You’ve Got Mail ~ 1

Captured from You’ve Got Mail © 1998 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

I’ve been using the film “You’ve Got Mail” to practice my English listening skills. I like this film and visited the filming locations in 2015.

I will then write down key phrases and new vocabulary here.

In my studies, I used the website “” as a reference. Thank you very much.

1. Kathleen Checks Her Mail

  • I’m out of here. See you tonight! #I’m going!
  • He likes to eat bits of pizza and bagel off the sidewalk… #eating things from the street
  • Don’t you love New York in the fall?
  • This not knowing has its charms. #someones attractive [captivating] points
  • Good riddance. #I am happy that someone or something is gone
  • insufferable > extremely annoying or unpleasant
  • It’s black-tie. #formal attire

2. Viewing the Construction Site

  • impatiently *> easily annoyed by someone’s mistakes or because you have to wait
  • My breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words. #stop my breathing
  • I hear nothing, not even a sound on the streets of New York.
  • That’s how it goes. #that’s the way it should be
  • She(Patricia) makes coffee nervous. #He made a joke. Drinking coffee makes some people edgy or nervous. So if coffee itself could be nervous, then whoever might cause that would be pretty intimidating. (by Randy from
  • We might as well tell them we’re opening a crack house. > used to suggest doing something, often when there is nothing better to do
  • That is out to destory. #eager to do something
  • seduce > to persuade someone to do something they would not normally do
  • stimulant *> a drug that makes you feel more active and awake
  • (I) can’t beat that. #I can’t do better than that. It’s the best.
  • infidelity > when someone has sex with a person who is not their wife, husband, or partner
  • The minute you do, they lose all respect for you. #as soon as
  • sort of > used to describe a situation approximately
  • depress *> to make someone feel very unhappy, especially about the future

3. Joe’s Father Getting Married Again

  • Who knows? #No one knows, I don’t know about that.
  • Another one bites the dust. #to die, fail, or stop existing
  • inventory *> a list of all the things that are in a place
  • sop > something of little importance or value that is offered to stop complaints or unhappiness
  • Don’t romanticize them. #spoil
  • keep from = protect, prevent
  • It’ll keep them from jumping down your throat. #bite one’s head off
  • penmanship > beautiful readable handwriting
  • enchant > to attract or please someone very much
  • porcelain > a hard shiny white substance that is used for making expensive plates, cups etc

4. Starbucks scene

  • pull up > to stop the vehicle that you are driving
  • prejudice > a strong dislike of a group of people because they are a different race, sex, religion, etc.
  • I get lost in the language. #addicted to, absorbed in, fascinated by
  • felicity *> happiness, luck, or a condition that produces positive results
  • agony *> extreme physical or mental pain
  • The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people withno decision-making ability to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee.
  • So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95 get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self. #self-conscious, sense of oneself

5. And vice versa

  • It has nothing to do with us. #no relation to
  • ignorant *> not having enough knowledge, understanding, or information about something
  • You know how in the flower district there are all those shops. #aren’t thre (tag question)
  • vice versa *> used to say that the opposite of a situation you have just described is also true
  • When you are finished with Fox Books, The Shop Around The Corner will be responsible .for reversing the entire course of the lndustrial Revolution. #beat
  • lullaby > a quiet song that is sung to children to help them go to sleep
  • incredibly *> in a way that is hard to believe
  • noble *> morally good or generous in a way that is admired
  • corrupt *> dishonestly using your position or power to get an advantage, especially for money
  • And sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it or because I haven’t been brave?
  • void > an empty area of space where nothing exists

6. Dropping off the Kids

  • I’ve got this covered. #it’s already been arranged, everything is in place.
  • refugee > someone who has been forced to leave their country, especially during a war, or for political or religious reasons

7. Joe Meets Kathleen

  • daring *> involving a lot of risk or danger, or brave enough to do risky things
  • plot *> a secret plan by a group of people to do something harmful or illegal
  • stinky > having or producing an unpleasant smell
  • grin *> to smile a wide smile
  • slap *> to hit someone with the flat part of your hand
  • cheer *> to give a loud shout of approval or encouragement
  • embroider *> to decorate cloth by sewing a pattern, picture, or words on it with coloured threads
  • She was helping people become what they were going to be.
  • And I have gotten carried away. #get hooked
  • enchant > to attract or please someone very much