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Bài nghe tiếng Anh giao tiếp nâng cao: Bob brings the cookies to the village market

Bob Brings the Cookies to the Village Market 

Bob brings Carol the cookies. He tells Carol that baking the cookies was easy because he had lots of help.

Bob mang những chiếc bánh quy tới cho bà Carol. Anh ấy nói với Carol rằng làm ra những chiếc bánh đó thì dễ nhưng anh ấy cần đến rất nhiều sự giúp đỡ.


Carol:    Bob, how did the baking go?
Bob:      Slow at first, but we're
________________ (1).

Carol:   Once you ________________ (2), it becomes ________________ (3).
Bob:      To
________________ (4), I thought that baking 2,000 cookies would be a ________________ (5)
               But we managed to
________________ (6) some helpers, and it was a ________________ (7).

Carol:   Well, thanks for coming ________________ (8) with the cookies.
Bob:      No problem. When will you need more?

Carol:   It ________________ (9) how many we sell today.
Bob:      How many do you think you'll sell?

Carol:   Maybe 500, maybe 2,000. ________________ (10). ________________ (11), I'll ________________ (12).
Bob:      Okay. Just
________________ (13) as soon as you know.



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


at first - in the beginning.
(Lúc khởi đầu; lúc đầu)

Ví dụ 1: Nicole didn't like Don Quixote at first, but after 200 pages she started to get into it.
Ví dụ 2: Don't get discouraged if you don't succeed at first. The important thing is that you keep on trying!

(to) get the hang of (something) - to learn how to do something; to acquire an effective technique.
(Học được cách làm một cái gì đó, đạt được hiệu quả)

Ví dụ 1: Billy had trouble learning how to ride a bike, but after a few months he finally got the hang of it.
Ví dụ 2: When I went snowboarding for the first time, I kept falling down. But after a while, I got the hang of it.

(to) give (someone) a ring - to telephone someone.
(Gọi điện thoại cho ai đó)

Ví dụ 1: Give me a ring tomorrow so we can discuss plans for this weekend.
Ví dụ 2: If you're free on Saturday, give me a ring and we can go to the movies.

Đồng Nghĩa: to give (someone) a buzz [slang]

in any case - whatever the fact is; certainly.
(Bất cứ sự thật như thế nào; cho dù sao đi chăng nữa)

Ví dụ 1: We can either go to the new Star Wars movie or see a play tonight. In any case, you'll need to be at my house by six o'clock.
Ví dụ 2: You'll probably be too tired on Sunday to come over. In any case, give me a call in the morning to discuss.

in person - personally; in one's physical presence.
(Có mặt; nhìn tận mặt; đối diện ...) 

Ví dụ 1: Tim hoped that he and Svetlana would get along as well in person as they did over the Internet.
Ví dụ 2: After hearing so much about Donna's boyfriend, I'm looking forward to meeting him in person.

(to) keep posted - to provide up-to-date information.
(Giữ liên lạc; đưa tin thường xuyên; cập nhập thông tin thường xuyên)

Ví dụ 1: Keep me posted about your plans for the summer. If you're going to be at your cottage on the lake, I'd love to come visit.
Ví dụ 2: Good luck selling your house and keep me posted! I'd love to know how much you get for it.

(to) learn the ropes - to learn the basics.
(Học được hay nắm được căn bản)

Ví dụ 1: Mark learned the ropes of the restaurant business by working as a cook at Outback Steakhouse.
Ví dụ 2: David worked at a big law firm for 10 years where he learned the ropes. Now he runs his own law firm.

pain in the neck - an annoyance.
(Gây khó chịu; phiền toái; gây nên đau đầu, nhức óc)
Ví dụ 1: Yesterday I had to stay home all day and wait for the repairman. What a pain in the neck!
Ví dụ 2: Alice wants me to drive her to the airport early tomorrow morning. That's going to be a pain in the neck!

piece of cake - very easy.
(Quá dễ dàng)

Ví dụ 1: Nicole finished her physics test in just 25 minutes. It was a piece of cake.
Ví dụ 2: The driving test is a piece of cake. Don't worry about it.

Đồng Nghĩa: easy as pie. You should have no trouble passing the driving test. It's as easy as pie.

(to) round up - to gather people together.
(Tập hợp mọi người lại với nhau)

Ví dụ 1: The town rounded up 200 volunteers to search for the hiker, who was lost in the woods of Yosemite National Park.
Ví dụ 2: Let's round up some volunteers to help bake cookies and pies for the bake sale.

second nature - a behavior that has been practiced for so long, it seems to have been there always.
(Một tập tính có được rất lâu, có vẻ như có sẵn hoặc do bẩm sinh)

Ví dụ 1: Karen has been arguing with her husband every day for the past 20 years, so by now it's just second nature.
Ví dụ 2: With practice, riding a unicycle becomes second nature.

to tell you the truth - to speak openly; to admit.
(Nói thật tình; nói một cách cởi mở)

Ví dụ 1: To tell you the truth, Ted isn't a very good student.
Ví dụ 2: To tell you the truth, I didn't even want to attend Katie's wedding. But I knew she'd be offended if l didn't go.

your guess is as good as mine - I don't know; I don't know any more than you do.
(Tôi không biết; tôi cũng không biết gì nhiều hơn bạn cả)

Ví dụ 1: Will we ever find intelligent life on other planets? Your guess is as good as mine.
Ví dụ 2: Will Ted graduate on time? Your guess is as good as mine!