Listen to the recording on buying college textbooks and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.
Carl: Hey, Sis. Are you interested in buying some books for school? You can really save money that way.
Ashley: Well, what do you have?
Carl: Well, let’s see. I have a science book called, Today’s World, and I’m selling it for thirty dollars.
Ashley: Thirty? That’s a little expensive for a beat-up book like that.
Carl: Uh, maybe so, but I bought it for sixty. Plus, I wrote a lot of notes in the book that should help you with the class . . . if you could read my writing.
Ashley: What else are you selling?
Carl: Okay, I have an English writing textbook for fourteen dollars, a math book for twenty-three, and a novel for only seven bucks.
Ashley: Uh, Hmmm.
Carl: It’s up to you. You know, these things go fast. I mean you have to listen to my advice as your older brother.
Ashley: Psh. I’ll take the English book and the novel. I need both of those for sure. I think I’ll hold off on buying other books for now. [Okay.] Teachers are always changing their minds about textbooks. [Alright.] And, what are those books?
Carl: Which ones? Ah, ah, nothing. [Wait, wait, wait, wait!] Never mind.
Ashley: Finding Your Perfect Someone. You’re selling it for forty dollars? What’s, what’s this all about? And the price?
Carl: Well. You . . It’s a . . . It’s just a marital relations class. You know about finding a partner. You know, mom’s always, you know, on me about that. And, what does it matter to you anyway?
Ashley: Forty dollars? That’s a little expense.
Carl: Well, they guarantee results, but ah, never mind. You would never understand.
Ashley: What about this one? Introduction to Gourmet Cooking? Why did you take this class? You hate cooking.
Carl: Well, um, I have a friend who’s into cooking, and she’s [She?] . . . I mean, my friend’s taking the class. I mean, ugh, does it really matter?
Ashley: A marriage class . . . a close female friend . . . a cooking textbook . . . I think I get the picture. Mom’s going to be excited about this.
Carl: Ah, you got it all wrong. So, do you want to buy any of these textbooks or not?