207 The College Diet

Alex talks about the foods he eats as a college student.


Todd: So, Alex, you're in university.

Alex: Yeah

Todd: So, um what kind of foods do you eat?

Alex: Well, since I go to college, I don't have a lot of money, so usually I go with the very inexpensive ramen, you know, breads, eggs. My favorite thing though is pancakes and bacon for breakfast. I have no idea, but I just like it a lot. I also like chili. I make chili actually, and it's very spicy, but I like chili and cheesecake. I eat a lot of cereal, a lot, a lot of cereal. I'm addicted really.

Todd: OK, like Sienfield?

Alex: Yeah

Todd: So you say you eat ramen?

Alex: Yes

Todd: OK, so how would you compare ramen in America and ramen in Japan?

Alex: Oh, ramen in Japan is definitely better. I mean the amount of ramen shops just in general is a whole lot more than you'll find in all of America I bet, just in Tokyo, but yeah, the ramen in Japan is definitely better than in America. Especially those humongous bowls of ramen with the meat and the eggs and stuff on top they give you. You're not going to find that, at least where I am in America, a lot, so I like that a lot.

Todd: And when you talk about ramen in the states, do you mean an actual ramen shop or like top ramen? Both actually. Ramen shops are very, at least where I am they're very, not, there's not a lot. So I usually when I want ramen, I have to buy the packaged, you know, Top Ramen, whatever.

Todd: Yeah, how much does it cost?

Alex: It depends where you do. The cheapest I found it was, they're having a sale, where I work actually, in a grocery store, was having a sale, like 50 cents a pack, so I loaded, and it was OK.

Todd: That's pretty cheap.

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Since I don't have a lot of money, I usually go for the inexpensive ramen.

If something is 'inexpensive' it doesn't cost a lot of money. Notice the following:

  1. This shirt looks nice, but it was really inexpensive.
  2. Inexpensive things are great for temporary usage.

I have no idea

I have no idea, but I just like pancakes a lot.

We can say 'I have no idea' when we don't know about or understand something or we don't know why we feel a certain way. Notice the following:

  1. I have no idea what's in this sandwich, but it's incredible.
  2. I have no idea why I'm so frustrated.


I think I've become addicted to cereal.

When you are 'addicted' to something you need it or have to have it. There are physical and mental additions to things. Notice the following:

  1. It is easy to become addicted to cigarettes.
  2. I am addicted to cookies and sweets.


They give you this humongous bowl of ramen with meat and eggs and stuff.

If something is 'humongous' it is really, really, really big. Notice the following:

  1. The mountains look absolutely humongous in photographs, but don't feel that big when you are there.
  2. The pants he let me borrow were humongous on me.


The cheapest I found was at a sale in the grocery store where I worked.

A 'sale' is when something is sold at a lower, discounted price. We can say that these discounted items are 'on sale.'Notice the following:

  1. I bought these pants on sale.
  2. They always have great sales after the winter holidays.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
inexpensive • has no idea • addicted
humongous • sale
  1. I'm sure he about the party we are planning for him.
  2. This food is , but the best in the city.
  3. Your favorite store is having a on summer clothes right now.
  4. They bought this house on the lake about a year ago.
  5. I became to coffee in college because I was always tired.