-> 2. How to Improve Your English p.9.
Mack is talking to his friend Don.
M: Hi, Don! How are you doing in your English class?
D: Not so well, I'm afraid.
M: What's the problem?
D: I'm not improving. Tell me, how come your English is so good?
M: Well, uh…I have an American girlfriend.
D: Aha! That's it. Now I know what to do. (He runs off.)
M: Hey, Come back! I was just kidding!
funny farm 疯人院 正式：mental asylum
improve sth = make a lot of improvement in sth
talk to(with) sb about sth vi. talk sb into doing vt.说服
When he gave a speech, we realized that he was just talking nonsense.
He is a problem studnet.
How are you doing in ...? or: How are you getting along? 近来怎么样？
久违的老朋友还可以说：How are you? or How have you been?
Howdy 美国南部招呼语 answer: Howdy
blind date 相亲,盲目约会
I am afraid (that省略) it is going to rain, so we can't go on a picnic. 我认为...(弱语气)
What's the problem (with)? = What's wrong? = What's the matter (with)?
goof around 浪费时间，混时间
Aha, that's it. = Aha, I get it. = I understand.
kidding = joking
3. The City of Song p.13
1. Rome Wasn't Built in a Day