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"put on pounds" = gain weight

"He's put on a few pounds because he doesn't eat a balanced diet."


"spare tire" = extra fat around the middle of your stomach that looks like a car tire (impolite expression--use with caution)

"My brother's roommate was really angry when his girlfriend told him he had to exercise because he had a spare tire around his stomach."

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Snacks and Candy
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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mediumsnacksconversationtwo men00:44

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What kinds of snacks, candy, and other items can you buy at school or from the store? When you are thirsty, what do you usually drink: water, a soda like Coke or Pepsi, or fruit juice?

HELPFUL TIP: Buying and eating a variety of snacks and candy is a part of everyday life. However, in response to health-conscious consumers, many stores are now stocked with more nutritious choices like fruit juices, low-fat milk, and water.

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Which statement does NOT describe the man's problem?
A. He can't get his snack from the machine.
B. The machine didn't give him change.
C. He accidentally purchased the wrong item.

2. Why can't the cashier at the snack bar help the man?
A. The vending machine is not part of his business.
B. The customer pushed the wrong number.
C. He doesn't have a key to open the machine.

3. What does the man recommend they do?
A. call the phone number on the machine
B. move the machine to get the candy to drop
C. forget about the problem and go home

4. Why does the man's friend reject his suggestion?
A. He thinks they'll break the candy if it falls.
B. He knows they'll lose more money that way.
C. He fears someone might call the police.

5. What does the man's friend infer in the last sentence of the conversation?
A. He was able to buy some candy without a problem.
B. They might have more luck with the machine tomorrow.
C. He'll buy his friend something at a different place.


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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Vending machines are popular ways schools and business can make money; however, some people feel that are more of a health risk for consumers. How do you feel on this issue? Use the Internet to search for recent opinions on this topic.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Finding healthy snacks for children (or for yourself) isn't always easy. Use the Internet to find three different healthy snacks that can be purchased online. What are the benefits of each snack? How much does each cost?

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