M: Does your niece Leah watch The Mickey Mouse Club?
W: Yeah. Her mom and dad didn’t let her watch television when she was a baby. But now that she’s two, her doctor says it’s OK for her to watch a half hour of TV each day.
M: You need to focus on drying the plates properly, or they can get water spots like this one.
W: Sorry, I didn’t notice that. I think I need to put on my glasses to do this job.
M: That’s probably a good idea. We don’t want to lose customers over something like this.
W: Would you like chicken or fish tonight? I have some delicious fish I could grill. Or I can always make my famous baked chicken.
M: I love your baked chicken! I’m so hungry that anything will taste great to me.
M: I’m so excited to be a senior soon! I’ll be able to drive my car to school, instead of taking the bus.
W: Oh, yeah. You’ve been riding the bus with me since the third grade! I can’t believe you’ll be in the twelfth grade. Time flies!
M: Over here is the weight room. Down the hall is the entrance to the pool. And over there is the classroom where we host our classes like yoga and cycling.
W: Wow, this is great! I’d like to sign up for a membership card.
W: Finals are approaching. I’m not ready, and most importantly, I still haven’t finished my employment history.
M: That CAPP class is a joke.
W: You mean the career-and-personal-planning class?
M: Yeah! How can they expect us to have employment history when we are full-time students?
W: That’s not the point of the class. It’s meant to provide us with the necessary tools to find work after college. The purpose is not to show our work experience. It’s practice for writing a professional résumé and cover letter, and how to take advantage of our strengths in a competitive work environment.
M: Oh, I never thought of that.
W: Well, you don’t really think of a lot of things...
M: What is the population of your hometown?
W: It is close to one million.
M: Wow! But you said you grew up in your capital city. And there are not even a million people there?
W: No, I’m talking about the whole state. My hometown doesn’t even have half that much.
M: So, your state is similar in size to Mongolia?
W: Well, it is actually larger in size, but Mongolia has nearly three million people.
M: That is so wild. Why are there so few people in the place you’re from?
W: It’s a cold place with nine months of winter. Before the discovery of oil, only native communities lived there for the most part. We have had a lot of immigration in recent years, mainly because of the jobs in the oil field.
M: I think I would feel lonely there.
W: All right, students. Your homework for the weekend is to review Chapter 3 and to write a summary of the most important ideas in the chapter. Next week, we’ll begin our presentations.
M: Excuse me, Mrs. Diaz...
M: How long should our summary be?
W: It should be one page, but no more than that. Also, remember that when you summarize a chapter, you must leave your own opinion out.
M: Yes, ma’am. But there are many different views on the Civil War in American history. It is difficult to summarize anything important without including my opinion at all.
W: A summary only includes the facts. You can use the author’s words directly, but you cannot include your own ideas. For the homework, I just need to see if you understand the main ideas in the chapter.
M: Should we try to connect these ideas to other things we read this term?
W: No. You can do that next week when you give your presentation.
M: Hi, it’s Charles Nelson. I have a reservation for tonight.
W: Hmm... Nelson. You have booked a room for five, right?
M: No, no. Hold on, there must be some mistake.
W: Okay. Let’s check... Here, Mr. Charles C. Nelson for tonight...
M: Ah, my name is Charles Nelson, not Charles C. Nelson.
W: I’m sorry. Let me check this again. Oh, yes. Charles Nelson, a room for one for the 19th of May.
M: No, a room for tonight, not for tomorrow evening.
W: I’m really sorry, but I don’t think we have any rooms for tonight. Well, let me check my computer here. Ah! There has been a cancellation for this evening. A honeymoon suite is now available.
M: Great. I’ll take it.
W: But I’ll have to charge you 250 dollars for the night. Well, the best I can give you is a 10% discount plus a ticket for a free breakfast.
M: Thank you very much!
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