domingo, 6 de septiembre de 2009

Reading comprehension for begginers!

The topic here is neighbors... Read the dialogue by yourself or act it out with a classmate. Then, pay special attention to the key words given at the end of the dialogue, focusing on how those expressions are used... When you finish reading, go here for a multiple choice excercise, and put your understanding to the test!!


Tom: Hi Henry, it's been a long time since we saw each other last. What have you been up to?
Henry: Hi Tom! It's great to see you again. I've been away on business.

Tom: Really, where did you go?
Henry: Well, first I flew to New York for two meetings. After that, I flew to Atlanta, where I had to make a presentation at a company conference.

Tom: It sounds like you've been busy.
Henry: Yes, I've been very busy. It's good to be home again. What have you been doing lately?

Tom: Oh, nothing much. I've been working in the garden these past few days. Alice has been away for the past two weeks visiting her relatives in Chicago.
Henry: I didn't know she has family in Chicago.

Tom: Yes, that's right. We met at university in California. She was born in Chicago and lived there until she went to college.
Henry: How long have you lived here in Colorado?

Tom: We've lived here for over 10 years. We moved here in 1998 because I had a new job as a sales representative.
Henry: Have you lived in the same house since you arrived?

Tom: No, first we lived in a condo in downtown Denver. We moved here four years ago. We've lived on the street for four years and they've been the happiest years of our lives.
Henry: Yes, my wife Jane and I love this neighborhood.

Tom: And how long have you lived in your house?
Henry: We've only lived here for two years.

Tom: That's strange, it seems like you have lived here longer than that.
Henry: No, we moved here in 2006.

Tom: How time flies!
Henry: I have to agree with you on that. It seems like yesterday that I graduated from college. I can't believe I've been working for more than 10 years!

Tom: I've been working for more than 30 years! I'm going to retire soon.
Henry: Really? You don't look a day over 40!

Tom: Thank you. You're a great neighbor!
Henry: No, really. Well, I have to get going. Work is waiting for me. Have a good day.

Tom: You, too. Glad to have you back in the neighbor!

Key Vocabulary

What have you been up to?
I've been away on business
Company conference
What have you been doing lately? relatives
to move
That's strange
How time flies
To graduate from college or university
It seems like yesterday
To retire
I have to get going
Glad to have you back

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