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Thursday, September 1, 2011

to keep one's fingers crossed

Context #1:
Jane: Tomorrow I'm going to go to the DMV to take my driving test... again! I've already failed twice!
Cindy: Good luck! I hope you pass. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
 
Context #2:
Paul: Hey John, you had a job interview last week, right? Have you heard back from them yet?
John: No, I haven't heard back from them yet. The interview went really well though. I really want that job. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
 
Meaning: to keep your fingers crossed is used in different situations where you are wishing someone luck. This can be used when you are wishing good luck for yourself or for someone else. Don't forget that this idiom uses the plural "fingers," not the singluar "finger."
 
This idiom can be found in the LSI textbook Speaking Savvy. This book is used at LSI schools to teach Level 5 Speaking. For more information, please visit: www.languagesystems.com

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

to have something in common


Idiom: to have something in common
 
Context #1:
Joe: Guess what! I found out that Cindy and I both love Jazz music. Plus, she loves to play soccer just like I do.
Fred: Wow! You guys have a lot in common.
Joe: Yeah. I wonder if we like any other of the same things.
 
Context #2:
Mario: So how come you broke up with your girlfriend?
Tim: Well, she was really nice, and pretty too. But I found out that we had almost nothing in common. We like different kinds of music, different kinds of movies, different kinds of food. We had nothing to really talk about. I love sports but she hates them.
Mario: Yeah.. it would be really hard to date someone who had so many differences.
 
Meaning: to have something in common means that two people share the same background, hobbies, likes, or experiences.
 
This idiom was taken from the LSI textbook Speaking Transitions which is used to teach Level 4 Speaking at LSI schools. For more information please visit: www.languagesystems.com