You’ve Got Mail ~ 4

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

I finally reached the end of the film. It was a bit harder for me than I thought. There are a lot of unfamiliar words, and as a result, I have found some wonderful expressions. However, this is a listening exercise, so let’s go back to the beginning and concentrate on listening next time for sure.

22. Kathleen Goes to Fox Books

  • tragedy *> something very sad that happens, usually involving death
  • These chairs for sale? Anything not nailed down. #if it’s not nailed down = if you can carry it
  • swear > to promise that you will do something
  • in the air > news and rumours spread and talk about it
  • flawless > perfect or without mistakes
  • destitute *> without money, food, a home, or possessions
  • instinct *> the way people or animals naturally react or behave, without having to think or learn about it

23. the Elevator Gets Stuck

  • obtuse > stupid and slow to understand, or unwilling to try to understand
  • insensitive > not aware of other people’s feelings, or not showing sympathy for the feelings of other people
  • stuck *> in a difficult situation, or unable to change or get away from a situation
  • plummet *> to fall very quickly and suddenly
  • in two shakes > very soon

24. a Dancing Memory

  • But all they’re really saying is that something you didn’t want to happen at all has happened. #comfort
  • tribute *> to praise someone or something
  • count on *> to depend on someone or something, especially in a difficult situation

25. Joe’s Father Comes by

  • nanny > a person whose job is to take care of a particular family’s children
  • I’ll be living out of a suitcase for at least 3 weeks. #living without a fixed place
  • inheritance *> money or objects that someone gives you when they die
  • down the drain > wasted or lost

26. Joe Visits Kathleen

  • A snap to find the one person in the world who fills your heart with joy. #it is a snap = it is easy
  • echinacea > a plant that is used as a medicine, especially to help your body fight illness
  • contagious *> the disease is transmitted directly by person-to-person contact
  • gloat > to show in an annoying way that you are proud of your own success or happy about someone else’s failure
  • horrible > very bad, unpleasant, or disgusting
  • Whereas I am a horrible person therefore I have no choice but to be horrible. #I’m a horrible man by nature, I’m horrible at all times.
  • It wasn’t personal. #it was a business matter
  • I’m so sick of that! #get fed up with
  • But it was personal to me. #Is it allowed in business?
  • Whatever else anything is,it ought to begin by being personal. #the heart is important in business too

27. Joe Asks About the Guy

  • My head is starting to get fuzzy. #feel dizzy
  • Why did you stop by again? I forget. #Did I ask you what you came for?
  • Why don’t you run off with him? #go away with someone in order to marry them
  • take that back = withdraw one has said
  • Now I can see that I bring out the worst in you. #cursing him
  • torture oneself > to cause suffering to oneself
  • for years to come = from now on and forever
  • It would be a shame to miss New York in the spring.

28. Wanting to meet

  • tweak > to change something slightly, especially in order to make it more correct, effective, or suitable
  • He nailed me. #he saw through my question
  • He knew exactly what I was after which is, just by the way, exactly like him. #he guesses exactly what I’m thinking
  • prosaic *> without interest, imagination, and excitement
  • Which clinch it. #to be determined

29. Joe Admits His Feelings

  • bump into *> to meet someone you know when you have not planned to meet them
  • prime > to prepare someone or something for the next stage in a process
  • If only.
  • How can you forgive this guy for standing you up and not forgive me for this tiny little thing of putting you out of business? How I wish you would.