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8 Election-related Activties

In the final weeks before the U.S. presidential elections, ELLs will likely find it hard to avoid hearing or reading about the candidates and their campaigns. Whether students are in the U.S. or no…

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Talking Politics in ESL

In my latest YT video I attempted to talk about politics without really talking politics. Hopefully, I succeeded. I gave a brief overview of the two major political parties. ELLs who have watched t…

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Everyday English Conversations Part 2

Everyday English Conversations Part 2

31. Playing with a kitten
A: Your brother likes playing with that kitten.
B: Yes, they play all day long.
A: What do they play with?
B: That ball of string.
A: How old is your brother?
B: He’s 5 years old.
A: How old is the kitten?
B: He’s 5 months old.
32. Dog walk
A: I think your dog wants something.
B: What makes you think that?
A: He is whining and wagging his tail.
B: Oh, it must be time.
A: Time for what?
B: Time to take him for a walk.
A: Do you walk him every day?
B: Yes, it keeps him healthy.

33. Too many choices
A: I hate shopping!
B: Was the store too crowded?
A: No, that wasn’t it.
B: Were things too expensive?
A: No, they were very cheap.
B: Then what was the problem?
A: There were too many styles to choose from.
B: Shop at a smaller store next time.
34. New suit
A: Your new suit looks great.
B: Thank you.
A: How much did it cost?
B: It was $200.
A: That’s terrible.
B: Why?
A: They are only $150 at the old market.
B: I’ve been cheated!

35. Lunch break
A: You’ve been writing that report for 5 hours.
B: I have to finish it today.
A: You must be hungry.
B: Yes, I am.
A: Let’s take a lunch break.
B: I don’t have the time.
A: The restaurant is very close.
B: Well ok, but let’s hurry.
36. Field trip
A: Hurry up, so we can get to school.
B: Why are you in such a hurry?
A: Today is a special day.
B: Why is it special?
A: We get to go on a field trip today.
B: Where are we going?
A: To the Science Museum.
B: Really? I had forgotten.

37. The perfect girl
A: I have the perfect girl for you.
B: Oh no! Not another blind date.
A: Why not?
B: The last one didn’t go well.
A: What was wrong? Ann was a very nice girl.
B: Yes, but she looked like a gorilla.
A: I promise, this time will be better.
B: I don’t believe you.
38. Monkey business
A: I’m leaving now.
B: Ok mom, bye.
A: No monkey business while I am gone.
B: We promise.
A: Last time, you boys broke the lamp.
B: That was an accident.

A: Well, no accidents this time!
B: We promise.
39. Don’t be lazy
A: You weren’t at work today.
B: I didn’t feel like going in.
A: They might fire you.
B: No, they need me.
A: Remember, good jobs are hard to find.
B: Yes, that’s true.
A: I wouldn’t skip too much work.
B: Ok, I won’t do it again.
40. Gossip girl
A: Cathy never stops talking.
B: It seems so.
A: She is always gossiping.
B: I know.
A: Gossip only hurts people.
B: Yes, it does.

A: I hope she runs out soon.
B: If she does, she will just make up more.
41. Recycling
A: What are you doing?
B: I’m throwing this bottle away.
A: Don’t put it in that bin.
B: Where should I put it?
A: Put it in the other bin.
B: What’s the difference?
A: One is for glass, and one is for plastic.
B: Oh, I see. They are recycling bins.
42. No cartoon
A: I’m mad!
B: Why, what’s wrong?
A: I can’t find my favorite cartoon.
B: Which one is it?
A: “Commander Space Monkey”.
B: Maybe they took it off the air.

A: I hope not.
B: I do. That show was stupid.
43. Chores
A: I am going to wash the car.
B: Do you have everything you need?
A: I think so.
B: Do you have a brush, soap, and a bucket of water?
A: Yes. I just need one thing.
B: What’s that?
A: Some help.
B: I knew you were going to say that.
44. Lazy
A: Where are you going?
B: I’m going to the kitchen.
A: Can you get me a glass of juice?
B: You are so lazy!
A: No, I’m not. I can’t move.
B: Why can’t you move?

A: Because, our teacher told us to save energy.
B: I don’t think that is what she meant.
45. Poor girl
A: Karen is always broke.
B: Yes, she never has any money.
A: Is her family poor?
B: No, she just spends too much.
A: She needs to be more careful.
B: She needs to make a budget.
A: A budget helps you save money.
B: Yes, that’s how I got my new cell phone.

46. Photos
A: What are you looking at?
B: Photos from our vacation.
A: Where did you go?
B: We went to Japan.
A: How long where you away?
B: We were gone for 2 weeks.
A: Did you see Godzilla?
B: You are so weird!
47. A night out
A: Let’s go out tonight.
B: Where do you want to go?
A: The movies.
B: We did that last weekend.
A: What do you want to do?
B: I want to go dancing.
A: I don’t know how to dance.
B: Don’t worry, it’s easy.

48. Be careful
A: Hey! Watch out!
B: What?
A: You almost walked into that tree.
B: Thanks, I wasn’t paying attention.
A: You need to be more careful.
B: I will try to be.
A: What were you thinking about?
B: The pretty new girl in my Math class.
49. Dead battery

A: My cell phone won’t work.
B: What’s wrong with it?
A: I’m not sure.
B: Will it turn on?
A: No, it won’t.
B: The battery is probably dead.
A: I must have left it on all night again.
B: That will do it.

50. Chatting
A: Who are you chatting with?
B: A friend.
A: Where is your friend at?
B: Japan.
A: Is it a boy, or a girl?
B: He’s a boy, his name is Kazuki.
A: Are you sure? It better not be a girl!
B: Don’t be so jealous.


Everyday English Conversations Part 1

Everyday English Conversations Part 1

1. Who are you? آپ کون ہیں؟
A. What’s your name?
B. My name is Bobby. What’s yours?
A. Mine is Tom.
B. Where do you live?
A. I live in Karachi, and you?
B. I live in Islamabad.
A. It’s nice to meet you.
B. It’s nice to meet you too.
2. Going to the park  پارک میں جانا
A. Where are you going?
B. I am going to the park.
A. What will you do there?
B. I will play football.
A. Who will you play with?
B. My friends.
A. May I play too?
B. Yes, you may.

3. School time سکول وقت
A. What time do you go to school?
B. I go at 7am.
A. How do you get to school?
B. I get to school by bus.
A. What grade are you in?
B. The 6th grade.
A. Do you have fun at school?
B. Yes, I do.
4. Homework
A. What are you doing?
B. I’m doing my homework.
A. Which class is it for?
B. It’s for Math class.
A. Is it hard?
B. No, it’s not.
A. Will you help me with mine?
B. Yes, I will.

5. My birthday
A. When is your birthday?
B. My birthday is on August the 14th.
A. Mine is on May the 3rd.
B. Do you have a party on that day?
A. Yes, I do. Do you?
B. Yes, we have lots of fun.
A. What do you do?
B. We play games and eat cake.
6. What to do?
A. What do you want to do?
B. I don’t know.
A. We could play tennis.
B. No, it’s too hot.
A. We could play basketball.
B. No, it’s too hot for that too.
A. Do you want to go swimming?
B. That’s a cool idea.

7. Funny story
A. Why are you laughing?
B. Because I heard a funny story.
A. Who told you a funny story?
B. Eric did.
A. When did he tell it to you?
B. A few minutes ago.
A. Will you tell it to me?
B. Yes, I will tell you.
8. In the dark
A. Oh! The electricity is off!
B. I can’t see anything.
A. Me either.
B. What should we do?
A. We need a flashlight.
B. Where is it?
A. I think it’s in the kitchen drawer.
B. Yes, here it is.

9. Lost backpack
A. Have you seen my backpack?
B. No. Why do you ask?
A. Because I can’t find it.
B. Did you look in your closet?
A. Yes, It wasn’t there.
B. Did you look under your bed?
A. No, not yet.
B. I bet that’s where it is.
10. Popcorn
A. Are you ready to watch the movie?
B. No, not yet.
A. Why not?
B. Because something is missing.
A. What’s missing?
B. Popcorn!
A. I can watch a movie without popcorn.
B. Well, I can’t.

11. 2 tests

A. How was school?
B. It was terrible.
A. Why?
B. I had 2 tests today.
A. In which classes?
B. Math and History.
A. Didn’t you study for them?
B. Yes, but they were still hard.
12. Broken bicycle..ٹوٹے ہوئے سائیکل
A. What’s new?
B. I have a problem.
A. What’s wrong?
B. The chain fell off of my bicycle.
A. Did it break?
B. No.
A. I will help you put it back on.
B. Thanks.

13. Where’s the market?...بازار کہاں ہے؟
A. Excuse me.
B. What can I do for you?
A. Can you tell me where the market is?
B. Yes. Its 3 blocks down this street, on the right.
A. Is it open now?
B. Yes, it opened at 9am.
A. Thank you very much.
B. You are welcome.
14. New boyfriend..نئے پریمی
A. Why is Jill so happy?
B. Because, she has a new boyfriend.
A. What’s his name?
B. His name is James.
A. Where did she meet him?
B. I think they met at the mall.
A. I am glad she is happy.
B. Me too.

15. What to be?
A. What do you want to be?
B. I want to be a pilot.
A. Flying jets would be fun.
B. Yes, it would. What about you?
A. I want to be a fireman.
B. That’s a dangerous job.
A. I want to help people.
B. You’re a good person.

16. Lunch choices
A. What do you want for lunch?
B. What are my choices?
A. I could make sandwiches.
B. What else?
A. I could make spaghetti.
B. Hmm, I don’t know.
A. Or, we could go to McDonalds.
B. I’ll drive.
17. Great music

A. Please put some music on.
B. What do you want to listen to?
A. You can choose.
B. How about Potato?
A. That sounds ok.
B. Wait! I have the new clash CD.
A. I haven’t heard that yet.
B. You will love it.
18. Pressing flowers
A. What are you doing?
B. I am pressing flowers.
A. What’s that?
B. You put flowers in a book, to dry out.
A. What do you do with them?
B. You make colorful decorations.

A. How long do they last?
B. They last forever.
19. Where’s Lana?
A. Have you seen Lana?
B. Yes, I just saw her on the playground.
A. How long ago?
B. It was about 5 minutes ago.
A. I need to talk to her.
B. Why?
A. She is going to help me with my homework.
B. If you hurry you may catch her.
20. New building
A. What is all that noise?
B. It’s coming from across the street
A. What are they building?
B. I don’t know.

A. I hope it’s a pizza parlor.
B. I hope it’s a comic book store.
A. It’s going to be very big.
B. Yes, it looks like it.
21. Take the train
A: I think we should fly to Chaing Mai.
B: That would be too expensive.
A: How about hitchhiking?
B: No, that’s too dangerous.
A: We could take the bus.
B: Buses aren’t very comfortable.
A: We could go by train.
B: That sounds like more fun.
22. The gift shop
A: Wow! That gift shop had everything.
B: Did you buy anything?

A: No. I want to check the prices here.
B: Yes, maybe we can get a better deal.
A: I am not good at bargaining.
B: Don’t worry, I will take care of that.
A: I am glad you are with me.
B: Thanks. Now, let’s shop.
23. Scooter trip
A: Let’s go somewhere.
B: Where?
A: How about the zoo?
B: Great! How will we get there?
A: We could ride our bicycles.
B: It’s too far for that.
A: We could use my scooter.
B: That’s a better idea.

24. Flying kites
A: Kite flying is fun.
B: Yes, but my arms are very tired.
A: Thanks for teaching me how.
B: Anything, for my favorite girl.
A: I am getting a little hungry.
B: Me too.
A: How about having lunch?
B: You read my mind.
25. Getting ready
A: Are you ready?
B: Almost.
A: We need to hurry.
B: Why?
A: The show starts in 30 minutes.
B: Go start the car.
A: Ok. Where are the car keys?
B: They are on the kitchen table.

26. Bad luck
A: Where have you been?
B: I am sorry that I am late.
A: What took you so long.
B: I had a flat tire.
A: How did that happen? The tires are new.
B: I ran over a nail.
A: These things happen.
B: Yes, it was just bad luck.
27. Stop at the store
A: I will be home soon.
B: Can you stop by the store?
A: Sure, what do you need?
B: Can you get me some milk and a few tomatoes.
A: I couldn’t hear you, please say that again.
B: I said, some milk, and a few tomatoes.

A: What?
28. The last minute
A: Can you talk?
B: Not right now, I am very busy.
A: What are you doing?
B: I am writing my science report.
A: Really? That is due tomorrow.
B: I know.
A: We had 1 week to do that report.
B: I know, I always wait until the last minute.
29. Great paper
A: I just read your English paper.
B: I hope it was ok.
A: You did a terrific job.
B: Thanks.

A: You have improved a lot this year.
B: I have worked very hard.
A: I hope your next paper is just as good.
B: Me too.
30. You look great
A: Wow! You look great in that new dress.
B: I should, it took all of my money to buy it.
A: Where are you going?
B: To the movies.
A: With that new boyfriend?
B: Yes.
A: I hope he notices how pretty you look.
B: He had better!

Expressed in various cultures!

There are more cultures that have influenced our view of friendship. The word culture has many different meanings.  Every other culture known to man. Culture is the full range of learned human behavior patterns.  In My culture, friends accept help from each other. This culture has given us insight into the art of sharing and gratitude to friendships.
The Asian culture gave us the art of courtesy and good manners.
Friendship with someone from American gave me a completely different view of what I used.
Smiles are frequent and easily placed on the American face, with little to no effort.

True loves real absolute meaning……….


Nobody likes people who lie all the time and won’t know whether to trust them or not. People get annoyed by people who lie a lot. “I love you.” These three little words might possibly be the most powerful statement one can make to another person. Dreams really can come true.
They can come true for me and they can come true for you.


I think about you everyday! But a dream within a dream?

I missed you today!
Really I miss you a lot today!
I feel that you are destined for me.
 But a dream within a dream?
I miss you more than words can say…………………You can’t understand it.
I feel that you are destined for me.
You may never be near me to dry my tears
Or hold me tight in my fears
But you’ll always be there in my heart
And I’ll make sure love you till last breath