Apr 4, 2016

LESSON 24 — Amber writes a song

30 cards
, 32 answers
  • Ted always writes the songs for the rock band. But now Amber says she wants to start writing songs too. She sings him the first lines of her song.



    AMBER:       Ted, you know how all along you’ve been in charge of all the lyrics for our band?

    TED:       That’s right, Amber. Everybody loves my songs!

    AMBER:       Well, I hope they’ll love my songs too.

    TED:       But you don’t write songs.

    AMBER:       I’m sick and tired of singing your songs all the time. I want to sing my own songs!

    TED:       Okay, no need to freak out! First things first. Have you written a song yet?

    AMBER:       Yes, as a matter of fact, I have.

    TED:       Well, let’s hear it then.

    AMBER:       Okay, but it’s still a work in progress.

    TED:       Stop trying to buy time. Let’s hear the song!

    AMBER:       ♬ My boyfriend is crazy. Crazy about baking cookies. I know for sure that there is no cure… ♬

    TED:       Cut it out! Stop teasing me. I am cured.

    AMBER:       All better?

    TED:       Yes. I’ll never bake another cookie again. My parents made a fortune. Now we can all just chill out!
    1. Idiomatic vocabulary
      1. all along — throughout; from beginning to end

        Example
        Jenny told Nicole she would vote for her, but all along she was planning on voting for Andrea.
        I never believed Joel when he told us he was marrying a princess from Denmark. I knew all along that he was lying.

        1. all better — completely cured

          Example
          All better?” asked Maureen, after her son stopped crying.
          If you’re not all better, you shouldn’t go to work tomorrow.

          1. as a matter of fact — in fact; actually

            Example
            We need more milk? As a matter of fact, I was just going to ask you to go shopping.
            This isn’t the first time Andy has gotten in trouble at school. As a matter of fact, just last month he was suspended for an entire week.

            1. buy (some) time — to make more time available (in order to achieve a certain purpose)

              Example
              We’re not sure yet whether or not we want to buy the house. We’d better buy some time so we can think about it over the weekend.
              I’m not sure whether or not I want to take the job offer. I’d better buy some time to think about it.

              1. chill out (slang) — to relax

                Example
                Chill out! If we miss this train, we’ll just take the next one.
                Your dog ate your homework? Chill out, I’m sure your teacher will understand!

                1. be crazy about — to like very much

                  Example
                  Amy is so crazy about golf, she’d like to play every day.
                  I’m sure Katie will agree to go out on a date with Sam. She’s crazy about him!

                  1. cut it out — stop it; stop the annoying behavior

                    Example
                    Tracy was chewing gum loudly during the movie. Her boyfriend finally told her to cut it out.
                    Cut it out! Stop trying to pull my shoes off!

                    1. first things first — let’s focus on the most important thing or task first

                      Example
                      You want to work here at Lulu’s Dance Club? First things first, have you ever worked as a dancer before?
                      You want to ask your teacher if you can hand in your paper two weeks late? First things first, you’d better think of an excuse.

                      1. sure thing — an outcome that is assured

                        Example
                        Gary bet all his money on a horse named Trixie, thinking she was a sure thing.
                        Nicole has a good chance of getting accepted to Yale, but it’s still not a sure thing.

                        1. freak out (slang) — to respond to something irrationally or crazily; to overreact

                          Example
                          Ashley’s parents freaked out when she told them she was dropping out of college to become an actress.
                          Don’t freak out when I tell you this, but I lost the laptop you lent me last week.

                          1. be in charge of — to have responsibility for

                            Example
                            John is in charge of all international sales for his company.
                            Who’s in charge of making sure we don’t run out of toilet paper in the bathroom?

                            1. in progress — happening; under way; going on now

                              Example
                              The play is already in progress, so you’ll have to wait until intermission to sit down.
                              Once the test is in progress, you will not be allowed to leave the room.

                              1. make a fortune — to make a lot of money

                                Example
                                Adam made a fortune when he sold his company to Microsoft.
                                Emma made a fortune selling candy to her classmates after lunch every day.

                                Synonyms: to make a bundle; to make a killing

                                1. be sick and tired of — to be completely bored with; to be sick of

                                  Example
                                  Ted is sick and tired of hearing about what an excellent student Nicole is.
                                  I’m sick and tired of this nasty weather we’ve been having!

                                2. Practice the idioms
                                  1. Fill in the blanks using these idioms.

                                    buy time       ○      cut it out       ○      chill out       ○      in charge of       ○      freaked out       ○      sick and tired of       ○      all along       ○      first things first
                                    1. Nicole really when she heard she lost the presidential election. She threw her books across the room!

                                      1. Ted, why do you always leave your dirty clothes on the floor? Your mother is cleaning up after you.

                                        1. Donna, from the National Cookie Company, wanted Susan to sign a contract right away. Susan told her . She wanted to speak to a lawyer before signing any papers.

                                          1. As president of the Spanish Club, Nicole will be organizing a trip to Spain in the spring.

                                            1. When Nicole saw a group of her brother’s friends laughing at her, she told them to .

                                              1. After losing the election, Nicole was very upset. She needed to take it easy and .

                                                1. Bob and Susan weren’t sure yet how much they wanted to sell their cookie company for. They needed to so they could get some advice.

                                                  1. Nicole had assumed that she was going to win the election. She was really surprised when she lost.

                                                  2. Bonus practice
                                                    1. Fill in the blank with the missing word.
                                                      1. Billy fell down the stairs and started crying. When he finally stopped, his mother asked, “All  . . . 
                                                        better
                                                        ?”
                                                        1. good
                                                        2. okay
                                                        3. better

                                                      2. Amber was happy when Ted said they didn’t have to bake any more cookies. She was sick and tired  . . . 
                                                        of
                                                        baking cookies.
                                                        1. with
                                                        2. of
                                                        3. at

                                                      3. Ethan hasn’t yet made up his mind whether or not to accept the job offer. He needs to  . . . 
                                                        buy
                                                        some time.
                                                        1. purchase
                                                        2. get
                                                        3. buy

                                                      4. The man behind me on the train was whistling loudly. It was giving me a headache. Finally, I told him to  . . . 
                                                        cut
                                                        it out.
                                                        1. stop
                                                        2. cut
                                                        3. sever

                                                      5. Chill  . . . 
                                                        out
                                                        ! We’re only going to be a few minutes late.
                                                        1. it
                                                        2. in
                                                        3. out

                                                      6. Adam  . . . 
                                                        made
                                                        a fortune working in computers in the late 90’s. He was able to retire at age 39.
                                                        1. had
                                                        2. found
                                                        3. made

                                                      7. The students were told that while the test was  . . . 
                                                        in
                                                        progress, they wouldn’t be allowed to leave the classroom.
                                                        1. at
                                                        2. with
                                                        3. in

                                                      8. Victoria has a big job. She’s in charge  . . . 
                                                        of
                                                        the marketing department at her company.
                                                        1. at
                                                        2. of
                                                        3. with

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