830 Fun Elsewhere


Tini, an exchange student in Japan, talks about what students do for fun.

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Todd: Well, what is something unique that friends like to do for fun in Japan?

Tini: Well, of course, they also like to have parties but parties.... after parties, they usually go to karaokes.

Todd: Karaoke.

Tini: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Todd: OK, can you explain what karaoke is?

Tini: Well, singing, basically. You know, you have like a big screen TVs and then you put a bit of songs with like the lyrics going on and then you just follow the lyrics and you just sing, and it's actually one of the most popular, how do I say, activities in Japan.

Todd: Now, this is popular with university students?

Tini: No, high school students as well.

Todd: Oh, really.

Tini: Of course.

Todd: Oh, I had no idea.

Tini: Of course. Oh, and one more thing. I just remembered. You know what purikura is?

Todd: No. Purikura?

Tini: Purikura?

Todd: Purikura. What's that?

Tini: It's.. well, people start to have the image that purikura has become a part of Japanese teenager's culture.

Todd: Uh-huh. And can you explain what it is exactly?

Tini: Well, it's actually picture taking. You have... you know you have those small booths and then you just go in and then you just put in like around four-hundred yen and then you take the picture with your friend and after that, after taking the picture, you can actually decorate the picture and it will come out in like very small size of like pictures and then you can just stick it onto your cell-phone or onto your notebook.

Todd: Oh, that's pretty cool.

Tini: Mm.

Todd: Now do you have that in Vietnam?

Tini: Well, we do but it's not that popular.

Todd: OK, well thanks a lot, Tini.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

After parties

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They like to have after parties.

We have 'after parties' after the main party. We usually go with a group of friends and they often continue well into the early morning.  Notice the following:

  1. I went to a lot of after parties in college.
  2. I heard there's an after party at Simon's house later.

follow the lyrics

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You just follow the lyrics and you just sing

'Lyrics 'are the words of song. When we follow the lyrics, that means we read them and sing at the same time.  Notice the following:

  1. At karaoke, I just follow the lyrics at the bottom of the screen.
  2. It's difficult to follow the lyrics of many English songs.

purikura

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You know what purikura is?

'Purikura' is a kind of high-tech photo booth that's popular with young girls in Japan.  Notice the following:

  1. The purikura photos are really cute!
  2. Is purikura expensive?

stick it onto

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You can just stick it onto your cell-phone or onto your notebook

When we attach something to something else, usually with a sticky substance, we use the phrase 'stick it onto'.  Notice the following:

  1. Stick a Post-it onto my computer screen to remind me.
  2. Stick it to onto your shirt so people know your name.

do you have that

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Do you have that in Vietnam?

Here, the phrase 'do you have that' is similar in meaning to 'do you have the same thing'  Notice the following:

  1. Bangkok has delicious street food. Do you have that in your country?
  2. I really like Greek food.  Do they have that here?
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
after party • lyrics • purikura
stick it onto • have that
  1. Take this information and the window of your car.
  2. She has photos all over her room.
  3. I really want ice-cream.  Do they here?
  4. I hate his voice, but his are really good.
  5. We can have the at my house.