Apr 4, 2016

LESSON 21 — Susan gets a surprise call

19 cards
, 24 answers
  • Donna from the National Cookie Company calls Susan. She wants to buy out Susan’s Scrumptious Cookies. Susan is very happy.

    SUSAN:       Hello?

    DONNA:       Good afternoon. Are you Susan, of Susan’s Scrumptious Cookies?

    SUSAN:       Yes, I am.

    DONNA:       My name is Donna Jenkins, and I’m calling from the National Cookie Company. We’re nuts about your cookies, and we’d like to sell them all over the country.

    SUSAN:       Unfortunately, we’re running on a shoestring out of our kitchen. We can’t make enough cookies for you.

    DONNA:       My company wants to buy the recipe and the brand name from you.

    SUSAN:       Oh yeah? Why would you wanna do that?

    DONNA:       We have a successful track record of buying small companies and turning them into big ones.

    SUSAN:       Hmm, in that case, I’m sure we can come to an agreement.

    DONNA:       Great. You just made my day!

    SUSAN:       You’ll need to work out the nuts and bolts of the agreement with my husband. He’s the business manager.

    DONNA:       May I speak with him now?

    SUSAN:       He’s at a meeting. I’ll have him get in touch with you when he returns.

    DONNA:       Good. I look forward to speaking with him.
    1. Idiomatic vocabulary
      1. all over — throughout; everywhere

        Nicole’s classmates are from all over the world, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Poland, and Ukraine.
        Oh no! I got ketchup all over my white sweater.

        1. come to an agreement — to reach an agreement

          If we can come to an agreement now, I can start work on Monday.
          If you’re not willing to negotiate, it’s going to be very difficult for us to come to an agreement.

          1. in that case — under that circumstance

            It’s snowing? In that case, you’d better take the bus to school today instead of driving.
            You forgot your wallet at home today? In that case, you can borrow five bucks from me for lunch.

            1. be or get in touch with someone — to be or to get in contact with someone

              I was surprised when Luis called me, since we hadn’t been in touch with each other since high school.
              Leave me your contact information in case I need to get in touch with you while you’re on vacation.

              1. look forward to — to anticipate eagerly

                I’m looking forward to my trip to Mexico next month.
                Ron has worked as a high school teacher for over 40 years. He’s really looking forward to retiring next year.

                1. make one’s day — to give one great satisfaction

                  Our neighbors with the crazy dogs are moving away? That really makes my day!
                  Thanks for bringing over those cookies last week. That made my day!

                  1. be nuts about — to like very much

                    Ted has every single Metallica album — he’s nuts about that band.
                    We’re just nuts about our new neighbors. We have them over for dinner once a month.

                    Synonym: crazy about

                    1. nuts and bolts — details; basic components of something

                      I don’t need to know the nuts and bolts of how the computer works —just show me how to turn it on.
                      Simon really understands the nuts and bolts of how toilets work. He would be a very good plumber.

                      1. on a shoestring — on a very low budget

                        Bob and Susan were living on a shoestring after Bob lost his job.
                        In the beginning, the Hewlett-Packard company ran on a shoestring out of a garage.

                        1. track record — a record of achievements or performances

                          The women’s basketball team at the University of Connecticut has an excellent track record.
                          We’ve spoken to your past employers, so we know you’ve got an excellent track record.

                          1. work out — to find a solution; to resolve

                            Nicole spent half the night helping Ted work out a very difficult chemistry problem.
                            Sally couldn’t work out her problems with her neighbors, so she finally decided to move away.

                            Note: “Work out” has several other meanings, including:
                            1. to succeed; prove effective. — This plan won’t work out — you’ll need to go back to the drawing board and work out a new plan.
                            2. to endure; last. — Tony and Angela argue all the time. I don’t think their marriage will work out.
                            3. to exercise. — After working out at the gym for two hours, Scott could barely walk.

                          2. Practice the idioms
                            1. Fill in the blank with the appropriate word.
                              1. There’s a handsome exchange student from Sweden at Nicole’s school this year. Nicole is nuts  . . . 
                                1. about
                                2. with
                                3. into

                              2. Susan and Bob were able to come  . . . 
                                an agreement with the representative from the National Cookie Company.
                                1. to
                                2. with
                                3. from

                              3. When somebody has a successful track  . . . 
                                , it’s usually easy for them to find a new job.
                                1. past
                                2. history
                                3. record

                              4. Let’s have dinner on Saturday night. I’ll get in touch  . . . 
                                you later to choose a restaurant.
                                1. with
                                2. by
                                3. from

                              5. Susan doesn’t have a lot of money. In fact, she’s running her business  . . . 
                                a shoestring.
                                1. with
                                2. on
                                3. in

                              6. You can find Starbucks coffee houses all  . . . 
                                the country, from New York to California.
                                1. over
                                2. above
                                3. within

                              7. Bob hasn’t been on vacation in years. He’s really looking  . . . 
                                to his trip to Maine.
                                1. above
                                2. forward
                                3. ahead

                              8. Ted’s teacher helped him work  . . . 
                                a study schedule.
                                1. in
                                2. out
                                3. through

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