Bài nghe tiếng Anh giao tiếp nâng cao: Amber comes over to bake cookies
Ted's girlfriend Amber comes over to help with the cookies. Amber has experience baking cookies from a former job. Susan leaves the kitchen so they can work better.
(Bạn gái của Ted, Amber đến để giúp làm bánh quy. Amber có kinh nghiệm nướng bánh quy từ một công việc cũ. Susan rời khỏi nhà bếp, để Ted và Amber có thể làm việc tốt hơn.)
Ted: Mom, Amber is here to ________________ (1) with the cookies.
Susan: Hi Amber. Nice to see you again.
Amber: Good to see you too, Mrs. Johnson.
Susan: That's an interesting hairstyle.*
Amber: Thanks. I'm glad you think it's cool. Blue hair is ________________ (2) this season.
Susan: Well, I'm going to ________________ (3) now and let you kids ________________ (4).
Ted: Don't worry, Mom. Your business is ________________ (5) with Amber. She really ________________ (6).
Amber: That's true. I used to work at Mrs. Field's Cookies** in the mall.
Susan: You don't work there anymore?
Amber: No, I got fired. I have a real ________________ (7), and they told me I was eating too many cookies.
Susan: Well, I'm sure you haven't ________________ (8).
Amber: I might be a bit ________________ (9).
Ted: Mom, you can watch Amber bake if you want. You might ________________ (10) a few ________________ (11).
Amber: Yes, ________________ (12). As a singer, I'm used to performing before an audience!
Susan: Thanks, but I'm going to ________________ (13). You know what they say: ______________________ (14)!
Amber: Will I see you later tonight?
Susan: Yes, I'll be back in a few hours.
Ted: Mom, why don't you just ________________ (15) and go to bed. You've been ________________ (16) all day.
* When somebody says something is "interesting" it often means they don't like it, but they want to be polite.
**Mrs. Field's Cookies are gourmet cookies that are sold in malls across the United States.
Tìm hiểu các thành ngữ được sử dụng trong bài hội thoại:
all the rage - the latest fashion; popular right now.
(Thời trang mới nhất, Đúng mốt hiện nay.)
Ví dụ 1: Have you seen those new alligator-skin cowboy boots? They're all the rage this season!
Ví dụ 2: At Nate's high school, salsa dancing is all the rage this year.
(to) call it a night - to stop an activity for the rest of the night.
(Ngừng hoạt động ở phần còn lại của một đêm)
Ví dụ 1: We spent a few hours walking around downtown Chicago. It was so cold that we were ready to call it a night by nine o'clock.
Ví dụ 2: Let's call it a night and meet back at the office at seven o'clock tomorrow morning to finish preparing our report.
Lưu ý: There is also the expression "to call it a day" which means to stop activity for the day.
feel free - go ahead and do something; don't hesitate (to do something).
(Hãy làm đi và đừng nên ngần ngại)
Ví dụ 1: "Feel free to interrupt me and ask questions during my lecture," said the professor to his students.
Ví dụ 2: If you need legal advice, feel free to call my cousin Fred. He's a lawyer.
(to) get out of the way - to move out of the way; to stop interfering with someone's plans or activities.
(Tránh ra - Ngừng can thiệp vào kế hoạch hoạt động của một ai đó)
Ví dụ 1: If you're not planning on helping us prepare dinner, please get out of the way. The kitchen is crowded.
Ví dụ 2: Get out of the way! That truck is backing up and it might run you over.
(to be) in good hands - in good, competent care.
Được nằm trong tay chăm sóc một cách chu đáo)
Ví dụ 1: Don't worry- your dog will be in good hands while you're on vacation. We'll take her to the New York Dog Spa & Hotel.
Ví dụ 2: You're in good hands with Tony. He's an excellent driver.
(to) know one's stuff - to have an expertise in a field.
(Có một chuyên môn trong một lĩnh vực nào đó)
Ví dụ 1: Steve has been an auto mechanic for 25 years. He really knows his stuff.
Ví dụ 2: When it comes to cooking, Kristen knows her stuff. She spent two years studying at the Culinary Institute of America.
(to) lend a hand - to help.
(Giúp ai đó một tay)
Ví dụ 1: When Amber saw Susan washing the cookie sheets, she offered to lend a hand.
Ví dụ 2: Would you mind lending a hand in the garden? We need to finish planting these flowers before it starts raining.
(to) lose one's touch - to no longer be able to do something well.
(Không còn có khả năng làm điều gì đó tốt nữa)
Ví dụ 1: I used to make delicious pies, but this one tastes terrible. I think I've lost my touch.
Ví dụ 2: Dr. Stewart used to be a very good doctor, but recently several of his patients have died. He seems to have lost his touch!
(to be) out of practice - no longer good at doing something.
(Bỏ làm một việc gì đó quá lâu và không còn làm được tốt như xưa)
Ví dụ 1: Susan studied French in high school, but she hasn't spoken it since. She's really out of practice.
Ví dụ 2: I used to play tennis every day, but I haven't played in years. I'm out of practice.
(to) pick up - to acquire; to learn.
(Thu thập được; học được)
Ví dụ 1: Bob picks up languages quickly. After two weeks in Spain, he was already speaking Spanish.
Ví dụ 2: Diana picked up some great new ideas at the workshop.
Lưu ý: "Pick up" has several other meanings, including:
1) To take from the floor or ground. Pick up the pen you dropped.
2) To buy. I'll pick up some burritos on my way home.
3) To clean up. Let's pick up the bedroom before the guests arrive.
4) To retrieve someone. I'll pick you up at seven for our date.
sweet tooth - an enjoyment of sugary foods.
(Hảo ngọt - Thích ăn ngọt)
Ví dụ 1: Amber's got a real sweet tooth. Last night, she ate a whole box of Godiva chocolates.
Ví dụ 2: No wonder Liz is so overweight. She's got such a sweet tooth!
(to) take a break - to stop and rest from an activity.
(Nghỉ giải lao / nghỉ mệt)
Ví dụ 1 : Bob always worked 10 hours straight, never taking a break.
Ví dụ 2: Let's take a break from our work and go get some ice cream.
(to) take over - to assume control.
Nắm quyền kiểm soát, quản lý, hoặc trách nhiệm.
Ví dụ 1: After 11 hours of driving, I was getting tired. Fortunately, my friend offered to take over.
Ví dụ 2: My new boss will be taking over some of my projects.
too many cooks spoil the broth - too many people involved in an activity can ruin it.
Lắm thầy thối ma, lắm người ta thối kít
Ví dụ 1: After Bob and Susan edited Nicole's college applications, they were worse than when she started. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Ví dụ 2: You don't need to help us. We have enough people helping already, and too many cooks spoil the broth.
Lưu ý: Broth is a clear liquid that forms the base for soups.
Tricks of the trade - clever shortcuts gained by experience; clever methods that help you to do a job better or faster
(Các phương pháp khéo léo giúp bạn làm một công việc tốt hơn hoặc nhanh hơn.)
Ví dụ 1: The new teacher learned some tricks of the trade from Mrs. Blackstone, who'd been teaching at the school for 40 years.
Ví dụ 2: My new job will be easier once I learn some tricks of the trade.
(to) work one's tail off [slang] - to work very hard.
(Làm việc đầu tắt mặt tối)
Ví dụ 1: Don worked his tail off to save money for his son's education.
Ví dụ 2: Bob worked his tail off at the furniture store, but his boss fired him anyway.