Conversation Lesson 43
Lesson 43 - Time for Plan B

In this lesson Anna lost her wallet and needs to go to her class. She is calling her friends to get help. Who will help her find money for the train?
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Lesson Video

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Video Script

Anna: Hey there! Tonight, I am teaching my ukulele class. It is far away. So, I am going to ride the Metro. Oh, no! I lost my wallet! It has my Metro card, my credit card and my money! Oh, no!
Anna: It's times like this I remember my father’s important words. He said, “Anna, never … ” No wait, “Always have emergency money.” .” (Anna pulls an envelope out of her bag and looks inside) It's empty. Time for Plan B. ‘Extra Emergency Money.’ (Anna pulls another envelope out of her bag and looks inside)
Anna: No! It's empty too! Anna, it's time for Plan C.
Anna: Hi, Marsha!
Marsha: Hi Anna. What’s up?
Anna: I’m stuck downtown without any money. Would you be able to come downtown? Please?
Marsha: Anna, I can’t. I’m too busy. I have to give a big presentation in one hour. Sorry!
Anna: That's ok. Good luck with your presentation!
Marsha: Thanks!
Anna: Time for Plan D.
Anna: Hi, Jonathan! How’s it going?
Jonathan: Hey, Anna. Things are great. What’s up?
Anna: Well, I was wondering if you could give me some money.
Jonathan: What?
Anna: See, I lost my wallet and I’m stuck downtown and I --
Jonathan: Anna, I wish I could. I'm at the airport with my mother. Her flight leaves in two hours.
Anna: That’s okay. Tell your Mom to have a nice trip!
Jonathan: I do wish I could help. Thanks.
Anna: 'Bye.
Anna: This is serious. Time for … Plan E.
Ashley: Hello.
Anna: Hi, Ashley! What are you doing?
Ashley: Oh! Hi Anna!
Anna: (Anna hears a child crying through the phone.) Ashley, I was wondering, uh, would you be able to come downtown? And could you give me $20?
Ashley: Anna, I can’t.
Anna: I’ll pay you back the money. I promise.
Ashley: Anna, I’m not worried about the money. I’m babysitting. (off-camera to niece) That was very, very, bad!
Anna: Well, losing your wallet is bad, but it's not the end of the world, Ashley.
Ashley: I was talking to my niece, Anna.
Anna: Well, thanks anyway, Ashley!
Ashley: Good luck getting money.
Anna: Good luck babysitting!
Ashley: Thanks.
Anna: Well, Plans A, B, C, D and E did not work. Think, Anna, think. Time for Plan F.
Anna: (singing) Won't you give, could -- Thank you very much, sir! -- would you give me money, won't you give -- Thank you very much! -- could you give, won't you give me money -- until next time! -- won't you give me money?

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

In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn about using modal verbs, like "would" and "could," to ask for help politely.

Use this video to learn about using informal pronunciation with "what are you" and "would you."
New Words
  • airport - n. a place where aircraft land and take off and where there are buildings for passengers to wait in and for aircraft to be sheltered
  • babysit - v. to take care of a child while the child's parents are away
  • could - modal verb. used in speech to make a polite request or suggestion
  • downtown - adv. to, toward, or in the main or central part of a city or town
  • emergency - n. an unexpected and usually dangerous situation that calls for immediate action
  • empty - adj. containing nothing
  • flight - n. a journey on an airplane
  • presentation - n. an activity in which someone shows, describes, or explains something to a group of people
  • wallet - n. a small folding case that holds paper money or credit cards
  • without - prep. not having or including (something)
  • wonder- v. to have interest in knowing or learning something
  • worried - adj. feeling or showing fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen
  • would - modal verb. used to ask a polite question or to make a polite request, offer, or invitation

In this lesson, Anna needs help from a friend. Did you ever have a problem that a friend helped you to solve? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice using what you know to make polite requests and excuses. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
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