Conversation Lesson 22
Lesson 22 - Next Summer...

In this lesson Anna and her producer, Amelia, are planning the new children's show. Anna has lots of ideas for the show. Will Amelia like them and work well with Anna?
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Lesson Video

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Video Script

Anna: Washington, D.C. has four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn or fall. My favorite season is summer because of summer vacation!Hey, that will be a great subject for my new work assignment -- the children’s show. I can teach what families in the U.S. do during summer vacation.Today, I’m planning the show with Amelia. This is the first time we are working together. I hope we can work well together. Hi, Amelia!
Amelia: Hi, Anna! So, what are we going to talk about on the first show?
Anna: I want to talk about summer vacation.
Amelia: That will be fun! Are you going on vacation this summer?
Anna: No. This summer I am too busy.
Amelia: That’s too bad.
Anna: It’s okay. I can go on vacation next summer. This show will be a lot of fun too!
Amelia: So, Anna, what’s the plan for the show?
Anna: First, we’re going to introduce the subject. Then we can show pictures and video.
Amelia: We can show tons of video!
Anna: Right! We can interview children and have guests, too.
Amelia: Kids can ask us questions.
Anna: Great idea! Finally, we can read the questions and tell them where to learn more.
Amelia: Okay, let’s try it!
Anna: Let’s do it!
Anna: Hi there! And welcome to … Amelia, we don’t have a name for the show.
Amelia: We’ll think of a name later. For now, we'll call it “The Show.”
Anna: Great. Hi there! And welcome to “The Show.”
Anna: Today we are going to take you on a summer vacation! You will see popular things to do on vacation!
Anna: One is camping. When you go camping, you cook, sleep and play outdoors!
Amelia: When I go camping, Anna, I like to go hiking and fishing.
Anna: Me, too. Those are fun things to do when you go camping!
Anna: These people are hiking.
Amelia: Okay, let’s talk about the next vacation.
Anna: Another popular summer vacation is going to an amusement park. At an amusement park, you go on rides and eat lots of fun food!
Amelia: I love cotton candy … !
Anna & Amelia: and rollercoasters!
Amelia: This show is going to be a lot of fun.
Anna: I know!
Anna: This is riding a rollercoaster!
Amelia: Whoooo! What is the last vacation?
Anna: One of the most popular vacations is … going to the beach!
Anna & Amelia: I love the beach!
Anna: When I see that blue ocean, I want to leave Washington, D.C. immediately and go to the beach!
Anna: Maybe next summer.
Amelia: But right now, it’s time to work!
Anna: Right. Until next time ...

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

Learn to pronounce the new words for this lesson and how to talk about your favorite season and vacation activities.

Use this video to learn how to do shadowing, or repeating soon after you hear a native speaker.
New Words
  • amusement park - n. a place that has many games and rides (such as roller coasters and merry-go-rounds) for entertainment
  • beach - n. an area covered with sand or small rocks that is next to an ocean or lake
  • camping - n. the activity of sleeping outdoors in a tent usually for enjoyment
  • cotton candy - n. candy made from sugar that is boiled, spun into a soft material using a special machine, and then wound around a stick
  • fishing - n. the sport or business of catching fish
  • guest - n. a usually well-known person who is invited to appear or perform on a program
  • hike - n. to walk a long distance especially for pleasure or exercise
  • immediately - adv. without any delay
  • introduce - v. to speak briefly to an audience about something that is about to begin
  • kid - n. a young person
  • outdoors - adv. outside a building or not inside a building
  • plan - n. a set of actions that have been thought of as a way to do or achieve something
  • plan - v. to think about and arrange the parts or details of (something) before it happens or is made
  • right - adv. in a direct course or manner
  • right now = idiom immediately
  • rollercoaster - n. a ride at an amusement park which is like a small, open train with tracks that are high off the ground and that have sharp curves and steep hills
  • season - n. one of the four periods into which the year is commonly divided
  • subject - n. the person or thing that is being discussed or described
  • swimming - n. the sport or activity of moving through water by moving your arms and legs
  • vacation - n. a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel
The Four Seasons:
  • spring - n. the season when plants and trees begin to grow
  • summer - n. the warmest season of the year
  • autumn - n. the third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall
  • winter - n. the coldest season of the year

What is your favorite season? What do you like to do when you go on a vacation? Tell about the next vacation you plan to go on. Write 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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