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.
In order to write dialogues successfully, the writer has not only to see both sides of a question but also to put himself inside two imaginary persons so as to make them express their opposite opinions naturally and in keeping with their characters. He has in turn to be each one, and see the point of view of each on the question. Here are our top 12 Short Dialogue Examples…
Best Short Dialogue Examples
Short Dialogue Examples #1
Q. A dialogue between a post-master and a boy about the non-receipt of a registered parcel
Parimal: I sent a registered parcel to Burdwan about a month ago. I got a letter today from the friend to whom it was addressed, and he said he had not received it.
Post-Master: Have you brought the receipt?
Parimal: Yes sir, here it is. You can see that the parcel was dispatched on January 12, and it was insured for Rs. 100
Post-Master: It should certainly have reached the recipient about a week ago.
Parimal: Will you please make inquiries? I’m very anxious about it, and my friend is annoyed as he has not received it.
Post-Master: Yes, I will write to the Head Office and let you know by a registered letter as soon as we hear anything, please give me your address. Parimal Here it is on my card. Thanks. (126 words)
Short Dialogue Examples #2
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 in 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)
Short Dialogue Examples #3
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 for 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)
Short Dialogue Examples #4
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)
Short Dialogue Examples #5
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)
Short Dialogue Examples #6
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)
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Short Dialogue Examples #7
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)
Short Dialogue Examples #8
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) .
Short Dialogue Examples #9
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)
Short Dialogue Examples #10
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)
Short Dialogue Examples #11
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.
Short Dialogue Examples #12
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/- is 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)
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