a piece of cake
A-ming: We had an English test this morning.
Mei-yu: Was it hard?
A-ming: No, it was a piece of cake!
better late than never
A-ming: Oh, no! I forgot to turn in my paper on French history.
Mei-yu: Turn it in today then. Better late than never.
Mei-yu: Do you want to go shopping tonight?
A-ming: I can’t! I’m broke.
A-ming: I really like that girl in my French class! I think she’s sweet and smart.
Mei-yu: You’ve been saying that for weeks. Don’t be chicken. Ask her out!
Mei-yu: You are such a couch potato on weekends!
A-ming: At least I’m only one on weekends!
down the line
Mei-yu: Do you know what you want to be?
A-ming: No idea! But I’m sure I’ll think of something somewhere down the line.
The early bird gets the worm
Mei-yu: You shouldn’t get up so late. "The early bird gets the worm,"
A-ming: Yeah, but the early worm gets eaten!
easier said than done
Mei-yu: You can get straight A’s. You just have to study harder!
A-ming: (Sigh) It’s easier said than done!
eat one’s words
Mei-yu: You told me yesterday it would rain for sure today. Look at the bright sun outside!
A-ming: Well, I guess I have to eat my words.
Every cloud has a silver lining
A-ming: What am I going to do? My girlfriend has left me again!
Mei-yu: Every cloud has a silver lining. Maybe you two are not meant to be together.
forgive and forget
A-ming: I’m still mad at you for damaging my airplane model!
Mei-yu: But it was an accident and I already apologized! Can’t you forgive and
A-ming: I wish everybody could get along with everybody!
Mei-yu: That would be great! Then we wouldn’t have any fights or wars.
give someone a hand
A-ming: We’ve been here for three hours. Are you trying to buy the whole store?
Mei-yu: Oh, quit complaining! Just give me a hand with these bags!
Mei-yu: How did the basketball game with the other department go?
A-ming: Oh, we won the game hands down.
keep an eye on
Mei-yu: Can you keep an eye on my bags while I go to the restroom?
Mei-yu: How do you kill time between classes?
A-ming: I usually go to the Student Center.
Mei-yu: Today my company announced that they’ll lay off some workers starting next week. But my boss said our group needn’t worry.
A-ming: I’m so happy for you! But I’m sad for those workers who are being laid off.
make ends meet
A-ming: Can I borrow some money?
Mei-yu: I just gave you some two days ago! You need to learn how to make ends meet.
out of the blue
A-ming: A-ton told me out of the blue today that he’s getting engaged. I didn’t even know he had a girlfriend!
Mei-yu: Wow, what a surprise! Who is she?
pull one’s leg
A-ming: When A-ton told me yesterday that he was getting engaged, I thought he was pulling my leg.
Mei-yu: Yeah. When you told me the news, I thought you were pulling my leg!
put yourself in someone’s shoes
A-ming: I don’t think A-chung is very friendly. He hardly ever hangs out with us!
Mei-yu: Hey, try to put yourself in his shoes! If you have to work after school, you won’t have time to hang out either.
rain cats and dogs
Mei-yu: Are you going out? It’s raining cats and dogs.
A-ming: Well, I have to go to the library to return some books.
read between the lines
A-ming: If I read between the lines, I’d say A-ton is not too happy about his fiancée.
Mei-yu: Are you sure? Maybe you’re reading too much between the lines!
ring a bell
A-ming: Do you know the girl named Hui-ching?
Mei-yu: The name rings a bell. What about her?
so far so good
Mei-yu: How are your final exams?
A-ming: So far so good, but I have two more exams tomorrow. They’re the hard ones.
take it easy
A-ming: I’m so nervous about today’s two exams.
Mei-yu: Take it easy! I’m sure you’ll be okay.
till the cows come home
A-ming: Do you think Hui-ching likes me?
Mei-yu: You can think about it till the cows come home, or you can just ask her!
up in the air
Mei-yu: Have you decided what you’re going to do this summer?
A-ming: No, everything is still up in the air.
When it rains, it pours.
Mei-yu: I heard that A-ton had a car accident last week.
A-ming: Yeah, when it rains, it pours. His fiancée left him too!
when pigs fly
Mei-yu: Do you think A-ton’s fiancée will take him back?
A-ming: She will when pigs fly! She swore she’d rather be a nun than be his wife!
around the corner
Mey-yu: Hello, do you know Mother’s Day is right around the corner?
A-ming: I know. It’s in two weeks, isn’t it?
rack one’s brain
Mei-yu: Have you thought of what to give Mom this year?
A-ming: I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of something for her.
Mei-yu: How about both of us chip in on a nice present for Mom this time?
A-ming: Sure. Let’s do it!
hold the fort
Mei-yu: I am going shopping. You hold the fort, okay?
A-ming: No problem.
beyond one’s means
Mei-yu: Look what I got for Mom! Isn’t it pretty?
A-ming: Wow, it really is! But I have a feeling its price is beyond my means.
Mei-yu: Give me 500 bucks and I’ll cover the rest.
go out of one’s way
A-ming: Thanks! You always go out of your way to help me!
Mei-yu: Hey, you are my little brother so you can always count on me.
A-ming: Even when you’re married?
by the way
Mei-yu: I don’t think I’ll ever get married! By the way, how’s it going between you and Hui-ching?
A-ming: We broke up. She’s dating Shi-wei now.
when it comes right down to it
Mei-Yu: What? Didn’t she say Shi-wei was just her best male friend?
A-ming: That’s what she kept telling me before. But when it comes right down to it, her best friend became her boyfriend.
break someone’s heart
what’s done is done
Mei-yu: Are you okay? It must have broken your heart.
A-ming: Well, what’s done is done. I wish them the best.
Mei-yu: I am glad you are so mature about the situation.
A-ming: Of course it hurt a lot at first. But, concentrating on my studies helps.
just in case
Mei-yu: Just in case you want to talk about it, I am here.
A-ming: Yeah, I know.
Mei-yu: I think the reason a man and a woman are only best friends is that they can’t become a couple for some reason.
A-ming: What are you driving at?
Mei-yu: They must like each other a lot to become best friends, right? Someone or something must have stopped them from being together.
A-ming: HumHmm, I’ll have to think it over.
A-ming: You know what? I think you are onto something. You are so wise!
Mei-yu: I’m only older and more experienced.
take something with a grain of salt
A-ming: I’ll never believe in “best male friend” again!
Mei-Yu: You just have to take it with a grain of salt.