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Her Best Friend

Rebecca talks about her best friend and where and how they met and why they like each other.

Gareth: Okay, Rebecca, you quizzed me about my best friend, now your turn. Who's your best friend?

Rebecca: My best friend is maybe one of my best friends from college. His name is Richard.

Gareth: Where did you meet him?

Rebecca: Actually, we met in college because my roommate was out hunting for people with similar interests, and so she put on a t-shirt from Final Fantasy Seven. Actually she caught me with the same t-shirt. And she found this guy's. She's like "Oh, I know that game. It's Final Fantasy Seven" and so we all started talking because of that.

Gareth: So is that why you're good friends, because of this common interest?

Rebecca: I think that does have a lot to do with it. We had a lot of good times as a group playing video games together or watching different Tv shows and a lot of cartoons and anime and stuff, but I think we're good friends because of the amount of time we spend together. When we were in college, we both had similar majors. We were both doing the English major with our foreign language which is Japanese, so you only have a certain number of classes you can take, and we ended up being in all the same classes, so we spent a lot of time together.

Gareth: So, how often do you meet each other these days?

Rebecca: Nowadays we both live really far apart. He's out in Tokyo and I'm actually down here in Kyuushuu so we're really far apart, but the modern world is all full of technology so meet online a lot. Like we talk using skype, so we talk on the phone basically for hours on end.

Gareth: Do you ever fight with him?

Rebecca: If we stay apart from each other, we don't fight, but if we visit each other which we do on occasion, we have to keep the visit to under a week because if not, we'll start trying to kill each other.

Gareth: So what do you usually fight about?

Rebecca: Oh, it's always silly little things like he does one of my pet peeve's is people who chew with their mouth open. Like I can't handle it and normally for you know like the first so many days, I can get over it, but once you get past that week part, it's you know, the one week, it's like "Uh, nope, nope. I'm gonna kill you now. Done! I've reached my limit. Game over." (Note: There are two separate notes)

Gareth: Great. Thanks very much.

Rebecca: No problem.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

for hours on end

We talked on the phone for hours on end.

When we do things for hours on end, that means we just do them for a very long time, hour after hour. Notice the following:

  1. I can play poker for hours on end.
  2. Teenagers can stroll through a mall for hours on end.

not handle


I can't handle people chewing with their mouth open.

When people say they can't handle something, they mean that they cannot deal with it or accept it without feeling unpleasant. Notice the following:

  1. He doesn't handle losing very well.
  2. Some people just can't handle the truth.

get over something


Usually, I can get over it.

When people get over something, they stop letting it bother them and start to ignore it or accept it. Notice the following:

  1. After I got fired, I couldn't get over it for months.
  2. She had no trouble getting over her last boyfriend.

reach my limit


I've reached my limit.

When someone says they've reached their limit, they mean they must stop doing something because it is becoming unpleasant. Notice the following:

  1. After studying for ten hours, I reached my limit. I needed a break.
  2. Usually after about three beers, I reach my limit.

game over


I've reached my limit. Game over.

Game over just means something is finished. Notice the following:

A: So did you break up with your girlfriend?
B: Yep, game over!

Vocabulary Quiz

can't handle • get over • reach my limit
game over • for hours on end
  1. After four beers I usually and have to stop drinking.
  2. When he told me he didn't like my clothes it was so I left.
  3. I can play video games .
  4. He criticism .
  5. Look, we lost the game. You have to it.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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