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  • Vanessa: Hi.

  • I'm Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com.

  • Are you ready to make some American pancakes and immerse yourself in English?

  • Let's do it.

  • Today I invite you to my home to make some pancakes with me and my four-year-old son

  • Theo.

  • We're going to be mixing the ingredients, making the pancakes, and then we'll be sitting

  • down at the table as a family and attempting to eat them together.

  • It's a little bit chaotic.

  • I have a four-year-old and a one-and-a-half-year-old.

  • As you can imagine, meal times are a little bit chaotic, but that's daily life, and that's

  • what I want to show you is real life English.

  • All of the English that you hear while we're baking and while we're sitting at the table

  • is what real American speakers use.

  • So, I hope that you'll be able to add that to your toolbox of English knowledge.

  • And to help you never forget what you've learned, I've created a free PDF worksheet that you

  • can download with the link in the description.

  • This includes all of the vocabulary, the phrases, the pronunciation points.

  • Everything that you are about to learn in this lesson, you can download in the free

  • PDF.

  • Plus, you can answer Vanessa's challenge question at the bottom of the PDF.

  • Click on the link in the description to download that PDF today.

  • All right.

  • Are you ready to bake some pancake with me?

  • Well, first things first, we have to go to the chicken coop and collect the eggs.

  • Let's go.

  • Dan: Oh my goodness.

  • Theo: How many?

  • Dan: We got four.

  • Theo: Whoa. Dan: Nice.

  • Vanessa: Thank you, chickens.

  • Theo: There are our eggs.

  • Vanessa: Oh, nice.

  • Theo: Look what you got.

  • Look what you made.

  • Vanessa: Thank you, chickens.

  • Theo: Thank you, chickens.

  • Dan: Thank you, chickens.

  • Freddie: Thank you, chickens.

  • Vanessa: What'd you say?

  • Dan: Thank you, chickens.

  • Vanessa: Thank you, chickens?

  • Dan: Can you say, "Thank you, chickens?"

  • Freddie: Thank you, chickens.

  • Vanessa: Thank you, chickens.

  • That's right.

  • Theo: Do you think they'll know it's a bowl?

  • Vanessa: Well< you can tell them.

  • Do you think that would be helpful?

  • Theo: It's a bowl.

  • Vanessa: It is a bowl, yes.

  • So, today Theo and I are going to be making pancakes, and the first step is I've got to

  • turn on this skillet.

  • It's called an electric griddle.

  • Do you know what this is going to be?

  • Theo: What?

  • Vanessa: Super hot.

  • Theo: Yeah.

  • This is going to be super hot.

  • Vanessa: Yes.

  • So we've got to push it to the side, and I think I have all the ingredients for us.

  • So, let's look at our recipe.

  • Mix the milk and vinegar.

  • Do you know which one of these is milk and vinegar?

  • Theo: Milk and vinegar.

  • Vanessa: All right, milk and vinegar.

  • So, we're going to put it in the biggest bowl.

  • We need 3/4 of a cup.

  • Can you hold that out?

  • Theo: That's milk?

  • Vanessa: And we're actually going to double our recipe, so we need a cup and a half.

  • Yes, that's milk.

  • Hold it really tight.

  • It's going to be heavy.

  • We're going to fill it all the way up.

  • All right, and then we're going to do a little bit more.

  • A half.

  • We're going to eyeball it.

  • That means that we don't use the measuring cup perfectly.

  • Okay, and the next thing it says vinegar, so we're going to need this.

  • It's a tablespoon.

  • We're going to have to use four of those.

  • So can you help me count them?

  • Theo: One.

  • Vanessa: All right, hold it a little bit closer so it doesn't splash.

  • Theo: Two.

  • Three.

  • Four.

  • Vanessa: All right, and now it says we have to set that aside because this is going to

  • curdle.

  • What's curdle?

  • Theo: Curdle means that it's going to kind of become clumpy.

  • Usually you don't want milk to become clumpy, but in pancakes it's going to make it great.

  • It's going to ferment it a little bit.

  • Vanessa: I need to mix it.

  • Let's set that aside because we have another bowl we've got to fill.

  • Are you ready?

  • It says, "Mix the eggs and... oh, mix the dry ingredients."

  • Okay, so we've got to mix the dry ingredients, which is flour.

  • Theo: Nice.

  • Vanessa: You want to be the scooper?

  • Oh, there's milk in there.

  • Let me get a dry one for you.

  • Theo: I dumped it out of there.

  • Vanessa: That's okay.

  • Okay, let's use two full cups of flour.

  • Good job leveling that off.

  • Okay, all right.

  • Oh, level it off before we use it.

  • Okay, all right.

  • Pancakes are very forgiving so even if you have a little bit too much or not enough,

  • then that's okay.

  • You know what I realized we forgot?

  • Theo: What?

  • Vanessa: Your apron.

  • I'll tie it.

  • Theo: Because you have an apron?

  • Vanessa: I have my apron so I bet you can have an apron, too.

  • There we go.

  • All right, the next is the baking soda and baking powder.

  • This one we're going to use the tiny scoop and we're going to use two of those.

  • Theo: These?

  • This?

  • Vanessa: Yeah, it's kind of clumpy in there, so can you smash up the clumps a little bit

  • with that scooper?

  • Kind of just smash in there, yeah.

  • Do you kind of have a funny feeling in your mouth when you use this?

  • Theo: What?

  • Vanessa: I can kind of taste it in the air.

  • All right, level it off.

  • One more scoop.

  • Okay, that will make one full, okay.

  • Actually, I think...

  • No, that's good.

  • You're supposed to use baking powder and baking soda and I only have baking soda, but I'm

  • afraid to use too much of this because it will make the pancakes yucky, so let's just

  • use that.

  • All right, salt.

  • We need two scoops of that, too.

  • Before we use it, I'm going to wipe this off, or maybe you can wipe it off, because it has

  • some of that baking soda on it, which is really yucky.

  • Yeah, that's good.

  • Break it off first.

  • Theo: Is that enough?

  • Vanessa: That looks great.

  • Okay, one, two, okay.

  • And then we have one more dry ingredient and it's back here.

  • I feel it getting hot.

  • Do you feel that?

  • Theo: Yeah.

  • Vanessa: All right, now we need some sugar.

  • So let's use this bigger scoop.

  • Can you dry it off with it?

  • Theo: What was in here?

  • Vanessa: We used that for vinegar and we definitely don't want vinegar in our sugar.

  • Okay.

  • Theo: Is that enough?

  • Vanessa: That looks great.

  • Can you get two- Theo: It's still wet.

  • Vanessa: It's a little bit wet.

  • Yeah, that's okay.

  • Could you get two scoops?

  • That's two tablespoons.

  • You know what?

  • Freddie put some banana pieces on this griddle earlier before it was turned on.

  • I can kind of smell them burning a little bit on there.

  • Oh, I see it's steaming, too.

  • Theo: Yes.

  • Vanessa: Okay, that's great.

  • Is that the first one?

  • Theo: Yeah.

  • Vanessa: Okay, let's do two.

  • That looks great And now- Theo: Can I try some sugar?

  • Vanessa: Yeah, a little pinch.

  • Theo: This is so both of us could have some.