Mary and Pim

Mary and Pim
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Three short conversations between high school students. Pim is an exchange student from Thailand.

Dialogue 1: Greetings and Introductions

Scene: Mary meets Pim in the school hallway.

Mary: Hi there, are you new here?
Pim: Yes, I am. My name is Pim, and I'm from Thailand.
Mary: Nice to meet you, Pim! I'm Mary. How do you like it here so far?
Pim: I like it a lot. The campus is beautiful, and everyone has been very friendly.
Mary: That's great to hear. Do you miss Thailand?
Pim: Yes, a little bit. But I'm excited to experience life in America!

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Dialogue 1: Greetings and Introductions Scene: Mary meets Pim in the school hallway. Mary: Hi there, are you new here? Pim: Yes, I am. My name is Pim, and I'm from Thailand. Mary: Nice to meet you, Pim! I'm Mary. How do you like it here so far? Pim: I like it a lot. The campus is beautiful, and everyone has been very friendly. Mary: That's great to hear. Do you miss Thailand? Pim: Yes, a little bit. But I'm excited to experience life in America!
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Translation

Dialogue 1: Greetings and Introductions

Scene: Mary meets Pim in the school hallway.

Mary: Hi there, are you new here?
Pim: Yes, I am. My name is Pim, and I'm from Thailand.
Mary: Nice to meet you, Pim! I'm Mary. How do you like it here so far?
Pim: I like it a lot. The campus is beautiful, and everyone has been very friendly.
Mary: That's great to hear. Do you miss Thailand?
Pim: Yes, a little bit. But I'm excited to experience life in America!

Cloze Exercise Mary: Hi there, are you *new* here? Pim: Yes, I am. My name is Pim, and I'm from *Thailand*. Mary: Nice to meet you, Pim! I'm Mary. How do you like it here so far? Pim: I like it a lot. The *campus* is beautiful, and everyone has been very *friendly*. Mary: That's great to hear. Do you *miss* Thailand? Pim: Yes, a little bit. But I'm excited to experience life in America!

Vocabulary

  1. Exchange student - A student who is studying abroad for a limited period of time (นักศึกษาแลกเปลี่ยน)
  2. Campus - The grounds and buildings of a school, college, or university (วิทยาเขต)
  3. Friendly - Kind and pleasant (เป็นมิตร)
  4. Miss - Feel sad because you are away from someone or something (คิดถึง)
  5. Excited - Feeling enthusiastic or eager (ตื่นเต้น)

Dialogue 2: Food and Culture

Scene: Mary and Pim are in the school cafeteria, eating lunch.

Mary: So, Pim, what kinds of food do you like to eat in Thailand?
Pim: We eat a lot of rice, noodles, and spicy curries. And we have a lot of street food, too.
Mary: That sounds delicious! Do you have any recommendations for me to try?
Pim: Yes, you should try pad thai or tom yum soup. They're very popular dishes in Thailand.
Mary: I'll definitely have to try those! Do you have any favorite American foods yet?

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Dialogue 2: Food and Culture Scene: Mary and Pim are in the school cafeteria, eating lunch. Mary: So, Pim, what kinds of food do you like to eat in Thailand? Pim: We eat a lot of rice, noodles, and spicy curries. And we have a lot of street food, too. Mary: That sounds delicious! Do you have any recommendations for me to try? Pim: Yes, you should try pad thai or tom yum soup. They're very popular dishes in Thailand. Mary: I'll definitely have to try those! Do you have any favorite American foods yet?
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Translation

Dialogue 2: Food and Culture

Scene: Mary and Pim are in the school cafeteria, eating lunch.

Mary: So, Pim, what kinds of food do you like to eat in Thailand?
Pim: We eat a lot of rice, noodles, and spicy curries. And we have a lot of street food, too.
Mary: That sounds delicious! Do you have any recommendations for me to try?
Pim: Yes, you should try pad thai or tom yum soup. They're very popular dishes in Thailand.
Mary: I'll definitely have to try those! Do you have any favorite American foods yet?

Cloze Exercise Mary: So, Pim, what kinds of food do you like to *eat* in Thailand? Pim: We eat a lot of rice, noodles, and spicy curries. And we have a lot of street food, too. Mary: That sounds delicious! Do you have any *recommendations* for me to try? Pim: Yes, you should try pad thai or tom yum soup. They're very popular *dishes* in Thailand. Mary: I'll definitely have to try those! Do you have any *favorite* American foods yet?

Vocabulary

  1. Noodles - Thin strips of pasta (เส้นหมี่)
  2. Spicy - Having a strong, hot flavor (เผ็ด)
  3. Curry - A dish made with meat, vegetables, and spices, cooked in a sauce (แกง)
  4. Street food - Food sold by vendors on the street (อาหารข้างทาง)
  5. Recommendations - Suggestions (คำแนะนำ)

Dialogue 3: Hobbies and Interests

Scene: Mary and Pim are sitting outside on a sunny day.

Mary: So, Pim, what do you like to do in your free time?
Pim: I like to play soccer and listen to music. What about you, Mary?
Mary: I like to read and watch movies. Have you seen any good movies lately?
Pim: Yes, I watched a Thai movie called "Bad Genius" that I really enjoyed. Have you seen any good American movies?
Mary: I recently saw "Black Panther," which was really good. It's a superhero movie with an amazing cast.
Pim: Oh, I've heard of that one. I'll have to check it out!

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Dialogue 3: Hobbies and Interests Scene: Mary and Pim are sitting outside on a sunny day. Mary: So, Pim, what do you like to do in your free time? Pim: I like to play soccer and listen to music. What about you, Mary? Mary: I like to read and watch movies. Have you seen any good movies lately? Pim: Yes, I watched a Thai movie called "Bad Genius" that I really enjoyed. Have you seen any good American movies? Mary: I recently saw "Black Panther," which was really good. It's a superhero movie with an amazing cast. Pim: Oh, I've heard of that one. I'll have to check it out!
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Translation

Dialogue 3: Hobbies and Interests

Scene: Mary and Pim are sitting outside on a sunny day.

Mary: So, Pim, what do you like to do in your free time?
Pim: I like to play soccer and listen to music. What about you, Mary?
Mary: I like to read and watch movies. Have you seen any good movies lately?
Pim: Yes, I watched a Thai movie called "Bad Genius" that I really enjoyed. Have you seen any good American movies?
Mary: I recently saw "Black Panther," which was really good. It's a superhero movie with an amazing cast.
Pim: Oh, I've heard of that one. I'll have to check it out!

Cloze Exercise Mary: So, Pim, what do you like to do in your free time? Pim: I like to *play* soccer and listen to music. What about you, Mary? Mary: I like to read and watch movies. Have you *seen* any good movies lately? Pim: Yes, I watched a Thai movie *called* "Bad Genius" that I really enjoyed. Have you seen any good American movies? Mary: I recently *saw* "Black Panther," which was really good with an amazing cast. It's a superhero movie. Pim: Oh, I've heard of that one. I'll have to *check* it out!

Vocabulary

Hobbies - Activities you enjoy doing in your free time (งานอดิเรก)
Soccer - A sport in which two teams of eleven players try to kick a ball into the other team's goal (ฟุตบอล)
Listen - Pay attention to sounds (ฟัง)
Read - Look at and understand written words (อ่าน)
Cast - The actors in a movie or play (นักแสดง)

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