41 Weekend Get-away


Adrianna is getting out of town for the weekend. She explains where and why.

Todd: So what are you doing this weekend, Adrianna?

Adrianna:
I'm going to Fukuoka with...to meet my friend.

Todd:
Oh cool, how do you know her?

Adrianna:
She went to university with me.

Todd: What's she doing in Fukuoka?

Adrianna:
She's on the Jet Program, teaching.

Todd:
Oh, cool. Does she like it?

Adrianna:
Yeah, she likes it. She renewed her contract so this is her third year.

Todd:
Excellent. Do you know what you are going to be doing down in Fukuoka?

Adrianna:
I think she's going to take me to a pub.

Todd: You've not been to any of them in Japan?

Adrianna: No, not.. first time. And we are going to...What are we going to do? Oh, we're going to have a Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday and we're going to go to a Karaoke.

Todd:
OK, have you been to any Karaoke bars here?

Adrianna:
Yeah, I went to a Karaoke bar in Roppongi.

Todd:
Did you sing?

Adrianna:
Of course.

Todd:
Excellent. In English?

Adrianna:
Ah.. yeah. My Japanese isn't too great.

Todd: What has she told you about Fukuoka?

Adrianna: How do you mean?

Todd: Like, do you know about the city?

Adrianna: Not much.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

renewed her contract

She renewed her contract, so this is her third year.

To 'renew a contract' is to sign a paper saying that you will continue with a job or a service.  Notice the following:

  1. I have to renew my contract next January.
  2. Does she plan to renew her contract?

Karaoke bar

Have you been to any karaoke bars here?

A 'karaoke bar' is a place where you can sing along to popular songs using a microphone.  Sometimes this is in front of a crowd of strangers or sometimes in a private room with your friends.  Notice the following:

  1. It isn't fun to live next to a karaoke bar.
  2. They go to the karaoke bar once a month.

not too great

My Japanese is not too great.

If something is 'not too great' it means it is not good or that it is bad.  Notice the following:

  1. My apartment is not too great, but the location is incredible.
  2. The road is not too great during the winter.

Thanksgiving celebration

We're going to have a Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday.

A 'Thanksgiving celebration' is an American tradition where people eat turkey, potatoes and pies.  It happens in November so there is usually a football game on for entertainment.  Notice the following:

  1. Thanksgiving is my favorite family holiday celebration.
  2. This will be his first Thanksgiving celebration ever in the United States.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
renew • karaoke • not too great
Thanksgiving
  1. She is really good at singing.
  2. The cabin was , but we spent most of time outside.
  3. After ten years he decided not to his contract.
  4. We cooked two turkeys for the celebration.