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1035 Home Cooking

Edwin talks about eating Chinese food at home in Australia.

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I could potentially burn salads.

"Potentially" means things that are possible or the ability exists for them to happen in the future.

  1. Rebecca is a potentially great tennis player, if she just practiced more.
  2. Elllo has the potential to be the number one English listening site on the web.



Australian food is pretty boring.

In this case "pretty" modifies the word boring to mean quite boring, a reasonably high degree of boring.

  1. I find fishing from the bank pretty boring, just sitting and watching the water for hours.
  2. Old castles in Europe are pretty interesting because they have so much history behind them.



My parents are pretty conservative when it comes to food.

Conservative here means to not take risks or be adventurous. Notice the word "pretty" has again been used to modify conservative giving it more emphasis.

  1. The Republican party in America is considered conservative in its politics.
  2. At a conservative estimate, about 1 billion people in the world are illiterate.

stick with


My parents pretty much stick with Chinese food.

"To stick" with something means to stay with it and not change to something else. Here again "pretty" modifies the "stick with" so that the meaning is "My parents mostly eat Chinese food."

  1. Studying any new language is difficult, but if you stick with it long enough, you will get better.
  2. At university I had a chance to change from English to psychology, but I decided to stick with the language unit.

a couple times


I've had that a couple times.

"Couple" literally means 2, but in this case could mean 2 or 3.

  1. I had a couple of colds last winter because we had so much rain.
  2. Give me a couple of ice creams for Tom and Jerry.