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Lesson 35: Let’s Make Dinner!


Summary

In this lesson, Anna and Marsha are planning a dinner party. But Anna comes home from the store with some unusual foods for dinner.

Speaking

In this video, learn about using measure words, like "jar of" and "bag of."

Pronunciation

Use this video to learn about the reduced pronunciation of the word "of" before measure words.

Conversation

Anna: Hi there! Washington, D.C. has many fun places to eat. But, sometimes it's more fun to cook. In fact, tonight Marsha and I are cooking for friends. Well, she is cooking. I am doing the shopping.
(phone rings) It’s Marsha. Hi, Marsha.
Marsha: Hi, Anna. Do you have the shopping list?
Anna: Yes, I told you: I have the shopping list. Can you hear it?
Marsha: Okay, good. I hear the list. Anna, please buy all the ingredients on the list.
Anna: Yes, Marsha, I will.
Marsha: And do not spend too much time shopping.
Anna: No, Marsha, I won’t. See you later.
Anna: Sometimes, Marsha worries too much. I love shopping! And, I did not spend too much money. Oh, no! But I did spend too much time! I have to return home now!
Marsha: Anna, what took you so long? Our guests will be here soon!
Anna: Don’t worry, Marsha. I bought everything on the list.
Marsha: Let me see. You bought a bunch of bananas, a box of pancake mix, a bag of coffee … Anna, this is all wrong!
Anna: What do you mean wrong? I bought a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread … no, wait … two loaves of bread.
Marsha: Anna, these are the wrong ingredients!
Anna: These ingredients are all on the list! I took this list from the counter.
Marsha: Anna, this is the shopping list for breakfast. I said, take the shopping list - on the refrigerator - for dinner!
Anna: Marsha, there was no shopping list - on the refrigerator - for dinner!
Marsha: Oh no! It’s on the floor!!
Anna/Marsha: Ahh!!! Ahh!!!
Marsha: What are we going to do?
Anna: When do our guests arrive?
Marsha: They arrive in 30 minutes!
Anna: I can fix this. Do you trust me?
Marsha: Do I have to?
Anna: Yes.
(The story continues next week)

Writing

Do you like shopping for food? What do you like to make for a dinner with guests? Write to us by email or in the Comments section.

Click on the image below to download the Activity Sheet and practice talking about foods and measure words.​

Activity Sheet Lesson 35

Activity Sheet Lesson 35

Learning Strategy

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

The learning strategy for this lesson is Cooperate. When we work together to meet a goal we are cooperating.

In this lesson, Anna and Marsha are planning a dinner party. They cooperate to share the work. Anna says, "In fact, tonight Marsha and I are cooking for friends. Well, she is cooking. I am doing the shopping.​"

We can also cooperate by practicing English language skills with a friend or classmate. How do you use this cooperating strategy in your study of English? Write to us about it in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.

Quiz

Listen to short videos and test your listening skills with this quiz.

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New Words

banana - n. a long curved fruit with a thick peel that is yellow when it is ripe
bought - v. past tense of buy: to get (something) by paying money for it
box - n. a container that is made of a hard material (such as wood, metal, or cardboard) and that usually has four straight sides
bread - n. a baked food made from a mixture of flour and water
bunch - n. a group of things of the same kind that are held or tied together or that grow together
counter - n. a long, flat surface on which food is prepared in a kitchen
floor - n. the part of a room on which you stand
ingredient - n. one of the things that are used to make a food or product
jar - n. a glass container that has a wide opening and usually a lid
loaf - n. an amount of bread that has been baked in a long, round, or square shape (plural: loaves)
mix - n. a dry mixture of ingredients that is sold in one package and used for making something (such as a type of food)
pancake - n. a thin, flat, round cake that is made by cooking batter on both sides in a frying pan or on a hot surface
peanut butter - n. a creamy food made from peanuts
shopping list - n. a list of things to be bought at a shop or store
told - v. past tense of tell: to give information to (someone) by speaking or writing
trust - v. to believe that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, or effective

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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 practice talking about foods and measure words.

For Teachers

Lesson 35 Lesson Plan

Lesson 35 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: Partitives (measure words); Count/Non-count Nouns (review)

Topics:Giving reasons for concern

Learning Strategy: Cooperate

Speaking & Pronunciation Focus: Reduced​ “of” before consonants and vowels (in partitives)

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