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Lesson 46: May I Borrow That?


Summary

Anna finds out it's Marsha's birthday. She wants to give her a present. But she does not have much money. What will she do?

Speaking

In this video, learn how to say the new words. Then learn how to talk about borrowing or lending.​

Pronunciation

Use this video to practice the pronunciation of words that end with an "r" sound in American English.

Conversation

Anna: Have a nice day at work Marsha!
Marsha: You too, Anna. Oh, wait. Do you have pen and paper I can borrow?
Anna: Of course.
Marsha: We are meeting at this restaurant tonight.
Anna: What is happening tonight?
Marsha: Today is my birthday. We are celebrating at 7pm tonight. Did you forget?
Anna: Sorry, Marsha! I gotta go! See you later!
Marsha: Don't forget! Tonight … 7pm!
Anna: I forgot Marsha’s birthday! And I don’t get my paycheck until next week. I know. I'll make her a gift. I’ll just have to borrow a couple of things.
Anna: Amelia, may I borrow your stapler?
Amelia: Sure. I can lend you my stapler, Anna. But please return it. It’s my favorite stapler.
Anna: You can trust me. I understand. One time, I loaned my stapler to the wrong person.
Anna: Thanks, Amelia.
Amelia: Don’t mention it. Bye, stapler!
Anna: Jonathan! Can I borrow your scissors?
Jonathan: Oh! Hi, Anna! What’re you doing?
Anna: Can I borrow your scissors? Sorry to bother you.
Jonathan: Yes, I can lend them to you, but you must return them. These scissors -- they are the sharpest scissors in the office. Watch.
Anna: Wow, those are sharp. I will be very careful.
Jonathan: Okay.
Anna: And I’ll bring them back tomorrow.
Jonathan: Good.
Anna: Thank you.
Jonathan: You're welcome.
Anna: Happy Birthday, Marsha! (gives Marsha a gift)
Marsha: Thanks, Anna! I love birthday gifts! Anna, it is … interesting. What is it?
Anna: Well, I know you love hats. And you need office supplies. So, this is your own office supply hat!
Marsha: Wow! That is a lot of office supplies!
Anna: Many people loaned or shared their supplies with me. Some people really love their office supplies. It has paper, pens, tape, erasers, rubber bands, binder clips, paper clips, and a light!
Marsha: What is the balloon for?
Anna: The balloon will help your friends find you. Let’s try it! You get a seat in the restaurant - I will find you!
Anna: Sometimes all the money in the world can’t buy the perfect gift. Until next time!

Writing

In this lesson, Anna makes a gift for her friend Marsha. Did you ever make a gift for a friend or a family member? What was it? How did you make it? Write to us by email or in the Comments section.

Click on the image below to download the Activity Sheet and practice talking about borrowing and lending office supplies. You can now fill in the activity sheet on the computer!

Activity-Sheet-Lesson-46

Activity-Sheet-Lesson-46

Learning Strategy

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

The learning strategy for this lesson is Act it Out. When we act out something, using our body instead of using words, we are finding another way to communicate our meaning. That helps when we do not know a word, or when it is too loud to talk. We can also use this strategy to build stronger memories of the things we are learning.

In this lesson, Anna wants to ask Jonathan if she can borrow his scissors. But he is listening to loud music, so she acts out using scissors. He understands that she wants to use his scissors easily before he hears her question.

Do you ever act out the new words you are learning in English? Try it with the new words for office supplies in this lesson. Say each word and make an action with your hands as if you are holding or using that thing. Does it help you learn the new words? 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

borrow - v. to take and use (something that belongs to someone else) for a period of time before returning it
bring back - phrasal verb. to return with (something or someone)
celebrate - v. to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion or holiday
gift - n. something that is given to another person
lend - v. to give (something) to (someone) to be used for a period of time and then returned
loan - v. to give (something) to (someone) for a period of time
mention - v. to talk or write about something or someone in a brief way
don't mention it -used to answer someone who has just thanked you for something
paycheck - n. the money that you regularly earn
sharp - adj. having a thin edge that is able to cut things
supplies - n. [plural] : things (such as food, equipment, fuel, and so on) that are needed for a particular purpose

Office Supplies

Office Supplies

Office Supplies

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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 borrowing and lending things.

For Teachers

Lesson Plan - Lesson 46

Lesson Plan - Lesson 46

Grammar: Verbs lend, borrow, and loan

Topics: Asking for permission

Learning Strategy: Act It Out

Pronunciation: Words that end in "r" in American 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.

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