Learn to build a dialogue on your own and to easily start a conversation with examples of common English dialogues

Example of common English dialogues for 

absolute beginners

Using dialogues to help anybody develop their conversation skills is a common practice in English. One of the main advantages of using dialogues is that people are given a rubric as a basis on which they can then build its owns. Once they have become comfortable using a dialogue, they can then go on to have related conversations building on their familiarity with the dialogue and the vocabulary specific to the situation.

Here are links to various dialogues, which you can use in your daily conversation. Each dialogue is presented in full and focuses on a specific topic.



A. Hello. My name’s Peter. What’s your name?
B. Janet.
A. Where are you from Janet?
B. I’m from Seattle. Where are you from?
A. I’m from Madrid.
B. Are you American?
A. Yes, I am. Are you Spanish?
B. Yes I am.


A. Hello, Peter. How are you?
B. Fine, thanks. How are you?
A. I’m fme, thank you. Goodbye
A. Goodbye, Janet. See you tomorrow!
B. Bye bye, Peter. Have a nice evening.
A. Thanks, you too!
B. Thanks.

What time is it?

(Version I)

A. Excuse me. Can you tell me the time, please?
B. Yes, of course. It’s seven o’clock.
A. Thank you.
B. No problem.

(Version II)

A. What time is it?
B. It’s half-past three.
A. Thanks.
B. You’re welcome.

In the shop

Shopping for a sweater

A. Can I help you?
B. Yes, I’m looking for a sweater.
A. What size are you?
B. I’m an extra large.
A. How about this one?
B. Yes, that’s nice. Can I try it on?
A. Certainly, there’s the changing room over there.
B. Thank you.
A. How does it fit?
B. It’s too large. Do you have a smaller size?
A. Yes, here you are.
B. Thank you. I’ll have it, please.
A. OK, how would you like to pay?
B. Do you take credit cards?
A. Yes, we do. Visa, Master Card and American Express.
B. OK, here’s my Visa.
A. Thank you. Have a nice day!
B. Thank you, goodbye.

Clothes shop

A: May I help you?
C: Yes, I’m looking for a pair of trousers.
A: What colour would you like?
C: Black.
A: And what size are you?
C: I’m not sure. Can you measure me?
A: [measures customer] You’re 34″ waist. How about these?
C: What material are they?
A: Wool.
C: Have you got anything in cotton?
A: Yes, these.
C: Can I try them on?
A: Of course. The fitting room’s over there.
C: [tries trousers] They’re a little long. Have you got anything shorter?
A: These are shorter.
C: I’ll take them.

Electrical shop

A. Good morning, can I help you?
C. I hope so. I’m looking for a television.
A. The Samsung TV is on special offer this week.
C. How much is it?
A. Only £299.95.
C. It’s a little expensive. Do you have a cheaper one?
A. Yes. This one’s only £150.
C. I’ll take it. Do you take credit cards?
A. Yes, we do.

A faulty TV

A: Good afternoon, can I help you?
B: I hope so. I bought this television here about three months ago, but the sound and picture quality are awful. The picture is always flickering and there’s a dark line down the left-hand side of the screen. And there’s an annoying hissing sound in the background.
A: Do you have an outside aerial?
B: Yes, I do.
A: Have you tried adjusting the aerial?
B: Several times.
A: Hmmmmm. I’ll get our engineers to have a look at it.
B: A friend of mine bought the same model here and had exactly the same problems. I want a refund.
A: I’m afraid it isn’t our policy to give refunds, sir.
B: I want to see the manager.

In the Aeroport

Booking a flight

A: I’d like to book a flight to Tokyo please.
B: Which airline would you like to use?
A: Which is the cheapest?
B: When do you want to travel?
A: Next week, the 15th.
B: Would you like a return ticket?
A: Yes, I’m coming back on the 30th.
B: Let me see……. ABC costs £299.00, but you have to transfer at Hong Kong. XYZ is the cheapest direct flight at £349.00, both tourist class of course.
A: How long does the ABC flight take?
B: Total time is 15 hours, XYZ takes 11 hours.
A: I may as well go with XYZ then.
B: How many seats would you like?
A: Just the one and could I have vegetarian meals?
B: Certainly, there’s no extra charge.

Checking in

A. Good morning. Can I have your ticket, please?
B. Here you are.
A. Thank you. Would you like smoking or non-smoking?
B. Non-smoking, please.
A. Would you like a window or an aisle seat?
B. An aisle seat, please.
A. Do you have any baggage?
B. Yes, this suitcase and this carry-on bag.
A. Here’s your boarding pass. Have a nice flight.
B. Thank you.

At the check-in desk

C: Good morning, may I have your ticket please?
D: Certainly. Can I take this as hand luggage?
C: Yes, that’ll be fine.
D: And can I have an aisle seat in the smoking section?
C: I’m afraid this is a non-smoking flight sir. But you can have an aisle seat. Here’s your boarding pass. Have a nice flight.
D: Thank you.

At passport control

(Version I)

A. Good morning. Can I see your passport?
B. Here you are.
A. Thank you very much. Are you a tourist or on business?
B. I’m a tourist.
A. That’s fine. Have a pleasant stay.
B. Thank you.

(Version II)

E: May I see your passport please?
F: Here you are.
E: What is the purpose of your visit?
F: I’m on business.
E: How long will you be staying?
F: Fifteen days.
E: Thank you very much. Enjoy your stay.

At customs

G: Do you have anything to declare, sir?
H: Just some wine and cigarettes.
G: How much wine do you have?
H: Four bottles.
G: That’s fine and how many cigarettes?
H: I have 20 packets.
G: I’m afraid you’re only allowed 280 cigarettes. You’ll have to pay duty on the rest.
H: Oh! How much is it?
G: It’s £12.00 plus V.A.T. A total of £14.10.
H: Here you are.

Asking for directions


(Version I)

A. Excuse me. Is there a bank near here?
B. Yes. There’s a bank on the corner.
A. Thank you.
B. You’re welcome.

(Version II)

A. Excuse me. Is there a supermarket near here?
B. Yes. There’s one near here.
A. How do I get there?
B. At the traffic lights, take the first left and go straight on. It’s on the left.
A. Is it far?
B. Not really.
A. Thank you.
B. Don’t mention it.

In the Hotel

Getting a room for the night

(Version I)

A. Good evening. Can I help you?
B. Yes, please. I’d like a room for the night.
A. Would you like a single room or a double room?
B. A single room, please. How much is the room?
A. It’s $55 per night.
B. Can I pay by credit card?
A. Certainly. We take Visa, Master Card and American Express. Could you fill in this form, please?
B. Do you need my passport number? No, just an address and your signature.
A. (fills out the form) Here you are.
B. Here’s your key. Your room number is 212.
A. Thank you.
B. Thank you. If you need anything, dial 0 for the reception area. Have a good stay!

(Version II)

R: Good evening. How may I help you?
G: Have you got any rooms?
R: Yes. Single, double or twin?
G: Single, please.
R: Would you like a room with a shower or a bath?
G: Just a shower will do.
R: Room 319. That’ll be £12.50 a night, including breakfast. How long will you be staying?
G: Just a couple of nights. What time is the breakfast served?
R: Breakfast is from 7 to 9.
G: And what time is dinner?
R: Dinner’s from 6:30 to 8:30. You’d better hurry, the restaurant closes in 15 minutes.
G: Thanks.

In the Restaurant

Ordering a meal

(Version I)

A. Hi. How are you doing this afternoon?
B. Fine, thank you. Can I see a menu, please?
A. Certainly, here you are.
B. Thank you. What’s today’s speciality?
A. Grilled tuna and cheese on rye.
B. That sounds good. I’ll have that.
A. Would you like something to drink?
B. Yes, I’d like a coke.
A. Thank you. (returning with the food) Here you are. Enjoy your meal!
B. Thank you.
A. Can I get you anything else?
B. No thanks. I’d like the check (bill – UK English), please. A. That’ll be $6.75.
B. Here you are. Keep the change!
A. Thank you! Have a good day!
B. Bye.

(Version II)

W: Good evening.
C: A table for two please.
W: Certainly: Just here, sir.
C: Could we sit by the window?
W: I’m sorry. The window tables are a11 reserved.
W: Arc you ready to order, sir?
C: Yes. I’ll have tomato soup for starters and my wife would like prawn cocktail.
W: One tomato soup and one prawn cocktail. What would you like for main course?
C: I’ll have the plaice and my wife would like the shepherd’s pie.
W: I’m afraid the plaice is off.
C: Oh dear. What do you recommend?
W: The steak pie is very good.
C: OK I’ll have that.
W: Would you like anything to drink?
C: Yes, a bottle of red wine please.

On the Phone

Calling someone at work

A. Hello. This is Kenneth Beare. May I speak to Ms Sunshine, please?
B. Hold the line a moment, I’ll check if she is in her office.
A. Thank you.
B. (after a moment) Yes, Ms Sunshine is in. I’ll put you through.
A. Hello, this is Ms Sunshine. How can I help you?
B. Hello, my name is Kenneth Beare and I’m calling to enquire about the position advertised in Sunday’s Times.
A. Yes, the position is still open. Could I have your name and number please?
B. Certainly, My Name is Kenneth Beare…

Leaving a message

(Version I)

A. Hello. Could I speak to Jack Parkins, please.
B. Who’s calling, please?
A. This is Fred Blinkingham. I’m Jack’s friend.
B. Hold the line, please. I’ll put you through. (after a moment) – I’m afraid he’s out at the moment. Can I take a message?
A. Yes. Can you ask him to give me a call? My number is 345-8965
B. Could you repeat that, please?
A. Certainly. That’s 345-8965
B. OK. I’ll make sure Mr. Parkins gets your message.
A. Thank you. Goodbye.
B. Goodbye.

(Version II)

A: Good afternoon, Fowler’s, may I help you?
B: Extension 237 please.
A: I’m sorry, the lines busy, will you hold?
B: Yes, I’ll hold.
A: I’m putting you through.
C: Marketing, Harry Webb speaking.
B: Could I speak to Maurice Caine please?
C: I’m sorry, he’s in a meeting at the moment.
B: Do you know when he’ll be back?
C: He should be back around four. Can I take a message?
B: Yes, please ask him to call David Jones on 629 3478
C: 629 3478, right?
B: That’s right.
C: OK, I’ll see he gets your message.

Making an appointment

A. Hello. This is Richard Brown. I’d like to make an appointment to see Dr. Habi.
B. Certainly. What seems to be the problem?
A. I’d like to have my annual check-up.
B. Fine. When would you be available to come in to see Dr. Habi?
A. Any day next week in the morning would be great.
B. How about next Thursday at 10 o’clock?
A. That sounds fine. Thank you.
B. We’ll see you next Thursday, Mr. Brown. Goodbye.

In the Hospital

Seeing the doctor

A. Hello, what’s the matter?
B. Good morning. I have a terrible ache in my lower back.
A. How long has your back been bothering you?
B. I’ve been having pain for about the last two weeks.
A. Do you have any history of back problems?
B. No, this is the first time.
A. Are you taking any medicine at the moment?
B. No, just an aspirin from time to time to kill the pain.
A. OK. Let’s have a look at your back. Please take off your shirt

In the Gym

A. Hello, my name is Jane and I’d like to ask a few questions about getting fit.
B. Hi Jane. What can I do for you?
A. I need to get in shape.
B. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Have you been doing any exercise lately?
A. I’m afraid not.
B. OK. We’ll start to slow. Which type of exercise do you enjoy doing?
A. I like doing aerobics, but I hate jogging. I don’t mind doing some weight-lifting, though.
B. Great, that gives us plenty to work with. How often can you work out?
A. Twice or three times a week would be good.
B. Why don’t we start with an aerobics class twice a week followed by a little weightlifting?
A. Sounds fine to me.
B. You’ll need to start slowly and build up gradually to three or four times a week.
A. OK. What kind of equipment will I need?
B. You’ll need a leotard and some sneakers.
A. Is that all? How do I sign up for the classes?
B. We’ll need you to join the gym and then you can choose which classes fit your schedule best.
A. Great! I can’t wait to get started. Thanks for your advice.
B. No problem. I’ll see you in aerobics class!

At work

A job interview

A. Good morning Ms Brandies, please have a seat.
B. Good morning, it’s a pleasure to meet you.
A. Could you tell me who you work for at the moment?
B. I work for Frank and Banowitz importers.
A. How long have you worked for them?
B. I’ve been working for Frank and Banowitz for the past three years.
A. And how long have you been working in the accounting department?
B. I’ve been in the accounting department for the past six months.
A. You know this job requires a lot of travel. Have you done much travelling for business?
B. Yes, the job I had before Frank and Banowitz required me to travel monthly.
A. And why did you leave that position?
B. I was offered a more interesting position at Frank and Banowitz.
A. Have you had any experience in sales?
B. Yes, I’ve spent a few years working part-time as an advertising consultant for schools offering summer language courses.
A. That’s interesting. How successful have you been?
B. The schools I’ve worked for have all had increased registrations as a result of my collaboration.
A. Very interesting…

Rules of work

A. Welcome to Smith & Jones, Bert. Do you have any questions?
B. Yes, what time do I have to start work?
A. You have to start work at 8.30.
B. What do I have to do?
A. You have to type letters, make tea and answer the telephone.
B. Do I have to wear a uniform?
A. No, but you must wear a tie.
B. Do I have to work overtime?
A. Yes, you have to work overtime every other Saturday.

At the police station


0: Dartford Police Station. Can I help you?
W: I hope so. My house has been burgled.
0: Where do you live?
W: 2B Southbrook Road.
0: When did you discover the burglary?
W: When I got home from work. About 5 minutes ago.
0: Was anything stolen?
W: Yes. My all my jewellery’s gone and my computer too. And they sprayed graffito all over my walls.
0: How did they get in?
W: They forced the back door.
0: An officer will be round in about half an hour. Please don’t touch anything.

An interview

Interviewer: How are you today?
Parry: Ok.
Interviewer: What is your name?
Parry: My name is Frank Smith.
Interviewer: How old are you?
Parry: Twenty-eight.
Interviewer: Are you married?
Parry: No.
Interviewer: What sort of work do you do?
Parry: I work in the Post office.
Interviewer: Why are you in the hospital?
Parry: I shouldn’t be here.
Interviewer: Who brought you here?
Parry: The police.
Interviewer: What trouble did you have with the police?
Parry: Cops don’t do their jobs.
Interviewer: What do they do instead?
Parry: Cops arrest the wrong people.
Interviewer: They arrest the right ones sometimes.
Parry: The law should get those Italian crooks.
Interviewer: Are you Italian?
Parry: My background is British, but I was born in this country.
Interviewer: Do you know any Italian crooks?
Parry: I try to avoid the underworld.
Interviewer: Are you afraid of the underworld?
Parry: The mafia are the worst gangsters.
Interviewer: Are you connected with the mafia?
Parry: You know, they know me.
Interviewer: How do they know you?
Parry: They spy on me.
Interviewer: Why do they?
Parry: They want to get false evidence to frame me.
Interviewer: What do they have against you?
Parry: They are out to get me.
Interviewer: What for?
Parry: I have incriminating evidence against the mafia.
Interviewer: Are you sure of all this?
Parry: You don’t believe me?
Interviewer: We will see…

The police are interviewing a suspect

P: Where were you last Tuesday evening?
S: I was staying in a hotel in Brighton.
P: Who were you with?
S: I was with my girlfriend, Marry.
P: What was the name of the hotel?
S: The George and Dragon.
P: What was your room number?
S: It was 213.
P: Did you speak to anyone?
S: Yes. I spoke to the waitress and the barman.
P: What was the barman’s name?
S: His name was Colin?

At the bank

Opening account

A: Good morning, can I help you?
B: Yes, I’d like to open a deposit account.
A: Certainly Sir. Would you like a Silver or a Gold account?
B: What’s the difference?
A: You can open a Silver account with just £5. The account comes with a cash card so you can withdraw your money at any time. The Silver account currently pays 5% interest. For the Gold account you need a minimum of£500 and you have to give 14 days notice to withdraw money. The interest rate is 6.5%.
B: I’ll go for the Silver account.
A: How much would you like to deposit?
B: £500
A: And we’ll need two proofs of ID, telephone bill, driving licence, credit card statement, etc.
B: I’m sorry, I don’t have any of those on me. I’ll come back tomorrow.

Applying for a mortgage

C: Good morning, I’m the manager, how can I help you?
D: We’d like to apply for a mortgage.
e: Have you found a property you’re interested in?
D: Yes, we have.
C: How much would you like to borrow?
D: Well, the property is £75,000, but we have a deposit of £25,000
C: So you need a £50,000 loan. Do you have an account with this bank?
D: Yes, we both have accounts here. I’ve had my account for over fifteen years.
C: How much do you both earn?
D: I earn £15,000 pa and my wife earns £12,500.
C: That’s fine. Now, would you like to complete this form………


Planning a holiday (Ted and Barbara)

B: Where shall we go for our holiday this year, Ted?
T: How about Majorca? It’s cheap and good weather is guaranteed.
B: I’d rather do something more exciting this year. Have you seen this ad for adventure holidays in Scotland?
T: I prefer lying on a beach to hang-gliding and canoeing.
B: But we do that every year. I’d prefer to do something different this time. I’d rather not go anywhere so crowded.
T: Well, you have a point. Majorca was very crowded last time. I’d prefer somewhere a little quieter too, but I don’t fancy anything too active.
B: How about Torquay? The weather’s usually good and there are some lovely walks around the coast.
T: Sounds OK to me. Would you prefer to stay in a hotel or rent a cottage?

A bad holiday

A: Good morning, can I help you?
B: I’d like to make a complaint about my holiday in Portugal last week.
A: I’m sorry to hear that. What exactly was the problem?
B: First of all the coach taking us to the hotel broke down and we had to wait for over two hours in the sweltering heat before a replacement arrived. Then when we got to the hotel we found our room hadn’t been cleaned.
A: Oh dear, did you complain to the hotel staff?
B: Of course, but we were told all the chambermaids were off duty. Anyway, that’s not all. The people in the room above sounded like they were having all-night parties, every night. I demanded another room but the receptionist told me the hotel was full.
A: Oh, I see.
B: And to cap it all the food in the hotel restaurant was awful. It was so bad we had to eat out all the time despite having paid for meals in the price of our holiday.
A: I do apologise. I’d like to offer you a 20% discount on the price of one of our Autumn breaks as a gesture of goodwill.
B: A 20% discount, you must be joking. I want to see the manager.

Other conversations

What shall we do?

A. Hi Chris, would you like to do something with me this weekend?
B. Sure. What shall we do?
A. I don’t know. Do you have any ideas?
B. Why don’t we see a film?
A. That’s sounds good to me. Which film shall we see?
B. Let’s see ‘kill bill’.
A. I’d rather not. I don’t like violent films. How about going to ‘Rate race’? I hear it’s quite a funny film.
B. OK. Let’s go and see that. When is it on?
A. It’s on at 8 o’clock at the Rex. Shall we have a bite to eat before
B. Sure, that sounds great. What about going to that new Italian restaurant ‘Michetti’s’?
A. Great idea! Let’s meet there at six.
B. OK. I’ll see you at ‘Michetti’s’ at six. Bye.
A. Bye.

My friend

A. My friend Rich is coming to town next week. Have you ever met him?
B. No, I haven’t.
A. He’s kind of crazy, but a great guy.
B. Yeah, why do you say so? What’s he like?
A. He’s really hard working, but very much a loner. He’s pretty talented and can do just about anything.
B. Sounds interesting. Is he married?
A. No, he isn’t.
B. What does he look like? Maybe my friend Alice would be interested in meeting him.
A. He’s tall, slim and quite good looking. I’m sure your friend would find him attractive. What’s she like?
B. She’s outgoing and very athletic.
A. Really? What sports does she like playing?
B. She’s a great tennis player and also goes bicycling a lot.
A. What does she look like?
B. She’s kind of exotic looking. She’s got long dark hair and piercing black eyes. People think she is rather beautiful.
A. Do you think she would like to meet Rich?
B. Sure! Why don’t we hook them up?
A. Great idea!

Winning the lotto

A. Tom, take a look at this! This guy’s won ten million dollars in the lotto!
B. What luck!
A. What would you do if you won ten million dollars?
B. Well, I know what I WOULDN’T do! If I won so much money, I wouldn’t spend it. I’d put it in the bank!
A. You’ve got to be joking! I’d make sure to spend at least the first two million having a good time and buying things I’ve always wanted. I’d definitely spend a lot of time travelling.
B. Use your head! If you spent money like that, you’d soon have spent all your winnings!
A. You are so boring! If you were in his shoes, you’d just put money in the bank.
B. That’s right. I’m sure I’d eventually start spending some money, but I’d be very careful to make that money last for the rest of my life.
A. What use would that be, if you didn’t have any fun?
B. Oh, I’d have fun. I’d just be careful about how much fun I’d have.
A. I can’t believe you!
B. Well, you know the saying ‘different strokes for different folks’!


S: Dad. Can I borrow the car tomorrow?
F: Why do you want to borrow the car?
S: I’m going to the beach with Tony.
F: Last time you borrowed it you had an accident and dented the door.
S: I promise I’ll drive carefully this time.
F: And the petrol tank was almost empty.
S: I’ll fill it up before I get home.
F: Well, OK then, provided you’re home by 8. I’m going out tomorrow evening and I need the car.
S: Great. Thanks dad, I’ll be home by 7:30.

Plans and excuses

A: Let’s go to a movie together.
B: I’d love to. When shall we go?
A: How about next Friday evening?
B: Let me see….. Oh, I am sorry, I’m having dinner with a friend.
A: How about the following Tuesday?
B: That’d be great. What shall we see?
A: Star Wars?
B: No, that’s boring. How about Austin Powers?
A: Sounds good to me. When shall we meet?
B: Seven? In the Kent Tavern?
A: Great, see you there.
A: Would you like to come to a movie with me?
B: When do you want to go?
A: How about next Friday evening?
B: I’m sorry, I can’t. I’m having dinner with a friend.
A: How about the following Tuesday?
B: I go to evening class on Tuesdays.
A: Oh, maybe some other time?
B: Yeah, I’ll give you a call.

Finding a flat

A: Hi, what can I do for you?
M: I’m interested in the flat in Central Parade. What can you tell me about it?
A: It’s a conversion on the second floor of a beautiful, four-storey Edwardian house. It has two bedrooms and a large living room overlooking the sea. The kitchen and bathroom have recently been refitted.
M: Is it centrally heated?
A: Yes, it’s centrally heated throughout and double-glazed too.
M: Does it have a parking space?
A: No, but there’s plenty of unrestricted parking in Central Parade and nearby.
M: How much is it?
A: It’s £39,995, but I believe the owner would be willing to accept an offer.
M: How long is the lease?
A: There’s no lease. The price includes a share of the freehold.

Selling services

S. Good morning, I’m doing a survey on family life. Could you spare a few moments to answer some questions?
M. Well, I’m rather busy…
S. It’ll only take a minute or two. Are you married?
M. Yes, I am.
S. And do you have any children?
M. Yes, two.
S. Have you ever thought about what would happen to your family if you die or you’re taken ill?
M. No, I haven’t.
S. Let me tell you about our family protection plan.
M. I really must be………
S. For only £50 a month this policy covers all medical fees and provides your family with an income equal to your salary in the event of your death.
M. I already have insurance, thank you.
S. Ah but when did you last increase your premiums? The cost of living is rising all the time and no other policy is as generous as ours.
M. I really can’t afford any more insurance.
S. But can you afford not to? Just think about your wife and children if anything happens to you.
M. As I said…..
S. As a special offer, for this week only; we can offer you free cover for three months. Just sign here and your policy will start today. You can cancel any time in the next three months and it won’t have cost you a penny:
M. I can cancel any time?
S. Yes. Just return the cancellation form. There’s nothing to lose.
M. Oh, very well then.

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