Talking about a Driving Test
Alice’s parents want to buy her a car but first of all, Alice has to get her driving license. Alice is very keen to learn how to drive quickly, so she asks her boyfriend to help her...
Alice: Oh, Peter! I’m so nervous! Do you think I can do it?
Peter: Of course, you can! It just takes time and a lot of practice. Don’t worry, just relax... Now, buckle up and let’s get started.
Alice: OK, I’ve got my seatbelt on.
Peter: First, you need to check your mirrors and then, use the indicator to show other cars which direction you’re going to go.
Alice: Err...OK, all clear. Left. I did it!
Peter: OK, that’s good. Now, don’t go too fast...slow down a bit!
Alice: OK, I’m really enjoying this, Peter! I feel more relaxed and confident now that I’m driving on the road.
Peter: You’re doing great! I’m sure you’ll learn very quickly and you’ll pass your test soon too. Now, pull over. We’ll practice again tomorrow night.
Alice: Thank you. I’m so happy it went well. You’re a great instructor!
To let down someone
To make someone disappointed when you have not fulfilled a promise.
She promised that she would be there but she let me down.
To break down
1. To become very upset.
2. When something stops working
1. She broke down when she opened her results.
2. The lift broke down.
To bring somebody/something down
1. To make someone lose their powerful position.
2. To make something end.
1. He brought his boss down by exposing personal emails.
2. The rise in export prices could bring the hospitality industry down.
To bottle something up
To refuse to talk about things when someone is worried or upset.
After his father passed away, he bottled his emotions up and wouldn’t talk to anyone.
To get something across
To make someone believe or understand something
He tried to get his point across but his manager wouldn’t listen.