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Everyday English Dialogs for Everyday Use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a foreign language.

Dialog 1 Formal Greetings and Farewells

Paul: Don: Paul: Don:

Hello. How are you? Fine, thank you. How are you? Fine, thanks, (bus sound-effect) oh, excuse me—here's my bus. Good-bye. Good-bye.

Language notes: Hello. Good morning or good afternoon might also be used. They are somewhat more formal. How are you? Notice the information. This how-question is one of the few instances in which a form of be receives the primary sentence stress. (This phenomenon normally occurs in "question word" questions in which the form of be stands at the end or is followed by a non-demonstrative pronoun: What is it? Where is he? When was it? Where will it be? Where have you been?) Sometimes, however, speakers stress the you, so that the intonation is identical to the "response question" described below. How are you? Notice that the responding speaker uses a different intonation for this question than the first speaker used. The shift of stress onto you points to that word as carrying the new or changed bit of meaning in this question, which is otherwise identical to the question in the first line—for now the you refers to a different person than it did in the original question. (Sometimes the responding speaker will answer simply, "Fine, thank you—and you?" omitting all the words of the "understood" question except the one word you, which, uttered with a strong stress, carries the new meaning. For an example, see Dialog 2.) Thanks is slightly less formal than thank you. Notice the contraction here's (= here is).


Everyday English Dialog 2 Informal Greetings and Farewells

Dick: Hi! How are you? Helen: Fine, thanks – and you? Dick: Just fine. Where are you going? Helen: To the library. Dick: O.k. I’ll see you later. Helen: So long.

Language notes • Hi is an informal equivalent of hello. For the intonation of How are you? See

dialog 1 • • Fine, thanks—and you? See dialog1. Notice the rising into nation on and you? Notice that the normal response to Where are yon going? Is simply to the library—

not I ' m going to the library. It is unnatural and unusual to repeat the information already supplied by the question. • Ok. is a less formal equivalent of all right. The common saying I'll see you later

is often shortened to See you later (with the I'll understood). • So long is an informal equivalent of goodbye.


Everyday English Dialog 3 Formal Introductions


Mr. Wilson, I’d like you to meet Dr. Edward Smith.

Mr. Wilson: How do you do, Dr. Smith. Dr .Smith: Margaret: How do you do Dr. Smith is an economist. He’s just finished writing a book on international trade.

Mr. Wilson: Oh? That’s my field, too. I work for the United Nations. Dr. Smith: In the development program, by any chance?

Mr. Wilson: Yes. How did you guess? Dr. Smith: I’ve read your articles on technical assistance. They’re excellent.

Lan gua ge notes • Notice the rising intonation on the words Mr. Wilson. A falling

intonation on a name used in direct address is unusual in American English and tends to sound brusque and impolite. Listen for the d in I'd. It is important to include the d in this expression in order to differentiate it from I like, which has a different meaning. (I'd like = I would like = I want.) • How do you do has the form of a question (and is sometimes followed by a

question mark), but it is not a question in meaning. It is simply a polite formula used in formal introductions. • The response to How do you do is simply the same phrase uttered with the

same intonation by the other speaker. In fact, lines 2 and 3 are not strictly statement and response but rather statements uttered by the two speakers independently and, possibly, simultaneously. • He's just finished writing... A useful pattern indicating an action recently

completed. (Just is frequently used with the present perfect tense.) You may find it helpful to conduct a drill on this pattern in conjunction with the teaching of the present perfect, using variations of this sentence, such as I've just finished reading. . ., I’ve just finished cleaning. . ., She's just finished correcting . . ., They've just finishing putting . . . ., The same pattern, with start or begin, is commonly used for an action recently initiated: He's just started writing . . ., I've just started reading . .., 3

is of even broader usefulness: He's just written…. . Since these two words constitute a compound noun. It is important to include the /v/ in this expression in order to differentiate it from I read. We've just eaten . Listen for the /v/ in I've. .... . 4 . to indicate an action recently completed. I've read. I've just read .. . . which has a different meaning. A somewhat simpler form of this pattern (just + present perfect).Everyday English She's just started correcting . . the principal stress falls on the first word.. I've just heard. etc. They've just returned. etc. • Development program.. .. .. .

as in I wasn’t present or I wasn’t there-in which the adjective and adverb. would normally receive the strongest sentence stress. I’m glad to meet you. Didn’t you meet her at Steve’s party? Jim: No. Can’t we sit down somewhere and talk? Sure. Notice that the introducer mentions the girl’s name first. falls on atalthough prepositions normally receive weak stress. which. of course. courteous manner of introduction among speakers of American English. I’m glad to meet you. See note in dialog 2. While generally used to indicate the expectation of an affirmative answer. a name used in direct address. has a different meaning. It should not be confused with the possessive whose. let’s sit over there. Jim. It is as if at. The second speaker emphasizes you. certainly. Charles: Oh! Then let me introduce you to her now…Mary. . I wasn’t at Steve’s party. Notice that the second speaker says this sentence with a different intonation than the first speaker used. Notice the rising intonation on Mary. etc. here it expresses surprise that the answer to the question will probably-and unexpectedly-be negative. in this case. Language notes Who’s is the contracted form of who is. Didn’t you meet her…? Notice the use of the negative question. this is my cousin Jim. 5 . although pronounced the same (/huwz/). This is the normal. the strongest stress. See note in dialog 3. I’m glad to meet you. Mary: Jim: Mary: Hi. Notice that in this sentence. respectively. and the high point of the intonation. and introduces the young man to her (not vice versa). this is my cousin Jim. (compare \ How are you?) Can’t we sit down…? = Would you like to sit down…? Sure is often used in informal conversation as a strong affirmative response equivalent to yes. Hi.Everyday English Dialog 4 Informal Introductions Jim: Who’s the girl next to Barbara? Charles: That’s Mary Anderson. Mary. were equivalent to present or there.

numbers are used: twenty past five or twenty after five. 6 . We also hear It's five-fifteen (though this is less frequent in casual conversation). By five o’clock= no later than five o’clock. Notice the difference in intonation between the yes-no question in the c(rising) and the wh-question in line a (falling intonation).) Fifteen minutes after the hour would usually be expressed thus: It's a quarter after five or It's a quarter past five... we have plenty of time . This meaning of suppose occurs only in the passive. Supposed to = expected to.Everyday English Dialog 5 Time Margaret : What time is it ? Tom : It’s a quarter to five. This is probably the most common way of stating this time. Other possibilities are It's a quarter of five or It's fifteen till five. Other examples: I'm supposed to prepare a program for our English club meeting next week. as it usually does. Language notes • It's a quarter to five. For times other than the quarter-hours or half-hour. ten to five or ten till five. An alternative form for five-thirty is half-past five. etc. We're supposed to practice the dialogues at home. too. Some speakers omit or obscure the a: i t 's (a) quarter to five. a confirmation of his assumption. He expects an affirmative response. (It's four forty-five is rarely heard in casual conversation. Margaret : Then maybe we could pick your suit up at the cleaners . They were supposed to be here an hour ago—I don't know where they can be. • He said it didn’t… in conversation the conjunction that (He said that it didn’t…) is generally omitted in reported speech. as here. Margaret : Aren’t we supposed to be at Jim’s house by five o’clock? Tom : Five or five – thirty. obliged to (not as strong as required to).? Notice that the negative question here indicates. Tom: Sure . the speaker's belief that his assumption is true. Children are supposed to obey their parents. • Aren't we supposed to be. He said it didn’t make any difference. Frequently the speaker will omit the it's or it's a and answer simply a quarter to five or quarter to five.

We hadn't been there at all until last weekend. Good. I’ll pick you up around seven – thirty. Alice. Have you been out today? We've been to the theatre three times this week. . Fine.) Care should be taken to include 'd in these expressions in both speech and writing. please? Barbara: Just a minute . May I speak to Alice Weaver. Jones construction company. Other examples: I haven't been to England yet. = I'll come to your house so that we can go together. a somewhat more enthusiastic response than I'd like to. I haven't been t o ." to emphasize punctuality 7 .. • I'd love to = I would love to. please? A possible alternative is I' d like to speak to Alice Weaver. possibly. .. This is Fred Young. • I'll pick you up. or. This use of be is rather strictly colloquial and is generally limited to the perfect tenses. construction company. = I haven't gone to. This is Fred.Everyday English Dialog 6 A telephone call (Phone rings) Barbara: Hello. frequently identify themselves when answering the telephone: Jones construction company. Smith • May I speak to Alice Weaver. Would you like to go to a movie tonight? Thanks. . or Good morning. May I speak to Alice Weaver. I haven't been to a movie for a long time. Jones speaking. Mr. Or the person calling may identify himself: Hello.. Alice.. The movie starts at eight. I'd love to. Fred: Hello. which differ from them in meaning as well as in form. however. (all of these are “polite" equivalents of I want to. Alice: Fred: Alice: Fred: Alice: Hello... Business firms. I’ll be ready.. Around seven-thirty = about seven thirty—perhaps a few minutes before or after 7:30.. please? • Would you like to.. Hi. to differentiate them from I love to and I like to.? which has quite a different meaning. To indicate a more precise time. (Phone clicks down) Language notes • A simple hello is the usual way of answering the telephone.? It should be carefully differentiated from do you like to . Pick up is a separable twoword verb. it's for you. . but I hope to go there soon. .? This is a "polite" form of do you want to . then. the speaker would say "at seven-thirty.

Everyday English or the exactness of the appointed lime. (notice that o'clock is often omitted in these expressions." etc. a telephone conversation usually ends with each speaker saying good-bye. 8 . therefore.) Although this dialogue ends with the line fine. a speaker might say "at seven-thirty sharp. I'll be ready. to have each of them say good-bye at the end of the conversation. it would probably be useful. When your students perform this dialogue." "at eight o'clock sharp.

Frank: Why? What’s the matter? Linda: Oh. • What's the matter? A common idiom meaning What is troubling you? What is wrong? • I'm just worried. only. in fact. in meaning and intonation. I have to take a history exam next week. Linda: Congratulations! I'm glad somebody's happy. Notice the /f/ in the pronunciation of t h i s idiom: /hft/. I am—which might. Exam = examination. I’m just worried. It is similar. History exam..) it is used in i t s meaning of very recently. Here just means merely. Physics exam. I just heard I passed my physics exam. Notice that the that is omitted in t h i s bit of reported speech. . with the strongest stress on am. I guess. Language notes • Notice the intonation of l am happy. This intonation. to the short answer form.. is the emphatic. confirmatory form normally used in response position (as here). See note on physics exam above. Note the omission of that in reported speech.Everyday English Dialog 7 Happiness Linda: You look happy today! Frank: I am happy. 9 . I just heard I passed . be used here. has the principal stress on the first word. and the strong contrastive stress on somebody (implying that the speaker herself is not happy). a compound noun. • I ' m glad somebody's happy. • • Have to = must. with the weak-stressed happy simply dropping off. . In l i n e b (I just heard.

roast beef. a coke.. the response omits the subject and verb—in fact. Rare. I'll have coffee with my dessert. • anything to drink? Notice that the subject and verb are omitted. (American restaurants customarily serve water with the meal. Notice that the subject and verb are omitted in the response. Notice. The waiter pauses briefly as he writes each item in his order book. Notice that the verb in this idiom is have (not take or drink): I ’ ll have coffee (tea. Notice how the intonation rises on the last syllable of each item in the series. too. . roast beef. And peas.Everyday English Dialog 8 Ordering a meal (Restaurant sounds) Waiter: Ralph: Waiter: Are you ready to order now. Just water. or well done? Notice the slightly rising intonation on the first two items of the series.. and peas. Waiter: Anything to drink? Ralph: Hmmm . without request. that the verb in this idiom in have. Mashed potatoes .. Again. Just water.. etc. please. That's tomato soup…. medium. used while the speaker is thinking of what he wants to say. all the words except those needed to supply the necessary (new) information. or well done? Ralph: Well done. A full-sentence equivalent would be something like I’ll just have water to drink. roast beef..) I'll have coffee. The rest are supplied by the context. medium. sir? Yes. I'll have tomato soup. mashed potatoes. How do you want the beef—rare. only the necessary information is given. milk. 10 . The question is "understood" to mean something like Do you want anything to drink? Would yon like anything to drink? Will you have anything to drink? Hmmm is a pause sound. mashed potatoes. Language notes • I’ll have tomato soup. not take or eat.. . and peas. • well done.). Rare — slightly cooked. please.

Notice that the normal stress for a compound noun falls on the first element of the compound. element be reduced in length. Notice the contrastive stress on the first syllable of fourteenth. Sixteenth. A short form equivalent to I ’ m nine years old. Language notes Nine. the stronger stress falls on the second syllable of this word: four’teenth (like sixteenth in the line above). potentially three-syllable. However.) Some speakers insert the between the month and the numeral: may the sixteenth. Normally. four-. Notice that the intonation falls only slightly— indicating doubt. I’ll be ten on May fourteenth. In the process of reduction some of the consonants are lost or modified and the vowels changed to more centralized. may the fourteenth. But I’ll be ten on May sixteenth. differentiates sixteen from sixty. Patty: I’m older than you! I'll be ten on May fourteenth. Birthday party.Everyday English Dialog 9 Birthdays Patty: How old are you? Susan: Nine. Susan: Are you going to have a birthday party? Patty: Maybe. See Dialog 7 Language notes 11 . as well as the final /n/. The rhythm pattern of English requires that this weak-stressed. to bring out the contrast. Going to. (The stress pattern.. Maybe. Notice that the strongest stress in this word is on the second syllable. indecision. Have to. lax forms. I'll have to ask my mother. the speaker emphasizes the contrasting element. . or lack of completion.

is in the -ing form. such as no. it is roughly equivalent to do you object to or do you dislike. so my friend and I can sit together? Larry: No. No.. I don't mind = I will be glad to. of course not. Therefore.. of course 12 .? Would you mind is a polite request form meaning are you willing to. Moving. to indicate that he is willing to comply with the request. By this he means no. Notice that the verb following would you mi nd . not at all or no. not at all = no. . is this seat taken? Larry: No. it isn’t. Other examples: would you mind opening a window? Would you mind waiting a few minutes? Would you mind speaking a little more slowly? So = so that = in order that. I wouldn't mind at all or no.Everyday English Dialog 10 A Crowded Theater Bob: Excuse me. not at all. Literally. Bob: Would you mind moving over one. Not. . Language Notes • would you mind moving over one . the person answering will use a negative form. Bob: Thanks a lot.

to the bookstore? This is a normally shortened form (or did you say he went to the bookstore?—with the omitted words "understood. Bruce: Oh. • notice the difference in intonation between the how-question and the yes-no the line above. I thought you said bookstore. has the principal stress on the first syllabic. the principal stress is on the first syllable. This word. Notice the heavy stress and slightly higher than usual intonation on drug-. (pause ) Bruce: To the bookstore? Laura: No. as contrasted with book. a compound noun." • • bookstore. I said he went to the drugstore.Everyday English Dialog 11 Mistakes Bruce: Where did John go? Laura: He went to the drugstore. drugstore. Laura: How could you make a mistake like that? Weren't you paying attention? Language notes • • drugstore. Since this is a compound noun. 13 . I misunderstood you. to emphasize this syllable.

used very informally as an attention-getter. meaning to be capable of. It is normal for this word to be stressed. I happen to be one of the best chess players around. • I know how to play chess. he does play other kinds of games (as. and therefore has the principal stress on chess. chess). For example: do you know how to swim? He knows how to drive a car. 14 . as it is the first element of the compound noun card games. for instance. The idiom know how to. An interjection. The unusually strong stress here implies that. But I know how to play chess. George? One of the best chess players around = one of the best chess players in this vicinity. • • How about you. I don't play any card games. then. to have the skill to do something. Let's play. Joe: O.k. How about you. is widely used. I don't play any card games. Notice the strong stress on card. George? In this case means do you play chess. although the speaker doesn't play card games. I don't know how to write.Everyday English Dialog 12 Games George: Say Joe do you play bridge? Joe: George? George: Well. Language notes • • Say. Chess players is a compound noun. We'll see who's the best! No.

Here well is an adjective meaning healthy. An interjection. This is the "general" they. used here simply as an introductory word. Jane: You're looking well.Everyday English Dialog 13 Health Jane: I hear you've been ill... That. did you hear about Mrs. Is a typical "result" sentence. in this sentence. Such a. what about her? Jane: She had such a bad case of the flu that they had to lake her to the hospital.. Cathy: Well. but I’m fine now. • • • By the way = incidentally. Notice the omission of that. as is usual in reported speech in casual conversation. By the way. You’re looking well. Are looking is. Jackson? Cathy: No. • • Well. 15 . I’m sorry to hear that! Language notes • I hear you've been ill. I had the flu for a couple of weeks. Cathy: Oh. This clause is equivalent in meaning to the passive she had to he taken. a linking verb. They had to take her....

Everyday English Dialog 14 Sports Phil: Say. baseball. How about a game sometime? = would you like to play sometime? Sorry.. I like golf a lot—but I guess I like tennis better.. I watch them all. See note. I ’ m sorry. with the rising tone recurring on each item of the series. golf. How about a game sometime? Phil: Sorry. I ' m strictly a spectator—football. Dialog 12 Hmmm is a pause sound. rather much. I guess = I think (that). Quite a bit = a lot. It's hard to say. baseball... it's difficult to make a clear-cut choice. indicating that the speaker is thinking about what he is going to say. what's your favorite sport? Jack: Hmmm . basketball. basketball. This is a short way of saying something like no. It's hard to say = that's a difficult decision to make. golf. Language notes Say. 16 . but I don't play tennis. Phil: Do you play much tennis? Jack: Yes. quite a bit. Football. An interjection. Notice the series intonation.

so I really don't know my way around yet. Language notes • Could you tell m e . I know how you feel. You go two blocks. • I don't know where everything is. i t ’ s that way. ? An alternative (and slightly softer) version of 'can you tell me . • I know how you feel. We moved here a year ago. an "indirect question" (where everything is) has the word order of a statement.Everyday English Dialog 15 Asking Directions Marilyn: Nancy: Excuse me. I've only been in town a few days.. then turn left.. . rather than of the corresponding 17 . • Which way Dobson's bookstore is. I t ' s on the corner opposite the post office. I.'. Nancy: Oh. . Could you tell me which way Dobson’s bookstore is? Yes. with subject preceding the verb. • • Post office. Marilyn: Thanks. Notice how the "indirect question" (how you feel) differs from the direct question (how do you feel?): it has the word order of a statement rather than of a question—the subject wholly precedes the verb. Notice that in the "indirect question" the subject precedes the verb—the reverse of the word order in the direct question (which way is Dobson's bookstore?).. Don't know my way around = I don't know how to find things or I don't know how to go to various places. and I s t i l l don't know where everything is. Again.. and the interrogative do is omitted. A compound noun. with the principal stress on the first word.

We were on the same flight to New York last month. But your face is so familiar. . among native speakers of English. Julia: Allen: Oh. What a coincidence to meet in San Francisco! Well. Wait a second . This is an instance of the "general" they. etc. you know what they say—i t ' s a small world. . • What a . yes. disappointment. .! An exclamation denoting a great degree of surprise. or cliché. Now I remember.. I know . joy. Language notes • Haven't I seen you somewhere before? The negative question is equivalent to I’ve seen you somewhere before. . . . . Some other examples of its use: what a surprise to see you here! What a joy to have you with us! What a misfortune! What a shame that you have to leave so soon! What a pity she couldn't come! What a wonderful idea that is! • You know what they say = you know the saying ..Everyday English Dialog 16 Coincidences Allen: Julia: Allen: Haven't I seen you somewhere before? No. I don't think so. Notice the word order of the "indirect question" what they say. 18 . • It's a small world is a common saying. haven't I? And expresses the expectation that the speaker's supposition is true..

Language notes • There’s the . means something like oh. Gail: Wait! You can't cross the street in the middle of the block! You have to cross at the corner. This is the usual. A compound noun. Notice how the present perfect progressive emphasizes the immediate.. Don't delay! Notice that the two-word verb come on has the stronger stress on the adverbial element on. and therefore it receives a strong stress. (Sound of car screeching) Gail: Look out! You nearly got hit by that car! Now do you see why you should cross at the corner? Peter: I guess you're right.Everyday English Dialog 17 Safety (Street noises) Peter: There's the shoe store we've been looking for. as used here. Peter: Oh. continuous nature of the activity. Have to /haefta/. I t ' s just across the street.. 19 . come on. However. exactly across the street. • • • Just across the street = directly across the street. natural way to say this. Let's go across here. This is the "pointing out" there (the adverb. The shoe store we've been looking for. come on. Oh. for which we've been looking is extremely unlikely in this natural conversational context. The shoe store that we've been looking for is also possible. • Shoe store. not the introductory function word). omitting the relative pronoun and putting the preposition at the end. don't be so careful and scrupulous! The phrase come on is frequently used to mean hurry along. therefore the first word is singular and receives the principal stress. I' l l be more careful after this.

with the principal stress on the first word. The sentence means my sister plays the violin. I guess I don't have any musical talent. I can't even do that! Language notes Yeah. Betty: Oh. don't you? With a rising intonation on the final you.Everyday English Dialog 18 Musical instruments (Sound of piano playing) Anne: Betty: Anne: Betty: Anne: Listen! Somebody's playing the piano. ? The negative question implies that the speaker expects the answer to be affirmative. that's not true. You sing very well. • Flute lessons. Yeah. . A compound noun. Don't you play the violin? No. but I never learned to play very well. An informal variant of yes. I took flute lessons for a couple of years. . as required after wish. but my sister does. • My sister does. Doesn't it? The falling intonation on t h i s question tag shows that it is simply a conversational element not requiring an answer. standing in place of the verb. she's pretty good at i t . 20 . it sounds nice. Does is a pro-verb. • don't you p l a y . doesn't i t ? I wish I could play a musical instrument.. It is equivalent to you play the violin.. Notice that could is a past tense form. Actually. I wish I could .

Everyday English Dialog 19 Taking a Vacation David: Did you say you're going to take a vacation next month? Ruth: Yes. Can’t you? The rising intonation indicates that this is a veritable question. as here. I haven't had a vacation for a longtime. There’s too much work to do. • • • I wish I could .. We want to visit the museums and see some plays. Language notes • Did you say you're going to. Ruth: You can take a vacation sometime soon. There aren't enough courses to take. there's too much work to do. requiring an answer. David: I envy you. • My family and I are going to New York. Other examples of this pattern: there's too much equipment to carry... There are too many papers to correct. Maybe next year. 21 . can't you? David: No. There are too many people to see. There's not enough food to eat. Note the required past tense (could) after wish. I wish I could get away for a while. though.? This could also be past tense: did you say you were going to…? However. which is normally said with weak stress.. There isn't enough work to do. Notice that this going to is the verb followed by the preposition to. The going to in the line above is the future marker. the present form (you're) seems more natural. my family and I are going to New York for a week.

. Notice the strong stress on does. 22 . since one. A chocolate one. Some additional examples: is that hard to do? Are these hooks difficult to read? Is that paper hard to write on? My new car is easy to drive. I’ve got the recipe right here. . is normally unstressed. and those are almond-flavored. they’re really quite easy. Notice that the stress falls on chocolate.. Language notes • Would you like some cookies? Is equivalent to would you like to have some (of these) cookies? It is a more courteous form than do you want some cookies? • • Just = very recently. Louise: I guess I’ll try a chocolate one first. Are they hard to make? A useful pattern. • • • I’ve got the recipe . Yes. I would. Louise: Thank you. That does look easy. Louise: That does look easy. Mmmm… This is delicious! Are they hard to make? Shirley: No. Shirley: These are chocolate. when used as a pronoun. The emphatic form of that looks easy. I think I’ll make some tonight. • • Mmmm is a sound denoting gustatory enjoyment.Everyday English Dialog 20 Recipes Shirley: Would you like some cookies? I just made them. Wait a minute. Alternative form: I have the recipe.. These shirts are easy to wash and so on. Just = simply: only. See these are the ingredients and then you just follow the directions.

Among these are fireman. Language notes • Brrrr! Is a sound made to indicate that the speaker feels very cold. Ed: Karen: Ed: Karen: Yeah. That's what the weatherman said. salesman. O. gentleman. postman. Notice that this word has a primary stress on the first syllable and a tertiary stress on the third syllable: /Dwcaè?mñn/. Some other words ending in-man that have a tertiary stress on the final syllable are mailman. Some other examples: that's what the teacher told us. milkman. It is sometimes pronounced with a trilled r or a bilabial trill. however. I thought so. That tree must be thirty feet tall—it's higher than the roof of the house. They must not be home yet—they didn’t answer the telephone. That's what the students say. That's what the weatherman said. too.Everyday English Dialog 21 Weather (wind noises) Karen: Brrrr! I'm cold. I thought it was supposed to get warmer today. even if the sun is shining. That's what my father always says.k. • Weatherman. too. since here it carries no sense of obligation. Other examples of this usage: it must be going to rain—it's so dark outside. superman. A useful pattern. That's what Mr. Notice that was supposed to is past tense afterthought. • To get warmer = to become warmer (but become would rarely be used in this context in casual conversation).. It must be the wind that makes it so cold. The meaning of supposed to here is slightly different than in 5. have an unstressed final syllable (with a consequent obscuring of the vowel sound). snowman. Let's go inside. I'm freezing! Me. Note that postman and mailman are identical in meaning but differ in stress pattern.. • It must be the wind. • Was supposed to = was expected to. It's no fun standing out here. Englishman. Some words with the suffix -man. The first one is a 23 . Johnson said. Notice that the two its in this sentence have no direct reference or antecedent. This is the must of probability or supposition. • • Yeah is a very informal form of yes.

.. 24 ..Everyday English function word in the idiomatic structure it must be . while the second refers only vaguely to the weather.

I know where one is. I wonder if you would mind moving over one.. Notice the word order of the indirect question: the subject precedes the verb. What is it? = what is it you would like me to do? Notice the stress on is. • • • Sure. Come on. Some other examples: I wonder if you could show us how to get there. I wonder if you can help me. I wonder if you can tell me where I can find a barber shop. Have my hair cut = have someone cut my hair. A compound noun. You should have that window repaired before the rainy season begins.. 25 . I’ll show you. We're going to have our house painted next year. Other examples of the causative have: I had my shoes shined just before I came. See 4. what is it? I want to have my hair cut but I can’t find the barber shop. with the principal stress on the first word. Notice that the pronoun one is weakly stressed. Language notes • I wonder if. so my friend and I can sit together. I know where one is. • • Barber shop. A polite introduction to a request for assistance. See 20.Everyday English Dialog 22 Having Things Done Excuse me. Sure. and the stronger stress is on is.

? = is it all right with you .. We don't need to go all the way to the post office. Have to / That would save time. Can you let me have two airmail stamps and one regular one? Carol: Here you are. . Now all we have to do is find a mailbox. the one thing that remains to he done is. hence no change of subject). . would you mind.. Are you sure that's enough? Dean: Yes. . . hesitant attitude. . . .. Can you let me have. I have some.? This phrase is similar to. Dean: That would save time. .? (see 10).? However. if the speaker wishes simply to request the hearer to stop by the post office (in which case there is no "we" involved. he will use an -ing form complement: do you mind stopping by the post office? Some additional examples of the "if" type: do you mind if Mary and Fred come with us? Do you mind if we talk about that later. when we have more time? Do you mind very much if I don't come to see you today? Some examples of the' '-ing'' type: do you mind asking Mary and Fred to come with us? Do you mind discussing that later. ? Or do you have any objection . Some other examples: I’ve finished writing the story. . Notice also the weak stress on stamps and on the corresponding pronoun one. mailbox is a compound noun. = can you give me . . . It is followed by an if clause to provide for the change of subject from you to we: do you mind if we stop .. with the stress on the first part. . Notice the contrastive stress on airmail and regular and on two and one.. that's fine. A compound noun.. • have to/ haefta /.Everyday English Dialog 23 Mailing Letters Dean: Do you mind if we stop by the post office? I have to mail these letters and I don't have any stamps. now all I have to do is think of a 26 .. with the principal stress on the first word. = the only thing that we must do is. . Carol: Oh. All we have to do is. when we have more time? Do you mind very much postponing our visit until tomorrow? Post office. but somewhat more direct than. Two airmail stamps and one regular one. Language notes • do you mind .. The strong stress on would and the fact that the intonation falls only partially at the end indicate a thoughtful.

Everyday English title. now all we have to do is prepare the food. now all he has to do is pass the examination. We've got the decorations all ready for the party. he's finished all his courses. 27 .

Get along with each other = live harmoniously and compatibly. It belongs to the Browns. I wonder whom it belongs to and I wonder to whom it belongs are also grammatically correct but sound awkward and inappropriate in this context. Notice the rising intonation. They live across the street from us. Notice the word order of this indirect question. 28 . This is the must of supposition or logical inference (see 21). two dogs and a canary. and a canary. ask the Browns! Language notes • who it belongs to. • • • three cats. The preposition naturally falls at the end. They have three cats. - They certainly must like pets! But how do all those animals get along with each other? Don’t ask me. they certainly must like pets. two dogs.Everyday English Dialog 24 Animals - That’s a beautiful cat! I wonder who it belongs to.

I’ll try them on. which the saleslady is contrasting ment all y with other colored gloves on other counters. Gloria: All right. An expression used when a person wants to think something over. etc. . • Size six. too.20) 29 .). to ponder. • The white gloves are on this counter. • five-twenty = five dollars and twenty cents ($5. 6 ¼ . . Most women wear a size between 6 and 8. and they’re washable. Saleslady: The white gloves are on this counter. • I’ll try them on. Gloria: Oh. Try on is a separable two-word verb meaning to test the fit or appearance of a garment by putting it on. Let’s see… here’s a size six. These are very nice. • Let's see . 6 ½ . Saleslady: That’ll be five-twenty with the tax. I think I wear size six. See 5. Language notes Can I help you? Or may I help you? is the way a salesclerk normally approaches a customer with an offer of assistance. I’ll take them. How much are they? Saleslady: five dollars. • How much are they? = how much do they cost? Notice that the primary sentence stress falls on are in this question (see 1). Hmmm……… they seem to fit. or to look for something.Everyday English Dialog 25 Shopping Saleslady: Can I help you? Gloria: Yes. Women's gloves are usually available in quarter-sizes (6. Notice the emphatic stress on while and this. to make a choice or decision. I’m looking for a pair of white gloves. 6 ¾ .

. Notice the emphatic stress and intonation... • • We’d better.. or discouragement.) Take a taxi or a bus. with the principal stress on the first word. • • We just missed it = we arrived a moment too late to catch the bus.. There'll be another one in ten minutes. ? The negative question expresses an expectation of an affirmative answer.? Notice the rising intonation on taxi and falling intonation on bus in this "or" sentence.Everyday English Dialog 26 Transportation (Street noise) Joyce: Shall we take a taxi or a bus to the meeting? Bill: We'd better take a bus. Notice that rush hour is a compound noun. no! An exclamation expressing sudden disappointment. . . Joyce: O. = we ought to . with the principal stress on the first word. Bill: Never mind.. Joyce: Isn't that a bus stop over there? Bill: Yes. .. In most American cities. It's almost impossible to find a taxi during rush hour.. oh! There's a bus now. it would be wise to . • • Bus stop is a compound noun. no! We just missed it... .? (will is never used for t h i s meaning. • Isn’t that. We'll have to run to catch it. . Oh. Never mind = it doesn't matter. Notice the high-to-low intonation. shock... . oh! An exclamation expressing alarm or sudden caution. • Oh. 30 . Oh..? = do you think we should. Rush hour — the time of day when most people are going to or from work and therefore the traffic is heaviest.k . don't concern yourself. Language notes • • Shall we.. Oh. . rush hour is from seven-thirty to nine in the morning and from about five to six-thirty in the evening.

Everyday English Dialog 27 Comparing Jean: Lois: Jean: I think this material is much prettier than that. • • • That = that material. the design is more interesting and the colors are brighter. Lois: Oh. • Becoming to you. Jean: Do you really think so? I’ll buy it then. • Much prettier. something like: now that I have really thought about it . Becoming is an adjective meaning suitable in appearance: having an attractive effect. • Then = in that case: since that is so." • • I see what you mean = I understand (why you like it).. requiring an answer. Notice that the conjunction that introducing an indirect statement is often omitted in casual conversation. don't you? Well. And besides. Don't you? The rising intonation indicates a true question. much more difficult. a lot more practical. I see what you mean. These colors are more becoming to you. etc. And it's not as expensive. . Much is a common intensifier for comparative adjectives and adverbs: much harder. The strong stress on are indicates. . in t h i s case. I like them both. . Language notes • I think this material. or taking everything into consideration . much less useful. these colors are more becoming to you. 31 . either. I don't know.. a lot more expensive.. A lot is also used for this purpose: a lot prettier. Why do you like that one better? Well. I like them both = I like both of them. That one refers to a piece of material apparently near the first speaker. . who referred to it as "this material.

Everyday English Dialog 28 Pastimes What do you do in your spare time? Oh. Go to the movies. • Stamp collecting. Notice the rising intonation on the first two elements of the series.. • just = only. I don’t have any hobbies. nothing special. • How about you? = do you have any hobbies? This question How about you? Has the effect of directing the original question back to the other speaker. How about you? I have just one: photography. I read .. It’s expensive but it’s a lot of fun.. 32 . Therefore the principal stress falls on the first word.. Nothing special = no particular thing. Language notes • • • Spare time = leisure: extra lime: free lime. A compound noun. Don’t you have any hobbies like stamp collecting or things like that? No. Watch TV . I read… Watch TV… Go to the movies.

• • Set a date = decided on a day when it will lake place. Really? This is a rejoinder meaning oh. They'd like is a l i t t l e "softer. Just think . 33 . • Just think . T h e y' l l be married soon.Everyday English Dialog 29 Weddings Bonnie: Guess what! Paul and Susan are engaged! Janice: Really? When did that happen? Bonnie: A week ago. than they want. In t h i s usage." a l i t t l e less positive. that's interesting! It is frequently used in conversation in t h i s way. it does not question the truthfulness of the remark. not yet. .. They’d like = they would like = they want. Language notes • • Guess what! = I have something important to tell yon.. Then they'll go to Hawaii for their honeymoon. really simply expresses an animated interest in the previous speaker's remark. But Susan says they'd l i k e to get married in November or December. Janice: Have they set a date for the wedding? Bonnie: No. . They met last summer and now. This phrase indicates that the speaker is reflecting with interest on what has just been said or (as in t h i s case) on what he is going to say next.

• I try and try = I try again and again. But don’t give up! Why don’t we practice those dialogs together? Good idea! That just might help. I simply can’t learn French! Why do you say that? I think you’re making a lot of progress. Language notes Give up = stop trying. He writes and writes. • • Good idea = that's a good idea. but he never produces a worthwhile composition. be a helpful thing 34 . Learning any language takes a lot of effort. completely. No. abandon effort. That just might help = that might. clearly. and I still can't understand it. The children play and play that game and never seem to get tired of it. I’m not. in fact. Simply = absolutely. Other examples of repetition of the verb to express continuous or repeated activity: I read and read. I try and try and I still can’t speak it very well.Everyday English Dialog 30 Effort I give up.

(Family) MOTHER: SON: MOTHER: SON: MOTHER: Good morning. if you want. Dialogue 1 GREETINGS A. Morning. Gotta go. The milk’s in the refrigerator. Coffee. The cereal and sugar are on the table. Help yourself. What’s up? Nothing much.Everyday English More Dialogs for Everyday Use. Seems like all I do is eat and sleep. * Hi = informal way to say hello 35 . Me too. What’s new with you? Not too much. Eggs. toast. I’ve been pretty busy. What’s for breakfast? The usual. How are you today? Just fine. (Acquaintances) MATT: MAXINE: MATT: MAXINE: Good morning Good morning. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a foreign language. B. Things couldn’t be better. DOTTY: VIVIAN: DOTTY: VIVIAN: DOTTY: VIVIAN: (Good Friends) Hi. Check you later. C. thanks. I think I’ll just have cereal for a change. NOTES *Acquaintance= a person one knows but not a close friend * Things couldn’t be better = Everything is going well. Okay. Call me tonight. How are you? Wonderful. and cereal.

* What’s for breakfast? = What are we having for breakfast? * Just = only * Help yourself. somewhat * Me too = has meaning of I have been busy too. 36 .Everyday English * What’s up? = What’s new? Used informally. * Pretty = rather. = Serve yourself. * Seems = It seems * Cotta = I’ve got to = I must * Check you later = I’ll call you later.

Everyday English Dialogue 2 EARLY IN THE MORNING GENE: ED: GENE: start. I guess I’ll just have to pay the price and be sleepy. Why don’t we just grab a bite at the coffee shop next door? GENE: NOTES Okay by me. I told you we had to get an early I know. but that movie was just too good to leave. ED: It’s time to get up! I just went to bed! You shouldn’t have stayed up so late watching TV. GENE: Do you want to eat breakfast here? ED: No. * TV = television * get an early start = leave early in the morning * Just = simply *pay the price = suffer the consequences * grab a bite = (Informal) get something to eat * Coffee shop = a type of restaurant 37 .

38 . I know. NOTES *Last of the milk = exhausts the supply of milk * Silly = foolish *ad = advertisement * Yeah = (Informal) Yes * I’II = I’ll examine the possibility. That’s the one.Everyday English Dialogue 3 DAILY NEEDS JUDITH: MOTHER: JUDITH: MOTHER: JUDITH: This is the last of the milk. MOTHER: Well. Would you get some of that new cereal we saw advertised on TV? Which one? You know… the one with the silly ad about how vitamins jump up and down. Sometimes the stores don’t have some of the new kinds of cereal. I’ll see. I intend to go to the store today. MOTHER: Oh. you mean “KIKIES” JUDITH: Yeah.

It used to leave every half hour. I don’t think they open until nine o’clock. I expect that it’s a little too early. I’ll try it (PAUSE) they don’t seem too answer. Yeah. At least that’s what it used to be. but I think the schedule’s been Do you know the telephone number to call? It’s Enterprise 7-4700.Everyday English Dialogue 4 AIRPORT BUS STAN: HARRY: changed STAN: HARRY: STAN: HARRY: What time does the bus leave for the airport? I don’t know. NOTES *At least = In any case 39 .

40 . I can be ready by then. about nine-thirty. I’ll pick you up at your house. Okay.Everyday English Dialogue 5 MAKING A DATE DREW: PAUL: What time are you leaving tomorrow? You mean to go to the graduation ceremony? DREW: Yes. then. Fine. See you tomorrow. PAUL: DREW: PAUL: DREW: I’d be delighted to take you. I plan to leave here about nine-thirty. I’d like to go with you if I may. NOTES * making a date = making a social appointment * I’ll pick you up = I’ll come to your house.

if you go to the bus stop in the next block. NOTES * catching a bus = getting a bus * T-30 = number of a bus * That doesn’t sound too bad = That doesn’t appear to be difficult. STEVE: Maybe that’s what I’ll do. ALAN: You’re welcome. you can take a Z-8 which will let you right off in front of the zoo. ALAN: Actually. * Z-8 = number of a bus * let you right off = take you exactly to 41 . but then you have to walk about six blocks. STEVE: That doesn’t sound too bad.Everyday English Dialogue 6 CATCHING A BUS STEVE: Is this where I catch the bus for the zoo? ALAN: You can take a T-30 from here. Thanks a lot.

Other ways to prepare eggs are scrambled. NOTES * How do you want your eggs? = How do you want your eggs prepared? * Over easy = egg fried on one side and slightly on the other with the yolk left uncooked or partially cooked. I’ll have a cup of hot chocolate. and poached. I’d like bacon and eggs with buttered toast. please. we do. 42 . boiled (soft or hard). How do you want your eggs? Over easy. Then.Everyday English Dialogue 7 ORDERING BREAKFAST WAITRESS: PHIL: WAITRESS: PHIL: WAITRESS: PHIL: WAITRESS: PHIL: Would you like to order now? Yes. No jelly. What would you like to drink? Do you have hot chocolate? Yes. fried (hard). not hard.

Everyday English Dialogue 8 NEAR ACCIDENT QUINN: How about that! KERWIN: What? What happened? QUINN: Did you see what that guy did? KERWIN: No. KERWIN: Drivers get crazier every day! QUINN: Right. Nobody wants to drive by the rules anymore! NOTES * Near accident = almost an accident * How about that! = Just consider what happened! * Guy = man * I was looking the other way = I was looking in the opposite direction. * U-turn = turn a vehicle such as a car or truck in the shape of a U. QUINN: He made a U-turn right in the middle of the block and almost hit a kid on a bicycle. I was looking the other way. 43 .

I’ll call the airline to make sure. PAT: Why don’t you do that while I change my clothes? CLIFF: Do you think Dick or Brenda will want to go? PAT: I don’t know. but maybe Brenda can go. but I think at 2:35.Everyday English Dialogue 9 ARRIVAL TIME PAT: What time does Mother’s plane get in? CLIFF: I’m not sure. PAT: Okay. then the airline. I’ll go get ready. CLIFF: I know Disk has to work. Call her first. NOTES • get in = arrive 44 . I guess we could call them.

quite unusual 45 . GLORIA: Yeah. I thought both teams played super ball.Everyday English Dialogue 10 AFTER THE GAME GLORIA: Did you watch the game last night? ROY: I sure did. ROY: Me too. NOTES * I sure did = I certainly did (watch the game) * played super ball = played extremely well * Too bad = unfortunately * It could have gone either way! = Either team could have won! * Really something = extraordinary. It could have gone either way! ROY: That shot that won in the last fifteen seconds was really something. I thought they were evenly matched. Too bad one had to lose. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything! GLORIA: I think it was one of the best games I’ve ever seen.

? I have to finish this letter. 46 . It would be a shame not to take advantage of such lovely weather ROGER: I won’t be long. = Meet me.. CLAIRE: Believe I will. Why don’t we go for a walk? Can you wait a few minutes.Everyday English Dialogue 11 GOING FOR WALK ROGER: CLAIRE: ROGER: CLAIRE: What did you say ? I said that it’s a lovely day. No more than ten minutes. Look for me near the rock garden.. Why don’t you go on ahead and I’ll meet you in the park.. NOTES * Don’t take too long = don’t delay * go on ahead = proceed (to the park) * Look for me. Don’t take too long..

Everyday English Dialogue 12 WHAT’S FOR DINNER? MOTNER: MONA: MOTNER: MONA: MOTNER: MONA: MOTNER: I wonder what we should have for dinner this evening? Are you asking me? Yes. etc. You`re putting on a little weight.. It`s about time! NOTES *I wonter. but the family must eat. I am. I really don`t feel much like cooking. Don`t remind me! I`m starting a new diet day after tomorrow.... Well. you know me. aren`t you? I know. = I wish to know about. I can always eat pizza-or spaghetti. So I`ve noticed. * putting on a little weight = gaining weight * Don’t remind me! = Don’t call it to my attention! * It’s about time! = It’s the right time (to begin)! 47 . meat. spices. * pizza = A spicy Italian dish made like a pie from bread dough and covered with cheese.

designs.type things.Everyday English Dialogue 13 ACADEMY AWARDS JANICE: ROB: JANICE: though. The awards. ROB: JANICE: understands it. JANICE: Too bad. NOTES * Academy Awards = awards in the film industry given annually for the best movie. are called Oscars.. they chose some picture that was so avant. You missed a good show. 48 . I didn’t agree with the selection for best picture. methods. best actor. etc. etc. I guess I missed that part. best director. I don’t go to the movies very often. What happened? Oh. then a I had to go to bed. I really wanted to discuss it with someone. You know me. small statues. ROB: Did you see the Academe Awards program last night on TV? I watched for awhile. having to do with creative ideas. that are ahead of all others. I prefer more active. * avant-garde = in the arts.garde that no one Well.

Everyday English Dialogue 14 AT THE HOTEL


Yes, sir. May I help you? I have a reservation for tonight. Tony Davis. Just a moment, please, while I check. That is correct. You have a reservation for a

three-room suite for tonight. TONY: CLERK: I’m afraid there’s been a mistake. I only asked for a single room, not a suite. I’m sorry, Mr.Davis, but we have only the suite available. Your request arrived too

late to reserve a single. There’s a large convention in town this week and we’re full up. TONY: CLERK: Well, if that’s the way it is, I’ll have to take it. Just sign the register here and I’ll have your bags sent up later. It’s suite 718.


* May I help you? = May I serve you? * We’re full up. = All of our rooms are taken.


Everyday English Dialogue 15 AFTER THE MOVIE

PAMELA: I really enjoyed that movie! SCOTT: I did, too. At first I tought it was going to be a drag, but then it really got good.

PAMELA: What part did you like the best? SCOTT: Oh, I don’t khow. I guess the scene that grabbed me the most was the one in which

the old man was dying. PAMELA: SCOTT: PAMELA: SCOTT: I liked that one, too. In fact, I cried. To tell you the truth, I had a few tears in my eyes. Now what? How about a coke and a hamburger?

PAMELA: Super!


* be a drag = be boring pr uninteresting * the scene that grabbed me the most = the scene that most moved me emotionally * coke = Coca Cola or any soft drink * Super! = Wonderful!


Everyday English Dialogue 16 AT THE BANK


May I help you? I’d like to cash this check, please. Do you have an account with us? Yeah. Here’s my identification card. Do you want large or small bills? Actually, I want to buy some traveler’s checks. What denomination? Twenties would be fine. Do you want the whole amount in traveler’s checks? Yes, please.


* to cash this check = to receive money for this check * large or small bills = bills of large or small denomination * traveler’s checks = special checks issued by banks for a special amount and which can only be used by the buyer.


Everyday English Dialogue 17 DISCUSSING A NEWS STORY HELEN: Did you hear about that guy who was struck by lightning? MAVIS: You mean that man up in Maine? HELEN: That’s the one. = That’s right. * Right. He didn’t have to wear a hearing aid anymore. HELEN: I think it was a miracle! MAVIS: Me too! NOTES * Maine = state in the northeastern part of the United States * Uh-huh. He’d been blind for about eight or nine years. * hearing aid = device to help deaf or partially deaf persons hear * Me too! = So do I! 52 . MAVIS: I read about him in the paper this week. = Correct. Wasn’t he also able to hear again after the lightning hit him? MAVIS: Right. HELEN: Uh-huh. the blind guy who could see again.

there’s a little park down the street about three blocks. I’ve got a terrific idea about the whole project and we need to discuss it. SONIA: Well. SONIA: Just what is it you want to talk about? JEFF You remember that note you sent me last month? SONIA: Which one? The one about the trip out west? JEFF: Yeah. Listen. SONIA: Wonderful! I’d like to hear some of your ideas. That’s the one.Everyday English Dialogue 18 TALKING IT OVER JEFF: Can’t we go someplace and talk? It’s so crowded in here. * anyway = in any case * Just = Exactly 53 . NOTES * Talking it over = Discussing a matter or problem. I need to get some fresh air anyway. It’s usually not crowded this time of day. JEFF: Let’s go.

NOTES * I’m glad I ran into you... * How about Sunday. BOB: So long.. then? = Is Sunday a good day. then? * Tell you what = Here’s my opinion/reaction. AL: Great! I’ll talk to you later. BOB: Why? What’s up? AL: How’d you like to go on a hike this weekend? BOB: All weekend? AL: Well. * Great! = Wonderfull! * So long = Good-bye for now. I’m glad I ran into you. Let me check and I’ll call you at home tonight.Everyday English Dialogue 19 WEEKEND PLANS AL: Hi. just Saturday and Sunday. * What’s up? = What’s happening? = What’s going on? * to help my sister move = to help my sister move her household effects to another house or apartment. 54 . Tell you what. = I’m glad I met you.. I promised to help my sister move Saturday. then? We could start early in the morning. BOB: I’m not sure I can be gone all weekend. AL: How about Sunday. * Let me check. = Let me verify. BOB: I might be able to do that.

I almost forgot. I’ll try to get home a little early. Bye-bye. TED: LAURA: TED: LAURA: Uh-huh. = Yes. * Uh-huh. 55 . Thanks for reminding me. (I do). Okay. NOTES * We’re invited out to dinner tonight = We’re invited to have dinner with friends or acquaintances. We should leave thr house by six-thirty. You can wear your new sports jacket.Everyday English Dialogue 20 DINNER INVITION LAURA: TED: LAURA: Don’t forget. Good. You know how bad the traffic is that time of night. * Bye-bye. Oh. What time? Seven-thirty. It’s informal. We’re invited out to dinner tonight. = Good bye. so long. isn’t it? Yeah.

. theft. How long have you had a policy with them? Oh.. you could try my company. = To the extent of my khowledge.Everyday English Dialogue 21 CAR INSURANCE DICK: GEORGE: DICK: GEORGE: DICK: GEORGE: DICK: GEORGE: I need to get car insurance. Ya got any ideas? Well. Let me give you their phone number and you can call them. etc. It seems to have fair rates. * As far as I khow. Do they insure older cars? As far as I know. NOTES *car insurance = insurance on automobiles in case of accidents. Maybe five years. I don’t know. 56 . reasonable.. And you say their rates are low? Not low.. I’ve always gotten good service from them. bodily injury. they insure all kinds of vehicles.

and then call me at the office if you have any luck. I thought we could go out for dinner and then go to a movie afterward. usually by parents. but she might make an exception. to watch small children while the parents are away from home * to sit during the week = to baby-sit on weekdays * if you have any luck = if you are successful * don’t get your hopes too high = don’t expect success 57 . SUSAN: Okay.Everyday English Dialogue 22 PARENTS NIGHT OUT JOE: Can you get a baby-sitter for tonight? SUSAN: I don’t khow. Why? JOE: Well. JOE: Well. SUSAN: I can call Debbie and see if she’s available. She usually doesn’t like to sit during the week. do that. It’s hard to find a good baby-sitter these days. NOTES * night out = evening away from home for the purpose of recreation or relaxation * baby-sitter = woman or young girl hired. but don’t get your hopes too high.

costs seem to be rising in so many categories that it appears to defeat any efforts at stabilization. We really need to get the rising price structure under control. Labol is demanding higher wages and production costs continue to soar. too = That’s my opinion. GORDON: I saw that. I saw a similar report last night on TV. * soar = rise beyond what is common and ordinary 58 . too. NOTES * That’s my feeling. GORDON: There may be some relief this summer. I understand the price of some foodstuffs will decrease. Raw material now costs more. HOBART: That’s my feeling. does it? HOBART: Not according to the newspaper yesterday. too. HOBART: I hope they’re wrong. too.Everyday English Dialogue 23 DISCUSSING THE ECONOMY GORDON: The economic news doesn’t look good. GORDON: Well. The analysis seemed to be quite realistic.

Good.Katuna’s office.Everyday English Dialogue 24 DENTAL APPOINTMENT (By Phone) DENTAL ASSISTANT: KAREN: DENTAL ASSISTANT: KAREN: recommended Dr.Katuna can see you next Thursday. Are you one of the doctor’s regular patients? No. May I help you? Yes. I’m not. I recently moved to this area and a friend of mine I see. Dr. Thank you very much. NOTES * I see = I understand * Would 10:30 be all right? = Would 10:30 be acceptable? 59 . We’ll expect you then at 10:30 on Thursday.Katuna DENTAL ASSISTANT: prefer morning or afternoon? KAREN: DENTAL ASSISTANT: KAREN: DENTAL ASSISTANT: KAREN: Dr. Do you Morning is best for me. I’d like to make an appointment for a dental checkup. Would 10:30 be all right? That would be fine.

We’ll see you tomorrow.Everyday English Dialogue 25 MAKING PLANS ALICE: SOFIA: ALICE: last party? SOFIA: ALICE: to you? SOFIA: When shall we meet? You mean to talk about the party? Right. NOTES * Right. * mess = unpleasant or unsuccessful affair or event * how does 7:30 sound to you? = How do you react to meeting at 7:30? * Fine by me. Remember what a mess it was at the I sure do. 60 . How does 7:30 sound Fine by me. = It’s all right with me. I hope we’ll do much more planning this time. We really need to plan better this time. that’s why we’re going to meet tomorrow at my house. = Correct. I’ll call Jan and Judy. Well.

and yesterday he started digging holes in the anything.Everyday English Dialogue 26 NEIGHBORHOOD PROBLEM WIFE: We’ve got to do something about the neighbor’s dog! HUSBAND: Why? Has he been into your flower garden again? WIFE: yard! HUSBAND: Did you talk to Mrs. = Excessively agreeble and pleasant in the direct confrontation. All sweethess and light to your face but then she never does The flower garden. He usually listens. * Hank = Mr. WIFE: We need more than listening. We need action! NOTES * All sweetness and light to your face. Gorham about it? WIFE: You khow how she is..Gorham 61 ... the garbage can. They should either keep that animal in the house or tied up! HUSBAND: I’ll talk to Hank about it tonight. dear..

didn’t he? Uh-huh. I certainly wish him luck. He left it parked in front of his girl friend’s house and when he came out to go home. Fortunately. surprise. = That’s too bad * a good lead = a strong clue 62 . Wow! That’s really tough. what? Someone stole his car! Really? When did it happen? Last night. He just bought it last month. joy. * That’s really tough.Everyday English Dialogue 27 CAR THEFT BYRON: VANCE: BYRON: VANCE: BYRON: Did you hear about what happened to Howard? No. he’s got insurance and the police think they already have a NOTES * theft = act of stealing * Wow! = Exciamation of amazement. etc. VANCE: BYRON: good lead. it was gone. VANCE: Well.

Maybe so. hard – to-please. NOTES *such a fuddy-duddy = an extremly fussy. you`re such a fuddy – duddy. I`ll get you there with time to Is that promise? It`s a promise. or very paricular person. we won`t be late. But I always like to get there on time.Everyday English Dialogue 28 GETTING READY BILL: JERRY: BILL: JERRY: BILL: JERRY: spare. *time to spare=excess time 63 . Oh. BILL: JERRY: We don`t have much time! I`m hurriyng as fast as I van! Well. Now leave me alone while I finish getting ready. Don`t worry. You know how these affairs are. Oh. will you? I don`t want to be late. They never start on time. try to hurry a little bit more.

They`re on special this week. They`re over there. I think I’ll look at those over there before I decide. We have some that different in style but not in color.Everyday English Dialogue 29 MAKING A PURCHASE JOAN: CLERK: JOAN: CLERK: JOAN: CLERK: How much is this? You mean the large one or the small one? The large one. Very well. NOTES *on special = special low price *Just take your time. Is this the only kind you have? No. Do you see the sign? JOAN: CLERK: Oh. Just take your time.=Don`t be in a hurry 64 . They`ve been reduced to five dollars. yes.

*No danger of that=That`s not a possibility. Here.=Perhaps you`ve spent more money than is in your checking account at the bank. I hope it`s an offer of that job I applied for. 65 . No. Maybe you`ve overdrawn your account. Let me look. danger of that. It might be important. NORMA: BARBARA: NORMA: Give me the letter from the bank.Everyday English Dialogue 30 MAIL TIME BARBARA: NORMA: BARBARA: The mail has arrived. NOTES *health spa = health resort *Maybe you`ve overdrawn your account. Did I get anything? I think so. I don`t have any money to overdraw. You got something from the bank and an advertisement from a health spa.

.m going to stay up a while. Did you lock the doors? All except the back door.m bushed Okey I. He took the dog for a walk Well. *overspent = expenses in excess of income 66 . We`re a litlle overspent this month. ANGELA: Please tell Tim to close the door to the basemant. Good night.Everyday English Dialogue 31 BEDTIME ANGELA: FRANK: ANGELA.. I.= I must read to examine.. I left that for Tim. I`m going on to bed .I`ve got to go over the household budget. I`don`t want the dog down there tonight FRANK: Okay.See you at breakfast NOTES *I`m bushed = I`m exhausted very tired * Stay up= remain awake * I`ve got to go oyer.. FRANK .

. Thanks a lot. but it`s probably better to come back later.But. won`t you? I don’t see any problem. =Difficult to predict. You will get it fixed today. NOTES *Hard to tell. = Do as you please ... Sometimes we can find the problem rigth away and sometimes it may take an hour or two LEE: REPAIRMAN: LEE: REPAIRMAN : Should I wait or come back later? Suit yourself.better call before you come. We should have it ready for you by three at the latest.. LEE: Okay.Everyday English Dialogue 32 GETTING SOMETHING FIXED LEE: REPAIRMAN: How long do you think it`ll take to fix it? Hard to tell. *right away = immediately *Suit yourself . * by three at the latest = no later than three o’ clock 67 .

68 . and also about the gas furnace you asked about . What did they say? They’re going to send someone out to talk with us about the furnace. HUSBAND: Exactly my thoughts. I agree. cooking . *I think we’re doing the right thihg .We should be able to afford a new furnace now that you got NOTES *gas company = public utility company providing natural or manufactured gas for heating . = I think we are correctly .Everyday English Dialogue 33 FAMILY PLANS WIFE: HUSBAND: WIFE: HUSBAND: WIFE: HUSBAND: The gas company phoned this afternoon. About the gas stove that we ordered ? Yes. Good. * afford a new furnace = pay for a new furnace. I think we’re doing the right thing. The old furnace just isn’t very efficient anymore. etc. WEFE: that raise in salary.

have a good trip.= it’s not necessary. Shall I have them make a hotel reservation for you? No need. I made one last week by telephone. Do you plan to stay longer than three days? I don’t think so. successful trip. 69 . NOTES *No need. *Have a good trip. Well . Thank you. = Have a pleasant . I can take care of all the necessary business in three days .Everyday English Dialogue34 PLANNING A BUSINESS TRIP DAVE: DON: DAVE: DON: DAVE: DON: DAVE: DON: When shall I say that you will arrive? Tell them that I plan to be there by tomorrow afternoon.

Like what? I told Frank I’d help him work on his car. you’ll just have to tell him you can’t come.Jim and Adrian are coming over tonight I thought they were coming next week. NOTES *coming over = coming to visit.Tonight’s the night. *Like what? = For example? *work on his car = helf repair his car 70 .Everyday English Dialogue 35 A SHORT DISCUSSION ROSALIE: TRACY: ROSALIE: TRACY: ROSALIE: TRACY: ROSALIEA: TRACY: ROSALIE: Don ‘t forget . You forget all too easily if you ask me.I told you at least a half a dozen times ! Well. No. Anyway . I forget. Then.I’ve made other plans.

then I’m going on without you! You wouldn’t do a thing like that ! Oh.first. I’ve got to stop and get gas in the car. I’m not quite ready. it won’t if there’s no line at the pump. anyway? Well . That won’t take long. I’ll give you five more minutes.Everyday English Dialogue 36 FAMILY SQUABBLE BROTHER: SISTER: BROTHER: SISTHER: BROTHER: SISTER: BROTHER: SISTER: BROTHER: Come on! It’s time to go! Wait a minute! Just hold your horses! What’s your hurry. yes I would! NOTES *squabble = noisy quarrel having little importance *Just hold your horses! = Don’t be so impatient! *Line at the pump = line of waiting cars at the gasoline pump *not quite ready = not completely ready 71 . Well. Well .