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Man: Excuse me, Madam?
Man: How long can I keep the book?
Woman: For one month. Please make sure you return the book before it’s due.
Man: Hurry up, Jenny. It’s already seven. We’ll be late for the film.
Woman: Don’t worry dear, we still have twenty minutes. And it takes us only fifteen minutes to get there. We’ll be there just in time.
Man: I heard on the radio that it’ll be sunny during the holiday weekend. Maybe we can take a trip to Boston.
Woman: That sounds great. I’ll call Jean to see if she likes to join us.
Woman: It’s nearly eight. If you want to catch the nine o’clock train, you’d better go now.
Man: Don’t worry. I’ll drive to the station.
Woman: In that case, let me go with you. And you drop me off at the city center. I’ll go to the open market.
Woman: I’m sorry, the cake is late. We’ll do better next time, I promise.
Man: Well, I’m sorry too. You have to take it back. The birthday party is over and we don’t need the cake any more.
Woman: Oh, it’s broken! Jacky is not going to be happy when he sees this. It’s his favorite CD! He’ll tell mum.
Man: Please Kathy, can I borrow ten dollars? I’ll buy him a new one and I will clean up your room.
Woman: How did you like the dishes, Sir?
Man: Delicious. Everything was excellent here. Thank you!
Woman: Do you want some coffee, tea, sir?
Man: No. thanks, I’m fine. Ah, just have the bill, please. How much is your service charge?
Woman: Fifteen percent and it’s included in your bill. Thank you very much, sir. We look forward to seeing you again.
Man: Sure, good night.
Woman: Can I help you?
Man: 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.
Woman: I see. Let me have a look. Well, we’ll be happy to change it for you. But I am afraid we don’t have another pink one.
Man: Oh? What will I do then?
Woman: Would you like to choose a different color? We do have this camera in black and orange.
Man: My wife doesn’t like either of those colors.
Woman: If you want, we can order another camera just like this one. There wouldn’t be any extra charge for it.
Man: That sounds fine. Would you please go ahead and do that?
Woman: We’d be very happy to but it’ll take at least a week. Maybe ten days. We’ll call you when it comes in.
Man: Thank you very much.
Woman: You are welcome.
Woman: Hi, Joe! Many people in our department are leaving for Thanksgiving. What are you going to do?
Man: I think I’ll just stay at home. I may see some friends and watch a few DVDs. And I probably would go to the Ottawa Car Show. What about you, Ariel? What’s your plan?
Woman: I am going to do some traveling with my family.
Man: Oh, where to?
Woman: Toronto. And on our way, we’re going to visit my aunt, Valley, in Kingston.
Man: That’s exciting. How long do you plan to stay?
Woman: Two days. I have a get-together party with my college friends on the tenth in Toronto. Oh, I’m afraid I’ve got to go now. My husband is waiting for me. And we’ll have to pick up Daniel from school. Have a nice holiday, Joe!
Man: Thank you. You too!
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 these information, and that’s in the Guinness Book of World Records. This morning we have someone from the Guinness Company that produced that famous book, Thomas Manning. “Welcome to the program, Thomas!” “Thanks, Sue. It’s a pleasure to be here.” “Perhaps you could start by telling us where the idea for the book came from.” “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.” “So I suppose he went to the nearest library to look for the information and he couldn’t find it?” “Yes, that’s exactly what happened. And this made 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 of all records to satisfy their curiosity.” “So the idea for a book of records was born. And when did the first book come out?”“A few years later, in 1955. So, to ask your first question: the tallest person in the world is 231.7cm tall. And the oldest person is Jeanne. L. Calment, who was born in February, 1875.” “There are also some rather strange records, aren’t there, Thomas?” “Yes ,that’s right. Did you know, Sue, that the shortest time it is taken …”