Views #509 | Intermediate 5

Shopping Day Trip

Akane talks about a day spent shopping.
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Ruth: Hey Akane, didn’t we have a really good time in the city in Oita last weekend?

Akane: Yeah we had a great time. I’m glad we went.

Ruth: Oh me too. It was so good! You know, I thought it was really good to get out of this small town. It was really good to go somewhere bigger.

Akane: Definitely. I really like big cities.

Ruth: And wasn’t it good that we managed to get some shopping done?

Akane: Definitely. I think we got a little carried away though.

Ruth: Possibly yeah, possibly. What did you buy again?

Akane: I bought a new skirt and I’m wearing it right now.

Ruth: Oh of course, yeah. Oh it looks really nice.

Akane: Do you like it?

Ruth: Yeah, yeah. Is this the first time you’ve worn it?

Akane: It is actually.

Ruth: And did you buy anything else?

Akane: Erm I think I bought a new CD.

Ruth: That’s right you did. Yes and we also bought a few things from the 100 yen shop didn’t we?

Akane: We did.

Ruth: Yeah it was a good day.

Akane: Did you really like the 100 yen shop?

Ruth: It was fantastic! You know that’s the biggest 100 yen shop that I’ve ever been to!

Akane: Me too. Five floors! Can you believe it?

Ruth: I know, it’s fantastic! I seem to remember we were in there for about 2 hours, were we?

Akane: 2 hours. I think you’re right.

Ruth: I think we were in there for quite a long time.

Akane: We were. We were really enjoying ourselves in there.

Ruth: But it was worthwhile.

Akane: Definitely. What did you buy?

Ruth: Oh that’s a good question. Yeah I think I bought a t-shirt didn’t ?

Akane: Yeah I think you did.

Ruth: Yeah it was really nice. I bought a t-shirt and I bought a dictionary.

Akane: Oh that’s right, your dictionary! Have you used it yet?

Ruth: Erm I’ve used it a couple of times but maybe not as much as I should have.

Akane: Well hopefully it will help you to study Japanese.

Ruth: Oh I’m hoping so.

Akane: It was quite a big dictionary.

Ruth: Yeah, yeah it was expensive so…

Akane: How much was it again?

Ruth: It was three and a half thousand yen, three thousand five hundred.

Akane: So that’s about35 dollars.

Ruth: Yeah, 35 dollars. That’s a lot for me.

Akane: It is for me too.

Ruth: Really?

Akane: But books are important.

Ruth: Absolutely. Don’t you think we should go back to Oita sometime?

Akane: Definitely. When do you want to go next?

Ruth: Why don’t we go next weekend?

Akane: That’s a great idea and we can do some more shopping.

Ruth: Brilliant! Ok, let’s do that next weekend

Akane: Ok.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


We had a great time. I’m glad we went.

If you are glad you feel joy or pleasure, and this is usually the result of doing something that makes you feel good. Notice the following:

  1. I'm very glad you like your present.
  2. He was glad that he received a good score on his exam.

manage to

Wasn’t it good that we managed to get some shopping done?

If you "manage to" do something, you complete or achieve something even though is difficult. Notice the following:

  1. Even though his salary is very low, he always manages to save a little money.
  2. We didn't manage to see her on her birthday.

get carried away

Definitely. I think we got a little carried away though.

If you "get carried away," you become too excited or emotional about something and become irrational. Notice the following:

  1. When he tries to plan a party he always gets a bit carried away and becomes stressed.
  2. She isn't always practical.  She has a tendency to get carried away with problems.


But it was worthwhile.

If something is "worthwhile" then it is worth the amount of time, effort or money that you use to obtain it.  Notice the following:

  1. Going to night school was very worthwhile. She got an excellent job when she graduated.
  2. The trip to the mall wasn't worthwhile, because we didn't buy anything.


Brilliant! OK, let’s do that next weekend.

If something is brilliant it is great, fantastic or really good. Notice the following:

  1. That's a brilliant idea!
  2. Your new hair color looks absolutely brilliant.

Vocabulary Quiz

glad • manage to • carried
worthwhile • brilliant
  1. Don't get away, we haven't even left the house yet.
  2. That book was , so fascinating!
  3. I'm so you liked my gift.
  4. Did you think that lesson was ? I thought it was a waste of time.
  5. Did you cook dinner after school?
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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