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Soups and Salads

 

Shirley talks with Josh about her favorite restaurant and the dishes they serve.

Josh: So, Shirley, I told you about my favorite restaurant. What is your favorite restaurant?
Shirley: Well, my favorite restaurant is a kind of salad and soup restaurant.
Josh: Okay, that’s my favorite.
Shirley: Great! Well, the food is very good but I also like it because the room is nice, it looks on a
garden and the food is very cheap.
Josh: Wow!
Shirley: Yeah.
Josh: With a great view of a garden. It seems like it would be expensive.
Shirley: Yeah, it does seem like it would be expensive, but it’s not. The garden has lots of beautiful
flowers but also they grow herbs. So the herbs that they use in the salad are all fresh from the
garden. It’s delicious.
Josh: That sounds really delicious.
Shirley: Yeah, it’s great. And they make a fantastic soup.
Josh: Okay.
Shirley: Some cream soups, and also a really nice vegetable soup.
Josh: Great! So, is the vegetable soup your favorite dish at the restaurant?
Shirley: Mmm, yes. In the wintertime, the minestrone soup is my favorite soup.
Josh: I love minestrone soup.
Shirley: Yeah. It’s excellent. But in the summertime, my favorite soup is cream of potato chilled.
Josh: Chilled?
Josh Shirley
Shirley: That means it’s served cold.
Josh: Okay, that sounds amazing.
Shirley: It’s really refreshing in the summertime.
Josh: What are the prices at the restaurant?
Shirley: It is so cheap. It’s about nine dollars for a small bowl of soup, a big salad, and a sandwich
that usually has some salad and seafood in it.
Josh: That’s really cheap.
Shirley: Yeah.
Josh: We should go there.
Shirley: Plus, after all that, you get a coffee or herb tea.
Josh: Wow, that’s great!
Shirley: I definitely recommend that you go there some time.
Josh: I’ll try it out.
Shirley: Okay!



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Travel Tips

Jason gives travel tips for people going to London

Todd: Jason, actually I’m going to England this summer.
Jason: Really?
Todd: Yeah can you give me some advice about where I should go. I’m gonna have about
one week.
Jason: One week. What I suggest you do then is stay in thesuburbs of London for a start,
because it’s a lot cheaper. If you stay in North London then you can spend all your money
on rent. And I guess you should go around Central London. That’s where all the tourist
attractions are. That’s where all thenightlife is. It’s just got everything you need really, but
like I said rent is way too expensive there, so.
Todd: OK, now I was thinking of taking a day trip to Oxford or Cambridge or Bath. What
would you recommend?
Jason: It depends really. Bath has got a lot of history. I guess Oxford is a lot quieter, but
again there is a lot of nightlife there as well. It really depends what you want to do, but
Bath is good for history, definitely.
Todd: OK. What about Cambridge?
Jason: Cambridge I’m not too sure about. I haven’t been there so.
Todd: Oh, really. OK. If I want to go to Oxford or to Bath, how can I get there? Do I have
to drive?
Jason: The easiest way is to get a train. It can vary how much you wanna pay really. It’s
kind of similar to Japanese trains. But traveling as far as Cambridge and Bath would be
quite expensive, maybe 30 pounds, which is quite a lot of money really, so.



3

Ghosts

Marion talks about an encounter with a ghost back in Ireland

One of my favorite things to do when I was a little girl was to stay with my granddad, so I’d go to stay
with him on the holidays, and he would often tell me stories, or sing songs for me, so I learned a lot
from him, but one of my favorite things, like I said was to listen to his stories and around Halloween
sometimes, or if we asked him at other times when it was getting dark or a bit scary we’d ask him to
tell us a ghost story, so one of, yeah, one of the first ghost stories I remember was him telling us
about a time when he was quite young, I think he was in his early twenties maybe, and he was
already married but he went back to his parents house one night to just, to meet his family and
friends, have a game of cards maybe with friends who were gathered there, so it got pretty late
because they had been playing cards for a long time having some fun so he didn’t want to leave and
then eventually, he and his friends decided, OK, we’d better leave and better go back home, so the
two of them were walking together towards their house but in between his parents house and his new
home they had to pass a graveyard, so these two guys, young men, I suppose, they weren’t very
happy with the idea of going past a graveyard very late at night, because you know, they’re lots of
stories about ghosts and spirits hanging around at that time of night, so they were approaching the
graveyard and they were a bit scared and they were wondering whether they should turn back or
keep going. Be strong and brave about it. So they were approaching the graveyard and suddenly my
granddad saw what he thought was a priest sitting on the wall. So he say a man dressed in black,
with a white collar, and he was so frightened, I mean, I can’t imagine what he must have said at the
time, but he and his friend were really, really scared, and they were talking between themselves, “Oh,
my God! What should we do? What should we do?” but they were so frightened they couldn’t move.
So eventually, my granddad decided, OK, I’m just going to run for it. I’m going to make a run for it.
So all of a sudden, he decided and he just ran straight past the graveyard, and then suddenly, this big
dog came jumping down from the wall of the graveyard, and my granddad was so scared, he was like
screaming, and everything, but as it turned out it was just a sheep dog that he’d seen so in the dark of
night, in those days of no road lights and street lights or anything what he’d actually seen with his
friend was a black sheep dog with a white collar, so not a ghost after all.



4

Great Fruit

Lois and Todd talk about some delicious fruit they are eating

Todd: Hey, Lois, why don’t you have a plum!
Lois: Oh, thank you very much. Lovely!
Todd: You like plums.?
Lois: I love all fruits, but plums especially.
Todd: Oh, there goes the water.
Lois: It’s very juicy.
Todd: It is juicy. How does it taste?
Lois: Mm, it tastes sweet, very refreshing.
Todd: Mm, I love plums.
Lois: Yeah, me too.
Todd: Guess how much this box cost?
Lois: I’m thinking it’s probably quite expensive, so in yen, maybe 1,000 yen.
Todd: Ah, yeah, pretty close. It cost 900 yen for 8 plums.
Lois: Very expensive in Japan.
Todd: I know it’s crazy. In America you can get this for like maybe 200 yen. Not even that,
maybe 100 yen.

Lois: In England it’s cheap but probably not as cheap as in America. I think maybe because we
have to import everything. It’s slightly more expensive.
Todd: Actually, that’s a good question. What fruits do you grow in England?
Lois: Apples and Apples and maybe pears and…
Todd: No coconuts?
Lois: No coconuts. No bananas. and maybe we grow plums. I don’t know.
Todd: It looks like a very English fruit.
Lois: But definitely apples.
Todd: Or strawberries?
Lois: Strawberries, oh yeah. Lots of strawberries and tomatoes but maybe they’re a vegetable
some people say fruit. Some people say vegetable. But lots of tomatoes. And I’m sure lots of
other things but, I just know about apples.
Todd: What’s your favorite fruit?
Lois: My favorite fruit! I really like pineapples, and I also like strawberries. Strawberries
and cream. It’s one of my favorite desserts.
Todd: Yeah, so have you ever been to Wimbleton and had strawberries and cream?
Lois: I haven’t. I’d love to go. But strawberries and cream at Wimbleton are so expensive.
I don’t know how much but really, really expensive.



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You know a good place?

Shirley is hungry and wants to eat lunch so she asks Josh for some ideas about where they can eat.

Shirley: Josh, I’m really hungry now. Do you know a good restaurant we
could go to?
Josh: Yes, there’s a really great chicken restaurant near my house.
Shirley: Chicken?
Josh: Yeah, they have lots of different types of chicken. They have fried
chicken, baked chicken, broiled chicken, and so on.
Shirley: Hmm, chicken. You know, I don’t really like chicken that much. Do
you know about somewhere else, somewhere that doesn’t have chicken or beef?
Josh: Yes, there’s a vegetarian restaurant near my house, too. But it’s in the opposite direction.
Shirley: Great. Okay, what kind of food do they have?
Josh: They have lots of salads, fresh salads. And they also have some stirfry.
Shirley: Okay, and what’s the restaurant like?
Josh: The restaurant is really nice. It’s pretty small, and there’s not a lot people usually.
Shirley: Okay. Is it light or dark inside the restaurant?
Josh: It’s a little bit dark but the food is really good.
Shirley: Okay. What about the tables? Do they have tablecloths or do they not have tablecloths?
Josh: There’s no tablecloths and the tables are a little bit low.

Shirley: What about the price of the food? Is it expensive or is it cheap?
Josh: It’s very cheap.
Shirley: Hmm, that’s good.
Josh: Yeah. For example, you can buy a salad for only 5 dollars.
Shirley: Wow. That is cheap.
Josh: It is.
Shirley: Okay. What about a soup?
Josh: A soup is usually 6 dollars but they’re really good.
Shirley: Okay. Well, I have my car today, so is there parking at the restaurant?
Josh: There’s some parking but there’s actually a lot nearby.
Shirley: Okay, so no problem to park my car.
Josh: It’s no problem.
Shirley: Great. Then, let’s go for vegetarian.
Josh: Okay, sounds great.



6

The Anniversary

Ashley talks about a special anniversary.

Jessica: So Ashley, what are you going to do this summer?
Ashley: I am really excited. This summer I’m going to my Grandparents’ 50th
wedding anniversary. We are having a huge party and I’m really excited. My
entire family is going to be there. they’re renting a house in Lake Tahoe, which
is where my mom grew up, and where my grandparents spent the majority of
their life together. We’ll be there for a week, on the lake, boating, jet skiing,
that whole thing, and then this Saturday we’re having a party with people I’ve
never even met. Everyone’s gonna be there. I’m really excited.
Jessica: Oh, that’s wonderful. So how many of your family member will be
there?
Ashley: Oh, gosh, I have no idea. Every time I speak to my mother I hear
somebody knew who has been invited and somebody else is going to be
there. I’m really excited. It’s going to be a lot of fun. My grandparents are
crazy. They actually got engaged a month after they met, and February, the
shortest month of the year. My grandfather told my grandmother he loved her
a week after they met, and then he proposed and then he was in service so
he went away until August. They didn’t see each other until they got married.
Yeah, my grandmother says, “If any of you kids do this, we’ll kill you. I can’t
believe 50 years later they’re still together.



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20 Questions

Senem and Brett play the game 20 Questions.

Senum: Hey, Brett, how are you?
Brett: Pretty good, how are you?
Senum: Good, thank you.
Brett: Hey, do you want to play a game?
Senum: Sure. What sort of game?
Brett: Let’s play 20 questions.
Senum: OK, go ahead.
Brett: OK, who am I thinking about?
Senum: Man? Is it a male?
Brett: Yes, it’s a male.
Senum: Is he an actor?
Brett: Yes, he’s an actor.
Senum: Does he have short hair?
Brett: Yes, he has short hair.
Senum: Right. Is he famous?
Brett: Yes, he’s famous.
Senum: Does he have blue eyes?
Brett: Yes.
Senum: He does have blue eyes?
Brett: No, he has…
Senum: He doesn’t have blue eyes?
Brett: No, he doesn’t have blue eyes.
Senum: Does he have brown eyes?
Brett: Yes.

Senum: Is he short?
Brett: No.
Senum: Is he in the Ocean’s 12?
Brett: Yes.
Senum: He is!
Brett: Yes.
Senum: OK. Is he married, currently?
Brett: NO.
Senum: He isn’t married?
Brett: No.
Senum: OK. Is he tall?
Brett: Yes.
Senum: OK. Is he George Clooney?
Brett: Yes.
Senum: Great. OK, my turn now. Who am I think about it?
Brett: Is he a male?
Senum: Yes.
Brett: Is he an actor?
Senum: No.
Brett: Is he a singer?
Senum: No.
Brett: Is he a politician?
Senum: Yes.
Brett: Does he have white hair?
Senum: Yes.
Brett: Yes. Is he American?
Senum: No.
Brett: Is he British?
Senum: No.
Brett: Is he Australian?
Senum: Yes.
Brett: Is he your Prime Minister?
Senum: He is.
Brett: Is he John Howard?
Senum: Yes, he is. Well done.



8

High School

Sophie shares her high school memories.

Todd: OK, Sophie, we’re going to talk about high school. What was high school like?
Sophie: It was great. Lots of fun. Lots of friends. Learned quite a bit at school.
Todd: So, what did you study in high school?
Sophie: I studied mainly sciences actually.
Todd: Oh, really!
Sophie: Biology.
Todd: Did you study science in college?
Sophie: Yes! Oh, No! I didn’t. I went on to do a bachelor of technology.
Todd: Oh, really. Well, that’s kind of similar.
Sophie: Kind of similar. Related.
Todd: OK, what did you do in high school? Any clubs or anything?
Sophie: Yeah, I did rowing for the school. I played basketball, played tennis, was on the swimming team.
Todd: Wow, you’re quite athletic. What sport did you like the most?
Sophie: Rowing.
Todd: Rowing. Do you still row?
Sophie: No, unfortunately not.
Todd: Really!
Sophie: Would like to.
Todd: Do you think you’ll pick it up some time in the future?
Sophie: Yeah, maybe, if I’m around a lake or a river.
Todd: Yeah! Not too many lakes in Tokyo. Um, anything esle? Any other memories about high school?
Sophie: Yeah, lots of parties. It was good.
Todd: Sounds like a good time.
Sophie: Yeah!



9

World Traveler

David talks about the many places he has visited around the world.

Todd: Tennessee!
Tenn: Yes!
Todd: We’re gonna talk about sports.
Tenn: OK. I’m not big on sports, but.
Todd: OK, well, that’s OK. So you, you don’t like sports.
Tenn: Well, I like sports but I’m just not an avid sports watcher. You know I would usually rather
watch a movie or some kind of history program.
Todd: Oh, OK. So you’re into history.
Tenn: Oh, yes!
Todd: OK. What kind of history?
Tenn: That’s a kind of a difficult question. I would say, ah, interested, primarily I interested in
ancient and medieval but I also like studying the history of the countries that I have visited it makes
it more interesting when I go sight-seeing.
Todd: OK. What countries have you visited?
Tenn: I’ve been to 26 countries.
Todd: Really!
Tenn: Yeah!

Todd: Oh, OK. Yeah, you can’t name them all.
Tenn: The big ones I would say, I’ve been over a good bit of Europe, ah, Mexico, Peru, I spent
almost a year in Egypt and I went to Isreal, Jordan, and now I’m here in Japan. I’ve been here in
Japan for a year and a half. And while I have been here, I visited Korea for about a week.
Todd: OK. Wow. That’s a lot so did you do the Pyramids in Egypt?
Tenn: Oh, yes. Actually, I climbed the pyramids.
Todd: Oh, really. Nice. What’s it like on the top?
Tenn: Very, very interesting. You can see, ah, it was during the summer so the visibility was
rather low.
Todd: Oh, OK.
Tenn: But, to see, we were on The Great Pyramid, and the second Pyramid, Kefron, was right near
by, and it is a very different perspective to see it from, interesting to be eye-level, to be on the
same level as the top of that second pyramid.
Todd: OK. Wow! So you were in Peru, right?
Tenn: Yes.
Todd: OK. What’s the big thing people see in Peru?
Tenn: Machu Pichu.
Todd: Machu Pichu. OK. What is Machu Pichu?
Tenn: Machu Pichu is the ruins of a city that was built by the Inca People.
Todd: OK.
Tenn: Over three…six hundred years ago, and was lost, no one knew what happened to it. until it
was recently discovered about a hundred years ago.
Todd: OK. Wow. Nice. Alright, thanks a lot David
Tenn: Sure!
Todd: Or Tennessee.



10

Adelaide

Sophie talks about her hometown back in her country of Australia.

Todd: OK. Hello!
Sophie: Hello!
Todd: Hi. Could you say your name please?
Sophie: Sophie Wilkins.
Todd: Sophie Wilkins. Sophie, where are you from?
Sophie: I’m from Adelaide, South Australia.
Todd: Oh, nice. Adelaide. What’s Adelaide like?
Sophie: It’s a big country town, although it is actually a capital city of South Australia.
Todd: OK. Is it like over a million people or?
Sophie: It’s about 1.8 million people.
Todd: Oh, that’s pretty big. Nice. How long have you lived there?
Sophie: I’ve lived there for about six years.
Todd: Six years!
Sophie: Mm!
Todd: OK. So, you weren’t born there?
Sophie: No, no. I was actually born on a farm in Mid-North South Australia.
Todd: Oh, nice. Farmer girl.
Sophie: Yeah!
Todd: That’s cool. OK. So what, what do you think about Australia?
Sophie: I love it. I love the space, how clean it is, the health, the lifestyle. It’s very healthy, and the people as well.
Todd: OK. Great, so after Japan are you going to go back to Australia?
Sophie: Temporarily I think so yes. For a couple of months and then hopefully come back to Japan.
Todd: OK. Great. Thanks.
Sophie: Alright.



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