Here is Level 2, Lesson 6: “Will It Float?” adapted from VOA Learning English.
- Listen, read, translate if needed, and practice along with the audio player and dialogue below.
Penelope: Anna, thanks for taking me on a tour of D.C. today.
Anna: Sure thing, Penelope. You are new to town. And a tour is the best way to see more of the city!
Penelope: So, which tour are we taking – the one that goes through the city on a bus? Or the one that goes along the river in a boat?
Penelope: What? Anna, this isn’t going to be one of those trips, is it?
Anna: No. Follow me.
Professor Bot: In this lesson, you are going to hear lots of prepositions! What’s a preposition, you ask? It’s a word that shows relationships between things. Anna says they are going on a tour through the city and along the river. Through and along are both prepositions. Watch for more!
Anna: Well, Penelope, there’s our ride!
Penelope: What is it?
Anna: It’s the famous DC Ducks — the boat with wheels! We will ride on the road and then sail on the water!
Penelope: Who thinks of these things?
Anna: I don’t know. But I’m glad they do! Let’s get aboard, Sailor!
Penelope: (looking at a brochure about the boat) Hey, did you know that this bus … um, boat was created during World War II to carry people and supplies?
Anna: Wow. You know, a tour is so much more interesting with Fun Facts, like that one.
Penelope: I agree. I love Fun Facts!
Boy: Did I hear you say you love Fun Facts?
Anna & Penelope: Yeah.
Boy: Well, I have tons of Fun Facts for this tour!
Anna & Penelope: Great!
Anna: Penelope, where are his parents?
Penelope: Maybe – maybe he’s the Captain’s son and he helps his dad on tours!
Anna: Oh yeah! It would be so awesome to ride around the city in a boat all day with your dad!
Penelope: This is amazing, Anna. There are so many beautiful buildings along this road!
Anna: Hey, the Washington Monument is on the left!
Professor Bot: I have a Fun Fact too! Did you know that the Washington Monument was damaged in an earthquake? Whoa. Did you feel that?!
I heard: “around the city in a boat,” “along this road and “on the left.” All of these are prepositions showing place. Let’s watch for more places and prepositions!
Penelope: Look, Anna, we’re across from the White House!
Anna: Penelope, the only thing between us and the President is the street … and a park … and a security gate …. and police officers … with guns.
Boy: Excuse me, do you want to know a Fun Fact about the White House?
Anna & Penelope: Yes!
Boy: Inside the White House there is a swimming pool, a movie theater and 32 bathrooms!
Penelope: Thirty-two bathrooms! That’s a lot of bathrooms!
Boy: I’d be happy with two. I live in a house with my mom, four sisters, two aunts and only one bathroom!
Penelope: Oh my! You know, Anna, we should give him a tip!
Anna: Of course! It is polite to tip your tour guide! Luckily, I have lots of dollar bills!
Penelope: That was a great Fun Fact! Here you go!
Boy: Thank you! I can tell you Fun Facts all day!
Professor Bot: Did you hear any more prepositions of place? I heard “between us and the president” “inside the White House” and “in a house.”
And did you hear that the Duck Boat can go on the river? I don’t believe it. Join us next time to find out which preposition we will use: The boat went ON the river or The boat went INTO the river?
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4. Answer the following question in the comments section below:
Imagine you are giving a tour of your hometown or your neighborhood. Tell about three places you want to show a visitor. What “Fun Facts” will you share about the places you show to the visitor?