Session 5

The staff at The White Elephant restaurant continue to wait for their first customer. When one finally arrives, they have to work quickly to make sure he doesn't get away - but do they succeed? Watch the story and learn some phrases to do with being quick!

በዚህ ክፍል ያሉ ክፍለ ጊዜያት

ክፍለጊዜያት 5 ነጥብ።

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Drama: The White Elephant

Episode 2: Quick!

Welcome back to The White Elephant. The staff at the restaurant are still waiting for their first customer but when one eventually arrives they have to work quickly to make sure this one doesn't escape. Will the clueless waiter, Peter get the order right - and will Gordon, the chef who believes he is a genius, be able to prepare the perfect dish?

ቨዲዮውን ተመልክተው ክንውኑን ይፈፅሙ

ፅሁፍ አሳይ ፅሁፍ ደብቅ

Peter
Quick! Quick!

Gordon
What?! Is it a fire? Everybody calm down! Calm down!

Peter
What? It's not a fire. We've got a customer…

Ceilia
A customer?! At last.

Gordon
Well, what does he want? I haven't got all day.

Peter
He wants the… 'Spatchcocked peasant with lemon and herbs.'

Gordon
Pheasant, not peasant. Call yourself a waiter? Honestly...

Ceilia
Come on then Gordon, get a move on, we can't let another customer get away.

Gordon
I know, I know. Now where did I put the pheasant…

Mary
I'll give you a hand if you like.

Gordon
You stick to washing up, love. Cooking pheasant is a job for a professional chef… now where is that stupid pheasant?

Peter
…the customer says 'pull your finger out' – he's off to the theatre soon.

Gordon
I'll tell him where he can stick his finger…

Ceilia
Gordon, stay here and cook – come on, quick as a flash.

Gordon
I need a pheasant!

Mary
I've found the pheasant - and it doesn't smell too fresh.

Ceilia
Can't we get a fresh one A.S.A.P.?

Gordon
Where are we going to get a pheasant at this time of night? – anyway, I cook, not go shopping.

Mary
OK, I'll go and tell the customer shall I? 

Ceilia
We need a quick fix… can't we use a chicken?

Gordon
Chicken isn't pheasant.

Mary
Listen, listen… we don't need a pheasant.

Ceilia
Why?

Mary
He's gone.

Download

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Vocabulary

I haven't got all day
do it quickly; hurry up

get a move on
do it more quickly

pull your finger out
start working harder (and more quickly)

as quick as a flash
very quickly

A.S.A.P.
(abbreviation) as soon as possible

a quick fix
fast and easy solution

To do

See how much you understood from the story by answering these questions...

Quick! Answer these questions!

3 Questions

How much did you understand in The White Elephant: Episode 2?

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Excellent! Great job! መጥፎ እድል ነጥብ አስመዝግበዋል :
x / y

Credits

Gordon Grater: Neil Frost

Ceilia Spatula: Amina Zia

Peter Peppermill: Darren Benedict

Marigold Marcelo (Mary for short): Stacha Hicks

Written, produced and directed by: Rob Carter

More

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End of Session 5

Next time, Gordon is about to finally cook his signature dish when something goes wrong. Find out what the problem is in episode 3 of The White Elephant.

Session Vocabulary

  • I haven't got all day
    do it quickly; hurry up

    get a move on
    do it more quickly

    pull your finger out
    start working harder (and more quickly)

    as quick as a flash
    very quickly

    A.S.A.P.
    (abbreviation) as soon as possible

    a quick fix
    fast and easy solution