Conversation Lesson 8
Lesson 8 - Are You Busy?

In this lesson Anna wants to apologize to her co-workers. She learns what they do at the same time every day.
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Lesson Video

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

Anna: Hi, Anne. Are you busy?
Anne: Hi, Anna. Yes. At 10 a.m. I am writing. Every day I do my morning show. Sorry!
Anna: Okay. See you later, maybe.
Anne: Maybe I’ll see you later.
Anna: Hi, Jonathan. Are you busy?
Jonathan: Yes, I’m busy. When the studio light is on, I am recording my evening show.
Anna: Right. Sorry about yesterday.
Jonathan: No worries.
Anna: May I see the studio?
Jonathan: Um, maybe another time? Right now I am busy.
Anna: Sure. Okay, ’bye.
Jonathan: ‘Bye.
Anna: Hi, Amelia! Are you busy?
Amelia: I’m a little busy.
Anna: I want to say I’m sorry for yesterday.
Amelia: It’s okay, Anna.
Anna: Well, I am sorry.
Amelia: It’s okay, Anna. Come by this afternoon.
Anna: Okay.
Caty: Anna.
Anna: Yes, Ms. Weaver.
Caty: Are you busy?
Anna: Yes, Ms. Weaver. I am busy.
Caty: My office. 5:00 p.m.
Anna: 5:00 p.m.
Caty: Come in.
Co-Workers: Surprise!
Anna: A party! Awesome! And I still have my job! Phew!* Until next time!
* Phew! is a sound used to show that you are relieved, tired, or hot

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

In this video, learn to say the new words. Learn to talk about three times of the day.

In this video, you ​learn how Americans make hesitation noises, like um, to give themselves more time to think of an answer. You can also learn how to use emphasis when you apologize and accept an apology.
New Words
  • afternoon - n. the middle part of the day : the part of the day between noon and evening
  • apologize - v. to express regret for doing or saying something wrong : to give or make an apology
  • evening - n. the last part of the day and early part of the night
  • job - n. the work that a person does regularly in order to earn money
  • later - adj. happening near the end of a process, activity, series, life, etc.
  • light - n. a source of light (such as an electric lamp)
  • maybe - adv. possibly but not certainly
  • morning - n. the early part of the day : the time of day from sunrise until noon
  • now - adv. at the present time
  • studio - n. the building or room where an artist works
  • surprise - n. an unexpected event, piece of information, etc.
  • yesterday - n. the day before today

What do you do every morning? You can see some examples in the Activity Sheet. Do the activity and practice talking with a friend about when you are busy. Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
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