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Views #1316 | Intermediate (B1)

Soups and Salads

Shirley talks with Josh about her favorite restaurant and the dishes they serve

Josh: So, Shirley, I told you about my favorite restaurant. What is your favorite restaurant?

Shirley: Well, my favorite restaurant is a kind of salad and soup restaurant.

Josh: Okay, that’s my favorite.

Shirley: Great! Well, the food is very good but I also like it because the room is nice, it looks on a garden and the food is very cheap.

Josh: Wow!

Shirley: Yeah.

Josh: With a great view of a garden. It seems like it would be expensive.

Shirley: Yeah, it does seem like it would be expensive, but it’s not. The garden has lots of beautiful flowers but also they grow herbs. So the herbs that they use in the salad are all fresh from the garden. It’s delicious.

Josh: That sounds really delicious.

Shirley: Yeah, it’s great. And they make a fantastic soup.

Josh: Okay.

Shirley: Some cream soups, and also a really nice vegetable soup.

Josh: Great! So, is the vegetable soup your favorite dish at the restaurant?

Shirley: Mmm, yes. In the wintertime, the minestrone soup is my favorite soup.

Josh: I love minestrone soup.

Shirley: Yeah. It’s excellent. But in the summertime, my favorite soup is cream of potato chilled.

Josh: Chilled?

Shirley: That means it’s served cold.

Josh: Okay, that sounds amazing.

Shirley: It’s really refreshing in the summertime.

Josh: What are the prices at the restaurant?

Shirley: It is so cheap. It’s about nine dollars for a small bowl of soup, a big salad, and a sandwich that usually has some salad and seafood in it.

Josh: That’s really cheap.

Shirley: Yeah.

Josh: We should go there.

Shirley: Plus, after all that, you get a coffee or herb tea.

Josh: Wow, that’s great!

Shirley: I definitely recommend that you go there some time.

Josh: I’ll try it out.

Shirley: Okay!

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Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary


The herbs are all fresh from the garden.

Herbs are plants used for cooking for flavor or health reasons. Notice the following:

  1. I grow herbs in my garden.
  2. Basil is one of my favorite herbs.


The minestrone soup is my favorite soup.

Minestrone is a soup with pasta and vegetables. Notice the following:

  1. I think minestrone is an Italian dish.
  2. Minestrone is very easy to cook.


They make a fantastic soup.

Fantastic means wonderful or really good. Notice the following:

  1. The movie was fantastic.
  2. She speaks fantastic English.


My favorite soup is cream of potato chilled.

Chilled means served very cold, but not frozen. Notice the following:

  1. I love chilled lemonade.
  2. Chilled soup needs to sit in the fridge for twenty minutes.


It’s really refreshing in the summertime.

Something refreshing gives you energy and makes you less tired. Notice the following:

  1. These sports drinks are really refreshing.
  2. A quick swim is always refreshing.

try it out

I will try it out.

The phrase "I will try it out" means the same as "I will try it" or "I will check it out." Notice the following:

  1. You should check out the new cafe.
  2. Okay, I will try it out tomorrow.

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