W: Wow! That gift shop had everything.
M: Did you buy anything?
W: No. I want to check the prices here.
W: Excuse me. Can you tell me where the market is? I need some food.
M: Yes. It’s 3 blocks down this street, on the right.
W: You’ve been writing that report for 5 hours. Don’t you feel hungry?
M: Sure, I do.
W: Wow, you look like a drowned rat! Didn’t you know there’s a thunderstorm today?
M: I knew there would be a shower, but I didn’t realize it would rain cats and dogs.
W: Oh, I thought we had to be at Sarah’s house by 6:30.
M: Sure we will. It’s only a quarter past six now. Anyway, the party starts at 7:00.
W: How often do you eat out?
M: Well, very often. I eat out almost five times a week.
W: Wow, I really envy you.
M: Don’t envy me. It’s for business. In fact, I’m sick and tired of restaurant food. Sometimes I just want a home-cooked meal.
W: Sorry, I overslept. My clock didn’t go off this morning.
W: That’s right, even though I did set the alarm last night.
M: Your clock never works. Perhaps you should buy a new one.
W: Well, if it breaks down again tomorrow, I’ll definitely buy a new one.
M: Maybe by then it’ll be too late.
W: What do you mean "too late"?
M: By that time you’ll be fired.
M: Excuse me.
W: Hello, sir, may I help you?
M: Yes. Can I see that shirt on the top shelf please?
W: Sure. Here it is.
M: How much does it cost?
W: 50 dollars.
M: That’s too much.
W: How about the one next to the black gloves?
M: That’s nice. How much is it?
W: 30 dollars.
M: That’ll be fine. I’ll take a blue one, a red one and a white one.
M: That was a great trip to Washington, D.C.
W: Tell me about it, Grandpa.
M: I was invited, along with about 90 other soldiers. We got on the plane at 8 a.m.
W: Who invited you?
M: Some private organization.
W: Why did they invite you?
M: To thank me and all the other soldiers who served in World War Ⅱ.
W: How long was the flight?
M: It only took about two hours.
W: Did you take pictures at the World War Ⅱ Memorial?
M: Oh, yes. We all took lots of pictures.
W: Then you flew back home that evening?
M: Yes. When we landed, TV reporters and the Army Band were there.
W: That must have made you feel really special.
M: Oh, it did. There were about 300 people there to honor us.
W: Well, you all deserve it. You helped save our country.
"Friends" is a popular American comedy. It centers on the lives of six friends in their 20’s who live in New York. What makes "Friends" so appealing is its sense of humor, as well as its universal themes. Now, catching up with the dialogue in "Friends" might not be easy. The characters often speak fast. But there are a lot of physical acts and repetition — even if you don’t understand everything you’ll get what’s going on.
The characters have very different backgrounds, personalities and jobs. There are also some funny grammar and pronunciation lessons as they make fun of each other’s shortcomings, like how Ross corrects people when they say "who"instead of "whom", to improve his vocabulary.
A real life example of how "Friends" can improve your listening skills is my best friend. She got her job at an educational firm where she gives advice to educational projects mostly because of her ability to understand native speakers. She can also speak almost like a native speaker herself. She has seen each "Friends" episode more than three times. Is that a coincidence? I don’t think so.