Welcome to American English Conversation: Lesson 30. 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.
We’re always surprised when coincidences happen. Sometimes when we least expect something to happen, it does, and we’re surprised. Imagine that a coincidence happens to you. What would you say in English? Here are some suggestions:
— You’re thinking about calling a colleague so you can study together for the test. Before you pick up the phone, your friend calls you. What would you say to your friend? What would your friend say to you?
— You’re at a store buying a present for your father. Suddenly, you see your father buying a shirt in your favorite color and you overhear him telling the cashier that it’s a present for you. What would you say to your father? What would your father say to you?
— You’re talking to your friends about a famous movie star that you haven’t seen in movies in a while. Suddenly, that same movie star walks right by you and asks you for directions to the nearby movie theater. What would you say to the movie star? What would the movie star say to you?
Life is full of pleasant surprises, and we should always prepare to be amazed. You never know when amazing coincidences will happen.
PART 2 — DIRECTIONS: Read the dialogue below in English, then translate it and read it in your primary language.
Dialog 8: Coincidences
- Meg: Well, Hello there, Julia! Long time no see!
- Julia: Meg! Hi! What a coincidence! I haven’t seen you in ages! What are you doing here?
- Meg: I just got a new job in the city, so I’m shopping for some clothes. Hey, what do you think of this shirt?
- Julia: Hmmm … well, you know how much I love blue. See? I’ve got the same shirt!
- Meg: You always did have good taste! What a small world.
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.