课程 4

Your friend tells you that he got on a bus one day - and Justin Bieber was the driver! What do you say? Learn expressions to use when you hear surprising information

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练习题 1

Expressions of surprise and disbelief

Brian's incredible life

Meet Brian. He's one of those people whose life is full of incredible events – like the time he got on a bus to college one morning and Justin Bieber was the driver! Or the time he went to Paris and climbed all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower because he couldn't afford a ticket. Or the time… hmm, perhaps Brian's just a liar…

Here's a conversation between Brian and his friend Ken. Most of the things he says are surprising, but not all of them.

To do

Listen to Brian talking about his amazing life to Ken. Listen to Ken's responses and pay attention to the way Ken responds. Mostly, he's expressing surprise - but not always! Then, test your understanding of this language in the quiz.

Learning tip: This is a listening activity - so don't read the transcript until after you've tried the activity!

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1. Brian
I was waiting for the bus to college - same as every morning – but when I got on and went to show the driver my bus pass, I noticed that it was Justin Bieber driving the bus.

Ken
No way!

2. Brian
I didn't have enough money for a ticket for the Eiffel Tower so I just climbed up instead – right to the top! 

Ken
Get out of here!

3. Brian
Did you know I once swam across the Atlantic Ocean?

Ken
You're kidding!

4. Brian
I had a pizza for lunch.

Ken
Really?

5. Brian
I won the lottery and am going to buy an island in the Caribbean.

Ken
Are you for real?

6. Brian
It's my sister's birthday tomorrow.

Ken
Oh yeah?

7. Brian
I just ate a kilo of raw chili peppers.

Ken
You're not serious.

Downloads

You can download the programme and transcript from our Unit 20 Downloads page.

What did Ken say?

7 Questions

Read what Brian said - then choose the phrase Ken used to express his surprise.

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Next

How did you get on? In the next activity, we'll give you some more information about these expressions of disbelief.

You'll also learn how important intonation is when you use them - that's how the tone of your voice affects the meaning of what you're saying.