Ivana: Dobar dan! Ja sam Ivana.
James: No? Nothing? Nothing at all? Not even a bit?
James: A little?
Ivana: Yes, a little.
James: Do you understand what I am saying now?
James: See, you know some English!
Ivana: Yes a little. I learn on school some English, but I don’t know gramatik.
James: OK, so you learned some English in school, but need to learn some grammar?
James: OK! Great! So let’s try this in English, ok?
Ivana: UFFFF, ok, we try.
James: Great. We will try. Probat ćemo!
James: So, Ivana, what can we do for you?
Ivana: Erm. I need some informations about tečaj engleskog, I mean, English lessons.
James: Ah, you would like some information about classes here at Američki Centar. Well, what type of class are you looking for?
Ivana: I don’t know. I didn’t thought about it. What tečajevi engleskog do you offer?
James: OK, so you didn’t think about it? Well, we have group classes and individual classes.
Ivana: Maybe group class for beginner.
James: Ok, so you want a group class for beginners?
James: But are you really a beginner? You understand me don’t you?
Ivana: Yes, I understand all.
James: You understand everything! See you know English!
Ivana: Little…I mean, a little.
James: See, you corrected yourself! You are learning already, and you’re not even in class yet!
James: Let’s see how much you know, ok?
James: So, Ivana, tell me about yourself. Who is Ivana?
Ivana: Erm, I am Ivana. I have 28 years old. I have blue hair and blue eyes. Erm, I working in company. But before four years, I working as waitress.
James: Ok Ivana. So you are 28 years old. In English we do not have an age, we ARE our age!
James: Yes really! We also ARE our weight!
Ivana: Oh I don’t like that idea! So I am 65 kilos? No, no, no, I rather have 65 kilos!
James: HAHAHA, yeah I know! I’d rather have kilos too! Anyway, what color hair did you say you have?
Ivana: I have blue hair.
James: Well, you have blue eyes, but blonde hair.
Ivana: Oh blonde hair. On Croatian we say blue hair.
James: In Croatian.
Ivana: Oh, in Croatian we say blue hair.
James: I know, some things just don’t translate directly.
Ivana: Yes. See this is why I need to learning English.
James: You need to learn English? Don’t worry, you will learn English here with us!
Ivana: Good. I am happy for that.
James: You are happy because of that? GREAT! We are happy to hear it. So Ivana, you were telling me about your job?
Ivana: Yes, I working as secretary in company.
James: You work as a secretary in a company?
Ivana: Yes, I work as a secretary in a company.
James: Great. And what did you do before that?
Ivana: Before four years, I work as a waitress.
James: So, four years ago you worked as a waitress?
Ivana: Four years ago, yes.
James: Interesting. So you were a waitress and now you are a secretary.
Ivana: Yes. I worked as a waitress until I not finished faks.
James: I see. So you worked as a waitress until you finished college?
James: What kind of waitress were you? Did you work in a restaurant or in a cafe?
Ivana: I working in a cafe.
James: You worked in a cafe?
Ivana: Yes, I worked in a cafe. It was good because I like to go on coffee.
James: Everyone in Croatian likes to go for a coffee it seems!
Ivana: Yes, it is very popular here to go for a coffee.
James: Good good, see we are learning!
Ivana: HAHAHA, yes.
James: Well Ivana, you do know some English, and we have the perfect group for you!
Ivana: Really? Great!
James: The class actually starts in about an hour. Are you free at 6pm?
Ivana: Yes, I am.
James: Well we can get you all signed up and you can start today! How does that sound?
Ivana: GREAT! Will you learn me English?
James: No, another one of our teachers will teach you English, but you will learn English.
Ivana: Ah, the teacher teaches English, and the student learns English.
James: Yes, see the learning has already begun!
James: So here you go. Here is the contract for the class. You can read it over and if you agree with everything you can sign at the bottom
Ivana: (reads the contract). This is all good. Can you borrow me a pen?
James: Of course. I can lend you a pen.
Ivana: What is lend?
James: I am lending you a pen, but you are borrowing the pen from me.
Ivana: Oh there are two words? On Croatian, we only have one word—posuditi.
James: Yeah, in English the owner lends and the person using it borrows.
Ivana: I understand now.
James: Ok, well it looks like you are all set and ready to start class! You can wait here until the class starts or come back before the class starts.
Ivana: I will go to the cafe now. I will come back for one hour.
James: You will come back in an hour?
Ivana: Yes, I will come back in an hour! Do you know where is the closest cafe?
James: Do I know where the closest cafe is?
Ivana: Yes, do you know where the closest cafe is?
James: OF COURSE! It is right down the street!
Ivana: Ok, thanks! See you in an hour!
James: Ok, great! See you soon!