一、 Paul's Overseas Trip1
Last month Paul went on a trip.He went to Japan and China.
There were a couple of reasons for the trip.
One reason for the trip was for business.
He wanted to start some restaurants in both countries.
The other reason was for pleasure.
Paul enjoys traveling, and he wanted to visit some friends.
Q：What was he thinking about starting in both countries?
A：He wanted to start some restaurants in both countries.
Before leaving on the trip, Paul had several problems.
First, his passport was going to expire.
As a result, he needed to apply for a new passport.
Second, he needed to get a visa to enter China.
In order to apply for a visa, he needed his new passport.
He had six weeks to get everything done.
Q：What did he need before getting a visa?
A：In order to apply for a visa, he needed his new passport.
After applying for a new passport, it took two weeks to get it.
Once he got the passport, he went to the Chinese consulate in Toronto and applied for a visa.
He filled out an application form and stood in a long line.
He was surprised by how many people were applying for visas.
It took more than an hour to submit his application.
Q：How long did he take to submit his application?
A：It took more than an hour to submit his application.
He submitted his application for the visa on a Friday.
A week later he went back to the consulate to pick up his visa.
To his surprise, when he got there, the consulate was closed.
The consulate was closed because it was a Chinese holiday.
Paul was angry at himself for not checking the consulate's website.
On its website the consulate's schedule was posted.
There was a notice saying that the consulate would be closed that day.
Q：On what day of the week did he go to pick up his visa?
A：He went to pick up his visa on Friday.
As a result, Paul had to come back the next Monday.
This was because the consulate is closed on weekends.
Finally, on Monday, he got the visa and he was ready to go.
二、Paul's Overseas Trip2
Another problem with the trip was his travel schedule.
He needed to extend his stay in Japan.
One week in Japan wasn't enough.
Three Japanese restaurant owners wanted to meet with him.
He needed more time for the meetings than a couple of days.
And he didn’t want to miss staying with a good friend of his.
His friend lives near Mt. Fuji and owns a great restaurant.
This was one thing Paul didn’t want to miss.
As a result, he extended his stay in Japan.
Instead of staying for just a week, he decided to stay for 10 days.
As a result, he had to change the dates for his stay in China.
The meetings in China were delayed by three days.
Instead of arriving on the first of the month, he arrived on the fourth.
Fortunately, there were no problems with his new schedule in China.
However, there were fewer meetings than he expected.
There wasn’t much interest in opening new Italian restaurants.
Still, he had one very good meeting.
He met a young Chinese restaurant owner who was interested.
The young man already has a restaurant, but he wants to improve it.
He and Paul liked each other right away.
They met twice in Beijing and are planning to meet again.
The young Chinese man’s name is Yi.
He is planning to come to see Paul.
They are going to meet late next week in Toronto.
Together they will work on a business plan.
Paul is glad that he took the trip.
He thinks it was a successful and enjoyable trip.
Q：Who wanted to meet him?
A：3 Japanese restaurant owners
Q：What did he need to do his schedule?
A：He needed his stay in Janpan.
Q：How long did he decide to stay in Janpan?
A：He decides to stay for ten days.
Q：How long did he delay his arrival in China?
A：He delayed it by three days.
Q：How many times did Paul meet the young man?
A：They met twice in Beijing and are planning to meet again.
Q：What is Yi planning to do?
A：see Paul in Toronto
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Ambulances are used to transport injured or sick people to a hospital.
An ambulance has trained medical personnel who can treat injured or sick people.
A wheelchair is for people who can't walk.
Wheelchairs have four wheels and often pushed by people from behind.
Fire engines often used to fight fires.
Firefighters like this one often rescue people from buring buildings.
Tow trucks are used to tow cars.
This tow truck is towing a car to a repair shop.
Helicopters are used to rescue people from dangerous places.
This helicopter is lifting someone from a sinking boat.
Q：What is used to transport people to a hospital?
A：Ambulances are used to transport injured or sick people to a hospital.
Q：If your car won't start, what should you call for?
A：If your car won't start, you should call for a tow truck.
Q：What is designed for people who can't walk?
A：A wheelchair is for people who can't walk.
四、Weather & Activities
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This tree is bending over because of the strong wind.
It's going to be windy for the next few days.
It's a very clear night, so they can look up and see many stars.
There isn't a single cloud in the sky.
It's very cold today, so they're wearing very warm clothes.
Without warm clothes, they would freeze to death.
It's nice to eat ice cream on a hot day.
This mother is buying ice cream for her daughter.
This old man has to wear glasses to read.
Without reading glasses, he can't see clear enough to read.
Q：Who has to wear glasses to read?
Q：Who are wearing warm clothes?
Q：Why is the tree bending over?
五、Checking up on Ada
tenderloin 英 [ˈtendəlɔɪn] 美 [ˈtendərlɔɪn] n.(牛、猪的)里脊肉，嫩腰肉
How was Ada’s new job in Beijing?
It seems to be going well.
I talked with her last night.
How much is she getting paid?
I’m not sure.
She said she’s earning more, but I don’t know how much she’s getting.
Where is she living?
Has she found a flat?
No, not yet.
She’s living with a friend until she can find one of her own.
Flats are more expensive there and the quality isn’t good.
Did she say anything else?
Her biggest complaint is the air quality.
She hates the pollution.
On some days, the pollution is so bad that she’s afraid to breathe.
Yeah, I wouldn’t want to live there.
She’s hoping it will get better.
I’m sure it will but it'll take time especially with all the cars.
She also said she’s still looking for a new boyfriend.
That shouldn’t be difficult.
She’s nice and she’s good looking.
Has she met anyone?
No, I don’t think so.
She’s looking for someone on the internet.
Maybe she'll be lucky.
Maybe she will.
I think I’m gonna try that too.
What other choice do I have?
It’s so difficult to meet someone new.
I never have anytime.
Me too. I’m always working.
Maybe I'll try online dating too.
If I’m lucky, I may meet someone new, like Steve's girlfriend.
Oh, come on. You are joking right?
I hope you can find someone better than her.
Steve seems happy enough.
Yes, but he is blinded by love.
You know that.
I’m sure it won't last for long.
As soon as she gets bored, she'll find someone else.
You may be right.
Let’s wait and see.
Hey, what about dinner?
Sure, it’s getting late and maybe I’ll be the woman of your dreams.
Well, let’s take a one night at a time.
Let’s have some Indian food, OK?
Ok, tenderloin chicken for me and I’m hungry.
Q：Who is Ada living with?
A：She’s living with a friend.
Q：What is Ada's biggest complaint?
A：Her biggest complaint is the air quality.
Q：Besides a flat, what else is Ada looking for?
A：She's looking for a new boyfriend.
Q：What is blinding Steve?
A：Steve is blinded by love.
Q：What kind of food are they going to eat?
A：They are going to have some Indian food.