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More Speak English Like an American Lesson 15 Idioms and Expressions MCQ Test

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Lesson 15: Mark and Sara Discover Delicious Dumplings


Mark and Sara successfully locate Madame Chu, the woman selling dumplings by the Great Wall. The dumplings are so delicious, Mark offers Madame Chu $500 for her recipes. A suspicious Madame Chu says no to the offer.

Mark: There it is – Madame Chu’s Dumpling Stand.

Mme Chu: What can I get for you?

Sara: What do you recommend?

Mme Chu: The variety plate is popular. It has pork and vegetable dumplings.

Mark: That sounds good.

Sara: Mmmm, these dumplings are to die for!

Mark: They do hit the spot.

Sara: I wish we could bring Madame Chu to California with us, but that’s probably not in the cards.

Mark: I wonder if we can get our hands on her recipes.

Sara: Getting secret information out of women is right up your alley! You had great success with Cindy!

Mark: That was a cheap shot!

Sara: All kidding aside, maybe she’d be willing to share her recipes. Just ask her.

Mark: Excuse me, would you give me your recipes?

Mme Chu: Not a chance! These recipes have been in my family for over 100 years.

Mark: I’ll pay you.

Mme Chu: I’m not interested, not for all the tea in China!

Mark: How about for $500?

Mme Chu: I smell a rat. Why are you offering so much.

Mark: Because I want to make these delicious dumplings at home!

Mme Chu: I can see the writing on the wall. You and your wife will set up shop down the road and compete with me!

Mark: No, that’s the furthest thing from my mind!

Mme Chu: I have customers waiting. Good-bye.


  • to die for

 very tasty; delicious

Example: Mmmmm, this chocolate cake is to die for!

  • (to) hit the spot

 to satisfy a desire, such as for food or drink

Example: On a hot summber day, a cold beer really hits the spot.

  • in the cards

 likely to happen; possible

Example: The economy is slowing down. Do you think a recession is in the cards?

  • (to) get one’s hands on

 to get, sometimes with difficulty

Example: We asked the owner of the used bookstore where we could get our hands on a first edition of The Grapes of Wrath.

  • right up one’s alley

 something someone is good at, has a lot of experience with, or really enjoys

Example: Tom loves horror movies, so Dawn of the Dead was right up his alley.

  • cheap shot

 a nasty comment; an unfair thing to say

Example: After the bank reported bad earnings, the journalist took a cheap shot a its CEO by writing, “Some leadership might help.”

  • all kidding aside

 seriously (note: say this after you joke about something, to indicate that you are now changing your tone)

Example: “Who left the science experiments in the company refrigerator? All kidding aside, please tell the employees to throw our their old food.”

  • Not a chance!

 No way; That’s not a possibility

Example: “Do you think Paul would let me borrow his motorcycle?” – “Not a chance! He never lets anybody else use it.”

  • not for all the tea in China

 not for anything

Example: Martin loves football. He would not miss the Superbowl for all the tea in China.

  • (to) smell a rat

 to be suspicious about something

Example: Ivan got an investement proposal by email, but he smelled a rat when he read the line, “Please deposit $25,000 into my account by next Friday.”

  • (to) see the writing on the wall

 to see signs of trouble in the future; to know what is going to happen

Example: The furniture store is selling everything at 60% off. I can see the writing on the wall: soon they’ll be going out of business.
Note: You may also see the variation “handwriting on the wall.”

  • (to) set up shop

 to open a business; to expand a business to a new location

Example: When the English language school heard about the demand for English in Korea, they set up shop in Seoul.

  • That’s the furthest thing from my mind

 I wouldn’t even think of doing that

Example: “I hope you’re not planning to stay at this job for a few months, get information, and then start your own company.” – “That’s the furthest thing from my mind!”

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