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Sushi Lesson

Hiroshi talks about sushi and the two most basic types this popular dish.
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Adrienne: So, Hiroshi, I need to take some friends out for sushi and I think they're hoping I can tell them what to order, and I have no idea about sushi. Can you help me?

Hiroshi: OK. Sushi.. well, if you go to sushi restaurant, you notice there is two kind of big categories, that there are the two different kinds of sushi. One is negiri, the fish cut of sashimi on top of vinegared rice and also the seaweed wrap-type, that's also tekamaki, or maki. That's the two big categories I guess as for sushi goes.

And also, not that many people know that but this if you go to sushi restaurant, many real sushi restaurants serve you miso soup. They get soup, have a soup stock that is coming from the fish they use, so sometimes you get to have great miso soup at the sushi restaurant and also some little appetizer type. They might have something that you probably usually don't see in isakaya or any Japanese restaurant, so it's always good to ask the sushi chef what's on the side menu.

Adrienne: OK, so I should ask the sushi chef. And the two types are negiri, which is the kind you usually think of sushi when you see it, right? It's the rice with the fish on top and then the other kind, you said tekamaki? What does that mean?

Hiroshi: Tekamaki or maki, it's basically the seaweed, the black seawead, it's wrapped around the rice. It's one that you may have seen on TV that they like create the bed, the rice bed, and put cucumbers or tuna and also put the seaweed and you roll it up and you have this long stick of sushi and the sushi chef cuts in a bite for edible piece, so yeah, it's different, but yeah, you also dip that into soy sauce, so.

Adrienne: OK, I think I got it. So, you're talking the tekamaki are more like the rolls that you see.

Hiroshi: Or, one that has a cone shape, that they use the entire seaweed. It's like an ice-cream cone, that it goes upward.

Adrienne: You eat the whole thing?

Hiroshi: You actually do eat the whole thing. Yeah.

Adrienne: OK. I think I got it.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

have no idea about


I have no idea about sushi.

When you 'have no idea about' something, it means that you do not know much or anything about it.

Notice the following:

  1. I have no idea about cars, so I think I will have to go to a garage.
  2. I have no idea about computers, but luckily my son always helps me out.



You notice there is two kind of big categories, that there are the two different kinds of sushi.

When a group or idea is separated into 'categories,' it is divided into smaller sections with other similar items.

Notice the following:

  1. There are four different categories of questions in the quiz.
  2. There are lots of different categories for sports day.



The seaweed wrap type, that's also tekamaki, or maki.

Here, the 'wrap type' refers to the different ways that seaweed can be put around sushi.

Notice the following:

  1. I like sushi, the seaweed wrap type. 
  2. When I tried to make my own sushi, I struggled to make the seaweed wrap type.

more like


So, you're talking the teramaki are more like the rolls that you see.

'More like' refers to the way that something is similar to something else.

Notice the following:

  1. The new film is more like a comedy than a horror.
  2. I want it blue, more like that one there.

cone shape


One that has a cone shape, they use the entire seaweed.

When something is 'cone shaped,' it means that it shaped like a three-dimensional triangle. It has one closed, pointed end and one larger, circular end. 

Notice the following:

  1. These candies are cone shaped and the ends hurt my mouth.
  2. The statue was very unusual, as it was like a cone shape.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
no idea • categories • wrap-type
like • cone shape
  1. The best sushi from this place is the .
  2. Driving a motorcycle is more riding a bicycle than driving a car.
  3. You have to form the bread dough into a , and then fill it with fruit.
  4. She has about what kind of job she wants when she finishes her university program.
  5. The books in this store are divided into based on topic.