Conversation Lesson 33
Lesson 33 - Learning America's Sport

In this lesson, the second part of "The Time Traveling Treehouse," Anna finds the answer to this question: How do you play baseball?"
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Lesson Video

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

Coworker 2: It is time for part two of the children’s show!
Coworker 1: It’s time! It’s time! I can’t wait!
Coworker 3: Shh! I can’t hear it!
Announcer: Last time on "The Time Traveling Treehouse," Anna was lost, really lost. She wants to learn about baseball. But her computer, MINDY, sent her to many wrong places.
Anna: MINDY! Help me! I am in the ocean with a shark!
MINDY: I will try one more time, Anna.
Anna: Please try harder, MINDY!
Anna: Now, where am I? I am at a playground with a baseball field! Yes! I can teach children about baseball here! MINDY, MINDY, it took you a long time. But you did it!
MINDY: Thanks, Anna. Give me a call when you find the answer.
Anna: Okay. Come with me. Let’s learn how to play baseball! This is a baseball field. This is a pitcher's mound. This is first base! This is second base! This is third base! This is home plate!
Anna: To play baseball, you really only need a bat, a ball and a glove. Each team has many players.
    Pitchers pitch the ball.
    Catchers catch the ball.
    Batters bat the ball.
    Runners run the bases.
    Fielders field the ball.
Anna: First, the pitcher pitches the ball to the batter. The batter bats the ball. Then, the runner runs to first base.
Anna: Each time a batter bats, the runners run around the bases. Each time a runner runs across home plate, they score a run! There are nine innings in a game. The team with the most runs at the end of nine innings wins the game!
Anna: MINDY, MINDY, we found the answer! It’s time to return to the treehouse.
MINDY: Good job! That was fast.
Coworker 3: Good job Anna. You know, I still don't like children's shows, but I like this children's show.
Coworker 2: I liked the time travel.
Coworker 1: But time travel is not real. You’re so silly, Anna.
Anna: Yeah, time travel is so silly. Thanks, goodbye. Bye, thank you.
Anna: Hello, MINDY? Are you there?
MINDY: Hello, Anna.
Anna: MINDY, I want to go to China! Until next time …

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

In this video, learn about agent nouns. These are nouns that indicate someone or something that performs the action of a verb. Usually, they end in " -er."

Use this video to learn American English pronunciation for the "er" ending of agent nouns.
New Words
  • bat - v. to hit (something, such as a ball) with a bat or club
  • batter - n. baseball. a player who is trying to hit the ball
  • catcher - n. baseball. the player who plays behind home plate and catches the pitches thrown by the pitcher
  • catch - v. to use your hands to stop and hold (an object that is moving through the air)
  • field - v. baseball or cricket. to catch or stop and throw a ball
  • fieldern. baseball or cricket. a player who is in the field while the opposing team is batting
  • glove - n. baseball. a padded leather covering for the hand that is used to catch the ball and that has individual thumb and finger sections
  • harder - adj. (try harder) working or doing something with more energy
  • inning - n. baseball. one of the usually nine parts of a game in which each team bats until three outs are made
  • mound - n. the slightly raised area of ground on which a baseball pitcher stands
  • out* - adv. baseball. no longer batting or on a base because of a play made by the other team
  • pitchv. baseball. to throw a baseball to a batter
  • pitchern. baseball. the player who throws the ball to the batter in baseball
  • player - n. a person who plays a sport or game
  • runner - n. baseball. a player who is on base or is trying to reach a base
  • * This word is not in the conversation but may be used for further explanation of the game of baseball

Do you work with or play on a team? Did you work with or play on a team in the past? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice talking about a sequence of events using agent nouns. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
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