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Anticipation
Anticipation

Learn English: Meaning of Anticipation

Date: Feb 27 2019

Themes: Friend, Time

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense

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When you were a kid, did you ever get so excited the night before your birthday or a holiday that you were unable to sleep? Did you lie in bed, full of anticipation because you were so eager for the next day to arrive?

As we grow older, we wait excitedly for different things. You might wait in anticipation for a phone call about a job you really want, or an e-mail saying you were accepted to your first choice university. No matter our age, there will always be something that makes us wait nervously.

Brian tells Gary about how he’s waiting for a call from somebody he likes. Find out more in today’s English lesson about looking forward to something.

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Brian

Brian

Gary:  Brian, where were you last night?

Brian:  I went to a bar.

Gary:  OK.

Brian:  I was just hanging out with some friends. And there was this really cute girl. I asked her out on a date.

Gary:  That’s exciting!

Brian:  I got her number, and I texted her this morning. But she hasn’t gotten back, and I’m so anxious. I’m so worried.

Gary:  That’s why you were pacing back and forth in the kitchen.

Brian:  Yeah, I’m just waiting for a response. And I just keep going over what happened last night.

Gary:  The anticipation has been killing you!

Brian:  I know! I was trying to think if I made a good impression or not.

Gary:  Let’s not go the negative route. There’s been no rejection. Silence is not a rejection. Let’s take your mind off of this.

Brian:  That would be good.

Gary:  We should put a movie in.

Brian:  That might help me get rid of some of this nervous energy.

Gary:  Yeah. You don’t have to overthink anything. You can just sit there and relax.

Brian:  Yeah, let’s do it.

 

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Discussion

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Brian recently met a cute girl at a bar and they gave each other their phone numbers. Now he’s waiting for a response to the text he sent her. The anticipation is making him walk back and forth across his kitchen. It’s also making him think too much about whether he’s made a good impression or not.

Gary is very happy to hear that Brian met a girl. He is being a supportive friend by helping Brian to not spend too much time thinking about rejection. He suggests that they watch a movie to keep Brian busy and to help him feel less nervous.

Have you ever been so full of anticipation that it made you nervous? What did you do to help your nervous feeling?

 

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bluesky97

bluesky97

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

As I hate waiting, I try to avoid situations full of anticipation so I wants my response as soon as possible😁


And if I had to wait for someone or any response I make myself busy by working or doing something to help my nervous feeling.


I dont try to make a good impression!


I try to be myself.😏

11:59 AM Feb 27 2019 |

Hamedrees

Hamedrees

Sudan

we walk on hand of fate and we didn’t know what was written for us

08:59 AM Apr 26 2016 |

fadaee_mehdi

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Excuse me.We can’t change it easily!

05:44 AM Feb 27 2015 |

fadaee_mehdi

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

If you get number to a girl ,you don’t worried and don’t in anticipation because if you can make good impression,she calls!We should know that our energy and sprite caused to be  near with another.This important is natural thing and we cand change it easily !

05:40 AM Feb 27 2015 |

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sara1234b

sara1234b

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Brian, was it u liked lily ?  How many girls do u like ?


Kidding …:))

08:43 PM Feb 25 2015 |

ScienceBoy

ScienceBoy

Turkey

Thank you Hazelgirl, my students love me for that, this is my reward ;)

08:37 PM Feb 25 2015 |

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Hazelgirl

Hazelgirl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Science Boy , how kind you are :D May god create  all teachers like you :)))

07:11 PM Feb 25 2015 |

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La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

I’m always in anticipation for every next moment. And right now, I have big anticipation for my semester results and it feels like butterflies in my head to go over it all the time. My mother tells me that I did study well and that I shouldn’t be nervous, and that quite helps :)

05:56 PM Feb 25 2015 |

ScienceBoy

ScienceBoy

Turkey

@S&W,


You are right. I don’t worry about exams anymore. I watch how my students worry and I remember I was just like them. Maybe that’s why I always make exams simple. I never ask difficult questions.

Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

Anticipation is a humanistic feeling ..it includes little anxiety, little fear, little upset, little stress,but More HOPE ))) 


Anticipation is to wait hearing good news ..to wait a letter,a mail  hopefully.to wait a new baby in front of the Birthing room’s door hopefully..to wait a sweet marrying proposal hopefully..to wait a special day,meeting,birthday,holiday …


Anticipation makes us alive ,too..:)))


and Silence isnt a rejection ,very true ..Silence means ,to have both answer ( yes or No ..rejection or accept..start or finish ) 

Lejla123

Lejla123

Serbia and Montenegro

Yes, now this days (and that will last next 2-3 months) i’m full of anticipation because my 2 life question are resolving now and I definitly don’t know how will end all this sitauation. I tryng to keep my mind off and rid of overthink, with so many staff like hangouts, hardly work and etc , but always when take a rest the hard thought haunts me.

02:58 PM Feb 25 2015 |

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shixiaonuo

shixiaonuoSuper Member!

China

i ‘ve started job-hunting in anticipation of getting laid off at my work.

12:51 PM Feb 25 2015 |

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shixiaonuo

shixiaonuoSuper Member!

China

i ‘ve started job-hunting in anticipation of getting laid off at my work.

12:50 PM Feb 25 2015 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

I also know that weird  feeling of  a sleepless night with nothing to do except rolling around in the bed  in anticipation  of could be a forthcoming new day filled with good or bad news .We all have to take risks in life and that come with a price ,the uncertainty of its outcome, some people might have a better control on their emotions than others, i try myself to be calm, although, as it is said ” still waters (run) deep ” 

ola33

ola33

Japan

I know that feeling. Once also went to see someone. I was so nervous that a stranger, a passerby,noticed that, probably from my walk, ( I don’t know, maybe I walked zig- zag:)). So he, the stranger, caught up with me and said that I shouldn’t be so nervous. I was shocked, but couldn’t control it.

Djana

Djana

Algeria

Yeah,i ‘ve been full of anticipation a lot of times,not just once.All i do is just to try to keep calm and say that it will work out!

S&W

S&W

China

@scienceboy You don’t have to worry exams right now. you have the right to give questions on test paper.Cool,Definitely fight back.haha

09:23 AM Feb 25 2015 |

Shoba

Shoba

Sri Lanka



Once I was meeting someone I met online in real life for the first time. I was so thrilled about it that I could hardly sleep a wink that night. At the same time I was nervous too because I wasn’t sure how our meeting would go. 


Being full of anticipation always makes me nervous and gives me a funny feeling in my stomach. When I’m like this, I try to relax myself by listening to devotional songs or mantras. 



ScienceBoy

ScienceBoy

Turkey

I have been full of anticipation a few times.


I take exams so seriously. So every time I feel so nervous before the exam wondering what kind of question I will have to face. and and after the exam wondering if the result will be good enough. 

ashish_sh92

India

i was very nervous on the day of my final examination result.to overcome on my nervousness i was singing music loudly n playing game with children.these things made me full of free from nervous feeling.


 

04:15 AM Feb 25 2015 |

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