Lesson 23: What Do You Want?


Anna and her boss go on a trip around the world. That is, they eat foods from around the world. What will they find?


In this video, you can practice saying the new words and learn about counting when you give someone change.


In this video, you can learn about three informal English expressions: outta, yep, and whaddaya.


Anna: Washington, D.C. has great food from all over the world.
Anna: Today I’m having lunch with my boss. Ms. Weaver says we’re going on a trip around the world. But she knows I only have an hour for lunch! Silly woman.
Jonathan: Hi, Anna!
Anna: Hi Jonathan! Hey, we are meeting Ms. Weaver for lunch at noon, aren’t we?
Jonathan: Yes.
Anna: What time is it now?
Jonathan: 11:50.
Anna: 11:50! We have to go!
Anna: So, where is this world food restaurant?
Caty: We’re not eating at a restaurant.
Anna: Where are we eating?
Caty: We are eating at ... food trucks!
Anna: Food trucks … awesome! What’s a food truck?
Caty: These are food trucks!
Anna: Wow!
Jonathan: Whoa!
Caty: Okay, Jonathan, you will buy the first dish. Here is $10. Surprise us!
Jonathan: Okay, I’ll be back in 15 minutes.
Anna: What country do I want to visit?
Caty: Anna, you pick the second country. Here is $10.
Anna: I want chicken.
Caty: The food truck, over there, has great chicken.
Anna: Awesome!
Caty: After you buy your food, meet me here.
Jonathan: Excuse me, I’ll have the shrimp.
Jonathan: Oh, you’re out of shrimp. Okay, I’ll have the beef then.
Anna: Hello. I want the chicken dish.
Truck worker: We're out of chicken.
Anna: You're out of chicken.
Worker: Yep.
Anna: I’ll try another food truck. Thanks!
Worker: You're welcome.
Jonathan: Okay, here is your change. The dish is $7. So, here is 1, 2, 3 dollars back from your 10.
Caty: Great.
Jonathan: Where’s Anna? Is she dancing by that food truck?
Caty: Yes. Yes, she is.
Anna: Ms. Weaver, here is your change. The dish costs $5. So - $5 back.
Caty: Thanks, Anna. But where is the food?
Anna: I’m eating it. The Peruvian chicken is delicious! Try some!
(Caty and Jonathan shake their heads “no”)
Caty: Well, we still have $8! What do you want now?
Anna: We can buy dessert!
Caty: I’ll buy dessert.
Anna: In Washington, D.C., you can travel around the world … with food trucks! And it does not cost a lot.
Anna: Until next time!


Anna and her co-workers are going out for lunch together. What do you usually have for lunch on a weekday? Describe it and send us a photo if you can! Send us an email or write in the Comments section.

Use the Activity Sheet to practice writing and talking about money and change.

Lesson 23 Activity Sheet

Lesson 23 Activity Sheet

Learning Strategy

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.

The learning strategy for this lesson is Respond. In many everyday situations, we have to respond to what we hear. Speaking English as a second language might make it hard for you to respond quickly. The strategy respond is part of listening actively. After listening to what the other person says, you respond on the same topic.

Jonathan at a Food Truck

Jonathan at a Food Truck

In the video, Jonathan listens to the food truck worker. She says they are out of shrimp. Jonathan responds. First, he repeats the sentence, "Oh, you're out of shrimp." That shows he understands. Second, he asks for a different dish. "I'll have the beef, then."

When you talk with someone in English, how do you usually respond? Write to us in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.

Listening Quiz


New Words

after - adv. following in time or at a later time
beef- n. meat from a cow or the meat of the cow used as food
chicken n. a bird that is raised by people for its eggs and meat or the meat of the chicken used as food
cost - v. to have (an amount of money) as a price
delicious - adj. very pleasant to taste
dessert - n.sweet food eaten after the main part of a meal
dish - n. food that is prepared in a particular way
hour - n. one of the 24 equal parts of a day; 60 minutes
minute - n. a unit of time equal to 60 seconds; one 60th of an hour
noon - n. the middle of the day;12 o'clock in the daytime
only - adv. no more than
pick - v. to choose or select (someone or something) from a group
shrimp - n. small shellfish that has a long body and legs and that is eaten as food
trip -n. a journey to a place
truck n. a very large, heavy vehicle that is used to move large or numerous objects
Let's Learn English Crew Visit the Food Trucks

Let's Learn English Crew Visit the Food Trucks


Free Materials

Word Book

Word Book

Download the VOA Learning English Word Book for a dictionary of the words we use on this website.

Each Let's Learn English lesson has an Activity Sheet for extra practice on your own or in the classroom. In this lesson, you can use it to learn how to talk about America coins and money.

For Teachers

Lesson 23 Lesson Plan

Lesson 23 Lesson Plan

See the Lesson Plan for this lesson for ideas and more teaching resources. Send us an email if you have comments on this course or questions.

Grammar focus: Using want to express desires

Topics: Asking the time; Counting back change; Time and Punctuality

Learning Strategy: Respond

Speaking & Pronunciation Focus: Counting change, Reduced form of "out of;" Reduced form, "whaddaya;" Informal agreement using "yep."


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