262 Signs

Jessica talks about horoscope signs.


Todd: Hello, Jessica.

Jessica: Hi, Todd.

Todd: Jessica, when were you born?

Jessica: I was born October 6th, 1981.

Jessica: Wow, 1981

Jessica: Yeah, that's right.

Todd: Man, you're young. Whoo! I'm an old guy.

Jessica: I'm 22 so.

Todd: Wow! My birthday is October 2nd, 1969, so we have over 10 years between us.

Jessica: Yeah, that's right.

Todd: OK, so we're both libras.

Jessica: Right.

Todd: Actually, I don't even know, what is libra? People say, oh, you're a libra? What does that mean?

Jessica: Well, Libra I think is just balance. Right, so we don't, we're not extreme, neither one way nor another, so we keep that kind of happy medium all the time and we don't ever freak out and we're just kind of mellow. Just very equal.

Todd: OK. So were very mellow, very equal.

Jessica: I think so. Kind of a nice equilibrium.

Todd: OK, well you've worked with me awhile. Am I mellow?

Jessica: I don't know. Yeah, I think so I think so

Todd: Maybe not, maybe not

Jessica: I think so, yeah, no, definitely.

Todd: Maybe I go against the sign.

Jessica: Right

Todd: OK, how about you? Are you mellow?

Jessica: I think so. When it comes, cause I don't tend to go one extreme or the other. Just kind of straight off.

Todd: Even keel.

Jessica: That's right.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

freak out

Libras are not extreme and don't freak out.

When you 'freak out' about something you lose control of your emotions and become overly angry, excited, stressed or frustrated. Notice the following:

  1. My boss freaks out anytime someone makes a mistake.
  2. I know she is going to freak out when she hears about this.


It's kind of a nice equilibrium.

An 'equilibrium' is a balance between two opposite forces. Notice the following:

  1. She is good at keeping an equilibrium between work and fun.
  2. He has never really had a good equilibrium in his life.  All he does is work.


Do you think I'm a mellow person?

A 'mellow' is very calm and doesn't get too excited or freak out about much. Notice the following:

  1. Your baby is so mellow.
  2. My dog is mellow and easy to have in the house.


I don't tend to go one extreme or the other.

What you 'tend' to do is what you commonly, usually or naturally do. It is your tendency. Notice the following:

  1. She tends to get stressed easily.
  2. He tends to get angry quickly when he's tired.

straight off or even keel

I'm just kind of straight off, even keel.

Used like this 'straight off' refers to someone who is balanced or doesn't go too much in one direction or the other.  'Even keel' is very similar in meaning and could be used interchangeably. Notice the following:

  1. I try to be straight off at work, but in my personal life I am easily excited.
  2. She is a lot more even keel now then when she was younger.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
freak out • equilibrium • mellow
tends • straight • even keel
  1. They balance each other well because he is off and she gets excited easily.
  2. My cat is because she's really old.
  3. He is usually pretty about things, so when he gets excited it's a big deal.
  4. Traveling so much makes it difficult to have in my life.
  5. Nothing makes him more than watching sports.
  6. Monday to feel very long.