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Part 1

 

Number 1:
A: Do you make time to see your friends most days of the week?
B: Um, no, not really.
A: Why not?

 

Number 2:
A: Oh no! Not the news
B: I guess the good thing is that we know what’s going on in the world.

 

Number 3:
A: This is ridiculous! I’ve been on hold for ten minutes.
B: You must be feeling so irritated

 

Number 4:
Some of our customers feel really infuriated but it’s part of our drive to cut down on the use of plastic and improve the environment for future generations.

 

Number 5:
A: What do you hate about the work you do?
B: I really can’t stand it when people come really close and kind of breathe all over you.

 

Number 6:
A: Excuse me.
B: Yes, sir.A: Is this dish supposed to be so spicy?
B: Well, yes, it is one of our more spicy dishes.
A: It’s just too spicy for me.

 

 

Part 2

Conversation 1:

James: Hey Sarah, have you heard about the new sugar tax that’s being implemented in the UK?
Sarah: Yeah, I have. I think it’s a good idea to try and reduce the amount of sugar in people’s diets.
James: Yeah, but do you think it’s going to have much of an impact?
Sarah: It’s hard to say. I think it might encourage some people to choose healthier options, but others might just be willing to pay the extra cost.
James: That’s a good point. But I think it’s important for the government to take action on this issue, especially with the rising rates of obesity and related health problems.
Sarah: Definitely. But I also think that education is important too. People need to be informed about the risks associated with consuming too much sugar, and taught how to make healthier choices.
James: I agree. It’s about finding a balance between government action and individual responsibility.
Sarah: Absolutely. At the end of the day, it’s up to each person to take control of their own health.
James: Yeah, but it’s important for the government to create an environment that supports healthy choices.
Sarah: I couldn’t agree more.

 

Conversation 2:

Adam: Hey Rachel, what are your plans for the summer?
Rachel: I’m not quite sure yet. I was thinking about going on a trip, but I’m not sure where.
Adam: Well, I was thinking about going on a road trip across the country. We could go together if you’re interested.
Rachel: That sounds like fun, but do you think we can afford it? I don’t want to spend too much money.
Adam: Yeah, I get that. I’ve been saving up for a while though, and I think we can make it work if we plan it out carefully.
Rachel: Okay, but I also want to make sure we do things that are meaningful and fulfilling. I don’t just want to go sightseeing and taking selfies all day.
Adam: Absolutely. How about we look for some volunteer opportunities or eco-tourism activities along the way? That way we can give back and have a unique experience.
Rachel: That’s a great idea. I’ve always been interested in eco-tourism. But let’s also make sure we have some fun activities planned, like trying new foods or attending local festivals.
Adam: Definitely. And we should also consider the people we want to meet along the way. Maybe we can stay in some hostels or go to social events to connect with other travelers.
Rachel: I like that idea too. It would be great to make some new friends and exchange travel tips.
Adam: Perfect. I think we can plan a budget-friendly and meaningful trip together. Let’s start researching some potential destinations and activities.
Rachel: Sounds good to me. Let’s do it.

 

Conversation 3:

Ellie: Hey, I was thinking about our company’s capital and how we can make it grow. Do you have any ideas?
Sarah: Yes, I’ve been exploring some investment opportunities that could potentially yield high returns.
Ellie: Interesting. Could you give me an example?
Sarah: Sure. I came across a startup that’s developing cutting-edge technology in the renewable energy sector. They’re seeking investors and have a solid business plan in place.
Ellie: Hmm, that does sound promising. But have you done a thorough analysis of the company’s financials and performance metrics?
Sarah: Absolutely. I’ve looked at their revenue projections, growth potential, and competitive landscape. They have a strong team and have already secured some key partnerships.
Ellie: Okay, that sounds promising. But what about the risks involved in investing in a startup? We could potentially lose a significant amount of capital if things don’t go as planned.
Sarah: Yes, that’s true. However, I’ve also looked into some more established companies that are expanding their operations abroad. There’s one in particular that’s in the e-commerce sector and has a proven track record of success.
Ellie: Interesting. What countries are they expanding to?
Sarah: They’re looking at several emerging markets in Asia and Africa, where there’s a growing middle class and increasing demand for online shopping.
Ellie: That could be a good opportunity for us to diversify our portfolio and tap into new markets. But how much capital would we need to invest in this company?
Sarah: Based on their expansion plans and financial projections, we’d need to invest at least $5 million to acquire a significant stake.
Ellie: Okay, that’s a significant amount of capital. But if we do our due diligence and make informed decisions, we could potentially see substantial returns on our investment.
Sarah: Agreed. It’s important for us to assess the risks and opportunities carefully and make strategic investments that align with our business goals.
Ellie: Absolutely. Let’s continue to explore our options and make informed decisions to grow our company’s capital.
Sarah: Sounds like a plan.

 

 

 

Part 3

New Zealand is a country that is rich in natural beauty and biodiversity, making it a popular tourist destination. Known for its stunning landscapes, unique wildlife, and adventurous activities, New Zealand attracts visitors from all over the world. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what makes New Zealand such a fascinating place to visit.

 

New Zealand is an island nation located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country is made up of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, as well as several smaller islands. The geography of New Zealand is diverse, ranging from snow-capped mountains and glaciers to sandy beaches and lush rainforests. One of the most famous landmarks in New Zealand is Mount Cook, which is the highest mountain in the country. Visitors can take helicopter tours to see the mountain and its surrounding glaciers up close.

 

In addition to its landscapes, New Zealand is also home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. The country has several national parks and protected areas where visitors can see unique species of birds, insects, and mammals. One of the most famous animals in New Zealand is the kiwi, which is a flightless bird that is native to the country. Other popular animals include the tuatara, which is a reptile that is unique to New Zealand, and the kea, which is a large parrot that is known for its intelligence and mischievousness.

 

There are also many activities to do in New Zealand, including hiking, skiing, surfing, and bungee jumping. One of the most popular tourist activities in New Zealand is visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set, which was used in the filming of the «Lord of the Rings» and «The Hobbit» trilogies. Visitors can take a guided tour of the movie set and see the hobbit holes, gardens, and other iconic locations from the films.

 

New Zealand has a rich history and culture that is influenced by both its indigenous Maori population and its European settlers. One of the most famous Maori figures in New Zealand history is Te Rauparaha, who was a chief and warrior who played a key role in the Musket Wars of the early 19th century. Another important figure in New Zealand history is Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Hillary was a New Zealand native and is considered a national hero.

 

Fun facts about New Zealand include that it has the highest number of sheep per capita in the world and that it is the first country in the world to see the sunrise each day. New Zealand is also home to the world’s largest population of little blue penguins, which are the smallest penguin species in the world.

 

 

 

 

Part 4:

Ted: Good afternoon, Lily. It’s great to have you here. Congratulations on your latest movie, «The Fox.» Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind the storyline?

 

Lily: Thank you, Ted. The inspiration for «The Fox» came from the movie «Midsommar.» I was really drawn to the psychological aspects of the film and how it portrayed the main character’s mental state. I wanted to explore that theme further in my own film.

 

Ted: That’s really interesting. Can you tell us more about the main character’s mental state in «The Fox»?

 

Lily: Sure. The main character, Emily, has schizophrenia. She believes that she needs to live in the woods to protect her family from harm. As the film progresses, we see how

 

her mental state starts to deteriorate and her beliefs become more and more delusional. Emily starts to see and hear things that aren’t there, and it becomes harder for her to differentiate between reality and her own thoughts.

 

Ted: That sounds like a really intense character to portray. How did you prepare for that role?

 

Lily: It was definitely a challenge, but I did a lot of research and spoke with mental health professionals to understand the intricacies of schizophrenia. I also worked closely with the film’s writer to develop Emily’s character and bring her to life on screen.

 

Ted: That’s really interesting. What were some of your favorite parts of the movie?

 

Lily: I really loved the cinematography and the editing. The forest setting was also amazing to shoot in and added a lot to the overall atmosphere of the film.

 

Ted: Can you tell us more about how you worked with your cinematographer to achieve the look and feel of the film?

 

Lily: We wanted the film to feel as realistic as possible, so we kept things simple and natural with the cinematography. We also played around with lighting to create a contrast between the dark woods and Emily’s increasingly distorted view of the world.

 

Ted: That’s really fascinating. What do you hope viewers take away from the film?

 

Lily: I hope viewers can empathize with Emily and understand the struggles that people with schizophrenia face. Mental health is an important topic, and I wanted to shed some light on the challenges that people with schizophrenia go through on a daily basis.

 

Ted: That’s a really important message. Now, before we wrap up, can you tell us a little bit about what’s next for you?

 

Lily: I’m currently working on a new project, but it’s still in the early stages. I’m excited to explore new themes and continue pushing myself creatively.

 

Ted: Well, we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for your next project. Thank you so much for joining us today, Lily.

 

Lily: Thank you, Ted. It was great being here.
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