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Things Bought

Shona talks about the items she recently bought on a shopping trip.

Todd: OK, so Shona, what did you do this morning?

Shona: This morning? So far today, I went to the supermarket and bought some muesli. Had my breakfast, which was the first muesli I've had in a few weeks, so I was quite enjoying that, and then I went to Ikea of all places and done a spot of shopping and bought like a really cool cushion with embroidered birds on it, and then I went for a jog like just recently, and I've been cleaning my room also.

Todd: OK, pretty busy day. So let's go back to the muesli. Now for people that don't know muesli, what is muesli?

Shona: Muesli consists of pieces of oat and dried fruits and also like flakes of corn and it's just a bit of mixture of these things.

Todd: Now, you eat it with milk?

Shona: Yeah, you have it with milk, or some people who are a bit crazy have it with orange juice.

Todd: Get out of here. Seriously?

Shona: No, they do, yeah, orange juice. Orange juice in their muesli.

Todd: Is that like for vegetarians and vegans?

Shona: No, I think it's just people enjoy the taste of orange juice and muesli. Or maybe they're allergic to milk.

Todd: Oh, could be. Could be. Actually, you said you went to a furniture store.

Shona: Yeah, there is like a big one.

Todd: Ah, so what did you buy?

Shona: I bought a massive cushion, pillow thing, which is all embroidered. It's very cute and I also bought, like a bed cover for my bed. It's orange, and I was looking for some ferry lights actually, but they didn't seem to have any so I was a bit disappointed by that.

Todd: I'm sorry. What?

Shona: Ferry lights.

Todd: I don't know what that is.

Shona: It's like a really long strand of wire and it's just got lots of tiny lights of it, like randomly, so you've have saw them like Christmas tree lights.

Todd: Ah, right.

Shona: You have them on your Christmas tree. I kind of like them. I just like them in my room.

Todd: Well, that's pretty cool.

Shona: Yeah. And also some, cause they have like Swedish food there, so I bought some crisp bread as well.

Todd: Oh, cool. This is Ikea.

Shona: Mm-hm. Ikea.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!!

done a spot


I went to Ikea, of all places, and done a spot of shopping.

'Done a spot' refers to how Shona has done a little of something (in this case shopping).

Notice the following:

  1. I went to the library and did a spot of reading.
  2. She said that she had been to the school and did a spot of teaching.

people who are a bit crazy


You have it with milk, or some people, who are a bit crazy, have it with orange juice.

'People who are a bit crazy' means those people who are different from what would be considered to be normal.

Notice the following:

  1. I always seem to befriend people who are a bit crazy.
  2. The town is full of people who are a bit crazy and wacky.

vegetarians and vegans


Is that for vegetarians and vegans?

'Vegetarians and vegans' are the terms used for people who do not eat certain types of food. Vegans do not eat any type of animal products, including eggs, milk or cheese. Vegetarians will not eat meat, but they may eat cheese or milk.

Notice the following:

  1. I cook special meals for vegetarians and vegans. 
  2. I think there is a special school of cookery that vegetarians and vegans can go to.

allergic to milk


They're allergic to milk.

When you are 'allergic to milk,' it means that your body will have a negative reaction if you eat or drink milk. People can be allergic to foods with different intensities, and eating foods that you are allergic to can cause many different problems, including skin rashes, difficulty breathing or even death.

Notice the following:

  1. The doctor says that he thinks I might be allergic to milk.
  2. There are other things that you can use as a milk substitute if you are allergic to milk.

a big one


You said you went to furniture store, was it a big one?

'A big one' means something that is larger than normal.

Notice the following:

  1. I want to go on holiday this year, and I want to make it a really big one.
  2. If you cut me a slice of cake, please make sure that you cut me a really big one!

Vocabulary Quiz

spot • crazy • vegetarians
allergic • big one
  1. This restaurant is for . They don't use any meat in their food
  2. She just found out that she to fish, and that is what has been giving her so many problems.
  3. I have already done a of cleaning, but I need to do more.
  4. They usually have a sale after the holidays, but this an especially .
  5. I think she is a bit to train for a marathon when she is still in school.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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