Lesson 46: May I Borrow That?

Let's Learn English - Level 1














Anna finds out it's Marsha's birthday. She wants to give her a present. But she does not have much money. What will she do?



Let's Learn English - Level 1 - Lesson 46: May I Borrow That?



Anna: Have a nice day at work Marsha!
Marsha: You too, Anna. Oh, wait. Do you have pen and paper I can borrow?
Anna: Of course.
Marsha: We are meeting at this restaurant tonight.
Anna: What is happening tonight?
Marsha: Today is my birthday. We are celebrating at 7pm tonight. Did you forget?
Anna: Sorry, Marsha! I gotta go! See you later!
Marsha: Don't forget! Tonight … 7pm!
Anna: I forgot Marsha’s birthday! And I don’t get my paycheck until next week. I know. I'll make her a gift. I’ll just have to borrow a couple of things.
Anna: Amelia, may I borrow your stapler?
Amelia: Sure. I can lend you my stapler, Anna. But please return it. It’s my favorite stapler.
Anna: You can trust me. I understand. One time, I loaned my stapler to the wrong person.
Anna: Thanks, Amelia.
Amelia: Don’t mention it. Bye, stapler!
Anna: Jonathan! Can I borrow your scissors?
Jonathan: Oh! Hi, Anna! What’re you doing?
Anna: Can I borrow your scissors? Sorry to bother you.
Jonathan: Yes, I can lend them to you, but you must return them. These scissors -- they are the sharpest scissors in the office. Watch.
Anna: Wow, those aresharp. I will be very careful.
Jonathan: Okay.
Anna: And I’ll bring them back tomorrow.
Jonathan: Good.
Anna: Thank you.
Jonathan: You're welcome.
Anna: Happy Birthday, Marsha! (gives Marsha a gift)
Marsha: Thanks, Anna! I love birthday gifts! Anna, it is … interesting. What is it?
Anna: Well, I know you love hats. And you need office supplies. So, this is your own office supply hat!
Marsha: Wow! That is a lot of office supplies!
Anna: Many people loaned or shared their supplies with me. Some people really love their office supplies. It has paper, pens, tape, erasers, rubber bands, binder clips, paper clips, and a light!
Marsha: What is the balloon for?
Anna: The balloon will help your friends find you. Let’s try it! You get a seat in the restaurant - I will find you!
Anna: Sometimes all the money in the world can’t buy the perfect gift. Until next time!

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

The learning strategy for this lesson is Act it Out. When we act out something, using our body instead of using words, we are finding another way to communicate our meaning. That helps when we do not know a word, or when it is too loud to talk. We can also use this strategy to build stronger memories of the things we are learning.

In this lesson, Anna wants to ask Jonathan if she can borrow his scissors. But he is listening to loud music, so she acts out using scissors. He understands that she wants to use his scissors easily before he hears her question.

Do you ever act out the new words you are learning in English? Try it with the new words for office supplies in this lesson. Say each word and make an action with your hands as if you are holding or using that thing. Does it help you learn the new words?

borrow - v. to take and use (something that belongs to someone else) for a period of time before returning it
bring back - phrasal verb. to return with (something or someone)
celebrate - v. to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion or holiday
gift - n. something that is given to another person
lend - v. to give (something) to (someone) to be used for a period of time and then returned
loan - v. to give (something) to (someone) for a period of time
mention - v. to talk or write about something or someone in a brief way
don't mention it -used to answer someone who has just thanked you for something
paycheck - n. the money that you regularly earn
sharp - adj. having a thin edge that is able to cut things
supplies - n. [plural] : things (such as food, equipment, fuel, and so on) that are needed for a particular purpose
Verbs lend, borrow, and loan






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