Friday, 27 December 2013

Speakout Advanced p 88. Little Dorrit. Listening

Mr C=Mr Chivery JC= John Chivery WD=William Dorrit AD=Amy Dorrit AC=Arthur Clennam

Mr C: There's something 1_____________, John. I feel it in my 2____________.

AD: Father, I have 3____________ so happy this morning. Mr Clennam 4______________ wonderful news, about you. Had he not prepared me for it, I do not think I 5______________ it.

AC: 6______________ yourself and think of the best surprise that 7______________ happen to you. AC: You shall be free and 8______________very soon. You are 9___________ a great fortune.

AD: And you can be 10___________ again.
WD: I can leave the Marshalsea? I shall be rich?
AC: No 11____________ it.
WD: Mr Clennam, am I to understand that I could pass 12______________ at this very moment?
AC: I think 13__________ yet.
WD: So I am still 14_________________?
AC: 'Tis 15_____________ few hours sir.
WD: How long do you think an hour is to a man who is 16____________ want of air?


1. up
Up: used to say that something is happening, especially something unusual or unpleasant. E.g. I could tell something was up by the looks on their faces. What's up? (= What is the matter?) What's up with him? He looks furious. Is anything up? You can tell me. (In North American English 'What's up?' can just mean ‘What's new?’ or ‘What's happening?’ There may not be anything wrong).

2. bones

3. been made

4. brought some 

5. could have borne
bear bore borne (used with can/ could in negative sentences and questions) to be able to accept and deal with something unpleasant. Stand. Bear something The pain was almost more than he could bear. She couldn't bear the thought of losing him. Bear doing something I can't bear having cats in the house. He can't bear being laughed at. Bear to do something He can't bear to be laughed at. How can you bear to eat that stuff? Bear somebody doing something I can't bear you doing that.

6. Compose
compose:  /kəmˈpəʊz/ to manage to control your feelings or expression. E.g. compose yourself Emma frowned, making an effort to compose herself. Compose something I was so confused that I could hardly compose my thoughts.

7. could possibly

8. prosperous
prosperous: /ˈprɒspərəs/ rich and successful. E.g. prosperous countries. Farmers are more prosperous in the south of the country.

9. heir to
heir: /eə(r)/ a person who has the legal right to receive somebody's property, money or title when that person dies. E.g. heir (to something) to be heir to a large fortune. The heir to the throne (= the person who will be the next king or queen). Heir (of somebody) The son and heir of the Earl of Lancaster.

10. as you were 

11. doubt of /daʊt/ 

12. through the gate 

13. not quite 

14. confined
confine somebody/something (in something) /kənˈfaɪn/ [usually passive] to keep a person or an animal in a small or closed space. Sp. confinar. E.g. Keep the dog confined in a suitable travelling cage. Here the river is confined in a narrow channel. The soldiers concerned were confined to barracks (= had to stay in the barracks, as a punishment). 

15. but a
but: (adv) only. E.g. I don't think we'll manage it. Still, we can but try. There were a lot of famous people there: Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, to name but two. 

16. choking for
choke:  /tʃəʊk/ to be unable to breathe because the passage to your lungs is blocked or you cannot get enough air; to make somebody unable to breathe. E.g. She almost choked to death in the thick fumes. He was choking on a piece of toast. Very small toys can choke a baby. 


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