Conversation Lesson 36
Lesson 36 - I Can Fix This!

In this lesson Anna bought the wrong foods for the dinner she and Marsha planned for some friends. They are coming in thirty minutes. What will Anna make with the unusual ingredients she bought?
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Lesson Video

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

Anna: Last time on Let’s Learn English, Marsha and I invited friends to a dinner party but I shopped with the wrong list. Guests are coming soon. Marsha is worried but I have a plan. Let’s see what it is.
Anna: I just need a couple of ingredients. Marsha, please hand me the flour.
Marsha: Anna, where is the flour? It's not in the cabinets.
Anna: I put the flour inside the refrigerator.
Marsha: Why?
Anna: It’s cold and dry in the refrigerator. See, it says: “Put in a cold, dry place.” Okay, now, Marsha, please hand me the eggs.
Marsha: Anna, where are the eggs?
Anna: The eggs are inside the cabinet under the sink.
Marsha: Anna, why are the eggs in here?
Anna: On the farm, we always put the eggs there. How else can the chickens see them? Okay. You clean the living room. I will make dinner.
Marsha: What are you going to make with these ingredients?
Anna: I have a plan.
Marsha: Okay, the apartment is clean. The kitchen is not. What are you cooking?
Anna: I made my favorite recipe: peanut-butter-banana pancakes!
Marsha: You made breakfast.
Anna: Yes! I call it let’s-eat-breakfast-for-dinner dinner!
Marsha: Anna! Mmm! Hey, this tastes good! Anna, you made it work!
Anna: That’s our guests!
Marsha: I’ll answer the door.
Anna: I’ll finish here.
Anna: Like I said, sometimes Marsha worries too much. When something goes wrong with your plan, just change the plan! Till next time!

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

Use this video to practice saying the new words and learn some prepositions of location: in, on, under, and inside.

Use this video to learn how to change your intonation when saying compound nouns like pancake mix, shopping list, and peanut butter.
New Words
  • breakfast - n. the first meal of the day
  • cabinet - n. a piece of furniture that is used for storing things and usually has doors and shelves
  • dry - adj. having no or very little water or liquid
  • egg - n. a hard-shelled oval thing from which a young bird is born
  • flour - n. powder made from a grain (especially wheat) that is used in cooking for making bread or cakes
  • inside - p. in or into the inner part of (something or someone)
  • recipe - n. a set of instructions for making food
  • refrigerator - n. a device or room that is used to keep things (such as food and drinks) cold
  • sink - n. a wide bowl that has a faucet for water and a drain at the bottom and is usually positioned in a counter
  • taste - v. to have a particular flavor
  • under - p. in or to a lower place than (something)

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Source: Voice of America
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