SLOW BASIC English Conversation — Learn English with Camille

These videos are meant for beginner English learners. They are first with subtitles and after without. This will test your listening skills.

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Hello English language learners! In this video, my husband Calvin and I engage in simple dialogues in slow English to help improve your listening comprehension skills.

The Warm-Up: A Polite Exchange

Hello. What is your name? 
My name is Calvin. What's your name? 
My name is Camille. 
How are you? I'm doing fine. 
How about you? 
I'm great, thanks for asking.

We start with common greetings and introductions, an important first step when meeting someone new. Learning names and polite small talk helps build connections.

Discussing Place of Birth

Where were you born? 
I was born in the state of Washington, in the United States. 
What about you?
I was born in Michigan, the northern part of Michigan.

Sharing birthplaces offers insights into a person’s background and opens doors to geography lessons.

Present Location

Where do you live now? 
I live in South Carolina. Where do you live?
I also live in South Carolina. What a coincidence.

Home locations link language to the places we live and serve as useful conversation topics.

The Age-Old Question

How old are you? I am 38 years old. 
How old are you? I prefer not to say. We'll just say 23. Perfect.

Discussing age can be delicate, but is part of English social interactions.

Family Background

How many siblings do you have? 
I have four brothers and sisters. 
Actually, I have one brother and three sisters. 
Wow. How many brothers and sisters do you have?
I have four sisters. I don't have any brothers.

We use the word “siblings” to talk about brothers and sisters.

Pet Preferences

What about pets? Do you have any pets?
I don't have any pets. I don't like pets, sorry.
I like pets, but I travel a lot, so pets aren't so convenient.

Career Talk

What do you do for work? 
I am a graphic and website designer.
What do you do for a living?
I write books to help people learn English, and I also create content on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. 

“What do you do for work” is a common question that you will here in the USA.

Discussing Hobbies

What are your hobbies?
I like to take photos of nature, and I like to travel. 
What about you?
I love to study languages. I adore traveling and I really enjoy meeting new people.

Hobbies give insight into interests and can create connections.

Food Preferences

What's your favorite type of food?
I love Indian food. Me too.
 I also love Thai food and sushi.
Do you have a sweet tooth or a salty tooth?
I really like sweet things. I like desserts. I like ice cream.

Food talk brings together tastes and descriptive vocabulary.

Seasonal Sentiments

What's your favorite season?
I like fall because the leaves change and the weather gets cooler. And I can wear jeans again. And maybe even a sweater.
I agree with you. Fall is my favorite season too. I love the anticipation leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's really magical.

The seasons are spring, summer, winter, and fall.

Entertainment Talk

Do you watch any sports? I don't watch any sports.
Do you have a favorite TV show? I don't have a favorite TV show either. But I do like to watch shows in different languages.

I hope this structured dialogue practice, transcript and vocabulary review helps further your language journey. Thank you for reading! Please subscribe for more content.


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Camille Hanson

Hi friends! I'm Camille. I create engaging American English content for ESL people around the world. When I am not creating videos, books or blogs, you will probably find me in a cafe somewhere around the world, studying my next target language or at home cooking up food for my family of five. Stick around, read some posts and learn some English with me :) Tchau, ciao! ~Camille
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