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Paul Sparks, Sino-Canadian International College, Guangxi University, Nanning.
Plans for "Watch, Listen & Speak", Semester 2
Listening & Speaking, Summarising:
INTRODUCTION: Conversation A is a typical conversation about shopping in the United
States. Masahiro is an international student who has just arrived from
Japan, and Anna and Will are introducing him to the shopping scenario in
Listen to Conversation A
then write a summary of the conversation.
Anna: As I was telling you, Masa, where you shop depends largely on what you
need. So, if you want to buy an answering machine or a CD-player, your best
bet would probably be an appliance store such as Radio Shack..
Will: Yup! Or Circuit
City. I like Best Buy the best, though.
Will: Coz they usually
have the best deals. They have sales on their TVs and CD-players every once
in a while.
Anna: Hum. I'll bet they
send you their glossy ads loaded with so-called "SALES"!
Anna: Well, I still
think the CD-player I bought from them was a rip off.
Will: I'll admit some of
their items are high-priced, but at least the shopper's guaranteed quality.
There are very few places that have such a wide selection.
Masahiro: I need to buy
disks, at least two disk holders, note cards, transparencies, and that kind
Will: For office
supplies, I suggest Office Max.
Anna: Or Comp USA. One
good thing about living in a campus town, though, is that you can easily get
that stuff at any of the bookstores. No doubt they do overcharge. I try to
get around that by shopping around.
Anna: Yes. That simply
means you go to different stores, check out the prices of items you need and
purchase them from the store(s) with the lowest price or prices.
Masahiro: I see. Sounds
Masahiro: Where is
Office Max located?
Anna: There's one in the
mall, so we can stop by there this afternoon.
Masahiro: Great! Thanks.
Will: Hey, Masa. Just so
you know, you can always run to the discount stores whenever you're out of
something you need right away. There are several around campus.
Anna: That's right. And
they carry pretty much everything a student needs. Pop, pasta, eggs, hair
spray . . . you name it!
Will: They don't usually
carry milk, though, so you might want to walk down to White Hen (Pantry),
Walgreens, or some other convenience stores close by.
Anna: I wouldn't advise
you to buy things in bulk from such stores, though. I mean, do your major
shopping at the specialized stores. It's much cheaper, and more convenient
in the long run.
Masahiro: Good advice!
Will: Sort of like
Anna: Hey, watch it!
Will: Just kiddin'!
Masahiro (laughs). Life
sounds great in this town! Oh! Before I forget, guys, where can I rent
movies? I love watching movies in my spare time.
Anna: Me too! Let's see.
There are two video stores close to your apartment. Lucky you! One's
Blockbuster, and the other's That's Rentertainment. I believe they both have
specials on weekdays, right Will?
Will: Yup. But not for
the new releases. It's usually a buck each for the older movies.
Anna: Are you guys ready
to go to the mall?
Masahiro & Will:
Anna: Masa, don't forget
to take your shopping list with you.
Masahiro: Thanks for
Anna: You're welcome.
What are we waiting for? Let's go.