Conversation Lesson 39
 
 
 
 
Lesson 39 - It’s Unbelievable!

In this lesson Anna sees an ad for a hair product on television. Her friend Pete is in the ad, so she believes that the product is a good one. She learns that she cannot believe everything she sees in television ads.
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Lesson Video

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

Anna: Hello! Winter weather in Washington, D.C. can be really windy. And wind messes up my hair. It is really windy today. Look at my hair. Will it be windy this weekend? I’ll listen to the news. I am tired of my untidy hair.
Pete: Are you tired of your untidy hair?
Anna: Yes. Yes, I am. And it’s … uncomfortable.
Pete: Is it … uncomfortable?
Anna: Yes. Yes, it is! Hey, is that … Pete?
Pete: Hi. I’m Pete. And I have the perfect product for you -- Hair Be Good!
Pete: Just spray Hair Be Good on your hair … wrap in a towel … and you are done! Hair Be Good works and it’s inexpensive. One can costs only $10! So, go online and order your Hair Be Good today!
Anna: Hair Be Good sounds perfect! And I can trust Pete! I am buying some right now. Okay, I will order one can of Hair Be Good for $10. I’ll pay with a credit card. My delivery will arrive in 2 days. Awesome!
Anna: It arrived! I'll use it before I go to work. Okay, Hair Be Good, make my untidy hair tidy! No, make it … fabulous!
Amelia: Hi, Anna.
Anna: Hello, Amelia!
Amelia: Anna, you look … different.
Anna: Thanks! I used a new product called Hair Be Good.
Amelia: Well, it’s not.
Anna: It’s not what?
Amelia: Good. Your hair does not look good.
Anna: Oh, no! This is not good.
Amelia: Why don’t you go home and take care of … this.
Anna: Good idea.
Pete: Hi, Anna!
Anna: Hello, Pete.
Pete: Is something wrong?
Anna: This is wrong!
Pete: What did you do to your hair?
Anna: Hair Be Good did this to my hair.
Pete: Ah, you bought it!
Anna: Yes, I bought it. You said in your ad it was a perfect product. This is not perfect. This is imperfect!
Pete: It’s unbelievable!
Anna: I believed your ad, Pete. It was dishonest!
Pete: Anna, you don’t believe everything you see in ads, do you?
Anna: No, Pete. Just the ones with my friends.
Pete: Your hair will be okay. Just wash it ... a couple of times.
Anna: Thanks. Thanks a lot, Pete! Here, here's your product! You should call it "Hair Be Really Bad!" Until next time, Pete! Till next time.
Listening

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

In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn about using negative prefixes with adjectives.
Pronunciation

Use this video to learn about the pronunciation of the words "comfortable" and "uncomfortable."
New Words
  • can - n. a closed metal container that is usually shaped like a cylinder and that holds food, drink, or other liquids
  • delivery - n. something that is taken to a person or place or something that is delivered
  • dishonest - adj. not honest: such as saying or likely to say things that are untrue
  • imperfect - adj. having mistakes or problems or not perfect
  • fabulous - adj. very good
  • inexpensive - adj. low in price or not expensive
  • order - v. to place an order for (something): such as to request (something) from a company
  • product - n. something that is made or grown to be sold or used
  • spray - v. to put a stream of small drops of liquid on (someone or something)
  • tidy - adj. clean and organized or not messy
  • towel - n. a piece of cloth used for drying things
  • unbelievable - adj. difficult or impossible to believe
  • uncomfortable - adj. causing a feeling of physical or mental discomfort
  • untidy - adj. not neat or clean
  • wrap - v. to cover (something) by winding or folding a piece of material around it
Activity

In this lesson, Anna believed an ad she saw on television. It was not a good decision. Do you believe the ads you see on television? Why or why not? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice talking about ads. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
 
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