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Vocabulary Quiz
drives him • over again • direct translation • get my goat • full well • surge • got me
  1. You've .  I have no idea how old she is.
  2. It is really hard to give a of this phrase.
  3. I know you are just trying to , so I am going to ignore you.
  4. It balmy when I listen to my girlie music in the car.
  5. I don't know why he would bring me a tuna sandwich when he knows that I don't like fish.
  6. After I got the answer correct I felt a of confidence rush through me.
  7. It is more frustrating because he makes the same mistake over and .
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

971 Classroom Ups and Downs
Tom and Jess both talk about what they like and dislike about teaching.

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drives me balmy


That's one thing which drives me balmy.

Something or someone that drives us balmy makes us crazy. Notice the samples:

  1. It drives the neighbors balmy when she practices her violin.
  2. When we forget elementary grammar, it drives our teacher balmy.

over, and over, and over again


He made the same mistake over, and over, and over again.

When we do something over, and over, and over again it means we repeat it many times. Here are two samples:

  1. He came to class late, over, and over, and over again so the teacher failed him.
  2. I practiced the song over, and over, and over again until it was perfect.

direct translation


It's a direct translation from Hungarian.

'Direct translation' means to translate from one language to another without changing the word order. Notice the following:

  1. Direct translation often results in poor grammar and unclear meaning.
  2. Her writing errors were mostly a result of direct translation problems.

get my goat


That really gets my goat.

Something that gets our goat makes us a little angry. Here are two samples:

  1. As a teacher, it really gets my goat when students cheat on exams.
  2. It gets my goat when people use their cell phones in the theater.

I know full well


I know full well I will never open that folder.

The phrase 'I know full well' means we know something already. Note the samples.

  1. I know full well I won't finish my research paper on time.
  2. The teacher knew full well that Natalie had copied the information from the internet.

surge of confidence


I love the surge of confidence.

When we have a surge of confidence, it means that we suddenly have stronger confidence.  Notice the following:

  1. Getting the quiz right gave here a surge of confidence in her listening skills.
  2. The teacher's support gave him a surge of confidence.

you've got me

Oh, you've got me on that one.

The phrase 'you've got me on that one' means the same as 'I don't know'. We often use this phrase when after careful thought, we can't answer a question. Notice the following:

  1. Who was the US president after Lincoln? Hmm…you've got me on that one.
  2. What team won the 1998 world cup? Oh, you've got me on that one.