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What kinds of schools supplies do you usually need to buy before the start of a new academic year (e.g., pen, pencils, laptop or desktop computers, smartphones, calculators)?
“rolling in money” = have a lot of money
“Just remember that I’m not rolling in money, so I can’t buy you the latest calculator.”
“do without something” = do okay without a particular item
“I don’t need new notebooks for school, but I can’t do without a few pencils.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Girl: Dad, I need some high-tech tech stuff like a calculator . . . and a laptop computer.
Dad: Uh. I didn't have any of that when I was in middle school, and I did just fine.
Girl: Dad, I need a calculator for geometry, and I have heard you can download free software from the Internet.
Girl: Dad. Please!!! Everyone has one [I've heard that before.] and you always say you want me to excel in s
Dad: Well, you'll be supporting me in my old age, so, I guess so. When do you need it?
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
Most students enjoy having new school supplies at the beginning of every year. What kinds of schools supplies do you usually need to buy before the start of a new academic year? Which supplies do you really need and which ones do you want, if money isn’t an object? Where do people usually buy these supplies: at school, at a local store, or on the Internet? Discuss these ideas.
Having a computer, netbook, or other electronic devices is almost becoming a necessity at schools today. Imagine that you have $1,000 to spend on electronics (for example, a netbook, digital voice recorder, or other devices). Check at least two Web sites and compare prices on the items you find. Also, analyze and then summarize the company’s sales policies, handling and mailing fees, and its return policies. Then, decide which products you would buy.