Sitcom: May I ask you what you're reading? (Top Notch 3, Unit 4-1)

source: Dương Thu Thuỷ / Pearson Education, INC  2015年3月3日
* social language: agree to lend something; describe reading material
* grammar: noun clauses

# video script
(Bob is reading a book and eating lunch in the café when Mr. Evans enters to join him.)
Mr. Evans: Hello, Bob. Dining alone?
Bob: Paul and Marie went to get newspapers.
Mr. Evans: Do you mind if I join you?
Bob: Please, sit down.
Mr. Evans: May I ask what you’re reading?
Bob: Um ... A History of the World.
Mr. Evans: The bestseller? I’m very impressed! Reading nonfiction over lunch! I hear that it’s a very difficult book.
Bob: Oh ... uh, no. It’s a pretty easy read. I ... I can’t put it down, actually.
Mr. Evans: A real page-turner, huh? Do you think I could borrow it when you’re done?
Bob: Sure.
Mr. Evans: I usually prefer fiction myself. You know, thrillers, mysteries ... There’s nothing like curling up with a good science-fiction novel, is there?
Bob: You read science fiction, too?
Mr. Evans: Don’t tell anyone. Are you learning a lot from your book?
Bob: Uh, yes. I think so.
Mr. Evans: So tell me what you’re reading about right now.
Bob: Um ... this part is about Great Britain.
Mr. Evans: Really? Do you mind if I take a book?
Bob: Cheryl hates when I read comics.
Mr. Evans: Then I can understand why you can’t put the book down. Do you think that I could borrow it, then?
Bob: I’m still reading this one, but I have another one I can loan you.
Mr. Evans: I meant this one.
Bob: Oh, help yourself.