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Apr 3, 2009, 03:38 AM
We will go through this next class:

BOB Returns Home with Bad News

Bob tells his wife Susan that he has lost his job. Susan suggests that he start his own business.

Susan: What’s the matter, dear?
Bob: Susan, I got canned today at work.
Susan: But Bob, you were Peter’s right-hand man!
Bob: Yes, and he stabbed me in the back.
Susan: Keep your chin up. Maybe he’ll change his mind and take you back.
Bob: When pigs fly! Once he makes up his mind, he never changes it. Besides, I told him off.
Susan: Look on the bright side: you won’t have to set eyes on Peter ever again.
Bob: Thanks goodness for that!
Susan: Hang in there. I’m sure you won’t be out of work for long.
Bob: In the meantime, we’ll have to live from hand to mouth.
Susan: Don’t get stressed out, Bob. We’ll make ends meet.
Bob: I can always get a job at McDonald’s as a last resort.
Susan: I don’t think they’re hiring right now.
Bob: If worst comes to worst, we can sell our home and move into a tent.
Susan: Let’s think big! Maybe you can start your own business.
Bob: Easier said than done!

(to) told him off - to scold someone; to attack someone verbally.

(to) change one’s mind – to change one’s opinion or decision.
Brand wasn’t going to take a vacation this year, but then he changed his mind and went to Vietnam for two weeks.

Easier said than done – more difficult than you think.
You want to climb Mount Everest? Easier said than done!

(to) get canned [slang] – to lose one’s job; to get fired
After Chris got canned, it took him a year to find a new job.

(to) hang in there – to persevere; to no give up
I know you’re four games behind but you can still win the tennis match. Just hang in there!

If worst comes to worst – in the worst case; if absolutely necessary.
Ted’s car isn’t running well. If worst comes to worst, he can take the bus to school.

(to) keep one’s chin up – to stay positive.
Even when he was unemployed and homeless, Bill Manage to keep his chin up.

Last resort – if there are not other alternatives left; the last solution for getting out of a difficulty.
Dave was locked out of his house. He knew that as a last resort, he could always break a window.

(to) live from hand to mouth – to barely have enough money to survive.
Jenny was earning $5 an hour working at the store. She was really living from and to mouth.

(to) look on the bright side- to be optimistic; to think about the positive part or aspect of a situation.
Le was upset that his soccer game was canceled. His mother said, “Look on the bright side, now you can stay home and watch TV.”

(to) make ends meet – to manage one’s money so as to have enough to live on; to be okay financially
Kimberly wasn’t able to make ends meet so she had to ask her parents to pay her rent.

(to) make up one’s mind – to come to a conclusion (lesson 1)

Out of work – unemployed; not working
Gary was out of work for a year before finding a new job.

Right-hand man – the most helpful assistant or employee
Juan’s right-hand man helps him make all of his decisions.

(to) set eyes on – to look at; to see for the first time
Ted was in love from the moment he set eyes on Amber.

(to) stab someone in the back – to betray someone
Jill and Heater were friends, until Heather stabbed Jill in the back by stealing her boyfriend.

(to be) stressed out – under severe strain; very anxious
Al is so stressed out abut his job that he can’t sleep at night.

(to) tell off – to scold; to tell someone in strong words what one really thinks
When Ted showed up for chemistry class a half an hour late, his teacher really told him off.

Thank goodness – I’m grateful; I’m relieved.
When Ted came home at 4 a.m. last Sunday, his mother said, “Thank goodness you’re home! I was so worried about you.”

(to) think big – set high goals
Why run for Governor of New York? Think big: run for President of the United States!

What’s the matter? What’s the problem?
What’s the matter, Bob? You don’t’ look very happy.

Fill in the bank with the missing word:

1) What’s the ….. ? You look upset?
2) I know I can trust you. You would never stab me in the ……. .
3) If Bob and Susan run out of money, they can always borrow money from Susan’s sister as a ………. resort.
4) You look really stressed …… Why don’t you sit down, relax, and have a cup of tea?
5) Bob, everything is fine. You just need to keep your chin ……. And remember that that tomorrow is another day.
6) I just can’t make up my ………. whether to order chicken or fish.
7) Nicole accidentally stepped on Ted’s guitar. Ted got really angry and told her ……..
8) You husband left you for his psychologist? Hang … there! I’m sure he’ll realize she’s crazy and then come back to you.