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parlor • get in • gamble
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  1. First you put the money in the and then you press the numbers to make your selection.
  2. After his accident he was the pain in his neck.
  3. Having a wedding outside is a big here. You never know when it will rain.
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  5. During the spring and summer we spend a lot of time in the of my parents' house.
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365 Pachinko
Kawabe explains why many Japanese people love pachinko.

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We often walk past pachinko parlors.

A 'parlor' is a small sitting room or shop. In this case, a pachinko parlor refers to a place where a lot of people are gathering to play a game.

Notice the following:

  1. I like going into all of the old fashioned parlors.
  2. The traditional parlors are becoming quite rare.

get in

And there's a big line of people waiting to get in.

To 'get in' means to gain entrance to a place or event.

Notice the following:

  1. It seems very busy tonight I am not sure if we will be able to get in.
  2. You will need to make a reservation at the restaurant if you want to get in.


It's a gamble, you know, you pay a lot of money to play that and if you win you can get a lot of money back.

'Gamble,' in this case, refers to something that is a risk. You don't know the outcome, but there is a good possibility that you will lose.

Notice the following:

  1. Starting your own business right now is a bit of a gamble.
  2. I think it is a bit of a gamble hoping to get a table without booking first.


There is a slot you put your money into.

A 'slot' is a small gap into which you can put flat objects like coins or letters.

Notice the following:

  1. There is a small slot where you can post the letters.
  2. Put the money in the slot.


Every one is making a grimace in front of the pachinko machine.

A 'grimace' is a facial expression that you use to express concern and discomfort.

Notice the following:

  1. Try not to grimace as it makes you look unattractive.
  2. We were all grimacing at the sight of her new dress.