Example of a Dialogue

A dialogue literally means a talk between two people. The writing of dialogues in English is a useful form of composition for students trying to gain a command of spoken English.

It acquaints them with the colloquial way of speaking English and drills them to express their thoughts in easy, simple English.

Example of a Dialogue

Example of a Dialogue

Example of a Dialogue #1

Q. A dialogue between an officer and a candidate for a job.

Officer: Have you come in response to our advertisement in The Statesman of July 16, for a typist?

Candidate: Yes, sir.

Officer: What’s your name and how old are you?

Candidate: My name is Arindam Sen and I’m twenty-four.

Officer: What are your qualifications?

Candidate: I passed the Higher Secondary Examination in the first division, and am now doing B. Com. with Honours in Accountancy.

Officer: Have you any professional training? Candidate: Yes, sir, I have had training in typewriting, with a speed of 80 words a minute.

Officer: Have you any experience of office work?

Candidate: No, sir.

Officer: Have you brought your certificates and testimonials?

Candidate: Yes, sir. Here are they.

Officer: (Seeing the certificates and taking notes) Well, you may go now. We shall let you know in time.

Candidate: Thank you, sir. (124 words)

Example of a Dialogue #2

Q. A dialogue between two friends on the choice of profession/their plans for the future.

Bimal: Well Ratan, what profession do you want to take up after your education?

Ratan: I want to be a professor. It’s an interesting profession. It keeps you reading all along like a student. What are you going to be?

Bimal: My ambition is to be a lawyer.

Ratan: Law! It’s a profession that has no attraction to me. Why do you want to be a lawyer?

Bimal: It’s a respectable and independent profession. Moreover, a lawyer can make more money than a professor.

Ratan: I’m not sure of that. There are very few lawyers who do earn a lot of money; the majority of lawyers have to sit and talk away their time. They find it difficult even to make a simple living. (118 words)

Example of a Dialogue #3

Q. A dialogue between two friends about holiday plans.

Bimal: Hurrah! only five days to summer recess.

Samir: I know. I am eagerly looking forward to it.

Bimal: So am I. How do you plan to spend the vacation?

Samir: I intend to go to Darjeeling for a change for a fortnight at least. My parents and sisters will accompany me.

Bimal: I’ve no mind going to a hilly place or to a seaside town for a change.

Samir: Then what are you going to do with yourself in recess?

Bimal: I want to start a night school at my house and teach illiterate villagers the three Rs.

Samir: Yours is really a noble plan. I wish I could have done the same.

Bimal: Thank you for your wish. Wish you a happy tour of the queen of hills. (129 words)

Example of a Dialogue #4

Q. A dialogue between two girls on the approaching annual examination.

Pompi: Well Sheela, our examination is only a week away now. How are you prepared for it?

Sheela: No, I’m not pretty well prepared for it. I’ve revised chemistry and physics, but I’ve hardly touched compulsory English, and as for mathematics I feel quite hopeless. But what about your preparation?

Pompi: Well I’m pretty well-prepared for it. I’ve finished all my combination subjects as well as compulsory English. I don’t know how to finish all my courses. I have been burning the midnight oil for a month; still, I find no end to my courses.

Pompi: Well, you know I have been studying methodically and in earnest, since I joined college. So I find everything easy. But you did very little in your first year and not much in your second.

Sheela: You’re fortunate! I must suffer for not taking my study seriously from the beginning. (138 words)

Example of a Dialogue #5

Q. A dialogue between a principal and a student who has asked for a certificate.

Principal: Hello Kalyan, I’m glad you’ve passed the B.Sc. examination so well. First division, isn’t it?

Kalyan: Yes, sir, thanks to the good coaching by the lecturers and readers of your college.

Principal: Well, I’m glad if the college helped you; but no amount of teaching would have helped you to pass the examination if you had not worked well yourself.

Kalyan: Thank you, sir. I’ve come to you to have a character certificate and a strong recommendation for a post.

Principal: But have you any special post in view?

Kalyan: Yes, sir, There is a vacancy in Islampur College for a clerk, and I think I have a chance of getting it.

Principal: What pay is offered?

Kalyan: Rupees 5000/- a month, to begin with.

Principal: Not bad for a start. Well, I will strongly recommend you for the post.

Kalyan: Thank you, sir. Good-bye. (137 words)

Example of a Dialogue #6

Q. A dialogue between two friends about a film show.

Biman: Hello, Ratan! Where are you coming from?

Ratan: I’ve just been to the cinema and had a grand time. The Metro Cinema Hall is showing a very fine film of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. It’s most impressive.

Biman: Surely it is. It is full of action and suspense. The acting of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is superb.

Ratan: I’ll never forget the pathetic cry of Lady Macbeth in the sleepwalking scene.

Biman: So will I. Tears rolled down my cheeks when she rubbed her hands and cried, “Here’s the smell of the blood still; all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.”

Ratan: I wonder what a huge expense it must mean to produce a film like that. Will it pay?

Biman: Oh! it pays right enough. Every cinema hall where it’s shown is crowded night after night. (133 words)

Example of a Dialogue #7

Q. A dialogue between father and son about luck in the examination.

Father: I’m sorry to hear you’ve failed the examination, Benoy.

Benoy: So am I father, it was just my bad luck.

Father: So you think that to pass or to fail an examination is a matter of good luck or bad luck?

Benoy: Yes, father.

Father: You’re wrong, my son. You’ve studied enough science to know that nothing happens by chance.

Benoy: Well, I don’t know. Some people seem to be lucky and others unlucky. I think I’m one of the unlucky ones.

Father: You talk nonsense. Most of the people who are called “lucky” have good fortune, because they work for it; and the so-called unlucky people miss it because they are lazy or stupid.

Benoy: Then you mean that I failed because I was lazy and stupid?

Father: Well, I think you were probably one or the other. (133 words) .

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Example of a Dialogue #8

Q. A dialogue between two friends on the merits and demerits of watching television.

Ratna: Hello! Soma, What’s the matter with you? You didn’t attend the coaching class yesterday evening.

Soma: I was busy watching the cinema, “Charitraheen” on the TV at the time.

Ratna: Do you watch TV programs regularly? Soma: Yes, I do. You also see TV programs, don’t you?

Ratna: No. I don’t watch TV programs. I think television is a curse like gambling

Soma: How can you ignore the importance of television in modern life? It not only entertains us but also educates us. Television is a useful medium of mass education.

Ratna: But you can’t say the television is without evil effects. It exerts a harmful influence on the young, especially on the students.

Soma: I don’t deny its evil effects. I only mean to say you shouldn’t equate the box with evils like gambling. (138 words)

Example of a Dialogue #9

Q. A dialogue between two brothers about sticking a postage stamp on a letter and posting it.

Ramen: Did you call me, Baren?

Baren: Yes, Ramen. Will you just run upstairs and get me a five rupee postage stamp? You’ll find it on my table near the window. [Ramen ran upstairs and brought Baren the stamp.]

Ramen: Here’s the stamp.

Baren: Stick it onto this envelope.

Ramen: Is this the correct place for the stamp, Baren?

Baren: Yes, it’s. Now, will you please go and post the letter for me?

Ramen: Where should I post it?

Baren: Why, don’t you know? You’ve to put it into the letterbox.

Ramen: And where’s the letterbox, Baren?

Baren: Surely you should know where the letterbox is. It’s just outside the post office. Have you seen the post office?

Ramen: O yes, I’ve. It’s down the road, just near my school. (114 words)

Example of a Dialogue #10

Q. A dialogue between two friends on a trip.

Amal: Hello Bimal, What’s the matter with you? I haven’t seen you for a long time. Where have you been?

Bimal: I’ve been to Jaldapara on an adventurous trip with eight other students and the headmaster of our school.

Amal: How did you get there?

Bimal: We got there by bicycle.

Amal: Where did you sleep?

Bimal: We spent each night at a Border Security Force Camp at Malda, Berhampore, Kadamtala, etc.

Amal: Where did you stay at Jaldapara?

Bimal: We stayed in tents in the forest.

Amal: Who Organized the trip?

Bimal: Our Headmaster.

Example of a Dialogue #11

Q. A conversation between a ticket-checker and a ticketless passenger.

T.C.: Your ticket, please.

Passenger: Ticket! Sorry, sir, I couldn’t buy the ticket at the Sealdah station. When I reached the station, the train was about to leave. If I tried to buy the ticket I would have surely missed the train.

T.C.: You should have come to the station earlier.

Passenger: I caught the Sealdah-bound bus in time, but it broke down on the way, and I was compelled to walk all the way to Sealdah 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 Ranaghat?

T.C.: It was Rs. 25/ – You’ll have to pay Rs. 50/- as fine. So it’s seventy-five rupees in all.

Passenger: Here’s the money. Won’t you give me the receipt?

T.C.: Yes, I’ll. (Writing the receipt)

Passenger: Thank you. (129 words)

Example of a Dialogue #12

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 #13

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 #14

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 #15

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.

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