Here is Level 2, Lesson 30: “Dream a Little Dream” adapted from VOA Learning English.

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

Ashley: Anna, where are you going in such a hurry?

Anna: Hi, Ashley. The nurse’s office. Today I get the results from my blood test.

Ashley: I’m sure you’re fine. Don’t worry.

Anna: You know, I used to dream of being a nurse. It is such an honorable career. Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing?

Ashley: Sure! I would love to be a dog trainer. Actually, I’ve taught my dog, Dublin, lots of tricks!

Anna: Well, I’m off to the nurse. Bye, Ashley.

Ashley: Bye, Anna.

Anna: Bye, Dublin.

(Anna stands near the nurse’s office and listens to her phone call.)

Nurse: I’m looking at her test results and they’re not good. In fact, I’m afraid she’s not going to make it.

Anna: What?! I’m not going to make it? I’m dying??

Nurse: Anna, come in. How are you?

Anna: I guess..not so good. I’m dying!?

Nurse: What are you talking about?

Anna: I just heard you on the phone. Just tell me: How much longer do I have?

Nurse: I wasn’t talking about you. A student of mine didn’t do well on her science test. So, she won’t be able to make it … to graduation.

Anna: Whew. Thank goodness! For a minute, my whole life passed before my eyes. There are so many things I haven’t done yet.

Nurse Well, life is short. It’s important to do something you love every day.
Anna: I couldn’t agree more.

Nurse: Now, let’s talk about your blood test. Your cholesterol is really low.

Anna: Awesome!

(Next, Anna is sitting in a sound studio with Jonathan.)

Jonathan: Okay, Anna, say something and I’ll check your sound level.

Anna: Testing 1, 2, 3. Testing. Jonathan, I’ve been wondering something: What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Jonathan: That’s easy. I’d love to win the World Karaoke Contest.

Anna: This is so strange. I just saw on Twitter that they are having auditions in D.C. this weekend!

Jonathan: Are you serious? Can you read the story by yourself?

Anna: Sure, absolutely.

Jonathan: Thanks!

Anna: You go.

(Anna goes outside and talks to Penelope.)

Anna: Penelope, I was wondering if you still dream of being a dancer.

Penelope: Only every day!

Anna: Well, guess what: A famous dancer is having a flash mob around the corner! Hundreds of people are dancing together!

Penelope: No way!

Anna: Way! If you leave right now, you can join them! Bye!

(Anna then sits with Pete in the office kitchen.)

Anna: Pete, what’s one of your dreams?

Pete: Well, last night I dreamt I was in a spaceship. I was flying through outer space with these two beautiful…

Anna: Pete — not that kind of dream. I mean your hopes for the future.

Pete Oh. I plan on selling my book to Hollywood and becoming rich and famous.

Anna: That’s going to be difficult.

Pete: It’s my agent! Hello? Uh-huh. Sure! I can be in Los Angeles tomorrow!

Anna: Well, good job, Anna! My work here is done … almost.

(Music plays as Anna talks to many more coworkers)

MUSIC: You can search but you won’t find the answer without a dream. You can reach for the stars but you won’t get there without a dream…without a dream.

(Then, Anna is sitting at her work desk.)

Ms. Weaver: Anna, what’s going on? Where is everybody?

Anna: I don’t know. Maybe something is, uh, going around the office.

Ms. Weaver: You mean germs? Anna, you’d better use some of this hand cleaner. You don’t want to get sick, too.

Anna: Right. Okay, thanks. Not germs – dreams, Ms. Weaver. Dreams.

Ms. Weaver: What did you say, Anna?

Anna: Nothing. Nothing.

Prof. Bot: We hope you have enjoyed Level 2 of Let’s Learn English. Everyone is following their dreams, big and small.

Prof. Bot: What are your dreams? Our dream is for you to keep learning English! Thanks for watching.

2. Watch Lesson 30: “Dream a Little Dream” American English video lesson.

3. Take Lesson 30: “Dream a Little Dream” quiz to check your American English knowledge. Click here to take the quiz.

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

Think of this statement: When choosing a career, a person should seek self-fulfillment rather
than money. It is more important to ‘live one’s dream’ than to earn a good salary.
Begin by saying whether you agree or disagree. Then list the main factors that influence a
person’s choice of career. Consider whether some jobs are more worthwhile than others. Discuss the importance of a good salary when choosing a career.

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