Anna talks about her city.
Todd: Hello! What's your name please?
Anna: My names's Anna.
Todd: Anna. OK, Anna and where are you from?
Anna: I'm from a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.
Todd: Oh, Chicago. Wow, what's Chicago like?
Anna: It's very windy and flat, but there's a lot to do there. We have a lot of sports teams, things to do in the summer, lots of festivals, so...
Todd: Uh-huh, like what kind of festivals?
Anna: We have a taste of Chicago festival, every summer, every year, and it's down in Grant Park, and all the food vendors, all the major restaurants in Chicago set up a food booth and you can buy, taste all kinds of food around the world.
Todd: Wow, that sounds pretty good. Ah, what kind of food do you like? What's your favorite kind of food?
Anna: My favorite kind of food is Mexican food.
Todd: Oh, yeah! And what dish in particular do you like?
Anna: Let me think. I like all Mexican food but I really like, like a stuffed pavlano pepper's very good.
Todd: Oh, really! Stuffed Pavlano pepper!
Anna: You stuff it with cheese or they can put meat inside of it. It's good.
Todd: Can you make it?
Anna: No! I can not make it. I can make tacos, but that's about it.
I'm from a suburb of Chicago.
The 'suburbs' are the areas around the edge of a city. There is usually less traffic, bigger houses and more space. Notice the following:
- They moved to the suburbs after they had children.
- He grew up in a suburb of Houston.
festival or down in
We have the Chicago festival every summer down in Grant Park.
A 'festival' is a big party or celebration and is usually outside. We use the phrase 'down in' to refer to a location that is south of where we are. Notice the following:
- I try to go to at least one music festival every summer
- She lives down in Florida now.
food vendors or food booth
Food vendors and major restaurants set up food booths.
A 'food vendor' is a person who sells food from a small food stand or booth outside. These 'food booths' are not normal restaurants,usually sell only a few different things and have plastic tables or chairs to eat at. Notice the following:
- My family works as food vendors at the fair.
- That food booth over there is my favorite.
Stuffed Paviano pepper is very good.
If you 'stuff' a pepper you put cheese or meat inside of it. Any sort of vegetable, pasta or bread that has something inside of it is stuffed. Notice the following:
- The pasta is stuffed with mushrooms.
- This bread is stuffed with cheese.
that's about it
I can make tacos, but that's about it.
We use the phrase 'that's about it' to mean 'that's all.' We use this to add emphasis to our statement. Notice the following:
- He goes to work and the gym and that's about it.
- We have milk or water to drink, but that's about it.