29. Board Games

A short dialogue in English for listening, speaking and shadowing practice. This time, Emma and Luke talk about playing board games.

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Emma 0:02
You're listening to Dialogue Frog's short English conversations. So it's it's kind of dreary outside, it's cold, it's dark, 'cause we are in the middle of, I guess, the autumn/winter seasons.

Luke 0:19
Mm hm.

Emma 0:20
And so when it gets dark so early, there's kind of not a lot you can do outside.

Luke 0:26
Nope. Just haul logs for a wood burning fire.

Emma 0:32
Yeah, that's that's a common activity in these modern times. They're nice. Wood fires are nice and cozy.

Luke 0:40
Yeah, they are.

Emma 0:40
Yeah, but something slightly more fun, I mean, if you can get tired of watching streaming videos or TV shows, you get tired of surfing the internet: board games.

Luke 0:55
Board games. Yeah.

Emma 0:57
Yeah.

Luke 0:59
What's your favorite board game?

Emma 1:02
That's really tough. I think I like Catan the best.

Luke 1:05
Mm hm.

Emma 1:05
Right now, that's my favorite.

Luke 1:07
Yep.

Emma 1:07
Um, I also like Clue.

Luke 1:10
Yeah. That one requires some some thinking.

Emma 1:17
It does. I also like chess.

Luke 1:18
Yeah.

Emma 1:20
I can't say that I'm very good at it, but I like it.

Luke 1:23
You're good at it. Every, every time you've-we've played this has been favorable in your outcome, so.

Emma 1:30
Well, thank you.

Luke 1:33
Um, I always like, like, just like the dumb luck games.

Emma 1:39
Dumb luck, games? Like Monopoly?

Luke 1:43
Well, kind of well it depend-it depends, but just like those games that are kind of rigged to where you can just land on a certain square and then you completely win everything. Even if you've done bad the rest of the game.

Emma 1:58
It, wait, is that like the Game of Life? Oh!

Luke 2:02
Oh!

Luke 2:03
Oh. Yep.

Luke 2:04
That's a good one too.

Emma 2:05
It's interesting too, how like, you will have different groups of people who you play different types of games with. Like, I have, I have one group of friends who refuses to play Catan with me, or to play Catan in general, because it's believed that if we play Catan, it will ruin our friendship.

Luke 2:06
Oh.

Emma 2:08
Yeah.

Luke 2:09
Wow.

Emma 2:09
Yeah. But we've played Monopoly a lot with with that group of friends.

Luke 2:32
And that doesn't ruin a friendship?

Emma 2:34
No, no, we have a long history of of Monopoly.

Luke 2:37
Oh, okay.

Emma 2:37
Yeah.

Luke 2:41
Wow. I'm sorry, I'm trying to process that.

Emma 2:45
How Catan ruins friendships?

Luke 2:47
Yeah.

Emma 2:49
'Cause you get so invested in-in your little, what is it, your settlements and your cities.

Luke 2:56
Yeah, I can see that.

Emma 2:57
And then people get competitive and then all of a sudden, people are turning tables over because they're angry.

Luke 3:02
Yeah. Tables have turned.

Emma 3:06
The tables have turned.

Luke 3:09
And there's card games too, you know, which are a little less high stakes, sometimes.

Emma 3:14
I think Las Vegas would disagree with you.

Luke 3:16
Oh. Yeah, that's true. Yeah.

Emma 3:21
It depends on what kind of game you're playing. If you're playing something like Go Fish, that's probably not very high stakes.

Luke 3:25
Right.

Emma 3:26
If you're playing poker in Las Vegas, that might be.

Luke 3:28
Well, 'cause it's fish though. I mean, fish aren't steaks. So they can't be high steaks. It's high fish.

Emma 3:35
That-that is true. Yeah, that's true. All right. Well, this has been an exciting conversation on board games. Uh, see you next week on Dialogue Frog.

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