Conversation Lesson 18
 
 
 
 
Lesson 18 - She Always Does That

In this lesson Anna reads the news for the first time. She learns that there is a right way and a wrong way to read the news.
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Lesson Video

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

Anna: Hello, from Washington, D.C.! Today at work I am reading the news for the first time. I am really nervous. But my boss, Ms. Weaver, is here to help me.
Caty: Now, Anna, remember. When we read the news we are always reading facts. We never show our feelings.
Anna: Sure thing, Ms. Weaver.
Caty: Great. Are you ready?
Anna: Yes.
Caty: Okay, let’s try the first story!
Anna: Hello, and welcome to The News.
Anna: A new book is very popular with children and families. This is it.
Anna: It is about a lost duckling. The duck's mother cannot find him.
Caty: Stop! Anna, when you say the words “duck” and “duckling” you look really sad.
Anna: I do?
Caty: Yes. Sad is a feeling.
Anna: Sad is not a fact. Sorry. Let me try again.
Caty: Okay, she’s trying again! And go.
Anna: Hello, and welcome to The News. A new book is very popular with children and families. This is it.
Anna: It is about a lost duckling. The duck’s mother can not find ‘im. But a family gives him a home.
Caty: Stop! Anna, you are doing it again.
Anna: This story is very sad.
Caty: I have an idea. Let’s read the second story. She’s reading the second story. And … go!
Anna: Hello , and welcome to The News. In Indiana, a grandmother is the first 80-year-old woman to win The Race Car 500.
Anna: That is awesome!
Caty: Stop! Stop! Anna, please -- no feelings.
Anna: Right. But it is awesome that an 80-year-old grandmother wins a car race.
Caty: Just the facts, Anna.
Anna: Right.
Anna: Hello, and welcome to The News. In Indiana, a grandmother is the first 80-year-old woman to win The Race Car 500.
Anna: She rarely talks to reporters. But when she does, she often says, “Nothing can stop me now!”
Anna: I am very happy for her!
Caty: Stop, stop, stop!! Anna, you cannot say you are happy.
Anna: But I am happy.
Caty: But you can’t say it.
Anna: Why?
Caty: This is the News. Happy and sad are feelings. You can’t have them in The News.
Anna: Okay. I got it.
Caty: Okay. Let’s try the third story. She’s reading the third story!
Anna: Hello and welcome to The News.
City politicians in Big Town are using city money to have a big party on a cruise ship. They are taking the money for the party from the children’s library.
Anna: What?! That makes me very angry.
Caty: No, no, no! Anna, you cannot say you are angry! This is The News!!!
Anna: What can I do, Ms. Weaver? Take out my feelings and put them here … on the news desk?
Caty: Yes. Yes. That’s right! Now you’ve got it!
Caty: Let’s repeat the first story.
Anna: This is going to be a very long day.
Anna: Until next time!
Listening

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

Anna reads the news for the first time. She learns that there is a right way and a wrong way to read the news.
Pronunciation

This video teaches about shortened forms of object pronouns that begin with a /th/ or /h/ sound. You also learn about two different ways to pronounce the "s" ending on verbs like "talks" and "says."
New Words
  • angryadj. having a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed
  • cruise shipn. a large ship that stops at different ports and carries passengers who are traveling for pleasure
  • deskn. a piece of furniture that is like a table and often has drawers
  • duckn. a bird that swims and has a flat beak, a short neck, a heavy body, short legs, and webbed feet
  • ducklingn. a young duck
  • factn. a true piece of information
  • feelingn. an emotional state or reaction
  • getv. to understand (something or someone)
  • Indianan. state of the U.S.
  • longadj. lasting or continuing for a great amount of time
  • lostadj. not knowing where you are or how to get to where you want to go
  • popularadj. liked or enjoyed by many people
  • race carn. a very fast car that is used in professional auto racing
  • rarelyadv. not very often
  • repeatv. to say (something) again
  • sadadj. not happy
  • storyn. a description of how something happened
  • throwv. to cause (something) to move out of your hand and through the air by quickly moving your arm forward
  • winv. to achieve victory in a fight, contest, game, etc.
Activity

In this lesson, Anna is nervous because she is reading the news for the first time. How do you feel when you do something for the first time? Write about it and tell us about yourself or a friend doing something at work or school for the first time. Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Use the Activity Sheet to practice writing and using ordinal numbers. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
 
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