Views #1457 | High-Beginner 3

How International are you?

Katie and Todd discuss their familiarity with people, food and cultures around the world.

Todd: OK, Katie.

Katie: Yeah.

Todd: Let's take an international test.

Katie: Oh, OK.

Todd: How international are you? Let's find out.

Katie: Let's find out.

Todd: First, have you ever eaten Greek food?

Katie: Greek food? Ah, I've eaten, how do you say it, falafel.

Todd: Oh, is that Greek?

Katie: I think so. I've had that, but apart from that, I've never eaten Greek food. How about you?

Todd: Ah, I think I have. Like, I've eaten Greek yogurt. Does that count?

Katie: That counts.

Todd: That counts?

Katie: That counts.

Todd: OK, have you ever eaten Russian food?

Katie: What's Russian food?

Todd: I think, Russian food, is it borscht? Borscht is like a cabbage soup.

Katie: Hmm, I've never eaten Russian food.

Todd: Yeah, maybe I haven't eaten Russian food either. OK, last one, have you ever eaten Vietnamese food?

Katie: Ah, I see it written down. Is it pho?

Todd: Pho, the noodles?

Katie: Yeah, I've eaten pho before.

Todd: Yeah, I've been to Vietnam so I've eaten Vietnamese food a lot. And pho the noodles is really good.

Katie: Yeah, it's delicious.

Todd: I've had that too.

Katie: OK, now let's talk about languages.

Todd: Oh, OK. Have you ever studied French?

Katie: I have. I studied French for five years.

Todd: Oh, can you still speak French?

Katie: Nope. Not at all.

Todd: Yeah, me too. I once studied French years ago, but I haven't spoken French in so long I can't remember anything.

Katie: I can't remember anything either.

Todd: Have you ever studied an Asian Language?

Katie: I've studied Japanese. I can still speak it a little bit now, and I studied a little bit of Korean, but I don't speak Korean.

Todd: Oh, really. OK. Wow, like I've studied Thai because I lived in Thailand for five years, and like you I've studied Japanese, but my Japanese is terrible.

Katie: How about your Thai?

Todd: My Thai is OK. It's OK. I can talk a little bit. OK, so have you ever met a Spanish person?

Katie: A Spanish person? Actually, I don't think I have.

Todd: Really?

Katie: I don't think I have met a Spanish person.

Todd: Oh, interesting. I've been to Spain so, I've met a few and we have a Spanish teacher at our school.

Katie: Oh, maybe I have met a Spanish person then. Maybe, I've met a secret Spanish person.

Todd: OK, have you met a Chinese person?

Katie: Oh, yes, I've meet lots of Chinese people.

Todd: OK, and have you met a Brazilian person?

Katie: I feel like if I say no, then I have. Probably. Probably, I've met a Brazilian person.

Todd: Yeah, I've met a few people from Brazil, so they're alway very nice. Very friendly people.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

find out

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Let's find out.

Here, find out means look for an answer or information. Notice the following:

  1. Can you find out when the party starts?
  2. I need to find out who is not coming.

apart from that

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Apart from that, I've never eaten Greek food.

Here, apart from that just means other than that. Notice the following:

  1. I can speak French. Apart from that, I can't speak any other languages.
  2. I like to golf. Apart from that, I don't have any hobbies.

count

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Does that count?

Here, to count means to qualify for something. Notice the following:

  1. Can you speak a foreign language?
  2. I know sign language. Does that count?

Nope

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Nope. Not at all.

Nope is a very casual way to say no. Notice the following:

  • Can you speak Spanish?
  • Nope. Not even a little.

not at all

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Nope. Not at all.

Not at all is a phrase used to show a strong negative meaning. Notice the following:

  • Were you happy with the service?
  • Not at all.

a few

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I've met a few

A few refers to two or three items. Notice the following:

  1. Regrets, I've had a few.
  2. I have a few books I want to buy.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
apart • find • count
nope • at all • few
  1. When I asked her to help she said !
  2. I did not like the movie .
  3. Does this as good example?
  4. And from her, there's no one here.
  5. Can you out for me?
  6. I have a people from Laos.