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New Old Thing

Mel talks about something she recently bought.

Todd: What's the last cool thing you bought at a flea market?

Melissa: I bought an old, vintage style radio but that wasn't at a flea market. The last cool thing I bought at a flea market? Well, I kind of went to a ... it was like a flea market. I mean, kids on the university campus were selling their old clothes and stuff and I got this very nice winter jacket for about 50 cents.

Todd: 50 cents?

Melissa: Yes.

Todd: Wow!

Melissa: Yeah. It's right there. That one. It's green.

Todd: That's a nice jacket!

Melissa: Thanks.

Todd: I like the price. Like, they said, "nope" - 75 cents - too much. 25 cents - too cheap. Now did you actually haggle for 50 cents?

Melissa: No, now that jacket was actually that price, but some other kids at a different spot on the same site were doing a game where you shoot down things with this kind of play gun and get points and then depending on how many points you got, you could choose from a different group of stuff. So, I was shooting for a CD-Stereo, but I ended up only getting a jacket and and a hat and some accessories like a watch and a necklace. Yeah, so that was kind of disappointing cause I ended up walking away with a bunch of stuff I didn't want or need. That was good on their behalf. I thought that was good sales tactic, cause I thought I was playing a game and I was enjoying shooting stuff down and getting points but then I realized I was acquiring these things I didn't need.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

a spot

notesAt a different spot on the same site.

'A spot' means a place. Notice the samples.

  1. Let's find a different spot to chat. It's noisy here.
  2. We always sit in the same spot in the cafeteria.

shoot down

notesShoot down things with a play gun.

We shoot things with a gun. Here, Melissa is shooting a video gun. Notice the two samples.

  1. I'm trying to shoot down the alien!
  2. You get 100 points for each invader you shoot down.

end up

I ended up only getting a jacket and a hat.

'End up' talks about how a situation finishes. Here are some samples.

  1. He spent the weekend in Monte Carlo and ended up broke.
  2. There was nothing interesting at the cinema so we ended up staying home.

a bunch

I ended up walking away with a bunch of stuff.

'A bunch' means a lot or many. Notice the following.

  1. I have a bunch of stuff to do this weekend.
  2. There's a bunch of cool stuff to do at the mall.

on behalf

notesThat was good on their behalf.

When we do something on someone's behalf, it means we do it for them. Here are two sample sentences.

  1. My boss is out of town. I'll attend the meeting on her behalf.
  2. He accepted the award on behalf of the team.


notesI thought that was a good sales tactic.

A 'tactic' is a plan that helps you get what you want. Notice the samples.

  1. Their strong defensive tactics helped them win the game.
  2. 'Buy two get one free' is always a great sales tactic.

Vocabulary Quiz

spot • shoot down • ended up
 a bunch • on his behalf • tactics
  1. We all covered in paint by the end of the day.
  2. My friend is sick today and I am here .
  3. This is my favorite in the whole city.
  4. You have to try to the bottle to win the game.
  5. We bought of new clothes at the thrift store.
  6. It is one of his to get you to like him.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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