Here is Level 2, Lesson 30: “Dream a Little Dream” adapted from VOA Learning English.
- 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.
(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.
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.
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2. Watch Lesson 30: “Dream a Little Dream” American English video lesson.
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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.