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12                                             Everyday Conversational Expressions                           Stress, Anxiety, Excitement p.6


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* 12 Stress, Anxiety, Excitement (p.6 of 9)


12.23   When a person is too excited


Don’t get excited.   Listen   <“Don’t get excited. They can back out of the deal at any moment.”>

Don’t get all excited.   Listen   <“Don’t get all excited. The protocol they signed is not legally binding.”>

Don’t be so hysterical.   Listen   <“I got promoted!” – “Don’t be so hysterical. Now you have to work more.”>

Don’t lose your cool.   Listen   A “Don’t lose your nerve.”   <“I know you like your new bicycle. Don’t lose your cool, though.>

Don’t blow your cool.   Listen   <“I’m so glad you won the contest. Whatever happens now, don’t blow your cool.”>

Don’t run around like a chicken with its head cut off.   Listen   A “Don’t behave erratically.”<“My wife gave birth to a baby boy!” – “Congratulations! Don’t run around like a chicken with its head cut off.”>

Pull yourself together.   Listen   A “Gain control of your emotions.”   <“We had a car accident! I have never experienced anything like that before.” – “Pull yourself together and help your parents to calm down your little sister.”>

Get a grip on yourself.   Listen   <“To have your first article published is exciting. But this is just a start. Get a grip on yourself. You have a career to make.”>

Restrain yourself.   Listen   A “Hold back your emotions.”   <“Our school team has won the game!” – “Good, I’m glad to hear that. Now, restrain yourself. I know how excited you are.”>

Hold your horses.   Listen   A “Calm down. Don’t be so excited.”   <“Hurry up! Chop, chop! I’m eager to go.” – “Hold your horses. Don’t be in such a rush.”>

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12.24   When a person is not sensible


Get real!   Listen   A “Accept reality!”   <“The company you’re working for is going under. You’ve got to start looking for a new job. Get real!”>

Come back to earth.   Listen   A “Return to real life.”   (used with back or down)   <“If you drop out of college, you will never get a decent job. You need to learn harder. Don’t be fooled by fairy tales about lucky dropouts. Come back to earth.”>

Snap out of it.   Listen   A “Get back to reality.”   <“You can’t make a living by playing your music. Snap out of it. Get a regular job.”>

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12.25   When you want to sound sarcastic about a bad situation


That’s just great!   Listen   A “A new problem has arisen.”   <“On top of all that, my daughter’s white rat gave birth to a dozen little rats. That’s just great!”>

That’s just swell!   Listen   <“Your brother is calling from Mexico. His friends forgot him in a hotel. He doesn’t have either documents or money.” – “That’s just swell.”>

That’s just what I needed!   Listen   <“My parrot got out of its cage and sat on a tree in the backyard. Now I have to call firefighters. That’s just what I needed!”>

That’s all I need!   Listen   <“My car got stalled in the garage, and the garage door broke. That’s all I need!”>

I needed that like a hole in the head.   Listen   <“Hurry up! Your sister has just called on the phone. It’s an emergency!” – “I needed that like a hole in the head. Has she lost her keys again?”>

Now what?   Listen   A “And what is happening now after all that has already happened?”   <I knocked at the neighbor’s door and heard an angry voice, “Now what?”>

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12.26   When you want to encourage a person in a bad situation


You did the best you could.   Listen   <“In spite of all my efforts, I lost the contest.” – “You did the best you could. Roll with the punches.”>

You did the best that could be expected in the situation.   Listen   <“What else could I do?” – “You did the best that could be expected in this situation. There was nothing else you could do.”>

You get an A for effort.   Listen   A “Even though you are not successful, you get a high grade for trying.”   <“Every time I ask her for a date, she turns me down.” – “You get an A for effort.”>

The important thing is that you tried.   Listen   <“I submitted my essay for a literary competition, and failed.” – “The important thing is that you tried. Recognition is hard to gain.”>

You made a noble effort.   Listen   <“I failed to sail around the world.” – “You made a noble effort. Not so many people have such an achievement under their belt.”>

Better luck next time.   Listen   A “Next time you will succeed.”   <“Our team lost again.” – “Well, better luck next time.”>

Let’s look on the bright side.   Listen   <“I asked my boss for a raise, and he said no.” – “Let’s look on the bright side. You still have a job. And you can ask him again.”>

Don’t let it get you down.   Listen   A “Don’t allow the situation to disappoint you.”   <“I received another negative response to my application.” – “Don’t let it get you down. Try again later.”>

Don’t give up.   Listen   A “Don’t admit defeat. Don’t abandon hope.”   <“I flunked the test…” – “Give it another try. Don’t give up.”>

Don’t give up without a fight.   Listen   A “Don’t surrender. Keep fighting.”   <“Every time I save enough money to make a down payment on a house, the price of houses increases.” – “Keep trying. Don’t give up without a fight.”>

Don’t give up too easy.   Listen   A “Don’t surrender too easily.”   <“My situation is hopeless… I’m about ready to stop trying.” – “You’re strong. You’ll manage it. Don’t give up too easy.”>

Keep your chin up.   Listen   A “Hold your chin up. Don’t give up.”   <“Since I got fired, I feel like a fish out of water.” – “Keep your chin up. Look for another job.”>

Chin up!   Listen   <“Things are looking bad for me at work.” – “Chin up! Things will work out for the best.”>

Cheer up!   Listen   A “Be cheerful. Try to be happy.”   <“I’m stressed out financially.” – “Cheer up! You’ll get over it.”>

Keep smiling.   Listen   A “Have good spirits although the situation is tough.”   <“I got fired. My wife left me. What do I do?” – “Keep smiling. It will work out in the end.”>

Things will get better.   Listen   <“I really can’t take it anymore. Things are getting tough.” – “Things will get better. The best is yet to come.”>

Things will work out.   Listen   A “Complications will be resolved.”   <“I feel so miserable I could cry.” – “Don’t worry. Things will work out.”>

In the end it will all work out.   Listen   <“I just don’t know if I can go on like that.” – “In the end it will all work out.”>

It’s going to be alright.   Listen   <“I am a wreck… I don’t know what to do…” – “It’s going to be alright.”>

Everything’s going to be all right.   Listen   <“My girlfriend has left me. My life is ruined…” – “Don’t worry. Everything’s going to be all right.”>

Everything will be fine.   Listen   <“I feel like I’m stupid. I want to drop out of school.” – “Keep trying. Everything will be fine.”>

Tomorrow is another day.   Listen   AYesterday’s troubles will be forgotten.”   <“I asked her out tonight. She turned me down again!” – “Well, tomorrow is another day. Keep after her.”>

Tomorrow it all will be forgotten.   Listen   <“I’m so mad at my sister! How could she slam me in front of other people?” – “Don’t worry. Tomorrow it all will be forgotten.”>

It’s only up from here.   Listen   AFrom now on, it’s going to be better.”   <“I am at the lowest point of my career now.” – “Don’t worry. It’s only up from here.”>

It’s always darkest before dawn.   Listen   AIt always gets worse before it gets better.”   <“The economy is in bad shape now.” – “We’ll see improvements soon. It’s always darkest before dawn.”>

Grin and bear it!   Listen   ASmile and endure.”   <“My boss is a rude person.” – “Grin and bear it. Try to make friends with him.”>

Grit your teeth.   Listen   AEndure.”   <“This company is hard to work at. Everybody seems to be jealous of each other.” – “Grit your teeth. Don’t let these people wear you down.”>

Take it in stride.   Listen   <“My girlfriend dropped me…” – “Well, what can I say? This is life. Take it in stride.”>

Things are never as bad as they seem.   Listen   AIn reality, your position is better than you might think.”   <“It looks like this time I get a job.” – “You see! I told you! Never give up! Things are never as bad as they seem.”>

Stop carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.   Listen   ADon’t assume upon yourself more than you can carry.”   <“Our project is a real mess.” – “You are not the only one responsible. Stop carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.”>

A king couldn’t have done any better.   Listen   AEven a powerful person could not have done it better.”   <“That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.” – “I know. A king couldn’t have done any better.”>

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