#2 Friends

Monica's New Roommate (Part 2)


  1. Watch the video

  2. Review the picture dictionary and vocabulary videos

  3. Re-watch the video and complete the listening comprehension and gap-fill quizzes on eslvideo.com

1. Watch the video

2.Review the picture dictionary and vocabulary videos

Picture Dictionary

Images of things mentioned in the video


pipe organ

big lizard

Dear Diary, ....


It doesn't matter.


I didn't catch your name.


I'm heading to the store.


hang out

It's my life.


Vocabulary in context

listen, read, and repeat

Rachel: Daddy, I just... I can't marry him! I'm sorry. I just don't love him.

Rachel's Father: (we can't hear him, but he probably says, "It doesn't matter if you love him or not!")

Rachel: Well, it matters to me!

The phrase, it doesn't matter means something is not important.

It matters to me. = It's important to me.

Rachel: You're a shoe, you're a shoe! And then, today, I just stopped and I said, 'What if I don't wanna be a shoe? What if I wanna be a- a purse? Y'know? Or a -- or a hat!'

Rachel's Father: (we can't hear him, but he probably says, "Do you want me to buy you a hat?")

Rachel: No, I don't want'cha-ta buy me hat, I'm saying that I am a hat -- It's a metaphor, Daddy!

Reduced forms/Relaxed speech:

wanna = want to

Y'know? = You know?

I don't want'cha-ta buy me a hat. = I don't want you to buy me a hat.



A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn’t literally true, but helps explain an idea or make a comparison.

Examples of metaphors:

  • My brother was boiling mad. ("Boiling mad" - This implies he was very angry.)

  • The assignment was a breeze. ("A breeze" - This implies that the assignment was easy.)

Rachel: Look, Daddy. It's my life.

Rachel's Father: (says something on the phone)

Rachel: Well, maybe I'll just stay here with Monica.

Monica: Well, I guess we've established she's staying here with Monica...

It's my life. (expression)

Have you heard the song by Bon Jovi, "It's My Life"? Jon sings about his intent to live life to the fullest, to make his own decisions, and to do things the way he wants to do them."

In this episode, Rachel is standing up for herself. She says, "It's my life." She wants to make and be responsible for her own decisions. Go, Rachel! : )

established (verb)

show something to be true or certain by determining the facts.

In this episode, Monica is probably asking herself, "Does Rachel plan to stay here with me?" Rachel establishes that she intends to stay at Monica's rather than return to her father's house.

Monica: Okay, look, this is probably for the best, y'know? Independence. Taking control of your life.

Joey: And hey, you need anything, you can always come to Joey. Me and Chandler live right across the hall. And he's away a lot.

Monica: Joey, stop hitting on her! It's her wedding day!

Joey: What, like there's a rule or something?

independence noun

Example: She earned her independence with hard work and smart choices.

independent adjective

Free from the influence or control of another.

Example: Someone who is independent lives on their own and supports themself.

Ross: No, go on! It's Paul the Wine Guy!

Monica: Hi, come in! Paul, this is... everybody, everybody, this is Paul.

All: Hey! Paul! Hi! The Wine Guy! Hey!

Chandler: I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name. Paul, was it?

I didn't catch your name.

I didn't catch that.


"I didn't catch your name" means, I didn't hear what your name is.


"I didn't catch that. What did you say?"

"Did you hear what he said?" / "No, I didn't catch it."

"I didn't catch what you said. Can you repeat that, please?"

Chandler: Please don't do that again. It's a horrible sound.

Paul: It's, uh, it's Paul.

Monica: Buzz him in!

Joey: Who's Paul?

horrible adjective

very unpleasant.

Example: I've had a horrible day. A tree fell on my car, my girlfriend is mad at me because I was late to our date, and I sprained my ankle walking home.

Well, I was kinda supposed to be headed for Aruba on my honeymoon, so nothing!

to head to/for + adj or noun


be headed to/for + adj or noun

phrasal verb

Definition: To move towards a place.


"After a couple of days in Portland, we'll head to Seattle."

"Which way are you headed?"

"Hey! I'm heading to the store. Do you need anything?"

"Hey! I am headed to the store. Do you need anything?"

Ross: Anyway, if you don't feel like being alone tonight, Joey and Chandler are coming over to help me put together my new furniture.

Chandler: Yes, and we're very excited about it.

Rachel: Well actually thanks, but I think I'm just gonna hang out here tonight.

hang out phrasal verb

Spend time relaxing by yourself or socializing with friends.

Example: We didn't do anything special last night. We just hung out at home and watched Friends.

3. Re-watch the video and complete the listening comprehension and gap-fill quizzes on eslvideo.com

#2 Friends: Monica's New Roommate (Part 2)