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Practicing Small Talk

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Listen to listen and read read  this conversation two people
have at a bus stop.

Picture of an bus stop

At the Bus Stop

A.   Isn’t this a beautiful day?
B.   Yes, the temperature is perfect.
A.   I love this time of year.
B.   I do too. The fall colors are great.
A.   They sure are. But I heard that it might rain this weekend.
B.   Really!?! That’s okay because I have to work. I’m a nurse.
A.   My family is planning on taking a hike this weekend.
B.   Well, then, I hope you can do that.
A.   Thanks. Have a good day.
B.   You too. Bye.

Before you record this conversation, click here to work with it.

Recording: Look for the Audacity icon audacity icon  on your desktop.
Double click on it to record this conversation.

Listen to listen and read read  this conversation about a dog.

Picture of an Akita

Out for a Walk

C.   What a beautiful dog!
D.   Thanks. She’s really great.
C.   What kind of a dog is she?
D.   She’s an Akita.
C.   I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before.
D.   They are a Japanese breed.
C.   Are they good with children?
D.   Not really. They like only well-behaved kids.
C.   Since I have young children, Akitas would not be good for me.
D.   Well, we need to continue our walk.
C.   Thanks for telling me about your dog.
D.   You’re welcome. Bye.

Before you record this conversation, click here to work with it.

Recording: Look for the Audacity icon audacity icon  on your desktop.
Double click on it to open the voice recording program.

Listen to listen and read read  this conversation two students
have in class.

Picture of students talking

New at School

E.   Hi. Are you new to this class?
F.   Yes. Today is my first day.
E.   Welcome. My name is Mario.
F.   It’s nice to meet you. My name is Gloria.
E.   Where are you from?
F.   I’m from Venezuela. How about you?
E.   I’m from Italy. How long have you been in the US?
F.   I’ve been here for 5 months. How about you?
E.   I’ve been here for 18 months.
F.   You must like it here then?
E.   Yes, I do. I’ve had many job opportunities.
F.   That’s great.
E.   I’ll talk to you during the break.
F.   That would be nice.

Before you record this conversation, click here to work with it.

Recording: Look for the Audacity icon audacity icon  on your desktop.
Double click on it to record this conversation.

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