Views #1367 | Low-Intermediate 4

What can you do?

Abidemia and Rory talk about things they can do, like cooking, and things they cannot do well.

Rory: So Abidemi, let's talk about abilities. Can you cook?

Abidemi: Yes, and no. I can cook a little bit, the basic stuff but I really like to eat but I don't experiment too much. So no, I'm not a great cook, but I can cook. I cook to survive. What about you, Rory? Can you cook?

Rory: Yeah, I can. I really like cooking. I love cooking Italian food. I also love baking. So I can bake cakes and cookies and bread, stuff like that.

Abidemi: Okay.

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Rory: How about singing? Can you sing?

Abidemi: I think I can sing. Yes, I enjoy singing. I love singing. I sing a lot in church, so I can sing. What about you? Can you sing?

Rory: I can't sing at all. Like even when I go to karaoke, I'm too embarrassed to pick up the microphone.

Abidemi: Oh, it's too bad. What about you, Rory, can you play – okay, can you play an instrument?

Rory: I can't. No. I'd love to be able to play an instrument but I can't play anything. How about you? Can you play an instrument?

Abidemi: No, I can't. I really wish that I had learned something when I was younger. But I say I can play my voice. Ha, ha.

Rory: That's nice.

Abidemi: What about juggling? Can you juggle, Rory?

Rory: Yeah, I can juggle. I can juggle with three balls and I can almost juggle with four.

Abidemi: Wow.

Rory: Like I can do it for about 10 seconds. Yeah.

Abidemi: I can't juggle at all. So please teach me. It's always something that I've always wanted – I wanted to learn.

Rory: Okay. Can you speak three languages?

Abidemi: Yes. I think I can speak three languages.

Rory: Which ones?

Abidemi: I think English is my best language but I also speak Yoruba, a Nigerian language, and I speak French as well. Yes.

And you?

Rory: Well, I can speak English and I can speak some Czech. I lived in the Czech Republic for six years.

Abidemi: Wow.

Rory: And I can also speak a little bit of French but it's very rusty.

Abidemi: Okay. Maybe next time we'll have this conversation in French then.

Rory: Okay.

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Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

experiment

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I don't experiment too much.

When you experiment, you try new way of doing something. Notice the following:

  1. He likes to experiment in the kitchen.
  2. I usually wear the same clothes. I don't experiment much.

not --- at all

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I can't sing at all.

We use "not at all" to show we have no ability at something. Notice the following:

  1. I cannot cook at all.
  2. My mom is good at dancing, but me? Not at all.

would love to be able to

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I'd love to be able to play an instrument

When you would love to be able to do something, you wish you could do it. Notice the following:

  1. I would love to be able to sing.
  2. We would love to (be able to) go, but we can't.

as well

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I speak French as well.

'As well' means the same as 'also' or 'too.' Notice the following:

  1. I work and go to school as well.
  2. He knows Bob, and he knows Mary as well.

some

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I can speak some Czech.

Here, some means a litte bit, or not much. Notice the following:

  1. I know some Mandarin, but not much.
  2. I know some people here.

rusty

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My French is very rusty.

When you are rusty at something, you need practice to regain your skill. Notice the following:

  1. My computers skills are rusty these days.
  2. I speak Chinese but it is rusty.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
at all • experiment • would love to
as well • some • rusty
  1. I know Thai, but just a few words.
  2. I cannot speak French .
  3. I be able to do that.
  4. My German is but I can speak some.
  5. He likes to with his fashion.
  6. He can read Chinese and write it .