English Conversation 16:
Jerry is giving Fay her first tennis lesson
Fay: Jerry, could you show me how to hold the racket?
Jerry: Sure Fay, it's just like shaking hands. Hold your hand out as though you were
going to shake my hand...
Fay: Do you mean like this?
Jerry: Right, like that. Then put the racket in your hand, like this.
Fay: So now I'm ready to hit the ball!
Jerry: Remember what I told you. There are two types of swings, the forehand and the
Fay: I remember. You told me hitting a forehand, starting on my right, is like hitting a
ping pong ball.
Jerry: Exactly. Why don't you try one now. Ready? Hit this!
Fay: Oops! I missed it completely!
Jerry: That's okay, try again. This time, keep your eye on the ball.
Fay: Keep my eye where?
Jerry: It's just an expression. "Keep your eye on the ball" means watch the ball
Fay: Oh, I see. Let me try again...
Jerry: Here comes another ball... Wow! You hit it over the fence! You're a very
Fay: Hee hee hee. I guess I need to practice more.
Jerry: Sure, but with a bit of practice, you'll be able to keep the ball in the court.
Fay: Now what about the backhand?
Jerry: Many people think the backhand is difficult, but actually it's quite simple. It's a
lot like slapping your boyfriend in the face!
Fay: Huh? What do you mean?
Jerry: Just pull your racket back to your left, then imagine you see your boyfriend
with another woman!
Fay: Why that dirty rat!