Approaching Classmates

Pay special attention to syllable and word stress as you complete these activities.

Part I: Tell some phrases you could use to approach a classmate for the first time and start a conversation. Your instructor will list them on the chalkboard. Examples:

1. Excuse me, could I please borrow a pen (a pencil, etc.)?

2. Do you happen to have the time (change for a dollar, etc.)?

3. Hello, my name is ...(name). What's yours?

4. What do you think of this weather (this activity, etc.)?

5. That's a beautiful sweater (jacket, etc.).

6. I've been wanting to talk to you for a long time. Can I buy you a cup of coffee?

7. Did you do the homework?

8. Have you started the project?

Exercise taken from Language and Culture in Depth: A Competency-Based Listening /Speaking Book