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12 Everyday Conversational Expressions Stress, Anxiety, Excitement p.4

 

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* 12 Stress, Anxiety, Excitement (p.4 of 9)

 

12.13 When you offer moral support

 

Im here for you. Listen <Im lonely. Im depressed. Im here for you.>

Im here if you want to talk about it. Listen <I have problems at work. I am here if you want to talk about it.>

If you need someone to talk to, Im available. Listen <You know, my life is not exactly what I expected it to be. If you need someone to talk to, I am available.>

Would you like to talk about it? Listen <My sister hates me. My girlfriend doesnt like me. Even my cat can hardly bear me. Would you like to talk about it?>

Do you need someone to talk to? Listen <Im going to have a nervous breakdown. Do you need someone to talk to?>

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12.14 When you are overworked

 

I have no time to call my own. Listen A I am very busy working. <This month Im very busy with an urgent job. I have no time to call my own.>

I dont have time to breathe. Listen A I dont have spare time. <Our project is getting down to the wire. I dont have time to breathe.>

I dont have time to catch my breath. Listen <I dont read books, I dont watch television. I dont have time to catch my breath.>

There arent enough hours in the day. Listen A There is so much work to do and so little time. <Im behind schedule and the deadline is approaching fast. There arent enough hours in the day.>

Im burning my candle at both ends. Listen A I am spending much time working. <I work late nights. Im burning the candle at both ends.>

Im doing the job of two people. Listen <Im so busy these days. Im doing the job of two people.>

Im a slave to my job. Listen A All my time and thought belong to my job. <The project takes up all of my time. I am a slave to my job.>

This job will be the death of me. Listen A This job will kill me. <I havent had a vacation for three years. This job will be the death of me.>

Some people just dont know when to quit. Listen A Some people dont know when to stop working hard. <Im a workaholic. My father was a workaholic too. He almost died from a heart attack. Some people just dont know when to quit>

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12.15 When a problem is resolved

 

We made it! Listen A We succeeded! <The war is over. We made it!>

We got it! Listen A We found the right answer! <Thats exactly what we have been looking for. We got it!>

We did it. Listen <We finished the project. We did it.>

We did it just in time. Listen A We succeeded just before it was too late. <The job wasnt easy. We did it just in time.>

We did it in the nick of time. Listen A We succeeded at the last possible instant. <The deadline was approaching fast. We did it in the nick of time.>

This is it. Listen A This is the thing we need. <Where is our street? We have been looking for it for half an hour. This is it! I recognize it.>

Thats it. Listen A Thats the answer to the problem. <Put this piece into your puzzle. Youre right! Thats it!>

That does it. Listen A That resolves the problem. <Im putting the last brick in the wall. That does it. Im telling you, it was a tough job.>

Bingo! Listen A I have just succeeded! <Ive just found my car keys! Bingo!>

Alls well that ends well. Listen A An event is good if it ends well even though it was not going well along the way. <The bridegroom has finally gotten to the wedding. Well, all is well that ends well.>

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12.16 When a person feels offended

 

They didnt mean any harm. Listen A You dont need to feel angry with them. They didnt want to offend you. <Im sorry that the boss criticized you at the business meeting. He didnt mean any harm.>

Youve got to roll with the punches. Listen A Youve got to be able to take blows. Youve got to deal with criticism. <The boss didnt scold you but criticized you for your mistake. Youve got to roll with the punches.>

Youre too sensitive. Listen A You are easy to offend. <Sometimes colleagues behave rough. Youre too sensitive. Youve got to get used to office life.>

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12.17 When you feel happy

 

Im feeling good. Listen <How are you feeling? Im feeling good.>

I feel good. Listen <How do you feel? I feel good.>

Im feeling fine. Listen <I heard you won a lottery. How are you feeling now? Im feeling fine.>

I feel fine. Listen <Im so happy for you. The wedding ceremony was spectacular. How do you feel as a married lady? I feel fine.>

I feel great. Listen <Now that youve won the race, how do you feel? I feel great.>

Im happy as can be. Listen A I am very happy. <Hows life? I have a family, I have a job, and I have a bank account. Im happy as can be.>

Im as happy as a lark. Listen <Hows the family? They are doing fine. Im happy as a lark.>

Im happy as a clam. Listen <Have you got the job you wanted so much? Yes, I have. Im as happy as a clam.>

I couldnt be happier. Listen <My marriage is great. I couldnt be happier.>

Im on top of the world. Listen <Since I got married, Im on top of the world.>

Im in heaven. Listen <Im delighted with my boyfriends proposal. Im in heaven.>

Im in seventh heaven. Listen <I got a bicycle as a birthday gift. Im in seventh heaven.>

Im on cloud nine. Listen <I won the contest. Im on cloud nine.>

This is the best day of my life! Listen <I proposed to my girlfriend, and she said yes. This is the best day of my life.>

What a great day! Listen <Our football team won! What a great day!>

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12.18 When you are enthusiastic about life

 

Life couldnt be better! Listen <Hows life? Life couldnt be better. Im doing just fine.>

Lifes been good to me. Listen A I am doing well in life and I appreciate it. <I have a great family. I like my job. Life has been good to me.>

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