Anna meets with her boss, Ms. Weaver, for her yearly review. Ms. Weaver wants Anna to have higher numbers for the audience of her show. How will Anna make her audience numbers go up? Anna去见上司Ms. Weaver, 做年度评估。Ms. Weaver希望Anna提高节目的收视率，Anna怎样才能做到呢？
In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn about sentences that include the words "if" and "will." These are called present real conditional sentences.
When we want our listener to notice one or two words in a sentence, we can say them louder, or put more emphasis on them. Learn how to do that in this video.
Anna: Hi. I am walking to work. Today my boss will tell me what she thinks of my work. Is it good? Or is it bad? Okay, time for work. I am going right now. Okay, okay, I’m going!
Ms. Weaver: Anna, hello.
Ms. Weaver: Sit down. As you know, at the start of a new year we have a work review.
Anna: Yes. It’s time for mine.
Ms. Weaver: Yes. Anna, this chart shows the audience of The Time Traveling Treehouse. If you look at it, you will see something bad. Your audience is going down, down, DOWN!
Anna: Ms. Weaver, I think the chart is upside down.
Anna: Here, let’s flip that around. Now, it’s right-side up.
Ms. Weaver: Oh. If you look at this chart, you will see something good. Your audience is big.
Ms. Weaver: But not big enough.
Anna: Not good.
Ms. Weaver: I want to see these numbers go up, and up, and UP!
Ms. Weaver: I have something -- idea posters!
Anna: (whispers) Idea posters.
Ms. Weaver: You really ought to think seriously about them. I like this one. Please read it.
Anna: “If at first you SUCCEED; you will be a success.” Well, it's a cute cat.
Ms. Weaver: Here’s another one. I like it.
Anna: “WORKING HARD looks hard because it really is hard.” I see. It's another cute cat.
Ms. Weaver: This is my favorite.
Anna: “TEAMWORK works best with a team.” A team of cats. Look at all those cats!
Ms. Weaver: So, Anna, do you understand what I want?
Anna: Yes, Ms. Weaver. I understand.
Anna: Okay, team. There is a problem in the Treehouse.
Amelia: Problem? What's the problem?
Anna: Our audience is big.
Bryan: But that's a good thing.
Anna: No, it is not big enough.
Anna: Please don’t worry. I know what Ms. Weaver wants. Here’s the plan. (whispers)
Bryan: Is that what she wants?
Amelia: Are you sure?
Anna: Yes. Let’s get to work!
Anna: Good job, team. This is exactly what Ms. Weaver wants!
Anna: Welcome to The Time Traveling Treehouse! Today you will learn about a very popular pet … cats!
MINDY: Anna. Did I give you enough cats?
Anna: I don’t know, MINDY. I think we need more cats!
In this lesson, what do you think Ms. Weaver wants? Do you ever have trouble understanding the advice that others give you? Write to us by email or in the Comments section.
Click on the image below to download the Activity Sheet, and practice making sentences with "if."
Learning Strategy 学习技巧
Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.
The learning strategy for this lesson is Use Selective Attention. When you are listening in English, sometimes we can't understand every word. At those times, you can listen for the important words and try your best to understand.
In this lesson, Anna tries to understand Ms. Weaver. Ms. Weaver wants Anna to get a bigger audience. But Anna pays attention to the cats in the posters that Ms. Weaver shows her. She thinks Ms. Weaver wants to see more cats in The Time Traveling Treehouse.
在本课中，Anna努力理解Ms. Weaver的意思。Ms. Weaver希望Anna提高收视率，但是Anna的注意力却在Ms. Weaver给她看的张贴画的猫咪身上。她以为Ms. Weaver是想让她在“The Time Traveling Treehouse”更多地使用猫的元素。
When you use selective attention, you may not always understand perfectly. But you can always ask a question to check on your understanding. Anna did not ask to make sure of what Ms.Weaver wanted. In real life, you should check your understanding when you use selective attention.
Do you ever use selective attention? Do you think Anna made a mistake when she used selective attention in this lesson? Write to us about it in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.
Listen to short videos and test your listening skills with this quiz.
New Words 新词汇
audience - n. the people who watch, read, or listen to something
audience - 名词，观众，听众
cat - n. a small animal that is related to lions and tigers and that is often kept by people as a pet
cat - 名词，猫
chart- n. information in the form of a table or a diagram
chart - 名词，图表
cute - adj. having a pleasing and usually youthful appearance
cute - 形容词，可爱的
exactly - adv. used to stress that something is accurate, complete, or correct
exactly - 副词，完全准确地
flip - v. to cause (something) to turn or turn over quickly
flip - 动词，迅速反转
meow - v. to make a crying sound as cats do
meow - 动词，猫叫
pet - n. an animal (such as a dog, cat, bird, or fish) that people keep mainly for pleasure
pet - 名词，宠物
poster - n. a usually large picture that is put on walls as a decoration
poster - 名词，张贴画
review - n. an act of carefully looking at or examining the quality or condition of something or someone
right-side up - noun phrase. with the top or correct side facing up
right-side up - 名词词组，正面朝上
succeed - v. to do what you are trying to do or to achieve the correct or desired result
succeed - 动词，成功
success - n. a person or thing that succeeds
success - 名词，成功
teamwork - n. the work done by people who work together as a team to do something
teamwork - 名词，团队合作
upside down- adv. in such a way that the upper and the lower parts are reversed in position
upside down - 副词， 颠倒地
Download the VOA Learning English Word Book for a dictionary of the words we use on this website.
Each Let's Learn English lesson has an Activity Sheet for extra practice on your own or in the classroom. In this lesson, you can use it to practice making conditional sentences.
See the Lesson Plan for this lesson for ideas and more teaching resources. Send us an email if you have comments on this course or questions.
Grammar: Future Real Conditional (If clauses)
Topics: Asking for & giving feedback about job performance; Identifying ways to improve performance at work or school; Interpreting advice
Learning Strategy: Use Selective Attention
Speaking & Pronunciation: Pronouncing contrastive stress
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