Lesson 28: I Passed It!

Let's Learn English - Level 1














Anna tells her roommate, Marsha, about the problems she had in her driving test. Then Anna says she wants to drive to a special place in Washington, D.C. Where will she drive?



Let's Learn English - Level 1 - Lesson 28: I Passed It!



Anna: Hello! Guess what this is? This is my driver’s license! I passed my driving test!
Today, I rented a car so I can drive around Washington, D.C. You can see more of the city this way. Marsha!
Marsha: Anna, did you get your driver’s license?
Anna: I did! But it was not easy.
Marsha: Why? What happened?
Anna: Well, you know, I can drive farm equipment really well. But I was really nervous driving in Washington, D.C. traffic!
Marsha: Did you pass the test the first time?
Anna: Well…no. But I did pass the second time.
Marsha: What happened during the first test?
Anna: It started fine.
John: Okay … Anna. Is your seatbelt buckled?
Anna: Yes, sir!
John: Great. Please start the car.
Anna: (to herself) Okay, Anna, start the car.Started the car. Good job, Anna.
John: Why are you talking to yourself?
Anna: I am a little nervous. When I’m nervous, I talk to myself.
John: You don't need to be nervous.
Anna: Listen to that engine!
John: Please, stop pushing the gas pedal!
Anna: Sorry.
John: Okay, when you are ready, turn.
Anna: Great!
John: Not now! You almost hit that car!
Anna: You said “turn!”
John: Look first! There were cars in the street.
Anna: Please don’t yell at me!
John: I’m sorry! I was afraid.
Anna: You were yelling.
John: Look out for that car! Brake! Brake!!
Anna and John: Ahhh!
Anna: Why is everyone honking at us?
John: You were driving too slow! Anna, stay on the street!
John: Hands on the wheel, Anna.
Anna: What’s that sound?
John: That, Anna, is the police.
Marsha: That sounds awful.
Anna: Yes, it did not go well. But, I practiced and passed the second time!
Marsha: Do you know where you want to take your first drive in Washington, D.C.?
Anna: Yes! Let’s go!
Anna: There it is … the White House!
Marsha: Anna, you do know you can’t drive up to the White House, don’t you?
Anna: Yes. No. I didn’t know. I guess we walk from here!
Anna: Sometimes you can see more of Washington, D.C. in a car. If you want to see the White House, you need to walk. Until next time … !

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.

The learning strategy for this lesson isSelf-Talk . When we need to be more confident, we can use Self-Talk.

In this lesson, Anna uses Self-Talk. Notice that John asks her about it.

John: Why are you talking to yourself?
Anna: I am a little nervous. When I’m nervous, I talk to myself.
John: You don't need to be nervous.

Talking to yourself in English can have two benefits. It may help you relax and do better. It can also give you more chance to practice using English. How about you? Do you sometimes talk to yourself?
afraid - adj. feeling fear
brake - v. to use the brake on a vehicle
- n. a device for slowing or stopping something (such as a wheel or vehicle)
buckle - v. to fasten (something, such as a belt) with a buckle
equipment - n. supplies or tools needed for a special purpose
gas pedal - n. a pedal in a vehicle that is pressed down to make the vehicle go faster
Guess what? - expression. a phrase used to build anticipation
pass / passed - v. to complete a test or a class successfully
police - n. the people or the department of people who enforce laws, investigate crimes, and make arrests
seat belt - n. a strap on a vehicle's seat that holds a person in the seat if there is an accident
tractor - n. a short, heavy truck that is designed to pull a large trailer
traffic - n. all the vehicles driving along a certain road or in a certain area
turn - v. to move in a particular direction and especially toward the left or right
turn signal - n. one of the lights on a vehicle that flash to indicate that the vehicle is turning left or right
White House - n. the place in Washington, D.C., where the U.S. President lives
yell - v. to say (something) very loudly especially because you are angry, surprised, or are trying to get someone's attention
Imperative verb forms, Past tense of BE






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