How International are you?
Katie and Todd discuss their familiarity with people, food and cultures around the world.
Todd: OK, Katie.
Todd: Let's take an international test.
Katie: Oh, OK.
Todd: How international are you? Let's find out.
Katie: Let's find out.
Todd: First, have you ever eaten Greek food?
Katie: Greek food? Ah, I've eaten, how do you say it, falafel.
Todd: Oh, is that Greek?
Katie: I think so. I've had that, but apart from that, I've never eaten Greek food. How about you?
Todd: Ah, I think I have. Like, I've eaten Greek yogurt. Does that count?
Katie: That counts.
Todd: That counts?
Katie: That counts.
Todd: OK, have you ever eaten Vietnamese food?
Katie: Ah, I see it written down. Is it pho?
Todd: Pho, the noodles?
Katie: Yeah, I've eaten pho before.
Todd: Yeah, I've been to Vietnam so I've eaten Vietnamese food a lot. And pho the noodles is really good.
Katie: Yeah, it's delicious.
Todd: I've had that too.
Katie: OK, now let's talk about languages.
Todd: Oh, OK. Have you ever studied French?
Katie: I have. I studied French for five years.
Todd: Oh, can you still speak French?
Katie: Nope. Not at all.
Todd: Yeah, me too. I once studied French years ago, but I haven't spoken French in so long I can't remember anything.
Katie: I can't remember anything either.
Todd: Have you ever studied an Asian Language?
Katie: I've studied Japanese. I can still speak it a little bit now, and I studied a little bit of Korean, but I don't speak Korean.
Todd: Oh, really. OK. Wow, like I've studied Thai because I lived in Thailand for five years, and like you I've studied Japanese, but my Japanese is terrible.
Katie: How about your Thai?
Todd: My Thai is OK. It's OK. I can talk a little bit. OK, so have you ever met a Spanish person?
Katie: A Spanish person? Actually, I don't think I have.
Katie: I don't think I have met a Spanish person.
Todd: Oh, interesting. I've been to Spain so, I've met a few and we have a Spanish teacher at our school.
Katie: Oh, maybe I have met a Spanish person then. Maybe, I've met a secret Spanish person.
Todd: OK, have you met a Chinese person?
Katie: Oh, yes, I've meet lots of Chinese people.
Todd: OK, and have you met a Brazilian person?
Katie: I feel like if I say no, then I have. Probably. Probably, I've met a Brazilian person.
Todd: Yeah, I've met a few people from Brazil, so they're alway very nice. Very friendly people.
Let's find out.
Here, find out means look for an answer or information. Notice the following:
- Can you find out when the party starts?
- I need to find out who is not coming.
apart from that
Apart from that, I've never eaten Greek food.
Here, apart from that just means other than that. Notice the following:
- I can speak French. Apart from that, I can't speak any other languages.
- I like to golf. Apart from that, I don't have any hobbies.
Does that count?
Here, to count means to qualify for something. Notice the following:
- Can you speak a foreign language?
- I know sign language. Does that count?
Nope. Not at all.
Nope is a very casual way to say no. Notice the following:
- Can you speak Spanish?
- Nope. Not even a little.
not at all
Nope. Not at all.
Not at all is a phrase used to show a strong negative meaning. Notice the following:
- Were you happy with the service?
- Not at all.
I've met a few
A few refers to two or three items. Notice the following:
- Regrets, I've had a few.
- I have a few books I want to buy.
nope • at all • a few
About the Teacher / Creator
Hello, and welcome to elllo. My name is Todd Beuckens. I've been an ESL teacher for 25 years. I created elllo to provide teachers and students free audio lessons and learning materials not usually found in commercial textbooks.
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