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Beirut Nights

Rina talks about the night life in Beirut.
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Todd: So, Rina, you were saying Lebanon, or Beirut, has really good night clubs. (Mm-hm) Ah, what's a really cool night club in Beirut?

Rina: My favorite night club was rated 5th in Maxim magazine, and it's called B. O. 18, and what it used to be was a Palestinian burial ground and,

Todd: Wait a minute! (Yeah) It, there's no longer dead people there?

Rina: No, no, no. It used to be. (OK) Just during the civil war, cause there was a 17 year war, and what it is, you walk up, you don't see anything, it's just a big open space, but you see these, like, almost like subway stairs going down, and you go down these stairs and the theme inside this place is death, and it's like a big coffin, so you have red velvet walls and all the tables are little coffins with Palestinian soldier pictures on it and single rows and it's just a really good, it's a really neat club. And I went to a lot of theme clubs, too, I went to one that's called The Music Hall and it's like just, like a big theater, it was just amazing.

Todd: So, what's The Music Hall like?

Rina: Um, well they had that night I went, they had five different groups: One American group, one Spanish, one Lebanese, and they all just, it's like a theater, like scene one, scene two, and each scene would be a different music, genre like, you know.

Todd: That's pretty cool.

Rina: Yeah, it was cool.

Todd: So, at these night clubs, how do people dress? What's the fashion?

Rina: Um, Lebanese girls, and people that were like Lebanese girls, they're very trend conscious. Oh, yeah. Like if it's in a magazine, they're wearing it type thing. They look down on anybody, that doesn't.

Todd: Ah, so.

Rina: Yeah, and it's all like, done up like they went to the salon that day to go out sort of thing.

Todd: Wow! (Yeah) So we're talking, like the skimpy dressed that they have?

Rina: Everything. Oh, yeah.

Todd: Your kidding. What do the guys dress like?

Rina: Ah, the guys are, they dress prettier than some of the girls.

Todd: No kidding.

Rina: Yeah, the guys dress really well, but very, just as I said, very trend conscious. Everybody's very image, image conscious. It's really a lot like Japan in that way.

Todd: Mm, oh cool. Thanks.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

burial ground

It used to be a Palestinian burial ground.

A 'burial ground' is a cemetery, or a place where people put their dead.  Notice the following:

  1. We visited the burial ground of my ancestors.
  2. When they started to prepare for the new building they found a burial ground on the property.


You go down these stairs and the theme inside this place is death.

A 'theme' is a subject or an idea of a certain place or event.  In this case, the idea is death and the decorations are probably images of death.  Notice the following:

  1. The theme of the party is love.
  2. The decorations in the house had a very modern theme.


It's a really neat club.

In this case, 'neat' means cool, interesting, fun or entertaining.  Notice the following:

  1. My new computer is very neat.
  2. Have you eaten at the new Italian restaurant?  It's neat!


Lebanese girls, they're very trend conscious.

A 'trend' is something that is popular right now.  We use this to refer to clothes, food, activities, etc.  Notice the following:

  1. He always follows the trends.
  2. The new hairstyle trend is really interesting.

look down on

They look down on anybody that doesn't.

If you 'look down on' something, you don't approve of it or think it's a good idea.  Notice the following:

  1. They will look down on you for smoking.
  2. She looks down on people if they are not rich.

Vocabulary Quiz

burial ground • theme • neat
trend • looks down
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  2. Have you noticed a with these new iPhone sockets?
  3. This project is so ! I'd love to help .
  4. He doesn't think she can do it, he on her.
  5. Let's go with an underwater for the parade .
Answer these questions about the interview.

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