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raised floor • crack it over • section off
cushy • just thinking of
  1. The police had to a part of the street due to the accident.
  2. Now, home makes me feel sad because I miss it.
  3. Take an egg and the bowl.
  4. This seat is really .
  5. I didn't see the and tripped.
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1096 Japanese Restaurant

Danny talks with Alex about her favorite place to grab a meal and why she loves it there.

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just thinking about it

I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

When we think or hear about food, or drink, or something enjoyable or not, we often say we feel a certain way just thinking about it. The speaker is saying they feel a particular way just thinking about something. Notice the following:

  1. I get tired just thinking about work.
  2. I feel sad just thinking about that movie.


You crack the egg over the udon.

When you crack an egg over something, that means you break the shell of the egg so that the egg can fall out. People often crack the egg on the side of a pan or pot.

  1. You need to crack three eggs to make an omelet.
  2. I dropped the egg and it cracked open.


tatami mats make the floor cushier.

When something is cushy that means it is soft and comfortable. Cushy comes from the word cushion which is a large pillow on a couch. If you have a cushy job or cushy life, that means you have a really easy job or stress free life. Here are a few examples:

  1. These shoes are really cushy and comfortable.
  2. He has a very cushy job.

raised floor

You sit on the raised floor.

A raised floor is part of a floor that is higher then the rest of the floor. In Asia, some restaurants have a raised floor that people sit on with their shoes off. Notice the following:

  1. I like sitting on the raised floor more than sitting at a table.

sectioned off

You sit in a room that is sectioned off.

When an area is sectioned off that means a wall or rope surrounds the area so people cannot get in. Only people with permission can enter an areas that has been sectioned off. Notice the following examples.

  1. The police sectioned off the crime scene.
  2. Our party was sectioned off in a corner of the lobby.