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Embarrassing Moments

Todd and Mark share embarrassing moments.

Mark: So Todd what would you say was your best moment of your whole high school experience?

Todd:Oh, wow. My best moment was, well I played football and they never gave me the ball. I always sat on the bench and then one game, I actually got to touch the ball and run with the ball, but unfortunately it was also my worst moment, cause as I was running with the football, you run forward and there was nobody in front of me and I tripped, and it was pretty embarrassing.

Mark: Like you, the field was open, you could have.

Todd: Scored. Yeah, yeah. Could have been the hero and all that and I tripped. But most of my negative stuff, or my bad memories were all to do with girls.

Mark: Yeah, me too.

Todd:Let's see, there was one time I asked a girl out to a date and she said that she would go out with me, and I was so happy, and I was walking away from her and I was waving and at the last minute I saw her turn away and flinch, and I thought, "Why is she flinching? Why is she turning away?" That's right about the time I walked right into a pole. It just about knocked me out, and so she didn't even come over and see if I was OK. She kind of just left me there cause she figured I was embarrassed.

Mark: Oh, were you embarrassed?

Todd: Of course.

Mark: Of course.

Todd:There was another girl the year before that I has asked out for my first date. So we went out to the movies and then after the date, you have to walk her to the front door (right) and we walked to the front door and the main thing is can you get a kiss goodnight (right) so I was just so nervous that she wouldn't kiss me and so then we walked to the front door and she kissed me and I was so happy cause I just felt like "Wow, I got a kiss on my first date!" and then I went to school the next Monday morning and I'm walking through campus and I feel really good because, you know, I can say that I got a kiss, and I walk up to my friends and they just start laughing at me, and they're like, "Yeah, we talked with Laura" that was the girl's name, "We talked with Laura and she said you kiss like a fish."

Mark: Ah, man (so) Oh, that's rough.

Todd: Yeah, it's pretty bad. My moment of glory was ruined.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


I was running with the football, there was nobody in front of me and I tripped.

If you hit your foot on something on the ground and you fall or you almost fall, we call this 'tripping.' Other people can trip you by trying to make you fall, or you can trip yourself by being careless. Notice the following:

  1. I was walking in front of the boy I liked when I tripped on the stairs and fell.
  2. Don't leave your toy in the middle of the floor.  Somebody will trip on it.


I saw her turn away and flinch.

'Flinch' can be used in two ways.  One is to describe a sudden facial expression of pain or disgust.  The other is to describe a bodily reaction, to pull away quickly from something that is dangerous or unpleasant.  Notice the following:

  1. He said he would go on a date with me, but as he turned away his face flinched.
  2. She flinched at the sound of the police siren.


Because she figured I was embarrassed.

If you make the assumption or think something is true, then you are 'figuring' it to be true.  For example, if someone has a birthday party in March, you will probably figure that her birthday is in March, but that may not be true.  Notice the following:

  1. He figured that he would buy her some flowers on the way to the hospital, but the florists were all closed.
  2. I figured you would be hungry after work, so I ordered pizza.

laugh at me

They just start laughing at me.

If somebody laughs at something you did, but it was not your intention to be funny, they are 'laughing at you.' Usually when people laugh at you it does not make you feel good. Notice the following:

  1. When the boy fell on the ice all of his friends laughed at him.
  2. I don't like it when you laugh at me for getting the answer wrong.

moment of glory

My moment of glory was ruined.

A 'moment of glory' is the period of time after you have accomplished to succeed in something and are feeling exceptionally good about yourself.  Maybe you are also receiving the compliments of others.  Notice the following:

  1. He enjoyed his moment of glory after scoring the winning goal in the championship game.
  2. After finding new job, I had brief moment of glory, but then I got into a car accident.

Vocabulary Quiz

tripped • flinch • figure
laugh at • moment of glory
  1. Do you you are going to pass that test?
  2. Did you see her when he got kicked in the leg?
  3. He would have gotten the ball if he hadn't .
  4. She didn't think it was funny, you shouldn't her.
  5. He finally had his when he scored the winning goal.
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