W: So, how is your German class going, John?
M: Well, not bad. The pronunciation is fine with me. And its vocabulary is similar to English, but I’m finding the grammar awful.
W: Well, it takes a while to get it right.
W: I hope you can come to the party on Saturday.
M: I didn’t know I was invited.
W: Sure you are. Everyone in our office is invited.
W: May I help you?
M: Yes. When is the next train to London?
W: Oh, let me check. It leaves in twenty minutes.
M: One ticket, please.
W: Charlie, do you know a restaurant called Bravo?
M: Bravo…I know the name, but I’m not sure where it is.
W: It’s on George Street. The food there is excellent.
W: Brian, I just had an interview. They said they would make a decision soon.
M: What are your chances of getting the job?
W: Quite good. I think the interview went very well.
M: Let’s go kite flying, Judy. It’s such a lovely day.
W: Okay, but let me finish my chemistry homework first. Would you mind waiting for half an hour, Max? There are a few sports magazines on the table.
M: Isn’t the chemistry homework due next Wednesday?
W: Yeah, but I have a full day of classes on Monday and a birthday party to attend on Tuesday.
M: All right, then. You go ahead, and I’ll catch up on some sports news while waiting.
W: We’ve been on the computer all the time lately. Why don’t we do something different Sunday afternoon?
M: Well, we could go to a concert.
W: But I don’t think we can get the tickets this late.
M: Then what about playing a computer game? There’s a really cool new one we could download.
W: Hmm. I don’t know. I feel like I need to do some exercise. We could probably just walk by the lake. And I’ll ask Mike to join us.
M: That sounds like fun. Let’s do it!
W: Welcome to our program, Doctor Peterson. Let’s see what questions we’ve got for you today. Here is one: Can cats see color?
M: Sort of. In the wild, Many cats hunt at night because their eyes are designed for low light. Your cat can’t see bright colors such as red and green, but it picks up more shades of blue, yellow, and gray than humans do.
W: And why do cats give dead birds to their owners?
M: When your cat drops a dead bird at your feet, she isn’t bringing you a present. Most cats just drag food home because it’s a safe place to eat. A cat’s mom also brings home things to her children to help them practice hunting. So a female cat without children may bring these “treats” to her owner instead. You may not like them, but at least you don’t have to write her a thank-you note.
W: How is little Ed doing at the kindergarten, Jack?
M: Oh, he’s doing fairly well. It’s been three weeks since he first started going. So Macy and I are pretty used to it now. You should have seen Macy cry when Ed was about to set off on the first day, though.
W:I think that’s a normal reaction for mothers. You live quite close to the kindergarten, don’t you? How does he get there?
M: Macy walks there with him every morning unless the weather is bad. When it rains, they’ll drive.
W: And is Ed enjoying kindergarten?
M: Yeah, he loves to have other kids to play with. He keeps telling us things they do together.
W: What do the teachers at the kindergarten say about him?
M: They said he is bright and that he’s starting to learn how to tell time.
W: Isn’t that fantastic?
M: That is fantastic. It sounds like everything goes well.
W: My name is Emily. I had been a dancer for quite a long time. I started studying ballet when I was six years old. By the time I was nine, I was dancing five days a week. When I was eighteen, I decided that I really preferred contemporary dance and that I wanted to do it professionally. So I applied successfully for the training program at the school of Toronto Dance Theatre, and moved to Toronto to attend the program. That was the period of time I enjoyed most in Toronto. I graduated on scholarship and danced professionally for ten years. But after all those years, I found that dance was gradually becoming something that felt like more of a burden than a joy. I found myself increasingly unwilling to drag myself to dance performances, so I quit. I do miss dance often, but it makes me happy to think that I’ll never have to go to another training session again.