Campus English: Conversational Expressions

College English - Conversation

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Brian: Hey Nick, how’s it going?

Nick: All right. You look happy – what’s up?

Brian: I’m so pumped up for the basketball game this weekend! It’s gonna be an awesome game, and if we win, we go to the state championships!

Nick: Who are you guys playing?

Brian: Penn State. They’re a good team, but I know we can beat them. Last time we lost by two points because our defense screwed up in the last minute of the game. Our coach was pissed off – he yelled at us for over an hour afterwards! So, are you coming to the game?

Nick: I can’t… something came up.

Brian: What?

Nick: Professor Jackson assigned a 12-page paper due on Monday. It’ll take me the whole weekend to finish it.

Brian: That’s too bad! You’re gonna miss a great game!

Nick: Yeah, but if I don’t study, I’ll fall behind in my classes. Hey, what are you up to tonight?

Brian: Not much; I’ve got some homework to do and then I’ll probably hang out with my roommates.

Nick: You’re not gonna stop by Jenny’s party?

Brian: Nah, probably not. I’m tired from basketball practice and I don’t feel like dancing. I just wanna do something laid-back – watch a movie, play some video games…

Nick: Gotcha. Well, I’ve gotta run. Catch you later – good luck at the game!

Brian: Thanks!

Campus Conversation Quiz

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Question 1
pumped up = _____________
A
excited
B
nervous
C
interested
Question 2
screwed up = ______________
A
made a mistake
B
played well
C
didn't listen
Question 3
pissed off = ______________
A
very angry
B
very disappointed
C
very confused
Question 3 Explanation: 
BE CAREFUL - "pissed off" is very informal English and can be offensive. Do not use this expression in a professional context.
Question 4
something came up = ______________
A
another responsibility appeared
B
a bad thing happened
C
a teacher gave homework
Question 5
fall behind = ______________
A
not make as much progress as necessary
B
fail
C
not understand
Question 6
what are you up to? = ______________
A
what are you doing?
B
what are you thinking?
C
what are you looking at?
Question 7
hang out = ______________
A
spend time
B
go out
C
talk on the phone
Question 8
stop by = ______________
A
make a quick visit
B
stop someone from doing something
C
have a good time
Question 9
feel like = ______________
A
want to
B
feel good
C
think about
Question 10
laid back = ______________
A
relaxed
B
fun
C
boring
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