City Living I love skyscrapers!
Takeshi: Man, look at that! In New York there's always something being built.
And everything goes up so quickly…you never know what's going to be around next week.
Roberto: Yea, but on the other hand, sometimes I wonder about overcrowding. Maybe they need to start building down more. Takeshi: Building down?
Roberto: Yeah, it's when you build underground instead of above ground. Takeshi: Nah, that's too much like living in a cave. I love the skyscrapers!
They are the most incredible feats of engineering!
Roberto: True. And some of the first ones were built right here in New York City.
Takeshi: That's right! You know, I wonder what New York looked like before all these building popped up.
Roberto: I don't know, but I'd like to see this one when it's finished. Takeshi: Yeah. I'll bet it'll be something fantastic!
Roberto: Maybe…what do you think it's going to look like?
Takeshi: I don't know…but you know what? I'm going to remember what it looked like.
Roberto: What are you talking about? And why are you taking pictures?
There's nothing there.
Takeshi: OK. You know some people get famous because they have pictures of movie stars or performers before they make it big?
Takeshi: Well, some building and architectural structures get to be famous too, like the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building…right? Roberto: Yeah, and…? There's nothing here!
Takeshi: Right! But there will be. Someday this very spot may become really well-known —like maybe it'll be some incredible hotel that the rich and famous stay at. And I'll be the only one with pictures of it before it was built. Cool, huh?
Roberto: Uh…you are too much. Hey, let's ask this guy what your “famous”building’s going to be. Excuse us, can you tell us what this is going to be when it's finished? Maybe a fancy hotel or
Construction Worker: Fancy hotel? No, this isn't going to be a hotel. It's going to be a parking garage.
Roberto: A parking garage. Uh …huh. Thanks.
Takeshi: Well…maybe…someone rich and famous will park here.
City Living The first word processor
Mrs. Morgan: Good. So change the first part and make those corrections and your paper will be great.
Tara: Ok. Thanks for all your help, Professor Morgan. I'll email my paper to you later today.
Mrs. Morgan: You know technology is amazing. In high school I used to write my papers on a typewriter.
Tara: It must have taken a long time to write a paper on a typewriter. Mrs. Morgan: Well, I was pretty fast, but I hade some mistakes. Actually the typewriters weren’t that bad. Now as for the first computer…oh my gosh!
Tara: What do you mean?
Mrs. Morgan: The first computers were so unreliable. They used to crash all the time. And they were not as affordable or as fast as they are now. Tara: Mine's pretty fast, but not as fast as some of the newer, more expensive ones.
Mrs. Morgan: I know! And nowadays, almost everyone has a computer. In those days, nobody had their own computer. We had to use the ones at the university.
Tara: In the computer lab?
Mrs. Morgan: Yeah, that's all we had. I'll never forget, one spring, during final exams. Everybody was working on their term papers, and the
electricity went out!
Tara: So? No big deal…laptops have batteries…
Mrs. Morgan: Yes, but remember, in those days we didn't have laptops. If your computer crashed, you lost everything.
Mrs. Morgan: Everything. We used to lose information all the time, but that time it was terrible. Everybody lost their paper that afternoon…
Tara: What did you do?
Mrs. Morgan: I went back to the good, old-fashioned way
Tara: You mean typewriter?
Mrs. Morgan: Nope. I used something more affordable, portable, reliable, disposable, something that always worked.
Tara: What was that?
Mrs. Morgan: The first word processor
Takeshi: So, what are today’s headlines?
Mike: I don’t know. I’m reading the important stuff like my horoscope and the entertainment section. Hey! Look at this! James Hammond is playing at CBGB’s tonight1
Takeshi: James Hammond. Isn’t that famous blues guitarist? The guy with
the silver guitar and the long, black hair?
Mike: No, that’s Kevin Diamond. James Hammond is the singer. He has short spiky hair, he always wears that really cool white suit…
Takeshi: I know him——he’s great!Let’s go!
Mike: Ah, man !It’s sold out.
Mike: The one sitting down?Wearing the pink shirt?
Takeshi：No, The really pretty one with the long hair and glasses. You know her,she lives in our building. She’s a journalist.She writes all the music reviews for The Village
Mike: Well,what are you waiting for? Go over there and ask her if she can get us some tickets for tonight.
Takeshi：Are you kidding? I can’t do that. I hardly know her!
Takeshi: Somehow. I got a ticket——and a date with ...Anna Markovich. Mike: You’re kidding me! That’s great.
City living The big job interview
Ms. Li: Hi, I'm Yvomme Li. Welcome.
Claudia: Hi, Claudia Oliveira.
Ms. Li: Please have a seat. Thanks very much for coming in. Did you bring your resume?
Claudia: Yes. Here you are.
Ms. Li: Great. Thanks. First let me tell you a little about the job. We're looking for someone to sell our new software product internationally. The job requires flexibility, independence, and most importantly, a pleasant
manner with customers.
Claudia: I agree…that's important. I've worked in sales for years and have tried to really listen to my customers to find out what they need. I think I'm really good at that.
Ms. Li: That's great. So tell me a little about your experience with software programs.
Claudia: Well, I've trained people how to use a similar software product for the past two years at my current job, so I really feel I know the product and customer needs.
Ms. Li: Hmm…interesting, and your sales experience?
Claudia: I've been with my present company for 3 years and in my present position since last year. In that time I've been named salesperson of the month 3 times, and have taken top sales awards several times as well.
Ms. Li: Impressive…
Claudia: I'm also taking graduate courses right now in marketing. I feel it really helps me understand the market better, especially the
Ms. Li: You've been very busy, Ms. Oliveira! Well, thanks very much for coming in. We’ll be in touch.
Claudia: Thank you.
Ms. Li: Hey, Bill, I just interviewed a woman for that software sales position. Mr. Howard: How did it go?
Ms. Li: Very well.
Mr. Howard: Do you think she's right for the job?
Ms. Li: I think so. She has a high energy level and a lot of experience. Mr. Howard: OK. Let's offer her the job.
Ms. Li: Great
Ms. Li: Hello, Claudia Oliveira, please.
Tara: She can't come to the phone right now. May I take a message?
Ms. Li: Yes, please tell her Yvonne Li called.
Claudia: Come on. We’re going to be late for our aerobics class!
Tara: Oh, by the way there was a phone call from some woman called…
City Living “Furniture Showroom”—Take one
Takeshi: By the way Mike, thanks a lot for helping me out with this. I can't believe Tara got sick! And on the day of my first real commercial shoot. Can you believe it?
Mike: Don't worry about it. It's going to be great…especially since you have a “lovely assistant”like me.
Takeshi: Right…there, that should do it. Got your sign?
Takeshi: Ready Mr. Howard? And rolling…OK…“Furniture Showroom”commercial—Take one.
Mr. Howard: Hello there! My name is John Howard, president of Furniture Showroom, and I'm here to tell you why we're one of the most successful Furniture stores around. The keys to our success are excellent quality, great design, and affordable prices. And who are these keys for? Why for you—our customers! And that's why I'm here today to show you some of our premier pieces. Like this sleek and stylish lounge chair. All our lounges are covered in 100% genuine leather, and built with solid steel-frame construction. Take a look at that—talk about well-made. Or take a look at this Super Sleeper Sofa…why it's one of the most comfortable sofas you'll ever lay your head on! It's true! See for yourself!
You know, folks, Furniture Showroom is not one of those fly-by-night operations —“here today, gone tomorrow.”Our company was founded in 1982 with only three hardworking employees: my wife, my son and me. Here at Furniture Showroom, we really pride ourselves in giving you the best product at the right price! So come on down to Furniture Showroom and take a look at our…
Tara: Hey, what happened to that TV Commercial? The one I couldn't do because I was sick?
Takeshi: You mean the one where Mike fell asleep on my first paying client?
I just sent in the tape last week. Who…who knows what'll happen.
Mike: Look I said I was sorry. Plus that couch was really comfortable…Takeshi: Hello? This is. Oh, hello, Mr. Howard! Yeah…uh-huh…Ok…great! Thank you!
Takeshi: They loved it. They just booked me for another five commercials! Mr. Howard said that the big guy who fell asleep on the couch was the best part.
Mike: Well, you know what this calls for, don't you?
Takeshi: Yeah…an apology.
Mike: No, an encore!