Podcast 29 A Dialogue in a College Class

Hello everyone and welcome to Blabbinit. This is Missy, coming to you once again from California. I hope you have been enjoying your day so far and also I'd like to thank you for joining us today.

I would like to explain a few things to you today which I think may be helpful for you.
I went to a class that I was taking the other day and some of the students were talking and I thought I would write the dialogue for you to practice with.

Here goes:

Hey man, I was wondering if you've thought about registering for another class so you can rack up some more credits.

Nah, I don't think so, I already have too much on my plate.

What you've got going for you?

Well, I work full time, have 2 kids and am trying to pay off a bunch of loans.

Yeah, you've got a lot more than me. I only have myself to worry about.

Now I would like to explain the dialogue to you so that you will be able to understand each part.

The first sentence was:
Hey man, I was wondering if you've thought about registering for another class so you can rack up some more credits.

Often times, guys call each other man. It is slang for something like "hey friend". He asked his friend if has thought about registering for another class. When you take classes at a college or a university, you first have to register for the course that you would like to take before it begins. He also said, "rack up some more credits". Rack up means to acquire or to add more of something. Credits are units to measure the amount of classes that you have taken at a university or community college.

The second sentence was:
Nah, I don't think so, I already have too much on my plate.

We use the word "nah" to say no, but in a very informal way. He also said "too much on my plate" which means too much to do or too many responsibilities.

The third sentence was:
What you've got going for you?

This is very lazy way of speaking instead of saying: What do you have going for you? This question was made because he wanted to know what it was that was keeping the other guy so busy or why he had too much to do. Another way of saying: What is going on in your life?

The fourth sentence was:
Well, I work full time, have 2 kids and am trying to pay off a bunch of loans.

In the United States, when a person works full time it usually implies that they work at least 40 hours per week or 8 hours a day five times a week. To pay off means to clear debt or pay for the debt that someone owes to another person. "A bunch" is another way to say a lot. Loans are money that you have borrowed from another person or company.

The last sentence was:
Yeah, you've got a lot more than me. I only have myself to worry about.

You've got a lot more than me means that he knows that the other guy has more responsibilities than he has. He said: I only have myself to worry about. This means that he has no other people to have to take care of like no kids or a wife.

Now that I have explained the dialogue to you I would like to read it again for better understanding.

Here goes:

Hey man, I was wondering if you've thought about registering for another class so you can rack up some more credits.

Nah, I don't think so, I already have too much on my plate.

What you've got going for you?

Well, I work full time, have 2 kids and am trying to pay off a bunch of loans.

Yeah, you've got a lot more than me. I only have myself to worry about.

Hopefully you were able to understand the dialogue much better this time. I also hope you have enjoyed our podcast today. Don't forget to visit our website at www.blabbinit.com. Thanks a million! Byeee

Thanks

Thanks a lot, Missy! Your podcast is wonderful and helpful. I have been waiting for a new podcast and this is useful because is a great way to learn more about English language.
I hope you can add more podcasts and let us listen your pretty voice. Listening to you is nice and I am able to understand more English than in my classes.

See you!

Hector

Submitted by hectorperezm on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 04:09.

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