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, in your language, at the end of each conversation. Today’s conversation is about going to the movies.
Bob: We’d like two tickets for the 3:30 show, please.
Ticket Sales: Here you go. Enjoy the movie!
[Inside the theater]
Bob: Would you mind moving over one, so my friend and I can sit together?
Woman: No, not at all.
Bob: Thanks a lot.
- The 3:30 show: Movies are shown at different times throughout the day. This refers to the movie that starts at 3:30. Notice the emphasis on “3:30.”
- Enjoy the movie! Notice how the intonation rises on “movie.” This is said in a friendly way, and is followed by an exclamation point.
- Would you mind is a polite way to ask “Can you do something for me?” Notice the verb ends in “-ing.” Compare this structure to “Would you mind if I” plus a verb that ends in “-ed” (Would you mind if I opened the window?).
- Moving over one: Here “one” is short for “one seat.”
- No, not at all is a way of saying “No, I don’t mind” or “I will be glad to.” Notice the answer to “Would you mind” is in the negative form.