Lesson 1.5.3 – American English Lessons With Maestro Sersea

Welcome to Year 1, Week 5, Lesson 1.5.3. Today we will work on your English conversation and reading skills. We begin dialogues 13-15 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 13: Health

  • Jane: I hear you’ve been ill.
  • Cathy: Well, I had the flu for a couple of weeks, but I’m  fine now.
  • Jane: You’re looking well. By the way, did you hear about  Mrs. Jackson?
  • Cathy: No, What about her?
  • Jane: She had such a bad case of the flu that they had to  take her to the hospital.
  • Cathy: Oh, I’m sorry to hear that!

Dialog 14: Sports

  • Phil: Say, what’s your favorite sport?
  • Jack: Hmmm… it’s hard to say. I like golf a lot—but I guess I like tennis better.
  • Phil: Do you play much tennis?
  • Jack: Yes, quite a bit. How about a game sometime?
  • Phil: Sorry. I’m strictly a spectator —football, baseball, basketball, golf…I watch them all.

Dialog 15: Asking Directions

Street noises

  • Marilyn: Excuse Me. Could you tell me which way Dobson’s bookstore is?
  • Nancy: Yes, it’s that way. You go two blocks, then turn left. It’s on the corner opposite the post office.
  • Marilyn: Thanks I’ve only been in town a few days, so I really don’t know my way around yet.
  • Nancy: Oh, I know how you feel. We moved here a year ago, and I still don’t know where everything is.

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.

34 thoughts on “Lesson 1.5.3 – American English Lessons With Maestro Sersea”

  1. Hello, I’m Nelson.
    In this lesson we use the Present Perfect Tense. These are some sentences in the lesson:
    I hear you’ve been ill.
    I’ve only been in town few days.
    In both case the action is still happening in the moment when the person is talking.
    Good lesson.
    Thanks.
    Note: these audios are very good to improve the listening skill.

  2. Hello,

    Mongi

    lesson 1.5.3

    dialogue 13 : There are two people suffring from an acute flu, and one of those two patients was hopitalized.

    Dialogue 14 : What I learned from this this dialog is there are two friends talking about different sports game and asking each other on their favorite team or player.

    Dialogue 15 : there is someone who asks people to show him the way Dobson’s bookstore because he is new in the town and he can’t go there by himself.

    thank you

    warm regards

  3. Hello teacher,
    These lessons are about health, Sport and direction as the same last lessons.
    Thank you for the awesome lessons.

      1. Good lesson,now i know how to discuss with others about health,sport and how to asking directions.
        Thinks maestro

  4. Hello, this is Wilber from Nicaragua.
    These are new words/expressions to me:
    quite a bit
    spectator
    to know the way around
    faster/ slower pace

  5. Dialogue 13
    Jane and Cathy were toking about the flu.Cathy had the flu and she is feeling well now.
    They olso talked about a mrs. Jackson whu had a bed case od the flu and was hospitalized.
    Dialogue 14
    We read about conversation between two friends whu talked about sports.
    They talked about which games they like to play,also which games they like to watch.
    Dialogue 15
    Marilyn asked Nancy to telo her the way to Dobson’s bookstore.Nency told her to go down the street and after the secend block turn left and there is a Dobson’s bookstore on the corner across from the post office.They were stil talking about how long they had lived there and that they don’t really know the place well.
    Good lesson Thank you very much.

  6. Hello, teacher!
    In this lesson I have learned how to use the Present Perfect Tense, the Past Tense, the present CONTINUES.
    Also I have learned new words and new phrases like :
    She had such a bad case of the flu that they had to take her to the hospital.
    By the way.
    quite a bit. How about a game sometime.
    Thank you so much!

    faster/ slower pace

  7. Hello Maestro Sersea, I just have a doubt.
    In dialog 13, I think the correct form is use the expression in past simple tense and not in present simple tense:
    I heard (not I hear) you’ve been ill.
    Could you clarify this for me please?

    1. I hear you’ve been ill is correct. You get the information now about something that happened in the past – makes sense. Your option makes sense as well. 🙂

  8. Very simple dialogues but they express the structure of the English Idiom. The dialogues are right to the point. We, foreigners, are afraid to guess how they talk and ask questions but the use are the same all over the world. We should get to understand the collocations americans use to express their interests about the things they’re looking for.
    Thanks Mr. Sersea

  9. Dialogue 13 : Jane and Cathy are talking about their physical condition. But Cathy is fine now. Jane informed that Mrs. Jackson had a bad case . She had to take hospital.
    Dialogue 14 : Phil and Jake are discussing about sports. Jake likes golf and tennis. He is a strictly spectator of some games. But Phil knows how to play tennis.
    Dialogue 15 : Marilyn is a new comer in this town. So, she does not know the way of around yet. Nancy moved here a year ago. But she still does not where everything is .

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