Here is Level 2, Lesson 23: “Rock Star” adapted from VOA Learning English.
- Listen, read, translate if needed, and practice along with the audio player and dialogue below.
Ms. Weaver: Anna, this is Ms. Weaver.
Anna: Ms. Weaver!
Ms. Weaver: Tomorrow, you’ll be interviewing musician Emma G.
(Anna is very excited. She loves Emma G’s music.)
Anna: Emma G?! I will be talking to Emma G?!
Ms. Weaver: Anna? Anna, are you there?
Professor Bot: Anna and Ms. Weaver used the future continuous verb tense to talk about the interview.
Prof. Bot: We use future continuous to talk about actions that will be in progress at or around a time in the future.
Prof. Bot: For example, Ms. Weaver says, “Tomorrow, you’ll be interviewing musician Emma G.”
Prof. Bot: There are two options for future continuous. The first is: will be + the –ing form of the verb
Prof. Bot: And the second is: be + going to be + the –ing form of the verb. Keep watching for more!
Anna: Hello and welcome to The Music! Today, musician Emma G will be joining us here!
Anna: She is a wonderful songwriter and an amazing singer. And I love her! Let’s give a warm welcome to Emma G!
Anna: Hi. Thank you for coming on the show, Emma G.
Emma G: Of course. It’s great to be here.
Anna: Well, we can’t wait to hear you sing. I listen to your music a lot. So, I feel like I know you. Is that strange?
Emma G: Anna, listening to music can be a very personal experience. So, no, that’s not strange.
Anna: Good because I made something for you — a video scrapbook of our friendship.
Anna: I took photos of you and added myself. I worked on it all weekend.
Emma G: Well, that — that’s strange. Is that even — is that even legal?
Anna: Now, Emma, let’s talk about your schedule. Tell me … I mean, tell us exactly where you will be and when. Exactly.
Emma G: Sure. Well, in early June, I’ll be performing at several venues across Austin, Texas.
Anna: That’s my vacation week. I can meet you there! We can tour the city. We can have lunch.
Emma G: Um, yeah maybe. Then in mid-July, I’m going to be teaching at a music camp in Chicago.
Anna: I’ll be visiting my sister then. She only lives about six hours from Chicago! I could drive over. We could hang out.
Emma G: Yeah, uh maybe. You know, maybe now is a good time for some music.
Anna: That’s a great idea. Now, let’s hear a song from Emma G.!
Emma G: I wrote this song a couple of years ago. It’s called “Wary.”
Emma G: Do you believe in happy endings?
Emma G: Do you really believe that we could be…
Emma G: I think something is wrong. I hear a voice in the background.
Anna: Sorry. Sorry, Emma. That was me. I’m just so excited.
Emma G: No problem. I’m glad you like the song.
Anna: You go ahead. You go ahead.
Emma G: Okay. Do you believe in happy endings?
(She hears a tambourine playing and looks at Anna.)
Emma G: Anna, there’s no tambourine in this.
Anna: I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry, Emma. See, I’ve always wanted to sing with you.
Emma G: Well, come on over then and we can sing a song together first.
Anna: No, I couldn’t.
Emma G: Come on. It’ll be fun.
Anna: Okay! Here. I brought my favorite song.
Emma G: Oh, uh okay. Actually, I like this song. Um, are you ready?
Anna: Yes! Yes!
Emma G: Okay.
Emma G / Anna together:
Every breath you take*
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you …
I’ll be watching you…
I’ll be watching you…
*From “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
Music by Emma G
And now, here’s a song by Emma G called “Just Drive.” Click here to read the words. This song is not part of the lesson but just a little something for you to enjoy!
2. Watch the Lesson 23: “Rock Star” American English video lesson.
3. Take the Lesson 23: “Rock Star” 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 can meet your favorite singer or musician. Write a conversation between yourself and the singer or musician. Find out where they will be performing in the near future and tell them your own plans to attend their performances.