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Part 1:

Number 1:
A: How’s it going?
B: Oh, fine dear.
A: How’s the weather there?
B: Terrible. It’s freezing today
Number 2:
A:It’s best not to think about it. Just get on with the job in hand.
B: That’s right. Well, can’t stand around chatting all day.
Number 3:
A: He thinks he’s still a teenager.
B: He’ll get an earring and a tattoo soon
Number 4:
A:The look on your face!
B:I ate most of it though, didn’t I?
A:Yeah, you did, but you didn’t enjoy it!
Number 5:
A: So, I
said I’d get it for her then I wrote the report in five seconds flat.
B: Did she realise you’d forgotten about it?
Number 6:
A: I nearly died laughing!
B: Me, too. The main character is great.



Part 2:


Conversation 1:

Adam: Hey Lily, have you been informed about the brand new shopping center that’s been constructed lately in our town?
Lily: Yes, I’m aware of it. I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about it recently. It’s apparently quite an upscale shopping destination, isn’t it?
Adam: Indeed it is! It has many boutiques and eateries that cater to various interests and tastes. I was contemplating paying a visit there this weekend. Would you like to join me?
Lily: I’d be delighted to join you. What time are you considering going there?
Adam: Perhaps being there in the afternoon, maybe around 2 pm. Would that work for you?
Lily: Absolutely! Do you have any particular store or restaurant in mind that you’d like to visit?
Adam: I haven’t been able to make up my mind yet, to be honest. I was considering exploring the entire shopping center and enjoying the entire experience it has to offer. Although, I did come across an exquisite sushi restaurant that seems to be the talk of the town these days.
Lily: Oh, I’ve heard of that place as well! I’ve been meaning to try it out. Is there anything else on your mind apart from food and shopping?
Adam: As a matter of fact, there is! I discovered that there’s a state-of-the-art virtual reality arcade situated in the shopping center. It appears to be quite an engaging experience that I’m interested in trying out.
Lily: That’s intriguing! I’ve never experienced virtual reality before, so I’m definitely up for it. So, we’ll explore the boutiques, have lunch at the sushi restaurant, and then engage in the virtual reality arcade?
Adam: That’s the plan! I’m excited already.
Lily: Me too. I can’t wait for the weekend to arrive!
Adam: Nor can I. I’m anticipating it to be a memorable experience.
Lily: Absolutely. Let’s make it happen!


Conversation 2:

Robin: This bouldering gym is amazing, isn’t it?
Marshall: Yes, it definitely is. The walls are really tall, and the routes are challenging but doable.
Robin: I’m having so much fun trying to figure out each route. I just completed a V3 climb, and it felt like such an accomplishment! It’s amazing how much you can improve with practice.
Marshall: Nice work! That’s a pretty tough climb. I remember when I first started, I could barely complete a V0 climb.
Robin:  I can already feel my grip strength improving after just a few weeks of doing this.
Marshall: Yeah, that’s one of the great things about bouldering. It’s a great workout, and it’s also really fun. Plus, it’s a good way to challenge yourself and push your limits.
Robin: Definitely. I also love the community aspect of it. Everyone here is really supportive, and it’s great to see people cheering each other on.
Marshall: That’s one of my favorite things about bouldering too. It’s a really supportive community, and it’s a great way to meet new people who share your interests.
Robin: Absolutely. And it’s also a great stress reliever. I feel so much better after a good climb.
Marshall: Yeah, it’s a great way to clear your mind and focus on something other than the stressors of everyday life. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than therapy!
Robin: That’s for sure. I’m so glad we decided to do this together. It’s been such a fun experience.
Marshall: Me too. We’ll have to come back and do this again soon!


Conversation 3:

Robin: Marshall, have you ever heard of the string theory?
Marshall: Yeah, I’ve heard of it, but I don’t really understand it. Isn’t it some complicated physics thing?
Robin: Yes, it is. It’s a theory that suggests that particles are actually tiny strings, and that everything in the universe is made up of these strings vibrating at different frequencies.
Marshall: Wow, that sounds really complicated. I remember reading about it once, but I couldn’t really wrap my head around it.
Robin: It is really complex, but I find it so fascinating. The idea that everything is made-up of these tiny strings is mind-blowing to me.
Marshall: I can see why you find it interesting. I think it’s really cool that there are people out there trying to understand the fundamental building blocks of the universe.
Robin: Definitely. And what’s even more amazing is that the string theory has the potential to explain so much about our universe that we still don’t understand.
Marshall: Yeah, I remember reading that it could help explain dark matter and dark energy, which are still a mystery to scientists.
Robin: Exactly. It’s really exciting to think about what we might be able to learn if we can figure out this theory.
Marshall: Well, you’re definitely more into this stuff than I am, Robin. But I have to admit, it is pretty cool.
Robin: Thanks, Marshall. I could talk about the string theory for hours.
Marshall: I’m sure you could. But I think I’ll stick to climbing walls instead.



Part 3

Zumba is a dance fitness program that has gained global popularity over the years. It involves a mix of dance and aerobic movements to create a fun and energetic workout routine. The practice combines various styles of dance, such as salsa, samba, and hip-hop, with fitness exercises, making it a great way to stay fit and have a whale of a time at the same time.


By the way, did you know that Zumba was founded in the mid-1990s by Colombian dancer and choreographer, Alberto «Beto» Perez? It started as a happy accident when Beto forgot his usual aerobics music tapes and had to make do with Latin music he had in his car. He then proceeded to mix different dance styles and workout routines, and Zumba was born. The word «Zumba» comes from a Colombian slang term meaning to «move fast and have fun.»


Zumba has its roots in Latin America, particularly in Colombia, where Beto, was born. The dance styles incorporated into Zumba, such as salsa, samba, and merengue, are from various Latin American countries, including Brazil and the Dominican Republic. The program’s popularity has helped to promote Latin American culture worldwide, particularly its music and dance styles.


Initially, Zumba was popular only in Colombia, but it gradually spread to other countries, including the United States, where it gained global recognition. Today, Zumba is practiced in over 180 countries, with millions enjoying its energetic and entertaining workouts.


Eventually, Zumba has become a famous workout routine among many celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Kate Hudson. These celebrities have openly endorsed Zumba, attesting to its benefits in helping them stay fit and active. Jennifer Lopez even collaborated with Zumba to create a Zumba-inspired clothing line called «JLo by Zumba.»


This dance is estimated to have over 15 million weekly participants worldwide, making it one of the most popular fitness programs globally. The program has grown significantly in popularity due to its fun and interactive nature. The classes are designed for everyone, regardless of age, fitness level, or dance experience. This inclusivity has successfully made it accessible to a vast number of people worldwide.


When it comes to other silver linings, Zumba has numerous health benefits that make it an excellent workout program for anyone looking to enhance their fitness levels. It is an excellent way to burn calories, with an estimated 400 to 600 calories burned per one-hour session. The program’s dance and aerobic routines improve cardiovascular endurance, strengthen muscles, and develop flexibility. Zumba also promotes better coordination and balance, which can cut down on the risk of falls and injuries.


In conclusion, Zumba is a fun and energetic dance fitness program that has gained global popularity due to its inclusivity, accessibility, and health benefits. Its origins in Latin American culture have helped to encourage and celebrate the diversity of dance styles and music from the region. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or a beginner, Zumba is a great workout program that can help you stay fit while having fun.





Part 4

John: Have you heard about the use of bio diesel in cars in the future?
Sarah: Yes, I have. It’s an interesting idea that has gained a lot of traction in recent years.
John: Yes, it is. I think it’s a great alternative to conventional diesel fuel. It’s renewable, sustainable, and has a lower carbon footprint.
Sarah: I agree. It’s also domestically produced, which means we can reduce our reliance on foreign oil.
John: Exactly. And it’s not just about reducing our carbon footprint. Bio diesel can also help create jobs and support local economies.
Sarah: That’s true. However, there are also some negative aspects of bio diesel. For example, the production process can be energy-intensive, and it requires a lot of water.
John: That’s a good point. And there are also concerns about deforestation and the use of land for biofuel production, which can have negative impacts on the environment.
Sarah: Yes, but those negative impacts can be minimized if we focus on sustainable production methods and use waste products, such as used cooking oil, as a feedstock.
John: I see your point. It’s all about finding the right balance between sustainability and efficiency. And I think bio diesel has the potential to play a significant role in the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable future.
Sarah: Agreed. But the implementation of this idea can vary from country to country. Some countries are already implementing it, while others are hesitant to do so.
John: Yes, some countries, like Brazil and Germany, have already made significant progress in implementing bio diesel, while others, like the United States and China, are still in the early stages.
Sarah: That’s right. The political will to implement this idea varies greatly depending on the country and its interests.
John: And while some countries may be hesitant to adopt this idea, I believe that as the benefits become more apparent, more countries will come on board.
Sarah: I hope so. It’s clear that we need to take action to reduce our carbon footprint and transition to more sustainable energy sources. Bio diesel is one piece of the puzzle that can help us get there.
John: Absolutely. It’s important to continue exploring new technologies and solutions that can help us create a cleaner, more sustainable future.
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