Steve: Mary, how was your date with john?
Mary: it's ok. It seems we have a lot in common.
S: oh, really. That is great news. What does he look like?
M: he is tall and slim, fair-haired.
S: sounds like he is pretty cute. What do you think of him?
M: he is a nice guy and very considerate. I was impressed with how smart he
was and he has a great sense of humor.
S: oh, it's love at first sight. When will you see each other again?
M: he didn't say, but he said he would call me.
S: maybe he is busy with his work. Just wait and try not to think about it
M: oh, steve. Stop it! I am a bit nervous! What if he doesn't call?
S: come on, Mary, you're a total catch. I bet he will call you. Don't
M: thank you, Steve. You're always so encouraging.
S: that's what friends are for.
S: you know, Mary, I feel we meet somewhere before. Where were you
M: I was born in Beijing, but I spent most of my childhood in London.
S: what was your childhood like?
M: I had a pretty strict upbringing, and my parents taught at an university
so they have extremely high expectations for me.
S: where did you go to university?
M: my parents wanted me to stay in Beijing, but I decided to go back
toEngland. I graduated from University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a degree in
Cross Culture Communication.
S: what is your current occupation?
M: I am a journalist. I write for China Daily.
S: did you know that you wanted to be a journalist right after your
M: no, I didn’t. I started working at a university in London but as time
went by, I found I did not really like my job. I decided to explore other
fields. Journalism is great fit for me as well as a challenge.
S: do you like your current job?
M: yes, I came to Beijing two years ago looking for new opportunities. I
was lucky because my friend introduced me to my current company.