Conversation Lesson 23
Lesson 23 - What Do You Want?

In this lesson Anna and her boss go on a trip around the world. That is, they eat foods from around the world. What will they find?
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Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Anna: Washington, D.C. has great food from all over the world.
Anna: Today I’m having lunch with my boss. Ms. Weaver says we’re going on a trip around the world. But she knows I only have an hour for lunch! Silly woman.
Jonathan: Hi, Anna!
Anna: Hi Jonathan! Hey, we are meeting Ms. Weaver for lunch at noon, aren’t we?
Jonathan: Yes.
Anna: What time is it now?
Jonathan: 11:50.
Anna: 11:50! We have to go!
Anna: So, where is this world food restaurant?
Caty: We’re not eating at a restaurant.
Anna: Where are we eating?
Caty: We are eating at ... food trucks!
Anna: Food trucks … awesome! What’s a food truck?
Caty: These are food trucks!
Anna: Wow!
Jonathan: Whoa!
Caty: Okay, Jonathan, you will buy the first dish. Here is $10. Surprise us!
Jonathan: Okay, I’ll be back in 15 minutes.
Anna: What country do I want to visit?
Caty: Anna, you pick the second country. Here is $10.
Anna: I want chicken.
Caty: The food truck, over there, has great chicken.
Anna: Awesome!
Caty: After you buy your food, meet me here.
Jonathan: Excuse me, I’ll have the shrimp.
Jonathan: Oh, you’re out of shrimp. Okay, I’ll have the beef then.
Anna: Hello. I want the chicken dish.
Truck worker: We're out of chicken.
Anna: You're out of chicken.
Worker: Yep.
Anna: I’ll try another food truck. Thanks!
Worker: You're welcome.
Jonathan: Okay, here is your change. The dish is $7. So, here is 1, 2, 3 dollars back from your 10.
Caty: Great.
Jonathan: Where’s Anna? Is she dancing by that food truck?
Caty: Yes. Yes, she is.
Anna: Ms. Weaver, here is your change. The dish costs $5. So - $5 back.
Caty: Thanks, Anna. But where is the food?
Anna: I’m eating it. The Peruvian chicken is delicious! Try some!
(Caty and Jonathan shake their heads “no”)
Caty: Well, we still have $8! What do you want now?
Anna: We can buy dessert!
Caty: I’ll buy dessert.
Anna: In Washington, D.C., you can travel around the world … with food trucks! And it does not cost a lot.
Anna: Until next time!

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.

In this video, you can practice saying the new words and learn about counting when you give someone change.

In this video, you can learn about three informal English expressions: outta, yep, and whaddaya.
New Words
  • after - adv. following in time or at a later time
  • beef- n. meat from a cow or the meat of the cow used as food
  • chicken - n. a bird that is raised by people for its eggs and meat or the meat of the chicken used as food
  • cost - v. to have (an amount of money) as a price
  • delicious - adj. very pleasant to taste
  • dessert - n. sweet food eaten after the main part of a meal
  • dish - n. food that is prepared in a particular way
  • hour - n. one of the 24 equal parts of a day; 60 minutes
  • minute - n. a unit of time equal to 60 seconds; one 60th of an hour
  • noon - n. the middle of the day;12 o'clock in the daytime
  • only - adv. no more than
  • pick - v. to choose or select (someone or something) from a group
  • shrimp - n. small shellfish that has a long body and legs and that is eaten as food
  • trip - n. a journey to a place
  • truck - n. a very large, heavy vehicle that is used to move large or numerous objects

Anna and her co-workers are going out for lunch together. What do you usually have for lunch on a weekday? Describe it and post a photo if you can. Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Use the Activity Sheet to practice writing and talking about money and change. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
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