Conversation Lesson 34
 
 
 
 
Lesson 34 - What Will I Do?

In this lesson Anna wants to go to a Halloween party. But she needs a costume. Will her friend Genie help her find the right one?
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Lesson Video

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

Anna: Hello! Halloween is very popular in the United States.
Anna: Children trick-or-treat. They ask people for candy. Children and adults wear costumes and go to parties!
Anna: In fact, there is a Halloween party tonight. I need my friend, Genie. Genie!
Anna: Hi!
Genie: Hi, Anna! What do you need?
Anna: Tonight, there is a Halloween party.
Genie: I love Halloween! Are you going?
Anna: I might go. I might not go. I don’t have a costume. Can you help me?
Genie: Dress as a genie!
Anna: Great idea! I can do a genie trick like read minds!
Genie: Anna, be careful. Things might go wrong.
Anna: What can go wrong?
Genie: Okay.
Anna: Hey, look! I’m a genie! This is going to be fun!
Genie: Remember, Anna. Be careful!
Anna: Don’t worry, Genie! I will!
Rebecca: Excuse me, are you really a mind reader?
Anna: I might be.
Rebecca: Okay, tell me what I am thinking.
Anna: Sure! First, what do you do?
Rebecca: I study. I'm a junior in college.
Anna: What do you study?
Rebecca: I study journalism.
Anna: Okay. Wait. You are thinking … you will graduate from college in about one year.
Rebecca: Well, yeah. That’s the plan. I told you, I’m a junior in college.
Anna: Right, um, wait. There’s more. You are thinking … you might get a job writing the news.
Rebecca: I MIGHT get a job writing the news? I MIGHT! That means I might not. And I'm studying really hard.
Anna: No, no, no, no. Uh, no, you will! You WILL get a job writing the news.
Rebecca: I will?
Anna: You will.
Rebecca: I will. I think.
Anna: 'Bye. Happy to help!
Kaveh: Can you really read minds?
Anna: I might.
Kaveh: Well, today, I will ask my girlfriend to marry me. What am I thinking?
Anna: Wait. Wait, you are thinking ... you might have a wedding very soon!
Kaveh: Might? MIGHT? She won’t say "no," will she?
Anna: No, no! She WILL say “yes”!
Kaveh: I will have a wedding, won’t I?
Anna: You will. You will!
Kaveh: Thanks. I think.
Anna: Good luck!
Anna: This is hard. Genie! Genie!
Genie: Anna, what’s wrong?
Anna: I don’t want to be a genie for Halloween. I might not go to the party.
Genie: Of course you will go. I have another costume for you!
Anna: I’m a rock star! You read my mind!
Genie: No. You told me you like rock music.
Anna: Oh, right. Well, I love it!
Genie: Have fun, Anna!
Anna: Thanks, Genie!!
Anna: I am ready for the Halloween party! But I am not going to read minds. I might play some rock music! Or I might not. Until next time …
Listening

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

Learn the new words for this lesson. Then, learn how to talk about the future in two ways. You can use the modal verb "will" or the modal verb "might."
Pronunciation

Use this video to learn a stress pattern to show strong emotion with the modal "might."
New Words
  • candy - n. a sweet food made with sugar or chocolate
  • college - n. school that offers courses leading to a degree (such as a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree)
  • costume - n. the clothes that are worn by someone (such as an actor) who is trying to look like a different person or thing
  • dress - v. to put clothes on (yourself or someone else)
  • girlfriend - n. a woman with whom someone is having a romantic relationship
  • graduate - v. to earn a degree or diploma from a school, college, or university
  • Halloween - n. the night of October 31 when children dress up as ghosts, witches or monsters, and go to houses to ask for candy
  • journalism - n. the activity or job of collecting, writing, and editing news stories for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio
  • junior - n. US: a student in the third of four years in a high school or college
  • marry - v. to become the husband or wife of (someone) or to become joined with (someone) in marriage
  • might - modal. used to say that something is possible
  • mind - n. the part of a person that thinks, reasons, feels, and remembers
  • rock star - n. a person who plays a kind of popular music with a strong beat that is played on instruments that are made louder electronically
  • think - v. to form or have (a particular thought) in your mind
  • trick - n. something that causes confusion or that makes something seem different from what it actually is
  • trick-or-treat - expression. a custom on Halloween in which children knock on people's doors and say “trick or treat” when the doors are opened to ask for candy
  • wedding - n. a ceremony at which two people are married to each other
Activity

What do you think about your future? Where might you live and work in five years? What might happen in your life? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice talking about the important things that happen in our lives. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
 
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