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Todd: OK. Steven, you're looking at a picture. Please describe what you see!
Steven: Uh, I can see a red double decker bus. It's the kind of bus you'll see very often in London. In fact I know this bus is from London because I can see the names: Chelsea, Sloan Square, Victoria, Herring Cross. These are all areas in London. Um, so obviously the bus is in London.
Todd: OK. Have you ever been on a double decker bus?
Steven: Yeah, yeah, yeah. many times. Many times. When I was younger, you used to get double-decker all over England but now you only tend to see them in the big cities.
Todd: Oh, really. Mm! How much is the fare?
Steven: Well, it depends on the journey. It's..I guess it's not too expensive, but the minimum price you would pay is, for a short journey, is about a pound.
Todd: Mm, yeah, who can you see on the bus? Can you pick out anyone on the bus who looks interesting?
Steven: Hmm, yeah, well this girl here at the back, that's leaning on the door, um, she looks really bored, actually. Maybe she is going to work or something and she doesn't want to go!
Todd: Is that how you feel on the bus?
Steven: Uh, well, no, not really, because I haven't worked in England for a long time, so I haven't taken a bus for a long time.
Todd: So, so you're British, do you missing them?
Steven: Um, yes, sometimes. Sometimes.
Todd: OK. Great. Thanks a lot.
Steven: No problem.
Todd: Hello, Matt!
Matt: Hello, Todd!
Todd: Matt, I'm going to ask you some questions about pet. (OK!) First question, do you have a pet?
Matt: Yes, in fact, my mom's house we have three, three pets; two dogs and a cat. My family actually raises dogs for helping blind people.
Todd: Oh, really!
Matt: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Todd: Wow, like how do they train the dogs?
Matt: How do they train the dogs? Well, I mean, it's a long process, right...we get them when they're puppies.....and so we train them basic...you know, sit, come... really basic things...then, after they're about two year old, they go a different training school.
Todd: Oh, wow , that's great!
Matt: Yeah, yeah!
Todd: Well, how many dogs do they train at a time?
Matt: Oh, just one! We have our own dog, and then we have a dog that we have that we are training.
Todd: Oh, OK.
Matt: Yeah, just one dog at a time.
Todd: Do you ever see the dogs you trained, like out on the street, or anything?
Matt: Sometimes we'll see them, they'll have like sort of conventions of reunions of the pets so, yeah, you get to see them once in awhile.
Todd: Oh, wow, that's cool. Um, why do people keep pets?
Matt: I guess the most important thing is companionship, right! So there is always somebody there for you that will like you no matter what.
Todd: Yeah, that's true. OK, besides cats, dogs, and fish, what are some other pets people keep?
Matt: Well, I guess if you are Sigreid and Roy you can keep a tiger or lion. I guess all types of things don't they.
Matt: I mean, my friend has a snake....I don't know if you mention that: snake and ferrets and insects, spiders...
Matt: All kinds of things.
Todd: All right, yeah, like there is so many. What are some costs associated with keeping a pet?
Matt: Food is probably the biggest cost, but also if you keep the dog, particiulary a dog in your house, when they are puppies, and we have a lot of puppies they'll chew up everything they can so we're constantly replacing shoes and, you know, cleaning up pee from the carpet and things like that..so.. it can be a hassle.
Todd: Yeah, OK. Thanks a lot, and by the way, where are you from?
Matt: I'm from the U.S.A., from Minnesota.
Meet the Parents 见父母
Jessica: Let's see. My mom is three years older than my dad, and they are like night and day. My mom is 5 foot 4, on a good day, 5 foot 2, I think in real life, and she is very sweet and very nice, and very caring, and very cute, everybody tells her how young she looks, and how she resembles my sister, perhaps. My father is very much completely opposite that. He is a very big man, very loud, very funny, very boistrous. He makes friends no matter where he goes. For example, sometimes he goes to Florida and makes all sorts of good friends. He'll just go off. He's kind of a magnent to people, and so my parents are completely opposite, and they compliment each other very well. My dad has a very good sense of humor. My mom is very gentle. Very nice.
Todd: When is the last time you talked to you parents?
Jessica: I talked to them probably about two weeks ago. Yeah, everything is going well.
Todd: Are you going to see them soon?
Jessica: I am going to go home after the holidays and we're going to have a Christmas kind of in January or February. Yeah, depending on when my brother can come in.
Todd: OK. And who are you more like, your mother or your father?
Jessica: I think I have traits of both, actually. I look more like my mother, except that I am about a foot taller. Yeah, I resemble my mom more. I think I have both of the characteristics of my mom and dad.
Todd: OK. Great. Thanks.