In this The English We Speak podcast: Finn invites Feifei to his posh uncle’s party and he tells her to hurry up, otherwise they will miss the boat. Does Finn’s uncle send a boat for them? Find out more with The English We Speak.
(Finn is picking up Feifei to go to his posh uncle’s party)
Finn: Come on, Feifei! We are going to be late – this party is my big chance!
Feifei: I’m almost ready, Finn! Hi, I’m Feifei. Finn has invited me to his posh uncle’s party. He knows lots of celebrities!
Finn: Come on! And lots of musicians… I’m a bit of a rocker myself, and this might just be my chance to meet someone famous… Come on!
Finn: Maybe join the band… live the rock star life… oh, this is my one big chance! Come on or I’ll miss the boat!
Feifei: Boat?! Why didn’t you say it before?
(Hurried steps, rummaging in a wardrobe and a lifejacket inflating)
Feifei: Here I am.
Finn: A lifejacket!?
Feifei: Of course! We are going on a boat! I am afraid of water – I can’t swim!
Finn: Feifei, there’s no real boat! In English, when we use the expression ‘to miss the boat’ we mean that we are too late to take advantage of a good opportunity.
Feifei: No boat at all?
Finn: Not even a canoe. Listen to these examples.
- If I hadn’t bought a new flat last year I would have missed the boat. Properties are more expensive now.
- I should have travelled the world when I was young. Now I have a family to take care of. I might have missed the boat.
Feifei: Oh, OK, so ‘to miss the boat’ is to miss an opportunity by being late. It makes sense.
Finn: Yes, but we’re not going to make it on time now, unless… we take my uncle’s helicopter! It’s parked in a field nearby. Come on!
Feifei: Helicopter! Wait a minute, Finn.
(Hurried steps, rummaging in the wardrobe again)
Feifei: Now I am really ready.
Finn: Feifei, is it what I think it is? A parachute?!
Feifei: Well of course it is! I can’t swim and I can’t fly either. And I’m afraid of heights!
Finn: OK, don’t you worry. Let’s just go to the party. We don’t want to miss the boat, do we?
Feifei: We don’t want to miss the boat or the helicopter. Bye.
(Helicopter taking off)
The English We Speak – To miss the boat Transcript Video
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