Speak English Like an American » LESSON 5 - Ted Goes Out for The Evening

Ted Goes Out for The Evening

Ted leaves to go visit his girlfriend Amber. Ted's mother Susan says she doesn't really like Amber She wishes him a good time anyway.

Ted: See you later, Mom!

Susan: Where are you going, Ted?

Ted: I told Amber I'd drop by.

Susan: What are you two going to do?

Ted: Maybe go to the movies or to a party. Our plans are still up in the air.

Susan: Why don't you invite her over here?

Ted: I don't want to hang around here. Dad is really down in the dumps.

Susan: Is Amber the girl with the nose ring and the purple hair?

Ted: Yeah. I'm crazy about her!

Susan: Don't take this the wrong way, but she's not exactly my cup of tea.

Ted: Take it easy, Mom. We're not about to get married. We just enjoy hanging out together.

Susan: I guess there's no accounting for taste. Have a good time.

Ted: Don't worry. We'll have a blast!

Susan: (under her breath) That's what I'm afraid of!

  • about to
    ready to; on the verge of
    Example 1: It's a good thing Bob left the furniture store when he did. Peter was so angry, he was about to throw a dining room chair at him.
    Example 2: I'm glad you're finally home. I was just about to have dinner without you.
  • (to be) crazy about
    to like very much
    EXAMPLE 1: Amy is so crazy about golf, she'd like to play every day.
    EXAMPLE 2: I'm sure Katie will agree to go out on a date with Sam. She's crazy about him!
  • cup of tea
    the type of person or thing that one generally likes
    EXAMPLE 1: Hockey isn't Alan's cup of tea. He prefers soccer.
    EXAMPLE 2: I know Joy is nice, but she's simply not my cup of tea.

    NOTE: This expression is almost always used in the negative. She's not my cup of tea.

  • (to be) down in the dumps
    to feel sad; to be depressed
    EXAMPLE 1: It's not surprising that Lisa is down in the dumps. Paws, the cat she had for 20 years, just died.
    EXAMPLE 2: It's easy to feel down in the dumps when it's raining outside.
  • (to) drop by
    to pay a short, often unannounced visit
    EXAMPLE 1: If we have time before the movie, let's drop by Bill's house.
    EXAMPLE 2: "Hi, I was in the neighborhood so I thought I'd drop by!"
  • (to) hang around
    to spend time idly; to linger
    EXAMPLE 1: We had to hang around the airport for an extra six hours because our flight was delayed.
    EXAMPLE 2: Nina's boyfriend Boris is coming over soon. She hopes her parents aren't planning on hanging around the house.
  • (to) hang out
    to spend time (often doing nothing)
    EXAMPLE 1: Ted spent all of last summer hanging out by his friend's pool.
    EXAMPLE 2: Kathy and her friends like to hang out at the mall.

    NOTE: "Hang out with" means to keep company with someone.

  • (to) have a blast
    to enjoy oneself very much
    EXAMPLE 1: Last summer, Nicole had a blast backpacking through Europe with some friends.
    EXAMPLE 2: Heather spent her spring break in Fort Lauderdale with millions of other college students. She had a blast!
  • (to) have a good time
    to enjoy oneself
    EXAMPLE 1: Marcy and Jose had a good time salsa dancing at Babalu, a nightclub in Manhattan.
    EXAMPLE 2: Nora and Jake had a good time on their honeymoon in Maui.
  • take it easy
    relax; don't worry
    EXAMPLE 1: You lost your keys? Take it easy, I'm sure you'll find them.
    EXAMPLE 2: Stop yelling and take it easy. I'm sure there's a good explanation for why Joe borrowed your car without asking first.
  • (to) take something the wrong way
    to take offense
    EXAMPLE 1: Don't take this the wrong way, but I liked your hair better before you got it cut.
    EXAMPLE 2: Jessica is offended. I guess she took it the wrong way when I told her she should exercise more.

    NOTE: This expression is often used in the negative form: "Don't take this the wrong way, but..."

  • there's no accounting for taste
    it's impossible to explain individual likes and dislikes
    EXAMPLE 1: Ted likes to put sugar on his spaghetti. I guess there's no accounting for taste.
    EXAMPLE 2: Tiffany has a tattoo of a squirrel on her leg. There's no accounting for taste.
  • under one's breath
    quietly; in a whisper
    EXAMPLE 1: "Amber is strange," muttered Nicole under her breath, as Ted was leaving the room.
    EXAMPLE 2: Mike agreed to take out the garbage, saying under his breath, "I always do the dirty work around here."
  • (to be) up in the air
    not yet determined; uncertain
    EXAMPLE 1: It might rain later, so our plans for the picnic are up in the air.
    EXAMPLE 2: Our trip to Russia is up in the air. We aren't sure we'll get our visas in time.
Practice The Idioms

Fill in the blank with the missing word:

  1. Bob was fired. It's not surprising that he's down _____ the dumps.
    • a) at
    • b) in
    • c) with
  2. Ted thinks Amber is wonderful. He's just crazy _____ her.
    • a) about
    • b) around
    • c) into
  3. "Don't _____ this the wrong way, but I really don't like your girlfriend," said Susan to Ted.
    • a) understand
    • b) put
    • c) take
  4. Ted likes to hang _____ with Amber. She's fun to be with.
    • a) on
    • b) out
    • c) in
  5. Ted decided to go over to Amber's house. He'd promised her he'd drop _____.
    • a) by
    • b) around
    • c) near
  6. Bob and Susan don't know where they'll go on vacation. Their travel plans are still up _____ the air.
    • a) around
    • b) in
    • c) above
  7. Judy muttered something nasty _____ her breath, but I couldn't quite hear it.
    • a) about
    • b) under
    • c) below
  8. Why are you hanging _____ the house on such a beautiful day? You should be outside enjoying the weather.
    • a) inside
    • b) from
    • c) around
Answer Key
Practice The Idioms
  1. b
  2. a
  3. c
  4. b
  5. a
  6. b
  7. b
  8. c
Answer Key
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