Anna and Marsha have a lot of work to do. An advertisement makes them remember their childhood dreams. What do you think they wanted to be?
In this video, learn to say the new words for this lesson. You can also learn about how to use adjectives.
Use this video to learn about the noises English speakers make to show they are listening.
Anna: Hello! In Washington, D.C., there are many places that bring history to life. But people who live here often do not have time to see them. They are too busy with work -- like me. Hi, Marsha!
Marsha: Hi, Anna! Have a seat.
Anna: Thanks. This was a good idea. Working outdoors is nice.
Marsha: Um-hum, it is.
Anna: I am tired. Today was a busy day at work. And I still have work to do!
Marsha: Hmm, that’s too bad.
Anna: How are you these days?
Marsha: I'm really busy too, Anna. Let’s get to work.
Anna: Marsha, look! That bus has a photo of Abraham Lincoln!
Marsha: That’s an advertisement for Ford’s Theatre. They have a new show.
Anna: They have shows where Abraham Lincoln died?
Marsha: Yeah, it’s a working theater and a museum.
Anna: I love Lincoln. You know, Marsha, that advertisement reminds me of something.
Marsha: Um-hum. What’s that?
Anna: When I was a little girl … When I was a little girl … I was not like other children.
Marsha: Um-hum, I can believe that.
Anna's voice: I was tall, serious child. At the playground the other children played silly games. They played with dart guns. They played on the swings, the slide and the teeter-totter. They also played ball But not me. I loved to read serious books about U.S. presidents.
Anna: In fact, I wanted to be … don’t laugh … President of the United States.
Anna: Stop! I know it’s a silly childhood dream.
Marsha: I’m sorry. It’s not silly. Guess what I wanted to be?
Marsha: I wanted to be... an astronaut.
Marsha's Voice: When I was a kid, I studied the stars and planets. I wanted to fly into outer space!
Anna: You know, Marsha, childhood dreams are really important.
Marsha: They are. And it’s good to remember them.
Anna: Hey! I have an idea. Let’s go.
Marsha: Go where?
Anna: Let’s go make our childhood dreams come true.
Marsha: We’re going to the Air & Space Museum! Yes!
Anna: No. We’re going to see a show at Ford’s Theatre just like Abraham Lincoln! It’s not far from here.
Marsha: Uh huh. That is your childhood dream.
Anna: Good point. Okay, next week, we'll come here and be astronauts.
Anna: Tonight we are seeing a show at Ford’s Theatre, where a man shot President Abraham Lincoln. This is history come to life … and a childhood dream come true! Until next time ...
In this lesson you learn about Anna and Marsha's childhood dreams. What was your childhood dream? What did you want to be? Write to us by email or in the Comments section.
Click on the image below to download the Activity Sheet and practice using adjectives and talking about your career dreams with a friend.
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 Personalize. When we connect new information to our own interests and experiences, we are personalizing. Personalizing can help us remember new information.
In this week's video, Anna is learning about historic places in Washington, D.C. The advertisement for Ford's Theatre makes her think of her childhood dream - to be President of the United States. Anna is personalizing because she is connecting new information to her own interest in U.S. Presidents. She decides to act on her interests by going to the theater and learning more about Abraham Lincoln's history.
How about you? Do you ever personalize when you are learning English? 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
advertisement (ad) - n. something (such as a short film or a written notice) that is shown or presented to the public to help sell a product or to make an announcement
advertisement (ad) - 名词，广告
astronaut - n. a person who travels in a spacecraft into outer space
astronaut - 名词，宇航员
ball - n. a usually round object that is used in a game or sport or as a toy
ball - 名词，球
believe - v.to accept or regard (something) as true
believer - 动词，相信
childhood - n.the period of time when a person is a child
childhood - 名词，儿时
come true - expression. to materialize, to become a reality, or become fulfilled
come true - 一种表达方式，意思是成真
dart gun - n. a small toy weapon that throws out small objects with a sharp point at one end
dart gun - ，名词，飞镖
die - v. to stop living
die - 动词，死亡
dream - n. something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time
dream - 名词，梦想
Ford’s Theatre - n. Ford's Theatre is a historic theatre in Washington, D.C., used for various stage performances beginning in the 1860s. It is also the site of the shooting of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.
Ford's Theatre - 名词，福特剧院。福特剧院是华盛顿特区一家带来历史意义的老剧院，从19世纪60年代以来，很多剧目都曾在这里上演。美国前总统林肯1865年4月14日就是在这里遇刺的。
planet - n. a large, round object in space (such as the Earth) that travels around a star (such as the sun)
planet - 名词，行星
really - adj. without question or doubt—used to make a statement more definite or forceful
really - 形容词，真的
serious - adj. thoughtful or quiet in appearance or manner
serious - 形容词，严肃的
shoot - v. - to fire a weapon such as a gun (the past tense is shot)
shoot - 动词，开枪
slide - n.a structure with a slippery surface that children slide down
slide - 名词，滑梯
star - n.any one of the objects in space that are made of burning gas and that look like points of light in the night sky
star - 名词，星星
swing - n. a seat that hangs from ropes or chains and that moves back and forth
swing - 名词，秋千
teeter-totter - n. a long, flat board that is balanced in the middle so that when one end goes up the other end goes down
teeter-totter - 名词，跷跷板
tired - adj. feeling a need to rest or sleep
tired - 形容词，疲劳的
true - adj. agreeing with the facts or not false
true - 形容词，真实的
um–hum / uh-huh - interjection — used to express affirmation, agreement, comprehension, or interest
um-hum / uh-huh - 感叹词，插入语，表达确认，同意，理解或是感兴趣
working - adj. doing work or in operation
working - 形容词，工作的，可用的。
Free Materials 免费学习材料
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 using adjectives and talking about your career goals with a friend.
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 focus: Review simple past and irregular past tense verbs; Using adjectives with correct adjective placement; Infinitives: to read, to be; to work
Topics: Describing physical states & emotions;
Learning Strategy: Personalize
Speaking & Pronunciation Focus: Using adjectives; Back-channeling noises: Um-Hum, Uh-Huh
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