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Children's Books: Reading Time

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Girl: Dad, will you read to me?

Dad: Uh, let me finish the newspaper first?

Girl: You've been saying that forever!

Dad: Well, how about reading the business section of the newspaper together?

Girl: That's boring. Let's read this book. It's about a bear and cat that becomes friends. [Okay] And these books too.

Dad: Whoa. I thought you said one book. There must be ten here.

Girl: My teacher, Mrs. Green, says you have to read to me every night, and the newspaper doesn't count. And let's eat some popcorn and cookies while we're reading

Dad: Well, it's bedtime right now. So, okay, here we go. Once upon a time in a deep, dark forest, lived a brown bear . . .

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • section (noun): a separate part of a book or newspaper
    - Be sure to read this section of the book carefully. It will help you understand the story better.

  • boring (adjective): not interesting
    - The book was very boring, so I decided to read a different one.

  • whoa: used to show surprise
    - Whoa! You can read really well. That's great!

  • count (verb): be included, allowed, or accepted
    - You are supposed to read 300 pages before the end of the school year, but remember that comic books don't count. You have to read story books.

  • bedtime (noun): the time when you normally go to bed
    - I often read a book or watch TV before bedtime.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.

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