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Blind Date
Doron discusses a very unique dating experience.
Doron: I'm a bit schizophrenic when it comes to dates actually cause ... I'll either do something really boring and cheesy like pizza and a movie. Melissa: That's not boring. Doron: Really? Melissa: Yeah. Doron: Well, it's traditional then. I'll say traditional. Melissa: It could be fun but if you're already at the point where the girl's like in your house ordering pizza and a movie that's ... Doron: Well, I was talking about eating out and going to the cinema. You already got the guy back to your house. Very forward. Melissa: Well, pizza and a movie sounds like pizza delivery and video rentals, so I see what you mean. I could always go out for a pizza. Doron: I like doing that but then on the other hand, I also like to do something totally strange and different, like when I was living in Berlin in Germany a couple of years ago, I met a girl I liked and I invited her out for a date, and she surprised me by saying yes, so I had to find something to do and I was bored of movies and pizza so we went to a restaurant near my apartment, but the restaurant was really, really

cool because it was totally, totally black. There were no lights. Melissa: Wow! Doron: You just go in there and order from a menu in the foyer and then you get taken to a table by a blind waiter and you can't see anything. Melissa: No way! Doron: I think they're quite famous. There's two or three around the world. One in New York I think, and also in London and it was the craziest experience because you just have to talk, and I think that's really cool because you don't look at the person. You don't care if they're cute or whatever. You just really get to know them. Melissa: That's cool. Were there lot's of people there? Doron: It was packed. You had to make a reservation. It was really, really packed. Melissa: How could you find your way to the restroom? Doron: You had to ask. You had to ring a little bell and then a blind waiter would come and take you.

Melissa: What do you mean a blind waiter? Doron: All of the waiters and the waitresses, and the waiting staff, they were all blind or partially sighted. Melissa: Oh, really. Doron: Not the chefs. I think the chefs could see. Melissa: Oh, OK. Doron: But the staff there, they were partially sighted. Melissa: Oh, that's interesting. Doron: So they learned the room really well because they could see and they were your guides. It was a really interesting date, just ... Melissa: It's interesting just from the view point of experiencing what it would be like to be blind because I think people don't get to experience that enough. Doron: Exactly, and to know that maybe when you see someone blind in the street, you think, ah, poor guy, poor girl, but then all of a sudden, they're the ones that know their way around and you rely on them. Melissa: Yeah, that's really cool.

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Comprehension Page
Main Points: Answer the following questions about the interview. 1) What did Melissa think 'pizza and a movie' meant? a) Staying home b) Going out c) Pizza at the cinema 2) What was unique about the restaurant? a) They served black pizza. b) You could not see inside. c) It was outside. 3) How many restaurants are there? a) Only this one b) Just a few c) About a dozen 4) What does he NOT mention? a) The staff b) Getting a table c) The food they serve 5) They thought the relationship between ____ was interesting. a) the people on the date b) the diners and staff c) the waiter and chef

Phrase Match: Match the phrases on the left with the example on the right. 1. schizophrenic 2. cheesy 3. No way! 4. partially sighted 5. view point ___ you someone sees something; opinion ___ do not see reality ___ can’t see well ___ hard to believe; surprising ___ stupid; silly; too common

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Grammar Page
Work with a partner to find the mistakes and rewrite them correctly.

1. When I was 20, I was going on a lot of dates. _____________________________________________________________________________ 2. We’re going out together for about 2 years now. _____________________________________________________________________________ 3. I am born in Paris and she is born in Stockholm. _____________________________________________________________________________ 4. We broke up because she said I never listen her. _____________________________________________________________________________ 5. We broke up because he said I always yell him. _____________________________________________________________________________ 6. When we first met, I didn’t see nothing interesting about him. _____________________________________________________________________________ 7. I came here for study English and I met a really nice guy. _____________________________________________________________________________ 8. I gave to him my phone number. _____________________________________________________________________________ 9. The love is difficult. _____________________________________________________________________________ 10. I look forward to see you again. _____________________________________________________________________________

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Conversation Practice
If you are on a date at a restaurant, you have to talk. Keep these conversations alive by using some of the underlined words for ideas. A: Iʼve never been to a Japanese restaurant before. This should be interesting. B: I havenʼt either but Iʼve always loved Japanese cartoons, Karate, and I think it would be fun to travel to Japan. A: That reminds me of __________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Have you ever ________________________________________________________? _______________________________________________ A: Those shoes are cool and they look comfortable. Where did you get those? B: Thanks. These are my favorite shoes. They match with everything and they were so cheap but they never seem to get old. A: That reminds me of __________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Do you ______________________________________________________________?
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ANSWER PAGE
Main Points: Answer the following questions about the interview. 1) What did Melissa think 'pizza and a movie' meant? a) Staying home b) Going out c) Pizza at the cinema 2) What was unique about the restaurant? a) They served black pizza. b) You could not see inside. c) It was outside. 3) How many restaurants are there? a) Only this one b) Just a few c) About a dozen 4) What does he NOT mention? a) The staff b) Getting a table c) The food they serve 5) They thought the relationship between ____ was interesting. a) the people on the date b) the diners and staff c) the waiter and chef

Phrase Match: Match the phrases on the left with the example on the right. 1. schizophrenic 2. cheesy 3. No way! 4. partially sighted 5. view point 5 1 4 3 2 how someone sees something; opinion do not see reality can’t see well hard to believe; surprising stupid; silly; too common

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