Conversation Lesson 46
 
 
 
 
Lesson 46 - May I Borrow That?

In this lesson Anna finds out it's Marsha's birthday. She wants to give her a present. But she does not have much money. What will she do?
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Lesson Video

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

Anna: Have a nice day at work Marsha!
Marsha: You too, Anna. Oh, wait. Do you have pen and paper I can borrow?
Anna: Of course.
Marsha: We are meeting at this restaurant tonight.
Anna: What is happening tonight?
Marsha: Today is my birthday. We are celebrating at 7pm tonight. Did you forget?
Anna: Sorry, Marsha! I gotta go! See you later!
Marsha: Don't forget! Tonight … 7pm!
Anna: I forgot Marsha’s birthday! And I don’t get my paycheck until next week. I know. I'll make her a gift. I’ll just have to borrow a couple of things.
Anna: Amelia, may I borrow your stapler?
Amelia: Sure. I can lend you my stapler, Anna. But please return it. It’s my favorite stapler.
Anna: You can trust me. I understand. One time, I loaned my stapler to the wrong person.
Anna: Thanks, Amelia.
Amelia: Don’t mention it. Bye, stapler!
Anna: Jonathan! Can I borrow your scissors?
Jonathan: Oh! Hi, Anna! What’re you doing?
Anna: Can I borrow your scissors? Sorry to bother you.
Jonathan: Yes, I can lend them to you, but you must return them. These scissors -- they are the sharpest scissors in the office. Watch.
Anna: Wow, those are sharp. I will be very careful.
Jonathan: Okay.
Anna: And I’ll bring them back tomorrow.
Jonathan: Good.
Anna: Thank you.
Jonathan: You're welcome.
Anna: Happy Birthday, Marsha! (gives Marsha a gift)
Marsha: Thanks, Anna! I love birthday gifts! Anna, it is … interesting. What is it?
Anna: Well, I know you love hats. And you need office supplies. So, this is your own office supply hat!
Marsha: Wow! That is a lot of office supplies!
Anna: Many people loaned or shared their supplies with me. Some people really love their office supplies. It has paper, pens, tape, erasers, rubber bands, binder clips, paper clips, and a light!
Marsha: What is the balloon for?
Anna: The balloon will help your friends find you. Let’s try it! You get a seat in the restaurant - I will find you!
Anna: Sometimes all the money in the world can’t buy the perfect gift. Until 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 how to talk about borrowing or lending.
Pronunciation

Use this video to practice the pronunciation of words that end with an "r" sound in American English.
New Words
  • borrow - v. to take and use (something that belongs to someone else) for a period of time before returning it
  • bring back - phrasal verb. to return with (something or someone)
  • celebrate - v. to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion or holiday
  • gift - n. something that is given to another person
  • lend - v. to give (something) to (someone) to be used for a period of time and then returned
  • loan - v. to give (something) to (someone) for a period of time
  • mention - v. to talk or write about something or someone in a brief way
  • don't mention it - used to answer someone who has just thanked you for something
  • paycheck - n. the money that you regularly earn
  • sharp - adj. having a thin edge that is able to cut things
  • supplies - n. [plural] : things (such as food, equipment, fuel, and so on) that are needed for a particular purpose
Activity

In this lesson, Anna makes a gift for her friend Marsha. Did you ever make a gift for a friend or a family member? What was it? How did you make it? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice talking about borrowing and lending office supplies. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
 
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