Spoken English-A Personal Interview
David: What do you do in the morning?
John: I usually get up very early in the morning. Then I wash my hands and face and say my prayers.
Then I study for three hours. After that, I take my breakfast and go to my office.
David: What do you usually take for breakfast?
John: I usually have bread, butter, and coffee for my breakfast. Sometimes, I take Parata, vegetables, tahari, nan, etc.
David: How many hours do you work in your office everyday?
John: I go to the office at 8 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Sometimes, I am late and do not return before 10 p.m.
David: Are you a happy man?
John: I am satisfied with what I have. So, I think I am a happy man.
David: When do you get depressed?
John: When somebody lies or cheats with me I get very depressed.
David: Do you believe you are a good man?
John: Yes, I do. I am a little bit straight forward and outspoken. So, sometimes my behaviour hurts people.
But I always try to be honest with people.
David: How do you spend your leisure hours?
John: In my leisure hours I go to visit some worth-seeing places.
I also play indoor games such as chess, computer games, etc. Sometimes I watch TV and movies.
David: What do you do in the afternoons?
John: In the afternoons I chat with my friends over the phone. I also watch TV and listen to music.
David: When do you have supper?
John: I have my supper at 11 p.m. Generally I have my supper with my family at my home.
David: What is your favourite menu?
John: My favourite menu is chicken corn soup, fried rice, prawn, fried hilsha fish, chicken masala, and real coffee.
David: When do you go to bed?
John: Usually I am very late to bed. I go to bed after 1 a.m.
David: What time do you have?
John: It’s ten o’clock sharp.
David: Thanks a lot.
John: Don’t mention it.
David: What’s the time?
John: It’s almost eight.
David: Do you have the exact time time?
John: Yes, it’s two minutes to eight.
David: Excuse me, what time is it
John: It’s a quarter of two.
David: I guess my watch is slow then.
John: Yes, it’s two minutes to eight.
David: What time is it right now?
John: It’s five twenty-five.
David: I’ve got five thirty-five
John: You’re ten minutes fast then.
David: Do you have the correct time?
John: Yes, it’s two minutes to three.
David: Are you sure your watch is right?
John: It may be a few minutes slow.
David: What time is it now?
John: I don’t have my watch on right now.
David: Is there a clock around here?
John: There’s one in the next room.
David: Do you have the right time?
John: I was just going to ask you the same question.
David: My watch has stopped.
John: I forgot to wear mine.
David: Do you have any idea of the time?
John: I don’t know exactly, but it’s after nine
David: It was nine o’clock when I go there.
John: Well, I’m sorry. I cannot help you.
David: At what time is the meeting?
John: Eight o’clock.
David: Be there at eight o’clock sharp, then.
John: I’ll try to get there before eight.
David: How often does this station give the news?
John: Every hour on the hour.
David: When do they announce the weather?
John: Ten minutes to ten and ten minutes after the hour.
David: When is your first class?
John: At ten after nine.
David: When do you get back here, then?
John: About ten to twelve.
David: Ben will be back in ten or fifteen minute.
John: How long has he been out of the office?
David: He’s been out since ten o’clock.
John: Then he’s been out for an hour more.
David: I got to the cafeteria around noon.
John: I was here, but I didn’t see you.
David: I think I left a few minutes after twelve.
John: I must have just missed you, then.
David: Our friends will meet us here.
John: Will they come here right after lunch?
David: No. they won’t be here until three o’clock.
John: Then I’ll come a little before three.
David:Let’s call Mary.
John: Let’s not call her right now.
David: May be this is a bad time to call.
John: Let’s wait until seven or seven thirty.
David: I’m afraid we’re going to be late.
John: How much time is there left?
David: We’ve got about thirty or forty minutes.
John: That should be plenty of time.
David: Whom are you waiting for?
John: We’re waiting for our friend.
David: What are you looking so angry for?
John: Because he’s twenty minutes late already.