I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Imagine you have been asked to organize a picnic? Where would you hold the picnic and what food, appetizers, and drink would you buy? Make a list and discuss it with a partner.

HELPFUL TIP: Cooking hamburgers over a grill isn’t hard to do, but don’t cook the meat too long, or you might end up with a tasteless and dry meal.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button of the audio type you want to hear, and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. When is the picnic?

A. on Thursday

B. on Friday

C. on Saturday

D. on Sunday
2. Where is the picnic being held?

A. at a park

B. at the beach

C. at Dave’s house

D. by a river

3. How many packages of hot dogs do they decide to buy?

A. six

B. seven

C. eight

D. nine

4. Why has Kathy been so busy lately?

A. She has been working a lot recently.

B. She has been taking care of her sick mother.

C. She has been taking two night classes.

D. She has been looking for a new job.

5. What does Dave suggest Scott make for the picnic dessert?

A. cherry pie

B. chocolate cake

C. oatmeal cookies

D. fudge brownies

Score =

Correct answers:

Scott: Dave. I’m going to the supermarket to pick up food and drink for Saturday’s picnic later. Any suggestions?
Dave: Well, everyone has been talking about having a barbecue down by the river, so why don’t you pick up some hamburger and hot dogs?

Scott: Okay, but how much hamburger meat are we going to need? And hot dogs too?

Dave: Uh, I don’t know. How about three pounds of hamburger and a couple packages of hot dogs?

Scott: Oh, that’s not going to be enough. Do you remember the last picnic we went on? Your roommate, Jim, ate about ten hamburgers by himself!

Dave: You’re right. Let’s see. I’d better write this down. Uh, let’s see about nine pounds of hamburger meat and, uh . . . , seven packages of hot dogs.

Scott: And you better pick up some chicken for those who don’t like hamburger or hot dogs.

Dave: Okay. How about five or six bags of potato chips?

Scott: Humm. Better make that eight or so.

Dave: Alright. Oh, and we’re gonna [going to] need some hamburger and hot dog buns. How about five packages a piece? I think that sounds about right.

Scott: Yeah, you better pick up some mustard, catchup, and mayonnaise too.

Dave: Okay. What else? Uh, we’re gonna [going to] need some soft drinks. How about ten of those big 2-liter bottles?

Scott: Sounds fine, but be sure to buy a variety of drinks.

Dave: Okay. And what about dessert?

Scott: Well, maybe we could ask Kathy to make a few cherry pies like she did last time.

Dave: Well, I wouldn’t mind that, but you know, she’s been very busy working two jobs, so I’d hate to ask her, [Oh, hum . . . ] and uh . . . Hey, why don’t you whip up some of your oatmeal cookies? [Well . . .] Hey, you could even ask, uh . . . , what’s her name . . . yeah that new girl, Susan, the one that moved in across the street! [Well . . .] I bet she’d be willing to help you! [I don’t know . . . ] She’s a real knockout!

Scott: Nah, I don’t think I could ask her . . .[Ahh!] I don’t know her phone number, plus . . .

[ Door bell rings . . . ]

Dave: Hey, you don’t need to. She’s at the door!

Scott: What do you mean?

Dave: Well, I thought you two would hit it off, so I called her up saying I was you, and I invited her over to watch a movie.

Scott: You did what???

Dave: Wait, wait, wait . . . [uhhhhh . . . ]

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • supermarket (noun): a place where you buy food or other household goods, also grocery store
    – She went to the supermarket to buy food for dinner.
  • talk about (phrasal verb): discuss
    – Let’s get together after class to talk about tonight’s party.
  • pound (noun): a common measure of weight in the US, also 16 ounces
    – The turkey weighs over 25 pounds, so there should be enough to feed all our guests.
  • package (noun): a container often used for food
    – He said he bought three packages of cookies to feed the kids an afternoon snack.
  • you better (modal of advice): informal for “you had better” or “you’d better” and is generally used when there could be a negative consequence or result if the advice isn’t followed
    – I told her that she better make enough food for 20 people, or some of the guests won’t be happy or satisfied.
  • whip up (phrasal verb): prepare quickly
    – There’s no time to fix a big dinner, so I’ll just have to whip up a simple salad.
  • bet (verb): strongly believe or have faith in
    – This cake has a nice flavor. I bet she added some cinnamon to the recipe.
  • knockout (noun): a very attractive or beautiful woman
    – Hey, you’ll love her roommate. She’s a real knockout, and she isn’t dating anyone.
  • nah: informal for “no”
    Nah, I don’t want to go out to eat. Let’s just eat something easy at home.
  • hit it off (phrasal verb): get along well
    – I thought they would hit it off and go on another date, but it turns out that they didn’t have much in common.