Dialogues
Dialogues for working with pronunciation, stress patterns and intonation

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Dialogues for working with pronunciation, stress patterns and intonation

As well as paying attention to and practising intonation and stress patterns, also pay attention to the elision or linking of words in these dialogues. You will find that the dialogue has been recorded twice. The first time we have not included time for you to repeat the sentences as it is helpful to listen to the conversation in its entirety, and note the stress and rhythm patterns. The second time we have left a space for you to repeat the sentences.

Note: After you have practised the dialogue the second time where we have left a space for you to repeat what the trainer has said, listen to the dialogue again with no pause for you to repeat. While you do this, mimic and repeat with the trainer at the same time as they are speaking, and try to copy their intonation and rhythm exactly.


1st Dialogue

Conversation with a travel agent on the telephone.
A: Hello, World travel.
B: Hello, I’d like to fly return to Madrid. Can you tell me how much it would cost?
A: When would you like to travel?
B: I’d like to go on Thursday the thirtieth, and come back on Friday the thirteenth.
A: Then…… I’m afraid you’ll have to pay full fare. Then… that’s… $2,000 return (round trip).
B: Hang on, I’m just getting my pen. How much did you say it was?
A: That’s $2,000.
B: As much as that!
A: You can’t wait and come back on the thirtieth? You can get a special reduction if you stay longer. It would only be $1,500.
B: I’ll do that then. Can you give me the times and flight numbers?
A: Yes. On the way there you leave London, Heathrow at twelve thirty, and arrive in Madrid at three thirty – flight number 1 773.
B: And coming back?
A: You leave Madrid at four twenty, and arrive back at seven ten. Shall I make a reservation then?
B: Yes please. My name is …….. (practise saying your name clearly).
A: Could I have your address and telephone number too, please?
B: My address is …….. and the number is….. (practise your address and telephone number)
A: Thank you. Remember you need to pay before the fifteenth of April.
B: Good. Thanks a lot for your help. Bye.
A: Good Bye.

First Dialogue with no pause


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First Dialogue with pause


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2nd Dialogue

Conversation between two friends who have met in the street.

A: Joe, Hi. Haven’t seen you in a while.
B: Yes. I’ve just returned from a trip to Havana.
A: How was it?
B: It was great!
A: Have you been there before?
B: Lots of times. My mother and father go over there every two years.
A: Really? Why do they do that?
B: My parents were both born in Havana. They came to Australia when they were teenagers. Have you ever been overseas?
A: Yes. I went to Hawaii the year there was that long University holiday.
B: That’s right, I think I remember that.
A: Well, we were hoping to go again this year at the end of this term, but prices have gone up so much.
B: Yes. It’s terrible. Funnily enough, I have a friend with a hotel in Hawaii. Maybe I could get you a cheap rate.
A: That would be great. Could you give me a call at home on 9337-1039. I’m usually there between 3 and 9.
B: Sure thing. I’d better go now. Speak to you soon.
A: Yes. See you, and thanks.

Second Dialogue with no pause


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Second Dialogue with pause


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3rd Dialogue

Between a shop (sales) assistant (SA) and a customer (C)
SA: Good morning. May I help you?
C: Yes, please. I am looking for a pair of long black
trousers.
SA: Certainly. Are they for work or for something else?
C: I need them for work. They need to be just plain black
with no pockets, in material that doesn’t need ironing.
SA: Oh, so you want plain black drip dry trousers.
C: Yes.
SA: What size do you wear?
C: Usually medium, with an extra long leg.
SA: We should have a pair in stock. I’ll just get them for you. — Here you are. Would you like to try them on?
C: Yes, please. Where is the fitting room?
SA: It’s right over there near the mirror.
SA: How are they?
C: They’re a bit tight around the waist. The length is good though and they’re the right shade of black. Do
you have a pair slightly bigger around the waist?
SA: I think so. I’ll just get them for you. — What luck! – this is the last pair.
C: Thank you.
SA: That looks better. How does it feel?
C: They fit well. How much do they cost?
SA: They’re on sale. They’re only 20 dollars.
C: I’ll take them, thanks. Can I use my credit card?
SA: Yes, certainly sir. I’ll put them in a bag while you get ready.—- Which card would you like to use?
C: This one, thanks. I‘ve been looking for trousers like these for a while!
SA: We do have quite a wide range of styles and colours to choose from in our shop.
C: Thank you very much. Bye.
SA: You’re welcome. Thank you. Bye.

Third Dialogue with no pause


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Third Dialogue with pause


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