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how ya going • cooped up • window shopping
dance master • lose my voice
  1. I hate being on a rainy day.
  2. When I have no money I love to go .
  3. I often at rock concerts.
  4. Hey, ? How are you today?
  5. I can't sing but I am a bit of a .
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1034 Small Talk

Buddhi and Edwin discuss the weekend, weather and seasons.

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How ya going?


Hey, Buddhi. How ya going?

"How ya going" is a common greeting meaning how are you? It is a casual expression and is used with friends or informal acquaintances. "Ya" is a shortened pronunciation of "you".

  1. Hi Todd, I haven't seen you for a while. How ya going?
  2. Martha, how ya going? I'd heard you were sick a while back.

window shopping


We did some window shopping.

"Window shopping" is when you go out and look at things in the shop windows or even inside, but you do not buy them.

  1. Today I went window shopping for a new coat, it isn't pay day until next week!
  2. I love window shopping because you can go to the most expensive shops, and it doesn't cost you anything.

dance master


Are you a dance master?

A "master" of any kind of skill or art is someone who is an expert at that thing.

  1. Houdini was a master escape artist.
  2. The most famous master spy is probably the character of James Bond.

lose my voice


I end up losing my voice.

To lose something means that it is gone and you no longer have it. In this case, it is the ability to speak. We can also lose our physical senses such as sight, hearing and smell.

  1. After having her first baby, Sally lost her sense of smell for 3 months.
  2. Janet lost 50% of her hearing after playing bass in a rock band for 5 years.

cooped up


It's better than being cooped up in a room.

"Cooped up" is to be kept in a small space or the feeling of being trapped or confined. "Coop" literally means a cage for keeping in chickens.

  1. After being cooped up in the office all day, I like to go for a walk in the fresh air.
  2. We were cooped up in the car for 5 hours getting here.