M：We could go to the theatre tonight, or would you rather eat at a restaurant?
W： To tell the truth，I can’t go anywhere this evening because I’m expecting an important phone call from out of town.
W：How long does it take you to drive home?
M：Usually about 20 minutes when there is not much traffic. But if I can’t leave before 5 p.m， it takes me 15 minutes more.
W: Good evening, Dr.David. My name is Susan Gray. I’m with the local newspaper. Do you mind if I ask you several questions?
M: Not at all. Go ahead please.
W: It’s said that you’re moving to a new apartment soon.
M: Yes, I have to do so although it’ll be more expensive. My present roommate plays his tape recorder all night long and I can’t sleep.
M：How are your piano lessons going?
W：Very well. My teacher thinks I’m making progress，and I find the lessons well worth the time and trouble.
M: Take a look at this bread.
W: Oh, it’s hard as a rock.
M: Where did you buy it?
W: At the supermarket, just yesterday.
M: You should take it back.
M: Do you want to go to the movies tonight?
W: I can’t. I have to review my lessons.
M: Are you having a test tomorrow?
W: Yes. We’re having our mid-term exam.
M: I wish you good luck.
W: Thanks. But I’m a little nervous.
M: Nervous? You used to study very well.
W: But I haven’t studied for a long time.
M: Hello. Is this Mr. Smith’s office?
W: Yes, it is. May I help you?
M: Yes, I’d like to speak to Dr. Smith, please.
W: Dr. Smith went home this afternoon. May I ask who is calling?
M: This is Jim White.
W: Oh yes, Mr. White. Dr. Smith asked me to give you his home phone number.
M: Just a moment, please. Yes, what’s the number?
W: His number is 77231059.
M: That’s right.
W: Thank you very much.
M: What’s the matter with you?
W: I’m not feeling well, doctor. I have a fever.
M: I’ll take your temperature first. How long have you been like this?
W: It began yesterday.
M: Do you feel thirsty?
M: Do you sleep well?
W: No, last night I could hardly sleep.
M: Well, it’s probably the flu. Take this to the drugstore.
W: Yes, doctor.
M: Take the medicine and come back in three days.
Now, you want to know about my life in the past, right? I can tell you. When I was a boy, things were different. I had to get up at six every morning. That was not very bad in summer, but in winter it was cold. And we didn’t have any hot water in the house. We had to wash in cold water. We didn't have a bathroom. My dad had some chickens. I had to feed them every morning and then I had to walk to school with my little sister. It was two miles to school and two miles back in the evening. But it always seemed longer in the morning when we were going to school. There was a bus, but we didn’t have the money. And we had to go to bed at seven o’clock every night. We couldn’t watch TV because there wasn’t any. On Sundays we had to go to church three times-morning, afternoon and evening. And we had some good times. We could go out and our parents didn’t have to worry about us.
There weren’t so many cars on the roads then, so the streets were safe to play in. And there were not many robbers and thieves in those days. We had to work hard and we weren’t able to buy all those things in the shops today. Life was hard, but it was simple and people were happier. I don’t think I’d like to be young today.