Everyday English Conversations Practice : Lesson 14 – At the Supermarket

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LOUISE:

Hey, Julia … Look at those desserts! How about baking some cookies today?

 

JULIA:

Hmm … Yeah, that’s a great idea! While we’re here, let’s  pick up the ingredients.

 

JULIA:

OK, what do we need?

 

LOUISE:

The recipe calls for flour, sugar and butter. Oh, and we also need eggs and chocolate chips.

 

JULIA:

Why don’t you get the dairy ingredients? You’ll find those in the refrigerated section in the back of the store. I’ll get the dry ingredients — they’re in aisle 10.

 

LOUISE:

Great! Let’s meet at the checkout.

 

JULIA:

OK. See you there.

 

LANGUAGE NOTES

  •  How about is a casual way to suggest doing an activity. Notice that “how about” is followed
    by an “-ing” verb.
  • Hmm … Notice that Julia pauses for a moment. “Hmm” is an expression used to think about
    something first before speaking.
  • That’s a great idea! Notice the emphasis on “great.” Julia has thought about it and then
    decided that she really does want to bake cookies.
  •  The recipe calls for is a way of saying “the recipe says we need.” The phrase “call for” can
    also be used to talk about the weather forecast. (They’re calling for rain.)
  • flour, sugar and butter. Notice that this is a list, so there are short pauses between each
    item. Notice also that each ingredient is stressed because this information is important.
  • Why don’t you … This expression is used to ask someone to do something. It can also be
    used to give advice — but in this case two friends are deciding on who does which task.
  •  Aisle Notice the silent “s” in aisle. An aisle is an orderly lane in a supermarket, with shelved
    products on both sides. Each aisle has a number, so that it is easy to find what you need.

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