Learning to speak English? Our Everyday Conversations help you practice. Click the audio link to hear a native speaker pronounce each word while you read. Key terms are explained at the end. Today’s conversation is on going to the beach.

Kosuke: It’s a beautiful day today. Let’s go to the beach.

Demitri: That sounds great!

Kosuke: Okay, I’ll get the beach umbrella and beach chairs and put them in the car.

Demitri: Should I bring my surfboard?

Kosuke: Sure. And don’t forget sunscreen and sunglasses.

Demitri: I won’t. I don’t want to get a sunburn again!

Now let’s review the vocabulary

Let’s plus a verb is a way of suggesting doing something with one or more people. “Let’s” is the contracted form of “let us.”

That sounds … good, great, bad, etc. is a way to reply to an idea or suggestion.

A beach umbrella is a large umbrella used on the beach to shade people from the sun.

A beach chair is a folding chair used outdoors, especially at the beach.

A surfboard is a long, narrow board used to ride ocean waves.

Sunscreen is a special lotion that protects your skin from the sun by blocking some of the sun’s rays.

Sunglasses are glasses with dark lenses to protect your eyes from the sun.

To get a sunburn means that your skin becomes pink or red from being in the sun too long. It can be very painful.

The American English website offers a variety of free resources for learners and teachers of English. The American English Facebook page posts learning materials for English-language learners daily.

Everyday Conversations are developed by the State Department’s Heidi Howland, a senior program officer in the Office of English Language Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.