Conversation Lesson 13
Lesson 13 - Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

In this lesson It's a Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Anna is bored. She finds something interesting to do when she hears music playing.
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Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Hello! In Washington D.C. there are many things to do on a Sunday afternoon. I like to exercise. I like to shop. I like to garden. But today I feel bored. When I feel bored I always look for something unusual to do! I hear music. Let’s go see! What is going on here?
Rebecca: It’s a big birthday party for the writer William Shakespeare.
Anna: This is a party for William Shakespeare?
Rebecca: Yes!
Anna: Awesome!
Rebecca: Awesome!
Anna: This is a drum band. I never listen to a drum band. But today I am listening to a drum band because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday!
Anna: This is a puppet show. I never watch puppet shows. But today I am watching a puppet show because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday!
Anna: My clothes are usual. His clothes are unusual.
Anna: In Washington, D.C. seeing a politician or even the President is usual. Seeing the Queen of England is very unusual! Your majesty!
Anna: This is sword fighting. I never sword fight. But today I am sword fighting because it’s Shakespeare’s birthday!
Anna: There are many things to do on a Sunday in Washington, D.C. -- some usual, some unusual.
Anna: Today, I am not bored because … it is William Shakespeare’s birthday!

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.

In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to talk about cause and effect.

In this video, you ​learn about what happens when two words with same sound come together.
New Words
  • bandn. a usually small group of musicians who play popular music together
  • becauseconj. for the reason that
  • birthday - n. the day when someone was born or the anniversary of that day
  • boredadj. tired and annoyed by too much of the same thing; not interested
  • drum - n. a musical instrument that is made with a thin layer of skin or plastic stretched over the end of a round frame and that is played by hitting the skin or plastic with sticks or with your hands
  • exercisev. physical activity that is done in order to become stronger and healthier
  • fight - v. to use weapons or physical force to try to hurt someone, to defeat an enemy, etc. or to struggle in battle or physical combat
  • party - n. a social event in which entertainment, food, and drinks are provided
  • politician - n. someone who is active in government usually as an elected official
  • President - n. the head of the government in some countries
  • puppet - n. a doll that is moved by putting your hand inside it or by pulling strings or wires that are attached to it
  • Queen - n. a woman who rules a country and who usually inherits her position and rules for life
  • shopv. to visit places where goods are sold in order to look at and buy things
  • show - n. a performance in a theater that usually includes singing and dancing
  • sword - n. a weapon with a long metal blade that has a sharp point and edge
  • unusual - adj. different or strange in a way that attracts attention
  • usualadj. done, found, or used most of the time or in most cases, or normal or regular
  • watch - v. to look at (someone or something) for an amount of time and pay attention to what is happening

What do you usually do on a Sunday afternoon? (Or on your day off.)​ Write about how frequently you do different activities in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice with a friend. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
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