1.Oh, I am really sorry. Are you ok ? I am fine. But I am not really good at this. Neither am I. Say, are you from south America? Yes, I am originally. I was born in Argentina. Did you grow up there?
Yes, I did. But my family moved there eight years ago when I was in high school. And, where did you learn the roller blade? Here and park. This is my only Second time. Well, this is my first time. Can you give me some lessons? Sure, just follow me. By the way, my name is Teddy And I am Anna. Nice to meet you.
1. Heihei, that was fun. Thanks for the lesson. No problem.
So, tell me a little about yourself. What do you do. I work in travel agency. Really, what do you do there? I am in charge of the computers. Oh , so, you are computer specialist Well, sort of. Yeah, I guess so.
That is great, then maybe you can give me some more helps with computer course I am taking.
Oh, sure, But only if you promise to give me some more rollerblading lessons? Unhen, it is deal.
2. Where are you from originally Yu Hong? I’m from China, from near Shanghai. And, when did you move here?
I came here after I graduated from college. That was in 1992. And, what do you do now? I’m a transportation engineer.
I see, so you ’re an immigrant to the United States. Yes, that’s right.
What are some of the difficulties of being an immigrant in the U.S.
Oh, that’s not an easy question to answer. There are so many things, really. I guess one of the biggest difficultly is that I don’t have any relatives here. I mean, I have a lot of friend. But that’s not the same thing. In China, on the holidays or the weekend, we visit relatives.it isn’t the same here. And, what do you miss the most from home?
Oh, that’s easy.my mom’s soup. She makes great soup. I really miss my mother’s cooking.
3 .Hey! Are these pictures of you when you were a kid.
Yeah, that’s me in front of my uncle’s beach house. When I was a kid, we used to spend two weeks every summer. Wow, I bet that was fun!
Yeah, we always had a great time. Every day we used to get up early and walk along the beach. I had a great shell collection. In fact, I think it’s still up in the attic. Hey, I used to collect shells, too , when I was a kid. But my parents threw them out!
3. You know what I remember most about growing up? What?
Visiting my grandparent’s house, you know, on holidays and stuff. They lived way out
in the country, and my granddad had a horse named Blackie. He taught me how to ride. I just love that horse-and she loved me, too! I used to really enjoy spending time at my grandparent’s house. And every time I came back, Blackie remembered me. Ah, memories!
Everything is nothing but self-building 心無旁騖唯有自強不息。 4. Hello.
Hello, is the apartment you’re advertising still available? Yes, it is.
Can you tell me a little about it?
Well, it’s a prefect apartment for one person. It’s one room with a kitchen at one end. I see. And is it far away from the subway?
There’s a subway station just down the street. Actually, the apartment is located right downtown, so you step out of the building and there are stores and restaurants everywhere. But it’s on a high floor, so you don’t hear any street or traffic noise. It sounds like just the kind of place I’m looking for. I’d like to come see it, please. Sure. Let me give you the address.
4. Creative Rentals. Good morning.
Hello. I’m calling about the apartment you have for rent. Yes. What can I tell you about it? Where is it, exactly?
It’s on the King Street, just off the freeway. Oh, near the freeway. Can you hear the traffic?
Yes, I’m afraid you do hear some. But the apartment has lots of space. It has three bedrooms and a very large living room. I see. And is it in a new building? Well, the building is about fifty years old. Uh-huh. Well, I’ll think about it.
Ok. Thanks for calling. Thank you. Bye 5. living places-A
The neighborhood sure has changed! What was this place like before. Grandpa?
Well, there used to be a grocery store right here on this corner. Hmm. It was pretty quit. Not many people lived here then. These days, the population is growing fast.
Yeah, I bet they’ll tear down all these old buildings soon. In a few years, there will be just malls and high-rise apartments. Hey, that doesn’t sound too bad. NO, but I’ll miss the old days.
5.Apartment Hunting-A What do you think?
Well, it has just as many bedroom as the last apartment. And the living room is huge. But the bedroom are too small, And there isn’t enough closet space for my clothes. And it’s not as cheap as the last apartment we saw.
But, that apartment was dark and dingy. And it was in a dangerous in neighborhood. Let’s see if the real estate agent has something eise to show us.
5. Apartment Hunting-B
Well, how do you like this space, then?
Oh, It’s much better than that other one. The thing I like best is the bedroom. They are too huge!
Yes, they are nice and big.
And there are two bathrooms, I could have my own bedroom! Yes, I guess you could,
The only problem is the color of the living room, I really don’t like those dark green walls.
Oh, I’m sure we can change the color if you want to.
6. Did you know next week is Halloween? It’s on the Oct 31.
So, what do you do on Halloween? We don’t have this holiday in Russia. Well, It’s a day when kids dress up in masks and costumes.
They knock on people’s doors and ask for candy by saying words, ”Trick or treat !”. Hmm. Sounds interesting.
But it’s not just for kids. Lots of people have costumes parties. Hey… my friend Pete’s having a party. Would you like to go? Sure, I’d love to.
6. So, are we going to wear costumes to the party?
Of course. That’s have half the fun. Last year I rented this great Dracula costume, and this year I’m going as a clown.
A clown! Yes, you would make a good clown. Hey!
Oh, I’m just kidding. What about me? What kind of custom should I wear? Why don’t you go as a witch? I saw a terrific witch outfit at the costume store. A witch… yeah, that’s a good idea. So after I scare people, you can make them laugh.
7. You look beautiful in that kimono, Mary. It is this your wedding photo? Yes, it is.