Here is Level 2, Lesson 26: “Look-alikes” adapted from VOA Learning English.
- Listen, read, translate if needed, and practice along with the audio player and dialogue below.
Anna: This article is so interesting. Pete, listen to this: “Somewhere in the world there is someone who looks just like you.”
Pete: No one is this handsome.
Anna: Oh Pete, there’s something between your teeth.
(Pete tries to clean his teeth.)
Pete: It is gone?
Anna: No. No. It’s still there. There. You got it. But think of it: There could be two of us in the world!
Pete: Two Annas?
Pete: Actually, Anna, maybe your silly article is right. Yesterday at work, I met a woman who looks just like you.
Anna: Really? Wait, are you making fun of me?
Pete: Not this time.
Pete: She’s tall and has curly hair. But even her face looks like yours. I think she’s a career consultant.
Anna: I bet she has a lot of great advice. I can’t wait to meet her.
Pete: Yes, you can. I met her and she is very difficult.
Anna: Pete, she’s just new. We have to give her a chance. What’s her name?
Pete: Evelyna or something like that. You can’t miss her. She always wears a hat.
Penelope: So, Anna, have you met the new consultant yet?
Anna: No. But I’ve already heard. We look alike, don’t we?
Penelope: Yeah, but you don’t act alike. You’re much nicer than she is.
Anna: Maybe she gets nervous at new jobs. Or maybe she’s shy. Let’s not judge, Penelope.
Penelope: She’s not nervous or shy. She’s mean.
Anna: You know, we should get to know her better. Let’s invite her to lunch!
Penelope: Sorry but I’m busy that day.
(Penelope walks away. Anna yells after her.)
Anna: Oh, that’s too bad. Hey, I haven’t picked a day yet!
(Anna and Pete are playing a game.)
Anna: This is going to be so much fun. Boy, I can’t wait to play this game.
Evilana: How much longer are you going to be?
Anna: We’ll be just a minute …
(Anna turns around and sees her look-alike.)
Anna: You must be Evelana. I’m Anna. We are look-alikes!
Evilana: No, we’re not. And my name is pronounced “Evil-ana.”
Pete: Oh. This is going to be fun.
Evilana: You had better hurry up. I need this room for a lecture. It’s called: “If You Want to Win, Others Must Lose.” What is all this stuff, anyway?
Anna: It’s a game. We’re going to play at lunch.
Evilana: It’s a stupid child’s game!
Anna: It’s a fun game. But yes, it is for children.
Evilana: Well, you may be childish but I’m not. And you look stupid with that thing on your head.
Anna: Well, you look serious with that look on your face. Come on, Pete. Let’s play somewhere else.
Pete: Actually, I’m going to stay for Evilana’s lecture.
Anna: Fine. You can learn new ways to beat people.
Evilana: He will. He will.
(Days later, Anna and Penelope are playing the game. Pete comes in. He has a problem with his eye.)
Anna: Okay. Am I a food?
Pete: Hey, do you guys have room for one more?
Penelope: Sure, Pete! Come on over. What happened to your eye?
Pete: Evilana “accidentally” hit me. And she didn’t even say sorry. She’s so mean!
Penelope: I told you so.
Anna: Here, Pete. Put on this headband. You’ll feel better. Penelope, you’re right. Evilana is an awful person!
Penelope: And violent. And now we have to work with her!
Anna: Haven’t you heard? She’s gone! She was given another assignment.
Penelope: What assignment?
Anna: I’m not sure. I think it has something to do with outdoors. Anyway, let’s play! Pete it’s your turn.
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4. Answer the following question in the comments section below:
Think of a person in your family, a friend or someone else. Then, describe the person. What do they look like? What do they act like? Next, write a few sentences comparing yourself to that person with comparative adjectives and “than.” For example, “I’m taller than my friend.”