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Let's Go to a Music Concert

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Diane and Mary want to go to a music concert. The concert can be classical, jazz or country-folk music. They conduct a Google keyword search on the Internet to find a local concert.

Diane: Well, there're a few good concerts this week. One is by a new pop singer, Josh Goldberg.

Mary: Josh Goldberg? I've never heard of him. I would rather go for Josh Groban.

Diane: Josh Goldberg is phenomenal. He is revered on the west coast. His style leans more toward pop rock. Do you want to see one of his videos on YouTube?

Mary: No, I'll leave it alone for now. What else is good this week? Is there any jazz-blues or country-folk type concert?

Diane: I think there're two folk music concerts in the Prospect Park this weekend. They charge 7 dollars each person for admission.

Mary: Who are the singers? Do you see a detailed schedule?

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Diane: Yeah. I see a tab here for details. Let me click that.

Mary opens the web page and they view the details together. Mary thinks one of the concert is quite expensive; it costs 50 dollars per person. Diane likes the country singer Lee Ann Womack so she doesn't mind paying 50 dollars for the ticket.

Diane: I'm just fine with the ticket price. But if you're not, we'll find something else.

Mary: It's a little over my budget, but next time you'll take what I choose.

Diane: Okay. We have a deal!

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concert: noun. Musical entertainment organized for a single or group of musicians to perform music on stage to the public

classical: adjective. Representing the artistic style of the sixteenth through seventeenth century music in this conversation

jazz: noun. Afro-American music genre, representing Afro-American tradition, culture and experiences. It is executed mostly using woodwind instruments.

country-folk music: compound noun. An American music genre representing daily lives and experiences rooted in the midwest of America, and mostly played using string instruments

conduct: transitive verb. To engage a search in this conversation

keyword search: compound noun. A search method keying descriptive words or phrases into search engines on the Internet.

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on the Internet: adverbial phrase for place, meaning that "on the Internet pages"

pop music: compound noun. An American music genre representing the contemporary period of the 20th century that appeals to the popular culture

singer: noun. The artist who produces or executes music by singing

Josh Groban: proper noun. A popular American soft-rock musician and singer

revere: transitive verb. To admire someone. "I simply revere Barack Obama."

go for: idiomatic verb for informal usage. To prefer. "I'll go for a cheese burger and Pepsi."

phenomenal: adjective. Extraordinary

on the west coast: adverbial phrase for place, meaning the west coast region of the United States

view: transitive verb. To watch or read something

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style: noun. Ways of performing music in this conversation. "Soft-rock has a certain style very different than hard-rock."

lean toward: prepositional verb. To tend to favor a view point or an opinion over others

pop rock: an American music type of popular culture, representing the contemporary period and popular taste

You Tube (YouTube): compound noun. An Internet social and commercial network of video presentations; Payable video marketing service owned by Google

leave one alone: idiomatic transitive verb. To ignore something, somebody or an idea in this conversation. "I must leave my son alone at the moment because he is getting even more upset when I say something to him."

for now: time adverb. In the present, for the time being

jazz-blues: compound noun. Particular themes in jazz music depicting sad experiences of the Afro-American slavery period

admission: noun. The act of admitting someone or people to a certain event or program

charge: verb transitive. To bill somebody for a service. "They charge 50 dollars for the concert ticket."

detailed: adjective. Giving details

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schedule: noun. A particular time reserved for an event to happen. "When is your schedule with the doctor?"

Yeah: informal "yes", used when listening to someone's talking

tab: noun. A button on the computer keyboard to press to open a link

click: transitive verb in this conversation. To press a button or mouse on the computer

web page: compound noun. A screen or window on the internet containing information, arrived at by pressing a hyperlink

detail: noun (in this conversation). Information provided on the specifics of a topic

quite: adjective: Considerable in amount, intensity or quality

Lee Ann Womack: proper noun. A popular American soft-rock singer and musician

ticket: noun. A proof of entitlement to an event; usually a piece of stub granting admission to an event

over one's budget: idiomatic phrase. It means beyond one's ability to pay, too expensive. "We can't pay 3000 dollars for this trip. It's over our budget."

have a deal: verbal phrase. To agree mutually to an idea offered (in this conversation)

A: Let's go out. I'll buy you a dinner. Next time, you'll buy me one.

B: Okay, buddy, we have a deal!

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I've never heard of him: This sentence in the Present Perfect Tense (see the lesson), suggests that I have never known about this person before.

I would rather: A conditional tense form, taking a verb in the infinitive form: "I would rather + verb". It means: I prefer. "I would rather stay home this weekend.", meaning that "I prefer to stay home this weekend."

doesn't mind: "He doesn't mind having pizza for lunch." suggests "he has no objection for eating pizza for lunch. We don't use the positive form, "he does mind".

Incorrect: "He minds spending 50 dollars on this concert."

Correct: "He doesn't want to spend 50 dollars on this concert."

I'm just fine with: idiomatic phrase. "I have no objection to going to the movies today.", meaning that "it is Ok with me if you want to go to the movies today, I will go with you."

A: "Will you stay home all this weekend to get your work done?"

B: "Yes, I'm just fine with it."


there're: there are. The contracted form of 'there are'. In spoken English, the sound 'a' in 'are' is omitted from pronunciation so 'there are' sounds like 'ther r'.

I'll: I will. The contracted form of 'I will'. The sound 'w' is omitted from pronunciation so 'I will' sounds like 'Il'../pronunciaton-dictionary/pronunciation-ch-f-v-l-r-w-wh.php">See the video pronunciation lesson for Letter L

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