M: I don't speak my own language, I don't know.
R: Great. Well, in some languages, it's one word. And in English, it's two for different things.
M: Things around the house could be called chores, household chores. Yeah, a bit strange. Or housework. And Rory works his way down the tick list. A tick list.
R: Basically, it's a big list of jobs to do that I have for every day. And when I do, I tick them off. And it is a family tradition that I didn't think I would find myself living up to, or I would find myself living through. But there you go, I'm doing it, it's now part of my life.
M: And you can also say that some chores, some housework takes up a lot of time. And some chores take up less time. So take up time. Yeah, a lot of time, less time.
R: But if it's just you, then it should take up less time. And because like, how much mess does one person generate? If you're me, not that much.
M: If you're Maria, you generate a lot of mess. Mental mess, physical mess. So...
R: Hot mess.
M: All possible mess. Do you like housework? What a crazy question. Rory, you used a really nice structure. Like if I could buy a robot or hire a housekeeper. A housekeeper is the person who does housework. And then you said that robots are prohibitively expensive. So use the strategy. If I could, I'd hire a housekeeper or I'd buy a robot to do the housework. We do housework, right?
R: We do the housework.
M: Cooking adds endorphins in our life, but housework. I don't think so. Housework doesn't give us these, you know, positive vibes. Or maybe some people enjoy housework, like you clean for one hour, and then everything's clean. And then you're... A sense of achievement.
R: And then everything gets messy again.
M: And, Rory, are you ready for another joke?
R: I've not been ready for any of them. And now you're waving a spoon at me.
M: Okay, so what did the French chef give his wife for Saint Valentine's Day? A hug and a quiche. A quiche. Dear listener, a quiche. A quiche. So a French chef gave a quiche.
R: That was relatively funnier than the other jokes. And speaking of things that are relative, shall we comment on the relative clauses so that we can distance ourselves from this joke?
M: Yeah, go ahead. I'm gonna eat some rosemary.
R: So relative clauses are for building on what you've already said. So for example, when I talked about being, well, when Maria asked me about whether I can cook or whether I like cooking, I said, I can cook the things that I know how to cook, which is painfully few. So that was just adding some more information to what I said about what I can cook, which is not much. In the same thing, when I talked about my little brother, I added a bit more information about him. I said my little brother, who is not so little anymore. And then when we were talking about household chores, I said, it's just me who's doing it, which takes up less time because it's just me. So all of this used to add extra information about something I'm already talking about.
M: And, dear listener, relative clauses are cool. They are like high-level stuff and they help us to build up complex sentences. So make sure you use some of them in your speaking. In any speaking parts. Okay? So they are kind of, they boost... They're your score boosters. They "eggspand" your range of grammar structures. Thank you very much for listening! Hopefully, your inner chef was really happy when you were listening and watching this episode. Please let us know what you think about cooking, about Rory's special way of making eggs in a microwave. So keep cooking, keep listening to us and keep writing your comments. Okay? Bye!