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    dear americans, please help!!

    hello, i am one of those fonds on your language, so please gimme some words or sntences that can't translate then from the dictionnary , such as *i don't give a damn* *jim_dandy idea* *you leave laughing on the flour...*...
    and of course every sentence with its meaning
    thanks a looooott
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    Re: dear americans, please help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by julianna View Post
    hello, i am one of those fonds on your language, so please gimme some words or sntences that can't translate then from the dictionnary , such as *i don't give a damn* *jim_dandy idea* *you leave laughing on the flour...*...
    and of course every sentence with its meaning
    thanks a looooott
    bye-bye
    Well, I am not an American in the way you are referring to (although I was born in South america), but let me give you one:

    "Shit happens!" (Shit happens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    I think Americans really like that expression.
    I've learned it on the nice movie "Forrest Gump" - they "explain" there that Forrest Gump himself invented such sentence, while he was running, running and running - hahaha. Did you see that movie? I do recommend.

    Well, by the way, back to your post, I would like to add that a good way to learn the expressions you are looking for is by watching American movies with English subtitles over and over again.

    P.S.: Dear reader, feel free to correct any mistakes on this post,

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    #3

    Re: dear americans, please help!!

    thanks a lot my dear!!


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    Smile Re: dear americans, please help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by julianna View Post
    hello, i am one of those fonds on your language, so please gimme some words or sntences that can't translate then from the dictionnary , such as *i don't give a damn* *jim_dandy idea* *you leave laughing on the flour...*...
    and of course every sentence with its meaning
    thanks a looooott
    bye-bye
    What the hell? Let's go for it. - It doesn't matter. Just do it. Try for it, or try it.

    Did you catch that? - Did you hear that? Did you understand that?

    Sometimes this comes in handy: "Take a hike." This is a very offensive expression. It means "go away". I hope you do not find an opportunity to use it.

    Where do you get off talking to her like that? - What makes you think you have the right to talk to her in a rude, offensive, or unpleasant manner.

    I think you're looking for expressions that they don't publish in the "fit for print" ESL idiomatic expression books. It's hard to think of them off the top of my head. They usually come up in a natural way in conversation.

    Sometimes people will say "Get out of here!" to mean "Are you really telling the truth? or "Do you really mean that? It can't be true."

    The thing is that people have their own forms of individual expression. So something someone else would say may not be something I would say, though I would understand what the person meant.

    If I think of anything else, I'll post it - for sure.

    Oh by the way, I just picked up this awesome CD at Starbucks. It's called "World is Africa". It's a compilation of all different songs from Africa. I wish I had started listening to this music a long time ago.

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    Re: dear americans, please help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by julianna View Post
    hello, i am one of those fonds on your language, so please gimme some words or sntences that can't translate then from the dictionnary , such as *i don't give a damn* *jim_dandy idea* *you leave laughing on the flour...*...
    and of course every sentence with its meaning
    thanks a looooott
    bye-bye
    Sorry, I'm not American, but "laughing on the flour" is still a misinterpretation of "laughing on the floor" as it was last time you asked.
    "You are funny. You leave me laughing on the floor"
    There is no English expression "laughing on the flour".

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    #6

    Re: dear americans, please help!!

    any other sentences,please?


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    Re: dear americans, please help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by julianna View Post
    any other sentences,please?

    Let's call it a day.
    That about does it.
    I've got to get out of here. = I have to leave now.
    Let's get going.
    Come on! Let's put a move on.
    That'll do it. = That's sufficient.
    That'll do the trick. - That'll work well, fix something, or solve a problem.
    I'm out of here. - I'm outta here! - I'm leaving.

    Any questions about these, just ...



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    Re: dear americans, please help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by julianna View Post
    any other sentences,please?
    Let me put it this way .... = I'll say it another way so that it's easier to understand.

    Joe's in charge. He calls the shots around here. = Joe makes the decisions.

    Okay, so I know the HR Director's name, but who's really the DM? DM = the decision maker

    I don't think they'll go for it. = I don't think they'll find it agreeable.

    He keeps his cards close to his chest. = He doesn't let anyone know what he's thinking about or planning.

    Okay, well you don't have to go nuts about it. = You don't have to get so excited about it.

    Yeah, Joe's a really good manager. He's runs a tight ship, and all his employees like him. He's really got it together.

    You get out of it what you put into it. = If you try, you will benefit. effort = desirable results (generally speaking)

    I've got to do a wash. = I have to wash clothes.

    Let's get dinner ready. = Let's cook dinner.

    She's always got something up her sleeve. = She always has something special planned or a special and good idea when it's needed.

    You don't know what you're talking about. = You don't know what you're talking about.

    Do I have to spell it out for you? = Isn't it obvious enough? Isn't it apparent? Don't you understand? Do I really have to explain it more?


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    Re: dear americans, please help!!

    She's got a lot going for her. = She's got a lot of good qualities and characteristics. She's knowledgeable and skillful. Everyone likes her.

    She's very blunt. = She's direct, but maybe not in the best way.

    He's got a sharp mind. - quick mind - alert mind - active mind

    Tell me about it. - I know what you mean. I can relate to that. You don't have to tell me about it.

    Take my word for it. = Believe me. Believe what I'm telling you.

    Hey, check this out. = Look at this. Take a look at this. It's interesting.

    He eats like a pig. = He eats excessively - like way too much.

    Joe is very uncouth.

    There's no getting around it. = There's no way to avoid it.

    Deal with it. = Accept the challenge of solving a problem or functioning in a difficult circumstance. - not very polite all the time

    I can take it or leave it. = It's okay, but I can do without it. I don't need it.

    His plan backfired. = His plan didn't work out well. It didn't turn out well.

    If Joe jumped off a cliff, would you do it too? = Do you copy everything Joe does even if it's stupid? Do you copy everything other people do even if it's stupid?

    What's wrong with you? = What's wrong with you?

    Are you out of your mind? = Are you crazy?

    He's got one oar in the water. = He's crazy, or a little crazy.

    She's not playing with a full deck. = She's crazy.

    Are you pulling my leg? = Are you telling me the truth? Are you being honest, or are you just teasing me?

    That's what you think. = That's what you think.

    Not if I have something to say about it. = That's not going to happen if I have any influence in making a decision or in this situation.

    There are no two ways about it. = This is how it has to be.

    She doesn't like the truth, does she? = She doesn't like the truth, does she?

    What comes around, goes around. = Do good things, good things happen to you. Do bad things, bad things happen to you. - Maybe, but that's what the expression means.

    He keeps to himself. = He doesn't say much to others. He's very private.

    How do you see it? = What's your opinion.

    When you come right down to it ... = When you really say what's important - When you really get to the point ...

    What it boils down to is that ... = What it really means is that ...

    That's a ripoff! What a ripoff! = That costs way too much! It's not worth it!

    Don't go there. = Don't talk about that.

    Are we on the same page? = Are we talking about the same thing? Do we understand each other?

    Don't let me down. = Don't disappoint me.

    I hope this rain lets up soon. = I hope it stops raining soon.

    Yə're drenched! Yə 're soaked! - wet - Yeah, I haddə walk here from the bus-stop, ənd I don't have ən əmbrellə . Man! I can't believe it!

    There's no way out of it. = There's no way to avoid it.

    You ought to have your head examined. = You ought to have your head examined.

    This is unreal. = I can't believe it - incredible.

    That's hilarious. = That's extremely funny.

    Knock yourself out. = Enjoy yourself. You have permission to do so.

    She's a knockout. = She's gorgeous.

    You can say that again. = You can say that again.

    What's in it fər me? = How əm I going to benefit from this? What do I get from it?

    What's up? = What's happening?

    Need I say more? = formal: Do I really have to say more?

    You need not say anymore. = formal: You don't need to say anymore.

    That will suffice. = formal: That's enough. That's sufficient.

    Suffice it to say that ... = formal: It's enough to say that ...

    Be that as it may, ... = formal: That may be how it is, but ... It may be true, but ...

    If need be ... formal: If it's necessary.

    Come what may; ... formal: It doesn't matter what happens;

    So be it. = formal: Let it be so. I accept it as it is.

    Come rain or come shine It doesn’t matter what happens. Something good could happen or something bad could happen, but that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter whether it rains or the sun shines.

    whether it be... – It doesn’t matter whether... or not – It doesn’t matter if...

    I'm sure they'll get by. = I'm sure they'll survive.
    get by - survive
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    Re: dear americans, please help!!

    The thing is that people have their own forms of individual expression. So something someone else would say may not be something I would say, though I would understand what the person meant.

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