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English Conversation 10: Both Fay and Jerry have decided to stay in Beijing - they are talking about their future

Jerry: Fay, have you decided to stay in Beijing?

Fay: Yes, I have. Shanghai is exciting, but Beijing is still home.

Jerry: That's a good idea. You'll be happier here. I think I'll stay here for a while myself, at least until the Summer Olympics in 2008.

Fay: Oh really? Do you plan to go see the games while you're here?

Jerry: Sure, the Olympics are very exciting. It's like one big party! I had fun when I went to previous Olympics.

Fay: What? You mean you've been to the Olympics before?

Jerry: Yes, I spent a few days in Atlanta in '96, and I saw the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan in '98 too. You can see so many different people, hear different languages, do all kinds of things. You can even see some sports if you really want to!

Fay: Ha ha ha. You're really funny, Jerry. So did you see many events?

Jerry: Actually, I didn't see so many. Believe it or not, it's better to watch the sports events at home. It's more comfortable, you can see the games up close, and you get different camera angles. Unless you can get good seats, watching in person isn't nearly as good.

Fay: That sounds very disappointing! Why should anyone go to see the Olympics?

Jerry: It's not disappointing at all. The atmosphere is what makes it all worthwhile. Also, I got into collecting and trading Olympic pins when I was there. You can trade pins with people from all over the world. I now have pins from more than 20 different countries. It's a fun way to meet all kinds of people.

Fay: Did you meet any athletes?

Jerry: Yes, as a matter of fact, I met some of the Chinese women ice hockey players when I was in Japan. They gave me this China pin in exchange for an American pin.

Fay: I think I'd like to have a Beijing 2008 Olympic pin! I wonder where I can get one?

Jerry: Well Fay, I just happen to have one right here.

Fay: Really? Can I have it?

Jerry: Sure... What do you have to trade for it???


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