American English Conversation: Lesson 61

DIRECTIONS: Read the dialogues below in English, then translate them and read them in your primary language (if needed). You’re encouraged to read these dialogues with your teacher, tutor, colleagues, family, and friends to practice and improve your American English even further.

Topic: A Friend in the Hospital

Dialogue 1

Lucy: Hey, Sarah. How are you doing?
Sarah: Not too good. I was in a car accident yesterday.
Lucy: What happened? Are you hurt?
Sarah: Yeah, I broke my leg and dislocated my shoulder. They had to do emergency surgery last night.
Lucy: That sounds painful. What about your friend who was driving?
Sarah: She’s okay, just a few cuts and bruises. But her car got totaled by the hit-and-run driver. The police are involved now.
Lucy: That’s terrible. Have they caught the driver yet?
Sarah: Not yet, but they’re looking for a black SUV with a damaged front end. Anyway, I could use your help right now. Would you visit me in the hospital and bring me some magazines?
Lucy: Of course! Which hospital are you in?
Sarah: St. Mary’s. Room 412. Thanks so much, Lucy. You’re a true friend.

Dialogue 2

Mike: Hi, Lisa. I heard from John that you were in a car accident. How are you feeling?

Lisa: Hey, Mike. Yeah, it was pretty scary. I injured my leg and had to have surgery.

Mike: So sorry to hear that. That sounds painful.

Lisa: Yeah, it is sore right now. But the painkillers help.

Mike: Do you need anything while you’re here? Can I bring you some magazines or snacks?

Lisa: That’s kind of you, but no thanks. They’ve been taking good care of me.

Mike: What happened exactly? Did they catch the driver who hit you?

Lisa: Unfortunately, it was a hit-and-run. My car was wrecked, too.

Mike: Oh no! Have the police been involved?

Lisa: Yeah, they’re investigating. It’s been stressful dealing with all the paperwork and stuff.

Mike: Is there any way we can help you out? We could set up a meal schedule for when you get home or something.

Lisa: Thanks, Mike. That would be helpful.

Nurse: Sorry to interrupt, but today’s visiting hours are almost over.

Mike: Sure thing. Let us know if there’s anything else you need, Lisa.

Lisa: Thank you. You guys are great friends.

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