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stuff • obviously • up to par
dishes • in terms of
  1. Most of these food stalls make just one or two , but they make them really well.
  2. , the fact that I don't speak the language here doesn't make my life any easier.
  3. museums, which one is the best?
  4. None of the Thai food I found there was . It was usually just a disappointment.
  5. He could spend all his time watching television, playing video games or like that.
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Keiko talks about Japanese things she missed while she lived in The States.

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stuff like that

What foods or TV shows or stuff like that did you miss about Japan?

'Stuff like that' refers to things that are similar to something you have already talked about. Notice the following:

  1. Do you like painting and stuff like that?
  2. We usually just have barbeques, play volleyball and stuff like that during the summer.


My mom tried to cook as much Japanese food, but obviously it's hard to get the ingredients here.

When something is 'obvious,' you can easily see or notice it. Notice the following:

  1. Obviously, being tall makes travel difficult sometimes.
  2. Obviously, the cold weather makes going outside a little uncomfortable.

up to par

Did you think the Japanese restaurants in America were up to par or not?

If something is 'up to par,' it is at a quality level that it should be. Notice the following:

  1. The cheapest hostels aren't really up to par, but they give you a place to sleep.
  2. That movie really wasn't up to par when you compare it to some of his others.


What was supposed to be a Japanese dish didn't taste quite similar to authentic Japanese food.

Here, 'dish' refers to a typical prepared food from Japan. The way it is used in the conversation, it could also refer to the plate the food is served on. Notice the following:

  1. Is this a typical dish from your country?
  2. Be careful with that dish. It's quite hot still.

in terms of

In terms of TV and radio, I didn't miss them so much.

You can use the phrase 'in terms of' to show specifically what you are talking about. Here, Keiko is specifically talking about TV and radio, nothing else. Notice the following:

  1. I think, in terms of weather, the summer is my favorite season.
  2. In terms of books, what is your favorite genre?