Lesson 25: Being Surprised



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: being surprised. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about being surprised.

Kevin, something unexpected happened to me today. My purse was stolen.
You’re joking, right?
No, I’m not. I was shocked!
Unbelievable! What happened?
I was at the supermarket buying food. I was unaware that my purse was still in the cart, and I drove away.
No way!
My jaw dropped when I couldn’t find my purse in the car.
I’m sure you were stunned.
It amazes me why people have to steal things.
I don’t like surprises. The other day my wife dropped a bombshell on me. She told me she’s pregnant.


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

unexpected (adj) surprising, not expected
It was unexpected that she quit school.
you’re joking (expression) something you say to show that you are surprised
You’re joking! I can’t believe it!
shocked (adj) feeling very upset or surprised
I was shocked to hear my friend died.
unbelievable (adj) very surprising
It’s unbelievable how much a diamond ring costs.
unaware (adj) not understanding or realizing something
My brother was unaware that I was in the house. 
no way (expression) informal way to express surprise
 You lost 20 kilograms. No way!
jaw dropped (idiom) used to say that someone is very surprised or shocked
His jaw dropped when he realized he lost his wallet.
stunned (adj) very shocked or surprised
She was stunned when she saw the car accident.
amazes (v) to surprise and sometimes confuse someone very much
It amazes me when my husband forgets our wedding anniversary.
dropped a bombshell (idiom) delivered unexpected news
My friend dropped a bombshell on me. He quit his job.


Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer.

  1. What are some reasons people think a bombshell was dropped on them?
    1. I was shocked when my girlfriend broke up with me.
    2. My jaw dropped when I heard my daughter was in a car accident.
    3. Your answer:
  2. What are some things that could be unexpected?
    1. It was unexpected when my mom died.
    2. It was unexpected to hear my friend was arrested for stealing a car.
    3. Your answer:
  3. Can you make a sentence using “you’re joking”?
    1. You’re joking that our cousin is getting married.
    2. Please tell me you’re joking that you lost my car keys.
    3. Your answer:
  4. Can you make a sentence using “no way”?
    1. You’re going to Australia. No way!
    2. I heard that you won $1 million. No way!
    3. Your answer:
  5. How can you use “unbelievable” in a sentence?
    1. I found it unbelievable that he finished his doctorate degree.
    2. It’s unbelievable how people throw trash on the streets.
    3. Your answer:


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Did you ever have a surprise birthday party? If yes, tell me about it. If no, do you want one? Why or why not?
  2. Tell me about a bombshell that was dropped on you.
  3. Tell me about something you were unaware of.
  4. What is something that is unbelievable to you?
  5. Tell me about a time you surprised someone.


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.



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