Lesson 47: How Can I help?

Let's Learn English - Level 1














Pete is fixing his car. Can Anna help him? She was fixing cars when she was a teenager.



Let's Learn English - Level 1 - Lesson 47: How Can I help?



Anna: Hi, Pete. What are you doing?
Pete: Oh! Hi, Anna. Right now, I am fixing my car.
Anna: How’s it going?
Pete: It’s going … not so good.
Anna: How can I help? I was planning to visit some friends. But if you need help, I can help. I like helping.
Pete: Anna, I can fix it myself. But thanks.
Anna: Pete, I think I found your problem. These are spark plugs. (holds them up)
Anna: They start the engine.
Pete: I know that, Anna. But there were too many spark plugs … in there. So I took out the extra ones.
Anna: There are no extras, Pete. You need all of them. Pete, can you fix a car yourself?
Pete: Well, Anna, last night I was watching the online video course, “You CAN Fix a Car Yourself!”
Dan: Yes, you CAN fix your car yourself!
Pete: And I watched the first 10 lessons. So, I think I know what I’m doing.
Anna: How many lessons are there?
Pete: Four hundred and fifty.
Anna: 450! That'll take too long! If I fix your car, I'll have it running in 10 to 15 minutes.
Anna: Where’re your tools?
Pete: I have this. (puts a useless tool in her hand). And this. (hands her another useless tool)
Anna: Great. Um, I’ll get my tools. I’ll be back in a flash!
Pete: But, Anna, I don’t need your ...
(She goes and quickly comes back with tools.)
Pete: … help.
Anna: Pete, when I was a teenager, I was fixing cars -- myself. I learned from a master.
Anna: You can trust me.
Pete: Okay.
Anna: Great! But we need teamwork. You sit in the car. When I say “go,” you start the engine.
Anna: Okay, go! ​
Anna: Stop!
Anna: Okay, go! Huh.
Pete: It's not starting! It’s not starting!
Anna:What’s wrong?
Pete: This car is stupid … stupid, stupid!
Anna: Pete, kicking the tires will not help.
Pete: Well, you did not help, Anna. You did not help!!
Anna: Pete, Pete! Pull yourself together, man. Give me the keys. I must feel the key in the ignition and turn it myself.
Master: Use the key, Anna. Turn the key, Anna. What are you forgetting, Anna?
Anna: Pete. Pete.
Pete: What?
Anna: You are out of gas.
Pete:I can’t be out of gas. (looks at gauge) I’m out of gas. Sorry, Anna. I’ll go get some.
Anna: Pete. You relax. Clean your face. You can watch the rest of your online video course. It’ll be faster if I go … in a flash. Until next time …
Dan (in the online video course): “Lesson 11. Always make sure you have a full tank of gas!”

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

The learning strategy for this lesson is Access Information Sources. In today's computer age, it is easy to learn online. But you can also learn from people who have experience.

In this lesson, Pete learns to fix his car by watching an online video course. Anna tells Pete that she learned to fix cars from someone who had many years of experience. She calls her teacher "a master," and she remembers her master's words when she helps Pete with his car. Both Pete and Anna are accessing information sources to learn.

What sources of information do you use, or access, as you are learning English?

course - n. a series of classes about a particular subject in a school
engine - n. a machine that changes energy (such as heat from burning fuel) into mechanical motion
face - n. the front part of the head that has the eyes, nose and mouth on it
fix - v. to make (something) whole or able to work properly again orto repair (something)
flash - n. a sudden appearance or occurrence of something
ignition - n. the electrical system in an engine that causes the fuel to burn so that the engine begins working
key - n. a device that is used to open a lock or start an automobile
kick - v.to hit (someone or something) with your foot
master - n. a person who has become very skilled at doing something
spark plug - n. a part of an engine that produces a spark that makes the fuel burn
stupid - adj. informal. used to refer to something in an angry or irritated way
tank - n.a container for holding a liquid or gas
tire - n. a rubber ring that usually contains air and that fits around the wheel of a car or bicycle
tool - n. something (such as a hammer, saw or shovel) that you hold in your hand and use for a particular task
video - n. a movie, television show or event that has been recorded so that it can be watched on a television or computer screen
Review of past and present continuous; review of reflexive pronouns






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