Lesson 1.4.3 — English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

Welcome to Year 1, Week 4, Lesson 1.4.3. Today we will work on your English conversation and reading skills. We begin dialogues 10-12 from our English course, American English Conversations 1. Designed for beginners, these dialogues help English Learners improve their comprehension and communication skills. You’re encouraged to read along and pronounce together with the video below. Once you finish, don’t forget to share what you’ve learned via the comments section below.

PART 1 — DIRECTIONS: Read the dialogues below in English, then translate them and read them in your primary language.

Dialog 10: A Crowded Theater

(Theater murmur)

  • Bob: Excuse me, is this seat taken?
  • Larry: No. it isn’t.
  • Bob: Would you mind moving over one, so my friend and I can sit together?
  • Larry: No, not at all.
  • Bob: Thanks a lot.

Dialog 11: Mistakes

  • Bruce: Where did John go?
  • Laura: He went to the drugstore. (Pause)
  • Bruce: To the bookstore?
  • Laura: No, I said he went to the drugstore.
  • Bruce: Oh, I misunderstood you. I thought you said bookstore.
  • Laura: How could you make a mistake like that? Weren’t you paying attention?

Dialog 12: Games

  • George: Say, Joe, do you play bridge?
  • Joe: No, I don’t play any card games. But I know how to play chess. How about you, George?
  • George: Well, I happen to be one of the best chess players around.
  • Joe: 0.K. Let’s play, then. We’ll see who’s the best.

PART 2 — DIRECTIONS: Watch, read-along, and pronounce with the video below a minimum of 2-3 times. After you finish, let us know what you learned via the comments section below.

51 thoughts on “Lesson 1.4.3 — English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

  1. Good evening.
    “I happen to be” is a new expression to me. So I can use that in others sentences.
    For example: I happen to be a skilled with math. Or, I happen to be your best friends.
    “Would you mind” is a expresion useful when we want ask a favor.
    For example: Would you mind turn off the light? I need to sleep. Or, would you mind wake up me early in the morning?
    Thank you for this lesson.

    1. Well, in this lesson I’ve found new words and expressions but I think that the most important is that this lesson help us having better our pronunciation and speakig.
      Thanks a lot.

  2. Hello, Maestro Sersea,
    Thank you so much. It is wonderful lesson.
    I never heard before the expression”I happen to be” and ” moving over one”.
    Best regards,

  3. I learned the proper response and how to say some situations in a proper way! I can also start a conversation with others.

  4. Hello,
    I learned some new words that I can to use in communication in different situations.
    Listening and repeating means a lot to me because of pronunciation.
    Thank you so much.

    1. Snezana,
      I appreciate all the hard work you put into our class. This class will last 5 years and will become much more challenging with time that passes. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  5. Hello,


    Thank you for everything

    I listened and repeatrd the conversation video many times where I found the dialogues were clearly pronouced and easy to understand. A lesson from what I learned new words i could use in communication with people everywhere I’m going.

    Best regards

    1. Hello
      This is Albertine
      I am very glad to be part of this class.
      Today, I learnt new vocabulary that will help me to improve my communication in different situations.
      Listening and repeating with videos also helps me to improve my pronunciation, through listeningand comprehension.
      Thank you so much

  6. Hello
    I am glad to learn new vocabulary,
    that will help me to improve my communication in different situations.
    It also help me to listen and comprehend the use of some newe vocabulary.
    Thank you so much

  7. Hello teacher,
    in this lesson, I learned, how to respond to other people in many situations. I also learned new words that can help me to improve my conversation. I am so glad to attend the lessons with you step by step to develop my English skills and achieve my goals.

  8. hello greeting from Iraq
    good evening, a new expression to me, i ask more political (would you mind if i ——)for public place, also when i make mistake first thing i apologize and sorry of my expression and the end i want to live with people of all kind of love and peace may be in game all in party

    1. Hi, Hind. You might want to write in shorter sentences and capitalize the beginning of each sentence. What you wrote here is a bit unclear. Remember – 1 idea per sentence. 🙂

  9. Hello everyone. This is Wilber from Nicaragua.
    There were several new expressions and verbs for me:
    is this seat taken?
    I happen to be
    To move over
    I´m struggling with the pronunciation of “weren´t”. It looks easy, but when I play my recording, it just doesn´t sound the same like in the lesson. I´ll continue practicing. Thanks.

  10. Good lession that olways makes me so happy.
    Ireally like learning English lenguage.
    Thank you very much Maestro Sersea.

  11. Hello, I am Eta,
    In this lesson I learned new words and new phrase like:
    “I Happen to be ”
    Is this seat taken?
    Not at all
    “Would you mind ”
    as above can help me to improve conversation skills.
    Thank you!

  12. Hello, Maestro Elvis!
    My name is Maryia.
    Thank you for a lesson.
    The phrase “I happen to be” was really new for me

  13. Hi I am Dachraoui from Tunisia
    Today we learned some new words like ” I happen to be ” ( I happen to be the better bridge player in Tunisia ) . And we learned how to ask politely some questions . ( Would you mind give me the bread please )
    We learned also who to pronounce english in American way . In this lesson we improve our vocabulary and our prononciation.

  14. Hi
    I discovered the news words like:
    I misunderstood you
    Is it the difference between bookstore and library?

  15. Hello. I am Mhu Mhu from Myanmar. I got new words from this lesson. Thank you very much, sir.

  16. Hello, Maestro Sersea!
    Thanks a lot. It is amazing lesson.
    I never heard before the expression”I happen to be” and ” “Would you mind”.

  17. Hello, Maestro!
    I am heartily thank you, sir. I have learned very new expressions of “l happen to be,
    would you mind and moving over.” These are useful for me. I would like to write a sentence by using an expression of the” I happen to be.”
    I happen to be a good teacher like you, sir
    Best regards

  18. Hello. It is wounderful dialogue. I am enjoying this. “I happen to be” very fine expression. Thanks.

  19. Hello!
    Today, I learned about three conversations. I learned a lot. For example, would you mind moving over one and I happen to be …
    Thanks a lot..

  20. Hello! I’m Josaphat. I’m from Madagascar. Today I learned how to ask a free seat in a theater politely and then asking to someone to move over a new seat.

    Thank you!

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