W: Hi, Mike.
M: Hi, Alice. Nice to see you. You don’t often come here.
W: I usually have fast food delivered to my office. Just came here for a change today.
M: The environment here is good, clean and relatively quiet.
W: Yeah, and I heard the food is tasty. By the way, are you going to the concert tomorrow evening?
M: Yes. Are you?
W: Yeah, Catherine was supposed to go with me, but she may have to work extra hours tomorrow. Do you know anyone who might like to go?
M: No. But if you like, I can ask around. Er, Joan might want to go.
W: Oh, yes, she is a great fan of classical music. I’ll give her a ring after lunch.
W: Hi, I’ve only just arrived.
M: Oh, good. Now here are the keys. Let’s go in. There are two apartments. The one for rent is on the right. Do come in.
W: Thank you. I like the carpet. The color is nice, isn’t it?
M: Yes, and this apartment is in good condition. Here is your lounge.
W: Where would we eat?
M: There is this corner here, or you can use your kitchen. Come and see.
W: The kitchen is quite small.
M: Yes, but it has everything, cooker, fridge, even a dishwasher.
W: And there are lots of cupboards.
M: Let me show you the bedrooms. This is the smaller one.
W: It’s a good size, though.
M: Now come into the other bedroom. You can see the bathroom, too.
W: Yes, it is very nice. But I will have to ask my friend first, and we will come together. I understand it is $800 a month.
M: Yes, but a few blocks downtown would be much more expensive.
W: Well, thank you. I will be in touch.
Thank you very much. Thank you Dr. Johnson. Well, it is really great to be back at university again. The thing that I want to tell you today is this: education is important. When I came to the U.S., I was only thinking about being a carpenter, but I could not read the newspaper and I could not understand the news on television or movies or anything like this, so I entered the city college to take English classes for foreign students. I was very proud that I was going to a college because no one in my family ever went to any college or to any university. You know, when you are 15 years old in my country, you finish school and then you learn a trade. And that’s exactly what I did. When I was 15 years old, I learned how to be a carpenter. A year later, I came to America. Luckily, I met a very good teacher who encouraged me to take some math classes, business classes and history classes and I became a full-time college student. And today when I look back, I’m so happy because you never know where life will take you. All of a sudden, I started making money, because I was really good at math. You know, how to work out everything with math is so important. This is something that I learned when I started my own business, which is doing really well.