因为传统的中国英语教学中学习到的都是过于正式或者老套的说法，而对日常的地道的口语表达非常陌生。比如我们学的打招呼的方式是”How are you?” 或者”How do you do?” 当听到外国人以平常语速说出”How is it going?” 或者”How are you doing?” 的时候，反应不过来别人在说什么。类似的情况在新托福听力当中比比皆是，建议童鞋们每篇听力材料里的这种表达记下来，或者搜索抄录常见的美式地道口语表达，日积月累。以下视为大家整理的部分：
Librarian：Oh, well I guess you might think that. But when I saw it back then it was anything but boring.
注：近似词组nothing but意为“只不过是”,例如：It's nothing but a joke.
2.in such short notice
Student：Hi, thanks for seeing me in such short notice.
Manager: Right, the choir. It’s nice to finally meet you in person. So, you are having problems with...
Pro: Ok, basically they have to offer things that most people can find anywhere else, you know quality, that means better exercise equipment,high-end stuff, and classes-exercise classes may be aerobics.
Therefore, it’s best to be a non-conformist – to do your own thing, not worrying about what other people think. That’s an important point. He really drives this argument home throughout the essay.
6.go down the drain
Student: I know, but I didn’t want to risk the project going down the drain.
8.start from scratch
Student: But we’ve got all the sources and it’s due next week. We don’t have time to start from scratch.
9.come down to
It’s been shaped by constraints over vast stretches of time, all of which comes down to the fact that the best foraging strategy for beavers isn’t the one that yields the most food or wood.
I am afraid we don’t have any openings at lunch time. A lot of students want to work then, so it is really rare for us to have an open spot at that time of day.
11.be at odds with
They try to fit in with the rest of the world even though it’s at odds with their beliefs and their identities.
Pro: Oh, that's very thoughtful of you, Eric, but it will be low key, nothing flashy. That's not her style.
13.tongue in cheek
But if you took away all the DNA that codes for genes, you still have maybe 70% of the DNA left over. That’s the so-called JUNK DNA. Though the word junk is used sort of tongue in cheek.
14.pull them from thin air
To begin, how do we create fictional characters? We don’t just pull them from thin air, do we? I mean we don’t create them out of nothing.
一学生在办公室问学校工作人员”I am supposed to be having my class right now, but I can’t find my classroom, do you know where it is?”
而工作人员答道”There is a room assignment sheet on the bulletin board outside this office.”