Talks about getting a unique hair cutting experience.
Tu: So, Todd, how was your trip to Vietnam?
Todd: It was good. It was really good. I mean I had a great time.
Tu: Is it? Tell me about it? What was the most thing … what was the thing you remembered most about Vietnam?
Todd: Well, there’s lots of things to remember, maybe too many, it was just great, but I think one thing I thought was special was a haircut. This guy cut my hair on the street, and I had never had that happen before, you know, get my haircut on the street.
Tu: Tell me about it?
Todd: Well, I was at a cafe, a beautiful little garden cafe on the corner, and …. oh, by the way, your country has amazing coffee.
Tu: Really, you think so?
Todd: Ah, the coffee was so good.
Tu: Yeah, we love it.
Todd: So, anyway, so I come out of the cafe, and there’s this guy and he has a chair and a mirror under a tree and he’s motioning with his scissors for me to come over.
Tu: I see. It’s a very common thing in Vietnam.
Todd: Really, to have barbers on the street?
Tu: Barber on the street with the tree and one mirror, one chair only.
Todd: Oh, really.
Tu: Yeah, common thing.
Todd: So, it seems pretty unique, so I talk to him and he was trying to convince me to get a haircut and I didn’t know how much.
Tu: Did you speak English?
Todd: He didn’t speak any English, and embarrassingly I didn’t even know numbers in Vietnamese. I didn’t know anything, so I just held out my money, and he pointed to how much the hair cut would cost, and it was quite cheap. I couldn’t believe it. I think he only wanted to charge me two dollars.
Tu: Two dollars?
Tu: It’s normal though.
Todd: That’s the normal price? And then he sat down and he started cutting my hair.
Tu: How was it?
Todd: It was amazing. Like he had all these little tools. He had these little metal tools I had never seen before, and he was cutting my hair and moving about and he was very professional. You could tell …
Tu: Were you scared?
Todd: No, I wasn’t really scared. I thought that maybe, he might chop up my hair, but in actuality, the man was incredibly professional, really really good. Very skilled at his job, and I thought he did a fantastic job on my hair and he also did things that we don’t get like in the states, like he cut my hair and then he shaved of course and then he took out this ear cleaner, these like stuff, and he cleaned my ears.
Tu: Oh, I see.
Todd: Yeah, that doesn’t happen in America.
Tu: Everyone does that.
Todd: Oh, wow, like it’s interesting, cause like in Thailand, I lived in Thailand for many years and what they do it, they massage your head.
Todd: Yeah, and it’s really nice, so when you get a haircut, they massage your head, but I guess in Vietnam, it’s they clean your ears.
Tu: Yes, now that you talk about it, I think it’s only unique to Vietnamese barber.
Todd: So only Vietnamese barber’s clean your ears?
Tu: I think so.
get out of hand
It got out of hand.
When something ‘gets out of hand’ it becomes a problem. Here are two samples.
- As police walked towards the protesters, things got out of hand.
- The two boy’s stated arguing and things soon got out of hand.
Regardless of all that, they still gave out the loans.
‘Regardless of all that’ means the point we are making is not affected by other things. Here are two samples.
- Regardless of all that, I think things will improve,
- He had no University degree or experience, but regardless of all that, he got the job.
read the fine print
Always read the fine print.
‘Fine print’ talks about the details of something. Notice the following.
- The fine print required product registration to activate the warranty.
- I’ll have my lawyer look over the fine print.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the problem.
The phrase ‘it doesn’t take a rocket scientist’ means that something is easy to understand. Notice the samples.
- It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that saving money is a good thing.
- If you take out a loan, you need a steady income. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.
bear the burden
The borrower has to bear some of the burden.
To ‘bear some of the burden’ means to take some of the responsibility for something. Notice the samples.
- After dad lost his job, our whole family had to bear some of the burden of working.
- Students must bear some of the burden of responsibility for their own learning.