Richard answers questions about his camera and taking pictures.
Does he have a camera?
Does he smile when he takes a picture?
Does he have pictures of himself as a baby?
Was he a cute baby?
What color was his hair?
Todd: Richard, do you have a camera?
Richard: I do. I have a video camera. It’s over there.
Todd: Wow! How often do you use it?
Richard: I use the video camera regularly..uh..everytime I go on a trip. Recently I went to Nagasaki.
Richard: With a school trip.
Todd: Who did you go to Nagasaki with?
Richard: I teach at a univeristy called Seisen University. It was a.. a group of students and teachers, and people associated with that university.
Todd: OK, do you mind being photographed?
Richard: No. I like being photographed
Richard: Depending on how I look.
Richard: If I’m presentable.
Todd: When you have your picture taken..ah..do you always smile?
Richard: Yes, I think I usually try to smile for the camera..ah.. or else make a funny face.
Todd: OK. Do you have pictures of yourself as a child?
Richard: Yes, I do. My mother sent me some pictures and I have some pictures as a baby, as a small child.
Todd: OK. Were you a cute baby?
Richard: I think I was extremely cute. Bright blond hair. Still got blue eyes.
Richard: I had much blonder hair than I have now.
Todd: Very nice. Very nice.
I use the video camera every time I go on a trip.
A ‘video camera’ is a type of camera that records motion and voices. Notice the following:
- She used her video camera a lot when her children were growing up.
- I don’t understand how this video camera works.
My camera is over there.
‘Over there’ is a place that is far away and we can’t reach it. Usually we combine this phrase with a hand motion to show where we are talking about. Notice the following:
- Let’s walk to the cafe over there and get something to eat.
- My car is parked over there by the library.
Recently, I went to Nagasaki with a school trip.
A ‘school trip’ is a travel day that you take with your classmates and teachers. Usually school trips are to learn something through experience. Notice the following:
- Did you go on a lot of school trips in elementary school?
- We are taking a school trip to the science museum next week.
Do you mind being photographed?
When we ask someone ‘Do you mind?’ we are asking them if what we are doing bothers them. This is a polite way to ask this question. By saying ‘I don’t mind’, we are saying that something is OK. Notice the following:
- Do you mind if I listen to music?
- I don’t mind if you sit next to me.
Sometimes, I make a funny face when I have my picture taken.
A ‘funny face’ is a way that you move your face to make people laugh. Notice the following:
- Okay, now everyone make a funny face for the next photo.
- When he makes funny faces the children cry.