- 取得了联系：established contact, got in touch. “取得”就是取、得到的意思。
- 办签证：apply for visa. “办”的意思是“做”（比如“办公室”就是做工作的地方）。“办”签证，就是把材料交给大使馆，申请签证。
Yu has problems with studying abroad
Yu: You're about to graduate from your master studies, right? What plans do you have for the future?
Xia: I'm thinking of going abroad to study for doctor’s degree, and I have been preparing for Visa application material.
Yu: So how's the preparation coming?
Xia: I already prepared my transcript and passport. Additionally, I got into touch with the universities abroad, and filled out application forms.
Yu: You should still have the invitation letters from the university overseas, right? Did they fax it to you?
Xia: No. I will go to the consulate to apply for a visa next week! What am I supposed to do now?
Yu: This is a big problem! I'm not sure either. I'll help you look for the telephone number of the school, you can call and ask.