American English Conversation: Lesson 28

Welcome to American English Conversation: Lesson 28. In this lesson you have 1 discussion topic to encourage conversation beyond this activity as well as a dialogue 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: Watch the video, read the text below, then translate the text in your primary language and read it again.

Hello, English Learners. One of the biggest fears English Learners have is communicating in English by phone. Indeed, it is hard to comprehend English when someone speaks English too fast, or has a thick accent. It is also hard to understand when you have limited English vocabulary and practice communicating in English by phone. What would you talk about in English if you were to receive a phone call right now? Here are a few suggestions:

A friend calls you asking you to go out to a movie. What would you say to your friend? What would your friend say to you?

Your doctor calls, asking you to come for a medical appointment. What would you say to your doctor? What would your doctor say to you?

A friend from long ago calls you and asks you for money. What would you say to your friend? What would your friend say to you?

The important thing to know about successful telephone conversations is that you need to improve your English vocabulary and get as much practice communicating with others in English as possible.

PART 2 — DIRECTIONS: Read the dialogue below in English, then translate it and read it in your primary language.

Dialog 6: A Telephone Call

  • John:    Hi, Alice, it’s John. How are you?
  • Alice:   Oh, hi, John! I was just thinking about you.
  • John:    That’s nice. I was wondering if you’d like to go to a movie tonight.
  • Alice:    Sure, I’d love to! What’s playing?
  • John:    I was thinking about that new comedy Lights Out. What do you think?
  • Alice:    Sounds great! 
  • John:    OK, I’ll pick you up around 7:30. The movie starts at 8:00.
  • Alice:    See you then. Bye!

PART 3 — 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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