Conversation Lesson 2
Lesson 2 - The Interview

In this lesson Ms. Weaver asks Anna to team up with a person who is different from her. Who will she find?
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Video Script

Anna: Ms. Weaver is giving new assignments out. I am ready to take on anything she gives me. Well, except reporting traffic from a helicopter. Wish me luck.
Professor Bot: I wonder what Anna’s new assignment will be? Professor Bot here! While you are watching, look for phrasal, or two-word verbs. Some stay together, like “go back” and some can come apart, like “give [assignments] out.” Good luck, Anna!
Ms. Weaver: So, as I said at the meeting last week, I have new assignments for everyone at The Studio. Anna, you're good at asking questions. So, I want you to go back to hosting and reporting.
Anna: That sounds great.
Ms. Weaver: You're also a team player. So, I want you team up with someone ...
Anna: That sounds even better!
Ms. Weaver: ... someone who is very "different" from you.
Anna: That sounds ... what do you mean "different"?
Ms. Weaver: Well, you are very cheerful, you're a people person. I want you to team up with someone who ... isn't.
Anna: Ms. Weaver, I will find that person.
Mimi: Excuse me. Are you using this chair?
Pete: Yes.
Anna: Pete, hi! Thanks for meeting me.
Pete: Sure. But I don’t have lots of time, Anna. I’m busy looking for work.
Anna: Pete, you can tear these want ads up and throw them away! I have good news!
Pete: Anna, I was working on that crossword puzzle.
Anna: Oh. Sorry. Sorry. Pete, forget about the crossword puzzle. I have a job offer for you!
Pete: I'm listening.
Anna: My boss wants me to team up with someone to host a talk show. But the person must be different from me. So, I thought of you.
Pete: Different from you? What do you mean?
Anna: I'm sorry, Pete, I don't have time right now. Here's my boss's address. Your interview is tomorrow morning at 10 am.
Pete: But what do you mean “different”?
Anna: Just be yourself, Pete. Just be yourself.
Professor Bot: Did you find any two-word verbs? Here’s one example. Pete can throw the wants ads away! Throw away is a two-word verb.
Ms. Weaver: Thanks for coming in, Pete.
Pete: Thanks for the opportunity, Ms. Weaver.
Ms. Weaver: I need to find out if you have the skills for this job. And I want you to be completely honest.
Pete: Okay.
Ms. Weaver: First, let's talk about your personal skills. Pete, are you a people person?
Pete: Well, okay, sometimes I think people talk too much.
Ms. Weaver: Pete, what work of yours are you most proud of?
Pete: Last year, I locked myself in a cabin and wrote a book. I didn't speak to anybody the entire time! It was the best two months of my life.
Ms. Weaver: Okay. I think I’ve heard enough.
Anna: Hey! Hey, Pete, how was the interview with Ms. Weaver?
Pete: Well, she said I was grumpy and not good with people.
Anna: And … ?
Pete: And, I got the job!
Anna: I knew it! Congratulations! Let's go celebrate.
Pete: Okay!
Professor Bot: Did you find more two-word verbs? Here is the list.

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
give out find out
take on tear up
go back throw away
team up come in
Two-part verbs
  • come in - phrasal verb. to enter a place
  • find out - phrasal verb. to learn (something) by making an effort
  • give out - phrasal verb. to give (something) to many people or to hand out (something)
  • go back to - phrasal verb. to return to a person, place, subject, or activity
  • take on - phrasal verb. to begin to deal with (something, such as a job or responsibility)
  • team up - phrasal verb. to join with someone to work together
  • tear up - phrasal verb. to completely destroy (something) by tearing it into pieces
  • throw away - phrasal verb. to put (something that is no longer useful or wanted) in a trash can, garbage can, rubbish bin
New Words
  • cabin - n. a small, simple house made of wood
  • cheery - adj. having or causing happy feelings
  • crossword puzzle - n. a puzzle in which words that are the answers to clues are written into a pattern of numbered squares that go across and down
  • grumpy - adj. easily annoyed or angered, having a bad temper or complaining often
  • helicopter - n. an aircraft that can stay in the air without moving forward and that has metal blades that turn around on its top
  • host - v. to talk to guests on a television or radio show
  • offer - n. the act of giving someone the opportunity to accept something
  • lock - v. to fasten (something) with a lock
  • people person - n. a person who enjoys or is particularly good at interacting with others
  • personal skills - n. (interpersonal skills) the skills used by a person to interact with others properly
  • team player - n. someone who cares more about helping a group or team to succeed than about his or her individual success
  • want ad - n. a notice in a newspaper, magazine, or website that lets people know about something that you want to buy or sell or a job that is available
  • wish me luck - expression. asks someone to say that they hope you will have success
Source: Voice of America
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