11. A: I knocked on your door several times last week, but you weren’t home. B: No, I wasn’t. I was in Sacramento. A: Oh. What did you do in Sacramento? B: I visited my daughter and her husband. A: That last time I talked to you, you said your daughter was pregnant. B: That’s right. She had her baby two weeks ago. 12. A: Did you hear what happened to Tony yesterday? B: No, I didn’t. What happened to Tony? A: He burned himself while he was cooking. B: Did he put cold water on the burn? A: Yes, he did. Fortunately, it wasn’t very serious. B: I’m glad he didn’t burn himself badly. 13. A: San Francisco used to be a lot smaller than it is. B: There weren’t so many large buildings. A: People used to take the ferry to Oakland. B: There weren’t any bridges a long time ago. A: People took cable cars everywhere. B: There used to be many more cable cars. 14. A: There was an earthquake in San Francisco in 1906. B: Was it a big earthquake? A: Yes, it was. And it was terrible. It caused a huge fire. B: Did the fire destroy a lot of homes? A: Yes, it did. People lived in tents for a long time. B: I’m glad I wasn’t in San Francisco in 1906. 15. A: Highway 280 used to be a small, two lane road. B: There weren’t so many cars then. A: Highway 101 used to be the only large highway on the peninsula. A: I didn’t move to San Francisco until the nineties. B: Silicon Valley used to be orchards and farms. A: I know. I used to live in Palo Alto. But I moved when the landlord raised the rent. 16. A: I used to work in a restaurant downtown. B: How long did you work in that restaurant? A: I worked there for four years. Then, I changed jobs. B: What job did you change to? A: I became an electrician. B: How did you learn that skill? A: I enrolled in a training program at Evans Campus. 17. A: I had a lot of trouble with my car last week. B: What was the problem? A: It didn’t start on cold mornings. B: Your car runs fine now. How did you solve that problem? A: I took the car to the dealer where I bought it. B: Was the repair work expensive? A: Yes, it was. They charged me $200.00 to fix the ignition. 18. A: When did you move to this country? B: I moved to the United States two years ago. A: Did you come here alone or with your family? B: I came here alone. My family moved here a year later. A: Were you lonely that first year? B: Yes, I was. But, when my family came, I was happy. 19. A: Tell me what you did when you first got to San Francisco? B: We did a lot of things the first day. We bought a car. A: What else? Did you go out to dinner? B: Yes, we did. Then, after dinner, we went dancing. A: Did you have a good time? B: Yes, we did. The next day, we drove around San Francisco. 20. A: Tell me about your childhood. Where did you grow up? B: I grew up on a farm near Guadalajara, Mexico. A: Did you have a nice farm? Did you have animals? B: Yes, we had a lot of animals. We had pigs, chickens, and cows. A: Did you take care of the animals? B: Yes, I did. It was a lot of work. I had to get up very early. I fed a lot of chickens.
Welcome to Grammartalk. This blog contains conversation practices that focus on the grammar of English. The conversations are what people might really say in each situation. However, the grammar is stressed. A good way to use Grammartalk is to practice the conversations, and also notice the grammar in the questions and answers. This site is a good place to practice both conversation and grammar. Also, check out the other blogs: Dialogue Workout, Consonants for ESL Students, and ESL Audio Files. There is a lot of material here for students of English as a Second Language. Enjoy!