A: I am not able to run fast because I suffer from asthma.
B: Don’t worry, I can’t run fast either because I am unfit!
asthma n. 气喘，哮喘
A: It is my dream to be an astronaut one day.
B: I too would love to see the earth from space.
astronaut n. 宇航员
A: I am going to visit the new astronomy research centre in town tonight, would you like to join me?
B: I’d love too, is there a good telescope to view the stars with?
astronomy n. 天文学
A: They are closing down the local asylum.
B: It is about time, the care facilities there were terrible.
asylum n. 1. 庇护，政治避难;2. 精神病院
A: Do you have an atlas ? I want to check where and in which ocean the Tongan Islands are.
B: No, I don’t have one, but I think that they are in the Pacific.
atlas n. 地图集
A: Is attendance at the lecture absolutely necessary?
B: Well, if you want to get credit for this course it is.
attendance n. 1. 出席人数;2. 出席，参加，出席次数;3. 护理，照料
A: I lost my wallet at the cinema yesterday.
B: Did you ask the attendant on duty if it was found?
attendant n. 服务人员，侍者，随从
A: The box of old photos that you are looking for is in the attic.
B: On the right or left hand side?
attic n. 阁楼
A: The auction will be held at 3pm on Saturday.
B: Good, I’d like to set a starting price of one hundred dollars for my table.
auction n./vt. 拍卖
A: Even though I’m not registered in this department, will it be alright if I audit your classes?
B: It is fine with me, but it is best to check with the department first.
audit vt. 审计，检查(帐目)
A: Are all the accounts from your business in order?
B: No, the auditor still needs to check them.
auditor n. 审计员，稽核员
A: Where will the classical concert be held?
B: In the main auditorium
auditorium n. 1. 观众席，听众席;2. 礼堂，会堂
A: He is suffering from an auditory infection.
B: I hope he recovers soon.
auditory a. 听觉的，听觉器官的
A: My salary will be augmented with the aid of extra hours.
B: Great, but don’t work too hard.
augment vt. 扩大，增加，提高
A: I attended a memorial service last night.
B: It must have a very austere occasion.
austere a. 1. 朴素的，无装饰的;2. 严峻的，一丝不苟的;3. 十分简朴的，苦行的
A: Are you jeans authentic?
B: No, they are just cheap copies of the original brand.
authentic a. 1. 真的，真正的;2. 可靠的，可信的
A: John has such an authoritative voice. It is frightening.
B: I find him scary at times also.
authoritative a. 1. 权威性的，可信的;2. 专断的，命令式的