Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!

hung up

hung up

Date: Dec 26 2013

Themes: Celebrity


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

“We get so hung up on success that we can easily forget about being of service to others.”

Journalist Lisa Ling talking about her sense of responsibility to the world


1. Definition - Study the definition.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

thinking or worrying too much about something or someone

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

When you move into a new place, you usually spend some time deciding where everything will go. You decide where to put the sofa and chairs, how to organize your kitchen, and where your bed should go in your bedroom. You also consider where your art will hang on the walls. After all, you’re putting your paintings and posters somewhere you expect them to stay. It’s important to hang them up in a place you really like.

When a person gets hung up on something, they are staying in the same place, just like a piece of art in your home. Your friend might be hung up on another person, meaning that he can’t stop thinking about her. Your mom could be hung up on the idea that you should become a doctor, so she won’t stop talking about it even though you’re not interested. People also get hung up on past events, like the party your sister planned for days but nobody could attend.

If someone is hung up on something, it usually means that the person needs to stop thinking about it and move ahead with his or her life. Journalist Lisa Ling feels that we all need to stop being hung up on being successful. She points out that the more time we spend thinking about ourselves, the less time we have to think about taking care of others.

Are you hung up on anything or anyone? How do you move on with your life?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

“He is so hung up on his ex. But she’s over him!”

“I can’t believe she’s still hung up on what happened last week.”

“We got hung up on his rude comment and didn’t hear anything else he said.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

cubi1604 So focused on something
by cubi1604
Manu4 Addicted to something.
by Manu4
a2020 To be attached to something too much.
by a2020
 julito To be obsessed in a silly way
by julito

Want to guess next week's slang?

The iTEP® test

  • Schedule an iTEP® test and take the official English Practice Test.

    Take Now >


Log in to Comment




This expression is an  eye-opener to me . I have seen people and, why not myself , that are so hung up  on   petty things   like jealousy  or a rift  with a friend  that are unable to   forget the whole thing  and move on with their life.

03:41 PM Dec 26 2013 |

Marcel We

Marcel We


I have to say that I hung up on things, issues, persons … etc. quite often. Sometimes even the tiniest things can make go crazy. That’s quite a problem for me because I always try to do things perfect and if this doesn’t work I’m always quite upset and have to think about it all the time. I always try not to think about but if something goes wrong in my life or I just can’t get through the homework I’m just frustrated and think about what I could have done better all the time. I hate this feeling. But there is no way to change and I just can’t go ahead and concentrate on something different.

02:18 PM Dec 26 2013 |




I treat good things that i hung up on as a dream,on the other side,For the bad ,trying my best to forget

11:10 AM Dec 26 2013 |




Success is important but it definitelty goes shoulder to shoulder the way how you treat people. Everything should be in a good combination – the career, family, friends, acquintances, just strangers who will always, apart from how nice you’re to them, will always look at what you do and recognize you correspondingly. It’s not good, but it’s true. So, being successful is not that bad, but shouldn’t be forgotten about people who you can share that success with. Sharing is caring.

Hung up being good, just that it is and everything will sort itself out. 

04:50 AM Dec 26 2013 |




be stuck by sth.in heart then can’t let it go..

03:00 AM Dec 26 2013 |

Likes (13):

See all >

Share this lesson:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Bebo
  • Share on Myspace
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email this to a friend
  • Share on Sina

Post Ebaby! lessons on your blog:

Ebaby! Cast