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More Speak English Like an American Lesson 17 Idioms and Expressions MCQ Test

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Lesson 17: Mark Gets a Surprise Call


Mark and Sara are talking about going out for dumplings when Mark gets a surprise phone call. It’s Cindy yelling at him for going away without telling her. Mark tells her that he doesn’t need to tell her where he’s going because they’re not together anymore. Cindy says she thought they were going to get married.

Sara: Good morning! What’s that you’re having for breakfast?

Mark: Rice and pickled vegetables. When in Rome, do as the Romans do!

Sara: Wow, You’ve really gone native. That didn’t take long.

Mark: I asked the hotel where we can get the best dumplings in town. I’ve got a list of places.

Sara: Don’t fill up on rice now. Save room for the dumplings!

(Mark answers his cell phone)

Mark: Don’t worry. Oh, there’s my cell phone.

Mark: Hello?

Cindy: Mark, it’s Cindy! Where have you been? You dropped off the face of the earth.

Mark: I’m in Beijing. It was a last-minute business trip.

Cindy: You went to China on the spur of the moment?

Mark: That’s right.

Cindy: Well, when you be back in town? I need to see you!

Mark: Cindy, I can’t see you anymore.

Cindy: What?

Mark: It’s over between us.

Cindy: What? You and I were going to get hitched!

Mark: We must’ve gotten our wires crossed! I was never going to marry you.

Cindy: I can’t believe my ears! So all this time we were just stringing me along.

Mark: We’re breaking up. This is a bad connection. I’d better hang up now.


  • When in Rome, do as the Romans do

 When you’re visiting a foreign country or new place, behave like the local people

Example: Once she moved to the United States, Juanita decided she would only speak English. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” she said.

  • (to) go native

 to start behaving like the locals when in a new place or a foreign country

Example: When Adam moved to Los Angeles, he went native and started wearing shorts and sandals to work every day.

  • (to) fill up on

 to eat so much of something that you’re no longer hungry

Example: If you fill up on bread, you won’t be able to eat the rest of your dinner.

  • (to) save room for

 to make sure you still have some appetite left for

Example: Be sure to save room for dessert. I baked an apple pie.

  • (to) drop off the face of the earth

 to disappear

Example: Maria and I used to talk on the phone every week, but then she stopped calling and just dropped off the face of the earth.

  • last-minute

 unplanned; with little prior planning; at the latest possible moment

Example: I know this is a last-minute invitation, but are you free tonight to come over for dinner?

  • on the spur of the moment

 on very short notice; unplanned; spontaneous

Example: We had no plans for the weekend, so on the spur of the moment we decided to go to Altantic City.

  • It’s over between us

 Our romantic relationship is finished

Example: “How are you and Vera doing?” – “It’s over between us.”

  • (to) get hitched

 to get married

Example: Bob and Ann got hitched last Saturday night in Las Vegas.

  • (to) get one’s wires crossed

 to have a misunderstanding

Example: “I waited for you Starbucks for 45 minutes this morning. Where were you?” – “We must’ve gotten our wires crossed. I thought our meeting was tomorrow morning!”

  • I can’t believe my ears

 I’m shocked by what you’re telling me

Example: Bart got promoted to vice president? I can’t believe my ears! He is the worst manager in this company.

  • (to) string someone along

 to create false hope in someone; to deceive someone in order to get something from them

Example: Before you move in with Sam, make sure that he’s serious about getting marrried, and he isn’t just stringing you along.

  • (to) break up

1) to lose a telephone connection
Example: “Hello? Hello? I can hardly hear you. We’re breaking up.”

2) to end a romantic relationship
Example: Wendy and Mike fight all the time, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they break up.

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