Situational Words and Phrases 情景词汇
1.accent n. 口音，语音
A: His accent makes it difficult to understand his English.
B: Yes, he speaks Spanish English.
2.break one's word 失信
A: Dad，you promised to buy me a computer! You won't break your ward，will you?
B: No, I never break my ward to a good child.
3.classic n. 古典名著
A: What kind of books do you like to read, Jane?
B: I like the classics very much, they're real spellbinders.
4.give one's word 许诺
A: What if John won't help us?
B: He will. He has given his word.
5.lousy a. 糟糕的
A: His grammar is lousy.
B: I think so. I ran only guess what he is saying most of the time.
6.have words (with someone) 与某人口角
A: They used to be very close, but since they had words, they don't speak to each other.
B: That's why I found them behaving as if they don't know each other.
7.idiom n. 习语
A: Can you tell me one English idiom referring to this case?
B: Of course, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" is one of them.
8.mother tongue 母语
A: English has become more popular now.
B: Today, English is the mother tongue of nearly a third of a billion people.
9.one's last word 终极命令
A: Freeze! Or I'll shoot. That's my last word.
B: Put the gun aside, otherwise you'll be sorry.
10.originate v. 起源于.创始
A: Shakespeare coined a lot of wards in his literary works.
B: Today, many words originated from literature, too.
11.pet phrase 口头禅
A: Why did he often say "My Jesus"?
B: That is his pet phrase.
12.vocabulary n. 词汇，词语
A: You Japanese people speak quite differently, I think.
B: Yeah, there is a subtle but very distinct difference in the vocabulary between men and women.
13.word for word 逐字逐句
A: I can't do my work again, ma'am. I think I translated every word right.
B: It won't do to translate word far word.