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A: Morning! I need to check-in for the flight to Berlin.
B: Morning. Your passport please.
A: Could I have a window seat?
B: Of course you can. Do you have any luggage?
A: Yes. This suitcase and the bag. That’s all.
B: Okay. You can take the bag on board if you want. Here’s your boarding pass.
A: Thank you.
A: Hello. I have a reservation here. My name is Mark Bateman.
B: Yes, Mr. Bateman. Welcome to the Royal Crown. Your room is 308, on the third floor. Here’s the key.
B: Do you want any help with your luggage?
A: No, thanks.
B: If you need anything, just call us from your room, please. Dial one.
B: Enjoy your stay.
A: Okay. Mrs. Riddell, where were you yesterday from nine till ten?
B: In my room, in the hotel.
A: Were you alone?
B: No, with my daughter.
A: Did you hear any noise, Mrs. Riddell?
B: No, I’m afraid not. Our luggage was delivered at about nine. We went to bed early, as we were tired after the flight.
A: Okay. Thank you. Please call us if you remember any more details.
B: Sure. I will.
A: Where shall we go for our vacation, Matt?
B: I don’t know yet.
A: How about Italy? If we go in the spring, we’ll probably get a cheap flight and a hotel discount.
B: Okay. We’ll go wherever you want. But, we’ll discuss it when the football match is over.
B: And, could I have a cup of tea? And some chocolate cake, please?
A – 1: At the airport
B – 3: In a hotel
C – 2: At the police station
D – 4: At home
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Speaker A: My parents often say it’s good to have school uniforms. I don’t agree with them. I think school uniforms make us look all the same. It’s a bit boring to wear the same clothes every day, isn’t it? We cannot even change the colour. My uniform, for example, is blue. I know that this colour doesn’t suit me, but I have to wear it anyway. Besides, the uniform can be very uncomfortable. In some weather you feel too hot in it, and sometimes you feel too cold.
Speaker B: I don’t think about fashion too much. I think comfort is more important. That’s why my favourite clothes are jeans, t-shirts, and jumpers. I feel very comfortable wearing them, and don’t have to change too often. Jeans and t-shirts are appropriate everywhere. I can go to a picnic and to a party; do cycling and play volleyball. Your footwear should be comfortable too. That’s why my choice is trainers or light tennis shoes. I can’t understand people who buy special clothes for every occasion.
Speaker C: Wherever I go, I want to look nice and appropriate. Usually it takes time and effort to decide what to wear, and to choose clothes that go with each other. Luckily, I don’t have this problem every morning. My school has a uniform. All I need to do is keep my uniform clean and tidy. School is not a fashion show. We need to concentrate on learning, not on what we are wearing.
Speaker D: Most students do not like wearing school uniform very much. But, uniforms are not only for children. Lots of people wear them, and for very serious reasons. For example, policemen need to be distinguished from the crowd at once, because others go to them for help and defense. Firefighters wear special clothes that protect them from heat and fire and make them recognizable to each other, which is necessary to work as a team.
Speaker E: I enjoy wearing nice and fashionable clothes, and I don’t like wearing the same clothes all the time. Last week I decided that I needed new jeans. But there was no time to go to the shop. I was very busy at school as it’s exam time. A friend of mine recommended buying the jeans in an internet shop, and it took seconds. However, when I got the parcel I felt really disappointed. The jeans were two sizes too big!
A – 1: the disadvantages of school uniform.
B – 2: practical clothes for different activities.
C – 5: the advantages of school uniforms.
D – 3: uniforms worn by people of different professions.
E – 6: his/her shopping experience.
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Becky: Hi, Neil!
Neil: Hi, Becky!
Becky: What are you doing here? Why haven’t you gone home yet?
Neil: I want to talk to our basketball coach. He said he would be here in half an hour, for the evening training session. And you? Why are you here so late?
Becky: I just saw the light in the gym and dropped in to check who’s here.
Neil: No. I mean, why are you still in the school, not at home?
Becky: Oh. I left my mobile in the classroom, but all the rooms are already locked.
Becky: Never mind. I’m sure someone has found it and has given it to the form teacher. I’ll just ask her about it tomorrow.
Neil: Yeah. I lost my key a couple of weeks ago. It was brought to the head teacher and I got the key back the next day. The school administration has a special box where they put all lost things — everything from gloves to laptops.
Becky: Yes, I know. And what do you want to see the coach for? Do you want to join the team?
Neil: Yes. It’s actually what I have in mind. But, I’m not sure I’ll be accepted.
Becky: Why not?
Neil: Basketball players are usually very tall, but I’m not.
Becky: I don’t think it’s the main requirement, really. And, even if it is, there are lots of other options — our football team or our swimming team. No one cares how tall you are if you can swim fast.
Neil: But I can’t swim at all.
Becky: Well, okay. Never mind. Swimming is easy. I love swimming in the sea. But it doesn’t happen very often, unfortunately.
Neil: Yeah. And where did you learn to swim?
Becky: Oh, it was on my uncle’s farm. Three years ago. It’s a nice place. There’s a beautiful lake nearby. That summer was unusually warm. And the water in the lake was warm too. We drove to the lake practically every day. And my father taught me to swim. A couple of weeks and I started to feel more confident in the water.
Neil: You are quick. Do you always spend holidays together with your family?
Becky: Usually with my father. He teaches science at school, and he often says that the main benefit of his work is the holiday. He has the opportunity to come on holiday together with us, my sister and me.
Neil: That’s really good. My father works long hours and unfortunately we don’t spend much time together.
Becky: You’re in a very pessimistic mood today. We need to cheer you up.
Neil: Any ideas how to do it?
Becky: Well, my sister’s friend is having a birthday party tonight. I’m invited and they won’t mind if I bring a friend. When you’ve had your talk with the coach, we can go straight there. They usually offer gorgeous pizza. And I’ve got a birthday present already.
Neil: Are you sure they won’t mind one more guest?
Becky: Absolutely! But it would be better to call them beforehand anyway. If you let me use your phone, I’ll do it right now.
Neil: My phone?
Becky: Yes, because I lost mine. Remember?
Neil: Oh yes, sure.
Becky: And I’ll have to make one more call to my parents. They are in the cinema at the moment, but I want to let them know why they can’t reach me on my number. They’ll worry about me otherwise.
Neil: Yes, sure Becky. You can use my phone.
3. Neil and Becky are talking
1) in the school gym.
4. Becky has lost her
2) mobile phone.
5. Neil wants to join
2) a basketball team.
6. Becky learnt to swim
3) in a lake.
7. Becky’s father is
2) a teacher.
8. Becky suggests going to
3) a party.