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Thursday, March 20, 2014

To Get Away From It All

To Get Away from It All: To leave your home, workplace, or a stressful situation and go somewhere relaxing or peaceful.
Example #1
Jim: I am so stressed out at work right now! I have to get so many things done by next week and I just don't have enough time in the day.
Tim: That doesn't sound good. Maybe after you turn all your work in next week, you should go on vacation, to get away from it all!
Jim: You're right. A nice trip to Hawaii sounds good. I could just hang out on the beach all day and do nothing!
Tim: Well, that's a good way to get away from it all

Example #2
Sally:  I can't believe how beautiful the weather has been recently. Not a cloud in the sky!
Jill: I know. After the cooler winter it is a welcome change. At work, I can't even concentrate. I just stare out the window at the blue sky!
Sally: Yeah, on days like today, I just want to get away from it all. Do you know what I mean?
Jill: Yes, I do. Getting away from it all would break the boredom of my everyday life!

Meaning: To get way from it all means to go somewhere different from where you live in order to have a rest or vacation. In example #1, Jim is super stressed out at work and probably needs to get away from his work for a while and just relax.  In example #2, the weather is nice and Jill is bored with her everyday life, so she would like to go somewhere different on vacation to enjoy the nice weather.  

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Fever

Spring Fever:  A feeling of restlessness and excitement experienced at the beginning of springtime.     

Teacher: OK everyone. Please stop talking so that we can do today’s grammar lesson.
Student 1: (Ignoring the teacher) Wow! Look at today’s beautiful weather!

Student 2: (Also ignoring the teacher) Yes, it’s the perfect day to go to the beach!
Student 1: What’s the teacher saying? I can’t focus on this lesson at all because I have spring fever.
Student 2: Spring fever? What does that mean?

Student 1:  It means that I feel restless because of the changing season and so I want  to do something other than study!

Student 2: Oh, I see. Well, why don’t we skip the last class and go to the beach. If the teacher asks us tomorrow, we can say we were suffering from spring fever!

                                          News report from KLSI:     

News Anchor:  All through the ages, writers and poets have documented a special illness that seems to spread quickly during the months of April and May.  The symptoms of this illness include restlessness and daydreaming.  It’s commonly known as spring fever!

This week, scores of students hit the beach during spring break to find a remedy for spring fever. Road trips and all-night parties have also been known to cure the restlessness that many feel when springtime begins. 

What are you planning to do for spring break? Take our survey on our website:

What are your plans for spring break?

      1.    Party all night long.
      2.  Hit the beach and surf.  
      3.  Sleep.

      4.  Go on a road trip.

We will show the results of this survey tonight at 11:00. 

Meaning: Spring Fever  is the restlessness and excitement felt at the beginning of spring or the body’s psychological response to changing seasons. In the dialogue, the students cannot focus in class because they have spring fever, so they decide to just go to the beach.  In the news report, the news anchor is introducing a story and survey about spring break, when a lot of people feel the effects of spring fever.
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