Improve your ability to speak English
Mrs Bates: How are you settling in?
Neal: Oh, we’re still in a bit of a mess, but Lisa seems to like it here.
Mrs Bates: That’s good. Is there a garden for her to play in?
Neal: Yes, it’s not very big, but we’ve got a small swimming pool.
Mrs Bates: Have you found a school for Jerry?
Neal: Yes, there’s one near here. It takes only 5 minutes by car.
Mrs Bates: That’s good. So you like it there, do you, Neal?
Neal: Yes, this is a very good place for my children.
Will You Get Some Bread For Me?
Edna: Is there a bakery near here?
Alex: Yes, you can get there in five minutes.
Edna: That’s good. I don’t have much time.
Alex: Why are you going to the bakery?
Edna: To buy birthday cake.
Alex: Whose birthday is it?
Edna: My daughter’s. She’s ten.
Alex: That’s nice. Will you get some bread for me?
Edna: Sure, do you want anything else?
Alex: No, thanks. I’ll pay you when you get back.
Buying a Present – In a Jeweller’s shop
Robert: I’m trying to find a wedding anniversary present for my wife.
Assistant: Yes, sir. What exactly are you looking for?
Robert: I’m not sure, really. Perhaps you can help me.
Assistant: Right…I’ll show you some pendants.
Robert: No, I bought a pendant for her birthday.
Assistant: Maybe a necklace, then. These necklaces are made of gold.
Robert: Yes…I like this one. What’s the stone?
Assistant: It’s a ruby, sir…and it’s only $1200!
Robert: Ah…well, perhaps you could show me some bracelets, then.
Buying a Present – In a Toy Shop
Mrs Bays: Good morning. Perhaps you can advise me…
Assistant: Yes, ma’am.
Mrs Bays: I’m looking for a toy…for my niece.
Assistant: Oh, yes…how old is she?
Mrs Bays: She’ll be seven years old on Sunday.
Assistant: Skateboards are still very popular.
Mrs Bays: Hmm, I don’t want her to hurt herself.
Assistant: What about a Barbie Doll set?
Mrs Bays: I don’t think so. She has many Barbie Dolls. Have you got anything educational? You see she’s a very intelligent girl.
Assistant: I’ve got the perfect thing! A do-it-yourself kit where you can build your own Barbie Doll who rides a skateboard!
Making a Reservation
Peter: Can I get some tickets for plays?
Teller: Yes. Is there a specific play that you want to see?
Peter: What plays are on tonight?
Teller: Cats. But it’s sold out.
Peter: Are there any seats left for tomorrow night?
Teller: Yes. How many tickets do you want?
Peter: Two, please.
Teller: Where would you like to sit?
Peter: I’m not sure.
Teller: Well, here’s a seating plan of the concert hall.
Peter: How much is it in the middle section?
Peter: $50! That’s a little too expensive for us. How much is it in the back?
Peter: That’s fine. What time does the play start?
Teller: At 7:00.
Peter: What time will the play be over?
Teller: At 9:30.