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Lesson 39: It’s Unbelievable!


Summary

Anna sees an ad for a hair product on television. Her friend Pete is in the ad, so she believes that the product is a good one. She learns that she cannot believe everything she sees in television ads.

Speaking

In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn about using negative prefixes with adjectives.​

Pronunciation

Use this video to learn about the pronunciation of the words "comfortable" and "uncomfortable."

Conversation

Anna: Hello! Winter weather in Washington, D.C. can be really windy. And wind messes up my hair. It is really windy today. Look at my hair. Will it be windy this weekend? I’ll listen to the news. I am tired of my untidy hair.
Pete: Are you tired of your untidy hair?
Anna: Yes. Yes, I am. And it’s … uncomfortable.
Pete: Is it … uncomfortable?
Anna: Yes. Yes, it is! Hey, is that … Pete?
Pete: Hi. I’m Pete. And I have the perfect product for you -- Hair Be Good!
Pete: Just spray Hair Be Good on your hair … wrap in a towel … and you are done! Hair Be Good works and it’s inexpensive. One can costs only $10! So, go online and order your Hair Be Good today!
Anna: Hair Be Good sounds perfect! And I can trust Pete! I am buying some right now. Okay, I will order one can of Hair Be Good for $10. I’ll pay with a credit card. My delivery will arrive in 2 days. Awesome!
Anna: It arrived! I'll use it before I go to work. Okay, Hair Be Good, make my untidy hair tidy! No, make it … fabulous!
Amelia: Hi, Anna.
Anna: Hello, Amelia!
Amelia: Anna, you look … different.
Anna: Thanks! I used a new product called Hair Be Good.
Amelia: Well, it’s not.
Anna: It’s not what?
Amelia: Good. Your hair does not look good.
Anna: Oh, no! This is not good.
Amelia: Why don’t you go home and take care of … this.
Anna: Good idea.
Pete: Hi, Anna!
Anna: Hello, Pete.
Pete: Is something wrong?
Anna: This is wrong!
Pete: What did you do to your hair?
Anna: Hair Be Good did this to my hair.
Pete: Ah, you bought it!
Anna: Yes, I bought it. You said in your ad it was a perfect product. This is not perfect. This is imperfect!
Pete: It’s unbelievable!
Anna: I believed your ad, Pete. It was dishonest!
Pete: Anna, you don’t believe everything you see in ads, do you?
Anna: No, Pete. Just the ones with my friends.
Pete: Your hair will be okay. Just wash it ... a couple of times.
Anna: Thanks. Thanks a lot, Pete! Here, here's your product! You should call it "Hair Be Really Bad!" Until next time, Pete! Till next time.

Writing

In this lesson, Anna believed an ad she saw on television. It was not a good decision. Do you believe the ads you see on television? Why or why not? Write to us by email or in the Comments section.

Click on the image below to download the Activity Sheet and practice talking about ads.

Activity Sheet Lesson 39

Activity Sheet Lesson 39

Learning Strategy

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.

The learning strategy for this lesson is Asking Questions to Clarify. When we try to get more information we ask clarification questions. The information may help us to better understand others.

In this lesson, Anna asks Amelia to clarify. Amelia says, "Anna, you look … different." Anna thinks she looks great. She tells Amelia about the new hair product: "Thanks! I used a new product called Hair Be Good."

When Amelia says, "Well, it’s not," Anna asks a question to clarify: "It’s not what?" Amelia clarifies, or explains her meaning: "Good. Your hair does not look good."

Do you ever ask questions to clarify when you speak English? Write to us about it in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.

Quiz

Listen to short videos and test your listening skills with this quiz.

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New Words

can - n.a closed metal container that is usually shaped like a cylinder and that holds food, drink, or other liquids
delivery - n. something that is taken to a person or place or something that is delivered
dishonest - adj. not honest: such as saying or likely to say things that are untrue
imperfect - adj. having mistakes or problems or not perfect
fabulous - adj. very good
inexpensive - adj. low in price o rnot expensive
order - v. to place an order for (something): such as to request (something) from a company
product - n. something that is made or grown to be sold or used
spray - v. to put a stream of small drops of liquid on (someone or something)
tidy - adj. clean and organized or not messy
towel - n. a piece of cloth used for drying things
unbelievable - adj. difficult or impossible to believe
uncomfortable - adj. causing a feeling of physical or mental discomfort
untidy - adj. not neat or clean
wrap - v. to cover (something) by winding or folding a piece of material around it

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Free Materials

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Word Book

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Each Let's Learn English lesson has an Activity Sheet for extra practice on your own or in the classroom. In this lesson, you can use it to practice talking about advertisements.

For Teachers

Lesson Plan - Lesson 39 - Let's Learn English

Lesson Plan - Lesson 39 - Let's Learn English

See the Lesson Plan for this lesson for ideas and more teaching resources. Send us an email if you have comments on this course or questions.

Grammar focus: Adjectives with negative prefixes (in-, un-, dis-, im-)

Topics: Shopping online, Interpreting factual statements; Critical thinking about advertisements

Learning Strategy: Ask questions to clarify or get more information

Speaking & Pronunciation Focus: Using negative prefixes with adjectives; Pronouncing "comfortable" and "uncomfortable."

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