Kentaro talks about his favorite country.
Where would he leave from?
How long would it take to get there?
What is Pat Thai?
How long would he stay?
What does he prefer?
Todd: Kentaro, we’re going to talk about destinations.
Todd: Where do you want to go?
Kentaro: I want to go to Thailand.
Todd: Thailand. Why Thailand?
Kentaro: Well, I love that country. The people, the food and the culture.
Todd: OK, and how would you get there?
Kentaro: Well, I guess from Narita Airport.
Todd: OK, how long would it take to get there?
Kentaro: Approximately 7 hours I would say.
Todd: 7 hours , that’s not too bad. What would you eat in Thailand?
Kentaro: I would eat Thai food which is something like Pat Thai, which is a Thai noodle, or Tom Yang Gung, which is a Thai soup.
Todd: OK, is it spicy?
Kentaro: It’s spicy.
Todd: Really. OK, how long would you stay?
Kentaro: As long as I can.
Todd: OK, Yeah. So.
Kentaro: As long as I don’t get fired.
Todd: OK, Thailand has nice beaches and nice mountains. Which do you prefer the beaches or the moutains?
Kentaro: I prefer the beach.
Todd: The beach.
Kentaro: The beach. It’s cold here. It’s getting warm but I like warm weather.
Todd: OK, yeah, yeah. I miss the beach. I’m from California, we have nice beaches.
Kentaro: Oh, another beach person.
We’re going to talk about destinations.
A “destination” is the place a person travels to or the location you traveling to. We also use “destination” for the place that something is being sent. Notice the following:
- Is Paris your final destination today?
- He is writing a book about the best travel destinations in Asia.
I love Thailand. The people, the food and the culture.
The “culture” of a place is the social habits, beliefs and norms of the people who live there. Notice the following:
- What are some differences between your culture and mine?
- It is part of their culture to smile a lot.
Approximately 7 hours I would say.
You can use the word “approximately” when you don’t know the exact amount of something like time, money, distance, etc. Notice the following:
- He works approximately 10 hours a day.
- The beach is approximately 100 miles from here.
Is Thai food spicy?
“Spicy” food contains chili peppers. It makes your mouth feel hot and sometimes makes your eyes cry. Notice the following:
- The soup was so spicy that I couldn’t eat it.
- Do you like spicy food?
As long as I don’t get fired.
To get “fired” from a job is when you lose your job because you did something wrong and your boss is angry. Notice the following:
- Has he ever fired any employees?
- He got fired from his last job.