Valentine's Day Memories
Woud / Past Tense (Lesson Plan)
ESL students can hear real people speaking natural English using would in the past tense. Recommended study plan:
- Watch the video
- Take the quiz
- Listen again and read the script
- Learn the grammar with the notes
Doron: Last Valentine's day I got disappointed I think, cause I teach at university, and I'd heard that Japanese students always give their teachers loads and loads of chocolate, and even though it was my fifth year, and every other year I only got like two or three, I was still really excited cause I'm at university now and I got two chocolate bars.
Mel: Oh, really?
Doron: How, about you? Are you looking forward to it this year?
Mel: I'm planning on going to Korea with my co-workers to escape the Valentine's Day.
Doron: To escape?
Mel: Atmosphere, yes.
Doron: You're not a fan then?
Mel: I like Valentine's Day, but I don't plan on celebrating it this year. Is Valentine's Day big in England?
Doron: I haven't lived in England for awhile now, about ten years. When I was a kid, it was big in school, like in junior school, and we used to have a little Valentine's post box in your class where you could write little messages to your classmates and then you put it in the box and it'd get delivered.
Mel: Oh, in a box?
Doron: Yeah, in a little Valentine's post box.
Mel: Oh, cool.
Doron: The teacher would deliver them.
Mel: Did you only get notes or did you get candy as well?
Doron: No, it was just notes. In England we don't really give candy and chocolate and presents to people. We just give letters, unless it's like a boyfriend or a girlfriend or something. But when you are seven, you don't really bother.
Mel: Well, the thing I liked about Valentine's Day as a kid was that you'd get Valentine's Day cards from everyone, but I was always curious to see what the boy I liked wrote to me.
Doron: Did you know who wrote what to you?
Mel: Yeah, they would sign their name on the card.
Doron: What? They sign names?
Mel: Yeah, it'd be like. Happy Valentine's Day Adam.
Doron: Oh, in England I don't think you don't put your name. Even if you know who it's from. You know it's from your girlfriend, or your best friend, or your grandma, or something, I think you just put a big question mark.
Doron: It's half the fun. You have to figure it out.
Mel: But my favorite Valentine's Day gift is always from my mom.
Doron: She gives you a gift every year.
Mel: She'll send me gifts in the mail, and when I was in elementary school, she would hide chocolates and stuff in my desk. It was awesome.
Doron: That's brilliant.
Doron: I don't remember getting any really really cool Valentine's presents. I remember giving a couple. I was dating a girl who lived in Norway when I was at university in England and so for Valentine's Day is the same ... I think her birthday was February the 11th or something.
Mel: Oh, yeah.
Doron: So, I just flew over. I e-mailed like her best friend who I knew quite well as well and he picked me up at the airport I and flew over to Norway.
Doron: And in Norway, it's a very safe country, so they don't really lock their doors a bit like Japan, and he just drove me down to the house and I walked in at like nine in the morning, and she just came down stairs and she nearly died. She thought I was a ghost.
Mel: Yeah. That would be scary but fun.
Doron: Scary but fun. That's what she said when she could talk.
Mel: Yeah, so it was a double birthday, Valentine's Day gift.
Would - Past Tense
(Q) As a kid on the farm, what did you do?
(A) I did a lot. I would ride horses.
(N) I wouldn't stay inside.
(Q) Where would you play?
(A) I would play in the garden.
(N) I wouldn't see anyone.
(Q) Who did you talk to as a kid?
(A) I talked with my friends.
(A) We would talk for hours.
(N) I wouldn't say much.
(Q) When would you get up?
(A) I'd wake up very early.
(N) I'd never sleep in.
Note: Do not use the contraction in short answers.
(Q) Would you go to town?
(A) Yes, I would sometimes.
(N) No, wouldn't usually.
I used to play soccer a lot. I would play from morning till night.
I used to get in trouble a lot. I would make my teacher so made.
I used to have a motorcycle. I would ride it for hours.