American English Conversation: Lesson 101

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: Visiting Family

Dialogue 1

Emily: Hi, Dad! It’s so good to see you.
Dad: Hi, Emily. Welcome home. How was your flight?
Emily: Long as usual, but OK. Thanks for picking me up from the airport.
Dad: No problem at all. Your mom and grandparents are looking forward to seeing you.
Emily: Great. I miss them all so much. And how’s my aunt Carol? Did she recover from her surgery?
Dad: Yes, thankfully, it went well. She’s still recovering but seems to be doing better every day.
Emily: That’s a relief. I hope I can see her soon too. And what about my nephews? Are they around?
Dad: Yes, they’re staying with us this weekend. They’ll be thrilled to see their favorite cousin!
Emily: Aw, that’s so sweet. I’ve missed them loads. What do you have planned for today?
Dad: We’re just having a quiet family meal tonight. But tomorrow, we’re all going out on a family outing. Mom hasn’t decided where yet.
Emily: Sounds like fun either way. I can’t wait. Hey, do you mind stopping by the supermarket quickly- I need to grab a couple of things before we reach home.
Dad: Sure, no worries. You must be tired. Let’s get going first.

Dialogue 2

Alice: Hi, Mum! I’m here!
Mum: Oh, Alice darling! You’re finally here. How was your journey?
Alice: It was OK. It’s a bit long and tiring, but seeing you guys is worth it.
Dad: So good to see you, sweetie. Please hug us!
Alice: Hey, Dad! I missed you both so much!
Grandma: Look who’s here! Our little girl has grown up so much! Kiss me.
Alice: Grandma! You look lovely today. Is Grandpa around too?
Grandma: He’s in the garage working on his car as usual. But we’ll have dinner together later.
Uncle Jack: Hi, Alice!
Alice: Uncle Jack! How are you doing?
Aunt Sarah: Hello, dear! Long time no see!
Alice: Aunt Sarah, hi! Yes, it’s been ages since I last saw you guys. Where are my nephews and cousins? Are they all hiding from me?
Uncle Jack: They’re playing hide-and-seek in the garden. Why don’t you join them?
Alice: Great idea! I can’t wait to catch them all!
Mum: Dinner is served, everyone! Come sit down, Alice—your favorite roast chicken with mashed potatoes, just like when you were little.
Alice: Aw, thanks, Mum! This looks amazing. What are we having for dessert?
Grandma: Apple pie, of course! It’s your granddad’s recipe.
Alice: Yummy! Family meals are always the best.
Dad: Tomorrow, we’re planning a family outing to the countryside. We’ll go for a picnic and take a nice walk.
Alice: Sounds excellent! I can’t wait to spend quality time with you all.

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