Walk 'n' Talk Level Up #72 - Setting the table

Descubra o que significa “fancy” com este episódio do Walk ‘n’ Talk Level Up!

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Hello, everyone! How are you doing?

Welcome to another episode of Walk ‘n’ Talk Level Up, our all English podcast! No diálogo de hoje, um casal conversa sobre um jantar romântico, mencionando vários detalhes sobre os talheres e louças reservados para ocasiões especiais!

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Nos vemos na próxima semana, see you! Stay awesome!

Vocabulary Expansion

In this episode of Walk 'n' Talk Level Up you learned some new vocabulary and new expressions! Now you can continue studying here, by checking out the dialogue, the expressions with written explanations, and by repeating all the sentences!

Dialogue:

Eva: Sweetie, dinner is almost ready. Can you set the table?
Brandon: On it! It’s a good thing
we did the dishes earlier. I’ll get the plates from the dishwasher.
Eva: No, wait. Use the
fancy china
Brandon: The fancy china? I thought we were saving that for the queen!
Eva: Very funny. I thought we’d count today as a date day.
Brandon: You’ll never hear me complain about that.
Should I make the table setting extra special? Use the fancy cutlery and wine glasses too?
Eva: Only if
you love me.
Brandon: Done and done! 

New expressions and Vocabulary!

  • Set

Set is one of those verbs in the English language that have an infinity of possible uses and applications! Since our dialogue was about a special dinner, we used the expression “set the table”, which refers to the table items in general, but we can also use “set” with each individual item, in the sense of “placing” them:

Can you set the glasses on the right side of the guests?
Why did you
set those plates on the edge of the table?
She
set these beautiful pillows on the bed, it looks amazing.

“Set” can also be used as a noun, meaning a collection or group of objects of any category, not only related to kitchens and tables:  

I bought a set of Japanese kitchen knives.
Should we buy the
set of plates that is on sale?
We really need a new
linen set.

  • Should

Giving advice and asking for advice is a big thing in daily life, right? “Should” is a modal verb that is closely related to advice and discussing the best action in that specific moment, so when you’re not sure what you need to do, you can ask a question with “should I”:

Should I call Jane to see if everything is ok?
Should I
go home and get another jacket?

In negative and affirmative form, we also use should to express what we believe is the best option in that situation:

You should call Jane to make sure she is coming.
He shouldn’t go home right now.

  • Fancy

There are many words in English that can be used as verbs and as adjectives, and fancy is one of those cases! As a verb it expresses the idea of wanting something, but in British English, if you use it referring to a person, it expresses the idea of having a crush on/being attracted to that person:

Would you fancy some Japanese food tonight?
Do you
fancy going to the beach this weekend?I’m almost sure that Julia
fancies Taylor.
Ryan finally confessed that he
fancies Alex.   

And as an adjective, it is used to describe something as decorative, chic, very high quality and sometimes expensive, depending on the context:

I want to go to that fancy restaurant, can I book us a table?
Your new couch looks
fancy!
I have to go to a
fancy party next week so I need to buy a dress.

Listen to this episode as many times as you want, and follow it up with this file. This way, you'll be able to memorize all the expressions and vocabulary you've learned! You’ll also be able to use it in conversations in the future. And remember, the more contact you have with English, the better. So make sure to tune in for our next episode!

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