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Transcript: Sayings and expressions
There are many common expressions involving place names. Here are five examples. Listen carefully! We’ll be checking on how well you’ve understood these sayings.
“The luck of the Irish” means exceptionally good luck or fortune.
“To go Dutch” means to split the cost of something, typically a meal or an outing, with each person paying their share.
“Road to Damascus” refers to a profound and transformativeumformend, tiefgreifend veränderndtransformative experience or realization that leads to a significant change in one’s life or beliefs.
A “New York minute” refers to a very short amount of time, to emphasize sth.etw. betonen, hervorhebenemphasizing how quickly something is done or how short a time period is.
“To cross the Rubicon” means to make a significant or irreversibleunumkehrbarirreversible decision or to take a bold step forward, usually with no turning back.
Now listen to these short dialogues and complete each sentence with the correct idiom. You’ll hear the answer after the pause. Let’s start.
A: I want to take you out for dinner to celebrate your promotion.
B: That’s really kind of you, but I insist on paying for myself.
A: OK, let’s ________________. Each pays for their own.
A: OK, let’s go Dutch. Each pays for their own.
A: Are we nearly there? How much further is it?
B: Don’t worry, we’ll be there in a ________________. It’s just around the corner.
B: Don’t worry, we’ll be there in a New York minute. It’s just around the corner.
A: How are your coaching sessions going?
B: Fabulous! This is my ________________. It feels as if my life has completely changed.
B: Fabulous! This is my Road to Damascus. It feels as if my life has completely changed.
A: Did she win the raffleTombolaraffle again?
B: Yes, she has ________________. She wins every prize going.
B: Yes, she has the luck of the Irish. She wins every prize going.
A: Are you sure you want to to quit sth.etw. aufgebenquit your job and start your own business?
B: Yes, I’ve decided to ________________. I’m taking a big risk, but I believe it will lead to better opportunities.
B: Yes, I’ve decided to cross the Rubicon. I’m taking a big risk, but I believe it will lead to better opportunities.
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