764 Birthday Party

Kara just had a birthday party. She talks about the party and the gifts she received.

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Lupe: So, Kara, how did you like your birthday party last night?

Kara: I had a great time. It was the first time probably I had a birthday party like that with all my family and friends in probably about ten years.

Lupe: Yeah, because since I met you, I've never been to a birthday party. I mean, we've gotten together, gone to restaurants, had a few drinks, but we've never really had a party for you.

Kara: I really enjoyed it. It was nice to have everybody out for it. Good food and good company.

Lupe: Yeah, really good food. That guacamole was the best.

Kara: Who made that - your mom?

Lupe: No, actually it was me.

Kara: It was you.

Lupe: Yeah, my own recipe and I know that everybody really liked it, even if nobody believed that I made it.

Kara: Yeah, I don't think you look like the cooking type.

Lupe: I'm not the cooking type but I did make guacamole.

Kara: Well, Bravo.

Lupe: Did you like your presents?

Kara: I loved my presents.

Lupe: What was your favorite?

Kara: My favorite? Well, the thing I needed the most was the screen I got to.

Lupe: That was beautiful.

Kara: Make my makeshift closet. And my second favorite of course, because I'm a shoe girl, would be the shoes you got me - the leopard high-heels.

Lupe: Yeah, I was really hoping you would like because I really wanted to get those for myself and for sure they didn't have them in my size so I just decided to get them for you.

Kara: And the purse I got last night from you, I'm wearing today.

Lupe: Oh, I'm so glad. I was hoping you would have enough stuff to match with it, cause you know, you don't have that much clothes or that many shoes.

Kara: Very funny, Lupe. Very funny.

Lupe: Only half your room is filled with them.

Kara: Well, you know. What can I say. It's a habit. You're one to talk with your one hundred-fifty, two hundred pairs of shoes.

Lupe: I think you do beat me with the count of shoes, Kara. I think you have a few more.

Kara: Mm, I doubt it.

Lupe: I think you are at the two hundred by now.

Kara: Well, not there. I counted the other day. I only had about eighty.

Lupe: Yeah, well you can always just use another pair, right.

Kara: Right, well now I can fit eighty-one.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

a few nights ago

I was listening to an interviewer a few nights ago with Bill Gates.

A 'few nights ago' means a couple of nights in the past.

Notice the following:

  1. I bumped into him a few nights ago, and he was looking very well.
  2. A few nights ago I felt very ill, but I feel okay now.

interactive TV

What was he saying about interactive TV?

'Interactive TV' is television that people can react to and interact with. It is a new technology.

Notice the following:

  1. I think interactive TV is a great invention it will make TV a lot more interesting.
  2. My friend was involved in the design of interactive TV.

hook up your PC

I'd like it so you can hook up your PC to your TV as well.

To 'hook up your PC' means that you connect it to something such as a power source or another electrical appliance. 

Notice the following:

  1. Make sure that you hook up your PC properly.
  2. Can you please help me to hook up my PC, as I have no idea what I am doing?

when we're old and grey

When we're old and grey we'll be able to tell our children "In our day, we actually had to get up and turn the knob."

'When we're old and grey' is used to introduce a prediction that you will make about the future. When you are old and grey, you are old.

Notice the following:

  1. Do you think we will still be friends when we're old and grey?
  2. When we're old and grey, there will be all sorts of new technologies.

things are moving fast

It's not long ago. Only what - 10 years, 15 years ago but things are moving fast.

When things are moving fast it means that they are progressing at a quick pace.

Notice the following:

  1. He has asked me to marry him already; things are moving fast.
  2. Things are moving fast in computers.


Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
nights • interactive TV • hook up
moving • grey
  1. The whole process took a long time to get started, but now things are really fast.
  2. Sitting around is something I want to do when I'm old and , not right now when I'm young and healthy.
  3. is a good way to keep people involved and entertained.
  4. You should your iPod to the speakers so we can listen to your music.
  5. It rained really hard here a few ago.