5th June 2020
Two women meet in the city centre
Anna Excuse me, do you speak English ?
Jane Yes, I speak a little English.
Anna Sorry, I don’t speak Vietnamese (or Arabic, Spanish, etc)
Jane Are you English ?
Anna No, I am American. Nice to meet you.
Jane Nice to meet you too.
Pronunciation of the schwa / ə/ sound: mother / teacher / banker / banana
Two women meet at a street restaurant
Lyn Do you understand English ?
Mia Sorry, I don’t understand English.
Lyn I understand a little Vietnamese.
Mia What’s your job ?
Lyn I’m a teacher. What’s your job ?
Mia I’m a doctor
[Culture note – in English, we always say ‘please’, ‘thank you’ & ‘sorry’]