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Friends S01E05: English Learning through Conversations

Monica: Would you let it go? It’s not that big a deal.

Ross: Not that big a deal? It’s amazing. Ok, you just reach in there, there’s one little maneuver, and bam, a bra right out the sleeve. All right, as far as I’m concerned, there is nothing a guy can do that even comes close. Am I right?

Rachel: Come on! You guys can pee standing up.

Chandler: We can? All right, I’m tryin’ that.

Joey: Ok, you know what blows my mind? Women can see breasts any time they want. You just look down and there they are. How you get any work done is beyond me.

Phoebe: Oh, ok, you know what I don’t get? The way guys can do so many mean things, and then not even care.

(Long pause.)

Ross: Multiple orgasms!




In this episode of Friends, the characters use different words and phrases that can help you improve your English. Let’s take a closer look at some of them and see how you can use them in everyday conversations.


“Let it go” means to stop worrying or thinking about something. In the episode, Monica tells Ross to “let it go” when he’s obsessing over something. It’s a great phrase to use when you want to move on from a topic.


“A big deal” means something that is important or significant. When Monica tells Ross to “let it go,” he thinks it’s a big deal and wants to keep talking about it.


“Reach in there” means to put your hand inside something to take something out. In the episode, Ross talks about how he can remove a bra from a sleeve with just one maneuver.


“A maneuver” is a strategic movement. Ross uses this word to describe how he can quickly remove a bra from a sleeve.


“A sleeve” is the part of a shirt that covers your arm. Ross talks about how a bra can get stuck in a sleeve.


“As far as I’m concerned” means “in my opinion.” Ross uses this phrase to express his opinion that guys can’t do anything that’s as impressive as removing a bra from a sleeve.


“That even comes close” means that nothing is as good as something else. Ross uses this phrase to emphasize that removing a bra from a sleeve is the best thing a guy can do.


“How you get any work done is beyond me” means that something is difficult to understand. Joey uses this phrase to express amazement that women can see their breasts anytime they want.


“Mean things” are actions or words that are hurtful or unkind. Phoebe talks about how guys can do mean things and not care.

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