II. Conversation - Listen
|Pronunciation Tip: WANT TO changes to WANNA and WANTS TO changes to WANTS TA.|
Background: Ryan has just found out that Alex is planning on going on a study abroad trip to Europe.
Ryan: So, I hear you and your brother are going on a study abroad tour of Europe this summer. You lucky dog.
Alex: Hey, why don't you come along with us? It's only for three weeks.
Ryan: Nah. I don't wanna be a tag-along and get in the way.
Alex: Nonsense. I know you're feeling itchy to get out and see things, and this is the cheapest tour around. [Oh, yeah.] Only $1.500! Hey, we're planning on painting the town red every night.
Ryan: No, really. I don't wanna ask you to change your plans.
Alex: No problem. And on the tour, you can kick back and enjoy the sites without worrying about finding your way around. The study abroad tour arranges everything.
Ryan: I don't know. It sound too good to be true.
Alex: Ah. Don't let this opportunity slip through your fingers. And when we're not in classes . . . I mean you have to go to classes, but anyway, we'll be hitting some great shopping districts, so you can keep your eye out for some real steals [uh-huh] . You could even pick up some nice gifts for your girlfriend if you wanna surprise her.
Ryan: Uhh. Well, it sounds like a lot of money to shell out for such a short trip.
Alex: Hey, but they're planning on covering a lot of ground during the trip, so you get a lot for your buck.
Alex: Come on. You're such a homebody. You've got to live it up sometimes, and here's your chance. Splurge a little, and we'll have a blast.
Key Vocabulary: [ Sample Sentences ]|
- you lucky dog: a very fortunate or lucky person
- nah: informal for no
- tag-along: a person who follows along, and in some cases, not wanted
- feel itchy: have a strong desire to do something
- paint the town red: go out around time enjoying yourself
- kick back: relax
- find your way around: get around easily
- slip through one's fingers: miss the opportunity or chance to do something
- hit: visit
- keep your eye out for: watch carefully for
- shell out: pay
- a steal: something very inexpensive
- cover a lot of ground: travel a far distance
- buck: dollar
- homebody: a person who likes to stay home
- splurge: spend a great deal of money
- have a blast: have a good time, enjoy yourself