Lesson 1.7.2 – American English Listening With Maestro Sersea

Welcome to Year 1, Week 7, Lesson 1.7.2. Today we will work on your English listening and reading comprehension via 3 of our Conversation Topics for English Learners activities.

Part 1: Directions: Watch the video, read the text below, then translate the text in your primary language and read it again.

If you were to have an all-paid vacation, where would you go? What would you do? Today’s Conversation Topic for English Learners is: “Taking a Vacation”. Imagine you’re having a conversation about vacations in English. What would you say? What would others say? Here are a few suggestions:
— You’re at work and you’re feeling tired. You’re thinking about getting a vacation so you could relax and reinvigorate. You decide to ask your boss for a vacation. What would you say to your boss? What would your boss say to you?
— You’re at home, talking with your family about organizing a family vacation to Cancun, Mexico. What would you tell your family? What would your family tell you?
— You’re on vacation at a mountain resort. There’s lots of snow and you’re planning to go skiing with your friends. What would you tell your friends? What would your friends tell you?
Vacations are wonderful experiences when you plan them and go to places you desire to visit. Where would you like to go on vacation?

Part 2: Directions: Watch the video, read the text below, then translate the text in your primary language and read it again.

Yes, we have to eat food to survive, but who doesn’t like food? What kind of food do you like to eat? Do you like to prepare your own meals? Today’s Conversation Topic for English Learners is “Recipes”. Do you know any cooking recipes you’d like to share? Imagine having a conversation in English discussing cooking recipes. What would you say? What would others say? Here are a few suggestions:
— You’re watching a cooking channel on television with your room mate. You see a show about a recipe you want to try. What would you say? What would your room mate say?
— You’re in the kitchen and don’t see any prepared food in the refrigerator. You ask your mother if you could work together on a baked chicken recipe she knows. What would you ask your mother? What would your mother respond?
— You are taking a cooking class because you need to learn how to cook your own meals. The teacher is a chef with lots of experience preparing food in restaurants. What would you ask your cooking teacher? What would your teacher respond?
Many people learn recipes from their families so they can cook them themselves. Some people learn new recipes from recipe books. Do you know many cooking recipes? Which ones?

Part 3: Directions: Watch the video, read the text below, then translate the text in your primary language and read it again. Finally, add a comment about what you learned from Parts 1, 2, and 3 in the comments section below.

Most people talk about the weather. They either appreciate it, complain about it, or wonder when it might change. Today’s Conversation Topic for English Learners is “Weather”. Imagine you participate in different conversations in English about the weather. What would you say about the weather? What would others say? Here are a few suggestions:
— It’s raining heavily and you forgot an umbrella. You go into a store and ask to buy an umbrella and remark on the weather outside. What would you say? What would the store salesperson say?
— You’re at the beach, and laying in the sand. The sun is hot and you spark a conversation with a woman nearby about the hot weather. What would you say? How would the woman respond?
— You live in Florida, United States of America, and a police officer just knocked at your door and asked you to evacuate due to an upcoming hurricane. You are worried and share the news with your family. What would you tell your family? What would your family say?
Not all weather is dangerous, but it is important to always be aware of the weather where you live. Do you get your weather news from television, radio, or the internet?

22 thoughts on “Lesson 1.7.2 – American English Listening With Maestro Sersea”

  1. Good morning.
    I wish I could leave my routine and travel fall away to other countries where the weather could be cold, in mine it is warm. I haven’t traveled for along time. Maybe in one of those travel I learn new recipes.
    Nelson from Vzla.

  2. Hellove,


    Good morning

    I’m from Tunisia and the weather here is almost warm, I want to travel to America where it is cold in winter.
    The travel is always interesting for me, it improves my understanding and makes me more tolerant and more smart.
    The travel allows me to taste amazing food. A local dish from another country is always delicious.

    Thank you for your precious correction.


  3. Hello
    I am Albertine
    I learned many vocabularies about food, vocation and weather.
    In my country, it is always the same; we always cook our tradition food, many people don’t like vocation and weather is always the same.
    I can experience the difference when I travel to Europe or USA, but here in Rwanda, it is the same. No change
    Best wishes

  4. I’m Danijela from Serbia
    Part 1. Boss sorry i’m feel pretty tried. Can i get seven days off.Yes of course.Are you traveling somewhe? Yes i’m going to Sardinija in Italy.
    Oh great, i wish you pleasent vacation. Thank you very much boos.
    – Mom,dad can we go on vacation Cancun Mexico? Oh great idea.We never hadn’t been there beafore.It will nice experience for us.There are certainly many interesting things to see. Will we travel by plane?Yes of course.Great.
    – I’m on on vacation on the mountain Kopaonik with my friend.There is a lot of snow here.This is a beautiful resort with lots of hotels,restaurants and cafes.This is a beautiful area.There is a good ski resort here.Friends will we go skiing after we drinking tea? Yes we will go on the skiing.Great, We will injoy.
    Part 2. I and my room mate are watching cooking channel.We’re just watching a dish being prepared that we like lot.Mirjana i wrote this recipe and tonight i will preparing that dish for us for dinner.Oh great,can i help you?Yes of course
    -Mom can we prepare chicken for lunch together?Yes of course.I like chicken stuffed with cheese and spinach rolled in parmesan.A sade dish we can put grilled vegetables.
    – Theacher can you giv me a recipe for some delicious dish?I want to preapare for dinner for my family.I want suprise them.Yes of course it’s nise gesture.
    Part 3. Sorry ,do you have umbrellas?I want to buy one.It’s raining outside and i don’t bring an umbrella.Yes what color do you want? I’ll buy grey.
    -It’s very hot today. Yes it is. I would like take a cold drink at the bar.Do you want one?Yes Thank you.
    – Mom,dad policeman told us we have to evacuate because upcoming hurricane.It’s scary.Where are we going? We have to go to the shelter.
    Good lesson hat always makes me so happy.
    Thank you very much Maestro Sersea.

    1. Good job, Danijela. Corrections: 1. remember that I and I’m are always capitalized. 2. spelling: pleasant, boss, side, give, prepare, nice. 🙂

  5. Do you like to prepare your own meals?
    Yes, I do. I think it is safer for our health cooking our own meal.

    I will share a recipe for a food that I learned from an aunt on my mother’s side and I prepared a few days ago: pasta salad recipe.

    Firstly, in a large recipient boil enough water along with a small spoon of salt; Add conchiglie pasta and stir well; Boil for 12 minutes. Drain off the cooked pasta and pour cold water.

    In a large pan heat olive oil or margarine along with 2 clove garlic (finely chopped), add onion (finely chopped) and cook for 1 minute; add a small carrot (finely chopped), add sweet corn and a small capsicum (finely chopped); fry for 2 minutes.

    Add 1/4 cup water (leftover pasta water); add 6 large spoons mayonnaise; add salt to taste and two small spoon of mixed herbs. Mix well, keep the flame on low; avoid boiling; add boiled pasta and mix well. Enjoy.

    Wilber (with the help of the internet)

  6. Hello, teacher!
    I/1-Boss, sorry I’m very tired. I would like to get a week off so I could relax and reinvigorate
    -Yes, of course.
    -Thanks for your aproval.
    – I wish you pleasant vacation.
    -I wish you have a nice day.
    I/2 -it’s a good idea that we to go on vacation to Cancun, Mexico. It is a significant tourist destination. Will we travel by plane?
    Of course.
    -Great. How long the trip take ?
    it ‘s about two hours.
    -How much does average sea temperature go there?
    Im sorry, I don’t know. You can watch it online.
    I/3 There are a good resort here. Would you like to go skiing today?
    Yes, of course.
    II/1Anna, can you to take a photo of that recipe we’re watching because I want to prepare it. Do you like to prepare it?
    -Yes I can. Here is the photo of the recipe. It’s very delicious. it ‘s a tradition recipe. It is very healthy. My mother make it often. I can help you to prepare this recipe together.
    Ok, let’s start working.
    II/2 Mam, there aren’t any prepared food in the refrigerator.
    Could we prepare together on a baked chicken recipe you knows ?
    -Yes, of course.
    How long it will take for the chicken to cook?
    -it ‘s about two hours.
    Mam I’m hungry…
    -…The baked chicken was ready.
    Mmmm…this is delicious
    II/3 Teacher, can you to teach me how to prepare some special recipes for my sister’s birthday.
    -Yes , of course. Let’s start working.
    Thank you a lot!
    III/1 Sorry , do you have umbrellas ? It’s raining heavily and I forgot the umbrella. I want to buy an umbrella.
    -Yes, here them are. what color do you like it ?
    I like to buy a yellow ombrella.
    -Here it is.
    How is It?
    -it is $ 4.
    Thank you!
    III/2 it’s very hot today. The sand is very hot and I can’t stand it. I would like to go to this nearby bar to drink a cold drink. Do you want to come me?
    -Yes, I want.
    III/3Mam, the police has asked us to evacuate due to an upcoming hurricane. its dangerous. – Don’t worry Mam.
    -Where are you go ?
    We have to go to the shelter.

    Thank you very much, Maestro Sersea!

    1. Eta, good job here. Here are a few corrections: “… How long will the trip take? … What’s the average temperature there? … There are some good resorts there… It’s a traditional recipe. … My mother makes it often… We can prepare the recipe together… Can we prepare a baked chicken recipe? … I forgot my umbrella… Do you want to come with me? … Where are you going?…

  7. PART 1.Taking a vacation.
    1.1- At work.
    (me) Good morning boss, can I speak to you?
    (Boss) Good morning. Tell me, what can I do for you?
    (me) boss, I’ve been feeling very tired and lastely I need relaxing and reinvigorate. So, I decided ask for vacation.
    (Boss) sure, but I need you finish your program before it.

    1.2- At home…
    (me) Summer is coming and we must organiza family vacations in time. We have a week to do it.
    (Family) Ok. Let’s first determine how much of us will participate. Then we can plan and make reservations at a hotel in Cancun near the beaches.

    1.3 At a mountain resort.
    (me) I made reservations at the mountain resort for five day and four nights. In addition to ski equipments, what other supplies and implements should we bring
    (They) well, we should bring foods only for dinner. We will have breadfast and lunch outside.
    2.1- Watching a cooking channel.
    (me) hey folks, I’d like to make that chicken recipe for lunch, tomorrow. Who is encouraged to prepare it with me?
    (Friend 1) Sorry, I can’t. I have to make lunch the day after tomorrow.
    (Friend 2) well, I could but only if you prepare my pasta bolgnese recipe with me on my next turn
    (me) Ok, I will. It’s a deal, yeah!
    2.2- In the kitchen…
    (me) mom, there is no prepared food in the refrigerator. How about we make your baked chicken recipe for lunch, couldn’t you?
    (mom) Good idea. Let’s go to the supermarket to buy the ingredients.
    2.3- In the cooking class
    (me) Teacher a question. I just need to learn how to cook my own foods. I’m not thinking of working in a restaurant. Would I really need to take this course? or is another type of course, more oriented to preparing homemade food better?
    (Teacher) the basics tecniques are the same although the porpose are differents. So, if you can’t make your own food you won’t be able to work in a restaurant.

    3.1- it’s raining heavily…
    (me) oh my God! it’s raining very hard outside. I better buy an umbrella. Please, could you show me ones that be economical, good and practical?
    (Salesperson) Sure, come with me. This is the one you need. It’s comfortable, good, pretty and very cheap. It’s suitable to always carry it with you.
    3.1- At the beach.
    (me) Today is a good sunny and warm beach day, isn’t it?
    (woman) It’s very nice. let’s enjoy it. I suggest you to use sunscreen.
    3.2- …an upcoming hurricane
    (me) A policeman came to visit us to warn us that a hurricane is approaching.
    (Family) oh, how long do we have. We must to picking up our belongings.

  8. Part 1 Taking a vacation

    Situation 1 : Excuse me Sir. Here is the last appointment, a meeting with a company during these week days. By the way, may I ask you to give me a couple of days off so that I can take a vacation. I am feeling very tired and I am fed up with daily’s modernized environment. I need to go somewhere to reinvigorate myself. (me)
    Why not? If I have a chance, I will do like you. I can give you about two days. Enjoy your two-day vacation. (Boss)
    Situation 2 : Mom, is there any plan to go somewhere this summer? If there is nothing, I would suggest you to go Cancun, Maxico. (Me)
    What a coincidence! You father has also asked me to go there last night. I told him that I would ask you about this. Now, we are sure to go there during your vacation. (Mom)
    Situation 3 : I feel I am on the top of the world. How amazing the mountain scenery is! I get much fresh air amidst the green mountain ranges. I forget all the tiredness and I feel very thankful to my Boss and my family.

    Part 2 Recipes
    Situation 1 : Hey Melody, this is a show how to cook our traditional food, Mohingha. Pls help by noting some points around me. I have a plan to try this tomorrow. I will also invite Daisy and Luis to taste and try it. (Me)
    Of course, you know I have never had it before. So I am also interested in preparing it and I will help you.
    Situation 2 : Oh no, there is nothing to eat in the fridge! I am so hungry that I can eat a tiger. Please Mom, could you give me some guidance on how to prepare baked chicken? (Me)
    OK, pls note what I say carefully and try to prepare it. I will be around you while you are doing it. (Mom)
    Situation 3 : I am very lucky to learn cooking from you. I have tried many times to cook like you from the recipes you’ve published but in vain. What a shame I couldn’t do anything. (Me)
    I grant you that you can cook everywhere and every time when you finish my training. But be sure that you will not be absent during the training.

    Part 3 Weather
    Situation 1 : What a heavy rain outside! I have forgot to take an umbrella for the sun was shining when I left. Can I get an umbrella? (Me)
    Please follow me, which one you would like? (Salesperson)
    Ah, I want to get a white light one which can cope with ultra sunlight. (Me)
    Ok, here is the one you want. This is very suitable for both rain and the shiny sun.

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