41 Weekend Get-away
Adrianna is getting out of town for the weekend. She explains where and why.
Todd: So what are you doing this weekend, Adrianna?
Adrianna: I'm going to Fukuoka with...to meet my friend.
Todd: Oh cool, how do you know her?
Adrianna: She went to university with me.
Todd: What's she doing in Fukuoka?
Adrianna: She's on the Jet Program, teaching.
Todd: Oh, cool. Does she like it?
Adrianna: Yeah, she likes it. She renewed her contract so this is her third year.
Todd: Excellent. Do you know what you are going to be doing down in Fukuoka?
Adrianna: I think she's going to take me to a pub.
Todd: You've not been to any of them in Japan?
Adrianna: No, not.. first time. And we are going to...What are we going to do? Oh, we're going to have a Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday and we're going to go to a Karaoke.
Todd:OK, have you been to any Karaoke bars here?
Adrianna: Yeah, I went to a Karaoke bar in Roppongi.
Todd: Did you sing?
Adrianna: Of course.
Todd: Excellent. In English?
Adrianna: Ah.. yeah. My Japanese isn't too great.
Todd: What has she told you about Fukuoka?
Adrianna: How do you mean?
Todd: Like, do you know about the city?
Adrianna: Not much.
renewed her contract
She renewed her contract, so this is her third year.
To 'renew a contract' is to sign a paper saying that you will continue with a job or a service. Notice the following:
- I have to renew my contract next January.
- Does she plan to renew her contract?
Have you been to any karaoke bars here?
A 'karaoke bar' is a place where you can sing along to popular songs using a microphone. Sometimes this is in front of a crowd of strangers or sometimes in a private room with your friends. Notice the following:
- It isn't fun to live next to a karaoke bar.
- They go to the karaoke bar once a month.
not too great
My Japanese is not too great.
If something is 'not too great' it means it is not good or that it is bad. Notice the following:
- My apartment is not too great, but the location is
- The road is not too great during the winter.
We're going to have a Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday.
A 'Thanksgiving celebration' is an American tradition where people eat turkey, potatoes and pies. It happens in November so there is usually a football game on for entertainment. Notice the following:
- Thanksgiving is my favorite family holiday
- This will be his first Thanksgiving celebration ever in the United States.