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Jonathan: In this lesson we’ll learn about prepositions and how to give and receive indoor directions, from a conversation between Sheila and Mark in their office,
Dede: Sheila doesn’t know where the bathrooms are and is asking Mark for help.
Jonathan: Sheila and Mark are in a work situation, so Sheila is speaking politely with Mark. However, it’s not overly formal and Mark speaks to Sheila quite casually because she is the intern.
Dede: Alright, you ready?
Jonathan: Let's listen to the conversation!
Dede:

Lesson conversation

Sheila: Hi, Mark, I was looking for the restroom, but I got lost. Could you point me in the right direction?
Mark: Oh sure, no problem. To get to the restrooms, you have to go down the hallway to the left and take the escalator up to the third floor. They're the first door on the right.
Sheila: Is that by the vending machines?
Mark: No, you take a right out from the escalator and then go past the cafeteria on the right. The vending machines are on the left, so go the other way.
Sheila: Ah, thanks, I think I understand now. Can I get you anything while I'm up there?
Mark: Actually, that would be great. Can you pick up a coffee for me. (loud) Anyone else want a coffee? The intern's going on a run! (various voices pipe up). Okay, so that's four black coffees and one with cream and sugar.
Sheila: Uhhh... Okay... Anything else?
Mark: Oh yeah, a dozen doughnuts. Here's a couple of extra bucks so you can pick up something for yourself.
Sheila: Heh, okay.
Mark: Oh, and please don't forget to wash your hands.
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Sheila: Hi, Mark, I was looking for the restroom, but I got lost. Could you point me in the right direction?
Mark: Oh sure, no problem. To get to the restrooms, you have to go down the hallway to the left and take the escalator up to the third floor. They're the first door on the right.
Sheila: Is that by the vending machines?
Mark: No, you take a right out from the escalator and then go past the cafeteria on the right. The vending machines are on the left, so go the other way.
Sheila: Ah, thanks, I think I understand now. Can I get you anything while I'm up there?
Mark: Actually, that would be great. Can you pick up a coffee for me. (loud) Anyone else want a coffee? The intern's going on a run! (various voices pipe up). Okay, so that's four black coffees and one with cream and sugar.
Sheila: Uhhh... Okay... Anything else?
Mark: Oh yeah, a dozen doughnuts. Here's a couple of extra bucks so you can pick up something for yourself.
Sheila: Heh, okay.
Mark: Oh, and please don't forget to wash your hands.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Dede: Sheila’s going to have a hard time carrying all that coffee back to the office!
Jonathan: Haha, well it's usually the responsibility of the intern or most junior member of the office to get coffee and snacks for everyone else.
Dede: That’s not fair! The interns have their own work to do!
Jonathan: True, but this comes from the idea that the intern’s time is not as valuable as other staff members even if the intern is hard-working and diligent.
Dede: I’m not sure how I feel about that…
Jonathan: I don’t think it’s too bad – it's almost a tradition within an office and almost everyone there did the same when they were juniors or interns.
Dede: I guess so… it still seems a bit unfair though… And I’m never going to get you coffee.
Jonathan: (laughs) Fair enough. Shall we move on to the vocab?
Dede: Sure!
Vocabulary and Phrases
Dede: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
: The first word we shall see is:
Jonathan: restroom [natural native speed]
Dede: bathroom, toilet
Jonathan: restroom [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jonathan: restroom [natural native speed]
: Next:
Jonathan: buck [natural native speed]
Dede: slang for dollar
Jonathan: buck [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jonathan: buck [natural native speed]
: Next:
Jonathan: hallway [natural native speed]
Dede: corridor, hall, long connecting room
Jonathan: hallway [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jonathan: hallway [natural native speed]
: Next:
Jonathan: escalator [natural native speed]
Dede: a motorized staircase to get between different floors
Jonathan: escalator [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jonathan: escalator [natural native speed]
: Next:
Jonathan: vending machine [natural native speed]
Dede: an electronic automatic selling machine, usually for drinks or snacks
Jonathan: vending machine [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jonathan: vending machine [natural native speed]
: Next:
Jonathan: to pick up [natural native speed]
Dede: to get or to buy
Jonathan: to pick up [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jonathan: to pick up [natural native speed]
: Next:
Jonathan: to go on a run [natural native speed]
Dede: to go on a trip to get a specific item
Jonathan: to go on a run [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jonathan: to go on a run [natural native speed]
: Next:
Jonathan: direction [natural native speed]
Dede: the way to go
Jonathan: direction [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jonathan: direction [natural native speed]
: Next:
Jonathan: black [natural native speed]
Dede: for coffee, without cream or sugar
Jonathan: black [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jonathan: black [natural native speed]
: Next:
Jonathan: dozen [natural native speed]
Dede: twelve of an item
Jonathan: dozen [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Jonathan: dozen [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Dede: Let's have a closer look at the usuage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Jonathan: The first word/phrase we’ll look at is....
Dede: That’s it for our vocab. Let’s take a look at some of the phrases we have from this dialogue.
Jonathan: Sure thing. We have three and our first is…
Dede: “Could you point me in the right direction?”
Jonathan: Sheila says this when she is asking Mark to tell her the correct way to go to the restroom. We can also use it when we just want general directions to somewhere. The next phrase is…
Dede: “The intern's going on a run!”
Jonathan: Mark says this but he doesn’t actually mean that Sheila is going running. “To go on a run” is a phrasal verb that is used informally to mean that one person is going to go buy or pick up things for several people like we talked about. When someone is “going on a run” though, they aren’t buying it by themselves- they will get paid back by everyone who made an “order” with them. Usually we use this term for food or drink like “going on a pizza run” or “making a beer run”.
Dede: Yeah, remember that I will never make a run for you.
Jonathan: (laughs) I understand, ready for the last phrase?
Dede: Sure, last up we have “Here's a couple of extra bucks so you can pick up something for yourself.”
Jonathan: See, it really isn’t so bad for Sheila to make a coffee run for everyone else, she gets a free drink out of it!
Dede: I guess so. I guess Mark appreciates Sheila’s efforts and is giving her some money to buy something for herself…
Jonathan: Yep! OK Then, I think we’re ready for our lesson focus.
Dede: Sure!

Lesson focus

Dede: The focus of this lesson is prepositions and words for giving and receiving directions indoors.
Jonathan: That’s right. In this lesson, we’ll be looking at a few ways that indoor directions are different than outdoor directions
Dede: Mark says “To get to the restrooms you have to go down the hallway to the left and take the escalator up to the third floor.”
Jonathan: Exactly. Here he uses a kind of tricky phrase – he says to go down the hallways but then go up the escalator… Why do you think that is?
Dede: Well… Maybe because they are on Capitol Hill?
Jonathan: Haha, it’s not a hill inside though! Actually, we can say go “down” or go “up” a hallway or corridor. It means the same thing!
Dede: English is weird…
Jonathan: Haha, that’s true. What do you think are some other words we can use for indoor directions?
Dede: Well, I guess, upstairs and downstairs…
Jonathan: Perfect! Anything else?
Dede: Uhh, take the elevator...
Jonathan: Great, where to?
Dede: I guess… the third floor? Or the basement.
Jonathan: Sure!
Dede: Ah, and we can talk about doors, like “it’s the second door on the left."
Jonathan: Wonderful! Let’s listen to some examples of these words! Let’s say we are in a department store, where do you want to go?
Dede: The Jewelry Department!
Jonathan: Alright, our listeners at home might want to try and draw a map of these directions.
Dede: Good idea!
Jonathan: Ready?
Dede: Let’s go!
Jonathan: OK. So start in the lobby on the first floor. Then we’ll go down the hallway 5 doors until you get to the elevators.
Dede: I see.
Jonathan: Then take the elevators to the 3rd floor. Turn to the right go about 100 meters.
Dede: Sure.
Jonathan: There’ll be an escalator there, take it to the fourth floor, then turn right. You’re there!
Dede: Yay!
Jonathan: Were you able to follow my directions?
Dede: Try listening to Jonathan’s directions until you can understand every line.
Jonathan: Good idea!
Dede: So what are you buying me at the jewelry department?
Jonathan: I’ll buy you jewelry when you go on a coffee run for me!
Dede: Haha, ok! I will.
Jonathan: Well that’s all the time we have for this lesson!
Dede: As always, thanks for listening! Come back soon for Lesson 7.

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Hello Listeners! Could you point us in the direction of your favorite coffee shop?

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Hi!

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These two make me laugh a lot while teaching me.

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It would depend on the context whether this is rude or not. Normally you wouldn't remind an adult to wash their hands after the bathroom, it is heard often towards children.


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Hi there.

Mark says to Sheila to wash her hands at the end of the dialogue, is that normal, it looks harsh? I mean it doesn't hurt the feeling of that person?

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