Introduction General Proverbs Idioms at School Idioms at Work Idioms at Play American Culture
Gossip at a Pajama Party chat at a Gym Chat before a Trip Chat among Old Friends Dialogue on Business
Lesson Nine -- Chat among Old Friends
Definition Conversation Test
|What are we waiting for? 我們還在等什麽?||I can’t wait to get to the dance. What are we waiting for? Let’s go!|
|settle down 安定||Mark just wants to find a nice girl, get married and settle down.|
|That's the spirit. 真有道理||Diane, I know your husband is ill, but you are keeping cheerful. That’s the spirit!|
|shedding crocodile tears 貓哭老鼠||John pretends he’s sorry that he broke my wind chimes, but he’s just shedding crocodile tears|
|set my heart on 對...傾心||I set my heart on the blue dress, but when I got to the store, it was gone!|
|see eye to eye 我們意見相同||My brother and I don’t see eye to eye when it comes to buying a joint present for our mother.|
|same old stuff 陳舊貨色||I get tired of the same old stuff at dinner all the time, so I joined a recipe club for fresh ideas.|
|put one's heart and soul in sth 全心全意做某事||Jerry put his heart and soul into the presentation at work, and his boss really appreciated it.|
|regular guy 好人,靠得住的人||Even though Ron is an actor and dating a model, he acts just like a regular guy. He’s so friendly.|
|put on weight 胖了||Once I stopped smoking, I put on weight. It almost makes me wish I hadn’t stopped!|
|put heads together 一起商討問題||If we just put our heads together, we can figure out a solution to this problem.|
|put an end to 結束||Bono works hard to put an end to starvation around the world, but especially in Africa, the poorest continent.|
|plenty of fish in the sea 比喻多得很||They say there are plenty of fish in the sea, but I’m too tired to ”go fishing” these days. I’m afraid I’ll never find a boyfriend.|
|pain in the neck 極討厭的人或物||When I was younger, it was a real pain in the neck having to bring my little sister with me everywhere I went. I was her babysitter while my mom worked.|
|paint the town red 瘋狂地慶祝||My boyfriend just got a promotion, so we’re going out to paint the town red—we’ll go to dinner and dancing.|
|particular about food 對食物很講究||Madonna is incredibly careful about what she puts into her body, so she is very particular about food.|
|pick-me-up 喝酒、湯等刺激一下神經||By three in the afternoon, I’m starting to get tired, so I usually have a cup of coffee as a pick-me-up.|
|on the rocks 在岩石上||Mary and John have been fighting an awful lot lately. I suspect that their relationship is on the rocks.|
|new flame 新情人||My brother is very happy with his new flame. He likes having a girlfriend.|
|hit the spot –satisfying (not on Chinese list)||When it’s very hot outside, a tall glass of iced tea really hits the spot.|
Kate, Julie and Veronica are going to have
dinner out together in a restaurant, but first they stopped at a café to decide
where to go. They don’t see each other often, so this is their chance to learn
how each other is doing.
Kate: This coffee is really hitting the spot. I needed a pick-me-up before we decide where to go for dinner.
Julie: And this cola is so nice. Veronica, sorry we didn’t wait for you, but I really needed this. Let’s call the waiter over.
Veronica: I already ordered a coffee when I came in. He’ll be bringing it over in a minute.
Julie: So, have you heard that Jim and I broke up? We have been on the rocks for a while.
Kate: No! I hadn’t heard! What happened?
Julie: Well, I put my heart and soul into that relationship, but he wouldn’t commit. So I decided that it was best to put an end to it.
Veronica: I’m so sorry to hear that!
Julie: It’s my fault, really. I set my heart on getting married. But Jim wasn’t ready to settle down.
Kate: Isn’t that always the way it goes?
Julie: When I confronted him on it, he seemed shocked. They he started shedding crocodile tears, but I could tell by the panicked look in his eye that he was thinking that he was happy to break up. I guess that means I am better off without him.
Veronica: That’s the spirit! I know you’ll be fine—there are plenty of fish in the sea!
Julie: Oh, I don’t think I’m ready for a new flame yet, but it might be nice.
Kate: Yeah, there must be a nice regular guy out there….
Julie: Someone I could see eye to eye with on marriage.
Kate: But now you’re single again. And that’s a pain in the neck! I hate having to find dates!
Veronica: But now we have an excuse to go out and paint the town red! We have to help Julie. I’m sure if we put our heads together, we can find a great spot to meet men.
Kate: Of course we do!
Julie: You guys are great! But right now, I think it’s time to think about what to eat for dinner.
Veronica: I’m not particular about food, but I don’t want to put on weight. I have to be so careful since I turned 30!
Kate: Can we find some place new, do you think? I’m tired of the same old stuff.
Julie: My office-mate told me of a great new Malaysian restaurant on Pine Street. She said the food was amazing.
Kate: What are we waiting for? Let’s go!