Man: Where do you live, Carol?
Woman: I have a flat on the north side of town.
Man: What’s it like?
Woman: It’s a really tall, modern building. It has over twenty floors. I live on the thirteenth.
Woman: Which one is your flat, Graham?
Man: I live in that pink building on the corner.
Woman: Oh fantastic? Is yours the flat with the balcony?
Man: No, I’m in the flat above.
Woman: What’s Joe’s apartment like?
Man: I like it. It’s in an old building, above some offices. But it’s very close to the city centre.
Woman: Is it noisy?
Man: No, it’s on a quiet street.
Woman: What’s your house like, Andrew?
Man: Not very interesting. It’s a small, red-brick house in a row of small, red-brick houses.
Woman: Is the area nice?
Man: Well, my garden is very small. None of the houses have big gardens. But it’s clean and it’s quiet.
Woman: What was Jack’s house like?
Man: It was very modern. It was very square. It had big windows and a swimming pool.
Woman: It sounds wonderful.
Man: It was quite nice, but I prefer more traditional houses.
Man: Which one is your house, Sally?
Woman: That two-storey house over there.
Man: The one with the white garage door?
Woman: Yes, and the white front door.
Woman: Where did you stay on your holiday?
Man: We stayed in a cottage in the countryside.
Woman: Was it nice?
Man: Beautiful. It had a thatched roof, an enormous chimney and beautiful gardens. And there weren’t any other houses nearby
Carol: Hi Adam!
Carol: How are you? Alright?
Adam: (sigh) Tired.
Carol: You look it. Did you have a bad day?
Adam: Not great. I didn’t sleep well last night. I was fixing my computer until half past midnight. I went to bed at one o’clock in the morning. Then my son woke me up at twenty to four because he felt sick.
Carol: Poor thing. Is he ok?
Adam: Oh yes. I talked to him for twenty minutes and then he went back to sleep. I didn’t. I lay awake in bed until about six. Then my alarm clock went off at a quarter to seven.
Carol: Oh dear.
Adam: So I turned it off and went to sleep again. Then, of course, I overslept! I woke up again at ten minutes to eight. I usually leave home at eight o’clock! I washed and dressed. I didn’t have breakfast. No time. And then I forgot my wallet!
Carol: Oh no!
Adam: Yes, I left it at home. Thankfully, I had some money in my pocket, so I could buy lunch. But I had to borrow some money from a colleague to buy petrol. There wasn’t enough in the car to get home.
Carol: At least you got home. Was work okay?
Adam: Yes, except that I was so tired. I had a meeting in the morning and I did paperwork in the afternoon. Nothing special.
Carol: Well, you can relax this evening. You can watch a nice film on TV.
Adam: Relax? I don’t think so! I have to cook dinner tonight because my wife is working late. Then I have to take my son to football practice, walk the dog, iron some clothes and clean the bathroom. I’ll be lucky if I’m in bed by half past eleven!
Assistant (F): Hello, Fowlers.
Man: Hi, I need some parts for my car.
Assistant: Okay, have you shopped with us before?
Assistant: OK, you will be on the computer then. What’s your name please?
Man: Allan Browne.
Assistant: Alan – is that A – L – A – N?
Man: No, A - double L - A - N
Assistant: A - double L - A - N.
Man: And Browne has an ‘e’.
Man: Brown is spelt B – R – O – W – N – E.
Assistant: Oh, okay, thank you. Hmm, no you aren’t on the computer. That’s not a problem. I can make an account for you. What’s your postcode please?
Man: NU8 9RF.
Assistant: NU8 9RF. Is that Park Hill Road, Nutley?
Man: That’s right.
Assistant: And your house number is…?
Assistant: 27. Okay, that’s fine. So, what would you like to order?
Man: I need a new inside light for my car.
Assistant: An inside light. Sure. What’s the make of your car?
Man: It’s a Ford.
Assistant: And the model?
Man: A Spirit.
Assistant: A Ford Spirit. Okay, and the year?
Man: Er, it’s a 2009 model.
Assistant: Okay, so an inside light for a Ford Spirit 2009 model is… £35.76, that includes tax and postage.
Man: Wow, that’s quite a lot. Oh well.
Assistant: Do you want to go ahead and buy it?
Man: Yes, go on.
Assistant: Okay. So can I take your card details please?
Man: Sure. The long number is 8463…
Assistant: 0699 - and the expiry date?
Man: 06 – 19
Assistant: 06 – 19. And the security code? That’s the last three numbers on the back of the card?
Man: That’s er…992
Assistant: 992. Wonderful. Is the name on the card Allan Browne?
Man: Mr Allan Browne, yes.
Assistant: Okay. Well, we can send that to you today. You will get it in 2-3 days.
Man: That’s great. Thank you.
Kevin: Is that your sister - the girl over there?
Maria: Yes, that’s my sister Catherine. How did you know?
Kevin: You look similar.
Maria: Do you think so?
Kevin: Yes, I mean, obviously you have different hair. Hers is blonde, yours is brown.
Maria: And Catherine’s isn’t curly, like mine.
Kevin: No, but your faces are the same.
Maria: I don’t think so. Her eyes are a different colour to mine. Hers are blue, mine are green.
Kevin: I’m not talking about eye colour. I mean, the shape of your faces. Her face is longer than yours, yes, but you have the same mouths, and the same noses.
Maria: I don’t think I look like her. She’s much slimmer than me.
Kevin: Maybe, but she isn’t any taller.
Kevin: Are your personalities the same?
Maria: No! We’re nothing like each other! Catherine’s much more outgoing than me. She has lots of friends. I’m quieter. I prefer my own company. She’s bossier too. I suppose it’s because she’s older than me.
Kevin: You must have some things in common.
Maria: Well, we both like music, and the countryside, and we’re both independent. I suppose we have those things in common. What about you? Do you have a brother or a sister…?