Karen: Hi Helen. How are you?
Helen: Just fine, thanks Karen. How about you?
Karen: Really well, thanks. I‘m glad I met you because I want to ask you for some advice.
Helen: No problem. Ask me anything you want and I will help if I can.
Karen: What is the best way to organize a lot of information for study?
Helen: Good question. I always find that if I make a summary of the information, it is easier to remember. Also a quick quiz can be very helpful.
Karen: Can you help me to make a small quiz now?
Helen: Sure, but remember that I will be keeping score!
1) Energy: power, willingness to do things
Traveling takes a lot of energy but you often see interesting things that make it worthwhile.
2) Dynamo: machine that can keep going with little fuel
I always think that my teacher is a dynamo because he never seems to eat but can talk all day.
3) Health foods: in sugar, salt and fats
Most health foods are good for you, but don‘t taste very interesting.
Jessie: Tina, do you think I have lost weight?
Tina: If you did, I am sure it‘s because of all the exercise that we have been doing together.
Jessie: Maybe. I have also been really careful with what I eat.
Tina: That‘s good but its important to eat enough food, or you can get sick.
Jessie: I know that! I am always careful especially when I do heaps of exercise.
Tina: What type of music do you like to listen to when you are exercising?
Jessie: Something with a lot of energy to really get me going.
Tina: How about I sing one of my favorite exercise songs for you?
Jessie: Just let me get settled and then fire away.
1) Holidays: a day or days when you don‘t have to go to work or college, but weekends are not usually called holidays
My company gives me two weeks‘ holiday each year with pay.
2) Sleep-in: stay in bed until late morning or early afternoon
I used to love sleep-ins but now I get up early and have a big breakfast.
3) Luggage: bags and suitcases for clothes
My girlfriend always takes too much luggage when she goes on holiday.
4) Scenery: the view of the surroundings
The beautiful scenery in Huangshan and Guilin are famous around the world.
Holidays are a great way to release your stress, relax and recharge yourself ready for more work.
Some people like to stay at home and read or watch TV on their holidays while others travel to distant countries or visit their families. Generally speaking, there are two types of holidays – general and private. General holidays include Spring Festival, May Day, Christmas and Easter. Private holidays are given by your company and can be taken anytime during the year usually with pay.
Most Western countries have around 10 days general holidays each year and most companies give 4 weeks holiday per year with pay after you have worked for at least 12 months.
Jeff: What did you do on your holiday Joan?
Joan: I caught a train to visit my family.
Jeff: Do they live a long way away?
Joan: The train took 18 hours, but I had a comfortable seat so it was OK.
Jeff: I suppose you could look out of the window and see lots of scenery?
Joan: That‘s absolutely right. I also have lots of new friends I met on the train.
Jeff: Did you have anyone to talk English with?
Joan: Several in fact. I realized that I needed to work on my English conversation skills some more.
Jeff: You could show me all of your holiday photos and explain them to me in English.
Joan: Terrific idea, Jeff. You can see the best parts of my holiday and I get to practice English.
Jeff: I can‘t think of anything I‘d rather do right now. Shall we begin?