B1 Dialogue #9. Have you ever?

In this video we practice Present Perfect Tense and ask each other questions starting with the words “Have you ever ….”. The auxiliary verb have / has goes first, followed by the subject, followed by the third form of the verb (V3). Download PDF transcripts and learn unfamiliar vocabulary. If you have any questions, we will be happy to answer them in the comments.

How to work with the dialog?

  1. Listen to the dialogue and read the PDF transcript. Turn on subtitles if necessary.
  2. Listen to the dialogue again, repeating the questions and answers aloud (!!!).
  3. Come up with your own answers to the questions. Use PDF vocabulary if needed.
  4. Listen to the questions and answer them aloud (!!!), with a correct intonation, pronunciation and rhythm.
  5. Go back to the video from time to time and repeat the exercise.

Have you ever?

(1) Have you ever lost some money?

Yes, I have. I’m always trying not to get sad (грустить), because I believe that I can find more than I lost one day in the future

2) Have you ever broken a bone?

Yes twice, when I was a child. First I broke my hand and one year later I broke my leg’s bone. 

3) Have you ever been on a really exciting holiday in another country?

We went to Thailand in April and there was the Thais New Year. Locals splashed (плескали) each other and us with water. This is their good tradition. 

4) Have you ever felt like giving up studying English?

I gave up (бросала) studying English several times because I didn’t see the progress and didn’t feel confident. I think many people have this problem. But one day I understood that I should just keep studying (продолжать изучение) in order to be better in English. The better we become the slower we learn. This is a normal thing in foreign languages.

5) Have you ever had a fight and lost?

No I haven’t. I’m a girl. Girls usually don’t do that. 

6) Have you ever told a big, big lie to your parents?

No, I haven’t. I’m a good daughter. Maybe in childhood I told some little lie to my mother, but she always unveiled (раскрывала) me anyway. 

7) Have you ever done anything illegal?

No, I haven’t. I’m a honest citizen (законопослушный гражданин)

8) Have you ever eaten something quite strange?

Yes, in Spain. It was a piece of fat with tomato sauce. It was some kind of national dish (национальное блюдо).

9) Have you ever made someone you love very angry?

No, I haven’t. I don’t think this is a normal thing.

10) Have you ever wanted to dance in the streets because you were so happy?

No, I haven’t. I think it’s too weird (слишком странно).


1) Have you ever cried while watching the news?

No, I haven’t. I don’t usually watch the news. I think that they contain (содержат) pretty much propaganda. So it’s not interesting for me.

2) Have you ever dreamed about being famous?

Yes, I think that everyone has ever dreamed about it. This is not a bad dream. But now I don’t usually think about it. I like being myself and I’m happy. 

3) Have you ever lost your temper and got really angry in public?

I’m always trying to control myself. So no I haven’t. I think this is the last thing you can do in public.

4) Have you ever raised money for charity?

Yes I have. This is a good thing. But I think the government should take care (заботиться) of it. Especially when we talk of kids that need help.

5) Have you ever sent someone an email and then regretted sending it?

Yes, of course I have. But I don’t think that it makes sense (имеет смысл) to regret something too much. Everything that is done is done for the best. 

6) Have you ever broken something and pretended it wasn’t you who broke it?

I think I have. But I can’t remember anything in particular (в особенности, в частности)

7) Have you ever fallen in love at first sight?

Yes, in a kindergarten. But I was a kid and it was not serious of course. To be honest (если честно) I don’t believe in love at first sight.

8) Have you ever won a prize that you thought was a bad prize?

No, I can’t recall (припомнить) anything like this.

9) Have you ever met anyone famous?

Once we met Vladimir Mashkov in an airport. I was a kid and asked him for an autograph. He didn’t refuse and signed a book I had with me. But I lost it many years ago.

10) Have you ever lent someone something and they didn’t give it back?

I think that I have. In childhood, I used to lend something that I didn’t get back. But I can’t remember what it was exactly (что именно это было)