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Hold One’s Breath
Hold One’s Breath English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn English meaning of ‘hold one’s breath’

Date: May 30 2017

Themes: Hobbies, Soap Opera, Time, Travel

Grammar: Simple Future Tense


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It’s easy to get super excited about something that might happen. But before you get too stoked, you should ask if this thing is really possible. You don’t want to become so excited that you also get nervous. Then, you might not be able to sleep. You might stay awake all night, thinking about future possibilities. But what will you do if this great thing doesn’t happen at all? It’s probably best not to hold your breath.

When you hold your breath, you wait for something. But think about this in real life. What happens if you actually hold your breath? Most of us can only hold our breath for a minute or so. If we hold it longer, we might zonk out and become unconscious. This isn’t a good thing. So, if we see a person who is waiting for something that probably won’t happen, we say, “Don’t hold your breath.”

Kelsey is planning to take a good, long nap. Find out why Jordin doesn’t think she should hold her breath in today’s English soap opera.

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Jordin:  Hey, you two!

Dominique:  Hey!

Jordin:  Hey!

Kelsey:  Hi, Jordin.

Jordin:  I am so stoked for today! Kelsey, this is going to be so much fun!

Kelsey:  Mmm-hmm.

Jordin:  Kelsey, are you OK? Kelsey?

Dominique:  I think she zonked out again. She’s super tired.

Kelsey:  What? Huh? I’m awake.

Jordin:  I’m sorry, Kelsey. I was just asking if you were OK. Aren’t you excited about today?

Kelsey:  I’m nervous. Like really, really, really nervous.

Jordin:  Well, I’m super excited. You’re going to be great!

Kelsey:  I wouldn’t hold your breath.

Jordin:  Why?

Kelsey:  I didn’t sleep well last night.

Jordin:  Oh.

Kelsey:  Like, I didn’t sleep at all. I almost forgot my guitar.

Dominique:  It’ll be OK, Kelsey. You can take a nap.

Jordin:  Well, I wouldn’t hold my breath on the nap.

Kelsey:  Why?

Jordin:  We are going to pick up Andy, right?

Dominique:  Yup!

Jordin:  You realize he is going to yammer on the entire time, right?

Dominique:  Oh, that’s true.

Kelsey:  It’s OK. I’m so tired I think I can sleep through anything… maybe.


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Dominique and Kelsey stop to pick up Jordin. She is super excited to see Kelsey play her guitar for an audience. But Kelsey doesn’t look excited. In fact, she falls asleep talking to Jordin. Jordin asks if she’s OK, and she says that she is very nervous. She doesn’t want Jordin to get too excited and then be disappointed at the performance.

Jordin tells Kelsey that she is going to be wonderful. Then, Kelsey explains that she didn’t sleep at all last night. She’s so sleepy that she almost forgot to bring her guitar with her. Dominique reminds her that she has a lot of time when she can sleep in the car. But Jordin reminds them that Andy is coming, and he might talk the whole time.

Did you ever sleep through something important? What’s something you wouldn’t hold your breath for?



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05:03 AM Dec 04 2017 |




This is a funny facelol

07:14 AM Jun 12 2017 |



I told my friend who didn’t review for his final test and was hoping for a good grade: “Don’t hold your bro, it’s gonna be tough.” He looked at me and just said “C’MON MAYNE!”

06:39 AM Jun 01 2017 |

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I was often slept through when in class. I won’t hold my breath for the date when final comes.

02:17 AM May 30 2017 |

FenoaSuper Member!


Great use of colloquial, informal language. Most of us non-native speakers of English have trouble with these words which native English speakers take for granted and use on an every day basis.

06:39 PM May 29 2017 |

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