Conversation Topics for English Learners: Having Things Done

You can’t do everything yourself. If you need a car fixed, you go to a mechanic. If you need a vaccine, you go to a doctor. If you need food, you go to a grocer. Today’s conversation topic for English learners is “Having Things Done”. Imagine yourself in Los Angeles, California, speaking English, and participating in conversations in English about having things done. What would you say? What would others say? Here are a few suggestions:
— Your car breaks down on the highway. Since you have no phone, you walk to the nearest exit and find a car shop. What would you say? What would the mechanic say?
— You have a stain on your favorite shirt and want to take it out, so you go to the neighborhood dry cleaners. What would you talk about with the dry cleaners sales person?
— You’re organizing a party and you want to have a barbeque outside. You need lots of meat for grilling, so you go to the meat department at your favorite supermarket. What would you ask the butcher? What would the butcher tell you?
A lot of conversations in English are about getting things done. Think about these examples as well as make-up examples of your own. Practice makes perfect, when it comes to learning English.

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