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Bus Ride

Akane talks about a bus trip that did not go well.
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Todd: Hey, Akane, the other day we were coming home on the bus and I got off the bus and I thought you were on the same bus as us, but when I started walking home, you weren't around. What happened?

Akane: Well, it's kind of a funny story actually. I fell asleep on the bus and I was so tired that afternoon. It was a Friday afternoon and I'd had a long week and just fell deep into sleep and I really didn't notice when we were at the end of the bus ride and we were at the station, and then I was really upset because the bus driver didn't say anything and so I just kept sleeping and by the time I woke up and noticed we were on our way back to the school again. Yes, and I didn't get a chance to press the button and get off until I was almost halfway to the school, so I ended up getting home really late and even more tired and it wasn't a very good experience at all.

Todd: Did you say anything to the bus driver when you got off?

Akane: No, I didn't because I was so flustered and I was in a rush to get off that I didn't really get to say anything.

Todd: Oh, that must have been so annoying.

Akane: It was.

Todd: So what time did you actually make it home?

Akane: I think it was around 7:30, maybe.

Todd: Well, the next time we come home, I'll look for you and I'll make sure to wake you up.

Akane: For sure, and make sure to look in the back seat and make sure I'm not lying down horizontally because I think that's maybe how the bus driver missed out on the fact I was there.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

got off

The other day when I got off the bus, I thought we were on the same bus, but you weren't around.

When you 'get off' of some form of transportation, it means that you go down from it or get out of it.  You can get off a bus, train, plain, motorcycle or bicycle.  Notice the following:

  1. I got off the subway at the wrong stop, so I had to walk about 5 blocks.
  2. We got off the plane about 5 minutes ago.

long week

I was so tired that afternoon because I'd had a long week.

'Long week', use like this, means a week that has many things going on and makes you feel tired or stressed. Notice the following:

  1. I need to relax this weekend, because I have a long week ahead of me.
  2. The first week of classes is always a long week.


I didn't say anything to the bus driver, because I was so flustered.

When something makes you feel agitated because you are confused, it makes you feel flustered. Many times we feel flustered when we are rushed. Notice the following:

  1. There is no need to get flustered. We have plenty of time.
  2. He gets very flustered when he drives in traffic.

in a rush

I was in a rush to get off that I didn't really get to say anything.

When you are 'in a rush,' you are trying to do things quickly because you have to go somewhere or do something in the very near future.  When you don't have enough time to do what you are trying to do at a comfortable speed, you can say that you are 'in a rush.' Notice the following:

  1. Can we talk about this later? I am kind of in a rush right now.
  2. It seems like she is always in a rush when I talk to her.

make it

What time did you actually make it home?

The time that you 'make it' to a place is the time that you arrive there.  Notice the following:

  1. She said she would definitely make it to the party.
  2. I don't think we are going to make it on time. We will probably be about 30 minutes late.

Vocabulary Quiz

get off • long week• flustered
rush • make it
  1. Do you need help? You look a little .
  2. My flight was delayed, so I'm not going to to the meeting today.
  3. You should at the bus stop next to the supermarket.
  4. Last week was a at school because we had finals.
  5. I was in a to meet you, and I forgot your present.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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