Conversation Lesson 11
 
 
 
 
Lesson 11 - This Is My Neighborhood

In this lesson Anna has many things to do. She needs to go to the library, post office, bank, and store. Marsha helps her find these places in their neighborhood.
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Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Hello! DC is a city for walking. In our neighborhood, I can do all my errands. Marsha, before we get ice cream, I need to return three books to the library. Where is the library?
Marsha: It is on this street on the corner.
Anna: Awesome!
Marsha: Let's go!
Anna: Marsha, I can return the books here.
Marsha: Anna, what are those in the books?
Anna: Marsha, these are letters to my family and friends back home … four letters! Is there a post office near here?
Marsha: Um, no. The post office is far from here. But there is a mailbox across from the store.
Anna: Awesome! Let’s go!
(At the mailbox)
Anna: Marsha, now I need to buy stamps.
Marsha: Do you have cash?
Anna: No. Is there a bank near here?
Marsha: There is a bank behind you.
Anna: Thanks, Marsha. You know our neighborhood so well.
Anna: Now I have cash. I can buy stamps.
Marsha: That store sells stamps.
Anna: Wait here.
Anna: I have stamps.
Marsha: Wow, you’re fast.
Anna: Thank you, thank you letters, for sending my words… my love … to my family and friends -
Marsha: Do you have more cash?
Anna: I do!
Marsh and Anna: Ice cream!!
Anna: I love my new neighborhood! Everything is near our apartment! Even hair salons*, and ice cream!
Anna: Until next time!
Listening

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
Speaking

In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to thank someone for giving you help.
Pronunciation

In this video, you ​learn to show strong feelings by saying words slower and louder.
New Words
  • bank - n. a business where people keep their money, borrow money, etc., or the building where such a business operates
  • buy - v. to get (something) by paying money for it
  • cash - n. money in the form of coins and bills
  • corner - n. the place where two streets or roads meet
  • errand - n. a short journey that you take to do or get something
  • fast - adj. moving or able to move quickly
  • get - v. to obtain (something)
  • ice cream - n. a frozen food containing sweetened and flavored cream
  • library - n. place where books, magazines, and other materials (such as videos and musical recordings) are available for people to use or borrow
  • mailbox - n. a public box in which letters and packages are placed to be collected and sent out
  • post office - n. a building where the mail for a local area is sent and received
  • return - v. to bring, give, send, or take (something) to the place that it came from or the place where it should go
  • sell - v. to exchange (something) for money
  • send - v. to cause (a letter, an e-mail, a package, etc.) to go or to be carried from one place or person to another
  • stamp - n. a small piece of paper that you buy and then stick to an envelope or package to pay the cost of mailing it
  • store - n. a building or room where things are sold
Activity

Where do you do errands in your neighborhood? Write about three places you go in your neighborhood. Write about them in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice with a friend. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
 
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