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Ruth and Akane discuss dinner plans and food.
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Akane: Hey, Ruth.

Ruth: Hey, Akane.

Akane: I just came to pick up my plastic container than I lent you the other day.

Ruth: Oh, right. Well, I've just washed it actually, so here you go.

Akane: Thanks. So did you like that potato salad I made you?

Ruth: It was really nice. Yeah, it was really nice. I'm not sure how you made it, but I enjoyed it.

Akane: Yeah, I gave some to Todd as well and he really liked it too.

Ruth: Oh, good, I'm glad he liked it. That's good.

Akane: Yeah. I made some stuffed peppers too, but unfortunately there's meat in it, so..

Ruth: Oh, no. That's a shame. I would have really liked some of those, too.

Akane: Yeah. I gave it to Todd and he really liked it.

Ruth: Really.

Akane: Yeah.

Ruth: You're such a good cook. I wish I could cook like you can.

Akane: Oh, I'm sure there's a few tricks up your sleeve as well.

Ruth: Oh, I don't think so. I've yet to discover them.

Akane: So do you want to go out for dinner again this Saturday?

Ruth: Oh, that sounds like a really good idea.

Akane: Um, last time, last week I think we went to "Joyful", right?

Ruth: Yeah, that's right. We had rice and things like that. Is that right?

Akane: Mm-hm, and I think I might of had a hamburger, or something like that.

Ruth: Oh, yes, you did.

Akane: Yeah.

Ruth: So, where do you think we should go this time?

Akane: Uh, I don't know. Do you want to go for sushi again?

Ruth: Oh, I really like sushi. Yeah.

Akane: Yeah, there's that, that other store, the sushi shop that we haven't gone to yet.

Ruth: Ok, well, we could go there because that would be a nice walk as well.
We could walk there and walk back and we could get some exercise at the same time.

Akane: Oh, that's a great idea.

Ruth: Yeah, and then we wouldn't feel so bad when we're greedy.

Akane: Hm, for sure.

Ruth: Why don't you go and ask Todd, and find out if he wants to go..

Akane: OK.

Ruth: And then we'll organize it for tomorrow night.

Akane: Great idea.

Ruth: Oh, excellent. Oh, and Akane?

Akane: Yeah!

Ruth: You know, if you're making anymore potato salad,..

Akane: Mm-hm?

Ruth: Feel free to bring some around.

Akane: Sure. No problem.

Ruth: Alright. Bye-bye.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


I just came to pick up my plastic container that I lent you the other day.

A 'container' is anything that is designed to hold something, usually food, to store it or save it.  A container usually has a top, but can come in a variety of sizes. A common type of container is Tupperware. Notice the following:

  1. Did you find a container that's big enough for the soup?
  2. I bring my lunch to work in a container.

that's a shame

Oh, no. That's a shame. I would have really liked some of those, too.

'That's a shame' is like saying 'that's too bad.'  You can use this phrase when you feel sorry for someone.  Notice the following:

  1. That's a shame that she was sick on her birthday.
  2. That's a real shame that you spilled coffee on your shirt before the meeting.

tricks up your sleeve

Oh, I'm sure there's a few tricks up your sleeve as well.

'Tricks up your sleeve' usually refers to surprise actions or unexpected solutions to a problem.  Notice the following:

  1. My grandfather always had a few tricks up his sleeve to entertain his grandchildren.
  2. I'm not ready to give up yet.  I've still got a few tricks up my sleeve.


Then we wouldn't feel so bad when we're greedy.

If you are 'greedy,' then you always want and want and want.  You always want more than what you have and more than other people.  You are never satisfied.  Notice the following:

  1. That is the biggest piece of cake.  Don't be greedy now.
  2. She never shares with the other children and is really greedy.

feel free

Feel free to bring some around.

To 'feel free' to do something is to feel comfortable to do it.  It is an open invitation that someone offers you.  Notice the following:

  1. Feel free to come over after you finish eating.  We will be here watching a movie.
  2. He doesn't really feel free to be himself around us.

Vocabulary Quiz

container • shame • tricks
greedy • feel free
  1. The rain ruined your plans? That's a .
  2. Don't be so . Be happy with what you have.
  3. I usually try to bring a with me when I want to order soup to take home.
  4. I want you to be at home here. to do whatever you want.
  5. Don't give up now. I've still got a few up my sleeve.
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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