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Chomping at the Bit
Chomping at the Bit English, baby! Video Lesson

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Date: Dec 16 2014

Themes: How To, Romance, Soap Opera, Travel

Grammar: Definite & Indefinite Articles


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When a horse is excited to begin a race, it often bites on its bit. The bit is what’s put in the horse’s mouth to tell it which way to run. So if a horse is chomping (or biting) on its bit, you know that the horse is eager to start racing, and it’s time to get started. You might win if your horse is chomping at the bit!

People may not wear bits, but you can see when they’re excited to do something. If a little boy is chomping at the bit to play with his new kitten, he might be jumping up and down. If a friend is chomping at the bit for a movie to begin, she could be moving around a lot in her seat. When you take your dog to the park, she’s probably chomping at the bit to chase a ball you brought for her, because she’s excited and ready to start playing.

Brian is chomping at the bit to travel, thanks to Lily. Read on to learn what he needs to do first in this English lesson about seeing the world.

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Lily:  It was really an amazing trip.

Brian:  Your travel stories really have me chomping at the bit to see the world, you know?

Lily:  You should. I mean, I’d miss you. But there’s so much to see and do. Where would you go?

Brian:  Everywhere! South America, Europe, Asia. I don’t even have a passport, though.

Lily:  What?

Brian:  I don’t have a passport. I don’t even know how to get one.

Lily:  Well, I can help you with that.

Brian:  Can you?

Lily:  Yeah. First, what you need to do is get your application.

Brian:  Where do I get one?

Lily:   You can get it online.

Brian:  OK. What else?

Lily:  So, there’s the application. Then there’s the fee. And then you need your passport photo.

Brian:  I have to get a special photo?

Lily:  You can go to special places that will just take a photo for you just for your passport.

Brian:  Wow. OK. So, I have my application, my photo, and my fee. And I bring those in whenever I’m ready. Anything else?

Lily:  You also have to have proof of your identity and also proof of your citizenship.

Brian:  What’s that?

Lily:  Like your birth certificate, your driver’s license, and documents that are like that. I can help you figure out what you need online.

Brian:  This sounds like a lot of work.

Lily:  It is, but then you get to see the world. Come on! I thought you said you were chomping at the bit to go.

Brian:  I am. OK. Let’s get started. One question first!

Lily:  What’s that?

Brian:  Will you go with me?


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Brian likes listening to Lily talk about her trip to Spain. Her stories make him want to travel around the world. There’s only one problem. Brian doesn’t have a passport!

Lily explains that getting a passport isn’t that difficult. It’s true that Brian will need a lot of stuff. He’s going to need a photo, an application, some money, and proof that he was born in the US. But after Brian gets those things together, he can get a passport. Lily believes that it’s worth the work.

Do you have a passport? Where have you traveled, and where would you like to go?



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eduardosoutoSuper Member!


No, I don’t have a passport!

I have only traveled in Brazil, I’ve never been abroad but this is where I would like to go!

Someday I will travel around the world!

12:34 AM Jul 01 2017 |




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08:53 AM Oct 04 2016 |




I have a passport. First time I used it when I have been to Moldova to pass an interview in international company. Now I’m expecting on my visa to UAE. I’m sure it will be great to see the world.

06:49 PM May 22 2015 |




yes i have a password. so far i have travelled dubai, honkong and macau. i would like to visit europe, uk, spain and a lot infact whole world .

10:45 AM Dec 27 2014 |




To start with, if am going  abroad  I would    need a  passport , otherwise it would be impossible to leave the country, unless i should have decided to visit  bordering countries ,in which case  i only need my ID to prove my identity. I have travelled to USA,Brazil, Uruguay,Canada and India. i have in my bucket list to go to Spain and Italy ,Should i be able to attain this goal or dream , only God knows.    

Lily,  you were taken off guard at this blunt invitation, i think that now you must be chomping at the bit .jejejeje,  do it…... the rolling stones gathers no moss… proverb.

08:51 PM Dec 16 2014 |




I do not have a passport but I must get one if I want to travel to anotrher country.

06:48 PM Dec 16 2014 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Yes, i have …i dont know exactly  where i ‘d like to travel..but where are others ? here is so queit :)

06:37 PM Dec 16 2014 |

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I have a passport and I am chomping at the bit to travel around the world like Brian, but unfortunately I can afford it to me as a lot of people, I think. Fortunately the internet exist and you can know almost every country and culture in this way. What’s more there are some possibilites to talk people all around the world like English, baby! :-)

Anyway, is there anyone who was a Livemocha member?

10:06 AM Dec 16 2014 |

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