II. Conversation - Listen
|Pronunciation Tip: HAVE TO changes to HAFTA.|
Background: Alex and Karen run into each other while attending a party after not having seen each other for six months.
Karen: Hey, Alex
[Door slams in her face.]
Karen: Ah, Alex. Let me in. Come on.
Alex: What do you want?
Karen: Are you interested in going on a blind date this weekend?
Alex: Oh no. I'm not going through that again. You can just nip that idea in the bud. No way. Forget it. Absolutely not!
Karen: Hey, no need to be sore and sensitive about that still. Gee.
Karen: Uh-huh. [Hmph.} Well, if you REALLY want to get something off your chest, then say it. [Okay.] Go ahead. I hate it when you just beat around the bush.
Alex: Okay. Do you want the truth? [Yeah!] Do you remember that girl you said had a crush on me? [Yeah, Trisha.] Well, after hearing that, I was on cloud nine after the first date, thinking that this was the one, but then, she stood me up on the second date. I mean she led me on and then dumped me after that for some guy with a Harley motorcycle named Dirk.
Karen: Oh, Dirk Angel. [Whatever. !] Come on. It wasn't THAT bad.
Alex: Not that bad!? Women always say that men don't show their true colors until they get serious, but women do the same thing.
Karen: Hey, MEN can be real jerks, too, buddy boy. [Ahh.] I mean, they promise you the moon, they make you think they're Mr. Right [Now . . .], and just when you think you've found the one [Well . . .], they drop you like a rock when something new comes along. [Ahh.] Women shouldn't hafta put up with that kind of stuff.
Alex: Yeah, Yeah, but I think it goes BOTH ways in dating and marriage. You hafta be completely honest in a relationship, right? [Yeah.] And communicate openly before you decide to tie the knot, AND you can't give someone the cold shoulder and expect things to be all rosy. If you hurt someone's feelings, then you hafta work hard to make up.
Karen: AND there hasta be a certain amount of give-and-take.
Alex: Of course. Anyway, uh, yeah. Anyway, uh, what's the girl's name?
Karen: Ah, so you ARE interested . . .
Alex: Well, not really, but since you mentioned it . . .
* hafta is used with the third person (he, she, they).
Key Vocabulary: [ Sample Sentences ]|
- blind date: a date with a stranger
- nip something in the bud: stop something from starting in the first place
- gee (interjection): used to express annoyance, disgust, or surprise
- uh-huh (interjection): used to express understanding or agreement
- get something off your chest: talk about something that has been bothering you
- beat around the bush: avoid talking about something directly
- have a crush on: romantic love, used especially for young people
- be on cloud nine: extreme happiness; also "seventh heaven"
- stand up: not meeting someone you promise to do so
- lead on: make someone think something is true when it is not
- dump: end a romantic relationship without care, often without care
- jerk: a person who does stupid or annoying things
- come on: expression of disbelief
- show true colors: reveal your true self
- promise the moon: make big promises that might be impossible to do
- Mr. Right: the perfect partner
- find the one: find the right person to date or marry
- put up with: endure something or someone without complaint
- give the cold shoulder: pay no attention to, snub
- tie the knot: get married
- rosy: hopeful, optimistic
- make up: become friendly with someone again after having problems
- give-and-take: a state where people work together in allowing each other to do things they want
|Origin of Idioms:|
The expression, show your true colors, dates back centuries when ships identified their allegiances by the color of flag they flew. However, on occasions, the ship's crew would try to fool approaching vessels by flying under a different flag, or color, and thus attack before the other ship realized what was happening. Today, we still use the same expression when people to disguise their true characters.