|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
What kinds of snacks, candy, and other items can you buy at school or from the store? When you are thirsty, what do you usually drink: water, a soda like Coke or Pepsi, or fruit juice?
HELPFUL TIP: Buying and eating a variety of snacks and candy is a part of everyday life. However, in response to health-conscious consumers, many stores are now stocked with more nutritious choices like fruit juices, low-fat milk, and water.
|II. Listening Exercises [Top]|
Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.
Dean: Hey, man. What’s up?
Tod: Ah, first of all, I put a buck in the vending machine for a seventy-five cent candy bar, and the thing got stuck here in the machine. Then, I pressed the change button [Ah, man] , and nothing happened. [Wow!] Nothing came out. The dumb thing still owes me a quarter.
Dean: Well, did you talk to the man at the snack bar to see if he could refund your money?
Tod: Yeah, I tried that, but he said he didn’t own the machine, and I’d have to call the phone number on the machine.
Dean: What a bummer.
Tod: Hey, I have an idea. [What?] Why don’t we rock the machine back and forth until the candy bar falls?
Dean: Nothing doing. I don’t want to be responsible for breaking the thing, and besides, someone might call the cops.
Tod: Ah, don’t worry. I’ve done it before.
Tod: Oh well. Hey, hey, tough luck. Hey, here, take my candy bar. [You mean?] Yeah, the machine and I hit it off earlier today.
|Key Vocabulary [Top]|
- buck (noun): informal for dollar
– Could I borrow a buck to buy a drink from the snack bar?
- vending machine (noun): a machine from which you can buy items like candy or drinks
– In some places, you can find a vending machine on almost every street corner.
- get stuck (verb): unable to move
– I got stuck in traffic on the way home from work.
- refund (verb; also a noun): give someone their money back
– That store will refund your money if there is a problem with the item you buy.
- bummer (noun): a disappointing situation
– It was a real bummer that you lost your last buck in that vending machine.
- rock (verb): move back and forth
– I sometimes rock the baby when he can’t sleep.
- nothing doing (noun): no way, used when refusing something
– Are you asking me to loan you more money? Nothing doing!
- tough luck (noun): an expression of sympathy about a problem
– Did she really break your date? Tough luck.
- hit it off (verb): like someone as soon as you meet
– The man at the store and I hit it off the first time I entered, and now he always gives me discounts on certain purchases.