Can you spare a minute? I'd like to discuss something of importance to both of us.  It may seem trivial to you but for me it's worth paying attention to.  As far as Bob is concerned, anything goes. By contrast, Jane is very cautious.  After an awkward pause, Bill took her by the hand and dragged her upstairs.  Bill just wanted to comfort Monica, but she interpreted it as romantic interest.  After making sure she was sound asleep, he crept out of the room and set off.  Between you and me, Lisa, I came across Nick passionately embracing a woman.  Such a remark is open to misunderstanding.  "I can't stand it anymore!" "Calm down. I'll come over as soon as possible."  Don't take it literally. He is inclined to exaggerate.  "You should apologize to Lisa for making fun of her. You went too far this time." "Yeah .. I will, sometime when she's in a better mood."  "Lisa, are you getting along with Nick?" "Once in a while, I think of divorcing him." "You must be kidding!"  In tears, she tore up his letter and threw it away.
 Many people regard the current compulsory education systems as being obsolete.  Many people encouraged me to fulfill my ambitions.  To make his dreams come true, he dropped out of school and made his way to Tokyo.  "What do you do?" "I'm a college student, a freshman at Harvard." "What's your major?" "Philosophy."  Tuition will be raised by nearly ten percent as of April 1, 2001.  "I'm of two minds whether to apply for the scholarship or not." "Give it a try!"  As soon as he graduated from Keio University, he took over his family's business.  You aren't cut out for the military because of its rigid discipline.  I am determined to make a living as a playwright at all costs.  As he grew up, he learned to put things in perspective.  Conformity is an essential element of our homogeneous community.  I'd rather go my own way than toil away for a company. Trying to fit into a mold gets me nowhere!  Tom takes after his uncle in personality. I mean, he is obstinate by nature. He never gives in.
 The auditorium was empty except for a single piece of furniture.  Any apartment will do as long as the rent is low. I'm not particular about it.  His sixty-year-old cousin inherited a piece of real estate by a lake.  So much for small talk. Let's get down to business.  Lucy resented the aggressive salesman trying to make her sign the contract.  There are a number of factors discouraging us from investing in stocks.  Japan imports various raw materials and exports manufactured goods.  In the course of its economic development, Japan has abandoned its traditional values.  The world is faced with an unprecedented crisis.  In short, the purpose of the regulations is to protect domestic industries.  In order to keep up its competitiveness in the world, Japan must undertake sweeping deregulation in earnest.
 Quite a few people have been invited to celebrate the couple's anniversary.  It won't be long before everything is ready. In the meantime, help yourself to some snacks.  Dressed in a loud and peculiar outfit, she stood out in the crowd.  All the guests were touched by her hospitality.  Her shabby clothes were not suitable for the a occasion.  That topic is too intimate to share with casual acquaintances.  When Tom gets drunk, he gets crude and offensive. Stay away from him.  He could hardly comprehend what she was implying.  Bob felt embarrassed when he was teased in front of some girls.  His ambiguous reply made her all the more irritated.  Bob is very timid and blushes when chatting with girls.  Nick looks down on anyone who comes from a rural area.  "What's the matter, Bob? You look so miserable." "Leave me alone. It's none of your business."  Although Bob was in disguise, I recognized him at a glance.  "What are you chuckling about?" "Bob, you have your sweatshirt on backwards!" "Oops!"