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INTRODUCTION
Ryan: Hey, everybody! It’s Ryan.
Chihiro: Hey, everyone! I’m Chihiro. Just Tell Him in English that You Want the Usual.
Ryan: In this lesson, you'll will learn how to order coffee.
Chihiro: This conversation takes place at a coffee shop.
Ryan: This conversation is between Drew and Teddy.
Chihiro: The speakers are friends, so they'll be speaking casually.
Ryan: Let’s hear the dialogue.

Lesson conversation

Teddy: So how does it feel to be back?
Drew: I see some changes here and there, but overall it's the same. Feels like I'm in college again every time I come back. I bet the coffee tastes the same too. They knew me here; all I had to say was "the usual."
Sales Rep: What can I get you?
Teddy: I'll have a triple venti decaf nonfat latte with a shot of sugar-free vanilla and just a tiny bit of whipped cream in my cup… Drew, this one's on me.
Drew: …uhh…
Teddy: Drew? Don't tell me you've forgotten how to order coffee!
Drew: Don't be ridiculous…I…I'll have what he's having, thanks.
Sales Rep: Okay, your total is $9.35.
Teddy: Here's a ten.
Sales Rep: Okay, $0.65 is your change. Sir, your drinks will be ready over there.
Teddy: You've forgotten, haven't you?
Drew: No, your usual just happened to be my usual.
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Teddy: So how does it feel to be back?
Drew: I see some changes here and there, but overall it's the same. Feels like I'm in college again every time I come back. I bet the coffee tastes the same too. They knew me here; all I had to say was "the usual."
Sales Rep: What can I get you?
Teddy: I'll have a triple venti decaf nonfat latte with a shot of sugar-free vanilla and just a tiny bit of whipped cream in my cup… Drew, this one's on me.
Drew: …uhh…
Teddy: Drew? Don't tell me you've forgotten how to order coffee!
Drew: Don't be ridiculous…I…I'll have what he's having, thanks.
Sales Rep: Okay, your total is $9.35.
Teddy: Here's a ten.
Sales Rep: Okay, $0.65 is your change. Sir, your drinks will be ready over there.
Teddy: You've forgotten, haven't you?
Drew: No, your usual just happened to be my usual.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Chihiro: Okay, if you don't know already, Americans love coffee. Although statistics show that Europeans have a higher coffee consumption than Americans, still, a large coffee culture exists and coffee shops are on every corner of a busy city.
Ryan: Accompanying the popularity come different types of coffee. Ranging from the type of milk to the amount of espresso, to the size. Coffee shops are very creative in an attempt to personalize and cater to everyone's taste.
Chihiro: If you don't know the varieties so well, you might feel a little overwhelmed when you go to a coffee shop.
Ryan: Yeah, here's a starting tip. A single means a single shot of espresso, and a double means two of those. So a triple, like the two guys ordered in the dialogue, means three of those.
Chihiro: That’s enough caffeine to keep you awake. A latte is the shot or shots mixed with milk, and a cappuccino is similar to a latte, but it has more froth.
Ryan: Okay, that should be enough for the starters. Of course if you don't know, the cafe people will explain it to you, just ask them.
VOCAB LIST
Chihiro: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
: The first word we shall see is:
Ryan: overall [natural native speed]
Chihiro: in general, as a whole
Ryan: overall [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: overall [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: college [natural native speed]
Chihiro: school after high school where a higher degree can be obtained
Ryan: college [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: college [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: to taste [natural native speed]
Chihiro: to be able to sense flavor with the tongue
Ryan: to taste [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: to taste [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: triple [natural native speed]
Chihiro: three times more, three parts or things
Ryan: triple [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: triple [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: nonfat [natural native speed]
Chihiro: without fat
Ryan: nonfat [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: nonfat [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: shot [natural native speed]
Chihiro: small amount of drink that is usually strong
Ryan: shot [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: shot [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: decaf [natural native speed]
Chihiro: coffee without caffeine
Ryan: decaf [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: decaf [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: tiny [natural native speed]
Chihiro: very small
Ryan: tiny [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: tiny [natural native speed]
: Next:
Ryan: change [natural native speed]
Chihiro: money returned when a payment exceeds the amount due
Ryan: change [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Ryan: change [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Chihiro: Let's have a closer look at the usuage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Ryan: The first word/phrase we’ll look at is....
Chihiro: Let’s take a look at some of the phrases from this lesson. When you are a regular customer at a restaurant or cafe and you always order the same thing, sooner or later the workers will remember who you are. Once they do, instead of repeating the same order all the time, you can use the phrase,
Ryan: "the usual"
Chihiro: meaning that you're ordering the same thing as usual.
Ryan: Right, there are frequent customers who order the same thing, just because it's easy and they know what they're getting... and well, of course, they like it. The next phrase is,
Chihiro: "here's a ten"
Ryan: Which is said by Teddy, meaning "here's a ten dollar bill." Calling a bill in a short form by its monetary value is a common thing to do, and you'll hear this from time to time with people when handling cash. Remember, don't drop the determiner which is "a" as in "a ten" when using this phrase, because it refers to "the bill."
Chihiro: And we have one more for you today. If somebody says,
Ryan: "this one's on me,"
Chihiro: the person is saying that he or she will pay. You can use this phrase when you offer to pay for a friend's meal or drink, just as Teddy does in the dialogue.
Ryan: Right, so next time somebody says that to you, you know that they're going to pay for it.
Chihiro: You can accept the offer politely, and maybe even reply "the next one's on me" meaning you'll pay next time.

Lesson focus

Ryan: The focus of this lesson is units of money.
Chihiro: The units of money that are used in the United States are dollars and cents. One hundred cents is equal to a dollar. The coffee came to a total of nine dollars and thirty-five cents.
Ryan: Cents come in coin form, and each value also has another name. Like a one cent coin is called a penny, five cents is called a nickel, ten cents is a dime, and twenty-five cents is a quarter. The penny is the only bronze colored coin, and the other three are silver. They're all different sizes though, the dime being the smallest and the quarter being the largest.
Chihiro: If you ever do live in the States, you might want to save your quarters, they come in handy for things like laundromats and vending machines.
Ryan: Yes, that's true. Spend your other coins first!
Chihiro: What other coins are there Ryan?
Ryan: A fifty-cent coin and a one-dollar coin do exist and you can use them, but you'll see the coins Chihiro mentioned earlier more frequently than these. However, in Canada, the Canadian dollar coin is common as well; they call it a "loonie."
Chihiro: Banknotes come in dollars and the common ones are one dollar, five dollars, ten dollars, twenty dollars, fifty dollars, and one hundred dollars.
Ryan: Other bills do exist; but, they're either not as popular or the larger values have become outdated due to electronic transactions.
Chihiro: When saying prices, it's common to not say dollar and cent. In other words, we can say 9 dollars 35 cents as "nine thirty-five."
Ryan: It's a shortcut. Also, a common word that replaces the word dollar is "buck." This is slang but we often use it when we are with familiar company.
Chihiro: Be aware that if you do use a bill that is more than twenty dollars, in some cases the store person might check the bill to determine whether it's real. This could be standard procedure, so don't think they're accusing you of having your own money making machine at home.
Ryan: That's a good point, I've seen some people look very uncomfortable when they check the bill.
Chihiro: In the states, all the bills are one color, a greenish color. So if you're not used to bills being all the same color, get ready to be surprised!
Ryan: Some people complain that they can't tell the difference between the bills in an instant glance because of this.
Chihiro: So if you're planning on visiting the States, get ready for some squinting for that number in the corner!

Outro

Well that just about does it for today. Okay, we’ll see you all soon.
Ryan: Bye for now!

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Yes, both of those have similar meanings. You can distinguish between the two by use of the words "already" and "yet."

The word "already" is an adverb meaning "before now" or "by now." The word "yet" is an adverb meaning "up until the present time."


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Hello.


Does "If you don't know already," in the sentence "Cultural Insights"

have the same meaning as "If you don't know yet" ?

If they have the same meaning, how do you distinguish between the two sentence?


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@Hiroshi - Yes, you can say "the usual" in any shop you buy the same thing regularly. For example, you might get the same sandwich everyday.


@Sina - Yes, "a grand" is slang for '$1000.'


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Hello


Can we use "the usual" in other kind of shop? Or is it only coffee shop?


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is grand that equal 1000$ a slang?

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Hi

is grand that equal 1000$ a slang?


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@Aung - Great to hear this is so useful to you.


@Jesse - This is a very complicated coffee order, somewhat relevant to our time - coffee orders are becoming quite complex! The 'triple' part of this order is a 'triple shot' of coffee.


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