Adrianna is getting out of town for the weekend. She explains where and why.
Where is she going?
What does her friend do?
What will she do?
What holiday will she celebrate?
Can she speak Japanese?
Charlotte: So what are you doing this weekend, Adrianna?
Adrianna: I’m going to Fukuoka with…to meet my friend.
Charlotte: Oh cool, how do you know her?
Adrianna: She went to university with me.
Charlotte: What’s she doing in Fukuoka?
Adrianna: She’s on the Jet Program, teaching.
Charlotte: Oh, cool. Does she like it?
Adrianna: Yeah, she likes it. She renewed her contract so this is her third year.
Charlotte: Excellent. Do you know what you are going to be doing down in Fukuoka?
Adrianna: I think she’s going to take me to a pub.
Charlotte: You’ve not been to any of them in Japan?
Adrianna: No, not.. first time. And we are going to…What are we going to do? Oh, we’re going to have a Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday and we’re going to go to a Karaoke.
Charlotte:OK, have you been to any Karaoke bars here?
Adrianna: Yeah, I went to a Karaoke bar in Roppongi.
Charlotte: Did you sing?
Adrianna: Of course.
Charlotte: Excellent. In English?
Adrianna: Ah.. yeah. My Japanese isn’t too great.
Charlotte: What has she told you about Fukuoka?
Adrianna: How do you mean?
Charlotte: Like, do you know about the city?
Adrianna: Not much.
renewed her contract
She renewed her contract, so this is her third year.
To ‘renew a contract’ is to sign a paper saying that you will continue with a job or a service. Notice the following:
- I have to renew my contract next January.
- Does she plan to renew her contract?
Have you been to any karaoke bars here?
A ‘karaoke bar’ is a place where you can sing along to popular songs using a microphone. Sometimes this is in front of a crowd of strangers or sometimes in a private room with your friends. Notice the following:
- It isn’t fun to live next to a karaoke bar.
- They go to the karaoke bar once a month.
not too great
My Japanese is not too great.
If something is ‘not too great’ it means it is not good or that it is bad. Notice the following:
- My apartment is not too great, but the location is incredible.
- The road is not too great during the winter.
We’re going to have a Thanksgiving celebration on Sunday.
A ‘Thanksgiving celebration’ is an American tradition where people eat turkey, potatoes and pies. It happens in November so there is usually a football game on for entertainment. Notice the following:
- Thanksgiving is my favorite family holiday celebration.
- This will be his first Thanksgiving celebration ever in the United States.