Conversation Lesson 37
 
 
 
 
Lesson 37 - Let's Agree to Disagree

In this lesson Anna meets a new friend. Phil is new to Washington, D.C. and he feels lost in the city. Anna asks him to make the city a friendlier place.
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Lesson Video

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

Anna: You know, I am from the country and sometimes I miss it. But I really like life in the city! I love the city. Oh, look. Someone lost a bag. Maybe it's theirs. Excuse me. Is this bag yours?
Dr. Jill: No. It's not mine. It might be hers.
Anna: Excuse me. Is this bag yours?
Sarah: No. It's not mine. It might be his.
Anna: Thank you. Hello. Is this bag yours?
Phil: Yes, that's mine. These are all my travel things. Thank you, thank you!
Anna: Are you okay? You seem ... nervous.
Phil: Well, this is my first visit to Washington, D.C. I'm from a small town in the country. I feel a little lost.
Anna: I am from the country too! And I understand. When I first came here, I felt lost ... all the time.
Phil: So, do you like living in the country or in the city?
Anna: I like to live in the city.
Phil: Why?
Anna: The city is exciting! It has more culture than the country. There are many museums and restaurants. Every night, there is theater and music. And, there are more jobs. That is why I'm here.
Phil: Well, I agree. There is more culture in the city and there might be more jobs. But the country has more nature! It's peaceful and beautiful. There are more trees and mountains. The air is clean. You can go hiking and camping. The city is not beautiful. It's noisy and dirty.
Anna: I disagree. I think all the different buildings are beautiful. And I like to watch all the different people.
Phil: That's another thing that is different. People in the country are friendly. They always say "hello!" Here, no one says "hello." I think city people are rude.
Anna: Well, I agree. Country people are friendly. But I don't think city people are rude. I think they're just busy.
Phil: That's a good point.
Anna: Look at me. I live in the city and I said "hello" to you.
Phil: But you are from the country.
Anna: I have an idea. Let's say "hello!" to people -- to many people!
Phil: What? Why?
Anna: Well, if we say "hello," maybe they will say "hello" to other people ... Hello!
Phil: ... and they will say "hello" to more people! That's a great idea! I'm glad you found my bag.
Anna: Come on. Let's go say "hello" to people.
Anna: We don't have to agree with people. They have their opinions. We have ours. And as we like to say, you can always agree to disagree! Until next time...! Hello!
Listening

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

Use this video to earn the new words for this lesson. Then, learn how to give a reason when you say your opinion.
Pronunciation

Use this video to learn how to pronounce possessive pronouns.
New Words
  • agree - v. to have the same opinion
  • dirty - adj. not clean
  • disagree - v. to have a different opinion
  • friendly - adj. acting like a friend or kind and helpful
  • nature - n. the physical world and everything in it that is not made by people
  • noisy - adj. making a lot of loud or unpleasant noise
  • opinion - n. a belief, judgment, or way of thinking about something
  • peaceful - adj. quiet and calm or without noise
  • rude - adj. not polite
Activity

What is the best place to live? Tell us about where you live now or where you want to live. Be sure you give a reason for your opinion. Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice sharing opinions. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
 
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