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Ted Goes Out For The Evening 

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

Ted định tới chỗ Amber chơi. Mẹ của Ted không thực sự thích Amber. Tuy nhiên, bà ta cũng chúc Ted đi chơi vui vẻ.


Ted:       See you later, Mom!
Susan:   Where are you going, Ted?

Ted:       I told Amber I'd ________________ (1).
Susan:   What are you two going to do?

Ted:       Maybe go to the movies or to a party. Our plans are still ________________ (2).
Susan:   Why don't you invite her over here?

Ted:       I don't want to ________________ (3) here. Dad is really ________________ (4).
Susan:   Is Amber the girl with the nose ring and the purple hair?

Ted:       Yeah. I'm ________________ (5) her!
Susan:   ________________ 
(6), but she's not exactly my ________________ (7).

Ted:       _______________ (8), Mom. We're not _______________ (9) get married. We just enjoy _______________ (10) together.
Susan:   I guess ________________ 
(11) . ________________ (12).

Ted:       Don't worry. We'll ________________ (13)!
Susan:   (under her breath) That's what I'm afraid of!


Tìm hiểu các thành ngữ được sử dụng trong bài hội thoại:


about to - see Lesson 1

(to be) crazy about - to like very much. 
(Rất thích một thứ gì /việc gì /ai đó; "thích như điên" ...)

Ví dụ 1: Amy is so crazy about golf, she'd like to play every day.
Ví dụ 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. 
(Ưa thích một thứ / việc / người nào đó.) 

Ví dụ 1: Hockey isn't Alan's cup of tea. He prefers soccer.
Ví dụ 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. (thường thì dùng trong ngữ điệu tiêu cực [-])

(to be) down in the dumps - to feel sad; to be depressed. 
(Bị rơi vào tình trạng buồn phiền; rầu; chán nản; thất vọng)

Ví dụ 1: It's not surprising that Lisa is down in the dumps. Paws, the cat she had for 20 years, just died.
Ví dụ 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. 
(Ghé thăm ai đó không báo tin trước; tạt ngang qua nhà ai đó 1 chút xíu)

Ví dụ 1: If we have time before the movie, let's drop by Bill's house.
Ví dụ 2: "Hi, I was in the neighborhood so I thought I'd drop by!"

(to) hang around - to spend time idly; to linger. 
(Ngồi lê la đâu đấy; ngồi chờ việc gì...)

Ví dụ 1: We had to hang around the airport for an extra six hours because our flight was delayed.
Ví dụ 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). 
(Ngồi lê la / đi lang lang với bạn bè; thường thì rong chơi chẳng làm gì cả.)

Ví dụ 1: Ted spent all of last summer hanging out by his friend's pool.
Ví dụ 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 [slang] - to enjoy oneself very much. 
(Vui cười sung sướng trong những trò chơi / tiệc tùng ...)

Ví dụ 1: Last summer, Nicole had a blast backpacking through Europe with some friends.
Ví dụ 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.
(Được có những giây phút thoải mái, vui cười sung sướng ...)

Ví dụ 1: Marcy and Jose had a good time salsa dancing at Babalu, a nightclub in Manhattan.
Ví dụ 2: Nora and Jake had a good time on their honeymoon in Maui.

take it easy - relax; don't worry.
(Thong thả; không lo lắng hay suy nghĩ...)

Ví dụ 1: You lost your keys? Take it easy, I'm sure you'll find them.
Ví dụ 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. 
(Hiểu lầm; nghĩ khác đi làm mích lòng) 

Ví dụ 1: Don't take this the wrong way, but I liked your hair better before you got it cut.
Ví dụ 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.
(Không biết nên khen hay chê)

Ví dụ 1: Ted likes to put sugar on his spaghetti. I guess there's no accounting for taste.
Ví dụ 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. 
(Nói lầm thầm; rủa thầm trong hơi thở; nói trong miệng chỉ một mình nghe; nói càu nhàu...)

Ví dụ 1: "Amber is strange," muttered Nicole under her breath, as Ted was leaving the room.
Ví dụ 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. 
(Chưa quyết định được; chưa biết chắc.)

Ví dụ 1: It might rain later, so our plans for the picnic are up in the air.
Ví dụ 2: Our trip to Russia is up in the air. We aren't sure we'll get our visas in time.