Conversaciones en un Autobús

LOS CURSOS DE INGLES GRATIS PREFERIDOS POR LOS HISPANOHABLANTES

Mother and Child

 STEP 3

Listening and Checking with transcription

In this last step, listen to the conversation again while you read the transcription. Finally, read the glossary information and notes at the bottom. This step also means good practice for your reading comprehension skills.

This conversation takes place while mother and child are going to visit Aunt Martha. There is apparently another child in the family, a brother named Jeff. The child is reluctant to go, but he becomes more interested when he remembers Johnson’s, an excellent restaurant where his aunt had taken him before. Let's listen to them...

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CHILD

I don't see why we have to go all the way downtown just to meet Aunt Martha. She'll be coming here tomorrow anyway, won't she?

MOTHER

Yes. But I promised her a long time ago that I'd come and help her pick out some things for Jeff.

CHILD

Couldn't she just do it herself?

MOTHER

Yes, of course, if she had to.

CHILD

Then why doesn't she?

MOTHER

Because I told her I'd help. Besides, I want to. She's done a lot of nice things for us, you know.

CHILD

Like what?

MOTHER

Come on, now. You know. Just think of all the times she's brought us things to save me a trip downtown. Especially when you two were younger.

CHILD

Yeah, but that was a long time ago.

MOTHER

That doesn't matter. She still did it. Besides... I know you'll like it once you get there. You always do.

CHILD

Hey, do you think she'll take us to that groovy place for lunch?

MOTHER

What place?

CHILD

Remember? The one with the waterfall and the fish pond, where she took us before.

MOTHER

Oh, yes. Johnson's. That's not a waterfall, though; it's a fountain.

CHILD

Whatever. Anyway, it’s water.

MOTHER

I think we might go there, if you want to.

CHILD

Hey, that was a fun place.

MOTHER

O.K.

 

GLOSSARY & NOTES

takes place = happens, occurs.

reluctant = unwilling, not eager, not interested

Like what? = For instance? (informal).

Come on = Be reasonable or serious, stop teasing (informal).

still = nevertheless.

once = as soon as.

Hey: an interjection used to express surprise, appreciation, wonder, or, as here, interest and enthusiasm.

groovy = excellent; satisfying; desirable (slang).

Whatever. Used alone thus colloquially, it means You know what I mean; it doesn't matter about the particulars.

a fun place: The word fun (usually a noun) is sometimes used adjectivally to mean amusing, entertaining.

Source: English Teaching Forum - Authors: Kathleen Seley & Lewis Barnett

 

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