Lesson 3 Focus Point: Past verb tense practice. Dialogue. Han is a teacher who is applying for a new job as a translator and is being interviewed by Bob. (Listen especially for verb tenses.). Lesson 3 Focus Point: Past verb tense practice.
Dialogue. Han is a teacher who is applying for a new job as a translator and is being interviewed by Bob.
(Listen especially for verb tenses.)
Xiao Lin and Xiao Ling are about to finish an English course and they are talking about their future English study plans.
(Listen especially to expressions of future tense.)
Dialogue. Foreign tourist Sue is lost and asks Chinese student Min for directions.
(Listen especially for how location words like "next to" are used.)
Lee is complaining to Hal about how busy her intensive English course is. (Listen especially for the prepositions Lee uses with time words.)
Then we have classes from 8:00 to 12:00.
At 12:00 we have lunch, and then a break.
In the afternoon, class starts at 2:30 and goes until 4:00.
At 4:00 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday there is English Corner and on Tuesday and Thursday we have talks.
In the evening we need to study / so we only have free time on weekends.
Anne and Mick are arguing politely over whether cats or dogs make better pets.
(Listen especially for how they indicate disagreement.)
Lee is in a Western-style fast-food restaurant ordering her meal. Tom is the server.
(Listen especially to how the count and non-count nouns are used.)
Jazz chant: What would you like?
I’d like salad and soup - salad and soup
What about bread with your salad and soup?
I’d like garlic bread, garlic bread.
Something to drink? Any dessert?
Coffee and pie
That sounds good! Mm -- mm –
That sounds good!
Dialogue: The phone rang and Phil has picked it up, but the connection is very bad and he can't hear what the caller is saying. Sorry, but we can only hear one side of this conversation.
(Listen especially for how Phil tries to clarify what the caller is saying.)
Hello, Phil Collins speaking. Sorry, what did you say? This connection isn't very good. Would you mind repeating that? I didn't catch what you just said. Could you say the last part again? Did you say something about a fish? Sorry, I didn't catch the last word. Did you say you want to marry a fish? Oh, you want Mary Fisher! Sorry, but she's not here.
It is a holiday. Fred and Lynn are trying to decide what to do with their day.
(Listen especially to how they make suggestions.)
Fred: What do you want to do today?
Lynn: I don't know. What would you like to do?
Fred: Why don't we go to a movie?
Lynn: We could, but there will be lots of people there today.
Fred: Then how about going to a park?
Lynn: There will be lots of people there too.
Fred: Well then, what do you think we should do? Lynn: I guess I'd like to stay home.
Focus point: Making suggestions: -- "Why don't we (+ verb)..." Also "Lets (+ verb) -- "How about (verb + ing)..." Also "What about (verb + ing).... Other points to note: -- "Well then..." = "In that case..." --"I guess" for hesitant opinion.
Dialogue: Ann is a parent having trouble with her children; Sara is a friend gently offering advice.
(Listen especially for the phrases Sara uses to offer advice.)
Ann: My children never want to do their homework! / I just don't know what to do with them.
Sara: Why not try punishing them?
Ann: I have, but they still don't listen to me.
Sara: You could always reason with them.
Ann: I've done that, but they just ignore me and watch TV.
Sara: If I were you, I would get rid of the TV set.
Practice activity: The teacher's problem child
Tom wants Ed to go with him to see a movie, but Ed has no interest in going to the film.
( Listen especially to how Ed refuses Tom.)
In China, when is it appropriate to give a direct refusal and when is it better to put someone off or to give an indirect answer?
Practice activity: "The doctor market"
"I think that..." Also "I feel that..." "I believe that ..." -- "should" For opinions. "Personally" Emphasizes that this is a personal opinion, thus making his disagreement with Mr. Chen seem less sharp and direct.
The "as ___ as ___" pattern often causes problems in China.
"passed away" = died
Practice activity: Cocktail party:
"I have some bad news."
Other points to note:
Focus Point: Degrees of certainty in expressing opinions