M: When I say Ilive in Sweden, people always want to know about the seasons。
W: The seasons?
M: Yeah, you know,how cold it is in winter, why its light in the day is so short?
W: So what is it like?
M: Well, it’scold, very cold in winter, sometimes as cold as 26 degrees below centigrade.And of course, when you go out, you wrap up warm, but inside, in the houses, it’salways very warm, much warmer than at home. Swedish people always complain thatwhen they visit England, the houses are cold even when they’re in winter.
W: And what aboutthe darkness?
M: Oh, yeah,around Christmas time, there’s only one hour of daylight, so you really lookforward to the spring. It’s sometimes a bit depressing, but you’ll see the summersare amazing. From May to July in the north of Sweden, the sun never sets. It’sstill light at mid-night. You can walk in the mountains and read a newspaper。
W: Oh, yeah, theLand of the Mid-night Sun。
M: That’s right,but it’s wonderful. You want to stay up all night and the Sweden’s made themost of it. Often they start work early in summer and then leave at about 2 or3 in the afternoon so that they can really enjoy the long summer evenings. Theylike to work hard, but play hard too. I think Londoners work longer hours, but I’mnot sure this is a good thing。
Question 19: Whatdo we learn about the man from the conversation?
Question 20: Whatdo Swedish people complain about when they visit England in winter?
Question 21: How doesthe man describe the short hour of daylight around Christmas in Sweden？
Question 22: Whatdoes the man say about the Swedish people?
W: What kind oftraining does one need to go into this type of job?
M: That’s a verygood question. I don’t think there is any, specifically。
W: For example, inyour case, what’s your educational background?
M: Well, I get adegree in French in Nottingham, after that, Idid career’s work in secondary schools, like the career’s guidance people herein the university. Then I went into local government, because I found I wasmore interested in the administrative side. Then progressed on to universities.So there isn’t any plan and specific training. There are plenty of trainingcourses in management techniques and committee work which you can attend now。
W: But in thefirst place, you did a French degree。
M: In my time,there wasn’t a degree you could do for administration. I think most of theadministrators I’ve come across have degrees in all sorts of things。
W: Well, I know inmy case I did an English Literature degree and I didn’t really expect to end updoing what I’m doing now。
W: Were you localto Nottingham actually? Is there any reasonwhy you went to Nottingham University?
M: No, no. I comefrom the north of Englandfrom west Yorkshire, Nottingham is one theuniversities I put on my list and I like the look of it. The campus is justbeautiful。
W: Yes, indeed.Let’s see, were you from the industrial part of Yorkshire?
M: Yes, from the Woolendistrict。
Questions 23 to 25are based on the conversation you have just heard。
Question 23：What was the man’s major at university?
Question 24：What was the man’s job in secondary schools?
Question 25：What attracted the man to Nottingham University?