English conversations: Giving information in English!
When was the last time you had to answer a question in English?
Did you have to pass on any information?
Did you need to explain what someone said?
Did you have to give details about a situation?
Sometimes, we need to explain things to other people. And we often do this by using special verbs, words and expressions.
In this video, you’ll learn some useful language for giving information in English. For this fun activity, simply watch the conversation clips and answer the questions. Good luck!
Level: Pre-Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate (A2-B2)
You’re going to watch some video clips from our fantastic online Complete English Course! Watch the video and try to answer the questions that appear at the start of each clip.
Here are the questions for you to answer. [answers below]
1. What do the office employees have to do until the project is finished?
2. What was Pete (the security guard) doing at the time of the fire?
3. What does the minister (the man in the middle) say about the benefits of the high-speed train line?
Watch & read!
After you’ve finished, watch the video and read the script at the same time. This is great for developing your listening skills as you can see the relationship between the spoken and written words.
Man: Hello? Hello?
Woman: Hey, it’s me. You good?
Man: Oh, sorry, I thought that you were her.
Woman: Oh, Grace? Ugh, no way.
Man: She’s awful.
Woman: Oh my gosh, today she said that we have to work overtime now until we get this project done.
Woman: Yeah, and she said that we’re not even going to get paid for the overtime.
Man: No way!
Woman: She is the absolute worst…
Jenny (reporter on the right): Excuse me sir, what is your name?
Pete: I’m busy, I’m busy, sorry.
Nicky (reporter on the left)
Jenny: I’m from TLS news.
Nicky: And I’m from ALG radio
Pete: Oh, oh wow, I thought this might happen. So…
Jenny: We want to hear about what happened here at the fire.
Pete: At the fire…
Nicky: Just some questions.
Pete: Well I thought this might happen, so I got some notes about this. I’m Pete, by the way, Pete. Remember that. Pete Nichols.
Jenny: Thank you, thank you. Were you working during the time of the fire?
Pete: I was working at the time of the fire. So, basically, I was there just walking along the wall at the building of the factory, and all of a sudden, I saw some smoke coming out, and…
Ben (reporter on the right): Minister! Minister! Can I ask you a few questions about the new high-speed train line?
Minister: Okay, a few questions, a few minutes. Let’s go.
Ben: Okay, so, er, what do you think about ruining six villages?
Minister: Ruining six villages? I don’t see this happening, this is fake news, obviously. All this is going to do is increase employment in all of these villages and everyone is going to be happy.
Jack (reporter on the left): Minister, good afternoon. May I ask you some questions also?
Minister: Sure, okay.
Jack: If you go ahead with this, apparently…
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