expecting you. I’m Phil Mendez.

Bob: Nice to meet you.

Phil: Welcome aboard.





Scene: Accommodating the Workplace.



Phil: So, how was your commuting this morning?

Bob: Not bad at all. It took me only twenty minutes to get here. By the way, I was wondering about my hours. I arrived here at nine today. Would it better if I got here earlier on some days.

Phil: Yes. Would you mind getting here around 8:30?

Bob: Not at all. And when do you usually leave, 5:00?

Phil: Well, we usually leave when the work’s done. Sometimes that’s 6:00 or even later. Let’s play it by ear.

Bob: No problem. And one more things. Could tell me how the telephone works?

Phil: Sure. Dial 9 for an outside line, and then the number you are calling. If you want to contact anyone in the office, just dial their extension.

Bob: OK. Thanks.







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