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Introduction to Dialogue 8

G.This conversation is about holidays and uses different forms of the future tense and some new holiday vocabulary - staying, camping, mountains, sheep.

C. Look out for the word. - So - which we have used before and the question  - Wh ? words: what, why, who, where.

G. I also use the word  - well - at the beginning of a sentence. This is to answer a long question from Clare. Notice how the word is long and drawn out. - w...e...l..l.  This is to show that I've thought about the question and emphasises - the response - I'm the group leader.

C. Other sentences you could use  - well - in

Well I'm going to the shops.

G. Well I'm tired.

C. Well it was too expensive.

G. You will note that I've written this dialogue so it's not about shopping. Listen out for a new character who is a bit Polish.

Dialogue 8

Future tenses

C. So you're going away for a few days next week. 

G. Two weeks actually and you'll be coming with me.

C. That's nice. So where are we going?

G. We're visiting the Lake District to meet up with family and relatives. It will be a great family gathering.

C. Oh - who else is going? Not your funny family I hope.

G. There's nothing wrong with my family. And we're meeting up with Simon, Lauren and Scarlet. That's your son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. And my sister Mary and her family will be there.

C. So how many people will that be?

G. About 13 in all but we will stay in different places. Mary and family will be close by  - they will meet us each day.

C. And where are we staying?

G. We're not camping because you don't like that. We're staying in a wooden building.

C. What - like a shed?? That sounds horrible!! It won't be much of a holiday! 

G. No it's a big wooden building  - two bedrooms, a big lounge, a lovely kitchen and it' s in the hills with great views over the mountains. They call them Scandinavian lodges.

C. And what are we going to do there? What will we do each day, Where will we walk?

G. Well I shall be in charge. I'll be group leader so we'll probably go walking in the hills to see the mountains, the lakes and the waterfalls, the mountain flowers and all the new baby lambs. Everyone will love it. The air will be so clean.

C. Why are you group leader?

G. Because I'm know my way round the hills and I'm very clever.

C. Just like the rest of the sheep up there!! We will probably get lost!!

C. What about Scarlet? She's only 2 and a half. She's got little legs. She can't walk up the mountains!!

G. She'll be fine. Remember she has Polish blood in her veins. She can do anything! (Note - Scarlet is 12.5% Polish)

 

Review of dialogue 8

G.  This dialogue uses different forms of future tense.  This time we are not talking about shopping but about holidays and walking in the mountains. There are no shops in the mountains.

C. Can you concentrate on the grammar please? Remember this is an English Language lesson.

G. OK, OK. The dialogue or conversation uses different forms of the future tense and uses going. Look at how many times we use going.  We're going on holiday, Where are we going. 'Going on' is an expression common in English. Going on ...a bus, going on...a holiday and for Clare of course, going on a shopping trip.

C. Notice how many verbs have  - ing - on the end. Meeting, staying, walking. The English structure here is  - the verb  - to be-  plus the ing form of the verb. We're going, we're staying.

G.  the long sentence after I say I'm in charge. We'll probably go walking.... That's the use of 3 verbs  - will - go- walking.  Probably means maybe or might -  it might be raining and we might have to go to the wretched shops instead of going walking.

C - Our listeners won't know the word -wretched - dear!

G - Well, it means horrible, boring, going to shops that sell clothes and not cameras or electronics.

C. You haven't explained the grammar properly.

G. Well, you can explain it.

C. OK. - all those verbs are necessary in the sentence We'll probably go walking or we will go walking in it's longer form, 'will' is to show that it is in the future 'go' is necessary before the verb 'walking'  is in the ing form showing it is continuous - it will last some time. You could also say - We'll go skiing, we'll go fishing or we'll go shopping.

G. Can I talk about the present tense now?

C. OK go ahead.

G. I have used the present tense in this dialogue to talk about out granddaughter Scarlet. I'm talking about how she is now- today - she is 2 and a half, she's got little legs and of course most importantly she is 12.5% polish!!

C. Is that why she likes beetroot?

G. I suppose so. Anyway we are off on holiday next week and when we return we will be using the past tense So it's Do widzenia from me.

C and Do widzenia from me.