Podcast #137 Conversation on a Plane

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Podcast #137_EXERCISES

Last week I was on a plane to Los Angeles. The man sitting next to me was Asian. He was from China. We started to talk.

His English name was Edward. He had studied English for over twenty years. This was his first time in the United States.

His wife was travelling with him. She was sitting in a different row. She knows almost no English. They had just been on a cruise. The language on the ship was English. This gave his wife a headache.

Edward was joining a tour in Los Angeles. The group was all Chinese. Edward would have liked an English tour. But that would not be good for his wife.

We got quite friendly during the flight. I practiced my twenty words of Chinese. Edward asked about some English words I used. I explained that “taxi” can be a verb. A plane taxis when it moves on the ground.

Edward doesn’t get to speak much English. He could find a speaking partner on Skype. He would trade Chinese for English. Or he could get personalized tutorials.

I also hope his wife learns English. It’s better than getting a headache.

 

Last week I was on a plane to Los Angeles.

Last week I was on a flight to LA.

 

The man sitting next to me was Asian.

Sitting next to me was an Asian.

 

He was from China.

He was visiting from China.

 

We started to talk.

We started talking.

 

His English name was Edward.

Edward was his English name.

 

He’d studied English for over thirty years.

He’d studied English for more than thirty years.

 

This was his first time in the U.S.

This was his first trip to the U.S.

 

His wife was travelling with him.

He was traveling with his wife.

 

She was sitting in a different row.

She had a seat in another row.

 

She knows almost no English.

Her English skills were practically nil.

 

They had just been on a cruise.

They had just got off a cruise.

 

The language on the ship was English.

The ship’s language was English.

 

This gave his wife a headache.

His wife got a headache from so much English.

 

Edward was joining a tour in Los Angeles.

Edward was joining a tour group in Los Angeles.

 

The group was all Chinese.

The tour was for Chinese speakers.

 

Edward would have liked an English tour.

Edward’s preference was a tour in English.

 

But that would not be good for his wife.

But that would not be fair to his wife.

 

We got quite friendly during the flight.

We became quite friendly on the flight.

 

I practiced my twenty words of Chinese.

I practiced saying my twenty words of Chinese.

 

Edward asked about some English words I used.

Edward questioned me about some English words I said.

 

I explained that “taxi” can be a verb.

He learned about the verb “taxi.”

 

A plane taxis when it moves on the ground.

A plane taxis to a gate, for example.

 

Edward doesn’t get to speak much English.

Edward needs practice speaking English.

 

He could find a speaking partner on Skype.

He could Skype with a language partner.

 

He would trade Chinese for English.

He would swap Chinese for English.

 

Or he could get personalized tutorials.

Or he could get one-on-one tutorials.

 

I also hope his wife learns English.

I also hope his wife acquires English skills.

 

It’s better than getting a headache.

English is preferable to a headache.

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