Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dialogue Workout #61- It's good Past Perfect Practice.


1.
A: How was you weekend?
B: It wasn’t a bad weekend, but it was too short.
A: Did you do anything interesting?
B: I went to a party at Mike’s house.
A: Did you enjoy it?
B: Yes, I did. I hadn’t gone to a party in a long time.
2.
A: Did you see any movies on the weekend?
B: Yes, I saw “Mission to Mars”. It wasn’t bad.
A: I heard about it. There are a lot special effects.
B: Yes, the special effects were the best part.
A: So, did you enjoy it?
B: Yes, I did. I hadn’t gone to a movie in ages.
3.
A: I don’t usually go to movies.
B: I never go to movies. I haven’t gone to a movie in two months.
A: What did you do over the weekend?
B: I went bowling for the first time in six years.
A: That must have been fun.
B: It was a lot of fun.
4.
A: How was your trip to L.A.?
B: I didn’t go to L.A. as I had planned.
A: What happened? I thought you were going.
B: I missed the plane.
A: You missed the plane? What a shame.
B: Yea. By the time I got to the airport,
the plane had already left.
5.
A: How was Jack’s party?
B: We didn’t enjoy the party very much.
A: How come? You were looking forward to it.
B: We got there very late.
A: You got there late?
B: Yea. By the time we got there,
most of the guests had already left.
6.
A: How was the wedding reception?
B: It was okay. It could have been better.
A: Really? I thought there was going to be a lot of good food.
B: There was a lot of good food.
A: So, what was the problem with it?
B: There were too many guests. By the time
we reached the food, it had already been eaten.
7.
A: What did you do over the weekend?
B: I worked both Saturday and Sunday.
A: Oh, you didn’t have much time to relax.
B: It was okay. I got a lot of overtime pay.
A: I hope you will have a day off soon.
B: Sure, I will have a day off on Wednesday.
And it’ll be great. I haven’t had a day off in a couple of weeks.
8.
A: How was your day off yesterday?
B: I really enjoyed it because I hadn’t had a day off in
about two weeks.
A: I know. You’ve been working very hard lately.
B: I’ve been trying to do two jobs.
A: That kind of schedule can take a lot out of you.
B: It sure can. I’ve been feeling pretty exhausted.
9.
A: I’m worried about Sandra.
B: How come?
A: She’s been working ten hours a day, seven days a week.
B: She doesn’t have a day off?
A: No, she doesn’t. She hasn’t had a day off in five weeks.
B: We should talk to her. She needs to take a break.
10.
A: Did you do anything special on the weekend?
B: Yes, I took my children to the zoo.
A: No kidding. Was that fun?
B: Yes, it was. I hadn’t been to the zoo since I was a kid.
A: And your children enjoyed it?
B: Oh, yeah. They had a ball.



Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dialogue Workout 30



1.
A: Do you like sports?
B: Yes, of course I do. I love sports.
A: What kind of sport do you play?
B: I play soccer and tennis.
A: What’s your favorite sport?
B: I like soccer the best.
2.
A: How often do you play soccer?
B: I play soccer once a week.
A: Where do you usually play it?
B: I usually play soccer in Golden Gate Park.
A: Do you play tennis very often?
B: I sometimes play tennis, about once a month.
3.
A: What sports do you like to watch on TV?
B: I like to watch different sports on TV.
A: Do you like to watch golf?
B: Yes, I do. Golf is exciting, and so is baseball.
A: I sometimes watch football on TV. Do you?
B: Sometimes, but I prefer to watch basketball.
4.
A: Julio is a professional soccer player.
B: What team does he play with?
A: He plays with the Mexican Team.
B: My son wants to be a professional soccer player, too.
A: Is he good? Do you think he can do it?
B: Yes, I do. He’s an excellent soccer player.
5.
A: My husband watches sports on TV.
B: When does he watch sports?
A: He watches sports on Saturday and Sunday.
B: What sports does he like to watch?
A: That’s the trouble. He likes all the sports.
B: When does he clean the apartment?
6.
A: I’m not an athlete, but I like to exercise.
B: What kind of exercise do you like to do?
A: I like to go jogging and I like to go swimming.
B: I like to go jogging, too.
A: Where do you usually go jogging?
B: I usually go jogging in Golden Gate Park.
7.
A: Does Maria want to go swimming today?
B: She doesn’t have time to go swimming today.
A: Maybe we can go swimming another time.
B: Maria has free time tomorrow. Is that good?
A: Would you ask her if she can go tomorrow?
B: She said tomorrow is fine.
8.
A: Paul doesn’t have time to go fishing today.
B: Would you ask him if he can go tomorrow?
A: He said tomorrow is fine. We all can go.
B: What time should I pick you and Paul up?
A: How about 9:00 AM? Or is that too early?
B: No. 9:00 AM is fine. I’ll see you and Paul then.
9.
A: Did you go bowling yesterday?
B: Yes, I did. I had a great time. I bowled well.
A: I bowl badly. Maybe you can teach me.
B: Sure, I’ll be glad to. Bowling isn’t very difficult.
A: I almost never get a strike or a spare.
B: There are some tricks I can show you.
10.
A: I didn’t go dancing last night.
B: I know you didn’t. I didn’t see you.
A: I didn’t want to go. I’m a terrible dancer.
B: You shouldn’t say that. You don’t dance badly.
A: I’m afraid I will step on Sylvia’s feet.
B: I’ll be glad to give you some pointers.

Dialogue Workout 31



1.
A: Is there a library nearby?
B: Yes, there’s a library on 24th Street.
A: Did you say there’s one on 24th Street?
B: Yes. It’s at the corner of Bartlett and 24th.
A: When does it open?
B: I’m not sure. There’s a schedule on the door.
2.
A: Is there a bank nearby?
B: Yes, there’s a bank on 25th Street.
A: Did you say there’s one on 25th Street?
B: Correct. It’s at the corner of Mission and 25th.
A: When does it close?
B: I’m not sure. There’s a schedule on the door.
3.
A: Is there a Bart Station nearby?
B: Yes, there’s a Bart Station on Mission Street.
A: Did you say there’s one on Mission Street?
B: Yes, it’s at the corner of Mission and 24th.
A: Which train goes to Berkeley?
B: The Richmond Train goes to Berkeley.
4.
A: Are there any pharmacies nearby?
B: Yes, there’s a Walgreen’s on Mission Street.
A: Sorry. I didn’t hear you. Please, repeat that.
B: There’s a Walgreen’s on Mission Street.
A: Did you say there’s one on Mission Street?
B: Yes, it’s at the corner of Mission and 23rd.
5.
A: Is there a parking lot nearby?
B: Yes, there’s a parking lot on 22nd Street.
A: Did you say there’s one on 22nd Street?
B: Correct. It’s across from Mission Campus.
A: Is overnight parking permitted there?
B: I’m not sure. You’ll have to ask the attendant.
6.
A: Can you recommend a good restaurant?
B: Yes, Esperpento is a good restaurant.
A: Esperpento? Is it near Mission Street?
B: Yes, it’s on 22nd Street near Valencia.
A: Near Valencia? That’s just one block.
B: Yes. It’s between the Chinese restaurant and the jewelry store.
7.
A: Is there a park nearby?
B: Yes, there’s a park on Dolores Street.
A: Did you say there’s one on Dolores Street?
B: Yes, it’s called Dolores Park.
A: Is it very far from Mission Street?
B: Not at all. It’s between 18th and 19th Streets.
8.
A: Is there a laundromat nearby?
B: Yes, there’s a laundromat on Mission Street.
A: I’m sorry. Could you speak a little slower?
B: Sure. There’s a laundromat on Mission Street.
A: Is it near Mission Campus?
B: It’s near 25th Street, next to the bank.
9.
A: Is there a bookstore nearby?
B: Yes, there’s a bookstore at Mission Campus.
A: Did you say there’s one at Mission Campus?
B: Yes. It’s at Mission Campus, on the first floor.
A: Do you know when it is open?
B: It’s open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 to 7.
10.
A: Is there a store that has fruits and vegetables?
B: There’s a produce market on Mission Street.
A: Did you say there’s a produce market near by?
B: Yes. It’s at the corner of Mission and 23rd.
A: Is it across from Walgreen’s?
B: Yes it is. The produce is very fresh there.

Dialogue Workout 32



1.
A: There was a fire in our building yesterday.
B: A fire? What did you do?
A:We smelled smoke and left the building quickly.
B: Are your children all right?
A: Yes. They’re fine. Everybody got out in time.
B: I’m glad nobody was hurt.
2.
A: The firemen came right away.
B: That’s good. Did somebody call 911?
A: Yes. My next door neighbor called 911 fast.
B: Was there much damage in the building?
A: No. The firemen put out the fire very quickly.
B: I’m glad you didn’t lose your furniture.
3.
A: There was a robbery in my building yesterday.
B: A robbery? Did the policemen come quickly?
A: No. Nobody called 911. Nobody was home.
B: Nobody was home? Where were you:?
A: I was at the movies. Maria wasn’t home either.
B: She wasn’t? Where was Maria?
4.
A: She was at the doctor’s office.
B: Mr. and Mrs. Blue weren’t home either?
A: No, they weren’t. They were at the restaurant.
B: Where were the college students in Number 5?
A: They were at the baseball game.
B: I’m sorry nobody caught the burglar.
5.
A: The police arrested a man in front of my house.
B: They arrested a man? What did he do?
A: He tried to sell drugs to a teenager.
B: I’m glad the police arrested that drug dealer.
A: I am too. There are too many drug dealers.
B: I agree. Our neighborhood isn’t very safe.
6.
A: Did you feel the earthquake yesterday?
B: Was there an earthquake in the city yesterday?
A: Yes, there was. You didn’t feel it?
B: No, I didn’t. I was out of town.
A: Fortunately, there wasn’t much damage.
B: I guess it wasn’t a very big earthquake.
7.
A: Did you hear about the flood?
B: No, I didn’t. What happened?
A: There was a flood in Merced yesterday.
B: Oh, no. I hope nobody was injured.
A: No, nobody was injured. But some houses were damaged.
B: I’m sorry to hear that.
8.
A: Be careful. Don’t walk there.
B: I’m sorry. I didn’t hear you. Please, repeat that.
A: Be careful. Don’t walk there. The floor is wet.
B: The floor is wet?
A: Very wet. I just mopped it.You might slip.
B: Oh, I see. Thanks for the warning.
9.
A: I saw a traffic accident yesterday.
B: A traffic accident? Where was it?
A: The accident was at 22nd and Valencia.
B: What happened?
A: A man in a blue car drove through a red light.
B: That’s terrible. He’s not a good driver.
10.
A: A woman in a truck hit his car.
B: Oh, that’s awful. He didn’t stop for the red light.
A: And the woman drove too fast.
B: I hope nobody was hurt.
A: The woman wasn’t hurt. The man only got a bruise. They were very lucky.

Dialogue Workout 33



1.
A: There will be a neighborhood meeting tonight.
B: Oh, good. I’ll be there. What are we discussing?
A: We’re discussing some neighborhood problems
B: There are quite a few problems.
A: Yes, there are. Last night a man was arrested.
B: Yes, I heard he was a drug dealer.
2.
A: There are other problems in our neighborhood.
B: What are they?
A: People drive too fast. It’s dangerous for children.
B: That’s right. There should be more stop signs.
A: Yes. The intersections aren’t safe.
B: Last week I saw a traffic accident.
3.
A: There aren’t enough police in this part of town.
B: That’s true. We need more police.
A: Crime is a problem in our neighborhood.
B: If there are more police, there won’t be so much crime
A: I’m glad we’re having this meeting.
B: The neighbors can work together.
4.
A: If we work together, we can solve problems.
B: Parking is another problem.
A: There aren’t enough parking spaces.
B: We should have residential parking stickers.
A: We live here.There should be parking for us.
B: Also, they should tow away abandoned cars.
5.
A: Noise is a problem in our neighborhood.
B: Some people play their stereo too loudly.
A: When they play loud music late, I can’t sleep.
B: Somebody played loud music last night.
A: I heard that noise. I called the police.
B: You did? Did they come?
6.
A: Last week, somebody parked in front of my driveway.
B: What did you do? Did you call the police?
A: Yes. I called the police.
B: Did you give them the license number ?
A: Yes, I did. The police came about an hour later.
B: Did they tow the car away?
7.
A: Welcome to the neighbor meeting.
B: I have a question before we begin.
A: Yes? What’s your question?
B: Can we have a meeting once a month?
A: I think everybody wants to have more meetings.
B: Good. I think these meetings are necessary.
8.
A: They are necessary and important.
B: I suggest we form a neighborhood association.
A: I like your suggestion. Does everyone agree?
B: Everybody thinks it’s a good idea.
A: We have a lot of problems in our neighborhood.
B: If we work together, we can solve them.
9.
A: Did you go to the meeting last night?
B: Yes, I did. Most of the neighbors attended.
A: I’m sorry I couldn’t go. I had to work late.
B: It was a very interesting meeting.
A: What problems did the neighbors discuss?
B: We discussed crime, parking, drugs, and noise.
10.
A: I’m glad the neighborhood meeting was good.
B: We decided to make a neighborhood association.
A: Wonderful. Who will be the chair person?
B: Nobody wanted to be the chair person so ...
A: Don’t tell me! You volunteered. Congratulations.
B: I hope I will be a good chair person.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dialogue Workout 34



1.
A: I tried to call you yesterday.
B: You did? I’m sorry I missed your call.
A: I left a message on your machine.
B: I was out of town. I got home late last night.
A: So you didn’t listen to your messages.
B: No, I didn’t.
2.
A: Where did you go?
B: I went to Lake Tahoe for the weekend.
A: Where did you stay?
B: My cousin and I rented a cabin.
A: Did you have a good time?
B: Yes, we did. We had a great time.
3.
A: Steve called me yesterday, but I wasn’t home.
B: Did he leave a message on your machine?
A: Yes, he did. But I didn’t listen to it..
B: How late did you get home last night?
A: I got home at 12:00. I went to bed right away.
B: That’s why you didn’t listen to your messages.
4.
A: I got home late Sunday night, around 12:00.
B: What time did you have to get up on Monday?
A: I had to get up at 6:00.
B: You didn’t get enough sleep.
A: No, I didn’t. I was tired all day.
B: Next time, you should come home earlier.
5.
A: How was the weather in Lake Tahoe?
B: It was cold, but it was beautiful.
A: What did you do? Did you go skiing?
B: No, we didn’t. There wasn’t enough snow.
A: Did you go camping?
B: No, we didn’t. My cousin and I rented a cabin.
6.
A: During the day, we went hiking.
B: What did you do at night?
A: At night, we went to Reno. It’s nearby.
B: What did you do in Reno?
A: We gambled a little, then we went to a show.
B: Did you enjoy the show?
7.
A: We heard a famous singer. I forgot his name.
B: I had a nice weekend.
A: Where did you go for the weekend?
B: I didn’t go anywhere. I stayed home.
A: Did you relax?
B: I relaxed a little, then I worked in the garden.
8.
A: I didn’t go anywhere because I worked on Saturday.
B: Do you work every Saturday?
A: Yes, I do. I work in a restaurant.
B: Most of your business happens on Saturday.
A: That’s right. Saturday night is our busiest time.
B: When is your day off?
9.
A: I don’t work on Tuesday. It’s my day off.
B: Did you do anything special last Tuesday?
A: I stayed home and did some laundry.
B: My day off is Thursday. I work in a restaurant too.
A: Did you do anything special last Thursday?
B: Yes. I took my kids to the zoo after school.
10.
A: Maria took her kids shopping on her day off.
B: Did her kids need new clothes?
A: Her son needed a couple of shirts.
B: And what about her daughter?
A: Her daughter needed a skirt and a book bag.
B: I hope she found what they needed