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ALEX: Can I help you?
SHERRY: Yes, I need to buy a computer for this semester.I was told it is cheaper to buy computers here.
ALEX: Well, you heard right.You can get an excellent deal on a new computer here.We have great discounts for students.
SHERRY: I don't know much about computers.But I know I want a desktop computer with a lot of memory. And I need a printer.
ALEX: Well, first let's consider your computer.Here, for example, is a system I highly recommend--the Power Macintosh G3.It comes with 64 megabytes of total memory.
SHERRY: Is that a lot? Sixty-four?
ALEX: Yes, it is. It should be enough for any student needs you might have.What department are you in?
ALEX: Well, so you will mostly be using word processing, for writing papers.I recommend the Corel Word Perfect program for word processing.We can talk about software later. Let's talk about your hardware first.We have a special deal on right now.I should tell you about it, as it only goes until next Tuesday.
If you buy one of these fifteen-inch color monitors with a Power Macintosh G3,you can actually get 30 percent off the usual sale price.
SHERRY: Thirty percent?
SHERRY: Wow. That's really good.And you think this is really a good system for a graduate student?
ALEX: Yes. It's an excellent system. SHERRY: Hmm. Hey, wait. This has an Apple on it. Is this an Apple computer?
ALEX: Yes, it's a Macintosh. It's Apple. Macintosh and Apple are the same thing.
SHERRY: I don't want Macintosh. I want PC.
ALEX: I'm sorry, but our university computer center only sells Macintosh equipment.
SHERRY: What? Are you serious?
SHERRY: But nobody uses Macintosh!
ALEX: That's not true.Most of the students and professors in the university here use Macintosh.They find it is better for writing and word-processing,and that is what students mostly do. May I ask where you're from?
SHERRY: Yes, I'm from Taiwan.
ALEX: Well, I know that in most Asian countries Apple is not very popular.But here in America, especially in universities and publishing companies,Apple is very commonly used.
SHERRY: But I need a computer that can handle writing in Chinese.
ALEX: There are several Chinese writing programs you can use with Macintosh.Chinese is no problem for Apple. SHERRY: Hmm.
I think I should ask some of my friends for advice before I make a decision.I'm sorry.
ALEX: No, don't be sorry. It's reasonable to ask your friends.But believe me, most of the students here in the university--Asian students included--most of them use Apple.
SHERRY: Well, thanks for your advice. I will probably come back later.
ALEX: You're very welcome. Here is my card, if you need any help.
亚历克斯：好的，所以你会常用文字处理来写报告。我推荐 Corel Word Perfect 程式来做文字处理。我们待会再来谈软件，先谈硬件吧。
我们现在有特价， 我应该告诉你，因为只持续到星期二为止。如果你购买这套有麦金塔 G3 的 15 寸彩色主机， 事实上就可以有平常售价的七折。 雪莉：七折?
雪莉：但是我需要一台可以处理中文写作的电脑。 亚历克斯：有一些中文的写作程式可以在麦金塔上使用，对苹果电脑而言，中文不是问题。 雪莉嗯……我想在做决定前请教我一些朋友的建议。很抱歉。
KELLY: Yes, I would like to place an order.
DORIS: Alright, Ma'am. What items would you like to order today?
KELLY: I have your catalog here.
Do you want me to tell you the item numbers, or the names?
DORIS: You may tell me both, Ma'am.
KELLY: Alright. I want to order the satin sheets on page 34.
DORIS: The Merriman satin sheets?
KELLY: Yes, that's right.
DORIS: And what size would you like?
KELLY: I need one full set of sheets in King-size.
DORIS: Alright, Ma'am. And what color did you want?
KELLY: Ivory, please.
DORIS: So that is product number MS3419. Size: King. Color: Ivory. Is that correct?
KELLY: Yes, I think so. Can I ask you something?
KELLY: I'm a foreigner here. My English isn't perfect. Can you tell me what satin is?
DORIS: Satin is like silk, Ma'am. It feels like silk. But it's a different material.
KELLY: I see. That's what I thought.
DORIS: Anything else today?
KELLY: No, I just need the sheets.
DORIS: Alright. With shipping charges, your total will be 78 dollars and 95 cents.
Will you be paying with credit?
DORIS: Visa, Master Card, or American Express.
DORIS: Card number?
KELLY: 4923 5671 3622 9876.
DORIS: Expiration date?
KELLY: Zero nine, two-thousand-and-one.
DORIS: Alright, Ma'am. I will run that charge for you.
And then I will get your address in a moment.
KELLY: Thank you.