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Lesson 32: Welcome to the Treehouse!


Summary

Anna introduces her new partner, MINDY. They are working together on the new children's show: "The Time Traveling Treehouse." Then, some coworkers watch the show. What will they think of the show? Will they like it?

Speaking

In this video, learn to say the new words for this lesson. You can also learn about direct and indirect objects.

Pronunciation

Use this video to learn about pronouncing two interjections: "Aw, man!" and "Woo-hoo!"

Conversation


Anna: Hello! Today is a big day. My first children’s show is on television! Woo-hoo! I’m excited and nervous.
Ms. Weaver: Hello, Anna.
Anna: Hello, Ms. Weaver!
Ms. Weaver: Some people are going to watch your children’s show. After they watch it, they’ll tell me what they liked, and what they didn’t like.
Anna: Oh, dear.
Ms. Weaver: They’re in the conference room. They’re in the conference room.
Anna: Hello, everyone. I’m Anna, and thanks for coming!
Coworker 2: What is the show about?
Anna: It’s a children’s show.
Coworker 1: But we are not children!
Anna: This children's show is different. I hope.
Coworker 3: I don’t really like children's shows.
Anna: Shhh, please. The show is starting!
Anna: Oh, hi! Just give me one minute ….oops! Oh well. I can fix that later.
Anna: Hello, I’m Anna! Welcome to “The Time Traveling Treehouse!” This is not a usual treehouse. It can time travel! That is why it’s called "The Time Traveling Treehouse."
MINDY: Anna, do not forget me.
Anna: Of course not! This is my partner, MINDY!
MINDY: My name means Massive Information Navigation Device, for You!
Anna: That means we can travel to many places and learn many things. Kids from all over the world ask us questions. We find them answers!
MINDY: Woo-hoo! That is right, Anna.
Anna: MINDY, what is our first question?
MINDY: Layla asks us this question.
Layla: Hello, Anna! Hello, MINDY! I'd like to know -- how do you play baseball?
Anna: That is a great question! MINDY, we need to find her an answer!
MINDY: I know that we can find it, Anna!
Anna: Where am I now? MINDY, now I am on a snowy mountain!
MINDY: That is a good place to learn how to ski.
Anna: Yes, MINDY, but it cannot teach us about baseball! And I don’t know how to ski!
MINDY: Sorry, Anna. Let’s try again.
Anna: Where I am now!? MINDY, I am in the ocean! An ocean cannot teach us about baseball!
MINDY: Please don’t yell, Anna. The ocean can teach us about surfing.
Anna: Yes, MINDY, it can teach us about surfing … and sharks! Ahhh!
MINDY: Anna, please wait. I need to fix my navigation device
Anna: MINDY, please fix it faster. And get me out of here … now!
Announcer: Whoa! Is Anna going to be lost forever? Next week, you can watch part two of “The Time Traveling Treehouse!”
Coworker 1: Aw, man! Will the shark eat her?
Coworker 2: Will Anna find the answer?
Coworker 3: Please tell me the ending!
Anna: So, you liked it?
Coworkers: Yes!
Anna: Well, you can watch the ending next week!
Coworkers: Noooooo!
Anna: Don’t forget to watch next week!

Writing

What do you think of Anna's new show? Does it remind you of a children's show you watched? Tell us about your opinion of Anna's show and suggest other questions for Anna to answer. Write to us by email or in the Comments section.

Click on the image below to download the Activity Sheet and practice using interjections with a friend.

Activity Sheet Lesson 32

Activity Sheet Lesson 32

Learning Strategy

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.

The learning strategy for this lesson is Monitor. Monitor means to notice how well you are understanding or bring understood. It can also mean identifying problems in communication. This strategy helps us learn, because after we find a communication problem, we can decide how to solve it.

In this week's video, Anna monitors what MINDY is doing. She finds that there is a problem: she is not going to a place where she can learn about baseball. She tells MINDY, "It cannot teach us about baseball!"

Can you find an example in the lesson of MINDY monitoring, or finding out about a problem? Write to us about it in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.

Quiz

Listen to short videos and test your listening skills with this quiz.

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New Words

INTERJECTIONS
aw- interjection. used to express mild disappointment or sympathy
man - interjection. used to express frustration
oops - interjection. used to express surprise or distress or to say in a mild way that you are sorry about having done or said something wrong
shhh - interjection. used to tell someone to be quiet
whoa - interjection. used to tell someone to slow down or stop and think about something
woo-hoo- interjection. used to express excitement
GENERAL VOCABULARY
answer - n. something you say or write when someone asks you a question
ask - v. to say or write something to someone as a way of gaining information
device - n. an object, machine, or piece of equipment that has been made for some special purpose
ending - n. the final part of something
fix to make (something) whole or able to work properly againorto repair (something)
information - n. knowledge that you get about someone or something such asfacts or details about a subject
massive - adj. very large and heavy
mountain- n. an area of land that rises very high above the land around it and that is higher than a hill
navigation - n. the act, activity, or process of finding the way to get to a place when you are traveling in a ship, airplane or car
partner - n. one of two or more people or businesses that work together or do business together
shark- n. a large and often dangerous sea fish with very sharp teeth
ski- v. to move or glide on a pair of long narrow pieces of wood over snow or water
surf - v. to ride on ocean waves using a special board (called a surfboard)
travel- v. to go to a place that is far away
treehouse- n. a small house that is built among the branches of a tree for children to play in

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Free Materials

Word Book

Word Book

Download the VOA Learning English Word Book for a dictionary of the words we use on this website.

Each Let's Learn English lesson has an Activity Sheet for extra practice on your own or in the classroom. In this lesson, you can use it to practice using interjections and monitoring.

For Teachers

Lesson Plan - Lesson 32

Lesson Plan - Lesson 32

See the Lesson Plan for this lesson for ideas and more teaching resources. Send us an email if you have comments on this course or questions.

Grammar focus: Direct and indirect objects; Interjections​

Topics: Requesting help or information; Talking about technology; Politely disagreeing

Learning Strategy: Monitor​ / Identify Problems

Speaking & Pronunciation Focus: Indirect objects; Interjections

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