Walk 'n' Talk Level Up #104 - A concerned parent

Do you know how to express that you need to stay informed? Check out this episode to learn one of the most natural ways to do it!

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Hey there!

Welcome to another episode of Walk ‘n’ Talk Level Up, our all-English podcast series! No diálogo de hoje, vamos acompanhar uma situação um pouco tensa com a nossa personagem Suzzy, que precisou levar o seu filho ao hospital!

Não se esqueça de falar 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!

Nos vemos na próxima semana! Have a good one!

Vocabulary Expansion

In this episode of Walk 'n' Talk Level Up, you got to practice your pronunciation and learn new structures. 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 out loud!

Dialogue:

April: We need a gurney here. What happened, ma’am?
Suzzy: He fell off the swing and hit his head this morning in the playground. 
April: Does he have any symptoms?
Suzzy: He’s experiencing a strong headache. Might this be a concussion?
April: It’s probably nothing serious, but let’s order a CT stat.
Suzzy: I’m so nervous. Keep me posted, will you? 
April: Certainly, but don’t you worry, ma’am. We’ll take good care of him.

New expressions and Vocabulary

Hit

In the dialogue, we saw that Suzzy’s son “hit” his head when he fell off the swing in the playground! In English, the verb “hit” is quite similar to “bater” in Portuguese: we can use it to refer to accidental or purposeful incidents, but there are a few differences. “Hit” is an irregular verb, its three forms are hit, hit, and hit! Check out some examples:

I hit her shoulder by accident yesterday.
Joel hit the wall with a table when they were moving.
That guy hit my car with his bike!
I’m sorry for hitting your window, it was an accident.
Jack has just hit his brother’s face in a fight.

It is also possible to use “hit” with the sense of an idea that suddenly comes to mind. In those cases, we usually use “it” or “idea” as the subject of the sentence:

It never hit me that she could be upset because of me.
When I opened their website, it hit me that I wanted to work there. 
Yesterday, it hit her that she had made a mistake.

There are a few phrasal verbs and expressions with the verb “hit” but as usual, their meanings are very different from the original verb! “Hit it off” is a casual expression that means “to get along with very well”, indicating that two or more people started talking and were very friendly, maybe becoming very close:

I met Beatrice last week and we really hit it off
My brother and Alex instantly hit it off at the party.
They will hit it off when they start talking about the movie.

“Hit on”, on the other hand, means to “flirt” with someone, usually in a very obvious way:

I think Tina is hitting on me.
George always hits on everyone.
I can’t hit on him, I’m too shy.

Aches and Pains

When talking about feelings of pain and discomfort in English, we can use a few different terms! To say that you are feeling pain in a part of your body, you can use the verb “hurt”:

My foot hurts, I need to sit down.
Laura’s stomach hurts every time she drinks orange juice.
My eyes hurt when I go out in the sun.

“Ache” can be combined with some body parts to talk about pain as well:

I’m not going today, I have a headache.
What medicine do you use for your stomachache?
She’s got a toothache today.

When a part of your body is sensitive and the pain isn’t continuous, it’s common to describe it with the word “sore”:

My arms are sore because I went to the gym.
I have a sore throat today, let’s talk tomorrow.
The soles of her feet are sore from the hike.

Keep me posted

This is one of many expressions and phrasal verbs you can use to ask someone to keep you informed. Check out a few other common ones: 

Please, keep me in the loop about her situation.
Don’t forget to keep me updated!
Let me know if you hear any news.
We need to keep Kate informed about this.
Did you keep him up to date about the problem?

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 at it. So make sure you’re here for our next episode!

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