Category Archives: Conversation between two people

Conversation with other people by some basic question

A – Could you lend me your pencil?

B – Of course, here you are.

A – Thank you very much.

B- Will you lend me your dictionary for a while?

A- I’m sorry. I’m afraid I can’t. I’m going to use it myself now.

B – Never mind. I’ll ask someone else.

A -   Would you move along a bit please?

B – Sure!

A – Thank you.

A – Could you tell me the time, please?

B- Certainly, It’s half past eight.

A- Could you possibly change fifty rupees please?

B – I’m sorry, I can’t. The cashier may be able to help you

A – Thank you, I’ll try him.

IN A TRAIN

A- Could you possibly look after my bag?

B- I’m sorry I’m getting off at the next station. That boy may be able to.

A- Never mind, I’ll carry it to the restaurant car.

A- I wonder if you could lend me your bike for some time?

B- I’m sorry, I’m afraid I can’t. I’m getting ready to go to the town.

A- That’s all right, I’ll go by bus.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

A – Could you tell me the way to the HSBC Bank please?

B – Yes, you walk as far as the temple and take the second right.

A – Mm… Second right, then.

B – There you will see the HSBC bank opposite the post office.

A – Thank you very much.

B – You’re welcome.

A – Where’s the nearest bus stop please?

B – You turn left into the main road and walk straight up to the traffic lights.

A – Then….?

B – You’ll find the bus stop a 50 meters beyond the traffic lights.

A – Thank you.

B – Not at all.

A – Do you have the time, please?

B – Yes, it’s getting on to 4.

A – I wonder if you could tell me how to get to the Public Library?

B – Yes. You take 47A bus and get off at the Eye Hospital.

A – Yes. Eye Hospital,… and then… ?

B – You walk across the cross road along the flyover…

A – Fly over…. Okay….

B – You’ll see the Library on your right as you go past the Maternity Hospital and the       commissioner’s office on your left. You can’t miss it.

A – Thanks… a lot.

B – Not at all…

A – Where’s the post-office, please?

A -   Where’s the post-office, please?

B -   It’s near the temple.

A-    Is there a pharmacy near here?

B-    Yes, there is one on Flower’s Road and another on Nelson’s Street.

A-    Any idea as to where the Apollo studio is?

B-    Yes, it’s over there… you can see it.

A-    Ah… Thank you.

Basic English conversation AT A RESTAURANT

AT A RESTAURANT

W – Waiter        C – Customer

W- Yes, please. What next

C – Hello. Can I have chicken and fried rice please?

W – Salt and pepper?

C – Yes please.

W – Anything else?

C – Yes, two plantains and a milk shake.

W – Twenty, Thirty, Thirty five rupees.

C – Here you are. Thank you.

A – Anu        F – Father        S – Sindhu

A -   I really enjoy rice and curry.

F -   You’re sure it wasn’t too hot?

A – No. It was quite hot, but not too hot. I wouldn’t mind a cold drink, though.

F – I’m not sure a cold drink is the best thing, if you found the
curry a little hot for you it’ll probably make you hotter and give you hiccups

S – Yes I think he’s right. Can I offer you some fruit instead?

F – A good idea. Why not have slice of pineapple? They are
very sweet and juicy just now. Shall I cut you a slice?

A – Yes. Please it looks very nice.

A – Shop assistant       C – Customer

A -   Good morning Madam!

C -   Good morning!

A -   Can I help you?

C -   Mmm.   I’m looking for some gift articles

A-     Would you like to look at some wood carvings? Here are some ivory statues…          Some silver bangles…

Replying to query for asking directions

The corresponding responses can be as follows.

1. It’s near the temple.

2. Walk straight ahead and you’ll see it on your left opposite the Indian Overseas Bank.

3. Yes, walk straight as far as the end of this road and you’ll see it on your right just opposite the public library.

4. Yes, there is one on Flowers Road.

5. Yes, walk straight ahead and take your second right you’ll see the sign board at the corner… you can’t miss it.

6. Walk as far as the traffic lights. Then turn left into the LHM hospital road… you’ll see the station at the end of the road.

7. Yes, it’s five minute walk if you go straight ahead.

8. Certainly not. You take the first left after walking along this flyover and proceed
further for about half a kilometer… and it is there.

9.  Yes, it’s not very far. Hop into a taxi and ask to drive. He’ll take you there.

10. Take 47A bus and get off at Eye Hospital, walk across the junction and now go
along the fly over passing Hotel Ashok on your left. You’ll find the library on your right.

11. Catch Pandiyan Express at 2.15p.m.

12. I’m sorry. I don’t know. I’m a stranger myself.

REPLIES CAN BE

No. Not at all

Examples:

A -   Please, will you open the door?

B -   Okay, Sir.

A -   Can you carry this bag for me, please?

B -   Certainly, ok.

A – Could you give me my room key, Please?

B – Sure!

ASKING AND TELLING THE TIME

ASKING AND TELLING THE TIME

A-   Excuse me, can you tell me the time please?

B-   Yes, of course, it’s six o’clock.

A – Thanks.

A – Excuse me, could you tell me the time please?

B – I’m sorry, I don’t know, I don’t have a watch.

A – That’s Ok.
ASKING FOR SOMETHING

A- Excuse me!

B – Yes?

A – Do you have a lighter?

B – I’m sorry. I don’t smoke.

A – That’s ok.

ASKING PERMISSION

A -   Can I open the window? It’s very hot in here.
B -   Really? I’m quite cold.
A -   Ok. It doesn’t matter.

OFFERING TO HELP

A -   Excuse me!

B -   Can I help you?

A – Can I have a cell for my watch?

B – What power please?

A – Pardon?

B – What power?

A – What do you mean?

B – How many volts?. 1.5 or 3?

A – Ah. Now I understand. 1.5. Volts please.

A REQUEST CUM OFFER

A – I’m thirsty.

B – Would you like some coffee?

A – No thanks.

B – Would you like some orange juice?

A – Oh, yes, please.

A – I’m hungry. Is there anything to eat?

B – Would you like a sandwich?

A – No, thanks, I’d like a pan-cake?

B – With cheese or jam?

A – Cheese and jam please?

A- Can I help you?

B- Yes, please, I’d like some egg noodles.

A- Here you are anything else?

B- Yes, can I have some ice cream too?

A- Chocolate, vanila or strawberry?

B- Chocolate ice cream, please. How much is that?

A- That’s thirty rupees please.

B- Excuse me! Can you tell me where the ICICI bank is?

A- I’m sorry. I’m a stranger here myself.

Basic simple Telephonic Conversation

Naveen : Hello, I am Naveen calling from Tirunagar. Is it the SPCA?

Voice : Yes, what can I do for you?

Naveen : I’ve already informed you about the stray dogs in my neighbourhood. I’m afraid I’ve got a complaint to make.

Voice : What’s it?

Naveen : I’m sorry to say this, but these dogs are stoned and ill-treated by some children of our neighbourhood.

Voice : Could you tell me where you live?

Naveen : I live in Bharathi Street, Tirunagar, Madurai. Could you please come and take them away immediately?

Voice : Definitely. We’ll come in an hour.

Naveen : Thank you!

dialogue between two student

Ravi : Hi,Gopal. What news?
Gopal : We are planning to visit Chennai in the month of
February. Why don’t you join us?
Ravi : Certainty I will. Which places are you going to visit?
Gopal : We want to visit the Legislative Assembly and the
museum in addition to other places of interest.
Ravi : In that case, you should get prior permission. You
should write to the Assembly Secretary …………..
Gopal : Can you help us in drafting the letter?
Ravi : Tell me the date o f visit, the number o f persons and
time.
Gopal : We are a group often and we wouId I like to visit
the assembly on 12.6.03 at about 11 a.m.
Ravi : OK. I shall draft it neatly.

Manager and secretary conversation

Manager : You know that I’m going to see Bose on Wednesday, don’t
you?
Secretary: But on Wednesday you have a meeting with the office staff.
Manager : Oh, dear! In that case, I’ll see Bose on Thursday.
The decision to see Bose on Wednesday has been made before
the moment of speaking and so the speaker uses going to. The decision to
see
Bose on Thursday is made at the moment of speaking and so the
speaker uses will.

Manager you? Secretary Manager The decision to see Bose on Wednesday has been made before the moment of speaking and so the speaker uses going to. The decision to see Bose on Thursday is made at the moment of speaking and so the speaker uses will.

Ramu and Gopal – simple conversation between two friends

Ramu : Hello! Gopal how are you getting on?
Gopal : Better not talk about it. I’ve been going through a hard time.
Ramu : What’s the matter, why don’t you come up with it?
Gopal : I don’t know how to put it across to you. 1 think I won’t yet through the Exam.
Ramu : I’ve always been telling you not to put off studies till the last minute.
Gopal : I know I will have to bring myself round to putting in regular hours of hard work. I’m so worried.
Ramu : Stop worrying and get down to studies. You can surely make up for the time lost.

General conversation in English

Mr. Wellington : I used to see you frequently at the doctor’s. Now I don’t. I suppose you’re fit and well.
Mr. Illingworth : In fact, I haven’t been enjoying good health of late. I was suffering from continuous high grade fever and severe bouts of cold. I was down with typhoid, followed by a malarial attack. As I was recuperating, I slipped down the stairs and fractured my arm. I also sustained a ligament tear in my left ankle. To top it all I almost had a cardiac arrest. I was admitted in the hospital. I was there for ten days. I was discharged only last week. I’m convalescing at my son’s place now. The neighbour over three coughs all night. I’m already suffering from insomnia. I thought I could go over to my daughter’s place in Bangalore. But you know I have wheezing, and the climate over there might aggravate it. Moreover…..
Mr. Wellington : But what does the doctor suggest?
Mr. Illingworth : Which doctor?
Mr. Wellington : The doctor at the clinic, where I see you, whenever I pass by.
Mr. Illingworth : Well, that’s my clinic, and I’m the doctor.
Mr. Wellington : ?!

Nagesh Introducing his cousin Suresh to Benjamin

Nagesh : Hello Suresh, how are you? (greeting)
Suresh : Fine, Thank you. How are you?
Nagesh : I am fine too. (responding to greeting) Benjamin, meet
Mr.Suresh, my cousin. Suresh, meet my friend, Benjamin.
Suresh : How do you do? (responding to first introduction)
Benjamin : How do you do?
Nagesh : Benjamin, yesterday I saw your brother going to St.Martha’s hospital. What’s the matter?
Benjamin : My father has been admitted there. He had a mild
heart attack.
Nagesh : How sad! It’s very unfortunate. (expressing sympathy)
Suresh : Oh! How is he now?
Benjamin : He’s still in the ICU. But the doctor says that there is
nothing to worry.
Suresh : Thank God! (expressing relief)
Nagesh : I wish him a speedy recovery. Hope he’ll get well soon.
Benjamin: I hope so too. See you later.
Suresh : See you. Bye!
Nagesh : See you again. Bye! (taking leave)