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Three Things

Eucharia plays a game about choices.
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Todd: OK, Eucharia, we’re going to play a game: ‘Choices’. I will say 3 things, you tell me which would you choose. Ok, the first one: coffee, tea or water in the morning?

Eucharia: Water.

Todd: Water!

Eucharia: Yeah, when I wake up I usually have 2 glasses of water and then at the moment I’m trying not to drink coffee and not to drink caffeine so at the moment it’s water but if I were given a choice normally it would be coffee.

Todd: Ok how about at night time. You’re at a party, which would you rather have: beer, wine or a cocktail?

Eucharia: It depends on the party. If I’m going dancing, cocktail. If I’m going out eating, wine and if it’s just friends getting together, beer.

Todd: You’re on an aeroplane and you’re flying across the ocean. What would you prefer to read: newspaper, a magazine or a book?

Eucharia: A book, definitely.

Todd: A book, why a book? That was a very strong answer!

Eucharia: I love reading. I have to read every night before I go to sleep for maybe 30 minutes so I really enjoy reading and I find that I emotionally engage with the book and what’s happening in the book and I forget the fact that I’m on a 12 hour inter-continent flight.

Todd: Ok you have to choose between 3 seasons: summer, fall or winter.

Eucharia: Summer.

Todd: Summer?

Eucharia: I love sunshine, I love heat, I can’t stand rain, which is why I don’t live in my home country and I don’t like snow.

Todd: Ok I’m with you on that. Ok next one. To pass the time at night you can watch TV, you can check the internet or you can watch a movie, a dvd. What would you prefer?

Eucharia: Probably watching a dvd because, yeah if I’m on the internet I’m on the internet at work and so I don’t want to go on the internet late at night because I start thinking too much and I can’t sleep.

Todd: Ok last one. You’re at the beach. Would you prefer to: play a sport on the beach, on the sand; go in the water and swim or surf; or lie on the beach and get a tan?

Eucharia: Lie on the beach and get a tan! Yep, I’m from a country we don’t see a lot of sunshine
so I still get very excited when I see sunshine. Maybe I’ll go to the beach and maybe I’ll go to the water and swim a bit but my favourite thing is to lie on the beach and get a tan.

Todd: Thanks Eucharia.

Eucharia: You’re welcome.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


You’re at a party, which would you rather have: beer, wine or a cocktail?

A 'cocktail' is an alcoholic drink made with hard alcohol, such as rum, vodka, tequila or gin, and soda or fruit juice.  Notice the following:

  1. He feels really sick today because he drank too many cocktails last night.
  2. What's you favorite cocktail?


I find that I emotionally engage with the book.

To 'engage' with something is to attach yourself or connect with it.  Notice the following:

  1. Even though he was busy I found a way to engage him in conversation.
  2. You look very engaged in thought.

can't stand

I can’t stand rain.

If you 'can't stand,' something then you hate it.  Notice the following:

  1. I like pizza, but I won't eat it because I can't stand black olives.
  2. Some of the songs on the album are good, but I can't stand most of them.

I'm with you

I’m with you on that.

'I'm with you' is the same as I agree with you.  Notice the following:

  1. Sorry, I don't agree.  I'm not with you in this particular argument.
  2. I'm totally with you on your thoughts about the political candidate.

pass the time

To pass the time at night you can watch TV.

'To pass the time' is spend your time or to do something that fills your time and makes it feel like it goes faster.  Notice the following:

  1. In the evenings, I usually pass the time in the park, sitting next to the lake.
  2. How do you pass the time for 15 hours on an airplane?

Vocabulary Quiz

cocktail • engaged • stand
with you • pass
  1. It was a really long day. I need a strong .
  2. This book isn't the best, but it's a way to the time.
  3. I'm . We should suggest they change the policy.
  4. I'm going to bed. I'm tired and not in this movie at all.
  5. She can't tomatoes.
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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