M: Hello! International friends club! Can I help you? W: Oh, hello. I read about your club in the paper today and I thought I’d phone to find out a bit more.
M: Yes, certainly. Well, we have a sort of social club for people from different countries. It’s quite a new club. We have about 50 members at the moment. But we are growing all the time.
W: That sounds interesting. I’m British actually. And I came to Washington about 3 months ago. I’m looking for ways to meet people. Uh, what kinds of events do you organize?
M: Well, we have social get-togethers and sports event and we also have language evenings.
W: Could you tell me something about the language evenings?
M: Yes. Every day except Thursday, we have a language evening. People can come and practice their languages. You know, over a drink or something. We have different languages on different evenings.
Monday Spanish, Tuesday Italian, Wednesday German and Friday French. On Thursday, we usually
have a meal at a restaurant for anyone who wants to come.
W: Well, that sounds great. I really need to practice my French.
M: OK, well, if you can just give me your name and address, I’ll send you the form and some more information. If you join now, you can have the first month free.
M: Excuse me, madam.
M: How long can I keep the book?
W: For one month. Please make sure you return the book before it’s due.
M: Hurry up, Jayne. It’s already seven. We’ll be late for the film.
W: Don’t worry, dear. We still have 20 minutes. And it takes us only 15 minutes to get there. We’ll be there just in time.
M: I heard on the radio that it’ll be sunny during the
holiday weekend. Maybe we can take a trip to Boston. W: That sounds great. I’ll call Jane to see if she’d like to join us.
W: It’s nearly eight. If you want to catch the nine o’clock train, you’d better go now.
M: Don’t worry. I’ll drive to the station.
W: In that case, let me go with you. And you drive me off the city center. I’ll go to the open market. Text 5
W: I’m sorry. The cake is late. We’ll do better next time.
M: Well, I’m sorry, too. You have to take it back. The birthday party is over. And we don’t need the cake anymore.
W: Oh, it’s broken. Jack is going to be unhappy when he sees this. It is his favorite CD. He’ll tell mom.
M: Please, Kathy. Can I borrow 10 dollars? I’ll buy him a new one. And I‘ll clean up your room.
W: How did you like the dishes, sir?
M: Delicious. Everything was excellent here. Thank you. W: Do you want some coffee, tea, sir?
M: No, thanks. I’m fine. I’ll just have the bill please. How much is your service charge?
W: 15 percent. And it’s included in your bill. Thank you very much, sir. We look forward to see you again. M: Sure, good night.
W: Can I help you?
M: Yes, my daughter bought this camera here for my wife’s birthday. But it doesn’t work. So I‘d like to change it for another one.
W: I see. Let me have a look. Well, we’ll be happy to change it for you. But I’m afraid we don’t have another pink one.
M: Oh, what will I do then?
W: Would you like to choose a different color? We do have this camera in black and orange.
M: My wife doesn’t like either of those colors.
W: If you want, we can order another camera just like this one. There won’t be any extra charge for it. M: That sounds fine. Would you please go ahead and do
W: We’ll be very happy to. But it’ll take at least a week.
Maybe 10 days. We’ll call you when it comes in.
M: Thank you very much
W: You’re welcome.
W: Hi, Joe. Many people in our department are leaving for Thanksgiving. What are you going to do?
M: I think I’ll just stay at home. I may see some friends and watch a few DVDs. And I probably will go to the O car show. What about you, Avail? What’s your plan?
W: I’m going to do some travelling with my family.
M: Oh, where to?
W: Toronto. And on our way, we’re going to visit my aunt Betty in Kingston.
M: That’s exciting. How long do you plan the stay? W: Two days. I have a get-together party with my college friends on the 10th in Toronto. Oh, I’m afraid I’ve got to go now. My husband is just waiting for me.
And we’ll have to pick up Daniel from school. Have a nice holiday, Joe.
M: Thank you. You too.
W: Where can you look if you want to know how tall the tallest person in the world is or who the oldest person in the world is? There is only one place where you’ll find all this information. And that’s the Guinness book of records. This morning, we have someone from the Guinness Company that produces that famous book, Thomas Manning. Welcome to the program, Thomas.
M: Thanks, Sue. It’s a pleasure to be here.
W: Perhaps you can start by telling us where the idea for the book came from.
W: Well, it was first suggested in the early 1950s. Sir Hugh Beaver,the managing director of Guinness, was out shooting birds with some friends. A bird flew away so quickly that no one was able to shoot it. Sir Hugh wondered whether this bird was the fastest bird in Europe. And if it wasn’t the fastest, He wondered what was.
W: So I suppose he went to the nearest library to look for the information and he couldn’t find it.
M: Yes. That’s exactly what happened. And this may Sir Hugh think there must be other people in the same situation who wanted this kind of information. He thought that like himself people would be interested in finding facts about the records to satisfy their curiosity.
W: So the idea for a book records was born. And when did the first book come out?
M: A few years later in 1955. So to answer your first question, the tallest person in the world is 231.7 centimeters tall and the oldest person is G who was born in February, 1875.
W: There are also some rather strange records on it, Thomas.
M: Yes, that’s right. Did you know, Sue, that the shortest time that it taken ……