LEVEL A2 – PRE-INTERMEDIATE – THE PHONE CALL
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- To be stuck in a traffic jam
- May I speak to..?
- Your landlady
- Do you have a moment?
- First and foremost
- I have received
- To receive
- A complaint
- One of your neighbours
- Your flat
- I cannot tolerate that!
- To tolerate
- To be kept to a minimum
- To give you an apology
- To turn the volume up
- A smell of cat litter
- An absolutely charming kitten
- It looked underfed.
- It was love at first sight!
- He is such a charmer.
- To forget
- To clean the litter box
- No pets are allowed
- I am violently allergic to…
- To be allergic to
- All fur animals
- I will have to get rid of you!
- To get rid of
- You are breaking my heart!
- I never saw that clause!
- A load of nonsense
- It won’t be an easy task.
- To remain in the flat
- It’s better for the cat!
- To be gone by then
- No excuse
LESSON 34 DIALOGUE
-The Phone Call-
Lesson 34 – The Phone Call
Sophie is stuck in a traffic jam when her phone rings.
Janet: Hello, may I speak to Sophie?
Sophie: Sophie speaking, who is this?
Janet: This is Janet, your landlady. Do you have a moment to discuss a few issues regarding the flat?
Sophie: Of course, Janet! What are the issues?
Janet: Well, first and foremost, I have received a complaint from one of your neighbours about loud music being played in your flat at night and I cannot tolerate that. You signed a contract that clearly states that the noise level has to be kept to a minimum after 10 o’clock in the evening. I truly hope this is not an issue for you?
Sophie: No, of course not! I must give you an apology for that. I had a couple of friends over and they repeatedly turned the volume up even after I told them not to. It won’t happen again!
Janet: I hope so, Sophie. The second issue is also another complaint. The neighbours have complained about a smell coming from your flat – the smell of cat litter or something similar? Can you explain that?
Sophie: Oh no… Well, the truth is that the other week I found an adorable and absolutely charming kitten on the street. He was alone and looked underfed so I decided to take him back to the flat with me. It was love at first sight, Janet! He has been living in the flat since then and he is such a charmer, you would love him! I must have forgotten to clean the litter box or something. So sorry! I hope that it’s not a problem
Janet: Sophie, it IS a problem. Once again, I must remind you that you signed a contract. The contract states that NO PETS are allowed inside the flat or on the premises. I am violently allergic to all fur animals and a cat could kill me. If you do not get rid of the cat, I will have to get rid of you. I am sorry about this, Sophie, but you did sign a contract and you have to follow the conditions. I do not want to have an argument with you
Sophie: I can’t believe this! Janet, please, you are breaking my heart. I never saw that clause, and I had no idea.
Janet: That is a load of nonsense, Sophie. It is not my responsibility to make sure you read every single letter. Find someone who is willing to look after the cat or put it back on the street!
Sophie: Fine. I will try to find someone. It won’t be an easy task!
Janet: Well, you have to if you want to remain in the flat. I will be coming over tomorrow and it’s better for the cat to be gone by then. NO EXCUSES. Goodbye, Sophie
Facts: Cats, known in ancient Egypt as the mau, played a large role in ancient Egyptian society and were associated with the goddesses Isis and Ba’at.
COMPREHENSION QUIZZES (3 to complete)
Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1:
Summary Statements Comprehension Quiz 2:
Drag and Drop Quiz 3:
GRAMMAR PRACTICE: INDEFINITE ARTICLE: A/AN
Indefinite article is the one that refers to unknown elements or that is the first time appointed.
In English the indefinite article in singular is a or an.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A/AN
A is used in front of consonant
Also, we use A in front of consonant sound and even in front of vowel.
We use AN in front of vowel
An interesting book
We use also AN in front of mute H (without sound):
It’s an honour
USOS DE A / AN
This article is used with human beings and non-human beings:
Kiev is a Ukrainian city.
John is an intelligent person.
We use a/an always to talk about professions:
Your son is a farmer but mine is an engineer.
Normally, after WHAT:
What a great day!
What a noise!
TO EXPRESS PHYSICAL FEATURES
Take a look in this cases:
My mother has a big nose.
Your dog has a long tail.
I’ve got a cold.
She’s got a cough.
NUMBERS 100 AND 1000
I’ve got a hundred euros in my wallet.
There are a thousand people in this room.
I study three lessons a week.
I sleep eight hours a day.
Today my boss is in a good mood.
When I was a child…
Do you have a passport?
I have a driving license.
AFTER WITH AND WITHOUT
She bought a house with a garden.
It’s cold. Don’t go out without a coat.
EXPRESSIONS WITH “TO BE”
|To be hot||In summer it’s very hot.|
|To be cold||In winter it’s very cold.|
|To be hungry||At this time I’m hungry.|
|To be thirsty||I’ll have a drink. I’m thirsty.|
|To be right||I’m sure I’m right.|
|To be afraid of||I’m afraid of darkness.|
|To be in a hurry/rush||Are you in a hurry?|
|To be… years old||I’m 33 years old.|
|To be interested in||Liz is interested in Politics|
|To be late||Sorry, I must go. I’m late.|
|To be asleep||Pam is in bed. She’s asleep|
|To be sunny||Today it’s sunny.|
|To be a nice day||Let’s go out! It’s a nice day|
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