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Elementary - Difficult Customer (B0001) A: Good evening. My name is Fabio, I‟ll be your waiter for tonight. May I take your
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 aheadache、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.
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.
A: Not to worry. We‟re pleased to offer you a complimentary upgrade.
B: Presidential suite baby!
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.
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...
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....
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.
The Office - Virus! (C0007)
A: Oh great! This stupid computer froze again! That‟s 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.
Daily Life - What’s your name 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.
The Weekend - Silence please! (C0009)
A: Those people in front of us are making so much noise. It‟s so inconsiderate!
B: Don‟t worry about it; it‟s not such a big deal.
A: Oh... I can‟t 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!
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 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. That's just what I was thinking! In fact, that‟s a brilliant idea! I‟m glad we thought of that. Very creative.
Daily Life - New Guy in Town (C0011)
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 just 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.The whole thing
really creeped me out
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.
Daily Life - Cleaning the House (C0012)
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 I‟ll 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. Don‟t 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...
The Office - Out Of Control 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!
Daily Life - I’m sorry, I love 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, That's right I think we have met somewhere before.We met at Aaron‟s place
last weekend! What a coincidence! But anyway, I‟m glad to see that you‟re not badly hurt, and I should probably get going. I have a nine o‟clock meeting. But here is my
number,call me**change information.
B: Ouch! My ankle! I think it‟s broken! You can‟t just leave me like this! Are you calling