Advanced Conversation Vol.

1 Using Contemporary Idiom

Advanced Conversation Vol. 1
Using Contemporary Idioms

Advanced Conversation Vol. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom

Contents
Dialog 1 : Turn Over a New Leaf Dialog 2 : Mark my words Dialog 3 : Open a Pandora’s box Dialog 4 : Turn the tables Dialog 5 : Girl Friday Dialog 6 : Have the Midas touch Dialog 7 : Save one’s breath Dialog 8 : A jack-of-all-trades Dialog 9 : Heard through the grapevine Dialog 10 : Monkey business Dialog 11 : Saved by the bell Dialog 12 : Half-baked Dialog 13 : A dose of your own medicine Dialog 14 : Barking up the wrong tree Dialog 15 : Dressed to kill Dialog 16 : A babe in the woods Dialog 17 : Go Dutch Dialog 18 : Go bananas Dialog 19 : In Seventh Heaven Dialog 20 : Sleep like a baby Dialog 21 : A fat cat Dialog 22 : Black sheep Dialog 23 : Sweet tooth Dialog 24 : Copycat Dialog 25 : Butterflies in your stomach Dialog 26 : In a nutshell Dialog 27 : Talk of the town Dialog 27 : Talk of the town Dialog 28 : Graveyard Shift Dialog 29 : Raining Cats and Dogs Dialog 30 : Break a leg Dialog 31 : Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth Dialog 32 : Couch potato Dialog 33 : Cry over spilled milk Dialog 34 : Apple of (someone’s) eye Dialog 35 : In black and white Dialog 36 : Once in a blue moon Dialog 37 : With flying colors Dialog 38: Teacher’s pet Dialog 39 : Kill two birds with one stone Dialog 40 : Out of the blue

" . Example: He promised the police that he’ll turn over a new leaf now. Explanation: When a person turns over a new leaf. B: You’re already drunk. A: Mark my words.Advanced Conversation Vol.to be free Rehabilitation (noun) . I still know what I’m saying. B: Was an alcoholic? A: Yes.the process of restoring an individual (as a convict or drug addict) to a useful place in society Alcoholic (noun) . saddened Dialog 2 : Mark my words A: I’m telling you I’m going to be rich. B: That’s sad. B: How can you do that? You don’t even want to work. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 1 : Turn Over a New Leaf A: I heard he has just been released from the rehabilitation center. B: OK. if you do not finish your homework project you are not going to go out this weekend. But I still don’t understand how you could be rich when you aren’t doing something. How long did he stay in the rehab? A: For 6 months. A: Of course I’m not. And he’s turning over a new leaf already. Vocabulary: Released (verb) . Example: "Mark my words. he starts to behave in a better way. He got frustrated that no movie producers are offering him jobs. Even if I don’t work I’m still going to have a lot of money.A person who drinks alcoholic substances habitually Frustrated (adjective) – disappointed. Explanation: Mark my words is an expression used to lend an air of seriousness to what the speaker is about to say when talking about the future.

You cause a complete reversal of the situation. what’s the problem? A: He’s a very careless driver. secretive way. damage Sneak (verb) . B: I heard she trained hard and she has a new coach. B: Oh. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 3 : Open a Pandora’s box A: My son is asking me to buy him a new car. Vocabulary: Careless (Adjective) – unconcerned about the consequences of some action Scratches (noun) – mark. She didn’t win any game last year.a person who trains an athlete or a team of athletes . He also sometimes uses it to sneak out and go to parties at night. Knowledge (noun) . Explanation: When someone turned the tables. Explanation: When you open a Pandora’s box. or understanding Management (noun) . Kate won in the championship game. the management’s decision to lay-off workers could open a Pandora’s box.the person or persons controlling and directing the affairs of a business. I just bought it two months ago. etc. blemish. does he know how to drive already? A: Yes. but it looks like a year old. I was very surprised too.: Expect (verb) – hope. I never thought she’d win. It has a lot of scratches now. Example: I am waiting for the right time to turn the tables on her. Vocabulary: Coach (noun) . it means that you change a situation so that someone’s position is the opposite of what it was. ithout my knowledge.To go or move in a quiet. institution. A: I guess she turned the tables this year. B: Yeah.Familiarity. await Dialog 4 : Turn the tables A: I can’t believe it. B: So. you are doing something that causes a lot of new problems that you did not expect. Example: Sadly. awareness. B: I think buying him a new car will open a Pandora’s box. he sometimes takes out my car.Advanced Conversation Vol.

Example: He convinced the young women in the village that they have Midas touch. A: No matter what I do. Dialog 6 : Have the Midas touch A: I wish I have the Midas touch. Explanation: When you have the Midas touch. we’re looking for one. I’ll tour Europe and buy a mansion if I have the money. Example: The girl Friday they hired is very hardworking.000 this month. Just wait here and I’ll inform my boss that you’re interested in the job. I still can’t seem to put any money into savings. You spend too much when we’re going out. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 5 : Girl Friday A: I’ve read the advertisement in the newspaper. B: Me too. Are you interested in the job? A: Yes. What shall I do? B: My boss will tell you the things you’ll do. A: I bet you couldn’t do that. You’re looking for a girl Friday.Advanced Conversation Vol. I am. B: I promise myself I’ll be able to save $1. B: Yes. you have the ability to make a lot of money. Explanation: A girl Friday is a person who does many different types of usually not very interesting work in an office. Vocabulary: Mansion (noun) – a very large house .

Vocabulary: Installment (noun) . carpentry and plumbing—he’s really a jack-of-all-trades. Example: Sam can do the gardening. Can you help me? B: I’m sorry. He doesn’t want us to go until the bill is settled. He doesn’t listen to pleadings. I saw him at the pantry a while ago. Explanation: A jack-of-all-trades is a person who can do many different kinds of work. B: Did you tell him that we’ll just pay by installment? A: Yeah.an agreement or settlement Plea (noun) – a request Dialog 8 : A jack-of-all-trades A: I don’t know how this thing works.a payment of part of a debt. A: I need this to finish my report. usually paid at regular intervals Arrangement (noun) . I don’t know how it operates. He’s a jack-of-all-trades. driving. . B: What did he say? A: He told me to get the money. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 7 : Save one’s breath A: I’ve talked with the director of the hospital. Example: You should save your breath. A: Can you help me find him? B: Sure. of course. Explanation: You don’t say anything when you save your breath. But he doesn’t want that kind of arrangement. B: Ask Peter. B: You should have saved your breath.Advanced Conversation Vol. I already made a decision and that’s final. I did. He can fix anything.

lies.a vine that bears grapes Raise (verb) – to take care of Dialog 10 : Monkey business A: Mother was so mad at John and Joshua this afternoon. It’s so hard to raise a child when you’re alone. Example: There was a monkey business involved in renovating the city hall with some officials getting secret payments from builders. B: That’s too bad. B: I agree. B: I heard through the grapevine that she was pregnant. so they won’t be punished. B: Oh. you hear the news from someone who heard the news from someone else. A: I hope she’ll not be a single parent. Who’s the father of the child she’s carrying? B: I don’t know anything more. A: Really? I don’t know that. Vocabulary: Grapevine (noun). . cheats Renovate (verb) . She was so mad. A: Yeah. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 9 : Heard through the grapevine A: I haven’t seen Mary for a month now. B: Why? A: The two did some monkey business while she was out. What did she say? A: She did not allow them to go and play outside for a whole week. make new or as if new again.weak-minded or lacking good sense. Vocabulary: Punish (verb) . But they should have not done that. or fault. Example: I heard through the grapevine that the Joneses are planning a tour around Europe next summer. repair. Explanation: Monkey business is a silly behavior or a dishonest behavior. But I think that’s the reason why she immediately resigned.to restore to good condition.To subject to a penalty for an offense.Advanced Conversation Vol. stupid or foolish Dishonest (adjective) – not honest. sin. Silly (adjective) . Explanation: When you hear something through the grapevine. The two will be missing a lot.

B: What did you say? A: Luckily. B: Just pray that she won’t remember it when she comes back. She has a business trip.Advanced Conversation Vol. A: It’s her favorite piece. She didn’t notice me leaving. I heard he has a problem. I hope his job won’t be affected too much. I was saved by the bell. Explanation: Something is half-baked when it is not thought about or planned carefully. B: I understand now. she’ll be gone for a week. A: This time he isn’t. A: No. Vocabulary: Antique (adjective) . you are rescued from an unwanted situation.any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity Rescue (verb) – saved Dialog 12 : Half-baked A: The boss didn’t want his proposal. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 11 : Saved by the bell A: Mother asked me who broke the antique jar. B: What do you know? A: His wife’s filing a divorce. Example: Jonathan was saved by the bell when his brother walked in and asked him to go with him at the baseball practice. She won’t forget it. Vocabulary: Proposal (noun) . He’s always ready and prepared when he makes reports. B: I guess she’ll be talking to you when you get home tonight. Example: The idea was half-baked. It won’t work.a plan or scheme Divorce (noun) – one that releases the husband and wife from all matrimonial obligations . Explanation: When you are saved by the bell. It was half-baked. Her cellphone rang. B: It’s the first time it happened.

and is open long hours for the convenience of shoppers. Explanation: If you are barking up the wrong tree. A: I know he’s a nice guy. I think Stella’s talking with the police right now. Explanation: When you give someone a dose of his own medicine. it means that you have completely misunderstood something or you are believing the wrong explanation for something. He asked me to tell you that he’s waiting there for an hour already. Rob (verb) . A: But why? B: I want to give him a dose of his own medicine. A: So the police is barking up the wrong tree.A hall or waiting room at or near the entrance to a building. I just don’t want to go down yet. Vocabulary: Arrest (verb) . 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 13 : A dose of your own medicine A: I saw Mark in the lobby.taking possessions by unlawful force or violence Incident (noun) – an event . B: I know. I can’t believe he’s a robber. you do the same bad thing to him that he has often done to you in order to show him how unpleasant it is.to capture or take hold of (a person) because he or she has broken the law Conveniences store (noun) . B: Maybe. Example: Why don’t you give him a dose of his own medicine so that he’ll learn? Vocabulary: Lobby (noun) . We don’t know that for now. She said she was talking with him at Starbucks when the incident at the convenience store happened. B: Yes. He’s always turning up late for me.a retail store that carries a limited selection of basic items. as packaged foods and drugstore items.Advanced Conversation Vol. such as a hotel or theater Dialog 14 : Barking up the wrong tree A: Why did the police arrest him? B: They said he’s one of the men who robbed the convenience store around the corner. A: He won’t like it for sure.

I’m sure they won’t mind your dress. I’m just wearing my jeans and a shirt. Everybody is staring at her. You’ll never know.Advanced Conversation Vol. Example: Cathy was dressed to kill at the party. they are wearing clothes that are intended to make people notice you. B: You should have joined them. Anything might happen to her. Explanation: A babe in the woods is someone who has not had much experience and trusts other people too easily. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 15 : Dressed to kill A: I didn’t attend Sam’s party last night. she is still a babe in the woods. Example: When it comes to business. Vocabulary: Babe (noun) – a baby or child . Dialog 16 : A babe in the woods A: I won’t allow Joanne to study in the university in the city. B: She’ll learn to be independent when she gets there. A: I saw them at the gate and they were all dressed to kill. B: Why? I heard they all had fun. They are your friends. She won’t learn if you won’t allow her. She’s still a babe in the woods. Explanation: When someone is dressed to kill. A: You can’t blame me. B: You worry too much.

A: It’s not there.the portion of a lot or building site behind a house. . or the like.not paying enough attention to what one does. structure. Vocabulary: Careless (adjective) . Why don’t you look for it? B: I told you I put it in your desk last night. B: What restaurant is that? A: In Coniere’s. etc. sometimes fenced. Explanation: You become very angry when you go bananas. B: Don’t go bananas. A: You look for it.Advanced Conversation Vol. B: Who paid the bill? A: We went Dutch. but when we were there. I want to come there again tomorrow. Example: I thought my sister will treat me out in a restaurant for dinner. Example: She’ll go bananas if she sees the litter in the backyard. you pay equal shares for the meal. Would you want to come with me? Explanation: If you go Dutch in a restaurant. Maybe you put it in your bag already. but it’s very expensive. The food is really delicious.rubbish carelessly dropped or left about (especially in public places) Backyard (noun) . Dialog 18 : Go bananas A: Where did you put my book? B: I just put it in your desk. having no care or concern Litter (noun) . we went Dutch. walled. or I won’t lend you the video game you want. You’re just being careless. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 17 : Go Dutch A: My colleague invited me to eat lunch in the nearby restaurant.

and she agreed. Dialog 20 : Sleep like a baby A: Where is Janice? B: She’s in her room. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 19 : In Seventh Heaven A: Hi John! How are you today? B: Great! I feel in seventh heaven. A: That’s nice to hear. Example: She was in seventh heaven when she learned that she passed the board exam.Advanced Conversation Vol. sleeping like a baby. that person is sleeping very well. She’s from the Canada. . A: What time did she get home last night? B: Almost midnight. It’s because of the rain. you are extremely happy. I was so worried. Explanation: When someone is sleeping like a baby. A: The traffic is so heavy. Explanation: When you are in seventh heaven. But why? B: I’ve asked Alice yesterday if we could have a date. I thought something bad already happened to her. B: That’s the reason she gave me. A: Who’s Alice? B: She’s our new neighbor.

I’m so tired already. Example: Mr. B: How long will he be staying? A: Just a few hours. They don’t understand me. Vocabulary: Privileged (adjective) – enjoying benefits Dialog 22 : Black sheep A: Why aren’t you going home? B: I don’t want to. Example: The black sheep returns home after three years of staying in England. A: What do you mean? B: They regard me as the black sheep of the family. He’ll be talking with some business partners. What makes you busy? A: A fat cat from New York will be staying in the hotel. All they do is find faults in everything I do.Advanced Conversation Vol. . Antonio is just another fat cat—a corporate tycoon from Chicago. My parents don’t like me there. Explanation: A fat cat is a person who makes a lot of money and enjoys a privileged position in society. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 21 : A fat cat A: All of us are so busy today. The manager wants to impress him. B: I don’t think many tourists are coming. Explanation: A black sheep is someone who doesn’t fit into a group or family because their behavior or character is not good enough.

A: Yeah.To copy the actions.Advanced Conversation Vol. Look at her nose and mouth. He has a sweet big tooth.To copy or imitate closely. You have just eaten a bar a while ago. of course not. Vocabulary: Bribe (verb) – to give. Example: She has no originality. Vocabulary: Imitates (verb) . or speech Mimics (verb) . offer or promise something such as money or a favor Dialog 24 : Copycat A: Is that Madonna? B: No. Look at her clearly. expression. mannerisms. B: You have such a sweet tooth. I think you’re right. Explanation: A person with a sweet tooth likes eating food with sugar in it. appearance. especially in speech. and gesture . Explanation: A copy cat is one that closely imitates or mimics another. Example: You can always bribe him with cakes and ice cream. B: She’s just a copycat. of course. She’s a copycat. They’re different from Madonna’s. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 23 : Sweet tooth A: Can you please come with me in the convenience store? B: What are you going to buy? A: I’m craving for chocolates. A: She’s Madonna.

to dismiss (an employee) Pro (noun) .an argument or consideration in favor of something] Con (noun) . I know you are well qualified for the job. Vocabulary: Nervous (adjective) . Explanation: If you are feeling nervous before something important or stressful is known. It just means that we need to lay off workers. .an argument or opinion against something.Advanced Conversation Vol. There are still butterflies in my stomach. Example: She discussed the report in a nutshell. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 25 : Butterflies in your stomach A: I’m going to have a job interview this afternoon. Example: I felt there are butterflies in my stomach when the President talked to me. B: Really? Good luck! What position are you applying for? A: As a marketing associate. Vocabulary: Lay off (verb) . You have been working as an associate for many years now. A: I can’t help it.afraid Stressful (adjective) . A: I don’t think that’s a good idea. Just be confident. B: Oh. B: I’ve already explained the pros and cons of my proposal. you have butterflies in your stomach. B: You’re good. come on.full of stress or tension Dialog 26 : In a nutshell A: Can you explain what you said in a nutshell? B: Of course. A: Can you repeat it? I didn’t understand what you said. Explanation: In a nutshell means summary. I know you can do it.

Vocabulary: Commissioner (noun) . I never expected he’ll be involved in such a serious crime. He’ll be hiding. A: I saw his daughter crying so hard. A: Maybe he’s out of the country by now. They said that he used the company’s money for personal uses. B: I saw the police surrounding his house.a series of things to be done or of events to occur at or during a particular time or period . Example: Turning up drunk at the ball will certainly make you the talk of the town. Vocabulary: Permanent (adjective) . I feel so sleepy every time. they are the talk of the town.a government official or representative in charge of a department or district Dialog 28 : Graveyard Shift A: What time are you going to the office? B.lasting. A: Will that be your permanent schedule? B: I hope not. B: I think so. I always have to drink coffee to be awake. Example: I never want to work in the graveyard shift. I’m working in the graveyard shift. it is. Explanation: If you have to work very late at night. B: I wonder where he is now. A: Is it difficult? B: Yeah. it is the graveyard shift. Explanation: When everybody is talking about particular people and events. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 27 : Talk of the town A: The commissioner will be the talk of the town this week. And his wife too. It involves a lot of money. too. not temporary Schedule (noun) .Advanced Conversation Vol.

A: I understand. Explanation: When it is raining cats and dogs. Example: It was raining cats and dogs by the time I got to the office. B: I’m really sorry. B: OK. What time are you free tomorrow? A: At 8 AM. A: What if I forget my lines? B: Don’t worry too much. Let’s just postpone the meeting. You have rehearsed that for many times already. Example: “Break a leg!” the director called to the lead actor. I hope it won’t rain anymore. Break a leg! Explanation: Break a leg means “good luck”. Vocabulary: Rehearse (verb) . It’s going to be perfect. A: The director is calling my attention now. for example) in preparation for a public performance . B: Yeah. Vocabulary: Postpone (verb) . 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 29 : Raining Cats and Dogs A: Will you be able to go here? It’s raining cats and dogs.Advanced Conversation Vol. I can’t go out. I hate this weather.To practice (a part in a play. it is raining heavily. B: There’s heavy flood. I don’t know if I will be able to deliver my lines perfectly. I didn’t expect this. I’ll go and see him. B: Of course you will.To delay until a future time Dialog 30 : Break a leg A: I’m nervous.

She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. A: He didn’t eat his lunch. What is he watching this time? B: Cartoons.Advanced Conversation Vol. He says he doesn’t want to miss this episode. B: Of course. B: I already did.to go and bring back . Example: She’s born with a silver spoon in her mouth so she doesn’t know how to feel hungry. you are a couch potato. Explanation: A person born with a silver spoon in his or her mouth is born wealthy. Vocabulary: Couch (noun) – a sofa Fetch (verb) . But he says he’ll eat later. A: She’s so lucky she has rich parents. I’ll go and fetch him. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 31 : Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth A: Why does she always have new clothes and new shoes when she comes to school? She never wore the same clothes over two months. Dialog 32 : Couch potato A: Can you please call Sam in his room? Dinner’s ready. Explanation: If you are spending a lot of time watching television. B: Yeah. His father owns the hotel and two restaurants in town. A: What’s her mother’s job? B: She’s a doctor. A: Your brother is such a couch potato. Example: My sister is a couch potato and she never wants to leave her house.

A: Don’t cry over spilled milk.Advanced Conversation Vol. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 33 : Cry over spilled milk A: Why are you crying? B: I lost my brother’s favorite book. Just tell your brother about it and we’ll decide what to do. . but I cannot find it. A: Maybe you’ve misplaced it. Example: You should not cry over spilled milk. I’m sure he’ll be mad when he learns this.To cause or allow (a substance) to run or fall out of a container Dialog 34 : Apple of (someone’s) eye A: Why are you looking at her like that? B: She’s the apple of my eye. A: Do you know her? B: Not yet. A: Why not now? B: I still don’t know the right things to say. he is crying or complaining about something that has already happened. You cannot bring back the past nor change it. B: I’ve searched everywhere. but it’s not there anymore. Explanation: The apple of one’s eye is someone or something that one likes a lot. Explanation: When someone is crying over spilled milk. Vocabulary: Spilled (verb) . Example: The little girl is the apple of her grandmother’s eye. A: Where did you leave it? B: I think I put it in my bag this morning. But I am planning to introduce myself if I get the courage.

My mother and I only go out together once in a blue moon. B: Do I really need to do that? A: It will be better if you do that. Explanation: Something is in black and white if it is in writing or official. please write it in black and white. He has a business meeting at the moment. or resentment Dialog 36 : Once in a blue moon A: Where are you now? B: I am in an Italian restaurant with my mother.an expression of pain. and I don’t know when he’s coming back. A: What time are you going home? B: I don’t know. We’ll send it directly to the manager. it happens very rarely. . Example: I sent them my request for new computers in black and white. B: Can’t I just go and talk to him now? A: I’m afraid you can’t do that. dissatisfaction. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 35 : In black and white A: If you have a complaint. Vocabulary: Complaint (noun) . I’ll just come tomorrow.Advanced Conversation Vol. I want to have fun tonight. Example: We only meet once in a blue moon. Explanation: When something happens once in a blue moon. Why are you asking? A: I’m thinking of coming over to your house. B: Why? A: Nothing much.

I notice that too. You graduated with flying colors. A: I’ll go with you at the airport when you meet them. They told me they’re coming over and they want to celebrate. you accomplished it with total success. B: I was a never a teacher’s pet. The flights are full since yesterday. When are they coming? B: Maybe tomorrow. They haven’t got a ticket yet. B: They are. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 37 : With flying colors A: Your parents must be very proud of you. I guess I was never lovable. . A: I think that’s a good idea. Explanation: The teacher’s favorite student is the teacher’s pet. How about you? A: Never. Dialog 38: Teacher’s pet A: Don’t you notice? Our teacher always favors Matt. A: That’s what happens when you are a teacher’s pet.Advanced Conversation Vol. Example: My friend passed the licensure exam with flying colors and she now is a doctor. Example: My sister was always the teacher’s pet when we are in elementary school. She always listens to whatever he says. B: Yeah. Explanation: When you did something with flying colors. and always gives him high grades.

I should have not interrupted. Vocabulary: Impressed (adjective) – deeply affected or influenced . it happens suddenly and you are not expecting it. A: I see. Are you busy? B: I’m finishing my report and I’m talking with a big client on the phone. Explanation: If something happens out of the blue. Where did you get it? B: I don’t know. Vocabulary: Interrupt (verb) . A: OK. You’re killing two birds with one stone.to stop a person while he is saying or doing something Client (noun) – a customer Dialog 40 : Out of the blue A: I was really impressed with your idea. Example: I killed two birds with one stone and saw some old classmates while I was in France visiting a friend. If that’s what you want. B: I want to review it and then we’ll tell him. I’ll just go to my office later. A: I think we should tell our boss immediately about this. B: It’s OK. 1 Using Contemporary Idiom Dialog 39 : Kill two birds with one stone A: Excuse me. you accomplish two things with one action. B: Can you just talk to me after I finish this? A: I’m sorry. I’m sure he’ll like your new proposal.Advanced Conversation Vol. It just came to me out of the blue. Explanation: When you kill two birds with one stone. Example: From out of the blue I asked my girlfriend if she wanted to get married.

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