A dialogue is literally a conversation between two people. Conversational writing in English is a useful form of writing for students trying to master spoken English.
Example of a Dialogue
Example of a Dialogue #1
Q. A dialogue between a post-master and a boy about the non-receipt of a registered parcel
Prakash: I sent a registered parcel to Howrah about a month ago. Today I got a letter from the friend it was addressed to and he said he didn’t receive it.
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Post-Master: Have you brought the receipt?
Prakash: Yes sir, here it is. You can see that the parcel was sent on 10th December, and it was insured for Rs 150
Post-Master: It should certainly have reached the recipient about a week ago.
Prakash: Will you please make inquiries? I’m very worried about it, and my friend is upset as he has not received it.
Post-Master: Yes, I will write to head office and let you know by registered letter as soon as I hear anything, please give me your address.
Prakash: Here it is on my card. Thank you.
Example of a Dialogue #2
Q. A dialogue between an officer and a candidate for a job.
Officer: Have you come in response to our advertisement in the Times of India of August 10, for a typist?
Candidate: Yes, sir.
Officer: What’s your name and how old are you?
Candidate: My name is Pinaki Ghosh and I’m twenty-seven.
Officer: What are your qualifications?
Candidate: I passed the Higher Secondary Examination in the second division, and am now doing B.Sc. with Honours in Chemistry.
Officer: Have you any professional training?
Candidate: Yes, sir, I have had training in typewriting, with a speed of 50 words per minute.
Officer: Have you brought your certificates and testimonials?
Candidate: Yes, sir. Here are they.
Officer: (After seeing the certificates and taking notes) Well, you may go now. We will inform you in time.
Candidate: Thank you, sir.
Example of a Dialogue #3
Q. A conversation between two friends about career choices/their plans for the future.
Bikash: Well Rakesh, What profession do you want to take up after your education?
Rakesh: I want to be a teacher. It’s an interesting profession. What about you?
Bikash: I want to be a doctor.
Rakesh: Doctor! It’s a profession that has no attraction for me. Why do you want to be a doctor?
Bikash: It’s a respectable and independent profession. Moreover, a doctor can make more money than a teacher.
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Rakesh: I’m not sure of that. There are very few doctors who do earn a lot of money; the majority of doctors find it difficult even to make a simple living. (118 words)
Example of a Dialogue #4
Q. A dialogue between two friends about vacation plans.
Bikash: Hurrah! only five days to summer vacation.
Sahil: I know. I am eagerly waiting for it.
Bikash: So am I. How do you plan to spend the vacation?
Sahil: I want to go to Delhi. My parents and cousins will accompany me.
Bikash: I have no mind to go to a historical place or a seaside town for a change.
Sahil: Then what are you going to do with yourself on vacation?
Bikash: I want to start a night school in my house and teach illiterate villagers.
Sahil: Yours is really a noble plan. I wish I could have done the same.
Bikash: Thank you for your wish. Wish you a happy summer vacation.
Example of a Dialogue #5
Q. Conversation between ticket checker and ticketless passenger.
T.C.: Your ticket, please.
Passenger: Ticket! Sorry, sir, I could not buy a ticket at NGP station. When I reached the station, the train was about to leave. I would have missed the train if I had tried to buy the ticket.
T.C.: You should have come to the station earlier.
Passenger: I caught the bus on time, but it broke down on the way and had to walk to NGP station.
T.C.: You’ll have to pay the fine in addition to the fare.
Passenger: Can’t you waive the fine?
T.C.: No, I can’t.
Passenger: What’s the train fare to Darjeeling?
T.C.: It was Rs. 250/ – You’ll have to pay Rs. 500/- as fine. So it’s 750/- in all.
Passenger: Here’s the money. Please give me the receipt.
T.C.: Yes, I’ll. (Writing the receipt)
Passenger: Thank you.
Example of a Dialogue #6
Reporter: Hello, my name is Mr. Thomson. I am a reporter for IBN and would like to meet Mr. Jack.
Secretary: Do you have an appointment?
Reporter: I do not have a formal one, but I spoke to him on the phone and he said that I could come today.
Secretary: You will have to wait for some time since Mr. Jack is in a meeting right now.
Reporter: How long will the meeting last?
Secretary: It should be over in about 15 minutes.
Reporter: That’s fine with me.
Secretary: Would you like some tea or coffee?
Reporter: No, thanks for asking.
Secretary: You’re welcome. Please have a seat. I will let you know as soon as he is free.
Reporter: I appreciate your cooperation.
Example of a Dialogue #7
Anjuna: Hi Sweta, what a pleasant surprise! It’s a pleasure seeing a school friend after so many years.
Sweta: Indeed it is. How are you and what have you been up to?
Anjuna: I am great. Do you remember the paintings I made for pleasure in school?
Sweta: Yes I do, and I always told you what a great artist you would be one day.
Anjuna: Well, I guess you were right there.
Sweta: What do you mean?
Anjuna: After college, I studied painting at J. K. School of Art and today I am a professional painter.
Sweta: Oh really? That’s great news. I never doubted your potential.
Anjuna: I know, and I believe that the confidence you showed in me was one of the factors which encouraged me to conquer my dreams.
Sweta: Don’t flatter me. This is all the fruit of your hard work.
Anjuna: I am not. Believe me. I never considered my drawings of any consequence. It was you who saw the talent in me and gave me the boost I needed.
Sweta: Well then, I guess I deserve a treat.
Anjuna: You deserve more than that, but a treat is surely in order.
Sweta: Let’s have coffee.
Example of a Dialogue #8
Omkar: Hey what are you doing? Would you like to come out to play?
Arvind: No. I’m a little busy right now. I’m writing a story for tomorrow’s storytelling competition.
Omkar: You have been working on that since the last week. How much more will you edit it?
Arvind: It’s a suspense story, Omkar. It has to be perfect or else it will lose its charm.
Omkar: That is true, but I have full faith in your skills. After all, you have been winning this competition for so many years now.
Arvind: That’s true. But that does not give me a reason to be careless with my work, does it?
Omkar: Yes you are right, but overdoing it is also dangerous, don’t you think?
Arvind: What do you mean?
Omkar: I mean you are so focused on this competition that you are neglecting every other thing like food, play, and your studies.
Arvind: I guess you have a point, Omkar. Come on, let’s go out.
Omkar: Finally! Let’s go.
Example of a Dialogue #9
Teacher: Ranita, are you ready for the interschool history quiz?
Ranita: No Miss, I am not. I had jaundice last month, and therefore, I couldn’t prepare for it.
Teacher: You are our best student, Ranita. You have to participate. How long will it take to prepare?
Ranita: Miss, please give me an extension. I am working on it, but I need some more time.
Teacher: Ranita, I would love to give you time. But I’m sorry I cannot; the date for the quiz is finalized by the principals of all the schools participating.
Ranita: I would really love to participate, but I am not prepared and it will be wrong on my part to spoil the school’s name this way.
Teacher: I appreciate your dedication. Also, I am confident that you will be able to do well. You just need to work a little harder. Besides, we are here to help you. Feel free to approach any one of us whenever you need.
Ranita: Thank you for your support, Miss.
Teacher: You are most welcome. Work hard and make us all proud.
Ranita: I’ll try my best, Miss. Thank you once again.
Example of a Dialogue #10
Priya: Hello! My name is Priya. Can I speak to you for a moment?
Police Officer: Yes, how may I help you?
Priya: I have a robbery to complain.
Police Officer: What exactly happened?
Priya: My handbag was stolen in the local market this afternoon.
Police Officer: Describe your handbag and give me a list of any important belongings that it contained.
Priya: My handbag is blue. It had my cell phone and about three thousand rupees.
Police Officer: Is that it? Did it have any other things?
Priya: Nothing of much importance. But I need my cell phone; the data in it is extremely important to me.
Police Officer: I will look into the matter and see what I can do. Did you see the thief?
Priya: Yes, I noticed that he was of average height, middle-aged, and wore a dirty grey t-shirt. He had medium-tangled hair and a small bruise over his right eyebrow.
Police Officer: Will you be able to recognize him if we find them?
Priya: I think so.
Police Officer: Okay then. We will call you when we get a lead on him.
Priya: Thank you!
Police Officer: You’re welcome!
Example of a Dialogue #11
Bank Manager: Good morning! Please come in. How may I help you?
Raj Singh: Good Morning! I would like to open a savings account with your bank, but I find the process very confusing.
Bank Manager: Please take a seat. The process is very simple actually. All you have to do is fill out a savings account opening form and submit it with photocopies of your ID proofs and two passport-sized photographs.
Raj Singh: Which ID proofs should I get along with?
Bank Manager: We will need one photocopy of each of your ration cards, pan card, and Aadhar card.
Raj Singh: Ok, that sounds easy. Where will I get the account opening form?
Bank Manager: The clerk sitting at the desk opposite the cash counter will give it to you.
Raj Singh: What is the minimum deposit amount for opening an account?
Bank Manager: For a savings account, it is only 500 rupees. However, this amount cannot be withdrawn unless you wish to close your account permanently.
Raj Singh: What are the other facilities that I would be provided if I open an account?
Bank Manager: Apart from your chequebook, SBI will provide you with an ATM/debit card, internet banking, and phone banking facility.
Raj Singh: Thanks a lot! You have really simplified the procedure for me.
Bank Manager: The pleasure is entirely mine.
Example of a Dialogue #12
Dr. Sunil: This is the third time in two months you have come to me complaining of stomach ache, Rakesh. Have you been eating frequently from outside?
Rakesh: I have my lunch from the school canteen, doctor.
Dr. Sunil: How is the food in taste and appearance?
Rakesh: The food tastes good, except that it is spicy sometimes. Often, it is soaked in excess oil.
Dr. Sunil: No wonder you are falling sick so often, Rakesh! Eating spicy food regularly upsets your digestive system. Does the oil in the food smell abnormal?
Rakesh: I don’t know really. But yes, my throat often aches after eating a meal that had excess oil.
Dr. Sunil: That is due to the poor quality of oil being used to make the food. Rakesh, you should stop eating from the canteen at once. If possible, eat home-cooked food and for a few weeks only eat light meals.
Rakesh: Okay, doctor. What can I include in my diet for the next few days?
Dr. Sunil: Have home-cooked food with minimum spices. Avoid over-intake of fibrous foods as they are heavy to digest. Have plenty of water and fruit. In a couple of weeks, your system will be back to normal.
Rakesh: Thank you, Doctor. I will avoid eating from outside henceforth.
Dr. Sunil: Yes, you should. Here are your medicines. In addition, please also engage in light exercise once a day so that you remain fit.
Rakesh: I will do that, doctor. Thank you for your time and consultation.
Dr. Sunil: Take care and get well soon Rakesh!
Example of a Dialogue #13
Mother: Looks like you had a lot of fun at school today. How was the Christmas party?
Riya: It was a truly spectacular mother. The children from the primary section enacted the Christmas story at the assembly.
Mother: Oh! That must have been really beautiful.
Riya: It was! Not only that; after a short speech by our school leader on the significance of Christmas, the school band played carols on their instruments. Mumma, you should have heard them, for a moment I felt like heaven had come down to Earth.
Mother: That does sound exceptional. I understand what you mean. Your school has a reputation for excelling in whatever it does.
Riya: Yes Mumma, it was! After that, we went to our class. There we played games with our teacher. It was great fun. We also had crib-making and classroom decoration competitions.
Mother: So, they kept y’all busy the whole day. Did they give y’all any snacks to eat?
Riya: Yes, they gave us Fruity, samosas, wafers, cake, and chocolates. I got many gifts from Santa Claus as well. He kept throwing them in all directions.
Mother: Well Riya, I’m glad that you had so much fun.
Riya: That I did, wait for Mumma there is more. I forgot to show you the gift I got. Every standard received a different toy. We received Brainvita. Playing this game is so much fun.
Mother: So, I see you opened it in the school itself.
Riya: Yes! Everyone did. We were so engrossed in it that we did not even realize when the bell rang at the end of the day.
Mother: That’s very nice. Be sure to thank your teachers when you go to school next for all the effort they put in.
Example of a Dialogue #14
Rajesh: Excuse me, what is your name, sir?
Beggar: My name is Dinesh Kumar. Why do you ask? You don’t need my name to curse me.
Rajesh: I do not wish to curse you, Mr. Kumar. I never saw you here before. You intrigue me; therefore, I want to know more about you. Who are you and why are you begging here?
Beggar: I cannot recollect the last time somebody called me by that name.
Rajesh: Tell me something about yourself.
Beggar: You know my name. Many years ago, I used to be a successful businessman dealing with scrap metals. The business was booming and I was surrounded by friends. I got married to a woman I loved and she bore me two children. I was a very good father fulfilling every desire my children had.
Rajesh: What changed that?
Beggar: I had a daughter and a son. When they got married, things started changing. Both of them vied for my business and property which I bequeathed to them. Once my son had control of my business, he ousted me. My daughter too, whom I gave my palatial house, threw me and my wife out.
Rajesh: Where did you go from there?
Beggar: My friends deserted me since I had no money. So, I begged for a living making enough to buy us two meals a day. My wife eventually succumbed to illnesses leaving me all alone in this world. At this age, I cannot beg. Sometimes I wait for death to catch up with me.
Example of a Dialogue #15
Sushant: Hello! May I speak to Mr. S. Kaushik?
S. Kaushik: Yes, who is this?
Sushant: Hello Sir. My name is Sushant. I saw the advertisement for your activity club in today’s newspaper and would like to enquire more about it.
Mr. Shah: Oh yes! We have recently opened an activity club for children of all age groups. I will be able to explain it to you further if you can tell me what exactly you are looking for.
Sushant: My son has a lot of free time, and since both my wife and I are working we would like to enrol him in a creative club.
S. Kaushik: We would be happy to oblige. What would you like to know?
Sushant: First, where exactly are you located?
Mr. Shah: Our club is located on the ground floor of Pravin Apartments which is about a 2–3 minute walk from the Santa Cruz railway station.
Sushant: Okay, could you give me some more details about the place?
Mr. Shah: We have converted a 1BHK flat into our club area furnished with colourful toys and other amenities. We also have a large garden at the back which can be accessed only through our flat.
Sushant: The place sounds safe enough. What activities do y’all teach?
Mr. Shah: We teach all forms of dance, singing, and craft. It’s an extensive list. I suggest you visit us once since it is impossible for me to list everything we do on a call.
Sushant: Okay, I will do that. Thank you for the information. I will call you back once I make up my mind.