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1085 The Wedding Singer

Shirley talks her job as a wedding singer in Japan and what the day is like.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

riding on

It is a big day so there would be a lot riding on it.

Here the phrasal verb ride on just means to depend on. So if there is a lot riding on her singing, that just means people are depending on her to perform well. Notice the following:

  1. He has a lot riding on the job interview.
  2. We had a lot riding on the experiment, so we were sad when it failed.

deal directly

You don't deal directly with the venues.

When you deal directly with other people, that means you do not go through anyone else when arranging something. Notice the following:

  1. I do not talk with salespeople. I deal directly with the managers.
  2. She deals directly with the factories, not the stores.

make a booking

They make a booking for the wedding.

When you make a booking, you make a reservation. Notice the following:

  1. We made a booking for a room at the Hyatt.
  2. We make a booking but cancelled it the next day.


The weddings are choreographed to a certain degree?

When something, such as a wedding, is choreographed that means it is planned so everything must be done precisely during the ceremony and reception. Dancing is something that is highly choreographed. Notice the following:

  1. Successful sports teams often choreograph their practices.
  2. The party was too choreographed, so no one had any fun.

down pat

They have the weddings down pat.

When something is 'down pat' that means it has been mastered perfectly or memorized so it is easy to recall. Notice the following:

  1. After driving the same streets for years, the bus driver has the bus route down pat.
  2. For the school play, I have my lines down pat. I think I am ready.