|Pronunciation Tip: YOU changes to YA.|
Background: Alex and Sarah run into each other at college after not having seen each other for six months since they finished a study abroad program.
Sarah: Hey, Alex, Alex! Long time, no see.
Alex: Hey, Sarah. Fancy bumping into ya here.
Sarah: Yeah. I haven't seen ya in ages [Yeah, when was it?] . . . since the study abroad program. So, what have ya been up to lately?
Alex: Ah, Just the same old thing, but what's new with YOU since we got back from overseas?
Sarah: Just school and work. Uh, by the way, have ya been in touch with Ryan these days? [No, why?] I heard he's getting married to a girl named Angela!
Alex: Huh? . . .No way. I mean stop putting me on. I just saw him three days ago, and he didn't say a word about that. I mean, I went out Angela just a week ago, and we had a date planned for Friday. I mean I really thought she liked me and, I just . . .
Sarah: Um, sorry. I guess I let THAT one slip. [Yea . . .] Oh, hey, hey, I've got to run. I have to go to work.
Alex: Ye . . . Yeah, I . . . I have to take off, too.
Sarah: It was nice seeing you.
Alex: Yeah, same here, but you need to give me the scoop on Ryan. I mean . . . I really thought that she . . .
Sarah: Don't worry. It's probably a different Angela anyway. [Well . . .] Hey, here's my phone number. [Yeah, but . . .] Some of the people from study abroad program are getting together this weekend [Yeah, but . . .], so give me a ring if ya want to come. Better . . . [Well, yeah . . .] Better yet, you can reach me at this email address.
Alex: Yeah, well . . . [What?] I guess. Hmph. Catch ya later.
Sarah: Oh, and say hello to Ryan for me.
Alex: Hmph. You'd better believe it . . . after I wring his neck. That lousy so-called friend.
Key Vocabulary: [ Sample Sentences ]|
long time, no see: it's been a long time since I've seen you
fancy: expressing surprise
bump into: meet unexpectedly
in ages: a long time
be up to: be busy or occupied with
what's new: what's new in your life
by the way: (used to introduce a new topic), so
be in touch: make contact
Huh? (interjection): what?
no way (interjection): I can't believe it
put someone on: fool or joke
umm (interjection): used when pausing to think
let something slip: talk about something accidently that was supposed to be a secret
have (got) to run: have to go
take off: leave
give someone a ring: call by telephone
reach someone: speak with or find
catch you later: see you later
hmph: showing disapproval, disappointment, or disgust
you'd better believe it: showing disapproval, disappointment, or disgust
wring someone's neck: punish someone who makes you upset or angry
lousy: very bad
|Origin of Idioms:|
Wringing one's neck can make reference to the action of killing an animal like a chicken by twisting its neck with your bare hands. Today, we use this expression when we are really angry with someone.