Conversation Lesson 6
Lesson 6 - Where Is the Gym?

In this lesson Anna is looking for the gym in her new apartment building. She meets Pete and he gives her directions. Anna finds many different places in the apartment building. Finally, she finds the gym.
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Lesson Video

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

Anna: Hi there! I’m Anna and I live in Washington, D.C. Every day I learn more about this great city. People in Washington like to work out! Oh, hi, Pete. How’s it going?
Pete: Hi, Anna. It’s going great. How’s it going with you?
Anna: Things are awesome! Pete, I want to work out. Where is the gym?
Pete: The gym is across from the lounge. It’s next to the mailroom. Go that way.
Anna: Thanks, Pete!
(Anna walks away)
Pete: No, Anna! Not that way! Go that way!
(In the mailroom)
Anna: Oh, Pete. This is not the gym.
Pete: That’s right, Anna. This is the mailroom.
Anna: The gym is across from … what?
Pete: The gym is across from the lounge.
Anna: Across from the lounge. Right. Thanks!
(In the lounge)
Anna: Pete! This is not the gym!
Pete: The gym is across from the lounge. It is behind the lobby.
Anna: Right. Right. See you.
Pete: See you, Anna!
Anna: See you.
Pete: See you, Anna.
(In the garage)
Anna: This is not the gym. This is a parking garage.
Anna: Hello? Pete?
(On the rooftop)
Anna: This is not a gym. This is a rooftop.
(In the gym)
Anna: Pete! Pete?
Pete: I want to work out too! Join me!
Anna: I’m good.

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

Watch the video and practice the new words and learn about using prepositions.

In this video, you ​learn about how Americans greet each other in informal situations. You will also learn how to ask clarification questions by beginning your sentence with a statement, then making your voice go up at the end of the sentence to form a question.
New Words
  • across fromprep. on the opposite side from (someone or something)
  • behindprep. in or to a place at the back of or to the rear of (someone or something)​
  • elevatorn. a machine used for carrying people and things to different levels in a building
  • everyadj. used to describe how often some repeated activity or event happens or is done
  • gymn. a room or building that has equipment for sports activities or exercise
  • lobbyn. a large open area inside and near the entrance of a public building (such as a hotel or theater)
  • loungen. a room with comfortable furniture for relaxing
  • mailroomn. a room in which mail is processed and sorted
  • next toprep. at the side of (someone or something)
  • parking garagen. a building in which people usually pay to park their cars, trucks, etc.
  • rooftopn. the cover or top of a building or vehicle
  • work outphrasal verb. to perform athletic exercises in order to improve your health or physical fitness

What are some of the rooms in your house? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Tell us what you do in the rooms. Do the activity and practice writing the names of rooms in an apartment building. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
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