II. Conversation - Listen
|Pronunciation Tip: TO changes to TA.|
Background: Alex and Ryan are currently enrolled in a distance education and are meeting for lunch to catch up on recent events in their lives.
Ryan: Hey, Alex. I didn't see you log on or post any messages ta the online bulletin board yesterday? What's up?
Alex: Ah, I pulled an all-nighter ta cram for tomorrow's midterm [Really?], but I have a feeling I'm going ta flunk it anyway.
Ryan: Of course. Well, if you didn't goof off so much [What!?], probably ace the test. You ALWAYS pass the tests with flying colors, but I'M the one whose going ta bomb it. [Oh.] I mean everyone knows you're a whiz at this stuff [Yeah.], but you skip class at least twice a week. You must be spending too much time with what's-her-face.
Alex: Hey, I haven't been goofing off, and she has a name, you know. It's just that the class is such a drag, and for me, it's sometimes a waste of time. I mean I know all the stuff already. Anyway, I've been working like a dog ta to pay for other expenses.
Ryan: Obviously, you've bit off more than you can chew, but man, you've just got ta hang in there. Hey, why don't we all get together and hit the books for a few hours.
Alex: Well, I guess it couldn't hurt.
Ryan: Hey, you can even bring along what's-her-face.
Alex: Hey, she's got a name, you know.
Key Vocabulary: [ Sample Sentences ]|
- pull an all-nighter : stay up all night
- cram: study intensely before a test
- flunk: fail (also flunk out = have to leave school because of poor grades)
- goof off: wasting time instead of studying or working
- ace a test : get a perfect score
- flying colors: complete success
- bomb: fail or do poorly on
- whiz: a person who is very intelligent or has a special skill
- skip class: purposely not attend class
- drag: something that is boring
- work like a dog: work very hard
- bite off more than you can chew :: take on more work or responsibilities than you can accomplish emotionally or physically
- hang in there: refuse to give up
- hit the books: study
|Origin of Idioms:|
Biting off more than you chew refers to doing more work than you are able to handle, the same as taking a bigger bite out of a sandwich than you can chew and swallow easily.