tutorStudy Options
Click the grey panels below to download free audio files or view bonuz quizes.
Audio Downloads
To download the audio, put your cursor (mouse arrow) over any blue audio link, right click and save.
Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
  1. You or you will be late.
  2. I have a after lunch.
  3. He is so rude if you know .
  4. Please read the carefully.
  5. I think I will .
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
Answer the questions below. Some questions have more than one answer. Scroll down to view the answer button.
Quiz 3: Questions for You!
Play the audio and answer the following questions. Click the blue box to view the questions and possible answers.

character illustration by Kazue Takahashi

Situation 32 Dropped Class
Erina is having some trouble on campus. Mike offers to help her solve her problem.

  • Transcript
  • Audio Slide Show
  • Audio Notes

drop the class

Why do you want to drop the class?

When you drop a class, you stop taking a class. You remove the class from your school schedule. You can drop a class, or drop out of school. In both cases it means you stop studying. Here are a few more uses:

  1. I had to drop my math class. It was too hard.
  2. The teachers asked me not to drop the class, so I stayed.

you know what I mean

It is not interesting at all, you know what I mean?

The phrase 'you know what I mean' is a very common phrase in English. People use 'you know what I mean' to see if the listener shares the same feeling about the topic. Notice the following:

  1. Rainy days are so boring. You know what I mean?
  2. I totally know what you mean. I hate them too.


You'll see an academic heading.

A heading is like a title for a paragraph.When you read an article, or website, or newspaper, you see headings at the top of paragraph to explain the content. On a website, a heading is used to help people navigate the site. Check these examples:

  1. The heading caught my attention, but the article was boring.
  2. A good reader always reads the heading before the article.

You better hurry

It's till tomorrow at 6 p.m., so you better hurry.

The phrase, or warning, 'you better hurry' lets the listener know they are short of time. 'You better hurry' is softer and more of a suggestion. 'Hurry!' is more direct and more of a command. Notice the following:

  1. If you want to eat, you better hurry. The cafeteria closes soon.
  2. You better hurry. The bus last leaves at midnight and it is 11:45 now.

A spare period

I have a spare period, so I can help you.

Spare means something extra or free and not in use, so if you have if you have a spare period, that means you have a period at school with nothing to do or no class to attend. Here are a few examples:

  1. I have a spare room is you need a place to stay.
  2. All cars have a spare tire in case one gets a flat.