Conversation Lesson 35
Lesson 35 - Let’s Make Dinner!

In this lesson Anna and Marsha are planning a dinner party. But Anna comes home from the store with some unusual foods for dinner.
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Lesson Video

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

Anna: Hi there! Washington, D.C. has many fun places to eat. But, sometimes it's more fun to cook. In fact, tonight Marsha and I are cooking for friends. Well, she is cooking. I am doing the shopping.
(phone rings) It’s Marsha. Hi, Marsha.
Marsha: Hi, Anna. Do you have the shopping list?
Anna: Yes, I told you: I have the shopping list. Can you hear it?
Marsha: Okay, good. I hear the list. Anna, please buy all the ingredients on the list.
Anna: Yes, Marsha, I will.
Marsha: And do not spend too much time shopping.
Anna: No, Marsha, I won’t. See you later.
Anna: Sometimes, Marsha worries too much. I love shopping! And, I did not spend too much money. Oh, no! But I did spend too much time! I have to return home now!
Marsha: Anna, what took you so long? Our guests will be here soon!
Anna: Don’t worry, Marsha. I bought everything on the list.
Marsha: Let me see. You bought a bunch of bananas, a box of pancake mix, a bag of coffee … Anna, this is all wrong!
Anna: What do you mean wrong? I bought a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread … no, wait … two loaves of bread.
Marsha: Anna, these are the wrong ingredients!
Anna: These ingredients are all on the list! I took this list from the counter.
Marsha: Anna, this is the shopping list for breakfast. I said, take the shopping list - on the refrigerator - for dinner!
Anna: Marsha, there was no shopping list - on the refrigerator - for dinner!
Marsha: Oh no! It’s on the floor!!
Anna/Marsha: Ahh!!! Ahh!!!
Marsha: What are we going to do?
Anna: When do our guests arrive?
Marsha: They arrive in 30 minutes!
Anna: I can fix this. Do you trust me?
Marsha: Do I have to?
Anna: Yes.
(The story continues in the next lesson)

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

In this video, learn about using measure words, like "jar of" and "bag of."

Use this video to learn about the reduced pronunciation of the word "of" before measure words.
New Words
  • banana - n. a long curved fruit with a thick peel that is yellow when it is ripe
  • bought - v. past tense of buy: to get (something) by paying money for it
  • box - n. a container that is made of a hard material (such as wood, metal, or cardboard) and that usually has four straight sides
  • bread - n. a baked food made from a mixture of flour and water
  • bunch - n. a group of things of the same kind that are held or tied together or that grow together
  • counter - n. a long, flat surface on which food is prepared in a kitchen
  • floor - n. the part of a room on which you stand
  • ingredient - n. one of the things that are used to make a food or product
  • jar - n. a glass container that has a wide opening and usually a lid
  • loaf - n. an amount of bread that has been baked in a long, round, or square shape (plural: loaves)
  • mix - n. a dry mixture of ingredients that is sold in one package and used for making something (such as a type of food)
  • pancake - n. a thin, flat, round cake that is made by cooking batter on both sides in a frying pan or on a hot surface
  • peanut butter - n. a creamy food made from peanuts
  • shopping list - n. a list of things to be bought at a shop or store
  • told - v. past tense of tell: to give information to (someone) by speaking or writing
  • trust - v. to believe that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, or effective

Do you like shopping for food? What do you like to make for a dinner with guests? Write about it in the Facebook Comments section below. Then practice talking about foods and measure words. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Source: Voice of America
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