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"buy into" = believe an idea

"Unfortunately, a lot of young people buy into the idea that they have to wear expensive clothes to be popular."

"eat your words" = admit that you are wrong

"My roommate said I couldn't cook, but now he'll have to eat his words because I made this complete dinner by myself."

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Grocery Shopping: Supermarkets and Food Coupons
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary and Grammar
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Where do you or your family go grocery shopping on a regular basis? What are typical things you buy and how much does your family spend on groceries per week? (Ask your family if you don't know.)

HELPFUL TIP: Using store coupons, where available, and buying certain items in large quantities can save you money in the long run.


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. Why did the man buy dog food at the supermarket?
A. Their dog was hit by a truck and needed food.
B. The man adopts a dog from a stranger.
C. The product was on sale at the supermarket.

2. Why does he buy tomato juice?
A. He plans on making a unique spaghetti sauce.
B. He's trying to modify the way he eats.
C. He wants to make a vegetable drink.

3. How much was the milk?
A. $2.05
B. $2.15
C. $2.50

4. Which item did the man NOT buy?
A. a package of cookies
B. some cans of tuna
C. a carton of orange juice

5. Why does the woman get upset at the end of the conversation?
A. The man is preparing the steaks for the dog.
B. The man only bought one steak for himself.
C. The grill can't be used to cook the steaks.

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II. Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Imagine you need to go shopping for food because you are hosting a party for 30 friends, some of whom are international students from around the world. You don't have a lot of money, so cost is important to you. Thus, where would you do your shopping in your area and what kinds of food and drink would you buy for the party?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Many people have shopped online for different items including electronics, clothing, and books, but few have shopped online for food and groceries. Today, more and more companies offered food delivery on grocery items including meat and dairy (milk) products. Whether such services are or are not currently available in your area, having an idea on the benefits and/or disadvantages of such services can be helpful if and when you you encounter such companies in the future. Use the Internet to learn more about one such company and then determine (1) the company's rationale for offering grocery delivery service, (2) how this company's service is similar and/or different than at least one other competitor, and (3) how prices on food items compare to those found in a local, neighborhood grocery store.

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