M: Do you like surfing the Internet, Amy?
W: Not really. When I was surfing the Internet, I often did something I hadn't planned to. It was a waste of time. Now I spend most of my free time on books. I really love classical books.
W: Do you want to work part-time in the summer vacation?
M: No. I'll go to Spain.
W: For what? To spend a holiday?
M: Not really. I'll take a summer course there to improve my Spanish.
W: What do you want to do this afternoon, honey? It's boring to stay at home.
M: Let's watch an old movie of Leonardo DiCaprio. It's called The Beach made in 2000.
W: Look at the woman in the picture. She looks really pretty. I guess she's an actress.
M: No. Actually she's someone I know very well, because she teaches me English. But she does like acting. We often put on plays in class.
W: How did the interview go, Jim?
M: I was told that I was unfit for television news.
W: That's so bad.
M: Not really. I told them that Oprah Winfrey was once told the same thing. And they said they'd give me a chance to prove they were wrong.
M: Jennifer, did you finish reading the book that I lent to you last week?
W: No. I planned to read it this afternoon. But I watched TV instead.
M: So what program did you watch?
W: Nature. The program today was about elephants. I just couldn't believe it. One hundred years ago, there were about ten million African elephants and 100,000 Asian elephants. Right now there are just about 400,000 elephants left in the world.
M: The number has greatly dropped in the past century. I do hope measures will be taken to protect the species, or they'll disappear.
W: Would you like some iced tea or iced cola?
M: Neither. Do you have any warm water?
W: Uh, yeah. But aren't you hot right now? I mean, it is almost 40 degrees outside.
M: I know it is pretty hot, but I never like to drink cold things. They make my stomach upset.
W: Really? I always drink cold drinks, even when it's not that hot. Most customers in my restaurant only ask for cold drinks.
M: Really? Then they may come from America or South Korea. It's quite different in China. We prefer warm water because we think it is good for our health.
W: Good morning, Movie Center. How may I help you?
M: Good morning. This is Vinson from Room 808. I'd like to know something about your theater.
W: Very well, Mr. Vinson. We have three theaters — one public theater, and two private theaters for five people and two people respectively.
M: Mmm... how do you charge for the private ones?
W: The charge for the private theaters is $50 per hour per person. Drinks and snacks are extra.
M: Very well. I'd like to reserve the one for two people from 6:00 to 9:00 tomorrow evening. Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of our marriage. We want a celebration.
W: What exciting news! Congratulations, Mr. Vinson!
M: Thank you very much.
W: Mr. De La Rosa, welcome to our program. So how many days did it take you to paddle across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Hawaii?
M: Over 76 days. I left San Francisco on June 9, 2019. It was a 2,950-mile trip to Honolulu.
W: How long did you usually paddle each day?
M: On most days, I paddled for around 10 hours, stopping from time to time to rest or eat. At night, I usually woke up once every hour to make sure I was still on course. But I had to paddle for 15 hours on my first day.
M: I had to get to a safe place to spend the night.
W: So when were the hardest parts during the trip?
M: The beginning and the end of the trip were particularly hard. I fought strong waves and ocean currents when leaving San Francisco.
W: So when did you arrive in Hawaii?
M: On August 24. When I arrived there, the winds were strong. But I managed to get safely to shore.
W: Well, thank you for sharing your story with our audience, Mr. De La Rosa.
M: The honor is all mine.
W: Now I'd like to tell you how two of my friends learned languages. They are Benny and Lucas. Benny learned Irish Gaelic for eleven years and German for five years at school. But he couldn't speak them at all when he was leaving school. Up to the age of 21, he thought he had no gift for language learning. But I suggested he try talking with native speakers. He followed my advice. From then on, he often spoke to native speakers and got feedback from them. Today Benny can easily have a conversation in 10 languages. Fourteen years ago, he could speak just one well. My friend Lucas tried to learn English at school for 10 years. He was one of the worst students in his class. And then Lucas started to experiment with methods. He looked for his own way to learn, for example, by having Skype chat conversations with strangers. And after just 10 years, Lucas is able to speak nine languages fluently. So if you're learning a foreign language, don't just use your textbooks. Go out and speak to others in it.