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Tom: Hi. I don’t think we’ve met. My name’s Tom.

Jenny: Hi, Tom. Nice to meet you. My name is Juanita, but everybody calls me Jenny.

Tom: Nice to meet you, Jenny. So, where are you from?

Jenny: Well, originally I’m from Argentina, but we moved to the United States when I was about five years old. My parents now live in Chile. That’s where they first met. How about you, Tom?

Tom: I was born in Fresno, California, and we lived there until I was seven. Then, since my father worked for the military, we moved all over the place.

Jenny: Oh yeah? Where are some of the places you’ve lived?

Tom: Mostly, we were overseas. We spent a total of ten years in Korea, Germany, and Okinawa, Japan. We were transferred back to the States three years ago, but I think my parents would have liked to live overseas for at least 20 more years.

Jenny: Wow. It sounds like you’ve had an interesting life. So, what do you do now?

Tom: I’m a student at Purdue University.

Jenny: Oh really? What are you studying?

Tom: I’m majoring in psychology. How about you? What do you do?

Jenny: Well, I’m working as a sales representative for Vega Computers downtown.

Tom: No kidding! My brother works there too.

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A: Oh, George, what a beautiful day it is today! The sun is hot and there are just a few clouds scattered here and there! What a perfect day to be at the beach! The kids are going to have so much fun! And we’ll be able to relax in the sun while they’re playing.

B: It does seem like the perfect day! I’m glad we chose to get out of the city and enjoy the nice weather! This looks like the perfect spot! Ok kids, put on your sunscreen while your mom and I set up camp. Here, Mary, help me lay down these beach towels.
A: There we go. Can you help me with the umbrella? Perfect.
B: Ok kids, here’sa beach ball and a Frisbee, a pail and a shovel. I want to see an impressive sandcastle by the time we leave. Don’t stray too far. Wait! Leave your sandals here or put on your wet shoes.
A: And stay in the shallow area. I don’t want to see you go any farther than that sandbar! It’s too deep out there and we didn’t bring your floaties.
B: You’re back already? The water was too cold, huh? I’ll tell you a secret. Do you see that small pool of water over there? It’ll be warmer in there. Go see if you can find some seashells or catch some minnows.
A: What is that? A jellyfish? Jeremy, put that down right now! It could sting you!
B: Ah! Not onme! Ow!

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A: Are you ok? You seem a bit anxious.

B: Yeah I’m OK, I have been having a lot of mood swings lately. I think it has to do with the pills my doctor prescribed that are causing chaos on my hormones.
A: So you mean you feel ecstatic one minute and then blue the next?
B: Yeah, it’s weird. For example just this morning I was feeling detached and lonely, even though there was really no reason to feel that way.
A: Well, maybe your mood will swing positively and you will feel confident, brave and hopeful!
B: I hope you are right.

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A: Why did your girlfriend break up with you?

B: I don’t know, she said she was tired of me not manning up and being more independent, which I think is all a bunch of crap.
A: Well, you still live with your parents, so she does have a point.
B: What do you mean? Lots of people live with their parents, especially when rent isso expensive andthe slump inthe economy.
A: Yeah, but you are almost forty! Plus, you make good money so there is really no excuse. It’s simply because you are a momma’s boy.
B: Whatever dude, I have everything I need, why would I move out! Have a great roof over my head, my mom does my laundry and cooks for me, what else could a guy ask for!
A: Let’s agree to disagree.

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TV: Spongebob Squarepants will be right back after these brief messages! What’s that on the horizon? A pirate ship! Raid villages and find buried treasure with this new Pirates Lego set. Build the ship and decide who rules the sea! Har!

A: Cool!
TV: The New PLAY-DOH Sparkling Brights Precious Gem Press! Make large colorful gems for you and your friends with five special molds! Comes with the new Sparkling Brights PLAY-DOH compound in four new colors! Treasure chest sold separately.
B: Wow! Mommy, can I get that for my birthday?
TV: Wolverine! Jean Grey!Rogue! And Professor X! Collect all four of these special-edition collectible X-Men action figures and decide the future of mutants in our world!

A: No way! I want Professor X !

TV: The new Collector’s Edition Nursery Rhymes Porcelain Dolls! Little Bo Peep comes with her own sheep and staff! Her clothes are made with the finest fabrics and real Italian lace, and her face has been hand-painted by our finest artists. Only $199.
A: Oooo! She’s pretty! I’ve never had a porcelain doll before.
B: I doubt Mom and Dad would get you that for your birthday. She costs a pretty penny. Plus, you’d most likely break her.
TV: What is better than one board game ?Three board games in one! Enjoy playing Chess and Checkers on this side of the board. But if you’re looking for some more fun, flip it and play the classic game of Sorry!
B: That’s ingenious! Why hasn’t anyone thought of that before?
TV: Now you can take Spongebob Squarepants wherever you go with the new Spongebob Squarepants Glow-in-the-Dark Yoyo! And now back to our show!

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Jill: Alex, what’s up with you? You look dreadful!

Alex: Hey Jill, I don’t know. I’ve been having trouble sleeping these past few weeks. I usually lie in bed for hours trying to get to sleep . I’ve tried stretching and different breathing techniques before going to bed . I’ve tried eating and not eating different foods. I’ve even tried counting sheep! And then when I finally get to sleep , I have these really disturbing nightmares, so I usually wake up in a panic and more tired than before I went to sleep .
Jill: Wow, maybe you should get that checked out. Maybe you’re stressed?
C: Just take some sedatives! Works for me! Every so often having some melatonin on hand helps me when I have trouble sleeping . It works on all kinds of sleeping disorders . It’s the stuff pilots use to regulate their sleeping patterns .
Jill: I heard of that. But does that apply to Alex’s situation?
C: Ya sure, why not ? Sounds like he only has transient insomnia since it’s a recent thing so taking melatonin do the trick.
Jill: But shouldn’t he be looking into WHY it’s been happening?
C: Well aren’t youthe little psychologist? Our buddy’s having trouble sleeping , it’s easy and curable. It’s not something freakish like if he was a sleepwalker.
Alex: Well, there’s that too.

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A: We have been over this a hundred times ! We are not getting a pet!

B: Why not? Come on! Just a cute little puppy. or a kitty!
A: Who is going to look after a dog or a cat?
B: I will! I’ll feed it, bathe it and walk it every day! We can get a Labrador or a German Shepard !
A: What if we want to take a vacation ? Who will we leave it with? Plus, our apartment is too small for that breed of dog.
B: Ok. How about we get a cat or a ferret!
A: We’re planning on having children soon, I don’t think those animals are a good idea with a baby in the house.
B: Fine! Let’s get a bird then! We can keep it in its cage and teach it to talk! A parrot would be awesome!
A: I’ll tell you what, I can get you some hamsters and we’ll take it from there .
B: Yay!

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Mr. Parsons: Okay Rebecca. Now you’ve given me a good idea of your work and academic background, but what about you as a person? How would you describe your key strengths?

Rebecca: Well Mr. Parsons, as I mentioned before I’m someone who needs new challenges. I’m really focused and hard-working. I think my academic results prove this.
Mr. Parsons: Yes, true, but how about other personal qualities?
Rebecca: Well I believe I’m a good team-player, but I can also work well independently. I’m very enthusiastic and, well I hope my colleagues would agree, I’m fun to work with.
Mr. Parsons: What would you say is your most positive quality?
Rebecca: Hmmmmm, that’s a tough question. But I would have to say my passion. I’m really passionate about journalism and passionate about my career.

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Mr Parsons: Okay Rebecca, well I think you’ve given me a clear impression of your positive qualities, but let’s talk a little bit about your weaknesses.

Rebecca: Okay, well it’s always more difficult to describe them isn’t it?
Mr Parsons: Definitely, but if you had to pinpoint one weakness what would it be?
Rebecca: Well as I mentioned before, I do tend to get frustrated if I don’t see progress in my work or career. I suppose I’m quite a restless character. My father always taught me to be a high achiever so.
Mr Parsons: So would you say if things don’t go your way at work it could easily get you down?
Rebecca: Well, in a way yes. But I must say that even if I’m not completely happy in my work I always give 110%. I would never shirk my responsibilities. I suppose sometimes I expect too much too soon.
Mr Parsons: Well, you know journalism is a highly competitive world, so you do need to keep pushing yourself it’s true. Okay well lets move on to talk about the job position here shall we?
Rebecca: Yes please.

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A: Smells good! What’s for breakfast?

B: Well, since we are getting up so late, I decided to make a big breakfast!
A: Nice! Brunch!
B: Kind of, so I made scrambled and soft boiled eggs, some french toast and buttermilk pancakes!
A: Wow! You really went all out! Did you make any coffee?
B: Yeah, just the way you like it! I also put out some cereal and muesli if you feel like having something more light.
A: Looks good! I’ll squeeze us some fresh orange juice.
B: Getthe jam and butter while you are in there! Oh! And don’t forget the syrup!

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