Long time no see, old friend.


A: Who is your favorite Disney princess?
B: Cinderella! She’s kindhearted and beautiful. And she went from rags to riches!


To go from rags to riches (i) – to go from poor to rich. Rags means old dirty clothing. To use it as an adjective, you can say: a rags-to-riches Famous stories: J.K. Rowling, Andrew Carnegie, Abraham Lincoln, Howard Schultz, Li Ka-shing, Sam Walton, Oprah Winfrey, John D. Rockefeller, Richard Branson, Jim Carrey.

A: Guess what? You won’t believe it.
B: What happened?
A: I was walking back home when out of the blue a really beautiful woman asked me for my number. I gave it to her and she kissed me on the cheek and gave me $100. I was so surprised.
B: No way! Get out of here. Don’t bullshit me.


Guess what? (e) – to introduce a surprising outcome, to dramatize the introduction of some story. Often the other person responds with what?
Out of the blue (i)(adv) – unexpectedly, suddenly, surprisingly.
Really? (e) – express surprise or shock. Synonym: No way! Are you kidding me? Are you serious? Get out of here.
Bullshit (s)(n)(rude) – nonsense, stupid, unfair, false. It can also be used as a verb to mean deceive, mislead, or lie. Synonym: Bull, BS, Bollocks (UK).
Don’t bullshit me (e)(s)(rude) – Don’t lie to me, I don’t believe you.

A: I was shopping yesterday when all of a sudden I bumped into my old high school friend. I hadn’t seen her in 10 years! She is on vacation right now with her family.
B: Wow! You ran into her? That’s such a coincidence. It’s a small world!
A: I’m going to meet her for lunch tomorrow.
B: Have a great time.


All of a sudden (i) – suddenly, very quickly and unexpectedly.
To bump into someone | To run into someone (pv) – to meet someone by chance, accidentally or coincidentally.
It’s a small world (e) – express surprise when meeting someone coincidentally, especially in a distant place. Or when you have mutual friends or acquaintances with someone. (Disney attraction)
Have a great time (e) – to wish someone a good time. Synonym: have a good time, have fun, have a blast, have a ball, enjoy yourself.

A: I have something to ask you but I don’t know if I should.
B: Spit it out. I don’t bite.
A: Well…I feel lost. I don’t know what to do with my life. Do you have any advice for me?
B: I can’t decide your future but continue to work hard, and don’t give up. Rome wasn’t built in a day.


Spit it out (e)(s) – tell me. Use this expression when someone is reluctant or hesitant to say something. Synonym: out with it (e).
I don’t bite (e)(s)(funny) – I won’t hurt you. Use this to tell someone that they don’t need to be afraid of doing something, used to encourage someone to do something.
To give up (pv) – to quit, to resign, to stop trying.
Rome wasn’t built in a day (p) – be patient, you cannot expect to build something great or achieve success or have all the answers in a short time. To learn any skill takes a long time.

A: How do you see yourself in 10 years?
B: I will be having the time of my life. I will be super rich. I’ll work at my dream job. I’ll have a perfect marriage. My life will be awesome!
A: In your dreams!


To have the time of one’s life (i) to have the best, most exciting time. To enjoy yourself more than ever before.
Awesome (s)(adj) cool, great, super amazing, extremely impressive.
In your dreams (e)(s) – it’s not going to happen, you’re dreaming. It’s impossible. Synonym: You wish.

PEPSI Discussion Questions

  1. Do you have any role models? What do you admire about them?
  2. Do you know anyone who went from rags to riches? Have you watched or read any rags-to-riches movies, tv shows or books?
  3. Tell me about an unexpected or surprising situation that happened to you recently (use out of the blue or all of a sudden). 
  4. In which situations do people often bullshit (job interview, first date, first meeting…)? What kind of things do they bullshit about in those situations?
  5. Have you ever ran into someone you know in a different city or country? Is there anyone that you frequently bump into?
  6. Do you agree that we live in a small world?
  7. If you could choose to master any 3 skills, which skills would you choose? (singing, cooking, dancing, drawing, learning, speaking a language, networking…) 
  8. Tell me about a trip where you had the time of your life.
  9. Tell me about an awesome person, place, restaurant, movie, and book.
  10. How do you see yourself in 10 years?