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Lesson 7: Convenience Store Food
Aren’t you tired of eating it?

I can talk about Japanese convenience store foods.

INTRODUCE

Many foreigners are surprised by how high-quality convenience store foods are in Japan. You can recommend them if your foreign friends are looking for inexpensive but good food.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

save money

save time

read the label

like the selection

be tired of [thing]

prefer food made from scratch

II. Which of the things above do you do or consider when buying take-out food? Choose two or three.

III. Practice reading the words.

/t/

/b/

time

bite

tired

bored

tie

buy

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Negative questions are used to ask, clarify, or react to something.

You can use negative questions to check information that you think is true.

  • Didn’t you eat cup noodles yesterday too?
  • Isn’t that cake pretty high-calorie?

You can also use negative questions to react or complain.

  • Don’t you get tired of always drinking canned coffee?
  • Aren’t you saving money for a gym membership?

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Ai and Sho were eating lunch in the breakroom when Tim came in to ask a question.

Tim:

Hey, guys. Do you know where I can get lunch to go? I have a meeting in twenty minutes.

Ai:

How about the restaurant across the street? Their pre-made salads are really good.

Sho:

I recommend the convenience store downstairs. Just grab a sandwich or bento there.

Ai:

Sho, are you serious? Don’t you have any better suggestions?

Sho:

Well, I always eat convenience store food.

Ai:

Aren’t you tired of eating it? I mean, don’t you basically eat cup noodles or corndogs every day?

Sho:

That’s not true. I buy rice balls or bentos there too.

Ai:

(sigh) It’s fine to eat that stuff sometimes, but not every day! Don’t you read food labels? Most convenience store foods are really high in salt. They’re bad for your health.

Sho:

It’s okay. They save time and taste good.

Ai:

Sho! (sigh) I’ll send you an easy recipe later. Please try to make your lunch at least one day next week, okay?

TRIVIA

In Japan many convenience stores sell American dogs (アメリカン・ドッグ), but that is actually Japanese English. Native speakers call them corndogs. Many Americans are very amused when they hear the Japanese name for corndogs.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Complete the conversation. Change the sentences in the parentheses into negative questions.

Tutor:

Let’s order coffee.

Student:

(You drank coffee earlier.)

Tutor:

Yeah, but I still want some more. I’m tired.

Student:

All right. I’ll have a soda.

Tutor:

By the way, after this, can we go to that Japanese restaurant down the street?

Student:

Oh, really? I thought we could eat here. (You like the selection.)

Tutor:

They don’t have any Japanese food here. I really want noodles or something.

Student:

Oh, okay. But, um, that restaurant is kind of expensive. (You’re trying to save money.) I thought you were saving up for a trip overseas.

Tutor:

Well…

STEP B EXERCISE

Make negative questions using the pictures and words.

ex. that ramen / really hot

Isn’t that ramen really hot?

1. you / read the label

2. you / tired of eating only fruit

3. Rick / drink too much last night

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You just ran into your friend inside a convenience store.


Do the following:

  • Ask your friend what he/she usually buys there.
  • Ask your friend how often he/she buys food there.
  • React to your friend’s eating habits.

Today's grammar tip

  • negative questions

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

CONVENIENCE STORES

2

HOMEMADE FOOD

3

AFFORDABLE FOOD

1

CONVENIENCE STORES

  1. How often do you go to convenience stores?
  2. Do you always find what you need at convenience stores?
  3. What services are available at Japanese convenience stores?
  4. What are some strange things that you can buy from convenience stores?

2HOMEMADE FOOD

  1. Do you eat homemade food every day?
  2. What’s your favorite homemade food?
  3. Is there any homemade food that you dislike? If so, what is it?
  4. Did you ever make homemade food for other people?

3AFFORDABLE FOOD

  1. What was the cheapest meal you’ve ever eaten?
  2. Where did you buy it?
  3. Do you know other places that offer cheap meals?
  4. Which is cheaper, preparing your own food or buying it somewhere?

FEEDBACK

I can talk about Japanese convenience store foods.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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