007 : English Expressions (To be taken by surprise // To make up one’s mind(about))

INTRODUCTION

This is the SpeakEnglishWithTiffani podcast with Teacher Tiffani session #7. If you would like to read the transcript that goes along with this episode, go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode7.    

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Hey everyone, I’m Teacher Tiffani and I want to thank you so much for joining me for another episode of the Speak English with Tiffani podcast. In today’s lesson we are going to listen to one English dialogue and learn 2 new English Expressions.

DIALOGUE

Ok, let’s begin with the dialogue:

My sister called me and told me that her boyfriend of 6 months recently proposed to her. She said that his proposal took her by surprise because they have not been dating that long. But, she said that she does love him, so she made up her mind to marry him. I think they are perfect for each other.

Again

My sister called me and told me that her boyfriend of 6 months recently proposed to her. She said that his proposal took her by surprise because they have not been dating that long. But, she said that she does love him, so she made up her mind to marry him. I think they are perfect for each other.

Ok great, now let’s go over the two new expressions that were in the dialogue.

FIRST EXPRESSION

The first English Expression was…
“To be taken by surprise” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“To be taken by surprise” (repeat twice)

Ok, now let’s say it at a normal pace…
“To be taken by surprise” (repeat twice)

This expression means to be shocked or startled by someone or something.


EXAMPLES

So, let’s look at five examples using this Expression.

The first example is…

“I was taken completely by surprise when you showed up at my office door yesterday.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“I was taken completely by surprise when you showed up at my office door yesterday.”
[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]

“I was taken completely by surprise when you showed up at my office door yesterday.”

The second example is…

“The soldiers were taken by surprise when the enemy attacked them.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“The soldiers were taken by surprise when the enemy attacked them.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“The soldiers were taken by surprise when the enemy attacked them.”

The third example is…

“The criminal was taken by surprise when the police showed up.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“The criminal was taken by surprise when the police showed up.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“The criminal was taken by surprise when the police showed up.”

The fourth example is…

“The woman was taken by surprise.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“The woman was taken by surprise.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“The woman was taken by surprise.”

The fifth example is…

“He appeared to be taken by surprise.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“He appeared to be taken by surprise.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“He appeared to be taken by surprise.”


SECOND EXPRESSION

The second English Expression was…
“To make up one’s mind (about)…” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“To make up one’s mind (about)…” (repeat twice)

Ok, now let’s say it at a normal pace…
“To make up one’s mind (about)…” (repeat twice)

This expression means to make a decision or to decide.


EXAMPLES

So, let’s look at five examples using this Expression.

The first example is…

“Have you made up your mind about what you want to do?”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“Have you made up your mind about what you want to do?”
[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]

“Have you made up your mind about what you want to do?”

The second example is…

“She couldn’t make up her mind.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“She couldn’t make up her mind.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“She couldn’t make up her mind.”

The third example is…

“He made up his mind to marry her.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“He made up his mind to marry her.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“He made up his mind to marry her.”

The fourth example is…

“I made up my mind to go to a university in Florida.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“I made up my mind to go to a university in Florida.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“I made up my mind to go to a university in Florida.”

The fifth example is…

“The young man made up his mind that he would become a fireman.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“The young man made up his mind that he would become a fireman.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“The young man made up his mind that he would become a fireman.”


DIALOGUE

Ok, now let’s listen to the original dialogue again and see if you can recognize the 2 English Expressions.

My sister called me and told me that her boyfriend of 6 months recently proposed to her. She said that his proposal took her by surprise because they have not been dating that long. But, she said that she does love him, so she made up her mind to marry him. I think they are perfect for each other.

Did you hear them this time? Great! Excellent job! You now know 2 new English Expressions.

  1. To be taken by surprise…
  2. To make up one’s mind (about)…

These expressions will help you Speak English clearly, fluently, and confidently. So try to use these expressions at least one time today!

ENDING

Remember, if you want to see the transcript for this episode go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode7.

This has been Teacher Tiffani with the Speak English with Tiffani podcast. Until next time, remember to Speak English!

 

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Elif
Elif
1 year ago

ı made up in my mind listen two podcast every day.Of course I will go over. I am absolutely sure I’ll speak natural. even ı coulnt speak english ı will pretend to speak I am beacuse I learned it by your youtube channel.

Elif
Elif
1 year ago
Reply to  Elif

by the way give me anser pleaseee :)))

herpotter
herpotter
6 months ago

I’m taken by surprise when she suddenly appeared in front of me.
Ryan said yesterday that he didn’t go with us at the park, but he made up his mind and come along instead

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