American English Conversations: Lesson 16

Welcome to American English Conversations: Lesson 16. In this lesson you have 3 dialogues to practice, read, translate, pronounce in English, and read along with the video. Please focus and do your best so that you can learn and improve your listening, reading, pronunciation, and communication skills in English. Don’t forget to use the comments section below to share your thoughts and what you’ve learned today.

PART 1 — DIRECTIONS: Read the dialogues below in English, then translate them and read them in your primary language.

Dialogue 16 – At the Bank

  • Teller:         May I help you?
  • Nancy:        I’d like to cash this check, please.
  • Teller:         Do you have an account with us?
  • Nancy:        Yeah. Here’s my identification card.
  • Teller:         Do you want large or small bills?
  • Nancy:        Actually, I want to buy some traveler’s checks.
  • Teller:         What denomination?
  • Nancy:        Twenties would be fine.
  • Teller:         Do you want the whole amount in traveler’s checks?
  • Nancy:        Yes, please.

Dialogue 17 — Discussing a News Story

  • Helen:     Did you hear about the  guy who was struck by lightning?
  • Mavis:     You mean that man up in Maine?
  • Helen:     That’s the one; the blind buy who could see again.
  • Mavis:     I read about him in the paper this week. He’d been blind for about eight or nine years.
  • Helen:     Uh-huh. Wasn’t he also able to hear again after the lightning hit him?
  • Mavis:     Right. He didn’t have to wear a hearing aid anymore.
  • Helen:     I think it was a miracle.
  • Mavis:     Me too!

Dialogue 18 — Talking It Over

  • Jeff:  Can’t we go someplace and talk? It’s so crowded in here.
  • Sonia:         Well, there’s a little park down the street about three blocks. It’s usually not crowded this time of day.
  • Jeff:  Let’s go. I need to get some fresh air anyway.
  • Sonia:        Just what is it you want to talk about?
  • Jeff:  You remember that note you sent me last month?
  • Sonia:         Which one? The one about the trip out west?
  • Jeff:  Yeah. That’s the one. Listen. I’ve got a terrific idea about the whole project and we need to discuss it.
  • Sonia:        Wonderful! I’d like to hear some of your ideas.

PART 2 — DIRECTIONS: Watch, read-along, and pronounce with the video below a minimum of 2-3 times. After you finish, let us know what you learned via the comments section below.

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