Is it better to eat in or eat out?
Restaurants are great, but can they beat a homecooked meal?
[Chip & Chelsea]
Kimberly: Honey, you’re a great cook, but will you be able to prepare home-cooked meals four nights a week? We could end up eating takeout a lot.
Garrett: That would defeat (against totally) the purpose of cooking, which is to select better ingredients and low-calorie foods and cut out fat. And we can avoid things like MSG (flavor).
Kimberly: Well, you can always request no MSG at a restaurant. But you didn’t answer my question: Do you really have time to cook?
Garrett: If our refrigerator (/rɪˈfrɪdʒəreɪtə(r)/), (fridge) is well-stocked, it shouldn’t take too much time to put something together. I could also cook big batches (of food) and save the leftovers for the next meal.
Kimberly: But if we don’t consume them fast enough they’ll become stale or even rotten, and we’ll end up wasting money.
Garrett: I’m sure that will happen on occasion, but overall, by cooking at home we should save money. Especially if we plan out our meals and buy only what we need.
Kimberly: Why go to all that trouble when we can go to a restaurant and relax? Let someone serve us.
Garrett: Well, remember sometimes we’ll have to tip for that serve. Restaurants can get expensive.
Kimberly: But also remember our time is worth money too. I just hope we enjoy our dinners together – wherever we eat them.
[Traditional Chinese Translation]
[Ashley & Ken]
A: Hi, Ken. This is for you.
K: What is it?
A: It’s a picture of you and your son that I cut out of the newspaper. It was taken at the county fair.
K: Wow, look at that. My son and I are famous now. Ashley, thanks for cutting this out of the newspaper. Speaking of cut out, are there different ways we can use that phrase?
A: There are many. Let’s talk to Doris to find out more.
D: Cut out usually means to remove something or stop doing something. Many people want to cut out fat from their diet. They may cut out chocolate or cut back on chocolate to lose weight. If you cut back on something you do less of it.
K: Oh, so I could cut back on calories by eating less fat.
A: Yes, and you can cut back on expenses by cutting out the things you don’t need.
K: What if someone tells you to cut it out? What is it?
A: Someone might say that to you if you are teasing/tiz/ them. That means they want you to stop. Maybe you are joking around with them and they don’t find the joke very funny.
K: So, they would say 「cut it out」?
A: No, not cut it out, cuti-tout. Notice the intonation.
A: You’ve got it.
K: So, we can cut out things but can we cut out people?
A: Yes, if you cut someone out, then you don’t invite them. They are excluded. I had to cut out some people for the birthday party because they wouldn’t fit in my house.
K: Oh, Ashley. Don’t cut me out of your birthday party. I wouldn’t come to the next one.
A: My house isn’t cut out for birthday parties.
K: Your house isn’t cut out? What does that mean?
A: That means it is limited. I’m not cut out for the Olympics because I’m not an athlete.
K: Okay, but you are cut out for this library.
A: Yep, and excuse me, I have to cut out and help someone at the counter.
cut out字面上是用剪刀剪下來，你可以從報紙上cut out a picture（剪下一張照片），cut out也可以指移除，你如果是要減肥，你最好能夠cut out fat（不要吃脂肪），若是你無法cut out fat你至少要cut back on fat（減少脂肪），若是在cut out後面加上for，cut out for something表示使勝任、適合，而這個短語幾乎都是用在否定句，I’m not cut out for the Olympics（我不是參加奧運的料子），另外還有一個口語的講法cut it out，這是一個祈使句，表示停止、住手、不要再繼續了。
[課文] Why go to all that trouble when we can go to a restaurant and relax?
[Tips] to go to all that trouble ~ it is from the idiom – to go to the trouble – and it means to make an effort to do something. Sometimes you might hear people say “to go to the bother.” And you might also hear people say “to take the trouble.”
*Why go to all that trouble of washing your clothes by hand when you can just throw them all into the washing machine?
*Why go to all that trouble to answer your email when your secretary can do it for you?
*I was so tired last night that I couldn’t go to the bother to throw out the trash.
*Thank you so much for taking the trouble to answer all my questions.
Takeout (n.) 外帶的食物。(adj.) 外帶的。
*Patrick loves to eat Chinese takeout.
*Takeout food usually doesn’t taste as good as homemade food.
*Please order at the takeout counter.
Batch (n.) 一批，一組。
*Mom baked a batch of cookies to treat my friends.
*Tourists descended upon the famous historical site in batches.
*After the merger, a batch of new problems appeared.
Tip (v.) 給小費。(n.) 小費。
*Maggie tipped her porter at the hotel.
*Tipping at restaurants is required in many countries.
*We left a tip in our room for the maid at our hotel.
MSG (monosodium glutamate) (n.) 味精。
Well-stocked (adj.) 備貨充足的，儲藏量多的。
*a well-stocked supermarket 儲量多的超級市場。
Leftover (n.) (= remnant)剩貨，殘留物。(adj.) 剩餘的。
*She threw the leftovers in the garbage. 她把剩飯倒進垃圾桶。
Stale (adj.) 1.不新鮮的，腐壞的。2.陳舊的，無新意的。(v.) 變得不新鮮，失去新意。
Staleness (n.) 不新鮮，走味，陳舊，過時。
*French bread goes stale (=become stale) very quickly. 法國麵包很快就不新鮮了。
*The pleasure I get from listening to such music never stales.
*She tried to disguise the staleness of the bread by toasting it.
Rotten (adj.) 腐爛的，發臭的，腐朽的，(岩石)風化的。[口] (= awful) 極差的，令人討厭的。Rottenness (n.)
*The wood was so rotten you could put your finger through it.
*an organization, a person, a policy that is rotten to the core
*What rotten luck!真倒楣! Rotten weather討厭得天氣。
tease /tiːz/ DJ /tiz/ KK
1. to laugh at somebody and make jokes about them either in a friendly way or in order to annoy or embarrass them 取笑；戲弄；揶揄；尋開心
- Don’t get upset─I was only teasing. 別不高興，我只是在逗你玩。 V
- I used to get teased about my name. 過去別人總拿我的名字開玩笑。 VN
Tip sb = give a tip to sb= give sb a tip
takeout (n) 外帶；外賣 This restaurant doesn’t allow you to eat there. It only has takeout.
low-calorie (adj) 低熱量的 Many restaurants in America now have a low-calorie section on their menus.
batch (n) 一爐（烘烤的食物）；一批 This batch of cookies burned in the oven.
tip (v) 給 . 小費 In America, you are expected to tip for different kinds of services.
Defeat /dɪˈfiːt/, low-calorie /ˈkæləri/ foods, cut out fat, well-stocked, refrigerator, batch, leftover, remnant, county fair, cut back on calories, tease, cuti-tout, intonation, cut out for, Stale, rotten, takeout, merger, porter, maid, left a tip.
Defeat , low-calorie, cut out, cut back, well-stocked, refrigerator, batch, leftover, remnant, county fair, cut back, tease, cutitout, intonation, cut out for, Stale, rotten, takeout, merger, porter, maid, tip.