Dialogue

Vocabulary

Learn New Words FAST with this Lesson’s Vocab Review List

Get this lesson’s key vocab, their translations and pronunciations. Sign up for your Free Lifetime Account Now and get 7 Days of Premium Access including this feature.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Notes

Unlock In-Depth Explanations & Exclusive Takeaways with Printable Lesson Notes

Unlock Lesson Notes and Transcripts for every single lesson. Sign Up for a Free Lifetime Account and Get 7 Days of Premium Access.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Transcript

INTRODUCTION
Chihiro: Hey, everybody! Chihiro here. Tell Me in English Why This Is So Expensive!
Ryan: Hi! I’m Ryan.
Chihiro: In this lesson, you'll will learn how to talk about a plumbing problem.
Ryan: This conversation takes place at Drew's apartment.
Chihiro: The conversation is between Drew and Carl, the plumber.
Ryan: The speakers will be speaking formally.
Chihiro: Let’s listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Carl: Hi! I'm Carl from Carl's Plumbing Services. Thank you for calling us.
Drew: Thanks for coming so quickly.
Carl: What seems to be the problem?
Drew: Well, the sink in the kitchen is clogged. I tried to unclog it myself with Rooter Roter, but it didn't work very well.
Carl: I see. When did you begin to have trouble?
Drew: About a week ago. It's actually getting worse day by day even though I continued using the Rooter Roter for a bit.
Carl: Well, let me take a look at it. Let's just hope it's nothing too ugly... like what I found last week.
Drew: Umm... what DID you find?
Carl: Not for your ears sir.
(after checking the pipes under the sink).
Carl: Well, I found your problem.
Drew: Really? What was it?
Carl: You had a small towel in your drain.
Drew: What!? Really!? Well, no wonder!
Carl: That'll be fifty dollars please.
Drew: Fifty dollars!!
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Carl: Hi! I'm Carl from Carl's Plumbing Services. Thank you for calling us.
Drew: Thanks for coming so quickly.
Carl: What seems to be the problem?
Drew: Well, the sink in the kitchen is clogged. I tried to unclog it myself with Rooter Roter, but it didn't work very well.
Carl: I see. When did you begin to have trouble?
Drew: About a week ago. It's actually getting worse day by day even though I continued using the Rooter Roter for a bit.
Carl: Well, let me take a look at it. Let's just hope it's nothing too ugly... like what I found last week.
Drew: Umm... what DID you find?
Carl: Not for your ears sir.
(after checking the pipes under the sink).
Carl: Well, I found your problem.
Drew: Really? What was it?
Carl: You had a small towel in your drain.
Drew: What!? Really!? Well, no wonder!
Carl: That'll be fifty dollars please.
Drew: Fifty dollars!!
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Ryan: I heard plumbers make a lot of money.
Chihiro: I heard the same thing too. I remember one of my teachers complaining that his plumber friend earns more money than he does!
Ryan: Hmm, maybe I'll consider a change in career
Chihiro: In that case you can give me a discount when you fix my place up!
Ryan: I'll think about that. Listeners, if you ever need somebody to come over to your house to take a look at something, even if the problem can be fixed easily, you might still be charged with what's called a call out fee.
Chihiro: Basically what this means is that they charge you for the person coming to your house to take a look at the problem. Don't be surprised by the price, as it could be more expensive than you think!
VOCAB LIST
Chihiro: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
: The first word we shall see is:
Ryan: service [natural native speed]
Chihiro: work performed by a person or people who serve
Ryan: service [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: service [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: plumbing [natural native speed]
Chihiro: pipe system that allows water to flow through a building
Ryan: plumbing [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: plumbing [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: to clog [natural native speed]
Chihiro: to gradually block something so that something else cannot move through it with ease anymore
Ryan: to clog [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: to clog [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: worse [natural native speed]
Chihiro: inferior in quality
Ryan: worse [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: worse [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: trouble [natural native speed]
Chihiro: problem or inconvenience
Ryan: trouble [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: trouble [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: pipe [natural native speed]
Chihiro: hollow cylinder used to carry water or gas or other substances
Ryan: pipe [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: pipe [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: sink [natural native speed]
Chihiro: wide bowl-like object to catch the water from the faucet and drain it through a pipe
Ryan: sink [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: sink [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: problem [natural native speed]
Chihiro: an obstacle, a source of distress, a negative issue
Ryan: problem [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: problem [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: drain [natural native speed]
Chihiro: something to remove a liquid from a place
Ryan: drain [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: drain [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Chihiro: Let’s take a closer look at the usage for some of the phrases from this lesson.
Ryan: The first phrase is,
Chihiro: "not for your ears."
Ryan: What the plumber means by this is that the thing he found in the clogged sink before was so extreme, that he can't tell Drew, in other words, he doesn't want Drew to hear it. You can use this for the eyes as well, as in,
Chihiro: "not for your eyes"
Ryan: When you want to tell somebody that they can't see something. It's an expression that is commonly used by an adult to a child.
Chihiro: The next phrase we'll look at is,
Ryan: "no wonder."
Chihiro: This is a phrase used when you want to say that something is not surprising. Drew uses it to say that since the towel was in the pipe, then it's no surprise the water wasn't going down. You can however, use it as an exclamation, or you can use it as part of a sentence, as in,
Ryan: "no wonder he looks bad, he's caught a cold!"

Lesson focus

Chihiro: The focus of this lesson is verbs followed by other verbs. There are certain verbs in English that can be followed by another verb in its infinitive form or gerund form. Some verbs can only have one or the other. In this lesson, we'll look at the verbs that can be followed by both.
Ryan: Okay, before we dive into examples from the dialogue, tell us, Chihiro, what does infinitive and gerund mean again?
Chihiro: Well, the infinitive form of the verb is its most basic form, usually with to. And the gerund form of the verb is the -ing form of the verb. So if we have the verb "dance", the infinitive form would be "to dance", and the gerund form is "dancing".
Ryan: Now that that's clearer, let's take a look at this phrase from the dialogue.
Chihiro: “When did you begin to have trouble?”
Ryan: In that sentence, there are two verbs," begin" and "have." In this sentence, "have" is in the infinitive form, "to have". Let's take a look at another sentence.
Chihiro: “I continued using the Rooter Rotor”.
Ryan: The two verbs in this phrase are "continue" and "use." The second verb "use" is in the gerund form and becomes "using."
Chihiro: Each of these sentences has two verbs. Depending on the first verb, the second verb may be an infinitive or gerund. In these two cases, the first verb can be accompanied by either a gerund or an infinitive. Therefore;
Ryan: “When did you begin to have trouble?”
Chihiro: Can also be said as
Ryan: “When did you begin having trouble?”
Chihiro: And still be grammatically correct. Likewise,
Ryan: “I continued using the Rooter Rotor”
Chihiro: Can also be
Ryan: “I continued to use the Rooter Rotor”
Chihiro: Okay, here are some more verbs that can be followed by both gerund and infinitive
Ryan: The verb like – “He likes to eat there,” or, he “likes eating there.”
Chihiro: The verb love – “I love to sing in the rain,” or, “I love singing in the rain.”
Ryan: The verb prefer – “They prefer to play with the blocks,” or, “they prefer playing with the blocks.”
Chihiro: The verb start – “We started to walk through the forest,” or, “we started walking through the forest.”
Ryan: Now, before you start thinking that you're free to use either or, here's the catch. There's a difference in meaning with some verb combinations which depends on whether you use the infinitive or gerund.
Chihiro: Take these two sentences for example.
Ryan: “She remembered to buy milk.”
Chihiro: and
Ryan: “She remembered buying milk.”
Chihiro: In the first sentence, she remembered that she had to buy milk. But, in the second sentence, she has already bought the milk and she remembers doing so. So, as you can see, there's a difference in meaning. Watch out for these they pop-up every once in a while. Sometimes the meaning difference could be slight, and sometimes it could be cause for miscommunication.
Ryan: Here's another example.
Chihiro: “I regret telling him the truth”.
Ryan: and
Chihiro: “I regret to tell you the truth.”
Ryan: In the first example, Chihiro already told him the truth. In the second example, she's going to tell him the truth.
Chihiro: So some verbs, such as remember and regret do make a big difference whether they are followed by an infinitive or gerund.
Ryan: There are verbs that can only be followed by an infinitive or gerund, otherwise they'll be grammatically wrong, but we won't get into those in this lesson.
Chihiro: Well, we regret to inform you all that we must close the grammar point for this lesson now.

Outro

Chihiro: That just about does it for today. We’ll see you soon.
Ryan: Bye for now.

22 Comments

Hide
Please to leave a comment.
😄 😞 😳 😁 😒 😎 😠 😆 😅 😜 😉 😭 😇 😴 😮 😈 ❤️️ 👍

EnglishClass101.com Verified
Tuesday at 02:01 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hello Jonas,


Thanks for taking the time to write and share this with us.


We will review it and take relevant action.


I hope you're enjoying your studies with us.


Regards,

Éva

Team EnglishClass101.com

Jonas
Monday at 09:01 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hello,


Please have a look at the slideshow. I am afraid that the voices don't match the phrases below the words Trouble, Pipe and Problem.


Regards


Jonas

EnglishClass101.com Verified
Thursday at 07:19 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hello Jacquelin,


You are very welcome. 😇

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you good luck with your language studies.


Kind regards,

Levente

Team EnglishClass101.com

Jacquelin
Thursday at 06:43 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hello!

Thank you for this lesson.It's very useful in America.

EnglishClass101.com Verified
Saturday at 07:08 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hello Daniel,


Thanks for writing to us.


I'm not sure about that one, I imagine it's for some kind of plumbing system.


I hope this helps. 😄👍


Regards,

Éva

Team EnglishClass101.com

Daniel Naranjo
Friday at 08:21 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Please, what's the meaning of "Rooter Roter"? It's a brand of any machine in the kitchen? I was looking for the meaning on the web but I can´t find it. Thanks.

EnglishClass101.com Verified
Friday at 07:11 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hello Tahar AZIRI,


So sorry about that! We are continuously working on improving our site and materials, and our students' opinion is of highly value. I'll forward your feedback to our team for consideration!

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any further feedback or questions! Thank you!


Kind regards,

Levente

Team EnglishClass101.com

Tahar AZIRI
Thursday at 03:07 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hi everyone,

Some words are not explained in the lesson. So while studying, we usually and frequently have to move to external dictionary to check the meaning of words we don't understand.

So, I think that isn't it a good idea to give access to a choosen dictionary.

EnglishClass101.com Verified
Saturday at 04:22 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hello Az Ho,


Thank you so much for your heart! ❤️️❤️️

We are very happy that you like to study with us.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Kind regards,

Levente

Team EnglishClass101.com

Az Ho
Saturday at 02:22 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️