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Lesson 1: Meeting the Neighbors
She just moved in a few days ago.

I can listen to and understand introductions.

INTRODUCE

Introductions are a great way to start a conversation and enlarge your social circle.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

move in

fly in

meet [person]

run into [person]

start a new job

start taking [language] lessons

II. Which of the actions above make you feel excited, nervous, and worried? Choose one or two for each emotion.

  • excited

  • nervous

  • worried

III. Practice reading the words.

/v/

/b/

move

mob

very

berry

never

neighbor

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use ago, last, and this with time expressions to show when something happened.

Use ago after time expressions.

[number] days / weeks / months / years


a few days / weeks / months / years


a long time

 

 

ago

  • Rita moved in two weeks ago.
  • I started taking German lessons a long time ago.

Use last and this before nouns related to time.

 

 

last

night


week


summer

 

this

morning


afternoon

  • Gary met Mandy last night.
  • Mike ran into Sally this morning.

UNDERSTAND

LISTENING

Haru is talking to her neighbor Sofia in front of their apartment building.

TRIVIA

The English names of Italian cities are very different than Japanese names of Italian cities. The Japanese names are often closer to the original Italian names. In English, Firenze is Florence, Roma is Rome, and Milano is Milan.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Choose the correct word in the parentheses.

Hey, do you know Martin? He’s our new neighbor. I met him (this / last) morning. Martin is from England. He flew into Rome two days (ago / this), and he moved in (last / this) night. He said that his Italian isn’t very good, but he started taking Italian lessons (ago / last) month. Maybe you can practice your Italian together!

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the sentences with ago, last, or this. More than one answer may be possible.

  1. I went on a trip _____ summer.
  2. I started taking English lessons two years _____.
  3. I brushed my teeth _____ morning.
  4. I had a delicious hamburger _____ night.
  5. I met him two weeks _____.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You moved into a new apartment in Florence. Your Italian coworker lives in the same building.


Listen to your coworker introduce you to another neighbor, Anika. Then, call your friend and talk about your new neighbors.

Today's grammar tip

  • ago
  • last
  • this

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

INTRODUCTIONS

2

NEIGHBORS

3

MOVING

1

INTRODUCTIONS

  1. How do you feel when you introduce yourself to someone?
  2. When you introduce yourself, what kind of information do you give first?
  3. What kind of information do you not give?
  4. Have you ever introduced someone in English?

2NEIGHBORS

  1. Do you know your neighbors well?
  2. What do you like about your neighbors?
  3. What do you do when you meet a new neighbor?
  4. Do you sometimes invite your neighbors to your home?

3MOVING

  1. How many times have you moved?
  2. Imagine you have to move. What kind of house do you want to move into?
  3. Which city do you want to move to?
  4. Do you want to move to another country for work?

FEEDBACK

I can listen to and understand introductions.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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