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Mixer 118 Fast Food

Six people talk about how often they eat fast food and the foods they like to eat.

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get a craving

When I get a craving, I just listen to it.

When you get a craving, that means you want to consume something very strongly. Notice the following:

  1. I often get a craving for coffee in the afternoon.
  2. For some reason, I have a craving for pickles right now.

digestion system

I don't have a very strong digestion system.

You digestive system is your stomach and intestines. It handles the food you eat. Notice the following:

  1. He has a problem with his digestive system.
  2. Tea is good for the digestive system.

burger joint

In front of the bus stop there is a burger joint.

A joint is a casual way to say fast food shop. Notice the following:

  1. Let's go to that pizza joint across the street.
  2. There is a great taco joint by my house.

cut down

I'm thinking of cutting down on fast food.

When we cut down on something, that means we use it less. Notice the following:

  1. You should cut down on video games.
  2. I am trying to cut down on sugar.

big fan

I'm a very big fan of cooking,

When we like something a lot, we say we are a big fan of it. Notice the following:

  1. I am not a big fan of Cajun food.
  2. I am a big fan of traditional cooking.



brought up to

my culture were brought up to think that that's really bad.

In this case, "brought up" means to be raised from childhood.

  1. I was brought up to believe it is impolite to eat with your elbows on the table.
  2. Many boys are brought up to believe they should hide their feelings.

on your record

If you do anything wrong then it's on your record.

"Record" in this case means a criminal history or some other official record of your behaviour.

  1. If you are late for work more than 3 times, it will be noted on your record with the Personnel section.
  2. Many countries will not issue a visa if you have a criminal conviction on your record.

pull over

The policeman asked me to pull over.

In this case, "pulling over" is an action taken when you are driving a car and it means
to move your car to the side of the road and stop.

  1. Thanks for giving me a lift home. You can pull over at this corner and let me off.
  2. In Japan, you should pull over to the left and wait if you hear an ambulance coming.


The policeman in Dubai was very straight and honest.

When we are talking about people, "straight" means to be honest and not evasive nor to hide

  1. It is important to have people who are straight working in positions of authority, so that their power is not abused.
  2. When my sister had an accident, my father was completely straight with me about her condition and didn't try to protect me from the difficult truth.

turned me down

He turned me down, it is really bad in the Arab culture.

To be "turned down" is to be denied something.

  1. I asked Jack if he would go out for coffee with me, but he turned me down. I was so disappointed.
  2. When I asked my mum if I could get a motor bike, she turned me down because it was too dangerous.