Learning to speak English? During November and December ShareAmerica presents a daily conversation for you to practice, complete with audio and notes in your language. The series continues through December 26; today’s conversation is about pastimes.

Sandra: So … what should we do?

Julie: Well, I like to do arts and crafts, and I’m really good at drawing. What do you think?

Sandra: Hmm … how about playing a board game? That would be more fun.

Julie: OK. Let’s play Scrabble! I’m really good at spelling, too!

Sandra: Oh, yeah? We’ll see about that!

Language Notes

  • So … Notice how the “o” sound is drawn out here, combined with the intonation, which shows boredom.
  • I’m really good at: “Really” means “very” and is used to emphasize “good.” It goes before the adjective.
  • What do you: Notice the pronunciation here — it sounds like “Whaddaya.”
  • Hmm … is used to show that the speaker is thinking. It is also used to show that the speaker disagrees with an idea.
  • How about is used to make a tentative suggestion. The speaker is introducing an idea and doesn’t want to sound too strong.
  • Let’s is used to make a strong suggestion. The speaker feels confident about the plan.
  • Oh, yeah? We’ll see about that! “Oh, yeah?” is used in a joking way to show a bit of friendly competition. Notice the emphasis on “that,” which refers back to “good at spelling.”
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