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Picnic Preparations

II. 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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Scott: Dave. I'm going to the supermarket to pick up food and drink for Saturday's picnic later. Any suggestions?

Dave: Well, everyone has been talking about having a barbecue down by the river, so why don't you pick up some hamburger and hot dogs?

Scott: Okay, but how much hamburger meat are we going to need? And hot dogs too?

Dave: Uh, I don't know. How about three pounds of hamburger and a couple packages of hot dogs?

Scott: Oh, that's not going to be enough. Do you remember the last picnic we went on? Your roommate, Jim, ate about ten hamburgers by himself!

Dave: You're right. Let's see. I'd better write this down. Uh, let's see about nine pounds of hamburger meat and, uh . . . , seven packages of hot dogs.

Scott: And you better pick up some chicken for those who don't like hamburger or hot dogs.

Dave: Okay. How about five or six bags of potato chips?

Scott: Humm. Better make that eight or so.

Dave: Alright. Oh, and we're gonna [going to] need some hamburger and hot dog buns. How about five packages a piece? I think that sounds about right.

Scott: Yeah, you better pick up some mustard, catchup, and mayonnaise too.

Dave: Okay. What else? Uh, we're gonna [going to] need some soft drinks. How about ten of those big 2-liter bottles?

Scott: Sounds fine, but be sure to buy a variety of drinks.

Dave: Okay. And what about dessert?

Scott: Well, maybe we could ask Kathy to make a few cherry pies like she did last time.

Dave: Well, I wouldn't mind that, but you know, she's been very busy working two jobs, so I'd hate to ask her, [Oh, hum . . . ] and uh . . . Hey, why don't you whip up some of your oatmeal cookies? [Well . . .] Hey, you could even ask, uh . . . , what's her name . . . yeah that new girl, Susan, the one that moved in across the street! [Well . . .] I bet she'd be willing to help you! [I don't know . . . ] She's a real knockout!

Scott: Nah, I don't think I could ask her . . .[Ahh!] I don't know her phone number, plus . . .

[ Door bell rings . . . ]

Dave: Hey, you don't need to. She's at the door!

Scott: What do you mean?

Dave: Well, I thought you two would hit it off, so I called her up saying I was you, and I invited her over to watch a movie.

Scott: You did what???

Dave: Wait, wait, wait . . . [uhhhhh . . . ]

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • supermarket (noun): a place where you buy food or other household goods, also grocery store
    - She went to the supermarket to buy food for dinner.

  • talk about (phrasal verb): discuss
    - Let's get together after class to talk about tonight's party.

  • pound (noun): a common measure of weight in the US, also 16 ounces
    - The turkey weighs over 25 pounds, so there should be enough to feed all our guests.

  • package (noun): a container often used for food
    - He said he bought three packages of cookies to feed the kids an afternoon snack.

  • you better (modal of advice): informal for "you had better" or "you'd better" and is generally used when there could be a negative consequence or result if the advice isn't followed
    - I told her that she better make enough food for 20 people, or some of the guests won't be happy or satisfied.

  • whip up (phrasal verb): prepare quickly
    - There's no time to fix a big dinner, so I'll just have to whip up a simple salad.

  • bet (verb): strongly believe or have faith in
    - This cake has a nice flavor. I bet she added some cinnamon to the recipe.

  • knockout (noun): a very attractive or beautiful woman
    - Hey, you'll love her roommate. She's a real knockout, and she isn't dating anyone.

  • nah: informal for "no"
    - Nah, I don't want to go out to eat. Let's just eat something easy at home.

  • hit it off (phrasal verb): get along well
    - I thought they would hit it off and go on another date, but it turns out that they didn't have much in common.

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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