Speak English Fluently And Confidently

Use Real English Conversations To Speak Fluently & Understand Native Speakers

Real English Conversation about Driving

by Real English Conversations

Click Here to Read the Text

Amy: What have you been pulled over1 for?
Curtis: I’ve been pulled over for tailgating2 an ambulance.
Amy: Oh, my God. I didn’t think that was the story he was going to pick.
Curtis: No, this is a very, very bad thing to do. I don’t recommend you doing this.
Amy: Okay. What’s tailgating?
Curtis: Tailgating is following somebody too close. So usually you have to leave a car
length in between the car in front of you and your car. And I at that point …
Amy: Had a very, very bad habit of driving way too close.
Curtis: Right. And in between–or I was in between the emergency ambulance vehicle in
front of me and a police car behind me. But I didn’t know it was a police car because it
didn’t have the lights.
Amy: Oh, it was a ghost car3.
Curtis: It was a ghost car.
Amy: Sneaky4.
Curtis: Or an unmarked car. Yeah.
Amy: Right. An unmarked car.
Curtis: And right away, he turned on his lights that were on his dashboard and the front of
his car and his siren. And he was mad.
Amy: He was.
Curtis: But I got lucky5 on that one too. Even though he was mad, he didn’t give me a
ticket.
Amy: Yeah. Sometimes they let you off. They–like they let you off the hook6 or I don’t
know. They give you, what is it? A warning?
Curtis: A warning7

Amy: Yeah, they give you a warning. Don’t do it again. Oh, yeah. It’s a written warning.
And it goes on record that you’ve been warned about this. But they don’t actually give
you a fine.
Curtis: Yeah. He kept track of it for sure.

Phrase Explanations:

  1. Pulled over: Stopped by the police
  2. Tailgating: Driving very closely to the vehicle in front of you
  3. Ghost car: A police car with no lights or markings. Also known as an unmarked car.
  4. Sneaky: Doing something in a secret, unfair or not obvious way
  5. I got lucky: To have good luck unexpectedly
  6. Let you off the hook: When you get caught doing something wrong or illegal and you don’t get punished for it. ‘Let you off’ is the short way of expressing this.
  7. Warning: An official notice that you have been warned not to do something again

 

The full of lesson of ‘Driving’ is available when you join as a Free Member! Register your account here

Download Your Free Conversation About Driving

Get On The Path To Fluency with our Lessons, Discussions, and Transcripts

English conversation podcast

Real English Conversations Podcast 

Over 2,000,000 Downloads!

Listen to fun conversations to help you better understand native speakers in everyday speaking as you hear discussions about interesting topics in American English. These dialogues have common expressions and teach you the most common vocabulary used in English!

English Conversation about Airport Travelling

Listen to this naturally spoken, unscripted conversation about our experiences travelling in airports. Learn new vocabulary, improve your  listening skills using these audio lessons. 

Airport Travel

by Real English Conversations | Conversations

Transcription Preview

Amy:  Hey, this is Amy from Real English Conversations, and today we’re going to be talking about some of the different experiences we’ve had while traveling through various airports. And for the Real English tips we’re going to give you some ways to talk about different time zones.

Amy:  Hey, guys, this is Amy and Curtis, and today we’re going to do a conversation that one of our listeners actually suggested to us. So who was that?

Curtis:  That was Alfredo. And he’s living in Venezuela.

Amy:  No, he is from Venezuela. Curtis:  Oh, okay. Where’s he living?

Amy:  He’s living in Argentina and working as a pilot.

Curtis:  Oh, that’s a cool job.

Amy:  So what did he ask us to talk about?

Curtis:  Well, because he is a pilot, he asked us to talk about some of our experiences in airports.

Amy:  And specifically doing it in another language.

Curtis:  Yeah. This can be tricky at times.

Amy:  Yeah, so if you guys have been listening to the podcasts for a while, you’re going to know we’ve done quite a bit of traveling. I mean, where have we been? We’ve been to…we went to Hawaii.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  And we’ve been to California. Curtis:  We’ve been to Costa Rica.

Amy:  Yeah. Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador. And upcoming we have a trip planned to Ecuador again. And to Colombia. And this next vacation is going to be three months, and I think we might be able to this time when we go to the airports, we might actually have an experience to do the whole process of the customs and like checking in with the customs agent and getting our passports stamped and stuff. I think we might be able to do it completely in Spanish this time.

Curtis:  Yeah. I’m feeling a little more confident, that’s for sure.

Amy:  Yeah. So the last times that we’ve traveled, we’ve really had a fairly limited level of the language.

Curtis:  Yes.

Amy:  You know, because I know when we came back from Ecuador, after we came back, after I had been there for six weeks, I was still just a beginner, looking back now. I thought I was better then than I was, but looking back now I can see I was…I was pretty basic.

Curtis:  And I…I was basic basic. Amy:  You were like a newbie1, like…

[End of Preview]

Join as a our Free Member Here to get access to full lessons including listening and speaking activities to improve your English fluency!

English Conversation about Mother Nature and Storms

An interesting discussion about powerful and dangerous storms that are caused by nature.

Learn and improve your English with interesting audio lessons like these by joining as a member. Get access to: Speaking and Listening Activities, MP3 Audio Downloads, PDF Text of the Transcription and much more! View Membership Options Here

Improve Your Listening Skills

By studying everyday English conversations you can learn the most important vocabulary for speaking and understanding English better. Using the right tools (PDF text transcriptions and MP3 audio downloads) can help you hear every single word that the speakers are saying in the dialogue. You will learn better techniques to understand English conversations, movies, native speakers and even different accents with our lessons!

Improve Your Listening Skills

By studying everyday English conversations you can learn the most important vocabulary for speaking and understanding English better. Using the right tools (PDF text transcriptions and MP3 audio downloads) can help you hear every single word that the speakers are saying in the dialogue. You will learn better techniques to understand English conversations, movies, native speakers and even different accents with our lessons!

Special Training for Better English Listening!

Our English Conversation lessons include videos that show you how to rapidly improve your listening skills to understand different accents, hear movies without subtitles and to understand fast English. Get the listening training videos when you join the Real English Conversations Course.

Special Training for Better English Listening!

Our English Conversation lessons include videos that show you how to rapidly improve your listening skills to understand different accents, hear movies without subtitles and to understand fast English. Get the listening training videos when you join the Real English Conversations Course.

Understand Real, Native Speakers in Everyday Conversations

Now you can listen to real English Conversations to help you hear the natural way that real people speak in everyday communication. Learn vocabulary about many different topics and cultural activities as you increase your understanding of real English audio. Feel confident understanding new expressions and the people you are talking to during your own conversations. Each dialogue has a text file (PDF transcription) of the audio so that you can read while you are listening to the English conversations. Join our 7-Day Free Membership to download full lessons and listen to them on your MP3 player anytime. Get access to the lessons you need to reach English fluency with speaking and listening lessons that are ideal for beginner (A2 level) to upper-advanced (C2 level).

Download Free English Conversations in MP3 Format

We have an English podcast that you can subscribe to so that you receive notifications each time one of our conversational English downloads is ready. If you decide you want to get access to all the lessons, you can join the Fluency Power Pack to download MP3 files, text files (PDF transcription) to read and listen to English offline when you are away from your computer.

Practice Your Conversational English

Real English Conversations Members have access to activities and lessons that help our members to improve speaking and listening skills quickly to reach fluency. We teach you techniques you can use to develop your English fluency quicker than any other methods or courses you have tried. You can join the live practice sessions or our WhatsApp Speaking Practice (Fluency Power Pack Members) group to practice speaking spontaneously with other people. You will also have access to speaking practice exercises that you can do alone. We give you activities where you can practice explaining different topics to build vocabulary, increase confidence and find all the little words that are missing from your vocabulary (to improve fluency).

english conversations for listening skills

Go Deeper to Improve Your Listening Skills

Find out how you can improve your listening a lot faster using English conversation lessons and transcriptions.