English for business contextual dialogue:
|Customer:||Good morning. Where can I change some money?|
|Clerk:||Over there, Madam, at the Foreign Exchange counter.|
|Customer:||What's the rate today, please?|
|Clerk:||What currency, madam?|
|Customer:||United States dollars, please.|
|Clerk:||Are you buying or selling, Madam?|
|Customer:||I'd like to change dollars into rupiah.|
|Clerk:||We can give you 14,300 rupiah per dollar, Madam.|
|Customer:||That's a rather poor rate of exchange, isn't it?|
|Clerk:||Yes. It's lower than usual, Madam. The dollar has slightly dropped.|
|Customer:||Is that the official rate of exchange?|
|Clerk:||Yes, it is, Madam. It will be the same in all the banks.|
|Customer:||What about the money changers?|
|Clerk:||I'm sorry. I don't know what their rate will be, Madam. It could be slightly higher or lower than ours.|
|Customer:||The reason I'm asking is that I want to change a large amount.|
|Clerk:||I understand, Madam.|
|Customer:||Oh, well. Never mind. I'll go ahead and change it here. I'd like to cash these travellers cheques.|
|Clerk:||Very good, Madam. Would you countersign the cheques, please? How much would you like to change, Madam?|
|Customer:||1,000 US$, please.|
|Clerk:||Where are you staying, please, Madam?|
|Customer:||I'm staying privately. I'll give you the address.|
|Clerk:||How would you like to have it, Madam? Our largest note is 100,000 rupiah.|
|Customer:||That'll be fine.|
|Clerk:||There we are, Madam.|
|Customer:||Thank you very much.|
|Clerk:||You're most welcome, madam.|
Exercise: Answer the following questions.
- What would the woman like to do in the bank?
- What currency does she want?
- Is she buying or selling?
- What does she think about the rate?
- What rate would she get if she went to another bank?
- What does she decide to do then?
- How much does she want to change?
- How much does she get in rupiah?