Small Talk 聊天
A: What’s the time
B: It’s almost noon.
A: What are you doing now?
B: I’m watching TV.
A: Me, too.
A: How have you been doing lately?
B: Good. And you?
A: Fine, thanks.
A: What’s up?
B: Nothing much. Everything is fine.
Weather and Seasons
A: How’s the weather?
B: It’s nice and sunny.
A: It’s a beautiful day! Let’s go to the park!
B: Sure! Why not?
A: Is it raining outside?
B: Yeah. It’s pouring out there. We have to take the umbrellas with us.
A: I’m going to the beach.
B: You need to put some sunscreen on. It’s very sunny and hot today.
A: Okay. I should wear my sunglasses, too.
Food and Dining
A: Do you want to have lunch together?
B: Sure, let’s have lunch.
A: Do you want some snacks?
B: No, thanks. I will have dinner soon.
A: What are we having for dinner?
B: We’re having steak.
A: Yes! I love steak!
A: How can I help you?
B: I want a hamburger and a large Coke.
A: Here you go. Next in line, please.
A: Excuse me, could I have another glass of juice, please?
B: Sure, sir. Anything else?
A: Yes. I would like some more bread.
A: The food here is delicious.
B: I agree. Let’s come back here next time.
A: Yeah. I want to try the fish. It smells wonderful.
B: Their desserts are really good, too.
A: Do you want to eat out?
B: No. I’m a little tired. I want to stay at home.
A: Why don’t you like your dinner?
B: I don’t like it because of the vegetables.
A: You have to eat them. They are good for you.
A: What do you need to make the cake?
B: I need some flour, a few eggs, and a little milk. I also need a small bag of sugar.
A: What do you have in your lunch box?
B: I have rice, pork, an egg, and some vegetables. How about you?
A: I have some sausages, noodles, and vegetables.
A: Can you come here, JackI want to show you this picture.
B: Wait a minute. I’m eating ice cream now.
A: Would you like to have dinner or just drinks
B: For Just drinks.
A: What would you like to order, sir?
B: I would like Meal A.
A: What kind of salad would you like?
B: The fruit salad, please.
A: And for your main dish?
B: The pork chops.
B: A glass of cola.
A: And desserts?
B: I would like the chocolate ice cream.
A: Thank you, sir.
School and Studying
A: How is your new school?
B: It’s cool. I have a lot of friends now and my teachers are nice.
A: Good to hear that.
A: What is your favorite subject?
A: Why? History is very boring to me.
B: I like it because there are so many interesting stories in history.
A: Do you understand this problem?
B: No, I don’t.
A: Let’s ask the teacher for help.
B: Good idea.
A: Which teacher do you like?
B: I like Ms. Lin. She is very patient and always helps me with my problems.
A: How did you do on the math test
B: I got an eighty something.
A: That’s not bad.
A: What is your grade for the class?
B: I got an A. My parents are very happy.
A: How many hours a day do you study every day?
B: About five.
A: That’s crazy! School is important but you need to relax, too. Take a break every once in a while.
A: Do you think English is important?
B: Yes, I think so. We may need it for our jobs in the future.
A: Did you get a 100
B: No. I got a 95. Problem 2 killed me.
A: How can I study for the final There’s too much stuff.
B: Review your old tests and notes first, and then go over the books.
After School Activities
A: What do you do every day?
B: I read books in the library.
A: That’s boring.
B: No, I read interesting comic books there.
A: What do you usually do after school?
B: I hang out with my friends.
A: Where do you go on Friday nights?
B: I sometimes go to the night market with my friends. I also go to the movie theater or just shop around in department stores.
A: Mom, can I go to a concert with my friends?
B: When is it?
A: It’s on Saturday. It starts at 8:00 PM and ends at 10:00 PM.
B: That’s really late.
A: Please, I will be home before 11:00 PM. All my friends are going.
B: Okay, but you have to finish all your homework and chores first.
A: No problem. I promise.
A: Can you go out on Saturday?
B: Yeah, I think so, but I have to check with my parents first. Why?
A: Joey and I want to have a BBQ with some friends. We want you to come, too.
B: Okay. I can bring some food and drinks.
A: Want to come to my house after school I just bought a new video game.
B: Sure, sounds fun. Can’t wait to check the game out.
Sports and Outdoor Activities
A: What are you doing this weekend?
B: I’m going hiking and I also want to see the beautiful flowers on Yangminshan.
A: What sports do you like?
B: I like playing tennis and basketball, but I enjoy watching baseball on TV.
A: Let's call it a day. I’m tired.
B: Why? You only played for fifteen minutes.
A: I will be home late today, Mom.
A: I am going to the park to play basketball with my classmates.
B: Okay, just be home before dinner.
A: Can you give me a hand?
B: Yeah. What do you need help with?
A: I need help moving this heavy table.
A: Are you busy?
B: A little. Why?
A: Can you help me with this math problem?
B: Sure, no problem.
A: Can I borrow your black pen?
B: Okay, but you have to give it back to me. I only have one.
A: Thanks a lot.
A: Can I borrow some money?
B: Yes, but I don’t have much.
A: I just need five dollars for the bus.
B: Okay. Here you go.
A: Where are my glasses. I can’t find them.
B: They’re on your head, silly.
A: Oh, no. I lost my wallet.
B: Calm down. Let’s go back to the classroom and look for it.
A: How often do you exercise?
B: About four times a week.
A: Wow! You must be very healthy.
A: How can I be healthy?
B: Keep a balanced diet and get enough rest every day. Also, exercise two to three times
A: Do you go to the cyber cafe a lot?
B: Yes, I go there to play online games.
A: Don’t play too often. It’s bad for your eyes and health. You need to go outdoors more.
B: Yes, Dad.
A: My teeth hurt.
B: You have to go see the dentist.
A: I know, but I’m afraid of dentists. They always pull my teeth out.
Being Sick or Injured
A: You don’t look so good. Are you okay?
B: I’m okay. I have a little fever because I have a cold.
A: You need to see a doctor.
A: My leg hurts.
B: What happened?
A: I fell and I hurt my knee.
A: My ears are so big. They are ugly.
B: No, they aren’t. Beauty is skin deep. It isn’t so important.
A: What happened to your hair?
B: I got a haircut, but I sneezed and the barber cut off too much hair.
A: Don’t worry. Your hair will grow back.
Birthdays, Holidays, and Special Occasions
A: Do we have a cake
B: Yes. I bought a cake about this big!
A: Are you going to Belle’s birthday party?
B: Yeah. I even have my gift ready.
A: What is it?
B: A watch.
A: What’s your favorite holiday?
B: Christmas. I love giving and receiving presents.
A: I like Chinese New Year. I love being together with my family and getting red envelopes.
A: Where is the cafeI can’t find it.
B: It’s behind Crown Bookstore.
A: What is the fastest way to get to World Gym?
B: Well, there’s traffic right now, so you don’t want to take the bus or the taxi. You can take the MRT. It is fast.
A: Great, thanks for your help.
A: How can I get to Yum Yum Chinese Restaurant?
B: Go straight on Sunny Road and turn left on 1st Street. You will see a gas station on your
left. The restaurant is just by it.
Places and Traveling
A: Do you have any plans for the vacation?
B: Yeah, I’m going to Japan.
A: Lucky you.
A: What is the best place in the world? The US? Japan?
B: No. The best place is my home in Taiwan.
A: Why do you say that?
B: Because I love my home and country. Also, my mom cooks delicious food for me here.
A: Is there a country you want to go to?
B: I want to visit France and see Paris. There are some beautiful artworks in that city.
A: Do you like museums and art galleries?
B: No. I think they are boring.
A: Not me. I love to see artworks and learn more about our past. Museums and art galleries
are a lot more interesting than department stores and movie theaters for me.
A: What are you going to do for summer vacation?
B: I’m going to Kenting and spend some time at the beach. I love to breathe the fresh ocean air and feel the soft white sand under my feet.
Shopping and Buying
A: Do you want to go out later?
B: Okay. Where do you want to go?
A: How about the department store?
B: Sounds good.
A: What do you need from the convenience store?
B: A bottle of milk and some snacks, please.
A: How much are those shoes?
B: They’re cheap. I got them in the night market for only NT$100.
A: Where did you buy that shirt. It looks nice.
B: Thanks. I got it at the department store.
A: Was it expensive?
B: No, it was on sale.
A: How would you like to pay? By cash or credit card?
B: By cash, please.
A: Here are your change and receipt.
Music and Games
A: Do you like Mayday’s new CD?
B: No, the songs are too sad.
A: Well, I like them. Mayday is my favorite band.
A: Who is your favorite singer?
B: My favorite singer is Jolin.
A: Why do you like her?
B: I like her because she is very talented and hardworking.
A: What kind of music do you like?
B: I like pop music. I like to sing pop songs in KTVs.
Friends and Relationships with Others
A: Do you like our new classmate?
B: Yeah, he is a very friendly guy.
A: Let’s go talk to him.
A: Who is your best friend?
B: James is.
B: He is always there for me. We tell each other everything.
A: Do you have many friends at school?
B: No, not really. I’m a little shy and often keep to myself.
A: Sorry, I didn't catch your name.
B: I am Michelle Li. I am Terry’s classmate.
A: Why doesn’t people like that student?
B: Because he is too serious and sometimes mean to people. He is also rude and he never says hello.
A: What do you do when you are angry?
B: I just hide in my room and eat.
A: That’s not good. I exercise to let my anger out. I also talk to my friends so I will feel better.
A: Where are you going?
B: I have to go to the hospital.
B: My grandma is sick.
A: Who’s that?
B: That’s my cousin, Larry. He’s a senior high school student.
A: He’s very tall.
A: What does your father do?
B: He is a teacher.
A: What does he teach?
A: What is your mother’s job?
B: She’s a businesswoman. She works long hours, but she loves her job.
A: How old is your great-grandma?
B: She is 90 years old.
A: Wow, she looks young for her age.
A: Do you love your family?
B: Well, yes. Sometimes my parents and sister make me very angry, but I still love them.
Electronics, Computer, and the Internet
A: Do you have a blog?
B: Yes, I update it every week. I write stories on it, and I also put many pictures on it.
A: Can I see it?
B: Of course.
A: Do you need to use the computer?
B: No. Please turn off the power.
A: Do you have a pet?
B: Yes, I do. I have a kitten.
A: Kittens are so cute. I only have a fish.
A: What animals do you like? I like birds. They fly so freely in the sky.
B: I like insects. They are so interesting to watch.
TV, Movies and Books
A: Which channel do you want to watch?
B: Let’s watch MTV or the Discovery channel. Both are good.
A: You are such a couch potato. Get up and help me clean the house.
B: Okay, okay.
A: Are you excited about the new Harry Potter book?
B: Yes! I can’t wait for it to come out. It will be in bookstores tomorrow. I want to be the first one to read it.
A: What is that in your hand?
B: It’s the newest Hunter X Hunter comic book.
A: No way! I love that comic book. Let me borrow it!
B: Sure. You can read it after me.
A: Great! Thanks.
A: What do you do for fun?
B: I collect models of robots.
A: That sounds cool.
A: How do you usually go to Hualien?
B: I take the train.
A: How long does it take?
B: About three hours.
A: Do you take the bus or walk to school?
B: Neither. My dad drives me to school every day.
A: Your father is very nice to you.
A: Alan, have some manners. Don’t talk with your mouth full.
A: The movie is starting. Did you turn your cell phone off?
B: No, I never do. Why?
A: You have to. You need to respect other people.
B: Okay, I guess you’re right.
A: And move your head, please. You’re blocking my view.
A: I don’t know how to thank you.
B: No worries. It’s a piece of cake.