Do you know other ways to say that you feel sorry for someone? Check out this episode to learn an alternative way to do it!
Welcome to another episode of Walk ‘n’ Talk Level Up, our all-English podcast series! No diálogo de hoje, vamos descobrir porque a Alice chegou tão atrasada, e tentar resolver um mistério.
Não se esqueça de repetir todas as frases em voz alta, junto com a teacher Becs, para praticar bem a sua pronúncia. E aproveite o material extra que preparamos para você aqui abaixo!
In this episode of Walk 'n' Talk Level Up, you got to practice your pronunciation and learn many structures, and now you can continue studying here by reading the whole dialogue, and checking out the written explanations with loads of examples. Don’t forget to repeat all the sentences!
Nicole: Speaking of the devil. Better late than never, Alice.
Alice: Sorry I’m so late. I had to take Bubbles to the vet on my way here.
Nicole: Damn! What’s wrong with him?
Alice: I’m not sure yet, but he was kinda funny when I dropped him off.
Nicole: Poor little Bubbles. But haven’t you got any clue?
Alice: Well… I haven’t gotten any so far, but now you made me realize I’m missing my earphones.
Nicole: Oh my God, Alice! You’d better call the vet immediately.
On my way
In the dialogue, we saw that Alice stopped, as she was driving to school, to leave Bubbles at the vet. To say that something happened in the middle of your route or that you are actually “on route” to somewhere, we use the structure “on one’s way” or “on the way”, depending on the sentence. There is even an acronym, OMW, that is very popular!
Don’t worry, the doctor is on her way.
Joe always buys chocolates on his way to the movie theater.
Let’s ask Tina to pick Kim up on her way to the party.
In a message exchange between friends or family members, you could use the acronym like the following example:
Where are you right now?
OMW to my mom’s house.
Expressions of surprise
As you saw in the dialogue, “damn” can be used as an expression of surprise! It is most common as a reaction to something negative but it can also be used for things that are good or simply surprising in a general sense. In the USA, it is commonly considered a swear word, but in other countries, it sounds more neutral. When you want to confirm a surprising piece of information, it is very common to use affirmative sentences in the tone of a question. Check out some other examples:
Jim went to the hospital yesterday? Damn, I hope he is okay.
Damn, Kyle! I didn’t know you were such a good basketball player.
This is your new house? Damn, it’s gorgeous.
You can also use “damn” or “damn it” when you think or remember that you or someone did something wrong or that something happened, but again, remember that it can be offensive in some contexts in the US.
Damn it, I can’t believe I forgot her birthday.
I sent them the wrong product, damn it!
Damn it, I left our tickets in the car.
This verb is a false cognate! Even though it looks like “realizar” in Portuguese, the actual meaning is “dar-se conta”, so it is related to mental awareness or to memories.
After reading her message, I realized that I was wrong.
Ashley only realized that the TV was broken when the movie started.
When I saw the house, I realized that I am very lucky.
To make reference to something more tangible, in other words, things that you see or hear, you can use the verb “notice”:
Did you notice that Jane got a new car?
You were the first person to notice my new hair.
She didn’t notice that the book was old.
Listen to this episode as many times as you wish, read along, and follow it up with this extra content. That way, you'll be able to memorize these new structures! You’ll also be able to use them in conversations in the future. And remember, the more daily contact you have with the English language, the better you’ll get. So make sure you’re here for our next episode!
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