“a walking encyclopedia” = someone who seems to know everything
“My roommate would do well on a trivia game show. He’s a walking encyclopedia.”
“have the right stuff” = have the needed skills to succeed
“Susan has the right stuff to get into any school she chooses.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Maria: Oh, hi Dave. Long time, no see!
Dave: Hi Maria. I was in the neighborhood, so I thought I’d drop by.
Maria: Come on in. [Thanks.] Take a seat. Would you like anything to drink? I have Sprite or orange juice.
Dave: Sprite would be fine. Uh, so, how have you been?
Maria: Oh, not bad. And you?
Dave: Oh, I’m doing okay, but school has been really hectic these days, and I haven’t had time to relax.
Maria: By the way, what’s your major anyway?
Dave: Hotel management.
Maria: Well, what do you want to do once you graduate?
Dave: Uh… I haven’t decided for sure, but I think I’d like to work for a hotel or travel agency in this area. How about you?
Maria: Well, when I first started college, I wanted to major in French, but I realized I might have a hard time finding a job using the language, so I changed majors to computer science. [Oh]. With the right skills, landing a job in the computer industry shouldn’t be as difficult.
Dave: So, do you have a part-time job to support yourself through school?
Maria: Well, fortunately for me, I received a four-year academic scholarship [Wow] that pays for all of my tuition and books.
Dave: Wow. That’s great.
Maria: Yeah. How about you? Are you working your way through school?
Dave: Yeah. I work three times a week at a restaurant near campus.
Maria: Oh. What do you do there?
Dave: I’m a cook.
Maria: How do you like your job?
Dave: It’s okay. The other workers are friendly, and the pay isn’t bad.
Vocabulary and Sample Sentences
- hectic (adjective): very busy
– Life is always very hectic when you’re trying to work and go to school at the same time.
- major (noun or verb): course of study
– I’m thinking about majoring in computer science next year. (verb)
– What is your major? (noun)
- land (a job) (verb): to secure, win, or get a job
– It is becoming increasingly difficult to land a job in the field of language teaching.
- work (your way) through (school) (verb): think through, in this case, work while going to school to support yourself
– Since my parents had no money, I had no choice but to work myself through school
– Sometimes we just have to work through many new experiences before we understand the language and culture.