"The New Immigrants: Late 1800s" from VOA - *THE MAKING OF A NATION – a program in Special English by the Voice of Amer...
Thursday, January 22, 2009
A: Who let the cat out of the bag? Now Patricia knows about the suprise party.
B: There’s no need to get hot under the collar.
A: No? But Patricia won’t be surprised at all.
B: I think we can still have a fine party. Knowing the truth about the party is the least of Patricia’s worries.
A: I guess you’re right. She’s going to have a baby in two months.
B: It’s their first. They’re both very excited.
A: Do you want to go dancing tonight or see a movie?
B: It’s all the same to me. I would be happy doing either.
A: I know that I’m asking you out on the spur of the moment, and you haven’t thought it over.
B: I don’t know. It’s six of one and half a dozen of the other. Whatever you decide is okay with me.
A: Since the movie isn’t supposed to be all that hot, maybe we should go dancing.
B: I’d rather go to the movie and take our chances.
A: Hi, Eva. This is Yolanda. Isn’t it wonderful about Patricia? She’s pregnant.
B: I hope it’s good news. I hope they can handle the added responsibility.
A: Eva, are you all right? You sound nervous.
B: I’m tearing my hair out, I’m so worried about them.
A: But Eva, you’re going to be a grandmother. You ought to be tickled pink about that.
B: As a matter of fact, I am. But I’m still losing sleep over this turn of events.
A: Just because Patricia is on the nest, she isn’t going to lose her job.
A: Her friends are throwing a surprise baby shower for her.
B: She already knows. Some loony let the cat out of the bag.
A: Jose really feels left out. His friends should take him for a night on the town.
B: It just so happens he got a call this afternoon, but he wasn’t around to pick up the phone.
A: They both deserve to celebrate. After the baby arrives, their evenings will be pretty much sewn up.
A: I don’t know about that, Yolanda. I think the couple plans to use us as baby sitters every once and a while.
B: Yes, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.
A: In fact, I’m kind of looking forward to taking care of a little one.
B: So am I. It’s been a long time since I took care of an infant. I must admit, I’m a little rusty.
A: But I warn you. Having a baby in your house might take a little getting used to.
B: I wouldn’t mind doing it now and then, as long as it’s not a steady diet.
A: Jose, I think we’d better jump in the car and head to the hospital. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
B: Oh, my God. Not now. I forgot to put gas in the car. It slipped my mind.
A: Gas or no gas, Jose, we’ve got to hurry. There’s no time to lose.
B: Patty, we’re going to run the risk of being out of gas if we don’t stop at the station.
A: That’s easy for you say, you’re not the one who is going through this.
B: I want to get us to the hospital in one piece, okay?
A: Have you heard latest news? Patricia gave birth to a darling little girl.
B: Oh, how sweet. How are the mother and father holding up?
A: They’re all at the hospital together. They’re doing just fine. Jose is grinning ear to ear.
B: He should be proud of his wife. She was very brave and strong through it all.
A: He’s very lucky to be married to Patricia. I think they’re going to be great parents.
B: They’re both wet behind the ears when it comes to raising a child, but they’ll learn the ropes.
A: This is the conclusion of the dialogue workout.
B: Eight hundred conversations is a lot of gab.
A: That’s for sure. Since I started talking English, no one can shut me up.
B: Yes. You used to speak very slowly. Now you’re chattering a mile a minute. Can’t you let me get a word in edgewise?
A: How was the party last night?
B: All told, it was a lot of fun. But in the beginning, it was pretty boring.
A: A lot of parties are like that. They need someone to break the ice.
B: I’m not good at meeting people. I’m something of a wallflower.
A: So, who started the ball rolling, Olivia?
B: You guessed right. She went out of her way to see that everyone enjoyed themselves.
A: Jeff is quite unhappy with his job these days.
B: Why? Isn’t his new manager cutting it?
A: No. And not only that, the new manager is less than honest.
B: That’s sounds like big trouble. Jeff should go over the manager’s head to the top brass and get the guy fired.
A: It’s not as easy as it sounds. The manager’s uncle is on the board of directors.
B: Sounds like Jeff has a lot on his mind these days. Keep me posted. Meanwhile, I’ll see if I can pull some strings.
A: I heard that they’re flying in somebody from the East Coast just for an interview.
B: That’s off the wall. There are plenty of people in the Bay Area they could hire.
A: I don’t know why they’re going out of their way like this.
B: Maybe they think this guy from back east is some kind of hotshot.
A: Hotshot or not. It’s bad policy to overlook your local talent pool.
A: What really gets to me is the arrogance of the management.
B: Yes, I agree. Well, if you ask me, they aren’t going to get away with it.
A: What are you going to do about it? You’re only an assistant manager. You don’t have much clout.
B: Maybe I don’t. But I’m determined. I’ll stop it nothing until I get that promotion.
A: Don’t let this thing get you down. There’s not much point in obsessing about it. You’re in danger of biting off more than you can chew.
A: My son is in a bad mood these days.
B: He’s a teenager, isn’t he? Teenagers tend to be moody and over the top.
A: Yes, my son will argue at the drop of a hat. He’s becoming a lose cannon.
B: Perhaps you need to sit down and have a nice, calm one on one chat with him.
A: If I can ever get him to sit down for a minute. He’s always off doing something.
B: It’s not easy to control teenagers. Once they’ve made up their minds, there’s no stopping them.
A: My factory is closing its doors. I’m moving to Seattle.
B: I’m sorry to hear that. I’ll really miss you.
A: We’ll have to keep in touch by email.
B: Definitely. Now as soon as you get to Seattle, give me a buzz and let me know your new phone and address.
A: Right. When we’re settled in I’ll write and tell you everything that’s happening with us.
B: All right. Now, remember. You’re one of my best friends. I don’t want to lose touch with you.
A: I can’t believe it. I did all that work for nothing. The management won’t give my report the time of day.
B: You shouldn’t be discouraged. After all, no one can say you didn’t hold up your end.
A: I suppose I shouldn’t have been so honest, but I wanted to be straight with them.
B: It could be they didn’t llke what they were hearing in that report.
A: I tried to spell out as clearly as I could the advantage of hiring local talent.
B: Maybe they have their heart set on this hotshot from back east.
A: We’re a little up in the air right now. We don’t know where we’re going to live.
B: I have it on good authority that the rents are cheaper in Seattle.
A: That’s what I heard to. I don’t think we’re going to end up on the street or anything.
B: Any time you make a move this big you feel in over your head.
A: You said it. I’ll be very glad when we’ve nailed things down.