Improve your ability to speak English
Mary: Hey, Cindy! Have you finished the exam?
Cindy: Yes, I have. Whew!
Mary: Was it hard?
Cindy: Well, yes. It was hard–pretty hard.
Mary: Did you pass?
Cindy: I don’t know. Mrs. Lester didn’t tell me.
Mary: What questions did she ask?
Cindy: First she asked me what my name was.
Mary: That was easy, wasn’t it?
Cindy: Yes, except I couldn’t remember! Then she asked me where I came from, and how long it took to get here from my country.
Mary: And what else did she ask?
Cindy: She asked how long I’d been studying English here in Canada, and she asked how I would use English in the future.
Mary: Yes, yes, go on.
Cindy: Then she asked me to explain the difference between my country and Canada.
Mary: Anything else?
Cindy: I’m trying to remember. Oh, yes! She asked if I spoke any other language.
Mary: Is that all?
Cindy: Oh, there were a lot of other questions. She asked me what my hobbies were,
where I visited in Canada. Then I was asked to read a passage.
Mary: What did she say at the end?
Cindy: Hmm. Let’s see… Oh, Yes! She asked me to tell you to go in–right away.
Would You Call Me?
Angela: Well, see you tomorrow.
Vicky: I’d better go, too. Oh, would you do me a favour?
Vicky: Would you call me tomorrow at six o’clock in the morning? Tomorrow is my daughter’s birthday. I want to get her a new robe, and I have to pick up the dry cleaning, and pick up the cake from the bakery. Anyway, I have lots of things to do. But I’m not sure I can get up early.
Angela: Do you need a hand?
Vicky: Oh, can you? That would be great; can you go to the mall and buy her a new robe, pick up the dry cleaning, and get the cake from the bakery?
Angela: And what will you be doing?
Vicky: Sleeping in of course!
Can I Let You Know?
Margaret: Are you going out with Leonard tonight?
Frances: Uh-huh. He’s supposed to pick me up at six thirty. What time is it now?
Margaret: Quarter to six. You’d better get going.
Frances: You’re kidding. I haven’t even taken a shower.
Margaret: Where are you going?
Frances: We haven’t made up our minds yet. Maybe to a movie, maybe to a party.
Margaret: Go and see Forrest Gump. It’s supposed to be interesting.
Frances: Oh, maybe we will. I’ve heard The Sixth Sense is good, too.
Margaret: Well, personally I prefer Forrest Gump. I really should be going. Do you want to go shopping tomorrow?
Frances: I’d like to go, but it depends. I might have to go to the store tomorrow and do some work. Can I let you know first thing in the morning?
Margaret: OK, that would be all right. (Rrring, rrring)
Frances: Oh, there’s the phone. It must be Leonard.
Margaret: Well, I’ll be going. Call me up tomorrow.
Frances: I will. Have a good evening.
Margaret: You too.
On the Phone – A Less Formal Call
Miss Wallace: Good afternoon, Scott and Smith. May I help you?
George: May I speak to Mr. Scott or Mr. Smith, please?
Miss Wallace: I’m sorry, they aren’t here right now. Who’s calling, please?
George: George Martin.
Miss Wallace: Is there any message I can take, Mr. Martin?
George: No, I’ll call back later.
Miss Wallace: Thank you for calling Scott and Smith.
A Cup of Coffee
Bill: Can I get you something to drink?
Robin: A cup of coffee, please.
Bill: With milk and sugar?
Robin: A little milk, but no sugar.
Bill: I never drink coffee at night.
Robin: Why not?
Bill: It keeps me awake.
Robin: What do you drink with supper?
Bill: Tea, it helps me relax.
Robin: I don’t like tea.
Bill: There are so many kinds of tea; maybe you should shop around and try to find one you like because coffee is so bad for you.
Robin: That’s a good idea.
- Practice Listening and Speaking English for Daily Conversation – Part 18
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- Practice Listening and Speaking English for Daily Conversation – Part 15
- Practice Listening and Speaking English for Daily Conversation – Part 14
- Practice Listening and Speaking English for Daily Conversation – Part 13