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Unit 1

That’s what friends are for!


Chris: Do you have a date for the party yet?

Kim: Actually, I don’t ……Do you think you could help me find one?

Chris: Hmm. What kind of guys do you like?

Kim: Oh, I like guys who aren’t too serious and who have a good sense of humor. You know ... like you.

Chris: OK. What else?

Kim: Well, I’d prefer someone I have something in common with – who I can talk to easily. Chris: I think I know just the guy for you. Bob Branson. Do you know him?

Kim: No, I don’t thi nk so.

Chris: Let me arrange for you to meet him, and you can tell me what you think.


Dave: Hello?

Jim: Hi. My name’s Jim Hunt. I’m calling about the ad for a roommate.

Dave: Oh, right.

Jim: Are you still looking for someone?

Dave: Yes, we are.

Jim: Oh, good. I’m really interested.

Dave: Well, there are four of us, and it’s a fairly small house, so we want someone who’s easy to get along with.

Jim: I’m pretty easygoing.

Dave: Great! So can I ask you a few fairly straightforward questions about yourself?

Jim: No problem. I like it when people are direct.

Unit 2

Career moves


Tim: Wow! There are so many jobs to choose from! What do you think?

Diane: Working in the media could be fun –there’s TV, newspapers, the internet….

T: Well, let’s look. Hmm. How about this? You could be a TV news director.

D: Are you kidding? Directing the news would be nerve-racking!

T: Well, writing for a magazine must be exciting. How about that?

D: No. I’m really more interested in working with compute rs. Hey, look. Designing interactive media. I’d like that!

T: Designing interactive media? It sounds interesting, but what is it?


Tracy: Good news! I’ve found a summer job!

Mark: That’s great! Anything interesting?

T: Yes, working at an amusement park. Doesn’t that sound fantastic?

M: Sure, it does.

T: So, have you found anything?

M: Nothing yet, but I’ve got a couple of leads. One is working as an intern for a record company –mostly answering

phones. Or I can get a landscaping job again.

T: Being an intern sounds more interesting than landscaping. And it’s probably not as hard!

M: Yeah, but a landscaper earns more money than an intern. And you get a great tan!

Unit 3

Could you do me a favor?


Jack: Hi, Rod. This is Jack.

Rod: Oh, hi, Jack. What’s up?

J: I’m going to my best friend’s wedding this weekend. I’d love to videotape it. Would you mind if I borrowed you video camera?

R: Um, yeah. That’s OK, I guess. I don’t think I’ll need it for anything.

J: Thanks a million.

R: Sure. Have you used a video camera before? It’s pretty easy.

J: Yeah, a couple of times. Would it be OK if I picked it up on Friday night?

R: Fine. No problem.


Amy: Hello?

Jeff: Hello. May I speak to Sophia, please?

A: I’m sorry, she’s not in right no w. Would you like to leave a message?

J: Yes, please. This is Jeff. Would you tell her that Tony is having a party on Saturday?

A: Un-huh.

J: And would you ask her if she’d like to go with me?

A: All right, Peter. I’ll give her the message.

J: No, this is Jeff, not Peter.

A: Oh, I’m sorry.

J: By the way, who’s Peter?

Unit 4

What a story!


Jake: What an awful story! A couple was sailing their yacht from Hawaii to Mexico. While they were crossing the Pacific, their boat hit a whale and sank!

Anne: Is that true? What happened to the whale?

J: It doesn’t say! Oh and here’s another one. A guy in Los Angles was robbing a bank. But as he was escaping, he got caught in the revolving door.

A: I guess it was his first bank robbery!

J: Yeah. On and listen to this. Some guy got locked out of his house, so he tried to get in through the chimney.

A: Don’t tell me! He got stuck in the chimney!

J: Exactly. And he was still trying to get out two days later when the police rescued him.


Brian: Someone stole my wallet last night!

Kate: Oh no! What happened?

B: Well, I was working out, and I had put my stuff in my locker, just like I always do. When I came back, someone had stolen my wallet. I guess I’d forgotten to lock the locker.

K: I’m sorry. That’s terrible! Did you lose much money?

B: Only about $20. But I lost my credit card and my driver’s license. What a pain!

Unit 5

Crossing cultures


Fred: I hear Maggie is going to work in India.

Pam: India! Wow! I hear it’s a beautiful place,but I don’t think I could ever live there.

F: Why not?

P: Well, it’s too far from home. I’d miss my family.

F: I don’t think I’d mind moving to a foreign country. The language is the only thing that I’d be worried about.

P: Yeah, but wouldn’t you miss your friends?

F: Sure, for a while, but I’d make new ones.

P: You certainly sound very confident.

F: You know, actually, there is one thing I’d miss.

P: What’s that?

F: My dog!


Marta: Guess what! I just got invited to my teacher’s house for di nner!

Karen: Oh, how nice.

M: Yes, but what do you do when you’re invited to someone’s house here?

K: Well, it’s the custom to bring a small gift.

M: Really? Like what?

K: Oh, maybe some flowers or dessert.

M: And is it all right to bring a friend along?

K: Well, if you want to bring someone, you’re expected to call first and ask if it’s OK.

Unit 6

What’s wrong with it?


Clerk: Can I help you?

Helen: Yes, I’d like to return this jacket.

C: Is there something the matter with it?

H: Yes. I didn’t notice when I bought it, but there are a few problems. First, it has a tear in the lining.

C: Hmm, actually, it’s torn in several places.

H: And some of the buttons are very loose, this one came off, in fact. And there’s a stain on the collar.

C: I’m really sorry about this. Would you like to exchange it for another one?

H: Well, to be honest, I don’t think this jacket is very well made. I’d rather get a refund.

C: I understand. Do you have the receipt?


Ms. Lock: Hello?

Mr. Burr: Hello, Ms. Lock. This is Jack Burr.

L: Uh, Mr. Burr… in Apartment 205?

B: No, in Apartment 305.

L: Oh, yes. What can I do for you? Does your refrigerator need fixing again?

B: No, it’s the oven this time.

L: Oh, so what’s wrong with it?

B: Well, I think the temperature control needs to be checked. Everything I try to cook gets burned. L: Really? OK, I’ll have someone look at it right away.

B: Thanks a lot, Ms. Lock.

L: Uh, by the way, Mr. Burr, are you sure it’s the oven and not your cooking?

Unit 7

The word we live in


Andy: Excuse me. Would you like to make a contribution to Greener World?

Carla: Sure. What are you working on right now?

A: Well, we’re developing educational programs for schools. We want to show children how the oceans are being polluted by industrial waste. And we want to tell them about how fish supplies have been depleted through overfishing.

C: I think what you’re doing is terrific. I wish I could do more to help.

A: So, have you ever thought about becoming a member of Greener World?

C: No, but tell me a little more about it.


Andy: You know, there’s a factory outside town that’s pumping chemicals into the river.

Carla: How can they do that? Isn’t that against the law?

A: Yes, it is. But a lot of companies ignore those laws.

C: That’s terrible! What can Greener World do?

A: Well, on thing to do about it is to talk to the management.

C: What if that doesn’t work?

A: Well, then another way to stop them is to get a TV station to run a story on it.

C: Yes! Compa nies hate bad publicity. By the way, what’s the name of this company?

A: It’s called Apex Industries.

C: Oh no! My uncle is one of their top executives!

Unit 8

Learning to learn


Paula: Do you want to take a class with me at the community college?

Jason: Maybe. What are they offering?

P: Well, here’s the course catalog. Take a look.

J: Hmm. They’ve got a lot of language classes – Chinese, German, Japanese. Would you rather learn an Asian language or a European one?

P: Um, actually, I think I’d rather take an art class. They have one on landscape photography and another on making videos.

J: That sounds OK. But I think I’d prefer studying video to learning about photography.

P: OH, wait. It says here that you need to provide your own video equipment.

J: Oh, I’d rather not spend a lot of money. Let’s see what else they’re offering.


W: So, how’s your French class going?

J: Not bad, but I’m finding the pronunciation difficult.

W: Well, it takes a while to get it right. You could improve your accent by listening to tapes.

J: That’s a good idea. But how do you learn new vocabulary? I always seem to forget new words. W: I learn new words by writing them on pieces of paper and sticking them on my bedroom wall.

I look at them every night before I go to sleep.

J: Maybe I should try something like that!

Unit 9



Ken: you know, I’ve always wanted to have my fortune told.

Lisa: Really? Do you know where you can get it done?

K: I’m not sure. But maybe there are some fortunetellers listed in the phone book. Let’s take a look.

L: Hmm. Here’s one. You could have your palm read by Madame Zara for $70.

K: That’s really expensive.

L: What about this one? You can get your fortune told over the phone for only $3.75a minute.

K: That’s reasonable. Come on. Try it with me!


James: This has got to stop! Another Friday night without a date! What can I do?

Mike: What about looking through the personal ads in the newspaper? That’s how I met Stephanie. J: Actually, I’ve tri ed that. But the people you meet are always different from what you expect. M: Well, why don’t you join a dating service? A friend of mine met his wife that way.

J: That’s not a bad idea.

M: Also, it might be a good idea to check out singles’ night at t he bookstore.

J: Yeah. If I don’t find a date, at least I might find a good book!

Unit 10

The past and the future


Emma: Look. Here’s a quiz on events of the twentieth century.

Steve: Oh, let me give it a try. I’m good at history.

E: All right. First question: When did World War I begin?

S: I think it began in 1917.

E: OK. And how long has the United Nations been in existence?

S: Uh, since Kennedy became president in 1961.

E: Hmm. Next question: How long was the Berlin Wall up?

S: Well, they built it right after World War II, and it came down in 1989, so it was up for 44 years. Uh, how am I doing so far?

E: Not very well. None of your answers is correct!


Kathy: Have you heard about the new computer they’re coming out with? It’ll be a ble to recognize any voice command, so you won’t ever need to use the keyboard.

John: Yeah, and soon everyone will be using computers that fit into the palm of your hand.

K: Within 20 years, I bet all our news and information will be coming through computers.

J: By then, maybe even newspapers will have disappeared!

K: Wow! Computers are going to take over our lives one of these days.

J: Yeah! Isn’t great!

Unit 11

Life’s little lessons


Alan: So what were you like as a kid?

Carol: When I was a kid, I was kind of rebellious.

A: You? Really? What was the turning point?

C: When I graduated from high school.

A: What do you mean?

C: Until you graduate, you don’t understand that life is just Beginning. After I finished high school, I realized that I still had a lot to learn.

A: I know what you mean. I was really immature when I was a kid.

C: What changed?

A: I think I became more mature after I got my first job. Once you have a job, you learn to be more independent.

C: That’s true. Where did you work?

A: In my father’s bank.


Peter: I’m thinking of going back to school to get another degree. It’s so hard to find a job with a degree in literature.

Kay: Yeah, I know what you mean.

P: I should have studied something more practical. If I’d been more sensible, I would have majored in economics.

K: Why did you major in literature?

P: I don’t know! I should have listened to my mother. She wanted me to major in business.

K: Oh? What does she do?

P: Mom? She’s a literature professor.

Unit 12

The right stuff


Kelly: I hear you’re going to open your own restaurant.

Joe: Yeah, I’ve always wanted my own place.

K: But isn’t it a little risky?

J: Sure, but in order to succeed in business, you need to take a few risks –calculated risks, of course. That’s what they taught me in business school, anyway!

K: So what do you have to do in order for a restaurant to succeed in this town? I mean, don’t you need some sort of gimmick?

J: Well, I’ve come up with a concept that I think will work ve ry well.


Alice: What’s your favorite club, Eric?

Eric: The Downtown Club. They have great music, and one nice thing is that it’s never crowded. A: That’s funny. There’s always a long wait outside my favorite club. And I like it because it’s absolutely packed most nights.

E: Why do you think it’s so popular?

A: Well, it just opened a couple of months ago, everything is brand new and modern, and there are lots of “hip” people who go there. It’s called The Casablanca.

E: Oh, right. It’s the newest “in” place. I hear the reason people go there is just to be seen.

A: Exactly! Do you want to go some night?

E: I thought you’d never ask!

Unite 13

That’s a possibility


Jackie: You asked Beth to be here around seven o’clock, didn’t you?

Bill: Yes. What time is it now?

Jackie: It’s nearly a quarter to eight. I wonder what happened.

Bill: Hmm. She might have forgotten the time. Why don’t I call and see if she’s on her way?

A few minutes later

Bill: I got her answering machine, so I guess she must have left already.

Jackie: I hope she didn’t have a problem on the road. Her car could have broken down or


Bill: Of course she may have simply forgotten our invitation and done something else today. Jackie: No, she couldn’t have forgotten. I talked to her only yesterday. Let’s just start without her.


rent: How was your dinner party?

Adam: I think it went pretty well. People really seemed to enjoy themselves.

B: That’s good.

A: Yeah, but we shouldn’t have invited my wife’s boss a gain. We can never get him to leave!

B: Really? How late did he stay this time?

A: Until two o’clock in the morning! And we both had to get up early the next day.

B: Oh, he shouldn’t have stayed so late. That was really inconsiderate. You should have as ked him to leave earlier.

A: Well, it’s pretty difficult to do that to your wife’s boss!

Unit 14

Behind the scenes


Ryan: Working on movies must be really exciting.

Nina: Oh, yeah, but it’s also very hard work. A one-minute scene in a film can take days to shoot. R: Why is that?

N: Well, each scene isn’t filmed just once. Lots of different shouts have to be done. only the best ones are used in the film.

R: So, how any shots are taken?

N: It depends, but sometimes as many as 20. One scene may be shot from five or six different angles.

R: Wow! I didn’t realize that.

N: Why don’t you come visit the studio? You can see how the special effects are done.

R: Great, I’d love to!


Liz: Where are you working now, Bob?

Bob: The Daily Advertiser. I have two jobs, actually. My main job is working as an assistant editor.

L: What does an assistant editor do?

B: Well, an assistant editor, who is often relatively new to journalism, gets the stories ready for the editor.

L: That sounds kind of interesting.

B: It’s OK. But my other job is more interesting.

L: And what’s that?

B: I’m the movie critic, too. It’s terrific. And I get to see all the latest movies for free.

L: So you’re the one who writes those sarcastic reviews. You don’t like anythin g!

B: That’s me!

Unit 15

There should be a law!


April: Rich, you look exhausted!

Rich: I know. I didn’t get much sleep last night.

A: What happened?

R: Remember those guys I told you about?

A: The ones that just moved in next door?

R: Yeah. They had another party, and the noise kept me awake all night.

A: Well, something has got to be done. This has happened every weekend since they moved in! R: Yeah. Tell me about it. I finally had to call the police.

A: I would have done the same thing. They shouldn’t be allowed to disturb people like that. And anyway, they should have at least inverted you to the party!


Sarah: Health insurance bills, child-care bills, rent! Now that I’m going to school and only working part time, I have a hard time making ends meet.

Todd: Health insurance is so expensive, isn’t it?

S: Yeah! My company used to pay for it when I was working full time.

T: And child care isn’t cheep either, is it?

S: No, it’s not. After I pay for rent and groceries, almost all my money goes to pay for my son’s day care.

T: Your college should provide free day care for students with children.

S: I think so, too. But they don’t have any services like that.

Unit 16

Challenges and accomplishments


Kurt: So, how long have you been in the Peace Corps?

Brenda: For about a year now.

K: Do you enjoy it?

B: Most of the time. The work can be extremely difficult, but it has its rewards.

K: What’s the most challenging thing about being in the Peace Corps?

B: For me, it’s finding a way to fit into a community that’s very different from my own. It can be frustrating!

K: And what’s the most rewarding thing?

B: That’s easy. The most rewarding thing about being in the Peace Corps is learning about another culture.


Grandfather: Happy birthday, Alison. So how does it feel to be 21?

Alison: Kind of strange. I suddenly feel a little anxious, like I’m not moving ahead fast enough. G: But don’t you think you’ve accomplished quite a bit in the last few years?

A: Oh, I’ve managed to get good grades in all my courses, but I still haven’t been able to decide on a career.

G: Well, what do you hope you’ll have achieved by the time you’re 30?

A: For one thing, I hope I’ll have seen more of the world. But more important than that, I’d like to have made a good start on my career by then.