Lesson 55: Around the Neighborhood

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Dialogue

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: around the neighborhood. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about things you can find in a neighborhood.

Kevin:
Dorothy, I want to talk about things that are in a neighborhood. I live near an intersection.
Dorothy:
I live in the city so I have lots of things in my neighborhood. There’s a bus stop close to my home.
Kevin:
Are there a lot of apartment buildings in your area?
Dorothy:
Yes, there are. We also have a parking garage nearby.
Kevin:
Right outside my home is a streetlight. It helps to see when we arrive home at night.
Dorothy:
I have a fire hydrant close to my home.
Kevin:
That’s important in case there’s a fire. What about a mailbox?
Dorothy:
There’s one down the road on the corner.
Kevin:
Do you have to walk on the sidewalk to get to it?
Dorothy:
Yes, I do. The mailbox is next to the stop sign.

Vocabulary

Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

intersection (n) a place where two streets come together and cross
I live at the intersection of Main and Front Street.
bus stop (n) a place where the bus stops to let people on and off the bus
There are many people waiting at the bus stop.
buildings (n – plural) a structure like a house, hospital, or school with walls
There are many buildings in a city.
parking garage (n) a building where people usually pay to park their cars
The parking garage is full of cars.
streetlight (n) a light on a tall pole so people can see at night
The streetlight is bright.
fire hydrant (n) a large water pipe in the street that firefighters us to put out fires
Firefighters connect a hose to the fire hydrant.
mailbox (n) a public box where letters and packages are placed for pickup
She has three letters she needs to put in the mailbox.
corner (n) the place where two streets meet
The supermarket is on the corner of Main Street.
sidewalk (n) a concrete or cement place to walk on the side of a street
You should walk on the sidewalk and not the street.
stop sign (n) a sign telling drivers to stop and wait until it’s safe to go
The stop sign is on the corner of the street.

Exercise

Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. Where are some places to park cars in your neighborhood?
    1. There’s a parking garage down the road from my home.
    2. In my neighborhood, we park our cars on the street.
    3. Your answer:
  2. What would you change about your neighborhood?
    1. It’s dark on my street at night. I would like to see more streetlights.
    2. There are not enough places to park. I would like to see a parking garage built.
    3. Your answer:
  3. What do you like about your neighborhood?
    1. It has a lot of stores we can walk to.
    2. My children’s school is close. We don’t have to drive there and get stuck in a traffic jam.
    3. Your answer:
  4. How far are you from the center of the city?
    1. I don’t live in the city. I have to drive one hour to get to the center.
    2. I’m in walking distance of the center of the city.
    3. Your answer:
  5. How do neighbors help each other?
    1. My neighbors watch our house when we are away on vacation.
    2. One time my neighbor help me mow the lawn when I was sick.
    3. Your answer:

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Tell me about some of the things in your neighborhood.
  2. What do you like and dislike about your neighborhood?
  3. Why don’t people use the sidewalk sometimes?
  4. What do people do in your neighborhood?
  5. Do you have good neighbors? Why or why not?

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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