Learn English with Friends #4: Dinner at Joey’s

Learn English with Friends #4: Dinner at Joey’s

Before watching the clip, I want you to answer the following questions:

  • Where do you normally eat dinner?
  • Do you sometimes spill your dinner down your top?
  • Do you worry about leaving stains when you spill?

Okay, once you have answered those questions, watch the following clip.

The Clip

The Transpcript

Rachel: Oh, Joey! Sorry!

Joey: No, that’s alright. Don’t worry about it.

Rachel: Oh but look! That’s gonna leave a stain!

Joey: Rach! Hey! It’s fine! You’re at Joey’s!

Rachel: Really?

Joey: Yeah! Look! (He throws some of his spaghetti on the floor.)

Rachel: I’ve never lived like this before.

Joey: I know.

(Rachel throws some of hers down.)

Joey: All right, don’t waste it, I mean its still food. (He picks it up and eats it.)

Analysis

That’s alright

This collocation is like saying, “It’s okay.” It’s a very common response when someone apologizes and you feel that there is nothing to apologize about or you are okay with the situation.

  • I can’t make it out tonight, sorry. -> That’s alright.
  • Sorry but I we can’t come to the party. -> That’s alright.

Don’t worry about it

Joey is says this to Rachel as he doesn’t want her to be upset about what she did. He is saying that there isn’t a problem and that she shouldn’t worry.

  • I didn’t pass the IELTS exam -> Don’t worry about it. You can take it again.
  • I forgot to send the report this morning, I feel terrible. -> Don’t worry about it, you can send it tomorrow.

That’s gonna leave a stain

As in our earlier Friends clips, we see a lot of “gonna.” This is the contraction of “going to” in spoken English. Rachel is concerned that the spaghetti she dropped is going to leave a stain on the floor (leave a mark on the floor).

  • Don’t leave the paint on the floor, it might leave a stain.
  • Who left this stain here?

I’ve never lived like this before

Rachel uses the present perfect because she is talking about an experience that she hasn’t had. She is saying that she has never eaten in such a relaxed way.

  • I’ve never been to London before.
  • She’s never tried sushi before.

Don’t waste it

Although Joey feels that it’s okay to spill food on the floor by mistake, he doesn’t want Rachel to waste the food. So, he uses the imperative to let her know.

  • You shouldn’t waste food.
  • I feel bad when I waste food.

Exercise

Listen to the dialogue again (maybe a few times) and then complete it below.

Questions

Rachel: Oh, Joey! Sorry!

Joey: No, __________ (1). Don’t worry __________ (2).

Rachel: Oh but look! That’s ___________ (3) a stain!

Joey: Rach! Hey! It’s fine! You’re at Joey’s!

Rachel: Really?

Joey: Yeah! Look! (He throws some of his spaghetti on the floor.)

Rachel: I’ve _____________ (4) like this before.

Joey: I know.

(Rachel throws some of hers down.)

Joey: All right, don’t __________ (5), I mean its still food. (He picks it up and eats it.)

Answers

1. that’s alright

2. about it

3. gonna leave

4. never lived

5. waste it

  • Danuta

    Thank you very much for the great, interesting lessons … Best wishes …!