1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
Think about your friends and family. Who are you similar to? Who are you different from? Each of us has many people in our lives. However, we most enjoy being with those who we have things in common with. For example, if you and your sister both love New Year’s, you might enjoy hosting a New Year’s Eve party together. Or you and your best friend might both love gardening. Next time he is working in his garden, you might enjoy giving him a hand.
When you have something in common with another person, you both enjoy the same things. You might even look or act the same. If you share a characteristic or experience, then you have something in common. We usually love it when we get to spend time with those who have things in common with us. But it can be awkward to be with people who don’t have anything in common with us.
Dominique recently learned that her family will travel to visit her soon. Find out if this is good news in today’s English soap opera.
3. Watch - Watch the video without reading the dialog.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Kelsey: Hey, Dominique. Need a hand?
Kelsey: That’s fun!
Kelsey: I don’t see my family very often, so even though I don’t have much in common with some of them, it’s always fun to visit.
Dominique: How often do you see them?
Dominique: You seem preoccupied.
Kelsey: Sorry, Sheila was worried she wasn’t going to be able to make it on her vacation because of a storm. Now, I’m worried I won’t be able to travel, either!
Dominique: A storm, huh? Interesting! Maybe, my family won’t be visiting after all! We’ll see. I see them fairly often. I’m sorry, I hope you make it, it doesn’t seem too stormy out.
Kelsey: I hope so!
Dominique: The decorations are looking good.
Dominique: There’s much more space in here than my apartment!
Kelsey offers to help Dominique decorate for her New Year’s party. Dominique tells her that she had wanted to relax during the holidays, but her family is going to travel to visit her instead. Kelsey thinks that this sounds fun, but Dominique tells her that it will be awkward because she doesn’t have much in common with her family. Kelsey understands because she also doesn’t have much in common with her family. However, Kelsey is excited to visit them soon.
Dominique asks why Kelsey seems worried. Then, Kelsey tells her about the big storm that is coming. She explains that she is preoccupied because her flight might be canceled. Dominique is happy because this means that her family might not come to visit. Then, she sees that Kelsey is sad. Dominique tells her that she hopes everything is OK for her holiday plans.
Do you have much in common with your family? Do you often travel during the winter?