英語学習奮闘記

4歳児と1歳児双子娘の育児と英語勉強両立。英検1級。

実ビジ・ディクテーション:9/19:Losing Weight

Some of the H&B starff meet for lunch, during which

Garcia and Collins' complimetn Nisssen on his improved fitness.

Nissen explains that his regular trips to the gym on thatwere not resulting in much weight loss as he hoped.

So he adopted the diet by slogan method.

He says this involves pasting motivational slogans such as

move it andto lose it, on places like his refridge or computer.

It's been what:

Collins's using this construction in athe sense of this is my estimation, this is my undestanding, correct me if I'm wrong.

You can use it forwith a variety of different question words, for example, It's how far 10 minutes walk to the restaurant or We've invited how many .. twenty people to ourthe reception

As trim and healthy as ever:

We use as something as ever, when some quality is unchanged a person or thing has been this way, and they still are this way.

If someone in your office turns in yet another, original innovative proposal, you could say

"She is as creative as ever I see."

Or if someone continues to be arrogant, you can say "He is as conceited as ever."

Check out:

Examine, take a look at, Garcia's saying.

She is using it in the sense of Wow isn't this something!

If I saw really cheap prices at the travel agency, for example,

I could say it to oura friends,

"Check out these vacation deals , they are really cheap" Or

I might say

"I think I 'll check out the new store tomorrow. See if I like thetheir merchandise.

Put something down to:

Nissen means "I attribute something to, I think something is caused by"

Imagine someone in your office is a bit rude, one day, you might say

I put it down to fatigue, he is really busy lately.

Clean living:

Nissen is joking here, using "clean living " to mean "apure moral life."

One inWarning which you cant be critisized on the moral grounds.

However, I've also seen this term used to mean healthy living a lifestyle, geared toward nutrition, fitness etc.

As in He is dedicated to clean living

He doesnt drink or smoke and exercises every day.

That's a new one on me:

We use this to mean, we've never heard of something or experienced it before.

There is also the expression "That's news to me."

But I think this means more I didn't know that or I haven't heard that

you know, for example

If Mr.A says"Did you know John's leaving next month?"

Mr.B might say"No, that's news to me."

Tell me about it:

Garcia is actually asking for more information.

This phrases is often used to mean, I know, I feel the same way or

I've had the same experience.

If someone said, "isn't it hot today?"

I might reply "Tell me about it, I'm sweating like a pig."

Move it:

Nissen's slogan refers to actually moving your body.

But we also use move it to mean hurry up.

As in We'd better move it or we'll miss the train.