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Salsa Dancing

Peter gets and invite from Jana to go salsa dancing as she explains the details.

Jana: Hey, Peter, are you interested in dancing by any chance?

Peter: Yeah, I do. I like dancing. Why?

Jana: That's great. Well there is a salsa class in Oita City tomorrow night and a few of us are going but it's mainly we have a group of girls, five girls, so we need some guys to come along so I was wondering if you would like to come?

Peter: Sounds interesting but will I be the only guy?

Jana: Oh no, there are other people who come along but because it's four of us from the university we thought it would be nice if we get some more people.

Peter: OK. It sounds interesting. What kind of class is it, how does it work?

Jana: Well it sort of varies but the teacher comes in once a month and teaches different styles, salsa or merengue, a different Latin dance. Have you ever tried?

Peter: I've tried I guess in different places but never been taught before or I've never really been shown how to.

Jana: So you would already be an expert?

Peter: I don't know about that.

Jana: Well don't worry, it's a really basic level but the teacher will show us some basic steps and then we'll practice in pairs and you dance with different people. It's quite a lot of fun.

Peter: OK. What time does it start?

Jana: It starts around six thirty.

Peter: And how long does it last for?

Jana: Usually the class goes on for about an hour and there is free social dancing afterwards so you can stay longer.

Peter: OK.

Jana: And practice, have a drink.

Peter: It sounds quite nice. Do I have to wear anything special or have...?

Jana: No, just whatever you're comfortable in. Some people wear or girls wear special shoes I guess but you don't have to worry, just something comfortable.

Peter: So shoes, any shoes are fine?

Jana: Any shoes, yeah, any shoes are fine.

Peter: OK. It sounds pretty nice actually. So does it cost anything, do I have to prepare money?

Jana: Yeah, it's ten dollars per lesson and you get a free drink with that.

Peter: OK. Free drink, that sounds good. Where are you guys meeting, which station?

Jana: We can meet at Oita station. It's only about a ten minute walk from there so maybe we can meet around six fifteen?

Peter: OK. That's sounds fine. I'll give you a call sometime just to make sure.

Jana: All right, great. See you then.

Peter: All right, thanks.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

come along


We need some guys to come along.

Notice the following:

  1. My brother and sister are going to come along if that's okay.
  2. We're going camping this weekend. Would you like to come along?

it would be nice if ...


We thought it would be nice if we get some more people.

You can use this phrase to show that something is a good idea. It is a nice way of making a suggestion about what somebody should do. Notice the following:

  1. It would be nice if he would call when he said he would.
  2. It would be nice if you could come for dinner at our house tonight.

It varies


It sort of varies, but the teacher comes in once a month.

When something 'varies,' it changes from one time to the next. Notice the following:

  1. It varies depending on traffic, but usually it takes about three hours to get there.
  2. Her mood really varies from one day to the next.



How long does it last for?

When you ask how long something 'lasts,' you are asking about time duration. Notice the following:

  1. The movie will last about an hour and a half.
  2. That meeting lasted longer than I expected.

go on for


Usually the class goes on for about an hour.

'Go on for' is a way to say the duration of time that something continues for. Notice the following:

  1. All of this has been going on for a couple years now.
  2. The classes will go on for about a week.


Vocabulary Quiz

came along • be nice • varies
last • goes on
  1. The weather so much from day to day that it's difficult to know what to wear.
  2. These shoes were cheap, so they won't long.
  3. We are only about halfway through the movie. It a lot longer.
  4. I have to go out and do a few things, but I would love it if you .
  5. It would if we brought some snacks to the party.
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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