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.