American English Conversations: Lesson 20

Welcome to American English Conversations: Lesson 20. 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 28 – Getting Ready

  • Bill:  We don’t have much time!
  • Jerry:      I’m hurrying as fast as I can!
  • Bill:  Well, try to hurry a little bit more, will you? I don’t want to be late.
  • Jerry:      Oh, we won’t be late. You know how these affairs are. They never start on time.
  • Bill:  Maybe so. But I always like to get there on time.
  • Jerry:      Oh, you’re such a fuddy-duddy. Don’t worry. I’ll get you there with time to spare.
  • Bill:  Is that a promise?
  • Jerry:      It’s a promise. Now leave me alone while I finish getting ready.

Dialogue 29 — Making a Purchase

  • Joan:         How much is this?
  • Clerk:       You mean the large one or the small one?
  • Joan:         The large one.
  • Clerk:       They’re on special this week. They’ve been reduced to five dollars.
  • Joan:         Is that the only kind you have?
  • Clerk:       No, we have some that are different in style but not in color. They’re over there. Do you see the       sign?
  • Joan:         Oh, yes. I think I’ll look at those over there before I decide.
  • Clerk:       Very well. Just take your time.

Dialogue 30 — Mail Time

  • Barbara:  The mail has arrived.
  • Norma:           Did I get anything?
  • Barbara: I think so. Let me look. You got something from the bank and an advertisement                 from a health spa.
  • Norma:           Give me the letter from the bank. It might be important.
  • Barbara:  Here. Maybe you’ve overdrawn your account.
  • Norma:           No danger of that. I don’t have any money to overdraw. I hope it’s an offer of that job I applied for.

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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