At an English conversation school A: Hi, Kumiko. How are you? B: I’m fine. And you? A: Not bad. B: So what are we studying in class today? A: I have no idea. B: Really? A: No. Just kidding. We’re going to study some useful expressions. B: I see. A: And we’re going to have a test. B: A test? A: Don’t panic. It’s just a short test. B: I’m glad to hear that. A: Well, it’s almost time for class. B: Yes, we’d better get going. After you.
Birthday Party A:Guess what? B: What? A: Tomorrow’s my birthday. B: That’s cool. A: I’m having a party tomorrow night. Can you come? B: I wish I could, but I have to work. A: That’s too bad. B: I’ll buy you dinner sometime. I promise. A: That would be nice. B: Well, I’ve got to run. Have fun. A: Thanks. See you later. B: Yeah. Bye.
Have a nice trip A:So, you leave for France tomorrow? B: Yes, I can’t believe it. I’ll be in Paris for a whole month. A: Maybe you’ll be speaking French when you come back. B: Well, we’ll see. So you’re not going anywhere for vacation? A: No, I’m just staying here. I only have one week off. But that’s life. B: I guess so. A: Well, it’s getting late. You have a big day tomorrow. B: You’re right. I should get a good night’s rest. A: Have a nice trip. B: Thanks. And don’t work too hard. A: I won’t. Send me a card from Paris. B: I’ll try.
A Request A: Hello. Come in. B: Thank you. What a nice apartment! A: I’m glad you like it. Sit down. Make yourself comfortable. Would you like something to drink? B: Maybe later, thanks. Um, I have a favor to ask of you. A: What can I do for you? B: Well, as you know, I’m getting married. A: Uh-huh. B: I need someone to give a speech at the reception. A: You’d like me to give the speech? B: That’s right. If it’s no trouble. A: I’d be honored. B: That’s great. I was worried I couldn’t find someone.
At a restaurant A: I’m really hungry. B: So am I. A: What shall we order? B: Let’s see. How about the steak dinner? A: Fine with me. B: Should we have bread or rice? A: I don’t care. Either one is OK. B: Maybe we should have some wine. A: Great idea. Do you mind if I choose? B: Be my guest. A: Let’s try the ’96 bordeaux. B: Sounds good. Should we get anything for dessert? A: Well, we can always order something later. B: That’s true. I guess we’re ready to order.
Telephone Conversation A: Is Richard there? B: Sorry. He’s out now. A: I see. Can I leave a message? B: Sure. Let me get a pencil… OK. A: Tell him I’ll be half an hour late. B: I didn’t get your name. A: Oh, sorry. Tell him it’s Aya. B: OK. Does he have your number? A: Yes, I think so. Oh, I forgot. Please ask him to call me. B: When’s the best time to call? A: The sooner, the better. B: OK. I’ll tell him.
Life in Japan A: Do you think you’ll live abroad? B: Who knows? Now, of course, it’s impossible, but maybe sometime in the future. Do you want to live in Japan for a long time? A: Actually, yes. I like my life here. It’s interesting. B: That’s good. Some people have a lot of trouble here?a different culture, different language, and different food. A: Not me. By the way, how’s Mary doing? B: Pardon? A: Mary, your girlfriend. B: Oh, Mary. Fine. She’s doing fine. Why do you ask? A: Just curious. She has a new job, right? B: Her job’s going OK. A: Isn’t she a little busy? B: Not really. Hey, that reminds me. I have to call her about our date tonight.
Complaints
A: What’s the matter? B: I’m really fed up? A: How come? B: I’ve worked for six years at my company, but I’m still doing the same thing. It’s not fair. A: Just a thought. Have you talked to your boss about it? B: Actually, no. A: Maybe he’d understand your feelings. B: I doubt it. A: But at least try. B: Well, I’ll think about it. Thanks for the advice. A: Anytime.
Moving A: May I ask you a favor? B: Sure. Go ahead. A: Can I use your truck on Saturday? B: What for? A: I have to move to a new apartment. B: OK, but be careful. Don’t scratch it up. A: You can count on me. I’ll pay for gas. B: Don’t be silly. I’m sure you won’t use very much gas. A: Well, thanks a million. I owe you one. B: Forget it. It’s no big deal. A: OK. So I’ll come by your place at 9:00 on Saturday to pick up the truck. B: All right.
Watching baseball
A: Fancy meeting you here. B: Yes. Long time no see. How’s everything going? A: The same as usual. I didn’t know you liked baseball. B: I sometimes go to the games. A: I hope the Giants win today. B: So do I. But they’re not doing very well A: No, I’m afraid not. They’re four runs behind. There’re still four innings. Maybe they can catch up. B: Yes, let’s keep our fingers crossed. A: Well, I should get back to my friends. B: OK. It was nice talking with you. A: Yeah. Bye.
A gift for mother A: Hi, Brian. Shopping? B: No, I work here. A: Really? I didn’t know that. B: Didn’t I tell you? A: I don’t remember. Maybe you did, maybe you didn’t. Hey, maybe you can help me. I need to find a gift for my mother. B: That’s a piece of cake. How about this blouse? It’s on sale. A: I don’t think so. Purple isn’t her color. B: Then how about this one? A: Perfect. I know she’ll love it. B: Anything else? A: No, that’s it.
A drive A: Thanks for driving me to the train station. B: Don’t mention it. It’s on my way. A: Here’s the train schedule. B: Which train are you taking? A: Oh, dear! The last train has already left. What should I do? B: Don’t worry. I’ll drive you home. A: Are you sure? It’s pretty far. B: No problem. I kind of feel like taking a drive tonight. By the way, where do you live? A: I live in Shinagawa Ward. B: Really? What a coincidence! So do I. A: Gee, that’s great. Maybe we’re neighbors. B: Could be. Well, let’s go.
 

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