1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
It’s easy to get excited about a project. You might even want to begin right away. However, it’s best to have a plan first. For example, if you are making a video, you might get excited and roll camera before everyone is ready. Or you might put a friend on speakerphone before telling them that everyone can hear them… that could be embarrassing! In situations like these, you might need to calm down and hold your horses.
Hold your horses means to wait and be patient before doing something. For example, if you hold your horses when making the video, you won’t begin recording until the director says, “Action!” And if you hold your horses with your friend on the phone, you can tell them before you put them on speakerphone. Yet, life is sometimes so exciting that you might split the difference. You might be excited but still calm enough to hold your horses for a short time.
The director needs Kelsey to hold her horses before they record the music video. See how they position the video stars in today’s English soap opera.
3. Watch - Watch the video without reading the dialog.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Kate: Hold your horses, Kelsey. Before we begin, I just want to make sure we position everyone. Kelsey, go ahead, and take a step to your right. No, left. Perfect, OK! Dominique, a tad to your… yep, OK. Split the difference. Great! Roll camera. Whenever you’re ready, Kelsey.
Kelsey: Sorry. Hold your horses, everyone. It’s Sheila! We’re in the studio, recording my music video. Here, check it out!
Dominique: Hey, Sheila.
Sheila: Oh, awesome! Hi, Dominique. Kelsey, good luck today! Have fun.
Kelsey: Thanks, Sheila!
Kate: Let’s get started.
Kelsey: Oh, sorry! I’ve got to go.
Dominique: Bye, Sheila.
Kate: Are you ready, Kelsey? Whenever you’re ready! Action!
Kate asks Kelsey to hold her horses. She wants to position Dominique and Jordin for the country music video. However, she seems to move each person and then move them back to their original place. She has Dominique move and then asks her to just split the difference and be in the middle. Finally, Kate is ready. She calls, “Roll camera.” Then, Kelsey’s phone rings.
Sheila is on the phone. She is still enjoying her tropical vacation. Kelsey puts Sheila on speakerphone so everyone can say hi to her. Sheila loves Kelsey’s country-Western clothing, and she wishes Kelsey good luck. Kate is tired of holding her horses, so she tells Kelsey they should get started. When Sheila is off the phone, Kate yells, “Action!”
When did you have to hold your horses? Is it easy or difficult for you to be patient?