Lesson 1.9.2 – American English Lessons With Maestro Sersea

Welcome to Year 1, Week 9, Lesson 1.9.2. 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.

Shopping happens everywhere on Earth. If you want to shop, you need to communicate. Imagine you’re in San Francisco, in the United States of America, and you’re having conversations in English about shopping. What would you say? What would others say to you? Here are a few suggestions:
— You’re at a shoe store, and you find a pair of shoes you like, but can’t find your shoe size. What would you say to the shoe salesperson? What would the salesperson say to you?
— You’re at the world famous Ghirardelli store in San Francisco. You want to buy some chocolate for your family, but you don’t know what to choose. What would you ask the salesperson? What would the salesperson say to you?
— You’ve been saving money and doing lots of research on new cars. You know the carmaker, the model, and the color of the car you want to buy. What would you tell the car salesperson? What would the car salesperson tell you?
Shopping in the United States of America can be a pleasant experience when you communicate clearly and effectively in English. What would you buy right now if you had money to spend?

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

Most people depend on transportation to go to work, go to school, go shopping, or go on vacation. Today’s conversation topic is “Transportation”. Imagine you’re in an English speaking country where you need to have conversations about transportation. What would you do? What would you say? What would others say to you? Here are a few suggestions:
— You’re trying to get on a public bus, but you need to pay your bus fare first. What would you say to the bus driver? What would the bus driver say to you?
— You’re on a train on your vacation. You’re admiring the views and share your thoughts with others in your cabin. What would you say? What would the other travelers say?
— Your car doesn’t start and you have a big job interview in one hour. You call a taxi company. What would you say? What would the taxi company receptionist say?
Since so many of us have to travel large distances, we all need dependable transportation. What modes of transportation do you use?

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.

Have you ever compared two things at once and made a decision to pick the best choice? Today’s conversation topic is “Comparing.” Imagine you’re having a conversation about comparing different choices. What would you say? What would others say to you? Here are a few suggestions:
— You’re at school and your final exam grades just got posted on the wall. You compare your grades with one of your colleagues. What would you say? What would your colleague say?
— You’re at a store shopping for shirts with your best friend. You both found shirts you like and are comparing them? What would you say? What would your best friend say?
— You’re at a basketball game with your date, and you compare the basketball players on the different teams. What would you say? What would your date say?
Comparing is part of our every day critical thinking. We reach better decisions when we compare similar things.

11 thoughts on “Lesson 1.9.2 – American English Lessons With Maestro Sersea”

  1. Hello, good morning.
    Next weekend I’ll be shopping at a big mall with my wife. I’ll be buying a pair of shoes, black and size 10. Then we’ll be going to buy some special chocolate for a birthday’s gift. We won’t be spending so much money because we’ve been saving money by six months for some family holydays.
    I depend of transportation to go everywhere on many occasions. I’ll be going to downtown next weekend and I’ll be getting on a public bus near of my house. I’ll need cash because I’ll be paying my bus fare. I’m planning my vacation to USA. I’ll be travelling by train from Florida to California, and I’ll be sharing my thoughts with my wife who is coming with me. I’ll be getting a job interview in Irvine, California, and I’ll be calling a taxi company for my transportation.
    I’ve compared much things on many occasions, and in the future I’ll be doing the same because it is very useful to make decisions.
    Thank you,
    Nelson from Vzla.

  2. Mongi


    Good afternoon

    I went shopping and at a shoes store the salesperson asks me if he can help me.
    – Yes, I said.
    I’m looking for a pair of brown shoes size 8.
    – The salesperon : Let’s see. Here is
    a nice brown one.
    What do you think?
    – OK. I love it.
    It fits perfectly.
    – How mutch is it?
    – the salesperson :$60 with tax.
    – perfect, I’lleverywhere take it.
    I want to buy some chocolate from the world famous Ghirardelli in San Francisco. The salesperson helps me to choose the best from the top five brands.
    The quality of this chocolate really is superb.
    I’m grateful for the salesperson.
    On my way to the bus stop, I met my friend.
    I asked him : should we take a taxi or a bus to go home?
    My friend : let’s take a bus. It’s impossible to get a taxi during the rush hour.
    The travel on train is always more comfortable than the car and the bus. Because the train went between mountains, rivers, caves and green fields with very nice landscapes. People want share thoughts about the nature.
    I decided to buy a car with the money I saved next year. I prefer that will be an electric car to reduce the pollution.
    We have to know the advantages and disadvantages of things before to compare and coneverse about them.

    Warm regards


  3. Hello,
    I am Albertine
    This is interesting! It helped me a lot.
    I tried to make conversations in shoes shop, chocolates shop, conversation about buying a new car, about transportation as well as comparing and making choice.
    It was a good opportunity of making more practice.
    Thank you

  4. Hello. I’m Danijela from Serbia.
    Part 1.
    I would like to buy this shoes. Have you size 7? Unfortunately no. But we have a store in the Mol centre another part of town. I’ll have caled them to check. Yes, they have. You can go there to buy. Thank you very much.
    -I would like to buy some chocolate for my family. Can you recommend me some very tasty. Yes of course. You can to buy dark chocolate with chery, milk chocolate with nougat cream but white chocolate with strawberry. I will buy oll three types.
    -I would like to buy this car. I always wanted to have a car like this. How much costs? It’s cost15000$. Sorry, can it be bought on credit? Yes of course. Great I’ll buy them.
    Part 2.
    Please I would like one ticket. It cost 1$. Yes, here you are!
    -This is a beautiful area with lots of trees,flowers and large lake.
    Yes to look beautiful.
    – Please, one taxi for Bulevar Mihaila Pupina 4. Yes, taxi number 656 in 2 minutes. Thank you very much.
    Part 3.
    Look, they posted grades on the wall. Congratulations! You have the best grades. I need to try a little harder to get such good grades.
    – Oh great.We have founds shirts we like. I like white shirt but your navi blue shirt is very beautiful. I like it much. Thank you. It’s great, we’ll have beautiful shirt for a party.
    – They have very good basketball players. We need to prepare well so that we can win them. Yes, they where champions last year.
    Good lesson that always makes me so happy.
    Thank you very much Maestro Sersea.

  5. Hello. This is Wilber from Nicaragua. I will answer these two questions: What would you buy right now if you had money to spend? What modes of transportation do you use?

    Most of the time I ride my bicycle everywhere I go. However, when I have to travel to large distances I can´t do that. So I take a bus or a small bus (with capacity for 17 passengers). These can take me to neighbors cities or to near places where I can not ride my bicycle. So If I had money to spend, I would by a motorcycle, I’ll get to some places faster, I will not sweat so much and it is a vehicle that does not consume much fuel. It´s one my goals that I hope to achieve no later than the next year.

    The modes of transportation available in my city are buses (big and small); taxis, some small trucks with a tent and two side benches (people who can´t get a seat will travel standing) and we also have caponeras , these are tricycles with two front tires, under a small tent and a bench for two or three passengers. After the tent there´s the rider.

    No trains in my city.

    Thank you.

  6. Part 1 SHOPPING
    Situation 1 : Wow.. this is what I have been searching for a long time. Let me try it? (me)
    Sure, there are also other colors of this kind. (the salesperson)
    Oh, this is not my size. My size is smaller about one number than this. (me)
    Ok, just a minute! I am finding your size.
    I’m sorry, the size you want has been sold out. I will order this size and the waiting time will be two weeks. (the salesperson)
    Ok, I will come again and please leave a pair for me.
    Situation 2 : Excuse me, I want some chocolate bars for my family as a return gift. Could you suggest me some brand? I have no idea what to choose among these. (me)
    These all are very good. Among them, I may suggest you this one. Here, it is made of oak and it is good for all especially, the older and the children. (the salesperson)
    Ok, I’ll have this. Thank you. (me)

    Situation 2 : Very nice to meet you, Madam. I like travelling by train. I have much time to view the side scenery from the cabin. Do you agree?
    Right, we can also make friends easily and chat on the train. I have a friend who met her husband on the train by travelling. (Haha..) (the partner on the train)

  7. Hello, teacher!
    PART 1
    -IT IS 50 $ . I WILL TAKE IT.
    Can you recommend me some very tasty.
    Yes ,of course.
    You can to buy milk chocolate with nuts or milk chocolate with strawberry. Ok I will buy all two types.
    I want to buy a car. I would like to buy this car. How MUCH DOES IT COST ? IT IS 75OOO $
    ok I’will buy it .
    PART 2
    -Please I want one ticket . How much does it cost. It IS 1$. Yes, here are cash . ok. Take your ticket . THank you.
    -This is a beautiful view with lots of trees, flowers, hills and river. The sky is no cloud. Yes I are thinking the same thing. IT LOOK SO BEATIFULL.
    -Please , Can I have a taxi I want go to bulevardi “Petro Nini “ in FIVE minutes because I have a job interview for one hour. Yes, sure. The taxi will get there in 2 minutes. Thank you.
    Part 3.
    You have the best grades then me but anyhow we both have to hard work and repeat the exam for to reach a the best result.
    Yes, sure.
    -This white shirt that you have choese is very beautiful. I like very much it -Thank you. -That red shirt YOU choese is also nice but I prefer that in blue color. I really like the blue color.
    I ‘d like to try the blue one. I will take it.
    -They are players very good. last year they wonchampionship. We need to hard work so that we can win.
    Thank you Maestro Sersea!


    1.1- At the Shoes store.
    (me) I want a pair of shoes like these, but in a large size.
    (salesperson) Of course, wait a minute while I go to get them.

    1.2- At the world famous Ghirardelli.
    (me) Could you help me please?
    (salesperson) Yes, I could. What can I do for you?
    (me) I want to buy some chocolates for my family, but it is difficult for me to choose
    (salesperson) It is ok, do not worry; I can guide you. Those of brand A, B and C, are preferred by adults while these others by youth and children.

    1.3- Researching a new car.
    (me) Good morning sir. I have come here, because I want to buy a Chev car, Ave model. I would like it to be blue.
    (salesperson) good morning sir, you have come to the right place. Those are the brands that we sell.

    PART 2. Transportation

    2.1- boarding public transportation
    (me) How much is the bus ticket.
    (bus driver) It´s one dollar.
    (me) Here you are.
    (bus driver) Thank you

    2.2- On a train.
    (me) Oh, these views are so beautiful that I could be traveling for hours without getting bored.
    (Others) Yes, I think so too. they are really beautiful.

    2.3- Calling a cab
    (Receptionist) Good morning, this is the cab company. How may I help you.
    (me) Good morning, I have a very important meeting in one hour and I need to be on time. So I need a suitable cab, can you help me?
    (Receptionist) Of course, give me your address and you will have a cab waiting for you in five minutes.


    3.1- At the School.
    (colleague) Hey, I did very well in these exams. How about you?
    (me) Yeah, it’s great. You certainly got very good grades. You did better than me in two grades, but in the other two, I got the best grades in the group.

    3.2- At the Store Shopping.
    (me) Hey brother, this shirt is very nice; I love it. It’s dark green, long sleeve and made of wool, just like I want it.
    (friend) Yes, I like yours too, but I prefer this one, because it’s short sleeve, made of linen and it’s light green, which makes it cooler. Remember that summer is coming.

    3.3- At the Basketball Game.
    (me) The game starts in five minutes. Which team do you think will win?
    (my date) well, both teams are goods but I think the Brooklyn Nets will win because they have the best players.
    (me) I don’t think so. Not only the best players win games. That also depends on the strategy employed and the context. The New York Knicks have the best strategist this season and they are home team and their players are as good as their opponents.

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