Views #209 | High Beginner 3

The Fridge

John talks about what he has in refrigerator.

Todd: OK, John, at your house do you have a refrigerator?

John: Yes, a very small refrigerator.

Todd: OK, what is in your refrigerator?

John: Let's see. There are some eggs, a carton of milk, some strawberry jam, some butter, some cheese, maybe some tofu, some green onions, carrots, some lettuce, and maybe some ice tea.

Todd: OK, so do you follow a healthy diet?

John: Ah, sometimes. I say about every other day I try to eat healthy and then on some days I just go donut and candy crazy.

Todd: So donuts are your thing? You're really crazy about donuts.

John: Yeah, baked goods, cakes, donuts, cheesecake, any kind of cake or sweet bread.

Todd: Mm, actually you brought donuts today!

John: Yeah, I was given donuts by a student so, yeah, I was glad there was other people to help me eat them so I didn't eat them all.

Todd: That was very nice of your students. Um, do you prefer to cook at home or eat out?

John: Um, usually I prefer to cook at home, just because there are a few dishes that my wife and I like to make and that we're pretty good at, and that we're real comfortable with, but if I'm real tired, if it's been a long day at work there's nothing better than just going to a restaurant and being served you food right away, not having to wait.

Todd: So with your wife do you usually cook together or do you take turns cooking? Do you alternate?

John: We usually take turns. When we first started dating we would cook together. We had a big kitchen, where she was living there was a big kitchen and there was room enough for both of us to move around, and we were still really comfortable with each other, and open and we always wanted to share ideas, but now we have a really small kitchen and there's really only room for one of us, and also too we're at the point in our relationship where I know that she makes fried chicken better than I do and she knows that I make chili better than she does so the other person should just get out of the kitchen, and let the one who's cooking, you know, do their job.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

healthy diet

Do you follow a healthy diet?

A 'healthy diet' is food that is good for you.  It is usually low in fat,salt and sugar. Notice the following:

  1. The doctor told him that he needs to have a healthy diet to protect his heart.
  2. A healthy diet has always been very important to her.

every other day

About every other day, I try to eat healthy.

The phrase 'every other' means to alternate. One day you eat healthy and the next day you don't, then the day after you eat healthy again. Notice the following:

  1. It seems like he goes on vacation every other month.
  2. I travel every other week for work.

crazy about

I'm really crazy about any kind of cake or sweet bread.

If you are 'crazy about' something it means that you really like it. Notice the following:

  1. They are completely crazy about each other.
  2. He is really crazy about this restaurant.

take turns

Do you cook together or do you take turns cooking?

If two people 'take turns' doing something it means that they switch.  On Monday one person cooks and on Tuesday the other person cooks. Notice the following:

  1. We all hate cleaning the bathroom so we take turns.
  2. We usually take turns going to the supermarket.


We have a really small kitchen and there's just room for one.

In this case 'room' means physical space to put something. Notice the following:

  1. There isn't enough room for this sofa in our living room.
  2. Is there room for my suitcase in your car?

Vocabulary Quiz

healthy diet • other day • crazy about
take turns • room
  1. I didn't know you were so ice cream.
  2. It takes a lot of effort to have a with my busy schedule.
  3. You and your brother can playing the new game.
  4. Is there enough to move the bed over there?
  5. It rains about every in the winter here.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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