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Conversation #7: To Coffee, or Not to Coffee

Hello everyone!

Today’s English conversation is about the Prima Ballerina of my life :). I hope you will enjoy reading the conversation and learning some smart English expressions you could use to improve your writing.

Ready? Let’s start!

L: You drank coffee for the nth time this morning!

M: Coffee is the Prima Ballerina of my life. I wouldn’t behave with proper decorum if I don’t take it.

L: Ow please. Come on! Why do you adulate coffee that much?!

M: I have always liked coffee. The exigencies of life push me to drink a lot of it.

L: The exigencies of life have always existed since the dawn of recorded time and coffee isn’t the panacea for them.

M: True, but if I don’t take it, you will really have to face a serious cris de Coeur!

L: Poor you. I used to be like that in years gone by but coffee now has been in my danger list for some time.

M: Why have you stopped?!

L: Coffee can cause a long list of infirmities.

M: I rather not know more, because I do not intend to stop it and I definitely don’t want it on my critical list.

 

ExpressionsMeanings
For the nth timeThis is used to describe the most recent thing in a series of repeated things especially when you don’t remember how many they are.
Prima Ballerina of my lifePrima Ballerina is the most important female dancer in a ballet company. In this case, it means that coffee is the most important thing in his life.
Behave with proper decorumBehave in a calm and polite way.
Adulate coffeeTo adulate something or someone is to praise them a lot especially when they do not deserve to be praised.
The exigencies of lifeThe difficulties of life that require urgent actions.
Since the dawn of recorded timeSince the beginning of time. This is a nice expression to mean since a very long time.
The Panacea Something that will solve all problems and cure all illnesses.
Serious cris de CoeurCri de Coeur or cris de Coeur refers to a passionate protest, request or appeal from someone.
Years gone byOld days.
Danger listIf you are on or off the danger list, you are expected or not expected to live long because of a certain illness. Danger list in this conversation refers to things you do not want to have.
Critical List The same meaning as in danger list.

 

Mouhcine

Witty Advice:

The bulk of students correct their sentences while writing. Writing and correcting are two different tasks and must not be done in tandem. Remember that you task is to come up with ideas and if you stop every time to correct yourself, you are committing an act of sabotage! Write, and correct your writing only once you are done.

We hope you have enjoyed today’s conversation. More importantly, we hope you have learned some good expressions and understood their meaning and usage. To ensure you do not forget any of the aforementioned expressions, write 5 sentences using any of the expressions in this conversation. Post the sentences in the comment section of the blog so we can all learn from each other. I will also review and offer suggestions on how to improve them.

Conversation#6 – Opening a Bank Account

Hello!

Today’s English conversation is about an experience I have had so much difficulties with. I hope you will enjoy reading the conversation and learning some smart English expressions you could use to improve your writing.

Ready? Let’s start!

piggy bank

 

 

L: I tried to open a bank account today but faced insurmountable difficulties.

M: Why is that?! Opening a bank account does not seem to be a will-o’-the-wisp!

L: I got caught in needless bureaucracy, as there was only one person who could sign the approval. I don’t think they share the power on the shop floor.

M: I think that’s a discernible problem. A lot of employees lack the discretionary powers to decide on trivial matters.

L: Not just that, they also required an exorbitant amount to be deposited and that’s not encouraging clients to use their services by any stretch of imagination.

M: Exactly, it can have a pernicious effect as it might blacken the reputation of the bank.

L: Agree! Having a spotless reputation isn’t a random happenstance; it requires a lot discernible effort and great customer service.

M: I feel the bank is somehow prodigal with its reputation. They do not realize how important it is for building sustainable success.

L: Definitely. I don’t think they will withstand the test of time.

M: I have the same feeling.

 

ExpressionsMeaning
Insurmountable difficultiesGreat problems that cannot be dealt with.
Will-o’-the-wispSomething impossible to get to achieve.
Needless bureaucracyExcessively complicated systems and administrative procedure that is not actually needed.
Share the power on the shop floor If you share something on the shop floor, you share it with the ordinary workers and employees.
Discernible problemA problem that is able to be seen and is obvious or understood.
Discretionary powersIf you have the discretionary powers, you would decide yourself based on each situation and not based on rules.
Trivial matters Small and not important matters.
An exorbitant amountBig amount or a very high price.
Any stretch of imaginationVery difficult to believe or accept even when you try hard.
Pernicious effectVery harmful effect or influence.
Blacken the reputation To blacken is to make something black. When you blacken your reputation, you make it bad and your harm it.
Random happenstanceHappenstance is a chance situation that is often producing good result. Random happenstance is a chance situation that happens randomly and produces good outcomes.
Discernible effortAn effort that can be seen.
Prodigal withProdigal refers to spending a lot of money without thinking about the future. In here, it means blackening your reputation without thinking about the results.
Withstand the test of timeTo withstand is to be strong enough not to change by something or someone. If something does not withstand the test of time, it will become weaker as the time passes.
Spotless ReputationVery clean and very reputable.

 

Mouhcine

Witty Advice:

The bulk of students correct their sentences while writing. Writing and correcting are two different tasks and must not be done in tandem. Remember that you task is to come up with ideas and if you stop every time to correct yourself, you are committing an act of sabotage! Write, and correct your writing only once you are done.

We hope you have enjoyed today’s conversation. More importantly, we hope you have learned some good expressions and understood their meaning and usage. To ensure you do not forget any of the aforementioned expressions, write 5 sentences using any of the expressions in this conversation. Post the sentences in the comment section of the blog so we can all learn from each other. I will also review and offer suggestions on how to improve them.