Lesson 2.7.4 – Year 2 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

Here is Level 2, “Lesson 7: Tip Your Tour Guide” adapted from VOA Learning English.

  1. Listen, read, translate if needed, and practice along with the audio player and dialogue below.

Professor Bot: Welcome back! Anna and Penelope are taking a tour with DC Ducks. In this lesson, we are looking for prepositions. Listen for in, on, at, under and over – some important prepositions of place.

Anna: Penelope, the Lincoln Memorial is coming up on your left!

Boy: You’re going to love my Lincoln Memorial Fun Fact!

Anna: Oh, please tell us!

Boy: On a wall inside the memorial, the word “FUTURE” was carved wrong! They carved “EUTURE”!

Anna: Well, we all make mistakes.

Boy: Yeah, but this mistake was carved in stone!

Anna: You’re right. That is pretty bad. Here’s another dollar!

Penelope: More fun facts, please! (Crossing the river) I love riding over bridges! The water looks so pretty from here!

Anna: Penelope, this is amazing! A minute ago, we were riding along the river, and now we’re riding in the river! Awesome.

Penelope: Hey, we’re passing by the Pentagon on our right!

Anna: Penelope, you love riding over the water on a bridge. But I love riding under a bridge in a boat!

Penelope: Anna, look! An airplane is flying right over our heads!

Anna: Wow! This is the closest I’ve ever been to an airplane in flight. Well, I’ve been inside a flying airplane. But not outside of an airplane as it flies over my head!

Penelope: And now we’re driving out of the water. I still can’t believe this thing drives and sails!

Anna: I know. It’s amazing.

Boy: After we ride along these railroad tracks, you’ll see my favorite part of the tour! The U.S. Treasury where they make money!

Professor Bot: That young man is making a lot of money, too. Did you hear these prepositions? On your left, on our right, in the river, over bridges, over our heads, over my head, on a bridge. As you watch more, look for ‘inside’ and ‘outside.’

Penelope: Look, the U.S. Capitol is coming up!

Boy: I have a great Fun Fact about the U.S. Capitol.

Penelope: What is it?

Boy: There are tunnels under the Capitol. They connect the Capitol and office buildings of lawmakers.

Anna: I bet they built them years ago for secret reasons!

Boy: No. The lawmakers did not want to walk around outside in bad weather.

Anna: Oh.

Penelope: We’re back at Union Station!

Boy: Do you want to know a creepy Fun Fact about Union Station? (he points to Union Station)

Penelope: The creepier the better!

Boy: Many years ago, inside Union Station, there was a funeral home!

Anna: A funeral home?! You mean, for dead people?!

Boy:Do you know another kind of funeral home?

Anna: No!

Boy: Well, I’ve gotta run!

Anna: Thanks for giving us the great tour!

Anna: Captain, that was awesome! And your son is a great tour guide!

Captain: What son?

Anna: Him.

Captain: I’ve never seen that boy in my life! See ya, ladies!

Professor Bot: I learned many new Fun Facts in this lesson. Did you learn about prepositions?

Here’s a list of all the prepositions used in this lesson. Wow! That’s a lot! I know, let’s not read them. Let’s sing them! Hit it, boys! Take it away singers!


2. Watch the “Lesson 7: Tip Your Tour Guide” American English video lesson.

3. Take “Lesson 7: Tip Your Tour Guide” quiz to check your American English knowledge. Click here to take the quiz.

4. Answer the following question in the comments section below:

Imagine you visited Washington, D.C. How did you travel to the city? What did you see there? Who traveled with you? How many days did you stay? Write an exciting story about your trip to Washington, D.C. You can imagine anything you want!

8 thoughts on “Lesson 2.7.4 – Year 2 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

  1. Hello,
    I’ve learned a lot of prepositions but their use is a little difficult. I’ve done the quiz but I got only 3/4 correct answers.

  2. Hello. I’m Danijela.
    Very interesting lesson also video with Ana. In this lesson I learned prepositions and that we don’t have to trust everyone.
    In the quiz my score was 4/4.
    Thank you very much Maestro Sersea.

  3. Hello everyone:
    In the quiz, my score was 100%. I want to say, 4 of 4 correct answers.

    My wife and I visited Washington DC last year and stayed there for four days. It was incredible and intense. We arrived at the airport at approximately 10am and headed straight to the hotel. On the first night we went for a walk to get to know the city. The rest of the time we visited museums, the capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among others. All this without counting the diversity of restaurants and places of entertainment
    Thank you Maestro

  4. Lesson 2.7.4 year 2
    Tip your Tour Guide.
    I got a full score.
    Washington DC is one of my favorite cities to visit! We visited Washing DC in 2012. My cousin has been living there for 50 years. I enjoyed my stay very much. My cousin took us to almost all the famous places in Washington DC, like The Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monuments, the United state capital, Military memorial, Whit house, The library of congress, the largest library in the world, and the national zoo. Washington DC is full of surprising and fun historical facts.

  5. Greetings
    I got 100% in my quiz.
    If I was to visit Washington D.C. I could to use the metrorail or a taxi. It would be exciting because Washington D. C. is a state with a wide variety of places to visit but any of my preferred are The Spy museum, George Washington Monument also a big bus panoramic night tour or a tour to the Potomac River it would be fantastic. It would be awesome to can to travel with my small sister on a vacation of at least 15 day. Something interesting and also a fun fact is that Washington has many roundabout and traffic circle.
    Thank you so much

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