Oct 252012

A: You’ll never guess who added me on Facebook.

B: Who?

A: Megan Smith.

B: As in the multi-millionaire super model?

A: Yup.

B: How do you know her?

A: She used to live 3 doors down from us when we were kids.  She left home to model when she was 14 and has been on the road ever since.  I’m surprised she still remembers.

B: If that’s the case its not that surprising she remembers.  I’m sure she’s just trying to connect with everyone from her past.  A lot of people do that.

A: I’m the only one I know of who she’s added.  Anyway, she’s coming back for our 10-year high school reunion.  I know she’s single too.  I’m thinking of making a move.

B:  I can’t believe my ears.  You’re just going to end up making a fool of yourself.  She could get anyone she wants.  Besides, you don’t want to get mixed up with a celebrity.  I’m sure all the fame has gone to her head and she would be a nightmare to deal with.

A:  Whatever man.  I saw her on Letterman.  She seemed really cool.  She even said that she’s looking for a “normal” guy.  She’s had bad luck dating movie stars and just wants to settle down with someone out of the limelight.

B:  You’re unbelievable.  You haven’t seen her in over 10 years and you’re imagining settling down with her.

A:  I’m just saying I’m looking forward to the reunion that’s all.

Phrases and Vocabulary used:

Facebook:  This is the short form of the popular social networking website www.facebook.com.  There you can reconnect with all your old friends and share pictures and stuff like that.  Sometimes people you haven’t seen in years add you by surprise.

3 doors down:  This is a way to describe where someone else’s house is in relation to yours.  Next door is obviously the house beside you.  2 doors down from you is the house beside the one next door, and 3 doors down is the one beside that. Etc.  You can also use this to describe the location of rooms inside of a building.  Their office is just 2 doors down the hall from ours.

On the road:  This is a phrase to describe someone who is away from home and moving around a lot.  Professional athletes and famous rock stars spend a lot of time on the road.

High school reunion:  This is a special party for the people who graduated high school at the same time.  So if you attend a 20 year high school reunion it means you will go to a party 20 years after you graduated high school with all the people in your high school who graduated at the same time you did, (and their husbands or wives).  It’s a chance to see old friends and find out what everyone has been doing for all these years.

Making a move:  “Making a move” on someone means that you are showing them that you are interested in them romantically.  If you invite someone on a date, that could be considered “making a move”.  If you are on a date, making a move might be to lean in and try to kiss that person.  In many cultures, it is traditionally up to the man to “make the first move”.

I can’t believe my ears:  This phrase is said when you are really shocked and surprised with what someone just said.  If a 15 year old boy told you he was getting married, you might say, “I can’t believe my ears”.

Making a fool of yourself:  This means that you do something to look stupid or embarrass yourself in front of other people.  She got really drunk at the Christmas party and made a total fool of herself in front of her boss and co-workers.

Mixed up:  Getting “mixed up” with something or someone means that you are getting involved with something that is not good for you.  Parents tell their children that they shouldn’t get mixed up with drugs or the wrong kind of people.

All the fame has gone to her head:  If something “goes to someone’s head” it means that it makes a person overconfident and arrogant.  He used to be such a nice guy, but when he became a millionaire the success really went to his head.

Letterman:  This is a famous late night comedy talk show.  It’s popular in the USA and Canada.  David Letterman is the host of the show and he interviews many different famous guests.

“Normal”:  If you say, “quote end quote…..”  it means that you are trying to say EXACTLY what someone else said, or you can’t find the perfect word for something so you are using the best word you can think of.  In the dialogue, it said “She’s looking for a “normal” guy”.  The reason we used quotations is because its not really clear what a “normal” guy is exactly.  Here she is obviously talking about someone who isn’t a movie star, but its unfair to say that movie stars are not “normal”.

Settle down:  this phrase usually means get married and have kids.  It’s talking about a stable life with a steady job and a family.  Its common now for young people to have fun and be free in their 20’s and start to think about “settling down” when they are in their 30’s.

Limelight:  Being in the “limelight” means you are in the public eye.  The media writes about what you do and you are well known.  Famous athletes and movie stars are in the limelight.  Some people love it whiles others would prefer more privacy.

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