I’m famished!

Do you know the English expression “to be famished“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Eri: I’m famished! I haven’t eaten since 6am this morning.

Fiona: Same here. Let’s take a break and get something to eat.

Does it mean:

a) to be full

b) to be tired

c) to feel dizzy

d) to be very hungry

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Answer: d) to be very hungry

Short Story – Marvellous Max

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A short story for learners of English.

Max loves action comics and movies. He works in the car park of a big supermarket. It is a not a good job, but Max was not clever at school. He doesn’t have any qualifications. He couldn’t go to university. This job was the best he could find.

Max collects the shopping carts that shoppers leave in the car park. He takes the shopping carts back to the entrance of the supermarket. It is sometimes hard work but it is not difficult. So Max has a lot of time to dream.

He dreams of being a hero. He dreams of being Superman or Batman. Of course his dreams are crazy but as Max tells himself, Dreams are free.

Today it is very wet and windy. Max is wearing a long blue raincoat. It has the name of the supermarket on the back.

Max is standing next to a row of carts. He will push them together and then he will take them all back to the supermarket door. He looks around to see if there are any more in the car park. There are special places for shoppers to leave the carts. Most people take their carts to these special places but some people are lazy, and leave them near their cars.

He sees two young boys in jackets with hoods.

They should be in school, he thinks. What are they doing here?

He sees a small woman pushing a cart towards her car. The cart is full of shopping bags. She looks old and the weather is very bad.

I’ll go and take her cart for her, he thinks.

He starts walking across the car park. The woman puts her cart behind her car. She walks to her car door to unlock it.

Suddenly the two boys run towards the cart. They take the cart and push it towards the road.

“Hey you!” shouts Max “What are you doing?”

Max chases the boys. The boys run out of the car park with the shopping cart and along the road. Max runs very fast.

“Stop! Stop!” he shouts.

The boys run to the corner. There is a car coming. They have to stop. They turn around and see Max. They see a very big man. His long coat is blowing in the wind. It looks like a cape. He looks like Batman, or Superman. They are frightened. They leave the cart and run across the road.

Max takes the cart of shopping and pushes it back to the supermarket. The little old lady is sitting on a seat outside the store. The store manager is talking to her. She is very shocked. She is crying. Max walks up to her.

“I couldn’t catch the bad boys, but here is your shopping,” he says.

“Oh, thank you!” she says.

“Well done, Max,” says the store manager.

“You are a hero,” says the lady.

Max’s face is red. “Oh, no,” he says. “I am not a hero.”

“You are a hero to me,” she says. She gives Max $20.

Max doesn’t want to take it, but she pushes it into his pocket.

“Please take it,” she says.

Max helps her put her shopping into her car. Then he takes the empty cart away.

I’ll be able to buy a new comic on the way home, he thinks.

A bad egg

Do you know the English expression “a bad egg“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Abby: Did you hear about George? He got fired for stealing money from the company.

Brenda: I thought he was a bad egg. I was right.

Does it mean:

a) a nice person

b) a bad person

c) a person who looks like an egg

d) a guilty person

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Answer: b) a bad person

Go back to the drawing board

Do you know the English expression “to go back to the drawing board“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Eddie: How is the marketing project going?

Robert: Terrible. We will have to go back to the drawing board.

Eddie: That’s too bad. We spent a lot of money on it.

Does it mean

a) go and draw something

b) buy some drawing boards

c) start something again because it failed

d) make a new plan on a drawing board

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Answer: c) start something again because it failed

Pull the plug

Do you know the English expression “to pull the plug”? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Kate: Is the city government going to build a new swimming pool?

Steve: No, the new mayor pulled the plug on it. He said it was too expensive.

Does it mean:

a) stop or cancel something

b) pull out the plug in a pool or bath

c) promote something

d) make something cheaper

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) stop or cancel something

Find (one’s) feet

Do you know the English expression “to find (one’s) feet“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Ira: How is your new job? Have you found your feet yet?

Gina: Yes, It’s fine now. It’s not as difficult as I expected.

Does it mean:

a) look for your feet

b) become confident in something new

c) become the best in something new

d) follow someone’s footsteps

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Answer: b) become confident in something new

Pull the wool over (someone’s) eyes

Do you know the English expression “to pull the wool over (someone’s) eyes“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Sandra: My son told me that he had done all his summer homework, but his teacher called me today and said that he hadn’t done anything!

Anna: I don’t think he expected the teacher to call you. He thought he could pull the wool over your eyes!

Does it mean:

a) put wool in someone’s eyes

b) blind someone

c) do something when the other person isn’t looking

d) deceive someone

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: d) deceive someone