Apr 4, 2016

LESSON 16 — Bob brings the cookies to the village market

21 cards
, 24 answers
  • Bob brings Carol the cookies. He tells Carol that baking the cookies was easy because he had lots of help.



    CAROL:       Bob, how did the baking go?

    BOB:       Slow at first, but we’re getting the hang of it.

    CAROL:       Once you learn the ropes, it becomes second nature.

    BOB:       To tell you the truth, I thought that baking 2,000 cookies would be a pain in the neck. But we managed to round up some helpers, and it was a piece of cake.

    CAROL:       Well, thanks for coming in person with the cookies.

    BOB:       No problem. When will you need more?

    CAROL:       It depends on how many we sell today.

    BOB:       How many do you think you’ll sell?

    CAROL:       Maybe 500, maybe 2,000. Your guess is as good as mine. In any case, I’ll keep you posted.

    BOB:       Okay. Just give me a ring as soon as you know.
    1. Idiomatic vocabulary
      1. at first — in the beginning

        Example
        Nicole didn’t like Don Quixote at first, but after 200 pages she started to get into it.
        Don’t get discouraged if you don’t succeed at first. The important thing is that you keep on trying!

        1. get the hang of something — to learn how to do something; to acquire an effective technique

          Example
          Billy had trouble learning how to ride a bike, but after a few months he finally got the hang of it.
          When I went snowboarding for the first time, I kept falling down. But after a while, I got the hang of it.

          1. give someone a ring — to telephone someone

            Example
            Give me a ring tomorrow so we can discuss plans for this weekend.
            If you’re free on Saturday, give me a ring and we can go to the movies.

            Synonym: to give someone a buzz (slang)

            1. in any case — whatever the fact is; certainly

              Example
              We can either go to the new Star Wars movie or see a play tonight. In any case, you’ll need to be at my house by six o’clock.
              You’ll probably be too tired on Sunday to come over. In any case, give me a call in the morning to discuss.

              1. in person — personally; in one’s physical presence

                Example
                Tim hoped that he and Svetlana would get along as well in person as they did over the Internet.
                After hearing so much about Donna’s boyfriend, I’m looking forward to meeting him in person.

                1. keep someone posted — to provide up-to-date information

                  Example
                  Keep me posted about your plans for the summer. If you’re going to be at your cottage on the lake, I’d love to come visit.
                  Good luck selling your house and keep me posted! I’d love to know how much you get for it.

                  1. learn the ropes — to learn the basics

                    Example
                    Mark learned the ropes of the restaurant business by working as a cook at Outback Steakhouse.
                    David worked at a big law firm for 10 years where he learned the ropes. Now he runs his own law firm.

                    1. pain in the neck — an annoyance

                      Example
                      Yesterday I had to stay home all day and wait for the repairman. What a pain in the neck!
                      Alice wants me to drive her to the airport early tomorrow morning. That’s going to be a pain in the neck!

                      1. piece of cake — very easy

                        Example
                        Nicole finished her physics test in just 25 minutes. It was a piece of cake.
                        The driving test is a piece of cake. Don’t worry about it.

                        Synonym: easy as pie. — You should have no trouble passing the driving test. It’s as easy as pie.

                        1. round up — to gather people together

                          Example
                          The town rounded up 200 volunteers to search for the hiker, who was lost in the woods of Yosemite National Park.
                          Let’s round up some volunteers to help bake cookies and pies for the bake sale.

                          1. second nature — a behavior that has been practiced for so long, it seems to have been there always

                            Example
                            Karen has been arguing with her husband every day for the past 20 years, so by now it’s just second nature.
                            With practice, riding a unicycle becomes second nature.

                            1. to tell you the truth — to speak openly; to admit

                              Example
                              To tell you the truth, Ted isn’t a very good student.
                              To tell you the truth, I didn’t even want to attend Katie’s wedding. But I knew she’d be offended if I didn’t go.

                              1. your guess is as good as mine — I don’t know; I don’t know any more than you do

                                Example
                                Will we ever find intelligent life on other planets? Your guess is as good as mine.
                                Will Ted graduate on time? Your guess is as good as mine!

                              2. Practice the idioms
                                1. Fill in the blank with the appropriate word.
                                  1. When Nicole drove her car for the first time, she was really nervous. Now, after an entire year, it’s  . . . 
                                    second
                                    nature.
                                    1. first
                                    2. third
                                    3. second

                                  2. I can’t believe I won. To  . . . 
                                    tell
                                    you the truth, I never thought I’d be able to beat you at tennis.
                                    1. explain
                                    2. say
                                    3. tell

                                  3. Nicole was going to mail her college application to Yale. But then she decided to go to New Haven and deliver it  . . . 
                                    in
                                    person.
                                    1. at
                                    2. in
                                    3. on

                                  4. After a snowstorm, it can be a real pain in the  . . . 
                                    neck
                                    driving to work in the morning.
                                    1. head
                                    2. arm
                                    3. neck

                                  5. The meeting in Dallas was canceled, but, in  . . . 
                                    any
                                    case, we still need to go there.
                                    1. any
                                    2. all
                                    3. about

                                  6. Starting a new job is difficult in the beginning. It gets easier once you learn the  . . . 
                                    ropes
                                    .
                                    1. ropes
                                    2. ties
                                    3. chains

                                  7. Bob and Susan thought getting rich would be very difficult. But thanks to their cookie business, it was a piece of  . . . 
                                    cake
                                    .
                                    1. pie
                                    2. cake
                                    3. cookie

                                  8. Let’s go to the movies tonight. I’ll look in the newspaper and  . . . 
                                    give
                                    you a ring after I see what’s playing.
                                    1. give
                                    2. offer
                                    3. take

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