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Vocabulary (in this context)

Words

 

Definition

desktop

noun

a computer that has a large machine and a separate monitor,

keyboard, and mouse, designed to be put on a desk and not to be moved around

very often

versatile

adjective

with many different uses; something that can be used in many

different ways and/or with many different purposes

cable

noun

a long piece of wire covered in plastic that connects two pieces of

electronic equipment together

to hook (something) up

phrasal verb

to connect two things, usually electronics, by

plugging one part into another part

elevate

verb

to raise; to make something higher; to move something up

to plug (something) into (something)

phrasal verb

to connect a piece of electronic

equipment into another piece or into a source of electricity, usually by putting

small pieces at the end of a cable into a small hole

spare

adjective

extra; an additional piece or copy of something

power cord

noun

a long cable (a piece of wire covered with plastic) that connects a

piece of electronics to the source of electricity in a wall

cramped

adjective

crowded; very close together, without very much room

accessory

noun

something that is used with another machine or product and,

although it is not necessary, makes it better, faster, easier to use, or prettier

 

Transcript

This episode is called “Buying Computer Accessories.”  An “accessory” is

something you buy that works with something else; it’s something that helps you

or improves on another product.  This is going to be a dialogue between Kevin

and Ginger about buying things for your computer, so we’ll have lots of

vocabulary related to the computer.  Let’s get started.

 

[start of dialogue]

 

Ginger:  It’s really nice of you to come with me to buy my computer.  This is the

desktop I’m thinking about.

 

Kevin:  This is okay, but if I were you, I’d buy a laptop.  It’s more versatile.  You

can travel with it.

 

Ginger:  I’m not sure about getting a laptop.  The screen is so small.

 

Kevin:  No problem.  You can get a separate monitor.  This is a good one.  You

just need a connector and a cable to hook it up to your laptop.  Here’s a monitor

stand, too, so you can elevate it if you want to.

 

Ginger: The speakers on the laptop aren’t very loud.

 

Kevin:  You can get these great speakers.  You plug them into your laptop and

the sound is amazing.  

 

Ginger:  I’m not sure about the battery.

 

Kevin:  It comes with a battery that lasts three to five hours, but you can always

buy a spare.  Of course, it comes with a power cord, too, so you can just plug it in

if your battery runs low.

 

Ginger:  The keyboard is a little cramped, too.

 

Kevin:  That’s what a full-size keyboard is for.  You can buy a separate keyboard

and mouse and attach them to your laptop.  It’ll be just like having a desktop.

 

Ginger:  Then why don’t I just buy a desktop?  

 

Kevin:  If you do, you won’t be able to buy all of these great accessories.  That’s

half the fun of buying a new computer!

 

[end of dialogue]

 

Our dialogue begins with Ginger saying, “It’s really nice of you to come with me

to buy my computer.  This is the desktop I’m thinking about.”  Ginger says, “This

is the desktop.”  The “desktop,” here, refers to the desktop computer, which is a

computer that has a large machine and usually a separate “monitor,” the thing

that you use to see what’s on your computer; it has a screen that you look at.  A

“desktop,” then, is a machine – a computer that is separate, usually, from the

monitor.

 

Kevin says, “This is okay (this desktop is okay), but if I were you, I’d buy a

laptop.”  A “laptop” (laptop) is sometimes called a “notebook” computer; it’s a

small computer that you can fold up and put in a bag or in a backpack.  Kevin

says the laptop is “more versatile.”  “Versatile” (versatile) is something that has

many different uses, something that can be used in different ways.  You could

say, “That person is versatile, she can do different things for her company.”

 

Kevin says you can travel with a laptop computer.  Ginger says, “I’m not sure

about getting a laptop.”  She’s says, “The screen is so small.”  The “screen” is the

part of the computer monitor that you look at, as we mentioned before.  Kevin

says, “No problem.  You can get a separate monitor” – you can get a separate

piece of equipment that you can put on your desk that has the screen on it.  “This

is a good one,” Kevin says, “You just need a connector and a cable to hook it up

to your laptop.”  A “connector” is something that helps you put one piece of

electronic equipment together with something else.  A connector usually has

holes in it, on one or both ends, and it plugs into some electronic device.  A

“cable” is the long piece of wire, usually covered in plastic that connects two

pieces of electronic equipment.  So, a cable will typically have a connector on

both ends, one for one piece of equipment, the other for the other piece of

equipment.  To “hook something up” means to connect two things together,

usually electronic things: “I hooked up my DVD player to my television” – I

connected it so I could watch a DVD movie.

 

Kevin says, “Here’s a monitor stand, too, so you can elevate it if you want to.”  To

“elevate” means to raise, to make something higher, to move something up.  If

you go into a large building, they’ll typically have something called “elevators,”

which is a noun, comes from the verb to “elevate,” means to go up, it takes you

up into the building.  It’s a small box that “elevates,” or goes up.  Kevin says that

the monitor stand will elevate the computer monitor.  The “monitor stand” is a

piece of plastic or metal that you can put a monitor on top of, so it’s a little higher

up off your desk.  That’s a “monitor stand.”

 

Ginger says, “The speakers on the laptop aren’t very loud.”  “Speakers” are parts

of a radio or a computer or a television that we use to listen to music, to people

talking, to this podcast perhaps; you may have speakers.  Usually a speaker is

something that more than one person can hear.  If it’s just one person putting it

into their ears, those things are called “earbuds” or “headphones.”  But, a

speaker is something that is meant for many different people to hear.

 

So, Ginger is complaining that the speakers are too “soft,” they’re not loud

enough.  Kevin says, “You can get these great speakers.  You plug them into

your laptop and the sound is amazing.”  To “plug something into something else”

is to connect a piece of electronic equipment to another piece of electronic

equipment, or to some source of electricity.  For example, if you have a computer

you will plug it into the wall; you will get electricity from your wall – from your

electrical system in your house.  So, you can plug something in to get electricity –

to get power, or you can plug something in as a way of connecting two pieces of

equipment.  Kevin is suggesting that Ginger can buy these speakers, and then

plug them into her computer so she can have better sound.  She doesn’t have to

use the speakers that are “built-in” to the laptop, that are part of the laptop frame

– the laptop container or case, we would say.

 

Ginger says, “I’m not sure about the battery” (on the laptop).  The “battery” is

what stores electricity; it “stores,” or keeps, power so you can use something

without having to plug it into the wall for electricity.  Your cell phone has a

battery; most laptop computers have a battery.

 

Kevin says the laptop “comes with a battery (meaning it is sold with a battery)

that lasts (that will be good for) three to five hours (of use), but you can always

buy a spare.”  A “spare” (spare) is an extra copy of something – an extra piece of

something, usually in case something that you have breaks and you need

another one right away.  For example, in your car, if you have a car, you may

have a spare tire.  The “tire” is the part of the car that goes around the wheels

and allows you to drive on a street.  A “spare tire” is an extra tire; in case you

have one tire that doesn’t work properly you can put on the extra – the spare tire. 

So, you can have a spare battery for your laptop as well.  He says, “Of course,

(the laptop) comes with a power cord, too, so you can just plug it in if your battery

runs low.”  A “power cord” is a long cable that connects your piece of electronics

to the source of electricity in the wall.  So, you “plug in” the power cord; it’s a

cable that connects something to a wall where you have electricity.

 

Ginger then says, “The keyboard is a little cramped, too.”  The “keyboard” is the

part of the computer that you type on, that has letters and numbers that you can

hit.  We call those “keys.”  To say something is “cramped” means it is very close

together, too close together.  You might say it’s “crowded.”  You might walk into a

room and say, “It’s cramped in here.  It’s so small; there are too many people

here.”  That is to be “cramped.”  Ginger says the keyboard is cramped; it’s too

small.  Kevin says you can buy a “full-sized,” a bigger, keyboard and a mouse

and attach them to your computer.  

 

Ginger says, “Then why don’t I just buy a desktop?”  Kevin says, “If you do, you

won’t be able to buy all these great accessories.  That’s half the fun of buying a

new computer!”  When we say something is “half the fun,” we mean that’s part of

the excitement – that’s part of the fun of doing something.  Kevin is suggesting

that buying all these extra things is part of the fun of buying a computer.

 

Now let’s listen to the dialogue, this time at a normal speed.

 

[start of dialogue]

 

Ginger:  It’s really nice of you to come with me to buy my computer.  This is the

desktop I’m thinking about.

 

Kevin:  This is okay, but if I were you, I’d buy a laptop.  It’s more versatile.  You

can travel with it.

 

Ginger:  I’m not sure about getting a laptop.  The screen is so small.

 

Kevin:  No problem.  You can get a separate monitor.  This is a good one.  You

just need a connector and a cable to hook it up to your laptop.  Here’s a monitor

stand, too, so you can elevate it if you want to.

 

Ginger: The speakers on the laptop aren’t very loud.

 

Kevin:  You can get these great speakers.  You plug them into your laptop and

the sound is amazing.  

 

Ginger:  I’m not so sure about the battery.

 

Kevin:  It comes with a battery that lasts three to five hours, but you can always

buy a spare.  Of course, it comes with a power cord, too, so you can just plug it in

if your battery runs low.

 

Ginger:  The keyboard is a little cramped, too.

 

Kevin:  That’s what a full-size keyboard is for.  You can buy a separate keyboard

and mouse and attach them to your laptop.  It’ll be just like having a desktop.

 

Ginger:  Then why don’t I just buy a desktop?  

 

Kevin:  If you do, you won’t be able to buy all of these great accessories.  That’s

half the fun of buying a new computer!

 

[end of dialogue]

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