Lesson 2: Catching Up
I’m so glad I have a chance to catch up with you!

I can enthusiastically get information from someone I haven't seen in a while.

INTRODUCE

It can be fun to find out what has changed in someone’s life.

PRESENT

STEP A EXPRESSIONS

Go over the expressions with your tutor and answer the questions.

    1. If you catch up with someone, it means that you update each other about what happened while you were apart.

     

    It’s so great to catch up with you after all these years!

     

    Q: What’s the best way to catch up with someone? Why?

    a. meeting in person

    b. talking on the phone or through video chat

     

     

    2. You can use the phrase I’m all ears when you want to tell someone that you’re listening and that he/she has your full attention.

     

    You want to talk about Derek? I’m all ears!

     

    Q: Which person would you say “I’m all ears!” to? Why?

    a. “Do you want to hear about this new book I bought?”

    b. “A new cat café opened in my city! I want to tell you all about it.”

     

     

    3. The phrase give me all the details is used to encourage someone to tell you the whole story about something.

     

    You went on a month-long tour of Europe, right? Give me all the details!

     

    Q: If your friend went on a date yesterday and wanted to tell you about it, which reaction would you have? Why?

    a. “Nice! Give me all the details!”

    b. “Sorry, I’ll pass.”

STEP B PRONUNCIATION

When one word ends with a consonant sound and the next word also starts with a consonant sound, one of the sounds may be dropped for easier pronunciation.
Phrase Example

give me

/ gimme /

/ Gimme / all the details!

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Naoki is catching up with an old coworker who moved to Germany several years earlier.

Naoki:

I can’t believe it’s been five years. I’m so glad I have a chance to catch up with you!

Shouta:

Me too. You’ve changed a lot! And wow, your suit looks really expensive.

Naoki:

Ah, this. (laughs) Well, you know, I need to look presentable for potential contacts. I’m actually aiming for a promotion, so I’m taking every opportunity to build my network in Japan and abroad.

Shouta:

Wow! A promotion? Give me all the details!

Naoki:

Well, the company’s looking for someone to send to California. The competition’s pretty tough, which is why I’m really doing all I can to get chosen. I’ve even started taking online English lessons twice a week to improve my speaking skills!

Shouta:

Ah… You’re as hardworking as ever.

Naoki:

That’s not all. I’m also trying to get on my boss’s good side. I go drinking with him almost every week. I also play golf with him every weekend.

Shouta:

I’m sure your wife loves that. (laughs)

Naoki:

Yeah, she’s not so happy about it. She wants to catch up on her sleep on the weekend, but if I’m golfing, she has to wake up early to take care of our daughter. So, anyway, enough about me; tell me what’s new with you! I’m all ears!

TRIVIA

Do you know the difference between catch up with someone and catch up on something? They look very similar, but be careful – they mean very different things! Catch up on something means to do an activity that you were not able to finish or do earlier.

 

O I did a lot of overtime this month, so I didn’t see my friends much. I’m going to catch up with them this weekend.

O I did a lot of overtime this month, so I didn’t sleep much. I’m going to catch up on sleep this weekend.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Replace the underlined parts with expressions from the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.

I’m all ears!
catch up with someone
Give me all the details!
  1. I haven’t seen you since we graduated! We really need to see each other again soon.
  2. What did Mr. Pembroke say? Tell me all about it, please!
  3. If you need to say something, you have my attention.

STEP B EXERCISE

Complete the conversation using the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.

I’m all ears!
catch up with someone
Give me all the details!
Tutor:

Hey, I’ll be visiting next week from the States! I’d love to meet up with you.

Student:

Absolutely! Can you believe it’s been seven years since we last saw each other? I can’t wait to __________!

Tutor:

Same here! Actually, I have some news that can’t wait until next week…

Student:

What is it? __________!

Tutor:

I’m getting married soon!

Student:

Oh my gosh, really? Congratulations!

Tutor:

Thank you! I’m so excited. My fiancé and I are planning the most amazing honeymoon. We were actually inspired by that trip to Europe you and I took that time.

Student:

Wow, really? __________.

Tutor:

Sure! I’ll tell you more when we meet next week. See you soon!

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

While on vacation in Germany, you’re meeting up with an old friend from university who moved to Germany years ago. Talk about what’s changed with you and find out what’s new with your friend as well.

Today's Expressions

  • catch up with someone
  • I’m all ears!
  • Give me all the details!

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

CATCHING UP

2

CHANGES

3

STAYING THE SAME

1

CATCHING UP

  1. How often do you catch up with your close friends?  
  2. Do you think it’s important to catch up with people you haven’t seen in a while?  
  3. Are you interested in catching up with your friends from high school? How about your friends from junior high and elementary school?
  4. Would you like to catch up with any of your old coworkers?

2CHANGES

  1. How much have you changed since last year?  
  2. How do you update your friends about important changes in your life?
  3. How much do you think a person can change in five years?
  4. What factors can change a person (ex. time, experiences)?

3STAYING THE SAME

  1. Do you think your elementary school classmates would recognize you today?  
  2. Do you know anyone who has more or less stayed the same throughout their life?
  3. What’s one thing about you that has never changed?
  4. Is there anything you wish you could change but have not been able to yet?

FEEDBACK

I can enthusiastically get information from someone I haven't seen in a while.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK