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Big Meal Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie visit Chinatown to look for some cooking tips.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I love both. Usualy I prefer home made foods , But sometimes I go to the restaurant , when we have any celebration , anniversary etc.. Sometimes we go to eat out ,when I don´t want to cook , when I am lazy ...

I like both things: eating at the restaurant and cooking at home. However, I prefer eat at the restaurant if I want eat something that I don't be albe to cook or something that I must fry, because I hate fry!
I like cooking for a few friends to celebrate birthday or something important, and I like taste different food. My principal problem when I taste new food or prepare it is that I hate cheese and boiled egg.

Hi, I'm waiting for the answer

I heard Stephen in the video said( restaurant) like (reshtaurant). Is that right?

Hello monaia,

I've listened to the video and Stephen's pronunciation seems quite normal to me - 'restaurants', not 'reshtaurants'. Remember, however, that people have different accents and particular habits of speech, so it's possible that Stephen's way of speaking is different to what you are used to.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

may i ask you a question? i saw a sentence in which they use : to get instead of have is true?

As sayd:1) i hope you're getting some ideas for the meal tonight, in this one it would have been the same if she had sayd : you're having some ideas.....

as well is it a way to talk about the future?

thank you


Hi rosario70,

As you'll see if you look up the verb get in the dictionary search box on the right, it has a lot of different meanings, and yes, one meaning is similar to have. get can also be used to talk about a change of state (e.g. "he's getting sick"). Note that the present continuous is often used to talk about the future.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Ashlie said,I don't know what half this stuff is. I don't know what's the meaning of the sentence? Can you explain it? Thanks a million

Hello angelali,

Ashlie is looking at the food items and saying (in a positive, excited way) that they are so exotic that she cannot even recognise what kinds of food they are.  'Stuff' here means 'these things'.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

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