Ron talks about abilities with cooking, singing, dancing, studying, and sports.
Mari: I’m Mari from Japan and I’m here with Ron from Hawaii. Today we are going to be talking about abilities so let’s start with food. Can you cook?
Ron: I can’t cook well, but I do cook, so I think the reason why I can’t cook well is because I can eat anything, so I don’t try very hard to make it take good.
Mari: What do you like to cook?
Ron: I like to barbecue outside on the grill.
Mari: What do you put on your barbecue?
Ron: When I cook meat, I don’t put much, only salt, pepper, and a little bit of seasoning.
Mari: OK. Good. Next, do you think you’re a good dancer?
Ron: No, I don’t think I’m a good dancer and I don’t really try to be a good dancer.
Mari: Do you not like to dance?
Ron: No, I don’t like to dance.
Mari: At all?
Mari: I heard that you’re a good line dancer.
Ron: I would like to learn how to line dance, and I do like country music but I haven’t been officially taught how to line dance.
Mari: So you don’t dance at all?
Mari: Next, are you a good singer?
Ron: No, I’m not a good singer but I do enjoy going to Karaoke.
Mari: What do you like to sing?
Ron: In Hawaii, when I go to Karaoke I enjoy singing Hawaiian music. If I’m in Japan I like to sing other English songs that they have, usually country music or 80’s or 90’s music.
Mari: Good. That’s good. Do you think you’re a good student?
Ron: I don’t know if I’m a good student. Growing up I was not a good student but now I am trying harder to be a good student.
Mari: How were you not a good student growing up?
Ron: I didn’t enjoy going to school and I didn’t try very hard in school. Now I try a little harder. I make an effort.
Mari: Can you talk more about your effort? What do you do to try to be a good student?
Ron: I try to listen to the teachers now instead of doing my own thing, and I try to complete everything with good quality.
Mari: That’s good. And, last do you think that you’re a good athlete?
Ron: Growing up I was a good athlete. I played a few sports. Now I don’t play any sports anymore because I’m old, but growing up I think I was a good athlete.
Mari: What sports did you play?
Ron: I played American football, baseball, and soccer.
Mari: Which one is your best sport?
Ron: I would say football. American football is my best sport.
Mari: How long did you play?
Ron: I played since I was eleven until age twenty-two.
Mari: So for eleven years. And you played when you were in university?
Ron: I played at the University of Hawaii.
We helped pick up all the damage.
When you pick up something, you collect it and move it to another place. Notice the following:
- She helped me pick up all the broken glass from the floor.
- Please pick up all your trash before you leave.
We put the supplies into the pick-up. A pick-up is a small truck with an open cargo area in the back. Notice the following:
- He drives an old pick-up truck.
- I traded my car for pick-up.
They carried on for almost a week. The phrase ‘carry on’ is similar in meaning to ‘continue’. Notice the following:
- I am sorry to interrupt. Please carry on.
- After the teacher told them to be quiet, they carried on talking in class.
After this horrific event happened, how did it change you? The word horrific means very, very bad. Notice the following:
- My test score was horrific.
- We have been having the most horrorific weather.
cause and effect
Everything have cause and effect. Here, cause is an action and effect is the result. Notice the following:
- If you eat fast food every day, you will gain weight. It is simple cause and effect.
- If you plant a seed, give it water and put it in sunlight, it will grow. It is cause and effect.
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