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Vocabulary Quiz
jokes • outdoor type • you name it
leftovers • take a chance
  1. He's not really the , but he does love fishing.
  2. Nobody likes to eat in my family.  They all want new food every day.
  3. Why don't you and ask her on a date?
  4. He makes terrible about serious problems.
  5. The car comes in red, pink, blue, yellow, purple, .
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

809 Bears and Beasts
Asako talks about bears and wolves and wild creatures in Alaska.

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That's a joke


That's a joke, but... Yeah.

We say 'that's a joke' when we are kidding or not serious about something:  Notice the following:

  1. I drink two liters of coke a day. That's a joke, but I do love it.
  2. That lazy boy is gonna' die in front of the TV! That's a joke, of course.

an outdoor type


If you're not an outdoor type, you can enjoy barbecuing.

An 'outdoor type' is a person who likes to do activities outside such as camping or hiking.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm not an outdoor type.
  2. We're an outdoor type of family.

You can name it


Wolves. Bears. You can name it.

The phrase 'you can name it' is similar in meaning to 'everything'. In common usage we often drop the word 'can'.  Notice the following:

  1. We have Coke, Pepsi, 7up, Fanta, you name it.
  2. We have Coke, Pepsi, 7up, Fanta, everything.



You don't put leftovers anywhere.

When we have more food than we can finish and we want to save it, we call that extra food 'leftovers'.  Notice the following:

  1. Put the leftovers in the fridge, please.
  2. We had a lot of leftovers tonight.

taking a chance


You're taking a chance.

When we 'take a chance,' that means we don't know what the result of our actions or decisions will be.  Notice the following:

  1. Taking a chance is the only way to go forward in life.
  2. He's going to take a chance on the new software.