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Visit for a short time
- Can I drop by your house later?
- I drop by the cleaners and pick up my clothes
(on the phone, store)
put on hold
- Can I put you on hold?
- Can I put this on hold?
Getting close to a deadline
running short of time
Dentro de una hora
In an hour
Busy doing something that you can't stop
Can I call you later?, I'm tied up right now
When is a convenient time?
When is a good time?
(en algun asunto o Lugar)
He got held up at the office
Va por mi cuenta
It's on me
it slipped my mind
Make contact by telephone
I tried to call him, but I could't get through
put up with
I have to put up with this cold weather
No Te estoy entendiendo
I'm not following you
Lose the connection during a telephone call
Get cut off
- Sorry, we got cut off.
- There's something wrong with my cell phone. I get cut off very often
La penultima o una antes de la ultima
The second to last
My house is the second to last
(something) is available in
The drapes come in white or green
Quiero... (en un restaurant por ejemplo) de manera Cortez
I'd like the chicken Alfredo and ...
Stay awake late. (later than usual)
I'm so tired. I stayed up last night watching a movie
Wake up later than planned
If she doesn't use the alarm clock she oversleeps
Going to do something (very soon)
about to do somthing
Call me later, I'm about to take a shower
Voy en camino
I'm on my way
Sorry I didn't got what you said, I got sidetracked
El ya se fue. (cando por ejemplo salen del trabajo y ya no van a regresar
He's gone for the day
Ya era hora
It's about time
- She is getting married.
- It's about time. She is 42 years old
Cambiar el plan o situacion para despues
Take a rain check
Ponerse ropa, vestirse
Put clothes on.
In english you first put clothes on, then you are wearing clothes.
Put your coat on and lets go
Let's each chip in $15 to buy her a present
No se hubieran molestado (para mostrar gratitud al recibir un regalo
You shouldn't have!
- Here is a little gift for you.
- "Thank you, but you shouldn't have!
Recuerdame comprar leche
Remind me to buy milk
Unhappy about something that has been happening for a long time
fed up with something
It's been a long winter, I'm fed up with the snow
Sabes donde esta mi cartera?
Do you know where my wallet is?
Perdon por interrumpir
Sorry to interrupt
Cuando quieres hablar con alguien que esta hablando
Salir por un momento
- Can I speak to Karen?
- She just stepped out. She'll be back soon
Te comunico, Te conecto.
(para transferir la llamada)
I'll put you through
- Is this doctor Lin's office?
- No, I'll put you through
- They are going to Mexico.
- For how long?
- For good
Por algo o alguien. ( cuando brindas)
- To your promotion
- To the new baby
Recibir contestacion de alguien
hear back from someone
Mejor... (para ofrecer una
better off doing something
- I'm better off buying a bigger size.
- It's going to snow really hard, we are better off going now.
Are we going to meet as we already agreed?
Are we still on for...?
- Are we still on for tomorrow?
- Yes, tomorrow at 9 p.m.
Dicen que... (Cuando no es importante quien lo dijo)
They say it's going to snow today.
- Do you mind if I close the door?
- Go ahead
Encontrarse a alguien inesperadamente
run into someone
I ran into Carmen yesterday
I can't make something function
I can't make something function
I can't get my reader to work. There's something wrong with it.
To identify yourself on the phone
this is Maria
- May I speak to Maria please?
- This is Maria.
at 11:00 or before 11:00, but not after 11:00
I want you to be home by 11
A polite way to say we don't agree
We don't see eye to eye
We don't see eye to eye on how to decorate the house
Connect sth to a power outlet
Plug sth in
You can plug your Ipod in here
Buscar informacion en un libro o en Internet
Look something up
- How do we get there?
- Look it up on mapquest
A polite response when someone thanks you
don't mention it
- Thank you for your time
- Don't mention it
Ask this to make a very polite request
Would you mind doing something?
Excuse me, would mind not smoking here?
Would you mind moving your car so I can get out.
(mercancia por ejemplo)
Sorry, tickets are sold out
A la mitad de
(has terninado la mitad de algo)
Half way through
- Have you finish your homework?
- No, I'm half way through
How much more time?
How much longer?
How much longer do you need?
an unclear phone connection
A bad connection
Sorry, I can't hear you well, we have a bad connection and we might get cut off
To ask for the location of an event
Where is something held?
- There is a good painting exposition
- Where is it held?
It's possible that I will
- Are you going to the exposition?
- I might. I haven't decided yet
A polite way to ask before sitting beside a stranger
Is this seat taken?
- Excuse me, is this seat taken?
- No, go ahead
She's hoping to set up her own business
Use this phrase when you didn't hear someone's name or you can't remember
I didn't get your name
I can almost remember it
it's on the tip of my tongue
- Wha's her name?
- Mmmm it's on the tip of
- my tongue
By a large amount
That's the better option by far
I'm 100% sure
- Are you sure?
- I'm positive
Say this when you can't understand how to do something
I can't figure out how to...
I can't figure out how to set this up
To suggest something
I suggest that he/ you/ we
I suggest that you take the freeway
To say in which month, day and hour
in March, on Tuesday, at 7 o'clock
- Whe did she leave?
- In December, it was on December 4 at 10 o'clock
This paint is coming off the walls
not more than
at the most
I can run for one hour at the most
in the short term
We'll live here in the short term
Over a long period of time
in the long run
This will only make you happy in the short time, but in the long run you'll get bored of it
Take time to thing about something before deciding
think it over
I'm not sure yet, I need more time to think it over
Put sth in a special storage place
Put sth away
- Should I throw this away?
- No, just put it away. I might need it
Start talking about sth
bring sth up
Now that you bring it up, why don't we....
Tell me about your recent life
What are you up to these days?
It's so nice to see you, tell me what you are up to these days?
Say this when you need to leave
I'd better get going
It' so late, I'd better get going
Say this if you want someone to give your greeting to another person
send my regards to...
Please send my regards to your sister
Search or examine something carefully
go through sth
I went through my closet, but I could't find my coat
Say this when you phone someone who tried to talk to you earlier
I'm returning your call
Hi Rocio, I'm returning your call
Talking on a different phone line
on the other line
- Can I speak to Ale?
- She's on the other line. Would you like to leave a message?
Doing the right thing
on the right track
You are on the right track to a great success
At exactly 5 o'clock; not 4:59 and not 5:01
At 5 o'clock sharp
I want you here at 2:00 p.m. sharp
How did it go?
How did your presentation go?
End a phone conversation by cutting the connection
Hang up right now!
Finish a meeting
I'd like to wrap up this meeting by 5 o'clock
Puedo sugerir algo?
Can I make a suggestion?
At this time only; not forever
for the time being
You can stay here for the time being
I understand your opinion or feelings
I see your point
I see your point, but you still have to do what the teacher says
any minute now
It's going to rain any minute now