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Snacks and Candy

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Dean: Hey, man. What's up?

Tod: Ah, first of all, I put a buck in the vending machine for a seventy-five cent candy bar, and the thing got stuck here in the machine. Then, I pressed the change button [Ah, man] , and nothing happened. [Wow!] Nothing came out. The dumb thing still owes me a quarter.

Dean: Well, did you talk to the man at the snack bar to see if he could refund your money?

Tod: Yeah, I tried that, but he said he didn't own the machine, and I'd have to call the phone number on the machine.

Dean: What a bummer.

Tod: Hey, I have an idea. [What?] Why don't we rock the machine back and forth until the candy bar falls?

Dean: Nothing doing. I don't want to be responsible for breaking the thing, and besides, someone might call the cops.

Tod: Ah, don't worry. I've done it before.

Tod: Oh well. Hey, hey, tough luck. Hey, here, take my candy bar. [You mean?] Yeah, the machine and I hit it off earlier today.

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • buck (noun): informal for dollar
    - Could I borrow a buck to buy a drink from the snack bar?

  • vending machine (noun): a machine from which you can buy items like candy or drinks
    - In some places, you can find a vending machine on almost every street corner.

  • get stuck (verb): unable to move
    - I got stuck in traffic on the way home from work.

  • refund (verb; also a noun): give someone their money back
    - That store will refund your money if there is a problem with the item you buy.

  • bummer (noun): a disappointing situation
    - It was a real bummer that you lost your last buck in that vending machine.

  • rock (verb): move back and forth
    - I sometimes rock the baby when he can't sleep.

  • nothing doing (noun): no way, used when refusing something
    - Are you asking me to loan you more money? Nothing doing!

  • tough luck (noun): an expression of sympathy about a problem
    - Did she really break your date? Tough luck.

  • hit it off (verb): like someone as soon as you meet
    - The man at the store and I hit it off the first time I entered, and now he always gives me discounts on certain purchases.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.

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