Conversation Lesson 28
 
 
 
 
Lesson 28 - I Passed It!

In this lesson Anna tells her roommate, Marsha, about the problems she had in her driving test. Then Anna says she wants to drive to a special place in Washington, D.C. Where will she drive?
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Lesson Video

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

Anna: Hello! Guess what this is? This is my driver’s license! I passed my driving test!
Today, I rented a car so I can drive around Washington, D.C. You can see more of the city this way. Marsha!
Marsha: Anna, did you get your driver’s license?
Anna: I did! But it was not easy.
Marsha: Why? What happened?
Anna: Well, you know, I can drive farm equipment really well. But I was really nervous driving in Washington, D.C. traffic!
Marsha: Did you pass the test the first time?
Anna: Well…no. But I did pass the second time.
Marsha: What happened during the first test?
Anna: It started fine.
John: Okay … Anna. Is your seatbelt buckled?
Anna: Yes, sir!
John: Great. Please start the car.
Anna: (to herself) Okay, Anna, start the car.Started the car. Good job, Anna.
John: Why are you talking to yourself?
Anna: I am a little nervous. When I’m nervous, I talk to myself.
John: You don't need to be nervous.
Anna: Listen to that engine!
John: Please, stop pushing the gas pedal!
Anna: Sorry.
John: Okay, when you are ready, turn.
Anna: Great!
John: Not now! You almost hit that car!
Anna: You said “turn!”
John: Look first! There were cars in the street.
Anna: Please don’t yell at me!
John: I’m sorry! I was afraid.
Anna: You were yelling.
John: Look out for that car! Brake! Brake!!
Anna and John: Ahhh!
Anna: Why is everyone honking at us?
John: You were driving too slow! Anna, stay on the street!
John: Hands on the wheel, Anna.
Anna: What’s that sound?
John: That, Anna, is the police.
Marsha: That sounds awful.
Anna: Yes, it did not go well. But, I practiced and passed the second time!
Marsha: Do you know where you want to take your first drive in Washington, D.C.?
Anna: Yes! Let’s go!
Anna: There it is … the White House!
Marsha: Anna, you do know you can’t drive up to the White House, don’t you?
Anna: Yes. No. I didn’t know. I guess we walk from here!
Anna: Sometimes you can see more of Washington, D.C. in a car. If you want to see the White House, you need to walk. Until next time … !
Listening

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

Learn to pronounce the new words for this lesson. You can also learn about the imperative verb form.
Pronunciation

Use this video to learn about how people say "well" to give bad news, or an answer someone does not expect.
New Words
  • afraid - adj. feeling fear
  • brake - v. to use the brake on a vehicle
    - n. a device for slowing or stopping something (such as a wheel or vehicle)
  • buckle - v. to fasten (something, such as a belt) with a buckle
  • equipment - n. supplies or tools needed for a special purpose
  • gas pedal - n. a pedal in a vehicle that is pressed down to make the vehicle go faster
  • Guess what? - expression. a phrase used to build anticipation
  • pass / passed - v. to complete a test or a class successfully
  • police - n. the people or the department of people who enforce laws, investigate crimes, and make arrests
  • seat belt - n. a strap on a vehicle's seat that holds a person in the seat if there is an accident
  • tractor - n. a short, heavy truck that is designed to pull a large trailer
  • traffic - n. all the vehicles driving along a certain road or in a certain area
  • turn - v. to move in a particular direction and especially toward the left or right
  • turn signal - n. one of the lights on a vehicle that flash to indicate that the vehicle is turning left or right
  • White House - n. the place in Washington, D.C., where the U.S. President lives
  • yell - v. to say (something) very loudly especially because you are angry, surprised, or are trying to get someone's attention
Activity

Do you know how to drive a car? Were you nervous when you first learned? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice using imperative verbs 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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