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: Flat Tire
Sophie: Oh no, I think we have a flat tire!
Tom: What?! Are you sure?
Sophie: Yes, I can hear it and feel it. We need to pull over and check.
(Tom pulls over on the side of the freeway)
Sophie: Don’t worry, I’ve got this. Do you know where the spare tire is?
Tom: (nervously) Um…no…
Sophie: That’s okay. I’ll take care of it. Can you please open the trunk for me?
(Tom opens the trunk while Sophie starts to change the tire)
Sophie: This might take a few minutes. It’s rush hour now, so there’s a lot of traffic.
Tom: Sorry about that. I hope it doesn’t make us late for our meeting.
Sophie: It will be tight, but we may still make it. I’m almost done with the spare tire replacement.
Tom: (gratefully) Thank you so much for being such a lifesaver.
Sophie: No problem at all. Just doing my job as your colleague and friend. All set! Let’s hit the road again.
Tom: Thank you again, Sophie.
Tom: Hey, Dave. Have you ever had a flat tire before?
Dave: Not on the freeway during traffic hour.
Tom: Well, guess what? We have one now, and I don’t have a spare tire.
Dave: Are we stuck here for hours?
Tom: No worries, my friend. I called roadside assistance to come to help us out.
Dave: Thank goodness! You know I didn’t bring any tools with me.
Tom: Yeah, but don’t worry about it. They should be on their way.
Dave: Alright, well, thank you so much. I appreciate your quick thinking.
Tom: No problem, man. It’s not like anyone wants to be stranded on the side of the road in the middle of traffic hour anyways.