Peter: Hey George. Let’s take a break. I’m starting to get tired.
George: Me too. It’s not an easy job fixing up this old car.
Peter: It sure isn’t. My advice is to get rid of it and buy a nice used one.
George: But I love this car. It was my first. Let’s keep on working till dinnertime. Then we can eat out somewhere and finish the job afterwards.
Peter: Okay. What about that new Mexican restaurant on West Broadway? I hear the food is really good.
George: I don’t care for Mexican food. It gives me heartburn.
Peter: Then let’s go pick up some Chinese food and eat it here.
George: In the meantime, could you give me a hand with this jack?
Peter: Sure. Let me turn off the engine first.
George: I’ll be glad when this is done. I’m sure looking forward to having a car that works.
Pronunciation Exercise: Listen and repeat the vocabulary on the audio file below.
• heartburn: a burning feeling in the chest
• in the meantime: while waiting to do something else
• jack: a tool that lifts part of a car so you can change a tire
Pronunciation Exercise: Listen and repeat the idioms on the audio file below.
• take a break (from) stop working for a short time
• fix up repair, make better
• get rid of not keep
• keep on continue without stopping
• eat out eat at a restaurant
• don’t care for don’t like
• pick up go and get (someone or something) / lift
• give (someone) a hand help / clap hands to show approval
• turn off stop the operation (of a machine, lights, water, etc.)
• look forward to await with excitement
Take a break is followed by from if there is an object.
Example: Let’s take a break from studying and go get some coffee.
Keep on and go on are similar, but keep on means continue without stopping and
must be followed by an -ing verb. Go on means continue after stopping and can be used alone without anything following.
Eat out is at a restaurant, but eat in is at home.
Example: I’m a little tired tonight so let’s eat in.
Pick up has two meanings. The other meaning is “to lift.”
Example: Please pick up the garbage you dropped on the floor.
Give (someone) a hand has two meanings. The other meaning is “clap hands to show approval.” Example: Let’s all give him a hand for a job well done.
Turn off and shut off have the same meaning.
© 2004 Ambien Malecot