ó Your passport, please. How long are you planning to stay in the country?
ó Three weeks. Could I prolong my entrance visa in case of necessity?
-Sure. The receiving party shall take care of it.
ó Well, bags on the table and your customs form, please.
ó How much do they weight?
ó 23 kilos. I'm sorry, but you'll have to pay an excess luggage charge.
ó Oh! It's only three kilos over≠weight.
ó Yes, sir...that's £6... Thank you. Here's your form.
ó Thank you.
ó Not at all. The next please.
Riding a city bus
- Pardon me, do the buses to Three Bridges railway station stop here?
- Yes, they stop at the corner. You can take any bus except number 420.
- How often do the buses run?
ó They are supposed to ran according to the schedule that you can see over there. But in fact, they don't always run on schedule.
- What are the usual intervals between bus arrivals?
- About 15 minutes. But you won't have to wait any longer. Bus number 405 is coming. You can take it.
Buying a ticket
- I want a ticket to Bern, second-class, please,
- Single or return? - ¬ ÓšŤŪ ÍÓŪŚŲ ŤŽŤ Úůšŗ-ÓŠūŗÚŪÓ?
- Return, please
- Sixty-five pounds, please. Five pounds change, thank you.
- Could you tell me what time the next train is?
- 8 oíclock, platform 12. If you hurry youíll just catch it.
4 . Thinking of presents
-Are you doing anything this weekend?
- No, I'm free, unless something crops up. Why? What do you have in mind?
- I'm thinking of getting Vishnu a present. Would you like to chip in?
- Sure, why not? Where do you plan to go?
- I thought of going to Parkson Complex. It's a stone's throw away. Besides, the prices are reasonable.
- That's great! I'm trying to cut down on my monthly expenses.
At the railway station.
A.: I'd like two tickets to Norwich, please.
B.: That's $26.40, please.\
A.: Thank you.
B.: Thank you.
A.: What time is the next train to Oxford, please?
B.: There's one at 3.45, change in Didcot, arriving at Oxford at 5.04, or there's a direct at 3.49, arriving at 4.50.
A.: Which platform for the 3.45?
B.: Platform 6.
A.: Thank you very much.
A.: I'd like a ticket to Newcastle, please.
B.: Single or return?
B.: Smoking or non-smoking?
A.: Non-smoking, please.
B.: That'll be 15 euro, please.
At the airport
Keiko: Passport and boarding pass, please.
Sam: Here is my passport, and my ticket.
Keiko: Where are you headed today?
Sam: I am going to London for a conference.
Keiko: How long will you be staying.
Sam: For five days.
Keiko: Thank you. How many bags are you bringing today, sir?
Sam: I want to check the large suitcase, and I want to carry the smaller one on with me.
Keiko: I will weigh them. Everything is fine. What seat would you like: window or aisle?
Sam: Window, please.
Keiko: No problem. And what do you want for your meal? Chicken or fish?
Sam: I would like fish, please.
Keiko: Good. Your seat is reserved. You can go to gate B 11.
Keiko: Thank you. Goodbye.
Delivery and shipment
8 .Business trip
- How did your business trip go? It was your first one overseas, right?
- Well, I came back with mixed results. We got some business but we didn't get the big deal we were expecting.
- That was going to be with the Savory Corporation, wasn't it?
- That's right. It was frustrating. We seemed to be making good progress in the negotiation and then they began to stall.
- Any idea why they were stalling?
- We weren't sure, but I've since learned that our biggest competitor was there at the same time as we were.
- Maybe they were talking to them the same time as negotiating with you.
- I think that's pretty likely.
- Excuse me.
- Can I help you?
- Yes, Iím looking for a sweater.
- How about this one?
- Yes, thatís nice. Can I try it on?
- Certainly,thereís the fitting rooms over there.
- Thank you.
-How does it fit?
- Thatís fine. How much is it?
- It costs $40.
-Great! Iíll take it.
- OK, how would you like to pay?
- Do you take credit cards?
- Yes, we do. Visa and Master Card.
- OK, hereís my Visa.
- Thank you. Have a nice day!
- Thank you, bye.
At the local bank
- Good morning. Can I help you?
- Yes. My name is Brown. I'm expecting money from my bank in Montreal.
- By post, cable or telex, sir?
- By telex.
- Just a moment, I'll check it. Are you Jack Brown?
- Quite right.
- Yes. There's 800 dollars from the Royal Bank of Canada, Montreal. Have you got any identification, sir?
- Yes, I've got my passport. Here you are.
- Thank you, sir.
At the post office
Boris: I would like to mail this parcel by fourth class mail.
Clerk:-What's in the parcel?
B:-Nothing but books. The parcel should be mailed by books rate.
C:-(weighs the parcel).Four pounds. It would cost $1.95.
B:-How long does it take for a parcel to arrive in San Francisco?
C:- Fourth class mail takes about 15 days to arrive.
B:- Okay (pays for postage).I have a problem.I'll be out of town next week. Can you hold my mail for me at the post office? I'll pick it up when I get back.
C:-Yes,we can do that. You have to fill out this form.Bring it back to me.
Secretary: Good morning. Presidentís office. How can I help you?
Vladimir: Hello. Iíd like to speak to George W., please.
Secretary: May I ask whoís calling?
Vladimir: Itís Vladimir.
Secretary: Could you tell me what itís about?
Vladimir: No, Iíd like to speak to him personally.
Secretary: Just hold on, pleaseÖ Iím sorry. Heís busy at the moment. Would you like to speak to somebody else?
Vladimir: No, I have to speak to George W.
Secretary: O.K. Can I take a message or shall I ask him to call you back?
Vladimir: Could you tell him I called and Iíd be grateful if heíd call me back. Iíll be in my office all morning.
Secretary: Does he have your number?
Vladimir: Yes, but just in case, Iíll give it to you. Itís (001) 202-123-4567.
Secretary: So, thatís (001) 202-123-4567.
Vladimir: Thatís right.
Secretary: O.K., Iíll give him your message. Goodbye.
Vladimir: Thank you. Goodbye.
At the office
I.: We sent you our enquiry for Model FK Ė 15 last month. We are interested in it because we are going to use it in our computer class.
Br.: Have you got all necessary materials?
I.: Iíve gone through your catalogues and price Ė lists. I suppose (believe) we can buy from you 6 Models FK-15 (& 6 Models FK-20). But there is one
point, your prices are too high, Iím afraid.
Br.: I see. But our goods are in great demand and we usually sell them at these prices. Besides, we have sold FK-Models at these prices lately. Iím afraid we canít reduce them. But we can offer you the goods c.i.f. Moscow.
I.: Well, Iíll have to contact our director and let him know your answer. I hope heíll find that your terms are acceptable to us.
Br.: When do you require the equipment?
I.: Weíd like to have them in June.
Br.: Thatís all right. Can I see you on Tuesday?
I.: Of course. Is 11.00 convenient to you?
Br.: Any time you say.
Clerk: Hi! Can I help you?
Martin: Yes, we had a reservation for this weekend.
C.:All right, what was the name, sir?
M.: Baum, Martin Baum.
C.: Baum . . . Baum . . . oh, yes, here it is. A double for two nights?
M.: Yes, thatís right. But we were wondering . . . would you happen to have a suite available this weekend, something with a living area and a kitchenette?
C.: Well, the only one thatís available this weekend is the executive suite, and thatíll run you $140 a night.
M.: I see. Thatís pretty high . . .
C.: You know, sir, this double is more than twenty feet square, and it has a refrigerator.
M.: Oh, really? That sounds fine, then. What do you say, Sally?
Sally: Sounds good to me, too.
C.: Good, the double then. Do you have a credit card, sir?
M.: No, Iíll be paying cash
C.: Then Iíll have to ask you to pay in advance. Fifty-five a night, plus $8 tax comes to $126. And would you fill out this registration form, please? Hereís a pen. Just your name, address, and the make and license number of your car.
M.: OK . . . here you are. And travelers checks for $130.
C.: Fine, Mr. Baum. Hereís $4 change. Check-out time is 12:00 noon. The bellman will take you up ... Harvey! Room 615 ... If you need anything, just let me know.
M.: Thank you. Good night.
- Excuse me, I'm afraid I'm lost. Can you help me?
- Where do you want to go?
- I am to be in Independence Square at 3 o'clock. I'm short of time
- Oh, yes. The quickest way to get there is by metro.
- Is there a metro station here?
- Yes, go straight as far as the park and there you'll see the metro station.
- Thanks a lot.
A business talk
BORIS RUDAKOV: Good morning(good afternoon).May I speak to Mr.Wood?
SECRETARY: He is not in right now. Who is calling,please?
B.R.: This is Boris Rudakov.I have a letter from Mr.Wood asking me to call him for an interview appointment. He has my resume.
SECRETARY: Isee. Mr. Wood is out to lunch right now (in a meeting right now) but I expect him back very shortly.
B.R.: At what time would you suggest that I call back?
SECRETARY: He usually gets back to the office about two o'clock.May be it would be better if I have him call you. What's your telephone number?
B.R.: (718) 459-3243.
SECRETARY: Thank you,Mr. Rudakov. As soon as he's back, he will return your call.