Friday, November 20, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Grammartalk 12, Page 1 - Two Word (Phrasal) Verbs.

"Butterfly" by Andy Warhol



1.
A: When are you going to fill out those job applications?
B: I’ll fill them out tomorrow.
A: You should do this one over. There are several
mistakes.
B: All right. I’ll do it over now.
A: When will you hand them in to the employers?
B: I don’t have to hand them in until next week.
2.
A: When do you drop off your children?
B: I drop them off at 8:00 am every morning.
A: When do you pick them up?
B: I pick them up at 3:45 pm every afternoon.
A: Do your children get along with their classmates
and teachers?
B: Yes, they do. I’m glad I didn’t take them out of that
school.
3.
A: Have you heard from Bob recently?
B: No, he hasn’t called me up in a long time.
A: Someone told me he moved out of his apartment.
B: Did you look up his new phone number?
A: I tried to look it up, but it wasn’t listed.
B: I hope we hear from him soon.
4.
A: I have to throw out these old newspapers.
B: Yes, you should throw them out right away.
A: I also need to take back my library books.
B: Yes, they’re due. You ought to take them back now.
A: I’m giving back those tools I borrowed.
B: Yes, thank you for giving them back. I need them.
5.
A: I ran into Sally yesterday afternoon.
B: Oh, really? Where did you run into her?
A: On Mission Street. She was getting off the bus.
B: What were you doing? Getting on the bus?
A: No, I was getting out of my car.
B: I should call on Sally sometime. I like Sally.
6.
A: Our neighbors won’t turn down their stereo.
B: I know. It’s very annoying. Why won’t they turn it
down?
A: Actually, I think they just turned it up. It’s louder.
B: It’s after 11:00. They really should turn it off.
A: I’m going to call them now and tell them off.
B: Don’t. They’re big guys. They might beat us up.
7.
A: Put on your sweater. It’s very cold.
B: I don’t want to put it on. I don’t feel that cold.
A: I don’t know why you took it off.
B: I took it off because it’s worn out.
A: How did you wear out your sweater? Did you work
out in it?
B: Check out these sleeves. You see these holes?
8.
A: Where can I hang up my hat and coat?
B: You can hang them up in the closet next to mine.
A: Where should I put away these tools?
B: Put them away in the plastic box in the basement.
A: Should I throw out these old magazines?
B: Yes, but don’t put them in the garbage. Recycle
them.
9.
A: I forgot to write down Mrs. Parker’s phone number.
B: You can look it up in the phone book.
A: She offered me a job last week. I thought it over.
B: What did you decide?
A: It’s definitely better than my current job.
B: Take the phone book out of the drawer now and
call her up.
10.
A: We used up all of our toothpaste.
B: I didn’t know we used it all up.
A: That’s okay. I never cared for that toothpaste.
B: Let’s go to the drugstore and pick out a different
flavor.
A: Did you know that they ran out of my favorite
toothpaste?
B: I didn’t know they ran out of it. Why bring up the
subject of toothpaste now? We have more important
things to think about.

Grammartalk 12, Page 2. Two Word or Phasal Verbs.

"Campbell's Soup" by Andy Warhol



11.
A: I can’t figure out this telephone bill.
B: Why can’t you figure it out?
A: There are some calls to out of state numbers.
B: I never called anyone out of state.
A: We need to get in touch with the phone company.
B: Yes, but can’t we put this off until tomorrow?
12.
A: I’d like to try on those shoes. I wear size 8.
B: Sure. You can try them on. How do they fit?
A: They don’t feel right. You can bring them back
where you got them.
B: I’ll put them back, but you have to take them off
first.
A: I’d like to look through these shirts first.
B: All right, but don’t forget to give back those shoes.
13.
A: I’ve decided to give up smoking.
B: It’s a good idea to give up that habit.
A: I didn’t use up all these cigarettes.
B: No problem. You can just throw them away.
A: I’m going to find out what kind of damage smoking
can cause.
B: There’s a lot of information about that in the library.
14.
A: The party is over. It’s time to take down the
decorations.
B: Some of them are on the ceiling. We’ll need the
ladder.
A: I’ll take the ladder out of the closet and bring it here.
B: Where should we put these decorations away?
A: You can put them away in these plastic container.
B: This lantern is torn. We might as well throw it out.
15.
A: Doris, nice of you to drop by. Come in and have
some tea.
B: I was in the neighborhood and decided to drop in.
A: I’m glad you did. Give me your jacket. I’ll hang it up.
B: Can I put down these shopping bags somewhere?
A: Sure. Put them down by the front door.
B: I wanted to invite you to come over next Friday
night if you have time.
16.
A: May I take back the shoes I bought last week?
B: Sure. Just bring them back within ten days of your
purchase.
A: I picked them up about a week ago.
B: Good. Bring them in, and we’ll give you your
money back.
A: I’d like to try on another pair.
B: That’s fine. You might be able to pick out
something you like better.
17.
A: Did you hear? The Parkers called off their
daughter’s wedding.
B: Why what happened?
A: You didn’t know? The groom got cold feet.
B: What does that mean, “He got cold feet?”
A: He decided not to go through with the wedding.
B: I’m really sorry the wedding was called off.
18.
A: You’ll never guess who I ran into yesterday.
B: I can’t possibly guess. You’ll have to tell me.
A: I ran into my old college professor, Dr. Hernandez.
B: Oh, that’s wonderful. I really look up to her. She
helped me a lot in college.
A: She wasn’t feeling too well. She had a little cold.
B: A cold? I certainly hope she gets over it soon.
19.
A: Timmy doesn’t get along with his sister very well.
B: Oh, really? Why doesn’t he get along with her?
A: She picks on him too much. He can’t stand it.
B: What are their parents doing about the problem?
A: They’re looking through some books on child
rearing.
B: I’m sure those kids will grow out of it. It’s just a
stage.
20.
A: The teacher says I have to do over my homework.
B: Do it over? That’s going to take a lot out of you.
A: Yes, it is. She crossed out several mistakes.
B: I would help you, but I have a slight headache.
A: I thought you said you got over it yesterday.
B: I did get over it. But, then it came back last night.
I’d better take the rest of the day off

Friday, September 11, 2009

Links to Gerund Lessons and Practice


Gerunds at English Club
Gerund Tutorial at Englishpage.com
Gerunds Quizzes at EnglishPage.com Just do quizzes 1 to 10.
Kaye Mallory's Gerund or Infinitive Test
Another Gerund or Infinitive Quiz
Gerund or Infinitive? Correct answer is a smile sideways, like this: :-)
Piglet is adopted by a mother dog.
Video of Nora The Cat playing piano
Panda babies and adults

Grammartalk 9, Page 1 - Gerunds

I avoid driving downtown whenever I can.















1.
A: Sylvia avoids driving downtown.
B: She doesn’t enjoy driving downtown? Why not?
A: She always has trouble finding a parking place.
B: I thought she was good at finding a parking place.
A: She’s good at finding a parking place, but she’s tired
of looking for one.
B: Personally, I can’t stand driving downtown.
2.
A: You keep talking about the weather, and it’s boring.
B: I’m interested in learning more about the weather.
A: But, I’m tired of hearing about the weather all the time.
Can’t we change the subject?
B: I’m sorry, I can’t stop talking about the weather. I think
it’s going to rain tomorrow.
A: Instead of talking about the weather, let’s discuss
politics.
3.
A: Did you hear about Spike? The police accused him
of robbing a jewelry store.
B: I’m sure he’s guilty of robbing it. He told me he was
planning on doing it.
A: He denied robbing the store, but they put him in jail
anyway.
B: He probably misses being with his friends.
A: Yes, and he dislikes eating prison food.
B: Personally, I couldn’t stand being in jail.
4.
A: He anticipates getting out of jail in a year.
B: I bet he’s looking forward to getting out.
A: He certainly is. He’s really tired of not being free.
B: He spends a lot time reading and writing so he can
pass his GED.
A: He also practices playing the guitar.
B: When he gets out, he won’t risk getting arrested again.
He’s going to obey the law.
5.
A: His girlfriend Tina admitted helping him rob the
store.
B: She was probably afraid of helping him.
A: Yes. And now she really regrets driving the car.
B: I thought she didn’t believe in committing crimes.
A: The problem is, she can’t help loving Spike.
B: But, her parents told her she must quit seeing him.
6.
A: Why do you insist on talking about politics?
B: I can’t have a conversation without talking about
politics. It’s so interesting.
A: But, it’s boring. You have a one track mind. Would you
mind changing the subject?
B: But I don’t complain about listening to your small talk.
A: I apologize for talking about small matters.
B: Thank you for apologizing. Now, let’s discuss the
recent election.
7.
A: Do you like to watch TV?
B: Yes, I enjoy watching TV. Watching TV is my favorite
way to relax.
A: I’m tired of watching TV all the time.
B: Is that why you avoid watching TV after work?
A: Yes, I can’t stand hearing the TV on all the time.
B: I’m excited about seeing the movie on Channel 9.
8.
A: Do you and your friends like to dance?
B: Yes, we enjoy dancing. Dancing is our favorite
recreation.
A: I practice dancing every day, but I’m still not a good
dancer.
B: I think you’re capable of being a great dancer.
A: Thank you for encouraging me.
B: Keep on dancing even though you’re frustrated.
9.
A: I’m sure you’ll enjoy working at The Big Name.
B: Yes. I’m looking forward to serving the customers.
A: You’re also responsible for sweeping the floor.
B: Nobody told me that. I object to sweeping the floor. I’m
a salesperson, not a janitor.
A: Aren’t you proud of working at The Big Name?
B: I thought I was in charge of selling clothes on this floor,
not sweeping it.
10.
A: I sometimes dream about becoming an acrobat.
B: You really want to risk walking on a thin rope?
A: I’m excited about performing in a circus.
B: You should quit thinking about doing that.
A: You can’t prevent me from dreaming about it.
B: I would worry about walking on a tight rope if I were
you.

Grammartalk 9, Page 2 - Gerunds Continued













11.
A: Does Michael like to visit his mother-in-law?
B: No, he can’t stand visiting her.
A: Why does he worry about visiting her? She’s very
nice.
B: He hates seeing his mother-in-law’s four cats.
A: Why does he object to being around her cats?
B: Whenever he sees them, he starts sneezing.
12.
A: Michael isn’t accustomed to being around cats.
B: Is that why he can’t help coughing and sneezing?
A: Yes. He should plan on getting an allergy test.
B: If he isn’t used to being around cats, he should get a
cat.
A: Then, he won’t ever be able to stop sneezing.
B: True, but he can’t avoid visiting his mother-in-law
forever.
13.
A: I can’t imagine buying an old house.
B: Why not? We’re considering buying the house at 320
Sycamore Street.
A: But, I’m not accustomed to painting and decorating.
B: Once you practice painting, you’ll find it’s not too
difficult.
A: Painting and redecorating are very time consuming.
B: It’s true. Once you start painting, you have to finish
painting. You can’t stop painting.
14.
A: How did you learn to swim so well?
B: Well, I started swimming when I was young.
A: I envy you. Personally, I’m afraid of swimming.
B: If you’re used to swimming, you stop being afraid of it.
A: I would like to practice swimming a few times.
B: Good. Don’t risk swimming in deep water at first.
15.
A: How did you learn to use a computer so well?
B: I practiced using a computer a lot in college.
A: So now you’re used to working with the computer.
B: I’m excited about using my computer all the time.
A: You never get tired of sitting at the computer?
B: No. Besides, I’m responsible for writing web pages.
It’s my job.
16.
A: I believe in working overtime. That’s why I don’t
quit working at 5 o’clock.
B: I don’t blame you for working hard. You need the
money.
A: I’m not concerned about getting home late.
B: Don’t you have trouble falling to sleep at night?
A: I never think about falling to sleep. It just happens.
B: How would you feel about starting early tomorrow?
17.
A: Starting early doesn’t bother me. What time?
B: 7:30 AM. You’re in charge of opening the office.
A: I will plan on being here at 7:30 AM sharp.
B: All right. You’re responsible for making sure the
computers are turned on.
A: Don’t worry. I’m very good at taking care of details.
B: You’re right. You’re very capable of doing excellent
work.
18.
A: How long have you been thinking about getting
married?
B: Well, I considered getting married years ago, but I
never did.
A: Getting married is a wonderful idea.
B: I was worried about getting married because I was
worried about money.
A: Don’t be afraid of not having money. It all works out.
B: Also, I’m accustomed to living by myself.
19.
A: I have a new cat. Her name is Sally.
B: Great news. You hesitated getting a cat for a long time.
A: Sally keeps on jumping on my lap.
B: That’s probably because she loves sitting on you.
A: She can’t help licking my hands and face.
B: I envy you. You should be proud of having a beautiful
new cat.
A: Sally taught me how to stop sneezing.
20.
A: I decided to postpone starting my own business.
B: But, starting your own business is a great idea.
A: I’m having trouble giving a name to the new store.
B: I suggest naming it the Saver Store.
A: Why do you insist on calling it that? Do you think
people will save money at my store?
B: Yes, and I’m sure they won’t mind saving money!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Long "e" and Short "i"

Numbers 1 and 2 on your vowel chart.

Text of Long "e" and Short "i"

The Sounds of "Ay" and "Eh"

Numbers 3 and 4 on your vowel chart.

The Text of "Ay" and "Eh"

The Sounds of "Duck" and "Dock"

Numbers 6 and 8 on your vowel chart.

The Text of "Duck" and "Dock"

The Sounds of Short and Long "U"

Numbers 11 and 12 on your vowel chart.

Text of Short and Long "U"

The Sounds of "Boat" and "Bought"

Numbers 13 and 14 on your vowel chart.

Text of "Boat" and "Bought"

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Grammartalk 9, High Beginning

Past Progressive Tense and Future Progressive Tense.


Text of Grammartalk 9 HB

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dialogue Workout 18


1.
A: May I speak with the manager?
B: Yes. I’m the manager.
A: I read your ad in the paper.
B: Oh. Do you want to apply for the cook job?
A: That’s right. I’m very interested.
B: All right. Please fill out this application form.
2.
A: Can I talk to the supervisor?
B: Yes, I’m the supervisor. Can I help you?
A: I heard about an opening in your factory.
B: That’s right. Would you like to apply?
A: Yes, I would. I’m very interested.
B: Good. Please fill out this application form.
3.
A: May I speak to Mrs. Parker?
B: I’m Mrs. Parker. How can I help you?
A: My friend told me you need a housekeeper.
B: That’s right. Do you want to apply for the job?
A: Yes, I do. I’m very interested.
B: Great. Please fill out the application on the table.
4.
A: I’m calling about your ad for an office assistant.
B: Good. I’m glad you called.
A: Is that job still available?
B: Yes, it is. But you need to fill out an application.
A: All right. When can I come in?
B: You can come in during our office hours, from 9:00 to 5:00
5.
A: Your application is very good.
B: Do you think so?
A: Yes, you have a lot of experience as a cook.
B: I can cook different kinds of food.
A: You can start on Monday at 1 o’clock.
6.
A: Hello. Personnel Department.
B: Hello. This is Dave Jones. I’m calling about the teller job. I already filled out an application.
A: Yes, Mr. Jones. Your application is very good.
B: Thank you. Can I come in for an interview?
A: Yes. Can you come in on Monday at 10:00?
B: On Monday at 10:00? Yes, I can.
7.
A: Do you have experience as a sales clerk?
B: Yes, I do. I have three years experience.
A: Do you know how to use a cash register?
B: Yes, I do. I can use a cash register very well.
A: Can you take inventory?
B: Yes. I know how to take inventory.
8.
A: Do you have experience as a janitor?
B: Yes, I do. I have two years experience.
A: Do you know how to operate a vacuum cleaner?
B: Yes, I do. I can operate one very well.
A: Can you clean large offices?
B: Yes. I know how to clean large offices.
9.
A: May I speak to the manager?
B: Yes, I’m the manager of this service station.
A: I want to ask about the mechanic job.
B: Yes. That job is still available.
A: I have four years experience as a mechanic.
B: Good. We need a mechanic. Fill out this form.
10.
A: What job are you applying for?
B: I’m applying for the cashier job.
A: Do you have any experience?
B: Yes. I was a cashier in El Salvador.
A: Great. Please, fill out this application.

Dialogue Workout 17


1.
A: Hi, Mary. Why are you at the DMV?
B: I’m here to get my I.D. card.
A: What do you need to bring?
B: I need to bring my birth certificate.
A: Do you have to take a test?
B: No, I don’t. I only need to get my picture taken.
2.
A: My friend Tom is getting his learner’s permit.
B: Does he have to take a test?
A: Yes, he does. He must take a written test.
B: Does he have to take a road test?
A: No. He’ll take the road test when he applies for his driver’s license.
3.
A: Julie. What are you doing at the DMV?
B: I’m applying for my driver’s license.
A: Are you going to take the road test?
B: I already took it. And, I passed it.
A: Congratulations. What do you need to do now?
B: Now I need to get an eye test.
4.
A: Are you applying for a learner’s permit?
B: Yes, I am. And I’m a little nervous?
A: Are you nervous about the written test?
B: Yes, I am. I hope I pass it.
A: If you don’t pass it, you can take it again.
B: I know I can. But I want my learner’s permit now.
5.
A: I passed the written test.
B: That’s great. I’m glad you passed it.
A: Now, I need to learn how to drive.
B: I know how to drive. I can teach you.
A: You can teach me how to drive?
B: Yes, I can. It isn’t difficult.
6.
A: Laura is going to teach me how to drive.
B: That’s great. She’s an excellent driver.
A: Yes. She knows how to drive very well.
B: You don’t know how to drive. That’s your problem.
A: I’m not worried. I’ll learn how to drive.
B: I’m glad Laura is going to teach you.
7.
A: I passed the road test.
B: Now you have a driver’s license.
A: Yes. Now I need to buy a car.
B: What kind of car are you looking for?
A: I don’t want to buy an expensive car.
B: You should look in the want ads.
8.
A: Dora is going to look for a used car.
B: Why does she want a used car?
A: She doesn’t want to buy an expensive one.
B: But used cars aren’t always good cars.
A: I know, but Dora can’t afford a new one.
B: A good used car is hard to find.
9.
A: Manuel is applying for a Driver’s License.
B: He is? Is he a little nervous?
A: Yes, he is. He’s concerned about the road test.
B: I’m sure Manuel will pass it. He’s a good driver.
A: Yes. He knows how to drive very well.
B: He learned how to drive from Laura.
10.
A: I bought a used car yesterday.
B: You did? How does it run?
A: It has some problems. The brakes aren’t good.
B: You need to talk to a good mechanic.
A: I don’t know any good mechanics. Do you?
B: Yes, my friend Al is a good mechanic.

Dialogue Workout 16


1.
A: This is Doctor’s Clark’s Office.
B: I’d like to make an appointment .
A: What’s the problem?
B: I have a bad cough.
A: Can you come in on Friday at 2:00 PM?
B: 2:00 PM? That will be fine. Thank you.
2.
A: I’d like to change my appointment.
B: When is your appointment.?
A: It’s on Friday at 2:00 PM.
B: I have an opening at 3:00 PM. Is that better?
A: Yes, that time is much better. Thank you.
B: We’ll see you here at 3:00 PM on Friday.
3.
A: How may I help you?
B What do you recommend for a sore throat?
A: I recommend Cold Eze Throat Lozenges.
B: Where can I find them?
A: They’re in Aisle 3 on the top shelf.
B: I’ll try them and see if they work. Thank you.
4.
A: What do you recommend for a bad headache?
B: I suggest you try Aleve. It’s good for pain.
A: Aleve? Where can I find it?
B: You can find it at any pharmacy.
A: Will they have it at Walgreen’s?
B: I’m sure they have it there. Walgreen’s isn’t far.
5.
A: My brother has acid indigestion.
B: I recommend Tagamet . It’s very good for that.
A: Where can I purchase Tagamet?
B: It is sold at most drugstores.
A: Do they sell it at Rite Aide?
B: Yes, I’m sure Rite Aide will have it.
6.
A: Doctor, what can I do for this cough?
B: You need cough syrup.
A: Cough syrup? What kind should I get?
B: I’m giving you a prescription.
A: How often should I take the cough syrup?
B: Take two teaspoons at bedtime.
7.
A: Doctor, can you help me? I ‘m in a lot of pain.
B: You need effective pain medicine.
A: Pain medicine? What kind should I get?
B: I’m giving you a prescription.
A: How often should I take the medicine?
B: Take two capsules every four hours.
8.
A: I’m calling about my pain medicine.
B: Yes, how can I help you?
A: The pharmacist won’t refill my prescription.
B: The doctor has to okay the refill. What’s your pharmacy’s phone number?
A: It’s 826 -5866.
B: The doctor will call the pharmacy today.
9.
A: My ankle is swollen and it hurts.
B: We should take an X-Ray.
A: Why do I need an X-Ray?
B: An X-Ray will tell us if it’s broken or not.
A: What should I do now?
B: You must go to room !06 for the X-Ray.
10.
A: Your ankle isn’t broken. Don’t worry.
B: What’s wrong with it?
A: It’s a sprained ankle. It’ll be better in two weeks.
B: What should I do?
A: Stay off it for a while. Use these crutches.

Dialogue Workout 15


1.
A: You look worried. What’s the matter?
B: I’m having trouble with my sink.
A: Are you trying to fix it?
B: Yes, but it’s still leaking.
A: Maybe you should call a plumber.
B: You’re probably right.
2.
A: Ace Plumbing Company.
B: Hello. Do you fix kitchen sinks?
A: Yes, we do. What’s your problem?
B: My drain is stopped up. I can’t fix it.
A: We can send a plumber over there tomorrow morning. Is 9:30 AM okay?
B: Oh, that’s great. I’ll be here.
3.
A: This light doesn’t work.
B: Are you trying to repair it?
A: Yes. I’m trying to, but I can’t.
B: Perhaps you should call an electrician.
A: I want to, but I don’t know any electricians.
B: My friend Jose is a good electrician. You should call him.
4.
A: You looked concerned. What’s the problem?
B: This refrigerator doesn’t work.
A: I know why. That refrigerator is very old.
B: I guess we need a new one.
A: Maybe we can buy one on sale.
B: Macy’s has a sale this Saturday.
5.
A: I can’t talk. The bus is leaving.
B: You always almost miss the bus.
A: Because I don’t hear my alarm clock.
B: Maybe you need a louder one.
6.
A: Hello. Manager.
B: Hello? This is Jim Jones in Apartment #25.
A: Yes, Mr. Jones. How can I help you?
6. (continued)
B: My oven doesn’t work.
A: Okay. We’ll send someone to check it.
B: Thanks very much.
7.
A: I can’t fix your oven, Mr. Jones.
B: You can’t fix it? Why not?
A: I think we need to replace your stove.
B: Why do you need to replace it?
A: Your stove is too old. The parts are worn.
B: I hope you can replace it soon. I need a stove!
8.
A: Hello. May I speak to the landlord?
B: Speaking. How may I help you?
A: I have a leaky faucet in the bathroom.
B: You need to tighten the handle.
A: I did that. The faucet still leaks.
B: I’ll send a plumber over there immediately.
9.
A: I have another problem here.
B: Another problem? All right, what is it?
A: My front door doesn’t close.
B: I’ll send my brother over there right away.
A: I don’t want him. I want a carpenter.
B: My brother is a carpenter.
A: Oh, he is? That’s great.
B: I’m sure he can fix your front door.
10.
A: I’m sorry to bother you again.
B: What’s the problem this time?
A: It rained very hard last night, you know.
B: Don’t tell me. There’s a leak in your ceiling.
A: Yes. It’s very bad. I have to use a bucket.
B: I’m angry because the roof is only two years old.
A: Can you please do something about it?
B: I’ll send a roofer over there today.

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Great Roberto Clemente

A short film about this great baseball star:



Biography of Roberto Clemente

Dialogue Workout 8


1.
A: I’m calling about the apartment for rent.
B: Do you have any questions about it?
A: Yes. Is there a stove in the kitchen?
B: Yes, there is. It’s a new stove.
A: Is there a refrigerator?
B: Yes, there is. I bought it last year.
2.
A: Do you have another question?
B: Yes. Are the utilities included in the rent?
A: No. You must pay for the gas and electric.
B: Must I pay for the garbage and water?
A: No. Those are included in the rent.
B: When can I see the apartment?
3.
A: You can see the apartment right now.
B: Is your address 516 Valencia Street?
A: That’s correct. Are you driving?
B: No, I’m not. I’m walking.
A: Where are you walking from?
B: I’m at Mission and 22nd Street right now.
4.
A: Hello?
B: I’m calling about the apartment for rent.
A: Do you have any questions about it?
B: Is it still available?
A: Yes, that apartment is still available.
B: I would like to take a look at it.
A: I’m happy to show it to you.
5.
A: We’re looking for an apartment.
B: What area do you want to live in?
A: The Mission District is fine.
B: How many bedrooms do you need?
A: We need two or three bedrooms.
B: There’s a nice two bedroom apartment on 22nd Street
6.
A: Are there closets in the bedrooms?
B: Yes, and those closets are large.
A: How many bathrooms are there?
B: There’s only one bathroom, but it’s very nice.
A: How much does it rent for?
B: It rents for six hundred a month.
7.
A: My son is looking for an apartment.
B: How many bedrooms does he want?
A: He only needs one bedroom.
B: There’s a clean studio apartment on Valencia Street.
A: Are there any parking spaces?
B: No, there aren’t. But the buses come often.
8.
A: I’m looking for an apartment.
B: What area are you interested in?
A: I want to live in the downtown area.
B: How many bedrooms do you need?
A: I need a two bedroom apartment.
B: There’s a two bedroom unit on Mission near Third.
9.
A: Does it have a good view?
B: Yes. It’s on the third floor.
A: Does the building have an elevator?
B: Yes, it does. The elevator is new.
A: Is there any parking?
B: Yes. There are six parking spaces.
10.
A: We like this apartment very much. We would like to rent it.
B: I need to see your references.
A: I’ll give you the name and number of my employer. How’s that?
B: Fine. I need the first and last month’s rent.
A: Do you need a cleaning deposit?
B: Yes. It’s $100. The cleaning deposit and the last month’s rent are refundable.

Dialogue Workout 9


1.
A: When do you get up?
B: I usually get up at 6:30 AM.
A: When do you leave for school?
B: I usually leave for school at 7:30 AM.
A: Where do you have breakfast?
B: I usually have breakfast at home.
2.
A: When do you get to school?
B: I usually get to school at 8:15 AM.
A: Do you take the bus or walk?
B: I sometimes take the bus, and I sometimes walk.
A: Where do you have lunch?
B: I usually bring my lunch from home.
3.
A: When does your sister get home?
B: She usually gets home at 5:30 PM.
A: When does she eat dinner?
B: She usually eats dinner at 6:30 PM.
A: What does she do after dinner?
B: She always listens to her phone messages.
4.
A: My brother usually watches TV.
B: What does he like to watch?
A: He likes to watch the news.
B: When does he go to bed?
A: He usually goes to bed around 11:00 PM.
B: I like to read a book every evening.
5.
A: Does your daughter get up at 6:30?
B: No, she doesn’t. She gets up at 7:00.
A: Why does she get up so late?
B: She doesn’t like to get up.
A: Is she sometimes late for school?
B: Yes. She sometimes misses the bus.
6.
A: Where do you usually have lunch?
B: We go to Stanley’s Restaurant every day.
A: Is it a good restaurant?
B: It’s not bad. They have dishes from different countries.
A: Does Stanley cook Mexican food?
B: Yes, he does. He cooks Mexican food on Saturdays.
7.
A: Is something wrong? Are you okay?
B: I’m very tired. I work too much.
A: When do you begin work?
B: I begin work at 9:00 AM every day.
A: When do you finish work?
B: I finish work around 7:00 PM daily.
8.
A: Your friend is sleeping. Is he okay?
B: He’s very tired. He works too much.
A: How long does he work every day?
B: He sometimes works ten hours a day.
A: How many days does he work every week?
B: He sometimes works six days a week.
9.
A: When is your day off?
B: Wednesday is my day off.
A: What do you do on your day off?
B: I sometimes visit my sister.
A: Do you have any vacation?
B: No, I don’t. I never have a vacation.
10.
A: When is Julia’s day off?
B: Thursday is her day off.
A: Where does she go on her day off?
B: She likes to go shopping?
A: Where does she go shopping?
B: She goes shopping at Serramonte.

Dialogue Workout 10


1.
A: What do you usually do on Sundays?
B: In the morning, I go to church.
A: Who do you go to church with?
B: I always go with my family.
A: What do you do after church?
B: We sometimes go to the park.
2.
A: What do you do for your summer vacation?
B: I like to relax and read books.
A: What kind of books do you read?
B: I always read mysteries.
A: What do you do at night after work?
B: I don’t do much. I just take it easy.
3.
A: Where do you usually buy food?
B: I always buy food at Safeway.
A: How far is it from your apartment?
B: It’s only a couple of blocks.
A: That’s very convenient, isn’t it?
B: Yes, it is. The bus stop is near my apartment, too.
4.
A: Where does your sister buy medicine?
B: She buys it at Walgreen’s.
A: How far is it from her house?
B: It’s convenient. Only three blocks.
A: Does she go shopping at Safeway, too?
B: No, Safeway is too far. She goes to Cala Foods instead.
5.
A: I would like to cash this check.
B: Do you have an account at this bank?
A: Yes. I have a checking account.
B: Please, sign your name on the back.
A: How much do I have in my account?
B: You have $500.00 in your account.
6.
A: Do you like to go fishing?
B: Yes. I go fishing once in a while.
A: Where do you go fishing?
B: I go fishing at Fisherman’s Wharf.
A: Do you ever catch anything?
B: No, I never catch anything. But it’s fun anyway.
7.
A: How often do you play cards?
B: I play cards once a month.
A: Who do you play cards with?
B: I usually play cards with my neighbors.
A: How long do you usually play?
B: We sometimes play cards until two in the morning.
8.
A: How often does your cousin go to church?
B: He never goes to church.
A: What does he do on Sundays?
B: He likes to spend time with his girlfriend.
A: Do they like to play tennis?
B: Yes. They sometimes play tennis, and they sometimes have a picnic.
9.
A: I don’t have time to go dancing.
B: Why not? Are you busy tonight?
A: Yes, I am. I have to paint my apartment.
B: Are you busy tomorrow morning?
A: No. What do you want to do?
B: Let’s go for a walk in the park.
10.
A: I don’t have time to talk right now.
B: Do you have time tomorrow?
A: Yes. I’ll talk to you tomorrow.
B: Okay. I’ll see you then.

Dialogue Workout 11


1.
A: What do you do in your free time?
B: I often go to the movies.
A: Are you going to the movies tonight?
B: No. I’m going dancing tonight.
A: How often do you go dancing?
B: I go dancing once or twice a month.
2.
A: Judy sometimes goes dancing.
B: Does she do anything else in her free time?
A: Yes, she sometimes goes out with her friends.
B: Where do they usually go?
A: They sometimes go to parties.
B: Judy must have a lot of fun.
3.
A: What do you know about Maria?
B: She paints beautiful T shirts.
A: I know that. What else does she do?
B: She also works part time as a waitress.
A: Does she work Monday to Friday?
B: Yes. She sometimes works on the weekend, too.
4.
A: I really like my job.
B: What kind of work do you do?
A: I’m a taxi driver.
B: Why do you like your job?
A: I meet a lot of interesting people.
B: When do you usually work?
A: From 5:00 in the afternoon until midnight.
5.
A: I can’t talk now. I have to run.
B: Why are you in a hurry?
A: I have to catch the bus.
B: Maybe we’ll have time tomorrow.
A: Yes, I really want to talk to you.
6.
A: I like my job, but I have a problem.
B: What’s your problem?
A: I don’t want to talk about it.
B: Come on. Tell me. It’s all right.
A: I never see my wife. She works from 9:00 to 5:00.
B: I understand. And you work from 5:00 until midnight. That’s a big problem.
7.
A: Joe has a big problem.
B: Everybody has problems. What’s his?
A: He and his wife have different work schedules.
B: That’s not a very big problem.
A: It isn’t? Why do you say that?
B: They can see each other on the weekend.
8.
A: Yolanda works very hard every day.
B: I know. She doesn’t have much free time.
A: She doesn’t go to movies or parties.
B: She doesn’t watch TV, either.
A: She has time to work, eat, and sleep.
B: She doesn’t have time for much else.
9.
A: Speak louder, please. I can’t hear.
B: Why not? What’s going on?
A: There’s some construction outside.
B: What are the construction workers doing?
A: They’re tearing down a building.
B: I’ll try to talk louder.
10.
A: I can’t talk right now.
B: Why are you running?
A: I have to run or I’ll miss the bus.
B: You said the same thing yesterday.

Dialogue Workout 12


1.
A: How much bread do we have?
B: We only have one loaf.
A: We have to go and buy more bread.
B: Why do we need more bread?
A: Don’t you remember? We have to make sandwiches.
B: That’s right! We’re going on a picnic tomorrow.
2.
A: I don’t have enough milk for breakfast.
B: How much do you need?
A: I only have a cup, but I need a pint.
B: I can go to the store and buy some.
A: Do you have enough money?
B: Yes. I have a couple of dollars. That should be enough.
3.
A: May I see the menu please?
B: Here you are. I’ll come back in a minute.
A: Where is our waitress? She’s gone.
B: May I take your order please?
A: There she is! Yes, I’ll have chicken.
B: Would you like soup or salad with that?
4.
A: I’d like a salad.
B: What kind of dressing would you like?
A: I’d like oil and vinegar dressing.
B: Would you like baked potato or French fries?
A: I’d like French fries.
B: What would you like to drink?
5.
A: I’d like a glass of iced tea.
B: I’ll bring your tea now.
A: Thank you. And could you bring more bread and butter?
B: Yes, certainly. I’ll be right back.
A: I like this restaurant very much.
B: So do I. I hope we can eat here again soon.
6.
A: We’re out of lettuce. We need more.
B: Why do we need more lettuce?
A: We have to make sandwiches. Don’t forget.
B: That’s right. I’ll go to the corner and buy some.
A: Also, please buy some tomatoes.
B: Oh, no. We’re out of tomatoes too?
7.
A: Our neighbor needs some sugar.
B: Why does she need sugar?
A: She’s out of sugar, and she’s making a cake.
B: No problem. We’ll give her a cup of sugar.
A: Are you sure we have some?
B: Yes, I’m sure we have lots of sugar.
8.
A: Excuse me, please. Where’s the milk?
B: The dairy section, end of aisle 8.
A: And where can I find the tomatoes?
B: The produce section, over there.
A: And where can I find the salt?
B: You’ll find it in the middle of aisle 6.
9.
A: I need some lettuce, but I can’t find it.
B: It’s usually in the produce section.
A: But, there isn’t any lettuce there now.
B: I guess we ran out of lettuce. Try again tomorrow.
A: I also need some tomatoes. I can’t find them either.
B: We ran out of them. We’ll have more tomorrow.
10.
A: I tried to buy lettuce and tomatoes.
B: What happened? Why didn’t you buy them?
A: The store didn’t have any lettuce or tomatoes.
B: That’s too bad. Now, we can’t make sandwiches.
A: But I have good news, too.
B: You’re carrying a big bag of groceries.
A: Yes, I am. I have apples, oranges, a watermelon, and grapes.

Dialogue Workout 13


1.
A: Is this dress on sale?
B: No, it isn’t. But this blouse is on sale.
A: How much is it?
B: It’s 30 dollars.
A: How much will I save?
B: It was 35 dollars. So, you will save 5 dollars.
2.
A: Is this coat on sale?
B: No, it isn’t. But this sweater is on sale.
A: How much is it?
B: It’s 25 dollars.
A: How much will I save?
B: It was 31 dollars. So, you will save 6 dollars.
3.
A: Are these pants on sale?
B: No, they aren’t. But these shoes are on sale.
A: How much are they?
B: They’re 58 dollars.
A: How much will I save?
B: They were 62 dollars. So, you will save 4 dollars.
4.
A: Are these shirts expensive?
B: No, they aren’t. They’re cheap now.
A: How much are they?
B: They are each 30 dollars.
A: How much will I save?
B: They were 40 dollars. So, you will save 10 dollars.
5.
A: I can’t talk now. I have to hurry.
B: Why are you always late?
A: Because I don’t get up early.
B: Maybe we’ll have time tomorrow.
6.
A: I want a red dress.
B: What size do you wear?
A: I wear size ten. Do you have that size?
B: Yes. All of the dresses are over there.
A: Are they on sale this week?
B: Some of them are, and some of them aren’t.
7.
A: I need a blue shirt.
B: What size do you wear?
A: I wear a large size. Do you have large shirts?
B: Yes. All of the shirts are over there.
A: Are they on sale?
B: Yes. A few of them are on sale.
8.
A: My son needs pants.
B: We don’t sell boy’s pants.
A: Where can I buy pants for my son?
B: You can buy them at the store across the street.
A: Are they expensive?
B: No. They aren’t expensive, and they aren’t cheap, either.
9.
A: My daughter wants a green skirt.
B: We don’t sell girl’s clothes.
A: Where can I buy a skirt for my daughter?
B: You can buy it at the store across the street.
A; Is it expensive?
B: No, it isn’t expensive, and it isn’t cheap, either.
10.
A: I went to Macy’s this morning.
B: Did you find some nice clothes?
A: Yes, I did. I bought a warm sweater and new shoes.
B: Did you try on the sweater before you bought it?
A: Yes, I did. It fit perfectly. It’s a red sweater.
B: I like it very much. But, I think you should return the shoes. They aren’t attractive.

Dialogue Workout 14


1.
A: Where are Olga and David?
B: They’re in Room 2.
A; Is Room 2 a classroom?
B: Yes, it is. They’re students.
A: How long is their class?
B: It’s an hour and a forty five minutes.
2.
A: Is Teresa home?
B: No, she isn’t. She’s at work.
A: Do you have her work number?
B: No, I don’t. But, it’s in the phone book.
A: Where does she work?
B: She works at Safeway. She’s a cashier.
3.
A: Where are Ronald and Julie?
B: They’re at home. They’re retired.
A: What were their jobs?
B: David was a teacher. Mary was a secretary.
A: When did they retire?
B: They retired last year.
4.
A: Is David at home?
B: No, he isn’t. He’s at work.
A: Is he at work all day?
B: Yes, he is. He’s a police officer.
B: When will he be home?
A: He’ll be home before six.
5.
A: Donna and Jim are nurses.
B: Where do they work?
A: They work at General Hospital.
B: What are their hours?
A: They work from 3:00 PM to midnight.
B: I will call them tomorrow morning.
6.
A: Jack is usually home before 5:00.
B: Where does he work?
A: He works at Rite Aid Drugstore.
B: Do you have his work number?
A: No, I don’t. But it’s in the phone book.
B: I’ll look it up and call him now.
7.
A: Dave and Olga always come home before 12:30.
B: Where do they work. Do you know?
A: They don’t work. They’re students.
B: Where do they go to school?
A: They attend classes at Mission Campus.
B: I have that number. It’s 550-4384.
8.
A: Cindy always gets home by 4:00.
B: Where does she go to school?
A: She attends Everett Middle School.
B: What grade is she in?
A: She’s in the seventh grade.
B: That’s okay. I can call back later.
9.
A: How many children do you have?
B: I have three children.
A: Are they all in school?
B: The two older children are in school.
A: How about your youngest child?
B: She doesn’t go to school yet.
10.
A: My oldest son is in middle school.
B: How old is he?
A: He’ll be thirteen next month.
B: What grade is he in?
A: He’s in the eighth grade.
B: Does he like his classes?
A: Yes, he likes all his classes.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

President Obama's Inaugural Speech

On Tuesday, January 20th, our 8:30 7/8 class viewed the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States. It was an exciting moment. Here are parts of his inaugural speech with the text, so that you can
watch, listen, and read his thoughts and words.


Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five

Monday, January 19, 2009

Dialogue Workout 6


1.
A: Is Linda busy?
B: Yes, she is. She’s washing her hair.
A: Is Ted busy?
B: Yes, he is. He’s feeding his dog.
A: I have to talk to Linda or Ted.
B: You’ll have to call back later.
2.
A: Where’s Walter?
B: He’s in the kitchen.
A: What’s he doing?
B: He’s eating breakfast.
A: I need to talk to him right away.
B: Okay. I’ll go and get him.
3.
A: Where are Mr. and Mrs. Smith?
B: They’re in the dining room.
A: Are they eating dinner?
B: Yes, they are. Do you need to talk to them?
A: No, that’s all right. I don’t want to bother them.
B: I’ll tell them you called.
4.
A: What’s Martha doing?
B: She’s watching TV.
A: Can I talk to her please? It’s important.
B: But, she’s watching her favorite program.
A: All right. I can call back later.
B: I’ll tell her you called.
5.
A: Are Bob and Judy busy?
B: Yes, they are. They’re washing their windows.
A: I need to talk them right away.
B: Is it important?
A: Yes, it is. It’s very important.
B: Okay. I’ll go and get them.
6.
A: What’s Patty Williams doing?
B: She’s fixing her bicycle.
A: I need to talk to her right away.
B: I’m sorry. She isn’t home right now.
A: She isn’t? Where is she?
B: She’s in the parking lot.
7.
A: What’s Charlie Harris doing?
B: He’s playing the piano.
A: I have to speak with him right now.
B: I’m very sorry, but he’s not here.
A: Not there? Where is he?
B: He’s at the night club now.
8.
A: Are Mr. and Mrs. Green busy?
B: Yes, they are. They’re eating dinner.
A: I want to talk to Mrs. Green, please.
B: I’m sorry. They aren’t home right now.
A: Well, where are they? Do you know?
B: Yes, they’re at Stanley’s Restaurant.
9.
A: I want to talk with Mr. Sharp.
B: I’m sorry. Mr. Sharp isn’t home.
A: Where is he? Do you know?
B: At the laundromat. Do you want to talk to Mrs.Sharp?
A: Yes, I want to talk to her. It’s urgent.
B: I’ll go and get her right now.
10.
A: Is Mr. Nathan home?
B: No, he isn’t. He’s in the park.
A: What’s he doing?
B: He’s reading today’s newspaper.
A: Okay. I’ll call back tomorrow.
B: I’ll tell him you called.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Matt Henson, Arctic Explorer


Today, we are studying the Edcon Comprehension Workbook story, "Matt Henson at The North Pole. At our website, we're going to learn more about this remarkable hero. Read the following short article from Wikipedia:

Matt Henson Bio

The following is a longer article:

Matt Henson, Arctic Explorer

Finally, a video about Matt Henson as part of a Black History Month celebration:



Here is a modern expedition following Robert Peary's footsteps.

Adverb Review

Page 1: Adverbs of Manner
Page 2: Adverbs of Frequency

Grammartalk 8HB, Pages 1 and 2




Text of Grammartalk 8HB, Pages 1 and 2

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dialogue Workout 1

Photo by Xiang Li

1.
A: Where is Mike?
B: He’s at home.
A: What’s he doing?
B: He’s studying.
A: What’s he studying?
B: He’s studying English.

2.
A: Where are Tom and Mary?
B: They’re at school.
A: What are they doing?
B: They’re studying English.
A: When is their class?
B: It’s at 10:30.

3.
A: Where are you going?
B: I’m going to the supermarket.
A: What are you buying?
B: I’m buying some groceries.
A: When are you coming back?
B: I’m coming back at 2 o’clock.

4.
A: Where’s Pedro?
B: He’s .
A: What does he do?
B: He’s a carpenter.
A: When does he work?
B: He works from 9 o’clock to 5 o’clock.

5.
A: How many children do you have?
B: I have two children.
A: How old are they?
B: My son is 6. My daughter is 3.
A: Does your son go to school?
B: Yes, he does. He’s in the first grade.

6.
A: Does your daughter go to school?
B: No, she doesn’t.
A: Where is your daughter now?
B: She’s at home.
A: What’s she doing?
B: She’s playing with her dolls.

7.
A: Where’s your son?
B: He’s at school.
A: What’s he doing?
B: He’s studying Math.
A: Does he like school?
B: Yes, he does. He likes it a lot.

8.
A: How many brothers and sisters do you have?
B: I have two brothers and one sister.
A: What do they do?
B: They’re students.
A: Are they in school now?
B: Yes, they are. They’re in high school.

9.
A: Where are Kathy and Bill?
B: They’re at work.
A: What do they do?
B: They’re police officers.
A: When do they work?
B: They work from 6 AM to 4 PM.

10.
A: How many students do we have?
B: We have thirty six students.
A: What room are we in?
B: We’re in room 305.
A: What are we doing?
B: We’re listening to tapes.

Dialogue Workout 2


1.
A: Is Mike at home?
B: No, he isn’t. He’s at school.
A: Is he studying English?
B: No, he isn’t. He’s studying computers.
A: Where is he going after class?
B: He’s going to work.

2.
A: Are Tom and Mary at school?
B: No, they aren’t. They’re at home.
A: Are they studying English?
B: No, they aren’t. They’re painting their living room.
A: What color are they painting it?
B: They’re painting it green.

3
A: Are you going to the supermarket?
B: No, I’m not. I’m going to the bank.
A: Are you going to the drugstore, too?
B: No, I’m not. I’m only going to the bank.
A: Are you coming back at 2 o’clock?
B: No, I’m not. I’m coming back at 3 o’clock.

4.
A: Is Maria going to the laundromat?
B: No, she isn’t. She’s going to the supermarket.
A: Is she going to the park, too?
B: No, she isn’t. She’s only going to the supermarket.
A: Is she coming back at 1 o’clock?
B: No, she isn’t. She’s coming back at 2 o’clock.

5.
A: Are Tom and Mary going to the parking lot?
B: Yes, they are. They need their car.
A: Where are they going?
B: They’re going to the restaurant.
A: Are they going to the movies, too?
B: No, they aren’t. They’re only going to the restaurant.

6.
A: Is Judy in Room 312?
B: No, she isn’t. She’s in Room 305.
A: Is she writing the homework?
B: No, she isn’t. She’s listening to a tape.
A: Is she going to work now?
B: No, she isn’t. She’s going to work after class.

7.
A: Is Jeff a janitor?
B: No, he isn’t. He’s a security guard.
A: Is he at work now?
B: No, he isn’t. He’s at home.
A: Is he cleaning his house?
B: No, he isn’t. He’s reading the newspaper.

8.
A: Are your children in school?
B: No, they aren’t. It’s a holiday.
A: Where are they?
B: They’re in the park.
A: What are they doing?
B: They’re playing baseball.
A: Are they playing soccer, too?
B: No, they aren’t. They’re only playing baseball.

9.
A: Are Peter and Olga at home?
B: Yes, they are, but they’re busy right now.
A: What are they doing?
B: They’re working in the yard.
A: That’s a good idea. It’s a nice day.
B: They are raking leaves and cutting the grass.

10.
A: Is your daughter at school?
B: No, she isn’t. She’s at the bank.
A: Why isn’t she at school? Isn’t she a student?
B: No, she isn’t. She has a job at the bank.
A: Your daughter works at the bank. Is she a teller?
B: Yes, she is. She’s going to college next year.

Dialogue Workout 3



A: Where are you going?
B: I’m going to the drugstore.
A: Why are you going there?
B: I need some medicine.
A: When are you coming back?
B: Around 2:30.

2
A: Where is Jose going?
B: He’s going to visit his friend.
A: Where does his friend live?
B: On Valencia Street.
A: When is he coming back?
B: Around 3 o’clock.

3
A: Are David and Olga going to school now?
B: No, they aren’t. They have to work.
A: When are they going to school?
B: This evening.
A: Are they going to study Math?
B: No, they aren’t. They’re going to study English.

4.
A: Where is Maria going now?
B: She’s going to the post office.
A: Why is she going there?
B: She’s going to send a letter.
A: Is she buying any stamps?
B: Yes, she is. She’s buying some stamps.

5.
A: What are you looking for?
B: I’m looking for my pen.
A: What color is it?
B: It’s blue. Did you see it?
A: I think so. Is this your pen?
B: Yes, that’s my pen. Thanks.

6.
A: Where are you going now?
B: I’m going to the Bart Station.
A: Oh. Are you going to Berkeley?
B: No, I’m not. I’m going to Daly City.
A: Well, have a good ride.
B: Thank you. I’ll see you tomorrow.

7.
A: Where is Susan going now?
B: She’s going to the Bart Station.
A: Oh. Is she going to Daly City?
B: No, she isn’t. She’s going to Oakland.
A: How long will it take?
B: It’s fast. Only about 45 minutes.

8.
A: How often do the buses come?
B: They come every fifteen minutes.
A: Is that the Number 14 Bus coming now?
B: No, it isn’t. It’s the Number 49 Bus.
A: I don’t want that bus.
B: Don’t worry. The Number 14 will be here any
minute.

9.
A: Are you waiting for the street car?
B: Yes, I am. Is it coming soon?
A: Yes, it is. I think I see it now.
B: Is it the J Street Car?
A: Yes, it is. Are you going downtown?
B: No, I’m going to Civic Center.

10.
A: Is Steven busy?
B: Yes, he is. He’s at the laundromat.
A: What’s he doing?
B: He’s washing his clothes.
A: Please, tell him I called.
B: Sure. I’ll give him the message.

Dialogue Workout 4


1.
A: Are David and Olga busy?
B: Yes, they are. They’re at school.
A: What are they doing?
B: They’re studying English.
A: Please, tell them I called.
B: Sure. I’ll give them the message.

2.
A: Is Sandra busy?
B: Yes, she is. She’s at the nightclub.
A: What’s she doing?
B: She’s playing the piano.
A: Please, tell her I called.
B: Sure. I’ll give her the message.

3.
A: Mario can’t talk to you now. He’s busy.
B: What’s he doing?
A: He’s cooking dinner.
B: That’s okay. Please tell him I called.
A: Sure. I’ll give him the message.
B: I’ll call back tomorrow.

4.
A: Sylvia can’t talk to you now. She’s busy.
B: What’s she doing?
A: She’s cleaning her room.
B: That’s okay. Please tell her I called.
A: Sure. I’ll give her the message.
B: I’ll call back in a little while.

5.
A: Where are Mr. and Mrs. Wilson?
B: They’re in the dining room.
A: Are they having dinner now?
B: Yes, they are. Can I take a message?
A: Yes, this is their friend Roberta.
B: I’ll tell them you called.

6.
A: Where are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson?
B: They’re in the basement right now.
A: What are they doing?
B: They’re looking for old letters.
A: Please, tell them I called.
B: Sure. I’ll give them the message.

7.
A: Are your students interesting?
B: Yes, they are. They’re from different countries.
A: Do they speak different languages?
B: Yes, they do. English isn’t Mr. Soto’s first language.
A: What language does Mr. Soto speak?
B: He speaks Japanese. He’s from Japan.

8.
A: Are your students interesting?
B: Yes, they are. They’re from different countries.
A: Do they speak different languages?
B: Yes, they do. English isn’t Mario’s first language.
A: What language does Mario speak?
B: He speaks Spanish. He’s from Mexico.

9.
A: Are your students interesting?
B: Yes, they are. They’re from different countries.
A: Do they speak different languages?
B: Yes, they do. English isn’t Natasha’s first language.
A: What language does she speak?
B: She speaks Russian. She’s from Moscow.

10.
A: What are your students doing now?
B: They’re practiciing conversation.
A: Are they studying pronunciation too?
B: Yes, they are. They practice conversation and study pronunciation every day.
A: When are they going to read a story?
B: They’re going to read a story on Friday.

Dialogue Workout 5


1.
A: Where are Tom and Mary?
B: They’re at school.
A: What are they doing?
B: They’re studying English.
A: When is their class?
B: It’s at 10:30.

2.
A: Where are you going now?
B: I’m going to the Bart Station.
A: Oh. Are you going to Berkeley?
B: No, I’m not. I’m going to Daly City.
A: Well, have a good ride.
B: Thank you. I’ll see you tomorrow.

3.
A: Are your children in school?
B: No, they aren’t. It’s a holiday.
A: Where are they?
B: They’re in the park.
A: What are they doing?
B: They’re playing baseball.
A: Are they playing soccer, too?
B: No, they aren’t. They’re only
playing baseball.

4.
A: Where are you going?
B: I’m going to the supermarket.
A: What are you buying?
B: I’m buying some groceries.
A: When are you coming back?
B: I’m coming back at 2 o’clock.

5.
A: Some students are absent today.
B: Where are they? Are they at work?
A: Maria isn’t at work. She’s at the dentist.
B: Where are Mr. and Mrs. Soto today?
A: They’re at the Social Security Office.
B: Our teacher is absent today, too!

6.
A: Are you waiting for the street car?
B: Yes, I am. Is it coming soon?
A: Yes, it is. I think I see it now.
B: Is it the J Street Car?
A: Yes, it is. Are you going downtown?
B: No, I’m going to Civic Center.

7.
A: Some students are absent today.
B: Where are they? Do you know?
A: George isn’t here. He’s working today.
B: Where are David and Olga today?
A: They’re shopping downtown.
B: Our teacher isn’t here, either!

8.
A: What are Sam and Betty doing?
B: They’re watching TV.
A: What program are they watching?
B: They’re watching the news on Channel Five.
A: Do they like to watch TV?
B: Yes. They sometimes like to watch TV.

9.
A: What’s Judy doing right now?
B: She’s practicing the piano.
A: How often does she practice?
B She practices piano every evening.
A: She likes to play the piano.
B: She certainly does.

10.
A: What’s Henry doing right now?
B: He’s cooking dinner.
A: What kind of food is he cooking?
B: He’s cooking Mexican food.
A: How often does he cook?
B: He cooks three times a week.