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Computer Debate

Marion and Todd debate desktops and laptops.
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Marion: Hey, Todd, you are exactly the person I was looking for. I have a favor to ask you.

Todd: Sure.

Marion: Well, the thing is, I'm thinking of buying a computer OK, but I really, I don't know too much about computers, you know that, so I want to know, which is better, a laptop or a desktop? Which do you think I should buy?

Todd: Ah, that's a good question. Well, I'm not a computer pro but, I guess if you get a desktop computer for your house there's a lot of advantages. It has more memory, it has more power. You can get a bigger monitor for watching movies and things like that, and I think the number one reason that I like the desktop is it doesn't break. You know and it can't be stolen.

Marion: As easily, yeah.

Todd: Right, so when you have the laptop, you take it and you carry it everywhere that means it's easier to break, you know you can drop it (yeah) or it's easy to be stolen, so yeah. On the other hand though, if you just want to be mobile with your computer then obviously you want a desktop because you can take it everywhere, and you can use it in different places, so that's actually why I have two. I have a desktop and a laptop.

Marion: So you have the best of both worlds, really.

Todd: So what do you want to use your computer for?

Marion: Well, mainly I want to use it to keep in touch with my family and my friends. That's my number one reason. I'd also like to use it for work, to make worksheets and that kind of thing for school, and the other thing, what was the other thing, oh yes, I want to use it to store my photos from my digital camera. That's really important to me because I'm afraid I'm going to lose one of the CD's and all of those photos or something like that.

Todd: Well, how often do you think you'll be taking a computer with you, to work or somewhere?

Marion: I don't know really. I mean, I suppose I could just buy a laptop and leave it at home, couldn't I?

Todd: Sure. Sure. Yeah, I guess if you're just going to use for basic stuff then maybe, a laptop is good for you.

Marion: Yeah. Yeah, maybe. It's so confusing. It's such a big decision for me. I don't know what to do. Thanks though for your advice.

Todd: Sure.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

computer pro

I'm not a computer pro.

A 'computer pro' is a computer professional, or a person who works with computers for his job.  Notice the following:

  1. There is a serious problem with my computer.  I need a computer pro for a friend.
  2. She left her laptop with the computer pro and ran to class.

on the other hand

On the other hand though, if you just want to be mobile with your computer ....

You can use this phrase with the phrase 'on one hand' to show two opposing facts or ideas about a situation.  Notice the following:

  1. On one hand I love going to university, but on the other hand I hate having no money.
  2. She is a good friend, but on the other hand she can't keep a secret.

best of both worlds

So you have the best of both worlds, really.

If you have the 'best of both worlds,' you have a combination of two positive things.  For example, if you like hamburgers and you like pizza then hamburger pizza would be the best of both worlds.  Notice the following:

  1. He has an excellent salary and a flexible schedule, the best of both worlds really.
  2. She had the best of both worlds, a job that she loved and a house in a tropical paradise.

keep in touch

Mainly I want to use it to keep in touch with my family and my friends.

If you 'keep in touch' with someone you maintain contact with them through email, mail, telephone, Facebook, etc.Notice the following:

  1. How do you keep in touch with your best friend?
  2. I hope we keep in touch after high school.


I'd also like to use it for work, to make worksheets.

A "worksheet" is a paper with questions or practice, usually to use with students in a classroom setting.  Notice the following:

  1. The teacher was tired so she gave the students a worksheet.
  2. I don't understand my math worksheet at all.  Will you help me?

Vocabulary Quiz

computer • hand • worlds
touch • worksheet
  1. I have to finish this for class tomorrow.
  2. It would be fun to see you, on the other , 12 hours is a long time to be on a bus.
  3. Do you know of a good pro? There is something wrong with my laptop.
  4. Teaching English really gives you the best of both , a reason to travel and a great job.
  5. Do you still keep in with the people you met during study abroad?
Answer these questions about the interview.


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