Exercise 1a Listen to these extracts from four conversations. In each case, what are the topics mentioned?
A: So, here's to the new addition to your family!
B: Thanks. Cheers.
A: How's the baby doing?
B: Just fine. She's growing fast.
A: And what about your wife?
B: She's fine too. They'll be home in a couple of days.
A: I hope you're getting lots of sleep. You'll need it.
B: That's what everybody says. Marc, I just wanted to ask you about that old boat you have for sale.
A: Sure. Don't tell me you're interested?
B: Well, I might be.
A: So, let's raise our glasses to the success of the team.
B: I'll drink to that.
C: We all will.
A: There were a couple of points I wanted to mention, just informally. The first is to do with Sandra. I think you've all met her. Anyway, she's not been too well lately, so I'd be grateful if you could go a bit easy on her. Don't overload her with work. OK?
A: The other thing I wanted to mention is that we're collecting money for Daniela. She's due to leave in a couple of weeks to have her baby. Five pounds seems to be the going rate.
B: I think I can just about manage that. Here you are.
C: Sorry, I haven't got anything on me. I'll let you have it tomorrow.
A: So cheers. How's life with you?
B: Not bad. Cheers.
A: Got any plans for this year?
B: You mean on the home front?
A: Yes, I was thinking of holidays.
B: We're hoping to go to North Africa this summer. We haven't booked anything, but some friends went to Tunisia last year and really enjoyed it.
A: Sounds good.
B: What about you?
A: I never book anything till the last minute.
B: Typical! By the way, talking of last minute plans, you know the meeting this afternoon? Have you got time for a quick chat about it?
A: Sure, fire away.
A: I'd like to propose a toast to Jan, who's been with us for twenty years. And who, hopefully, will stay another twenty. Jan.
B,C,D: To Jan. Best of luck.
A: I wanted to ask you, Jan. What's the biggest change you've noticed since you've been here?
E: Oh, I don't know, really. I suppose the office environment's changed a lot. We used to have a supervisor walking up and down, making sure we were all working. Nowadays, there's more freedom, but in some ways there are more worries.
A: I know what you mean. I'm sure there were a lot more staff twenty years ago.
E: There certainly were. Anyway, let's change the subject! Who's interested in going on somewhere to eat?
B, C, D: Yes, good idea. Why not!
A: Where were you thinking of going??