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INTRODUCTION
John: Expressions that Involve Cars
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to EnglishClass101.com. I'm John.
Sydney: And I'm Sydney!
John: This is Must-Know American Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 16. In this lesson, you'll learn expressions that involve cars.
John: These are more everyday expressions that you might hear.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Sydney: lift
Sydney: totaled
Sydney: shotgun
Sydney: drop by
John: Sydney, what's our first expression?
Sydney: lift
John: meaning "a ride."
Sydney: [SLOW] lift [NORMAL] lift
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: lift
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: The word, "lift" means "a ride," in the sense that someone picks you up from one location and takes you to another.
Sydney: This is not to be confused with the British slang for "lift" which actually means "elevator."
John: You can use this word when you want to ask your friend with a car if he or she can drive you somewhere.
Sydney: For example, "Hey, can you give me a lift?"
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] Could you give me a lift to the airport tomorrow morning? [SLOW] Could you give me a lift to the airport tomorrow morning?
Sydney: [NORMAL] Could you give me a lift to the airport tomorrow morning?
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Sydney: totaled
John: meaning "completely destroyed."
Sydney: [SLOW] totaled [NORMAL] totaled
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: totaled
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: The word "totaled" is used when something has been damaged beyond repair, particularly a car or a motorcycle. It's often used after an accident on the road.
Sydney: For example, if you're watching the news and you see a terrible car crash you can comment, "Those cars are totaled."
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] Could you drive me to the office tomorrow? My car was totaled in an accident, so I'll need a ride. [SLOW] Could you drive me to the office tomorrow? My car was totaled in an accident, so I'll need a ride.
Sydney: [NORMAL] Could you drive me to the office tomorrow? My car was totaled in an accident, so I'll need a ride.
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Sydney: shotgun
John: meaning "the front passenger seat of a car."
Sydney: [SLOW] shotgun [NORMAL] shotgun
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: shotgun
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: "Shotgun" refers to the front seat of a car, next to the driver. When you and a group of people are going to be traveling by car, you can "call shotgun." This means whoever says "shotgun" first, gets to ride in the front passenger seat of the car. You have to be able to see the car, otherwise the shotgun is not valid. If someone is sitting in the front seat, then they are "riding shotgun."
Sydney: "Calling shotgun" is a system mainly used by young people, but people of all ages will use the phrase "riding shotgun."
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] "Get out, I called shotgun." [SLOW] "Get out, I called shotgun."
Sydney: [NORMAL] "Get out, I called shotgun."
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Sydney: drop by
John: meaning "pay a short visit."
Sydney: [SLOW] drop by [NORMAL] drop by
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: drop by
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: This phrase refers to paying someone a visit. This can be announced or unannounced, but its identifying feature is its brevity. "Drop by" is said with the intention of only going for a short time.
Sydney: You can use it when you want to visit your friend when they're working, when you have plans but want to go to another event for a short time, or anywhere you don't plan on staying long.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] I'll drop by work tomorrow to pick up my jacket. [SLOW] I'll drop by work tomorrow to pick up my jacket.
Sydney: [NORMAL] I'll drop by work tomorrow to pick up my jacket.
QUIZ
John: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
John: Many car accidents leave the cars destroyed.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: totaled
John: "completely destroyed"
John: A girl gets a ride to school from a friend.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: lift
John: "a ride"
John: A girl goes to her neighborโ€™s house to get an egg.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: drop by
John: "pay a short visit"
John: Siblings often fight for the front seat in the car.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: shotgun
John: "the front passenger seat of a car"

Outro

John: There you have it; you have mastered four English Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at EnglishClass101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Sydney: Goodbye!

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Hi Listeners! Do you know any other related slang expression? Post them in the comments.

Nusrat
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thanks

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wooow Now I Understand the Meaning of "Call Shotgun" clearly These lessons are fun thx