#8 Friends

Rachel's 1st Paycheck


  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


This is a modern envelope with a single window for the recipient address.

Dairy Queen



"FICA" means Federal Insurance Contributions Act.

FICA tax is the money that is taken out of workers' paychecks to pay older Americans their Social Security retirement and Medicare (Hospital Insurance) benefits. It is a mandatory payroll deduction.

to steam milk

He is steaming the milk.

Do you like steamed milk?


Coal miners working in a coal mine.

Wild Kingdom

TV show


A duplex is a multi-family home that has two units in one building

a cave-in

cave-in (noun) a collapse of a roof or similar structure, typically underground.

"There was a cave-in a the mine."

also: cave in (phrasal verb)

"He was killed by a falling rock when the mine caved in."



a play

Informal phrase:

"I swear I've seen birds do this on Wild Kingdom."

Informal: I swear is used for emphasis or exaggeration when sharing something exciting, frustrating, or hard to believe.

Formal: I swear is used to make an oath of honesty, particularly in legal settings. "I swear to tell the truth."

(Check out "I swear" on Youglish)



…, and it was totally not worth it.



customer service



a play

Vocabulary in context

listen, read, and repeat

Look-look-look-look-look, my first paycheck! Look at the window, there's my name! Hi, me!

paycheck (noun)

a check in payment of wages or salary

Example: I went to the office to pick up my paycheck.

Example: Your weekly paycheck will be almost $600 after taxes.

Isn't this exciting? I earned this. I wiped tables for it, I steamed milk for it, and it was totallynot worth it.

wipe (verb)

clean or dry (something) by rubbing its surface with a cloth, a piece of paper, or one's hand.

Example: Paul wiped his face with a handkerchief.


    used to
    emphasize a clause or statement.
    "I'm sorry, I
    totally didn't mean it"

    used to express agreement.


Miko: We should go to the beach this weekend. The weather is perfect.

Kai: Totally!

be worth it

    it means that you gain or receive something from doing something else.

Example: Studying for the TOEFL test was hard! It took so much time and hard work, but it was worth it because I passed the test!

Ross: You can totally, totally live on this.

Monica: Yeah, yeah.

Ross: Oh, by the way, great service tonight.

service (or customer service) (noun)

The help and advice provided by a company to its customers.

Example: This place has lousy customer service. They need to hire more people.

Kiki: Well, we were in the city shopping, and your mom said you work here, aaand it's true!

Joanne: Look at you in the apron. You look like you're in a play.

a play (noun)

A dramatic work for the stage or to be broadcast. See the picture above in the Picture Dictionary section of this page.

Example: She sang beautifully in the school's Christmas play.

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

#8 Friends: Rachel's 1st Paycheck