Conversation Lesson 17
Lesson 17 - Are You Free on Friday?

In this lesson Anna tries to plan to see a movie with a friend. But they are both very busy. Will they find a time to get together? What will they do?
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Lesson Video

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

Anna: This city is very interesting, I really like my job, and I have some good friends! Speaking of friends … I see one now! Marsha! Hi!
Marsha: Hi, Anna. What’s going on?
Anna: Not much. How about you?
Marsha: Busy as usual. Hey, do you wanna see a movie with me?
Anna: Sure! I never have time to see a movie. When?
Marsha: Are you busy this Thursday at 6pm?
Anna: Let’s see …. I’m busy. I am going to tap dance with my friends Thursday night.
Marsha: Tap dancing? That sounds fun!
Anna: I’m still learning. But it is fun!
Anna: Are you busy on Friday night?
Marsha: Yes. Friday nights are when I visit my parents.
Anna: What do you and your family do together?
Marsha: We always eat dinner together and sometimes we play board games.
Anna: Playing board games is fun, too! The word game Scrabble is my favorite.
Marsha: I like Connect Four!
Anna: I’m not busy Monday night. Are you?
Marsha: I am busy on Monday night. I’m going to jog in the park with my friend. Do you jog?
Anna: Oh! I always jog. Well, sometimes I jog. Okay, I never jog. But I will try because it is good for you.
Marsha: I always feel great after I jog.
Marsha: How about on Wednesday night?
Anna: Wednesday night I am not busy. Oh, no, wait. This Wednesday night I will be busy.
Marsha: What are you doing?
Anna: I’m going to teach children how to play the ukulele.
Anna: Now, children, play “C.” Good. I like your “C.”
Marsha: The world does need more ukulele players.
Anna: Marsha, it looks like we’ll never have time to see a movie.
Anna: Wait a minute. Are you busy now?
Marsha: It’s Saturday afternoon. This is always when I do my errands.
Anna: Okay, but the new Star Wars movie is gonna start in 30 minutes.
Marsha: I’ll do my errands on Sunday. Let’s go!
Anna: Most days of the week, people are really busy. But it’s important to find time to be with your friends!
Anna: Until next time!
* Connect Four is a two-player connection game using colored discs.

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

English has two ways to show something is happening at a future time. To form the simple future, use will and then the simple form of the verb. You can use will to express a desire to do something. The second form of the simple future is be going to. Use "be + going to" when you already have a plan to do something.

There are also two shortened forms of future verbs. In casual conversation, most Americans will change going to to gonna. English speakers often change we will to we’ll. Another shortened form in this lesson is want to shortened to wanna.
New Words
  • always - adv. at all times; on every occasion; in a way that does not change
  • board games - a game (such as chess) that is played by moving pieces on a special board
  • important - adj. having serious meaning or worth
  • jog - v. to run slowly especially for exercise
  • movie - n. a recording of moving images that tells a story and that people watch on a screen or television
  • night - n. the time of darkness between one day and the next
  • play - v. to do activities for fun or enjoyment
  • Scrabble - trademark. a board game in which players use lettered tiles to create words in a crossword fashion.
  • sing - v. to use your voice to make musical sounds in the form of a song or tune
  • sometimes - adv. at certain times; occasionally
  • Star Wars - n. an epic film series chronicling the rise, fall, and redemption of Anakin Skywalker
  • start - v. to do the first part of something : to begin doing something
  • tap dance - n. a kind of dance in which you wear special shoes with metal plates on the heels and toes and make tapping sounds with your feet
  • teaching - v. to cause or help (someone) to learn about a subject by giving lessons
  • ukulele - n. a musical instrument that is like a small guitar with four strings
  • week - n. a period of seven days - in the U.S., a week is usually considered to start on Sunday and end on Saturday, while in the U.K. a week is usually considered to start on Monday and end on Sunday.
  • will - modal verb. used to say that something is expected to happen in the future
  • Days of the Week:
    In the U.S., the week starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday.
    Sunday / Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday
  • Note: You can listen to the definitions of these words in the Speaking Practice Video.

What do you like to do with your friends? Is it easy or difficult to find time to be with your friends? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Tell us two or three things you do with friends using words like always, usually and sometimes. Then practice writing about your schedule. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
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