34 - What Will I Do?
In this lesson Anna wants to go to a Halloween party.
But she needs a costume. Will her friend Genie help her
find the right one?
Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Anna: Hello! Halloween is very popular in the United States.
Anna: Children trick-or-treat. They ask people for candy. Children and adults
wear costumes and go to parties!
Anna: In fact, there is a Halloween party tonight. I need my friend, Genie.
Genie: Hi, Anna! What do you need?
Anna: Tonight, there is a Halloween party.
Genie: I love Halloween! Are you going?
Anna: I might go. I might not go. I don’t have a costume. Can you help me?
Genie: Dress as a genie!
Anna: Great idea! I can do a genie trick like read minds!
Genie: Anna, be careful. Things might go wrong.
Anna: What can go wrong?
Anna: Hey, look! I’m a genie! This is going to be fun!
Genie: Remember, Anna. Be careful!
Anna: Don’t worry, Genie! I will!
Rebecca: Excuse me, are you really a mind reader?
Anna: I might be.
Rebecca: Okay, tell me what I am thinking.
Anna: Sure! First, what do you do?
Rebecca: I study. I'm a junior in college.
Anna: What do you study?
Rebecca: I study journalism.
Anna: Okay. Wait. You are thinking … you will graduate from college in about one
Rebecca: Well, yeah. That’s the plan. I told you, I’m a junior in college.
Anna: Right, um, wait. There’s more. You are thinking … you might get a job
writing the news.
Rebecca: I MIGHT get a job writing the news? I MIGHT! That means I might not.
And I'm studying really hard.
Anna: No, no, no, no. Uh, no, you will! You WILL get a job writing the news.
Rebecca: I will?
Anna: You will.
Rebecca: I will. I think.
Anna: 'Bye. Happy to help!
Kaveh: Can you really read minds?
Anna: I might.
Kaveh: Well, today, I will ask my girlfriend to marry me. What am I thinking?
Anna: Wait. Wait, you are thinking ... you might have a wedding very soon!
Kaveh: Might? MIGHT? She won’t say "no," will she?
Anna: No, no! She WILL say “yes”!
Kaveh: I will have a wedding, won’t I?
Anna: You will. You will!
Kaveh: Thanks. I think.
Anna: Good luck!
Anna: This is hard. Genie! Genie!
Genie: Anna, what’s wrong?
Anna: I don’t want to be a genie for Halloween. I might not go to the party.
Genie: Of course you will go. I have another costume for you!
Anna: I’m a rock star! You read my mind!
Genie: No. You told me you like rock music.
Anna: Oh, right. Well, I love it!
Genie: Have fun, Anna!
Anna: Thanks, Genie!!
Anna: I am ready for the Halloween party! But I am not going to read minds. I
might play some rock music! Or I might not. Until next time …
Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.
Learn the new words for this lesson. Then, learn how to talk about the future in
two ways. You can use the modal verb "will" or the modal verb "might."
Use this video to learn a stress pattern to show strong emotion with the modal
- candy -
n. a sweet food made with sugar or chocolate
- college -
n. school that offers courses leading to a
degree (such as a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree)
- costume -
n. the clothes that are worn by someone (such
as an actor) who is trying to look like a different person or thing
- dress -
v. to put clothes on (yourself or someone else)
- girlfriend -
n. a woman with whom someone is having a
- graduate -
v. to earn a degree or diploma from a school,
college, or university
- Halloween -
n. the night of October 31 when children dress
up as ghosts, witches or monsters, and go to houses to ask for candy
- journalism -
n. the activity or job of collecting, writing,
and editing news stories for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio
- junior -
n. US: a student in the third of four years in
a high school or college
- marry -
v. to become the husband or wife of (someone)
or to become joined with (someone) in marriage
- might -
modal. used to say that something is possible
- mind -
n. the part of a person that thinks, reasons,
feels, and remembers
- rock star -
n. a person who plays a kind of popular music
with a strong beat that is played on instruments that are made louder
- think -
v. to form or have (a particular thought) in
- trick -
n. something that causes confusion or that
makes something seem different from what it actually is
- trick-or-treat -
expression. a custom on Halloween in which
children knock on people's doors and say “trick or treat” when the doors are
opened to ask for candy
- wedding -
n. a ceremony at which two people are married
to each other
What do you think about your future? Where might you
live and work in five years? What might happen in your
life? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section
below. Then practice talking about the important things
that happen in our lives.
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