高３ Differences of Opinion
Here is the audio for the differences of opinion lesson. George and Dave are talking about the pros and cons of immigration.
What are their arguments? How do they agree and disagree with each other? Listen and fill in the blanks.
G: Dave! How are you? It’s been a long time!
D: George! Good to see you!
G: You’re back from Italy for good then are you?
D: Yeah! I’ve been away for more than 20 years. London’s changed a lot since I was last here.
G: What do you mean Dave?
D: Well, there seem to be people here from everywhere. I can hardly find anyone born here.
G: Why do you say that?
D: Well, to give you one example, when I got back to my house, it needed quite a lot of work doing in the bathroom and kitchen. The only person I could find to do the work was Polish.
G: So what? Since countries like Poland entered the EU, a lot of people have been coming here to work.
D: Yeah. They’re flooding in.
G: Well, that’s good for the economy isn’t it? The place is booming isn’t it?
D: Well, maybe. But how about the people born here, aren’t they losing out?
G: I don’t think so, like I said, it makes the place more dynamic. Think of the other benefits, too.
D: Like what, George?
G: Well, culture has become a lot more varied. Interesting festivals, a wider choice of food, a more lively atmosphere. Isn’t that good?
D: Well, how about crime? It seems like I’m always reading about murders and robberies.
G: Come on Dave, crime certainly isn’t limited to people who’ve come here. What’s more, newspapers always like sensational news.
D: I suppose you are right.
G: Anyway, did you get the Polish plumber to do your work?
D: Yes. He did it last weekend. Nice fellow. He did a good job. I’m going to get him to do some more work next month.
G: Well there you are. He’s another Londoner now, like you and me. Welcome back to London, Dave!