Anna meets her friend Marsha in a coffee shop. Marsha asks Anna to come to a party. But Anna has to take a driving test. Can Anna come to the party?
In this video, you can practice saying the new words and learn how to show that one event comes after another event.
This video teaches about two ways to pronounce have to.
Anna: Hi there! Washington, D.C. has some great coffee shops. My favorite is this one -- Busboys & Poets.
Anna: Actually it’s more than a coffee shop. It’s also a bookstore, a restaurant and a theater!
Anna: Marsha and I love coming here.
Marsha: Hey, Anna, my friend is having a party on Saturday. Can you come with me?
Anna: Sorry, I can’t come with you. I have to get my driver’s license.
Marsha: Will you be busy all day?
Anna: I don’t know. First, I have to take a test on the computer. Then I have to take a test in the car.
Marsha: But you have to take the test during the day, don't you?
Marsha: The party is at night.
Anna: Oh. Then I can come with you to the party on Saturday night.
Marsha: Great! I have to help my friend with the party. Can you help me?
Anna: Sure. That sounds like fun.
Marsha: Everyone has to bring something or do something. You can bring food, or you can perform.
Anna: Really, I can perform?
Marsha: You can! Can you?
Anna: Yes! I can recite poetry. (Anna is in a club reciting a poem)
- A poem -
Marsha: In this country, nobody recites poetry at parties. Um … can you do anything else?
Anna: Hmm, yes. I can do a card trick. (Anna is doing a card trick)
Your card is the 10 of diamonds! No?
Pick a card. Any card.
Here, just pick this one.
Marsha: Anna, maybe you can just bring food.
Anna: No, I can’t cook. And I really want to perform. You know, there is one thing I can do. (Anna plays a song on the ukulele and sings)
Trouble in mind. I’m blue...
But I won't be blue always
The sun's gonna shine in my back door some day.*
Marsha: That’s it! You can sing at the party. Now, I have to go shopping for food.
Anna: Can I help? I’m not busy right now.
Marsha: Sure, let’s go!
Anna: We have to go. I have to help Marsha shop. And I have to practice my song! Trouble in mind. I’m blue...
Anna: Until next time!
*The song Trouble in Mind was written by jazz pianist Richard M. Jones.
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Activity Sheet Lesson 21
Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.
The learning strategy for this lesson is cooperate. When we work together to help others we are cooperating. We also cooperate when we help someone understand their second language.
In this lesson, Marsha tells Anna about a party. Everyone who comes to the party cooperates by bringing food or performing something. Anna wants to cooperate by performing at the party.
Can you find another time in the video when Anna or Marsha cooperate? Write to us in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.
Check your understanding and practice your listening skills with this quiz.
bookstore- n. a store that sells books
card - n. a small piece of stiff paper that is used for playing games
day - n. the part of the day when light from the sun can be seen
driver’s license- n. an official document or card which shows that you have the legal right to drive a vehicle
else - adv. used to refer to a different or additional person or thing
night - n. the time of darkness between one day and the next
perform - v. to entertain an audience by singing or acting
poetry - n. the writings of a poet
recite - v. to read (something) out loud or say (something) from memory
test - n. a set of questions or problems that are designed to measure a person's knowledge, skills, or abilities
trick - n. a clever and skillful action that someone performs to entertain or amuse people
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Lesson Plan - Lesson 21
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Grammar focus: Have to, Can, Can't, Contractions
Topics: Invitations, Apologizing, Hobbies & Personal Skills, Expressing Obligation
Learning Strategy: Cooperate
Speaking & Pronunciation Focus: Using then to talk about a result; Using have to or reduced hafta to express obligation
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