351 Abilities


Cat talks about things she can and can't do very well.

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Todd: OK. Cat, we're back. We're gonna talk about things you can do.

Cat: OK.

Todd: Can you cook?

Cat: Not really!

Todd: No!

Cat: Well, I can, but not very well.

Todd: OK. What do you do for dinner?

Cat: Buy take-away food.

Todd: OK. When you buy take-away food what do you buy?

Cat: Normally, normally stuff from the supermarket you can just throw in the microwave, ready meals, not from take-away from a pizza place or a restaurant but just stuff that I can cook at home.

Todd: OK. And can you sing?

Cat: Not at all.

Todd: No.

Cat: No.

Todd: OK! Now, we're in Japan, have you ever been to Karaoke here in Japan?

Cat: No.

Todd: No.

Cat: And I really don't want to go either.

Todd: OK. Um, can you play any musical instruments?

Cat: I used to be able to play the piano and the guitar. But I haven't played them for a long time. I can remember a bit but...not much.

Todd: Which one did you prefer the most?

Cat: Guitar. The piano was too difficult.

Todd: Oh, really! Did you take lessons?

Cat: Yes, And I had to play scales all the time and it was really boring.

Todd: I hardly ever got to play any tunes.

Cat: OK. Alright. Thanks a lot Cat.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

take-away

Buy take-away food.

A 'take-away' is a meal that you buy from a restaurant and then take it home to eat.

Notice the following:

  1. I hardly ever cook, I always eat take-away.
  2. Take-away food can be very high in fat.

ready meals

Normally, stuff from the supermarket you can just throw in the microwave, ready meals.

A 'ready meal' is a meal that has already been prepared and only needs to be heated to be ready to eat.

Notice the following:

  1. My fridge is full of ready meals.
  2. You have to be careful with ready meals as they can be very high in salt.

musical instruments

Can you play any musical instruments?

A 'musical instrument' is something that you play in order to make music, such as a guitar, piano or saxophone.

Notice the following:

  1. I would very much like to learn a musical instrument.
  2. When you play a musical instrument you have to make sure that you practice every day.

scale

I had to play scales all the time and it was really boring.

A 'scale' is a series of musical notes that all have different tones.

Notice the following:

  1. Have you learned all of your scales?
  2. I can not really play tunes yet I have only just learned my scales.

tune

I hardly ever got to play any tunes.

A 'tune' is a melody or a song.

Notice the following:

  1. That is a really nice tune.
  2. I do not know the words so I only hum the tune.

 

Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
take-away • ready meals • instruments
scale • tune

  1. That sounds very familiar. Do you know the words?
  2. I don't feel like cooking. Let's just get again.
  3. There are some in the freezer if you get hungry.
  4. I want you to play the over and over until you get it right.
  5. He has always been very good at playing musical .