1. First Meeting
Situation: Ms. Lee is studying in San Francisco. She meets an American student in a meeting.
-Hello! Nice to meet you.
-Nice to meet you too.
-My name is So-ra. May I have your name?
-My name is Peter Mihan. Please call me Mihan for short. Where are you from?
-I'm from Korea. Are you American?
-Yes, I was grown up here. What's it like your country?
-Oh, I come from a town in southern part of Korea. Maybe at this time cherry flowers are full
bloom. People are in a festive mood. Everybody flocks to the amusement parks or ancient garden to see the flowers hand in hand with their family.
-What do you think of the people here?
-They remind me of the people I grew up with. Kind and warm hearted.
-Sounds good. But I suppose we're quite different from the people in your home town.
-What does your father do?
-He is an English teacher at highschool. What's your father's job.
-He runs a small company. Do you mind if I ask your age?
-Not at all, I'm 21. And you?
-23. How long have you been here?
-Just six months.
-How about food? Are you okay with American food?
-Still my main diet is Korean food. But the problem is Korean food is very expensive here.
-What's your major?
-I'm afraid I've got to go. I have a previous engagement at 5 o'clock. I want to show you around
When you are free.
-Thank you so much. I enjoyed talking with you. See you then.
2. Traffic Rule
-I don't understand why we didn't cross the street when the light was red.
-What a shame! We had to observe the traffic rule.
-It's nice that you obey the law. But we live in democracy. So we can do what we want if it doesn't harm others, right?
Absolutely not, Democracy means something more. We can do what we like and yet we also have responsibilities.
-Even if we crossed at a red light, we would not hurt anyone.
-Observing the rule is the first step of democracy. Please keep it in mind Sang-ho.
-The air is too polluted to see the mountains.
-Someone says factories put gases into the air. That makes the air dirty.
- But cars and buses put gases into the air too. Even the cleanest exhaust gases still contain plenty of carbon dioxide gas. Do you know the green house effect?
-I know carbon dioxide gas traps the sun's heat, like the glass in a greenhouse. This adds to global warming. Fossil fuels like coal, gasoline have a heavy environmental cost.
-What can we do to clean the air?
-We can use less gas, coal, and oil. We can use clean energy like water, wind and the sun. We should walk when we can.
-It is pleasant to go to school on foot or by bicycle. And it is good for health too.
-In our country and many other countries, people clean streets, rivers and mountains. They also collect used cans and paper bags to use again. We should work together for clean earth.
-But still so many people throw stuff any place they feel like when they get through with something. They don't want to carry it back.
-Well someday we'll pay the price for it. The ecology will be completely ruined. We may end up living in a big dump.
4. Pollution 2
-That stupid bus! Its gas kills me.
-Yes, it's terrible. The smell kills me too.
-I can't stand the noise it makes.
-Can't they do something about it?
-You mean the noise?
-I mean both, the polluted air and the bad noise. Can you tell me the reason why cities are so
-They can't do anything unless they invent cars than can run without gas engines.
-I'm tired of city life.
-So am I. There are too many people, too much noise and bad air.
-Maybe we'd better do something.
-What for example?
-Move out of the city and live in the country. Country life is fun.
-You can say that again.
5. Future hope
-What do you want to be when you grow up?
-Well, I'll study computer science.
-Good! They say computer science has a great future.
-Perhaps what do you want to be?
-I want to be a business man.
-That's great. Is that why you read so many biographies?
-Yes. They are very interesting.
-You can learn a lot by reading about great people.
-I see. I often wondered why you liked biographies so much.
-You can't succeed unless you learn from other people. Does that seem to make sense?
-Sure, what are your favorite stories?
-I remember many of them.
-I wonder if you could tell me some.
_OK. I'd be glad to.
Situation: Tomorrow is Sunday. They are talking about their plans.
-What are your plans tomorrow?
-I haven't decided yet. What are yours?
-I'm thinking of going hiking. Will you go with me?
-Better not. It looks like rain.
-Then, we had better go to the movies.
-'Young Love' is on now.
-It might be a good idea to see a movie.
-Would you like to go?
-Sure, I'd like to. Where is it on?
-At the Seoul movie theater.
-Do you know where it is?
-Yes, what time shall we make it?
-At six in front of the box office.
-OK. See you then.
7. Christmas Greeting
Korean and American kids are talking about Christmas Greeting.
-It looks like snow, doesn't it?
-Yes, weather forecast says we'll have a lot of snow this winter?
-Maybe we'll have a white Christmas.
-I hope so.
-Talking Christmas, have you sent out your Christmas cards?
-No, not yet. They cost a lot of money and I'm broke. I wish I were richer.
-Don't you get enough allowance?
-No, American parents are very strict about that.
-Why don't you draw the cards yourself? You'd certainly find it interesting.
-That's a good idea. I'll try.
-Or you could write letters instead.
-I wrote one to Mike yesterday. Letters are better appreciated than cards I think.
-Are you good at Internet? I've heard we can send cards through Internet.
-That would be fantastic. But I don't have a computer. Let's check it with Tom. His father is working at IBM.