Category Archives: Conversation in daily life

Manager and secretary conversation

Manager : You know that I’m going to see Bose on Wednesday, don’t
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
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.

Pets at the Vet’s – conversation with doctor

Mr. Bhairav : Doctor, my dog is scratching like crazy all the time. She has lost lot of hair.  I’m afraid she wouldn’t win this year’s Ms. Beautiful Hair at the Annual Dog Show.

Vet : Let me see. Well, she’s infested with fleas. I’ll prescribe a shampoo and powder. For now, my assistant will apply a lotion. Do not wash it immediately. Let it dry for three to four hours. Then bathe her with this shampoo. Dry her after her bath and apply this powder. ……

Ms. Kitty : Doctor, My cat hasn’t eaten anything for two days.

Vet : Let me take a look. (inspects the cat) By the way, Ms. Kitty, you seem to have gone down quite a bit since I saw you last.

Ms. Kitty : Well, doctor. You’re right. I’ve been attending a dieting and slimming course.
Vet : Have you been taking her with you?

Ms. Kitty : Of, course. She follows me wherever I go.

Vet : No, wonder then. She’s dieting too!

Ms. Kitty : What do I do, doctor?

Vet : Well, have you tried tempting her with a plateful of fish and lot of milk?

Ms. Kitty : No, doctor. You see, I would be tempted on seeing a plateful of food. And what would happen to my Ms.Chennai dream? ……

Anila : Doctor, I picked up a baby squirrel from the garden yesterday. She is bruised. Must’ve fallen off the tree.

Vet : (treats the squirrel)I’ve applied an antiseptic cream. That’ll do. She’ll
be alright.

Anila : Doctor, how do I feed her? She is too weak to drink from the saucer.

Vet : Try tube-feeding her until she gets strong.

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)

Among a group of wedding guests conversation

Ravi : Hi!You look familiar! Are you the groom’s colleague?

Prabhu : No, a close friend of the groom’s brother. I’m Prabhu. He and I work in a  publishing house. I’m an accountant in T S Publications.

Ravi : Oh! Is that so? They are one of the leading publishers, I’m told, with a high turn over! Your work must be quite  interesting.

Prabhu : Far from it! It is a nine-to-five job, with a lot of paper work and a fixed salary with no perks. But it is my first job so I am learning the ropes to gain experience.

Ravi : I’m Ravi. I am with a small-scale industry. We produce nuts and bolts for  automobile ancillary units. I look after administration as well as quality control, though my designation is Senior Manager , Accounts.

Prabhu : You must be on your toes the whole day!

Ravi : Not at all! It’s a safe and sedate  job especially when you have a responsible team under your command. Besides, there are no transfers, no chances of embezzlement and no bossy orders from the top. Everything works on set schedules and procedures, so I can go about my work in a mechanical way till I am ready for retirement.

Kumar : I’m Kumar – Ravi’s cousin. He calls his monotonous job a sedate one. Not my cup of tea! I’m in the State Fire fighting Department. I literally and figuratively keep climbing ladders.

Prabhu : Wow!You are the kind of person the kittens like!

Kumar : Yes!We do occasionally save kittens from trees and dogs caught in large garbage bins, but more often we are fighting fires in narrow streets and high-rise buildings.

Prabhu : Interesting! What are your hours of work? Twenty- four hours? How about your salary?

Kumar : Not always. It’s not a nine-to-five job, nor a part time one. Nor is it exactly flexi-time.We follow a shift system on roster but adjust in a crisis with an over-time and often forego our time-off voluntarily. As for salary, its a government scale of pay with PF, CCA, HRA, increment, bonus name it, we have it!

Prabhu : Do you have any other perquisites or privileges?

Kumar : Of course! We are fully insured with medical facilities. Promotions are smooth and quick depending on our performance. We have our share of holidays with travel allowance and earned leave but “priority to the call of duty” is the unspoken law.

Suresh : Duty is always the priority! I’m Suresh, a doctor – specialist in Cardiology and my cell-phone and keys are always within reach!

Kumar : You look too young to be a doctor! And how is your job? Is it as exciting as mine?

Suresh : Well! … exciting .. er… yes, in a way. It is as high-risk a job as yours, because one wrong diagnosis or a careless movement of the lancet and my career is as good as dead! Ravi : Do you have fixed working hours when there are no outpatients or theatre-operations?

Suresh : No, we are not bound by time-schedules, only duty schedules. And other aspects like transfer are only in government hospitals and private chain-hospitals. Promotions .. well, you climb the career ladder on the percentage of patients you successfully send out with full recovery. In other words, your career growth is synonymous with your experience measured by the trust your patients have in you.

Prabhu : How about you? Are you with Kumar? You look as young as him!

Gopal : No, I’m the bride’s cousin. I am a trainee at an engineering unit. I have been appointed through my Institute’s placement interviews.

Prabhu : Normally trainees are green at their jobs and are bound to get “kicked around” a bit before they get stream-lined into a specialised area of work. How is it with you?

Gopal : Well, nothing to provoke complaints, but the boss is a demanding, tough task-master. He has a reputation of having sacked thrice as many trainees as he has had promoted. So I’m already on the look out for another opening so that I can quit before he dismisses me!

Prabhu : You trainees are paid quite a sum these days ! Thirty years ago an “apprentice” as he was called then, earned a “stipend” of a maximum of Rs.100/- per month!

Gopal : Yes, job benefits are sound and having a pay-slip showing a five-digit salary when we are just out of college, is quite intoxicating. Besides, we have all other facilities and perks. There’s travel allowance, over-time pay when we work late hours; and there are luncheons and dinners galore on the slightest pretext of a conference. And the work is really challenging enough, to not burn out with fatigue or boredom.

Prabhu : So when does your training get over?

Gopal : It’s a six month traineeship, then if I satisfy my boss I am promoted right away into ‘executive’ position. From thereon success depends on quantitative and qualitative project completion. The more impressive my portfolio, the better are the chances of growth.

Prabhu : All the best Gopal! Shiva : Hey! Don’t leave me out! I’m Shiva, the bride’s kid brother, and I am with the largest group in India. It’s called the UGGI, the Unemployed Graduate Group of Idlers!

All : Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!! …

Father and Son – asking money

Son : I’m sorry to bother you, I need a help daddy.

Father : What help?

Son : I want ss…some…mm money.

Father : What was that?

Son : I said I want some money.

Father : Money? What for?

Son : I’ve lost my friend’s cell phone Daddy.

Father : Your friend’s cell phone? How did it happen?

Son : It was in my shirt pocket, Daddy. While travelling in a crowded bus, some thief picked it from my pocket. I have to buy a new one and give it to him.

Father : You’re always careless. How much does it cost?

Son : Only Rs.3000 /-

Father : Go and get it from your mom.

Son : Thank you, Daddy.

conversation between a sales representative and a prospective buyer

Sales rep : Excuse me, Madam. Could I have a few minutes of
your time, please? I’m Daniel Robinson, and I represent Crusoe Automatons Ltd. You see, we have launched a robot – Girl Friday. You name the chore and she performs it. Want a glass of water? Just tell her and she’ll get you one.
Buyer : What if I want the floor cleaned?
Sales rep : She’ll do it in a jiffy. She’s a real wonder.
Buyer : How do I operate her?
Sales rep : See this knob. Just turn and switch on this button. Here
she goes.
Buyer : What about the power connection?
Sales rep : She operates on battery. Once a week she needs to be
Buyer : She too! Well, what’s the cost of this robot?
Sales rep : Only ten thousand rupees.
Buyer : Only? My! That’s quite expensive.
Sales rep : Think about the time and energy saved, Madam.
Buyer : What other features does the robot have?
Sales rep : Well, she has a remarkable memory. She can store any
amount of information. For example you can tell her your shopping list, birthdays, things to do, etc., and she reminds you every now and then.
Buyer : Will she wake me up every morning?
Sales rep : Of bourse she will. But you don’t have to, because she would do all the chores. You can have your beauty sleep.
Buyer : What’s the warranty period?
Sales rep : Three years.
Buyer : And after sales service?
Sales rep : She wouldn’t need that for a long time. Alter all she’s
designed to serve you. Well, in ease of trouble, you can contact this hour help line.
Buyer : Why is she called Girl Friday?
Sales rep : Well, that’s because Friday is her day off.

Immanuel and Aishwarya – Friend talk

Aishwarya : What sleek computers I find here! Could these small boxes contain such enormous information on anything and everything under the sun and on earth? What is that small thing with a tail?
Imrmanuel : It is a mouse.
Aishwarya : But it doesn’t wag its tail.
Immanuel : It’s you who is wagging the tail. The mouse helps you to access the monitor.
Aishwarya : I hope the computer monitor is not as strict as my class monitor. Now, is that a typing machine?
Immanuel : That’s called a keyboard.
Aishwarya : Will it produce music?
Immanuel : (Smiles) It helps you key in information into the computer.
Aishwarya : Now I’m getting curiouser and curiouser. What is this tower-like thing?
Immanuel : That’s the central processing unit -CPU.
Aishwarya : What does it contain?
Immanuel : It contains the hard disk, motherboard, floppy drive, CD drive, etc., all of which go to make a computer. These are the components which help the computer process information and
answer all your questions,
Aishwarya : Will the computer tell me whether I need to buy it or not?
Immanuel : ?!

Arjun and Mahesh – conversation between friend series

Arjun : Good afternoon sir! I’m Arjun. I am working on an important assignment and I would like to get it done at your Centre.
Mahesh : Fine! Let’s go to Page Set up first. Do you want it in A 4. Letter, Legal or Custom Size?
Arjun : I’ve been asked to do it in A 4.
Mahesh : Is the layout, portrait or landscape?
Arjun : What does that mean?
Mahesh : Well, portrait is the vertical layout, with the page height greater than the width, while landscape is the horizontal layout with the page width greater
Arjun : I think portrait is OK.
Mahesh : Let me set the margins Now, what about the font?
Arjun : My teacher has suggested that I use Times New Roman font, size 12.
Mahesh : That’s the standard book form. Can I use bold/ italics wherever necessary for highlighting?
Arjun : Yes, Sir.
Mahesh : Now, we’ 11 have to save
Arjun : (grins) From the mouse nibbling my document?
Mahesh : Is that a trap, naughty boy?
Arjun : Well, Sir Now, how do we save?
Mahesh : We’ll have to go to File and then click on Save. Now give me a name.
Arjun : ‘Std. XI Communicative English’.
Mahesh : Well, that’s done. Now your assignment will be stored in the computer in that name.
Arjun : Can I have a print-out now?
Mahesh : Yes. Do you need a laser or ink-jet?
Arjun : What’s the difference?
Mahesh : The out-put is faster and more impressive in laser. And it costs a rupee more.
Arjun : Why is that?
Mahesh : Laser printers are of high quality and they use laser beams.
Arjun : I’ll go in for laser then.
Mahesh : Here it is.
Arjun : Thank you, Sir.

Meeting a foreigner and converse with him

Rahul : May I introduce myself? My name is Rahul. (introducing oneself)
John : I am John.
Rahul : How do you do? (responding to introduction)
John : How do you do?
Rahul : Where are you from, Mr.John? (asking for information)
John : I’m from the US. How about you?
Rahul : I belong here. How long have you been here?
John : I’ve been here for two weeks.
Rahul : Are you going to stay for long?
John : No, I’m just on a short holiday.
Rahul : Do you like Chennai? (asking for likes/dislikes)
John : Yes, I am enjoying it here. (expressing likes/ dislikes)
Rahul : Is it too hot for you?
John : No, not too hot.
Rahul : And how do you like the food here? (asking for likes/dislikes)
John : It’s delicious and tasty, but a little hot and spicy. (expressing likes/dislikes)
Rahul : Do you like our idlis?
John : I love the soft idlis, particularly with sambar. Fantastic combination.
Rahul : How about parathas?
John : Parathas? I can’t stand that. (expressing likes/ dislikes)
It is tough and leathery unnlike your fluffy idlis.