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Steven wants to improve his handwriting, but finds it's very hard to make it better, so he is complaining it to Julia.
Steven: I want to improve my handwriting, and I've practiced it for several weeks, but nothing happened. You see, my handwriting is still bad.
Julia: Oh, come on. You know it's a long process, you have to be patient.
Steven: I know it, but I don't know when I can make it better.
Julia: Steven, whatever you do, the most important is perseverance. So you have to hang on there, the longer, the better. Then some day, you will find you've already made a lot of progress.
Steven: Yeah, you are right. I must stop complaining and stick to it every day.
Julia: Yeah! Where there is a will, there is a way.
Steven is a wealthy man, but he is very economical. And Jack can't understand it and askshim the reason.
Jack: Hey. Steven. You have a large chunk of money, but why do you still live in the old flat,instead of buying a new villa?
Steven: I like to live here and enjoy my neighbors' company. And I don't think I should wastemoney just because I have much of it.
Jack: But I found you always hate to part with your money. Look at the car you drive; it's sucha junker!
Steven: Oh, the car is old but still in good condition. I just think we should be thrifty, whetheryou are rich or not.
Steven: But what? Just remember that thrift is not only a great virtue, but also a greatrevenue.
Jack: Maybe you are right.
Steven read some news about war, so he is talking about it with his colleague John...
Steven: Hey, John! What do you think are the main causes of war today?
John: It's hard to say! But it seems that a lot of wars nowadays are civil wars. People fromdifferent ethnic groups in the same country sometimes fight for power in that country.
Steven: Yeah, several of those civil wars have been going on for years and years. It seems theywill never end.
John: How do you think they could be ended?
Steven: I don't think that there is any easy way.
John: I think one better way to stop it is to cut off their financial support.
Steven: Yeah, you are right!