Learn the words:

WORD/PHRASE

MEANING

CONTEXT

SPANISH

RUSSIAN

AIRHEAD

 stupid person

(pej, sl)

 … and instead of thinking you’re an airhead, people think you’re a heavyweight intellectual who has broader interests

baboso

болван

TO SKIM sth

read quickly but not carefully

and I’m thinking maybe I should at least skim it …

leer por encima

(быстро) просмотреть

KNICKERS [ˈnɪkəz]

women’s underpants

I’m wearing my gorgeous new matching knickers and bra

bragas

женские трусы

TO POP UP

spring up suddenly

and half wishing someone from Just Seventeen would pop up with a camera

aparecer de repente

неожиданно появиться

COVETED

valued, desired

Their scarves and pashminas are so coveted

cotizado

вожделенный

SNOTTY fig, inf

arrogant

Unlike some snotty cows in clothes shops, she doesn’t mind if you stand for ages staring at clothes you really can’t afford to buy

presumido

высокомерный

TO SNAP sth UP

rush to obtain

“I’d snap it up if I were you.”

quitar de las manos

(рас)хватать

TO RUMMAGE THROUGH

[ˈrʌmɪdʒ]

search in

I stop in surprise and start to rummage through all the pockets of my purse

hurgar

рыться в

SUPERCILIOUS [ˌsuːpəˈsɪlɪəs]

disdainful

the PR girls are looking supercilious and sipping water

desdeñoso

надменный

FROWN [fraʊn]

creased brow

It’s that he always seems to have a frown on his face when he’s talking to me.

ceño fruncido

сдвинутые брови

TO BE ON THE CARDS

be possible

“Do you think that’s really on the cards?”

ser posible

быть возможным

PRICE TAG

label showing an item’s cost

I always turn to the charges first. Just like I always look at the price tag first.

etiqueta con el precio

ценник

WHOPPING [ˈwɒpɪŋ]

enormous (sl)

Foreland Investments takes out a whopping double-page spread advertisement every month.

enorme

целый, очень большой

TO BLUSH [blʌʃ]

go red with embarrassment

As I take hold of it, a round of applause goes round the room and I blush.

sonrojarse

краснеть

TO LONG FOR

want keenly

Normally, of course, I long for the tube to break down

ansiar

жаждать

ENGROSSED [ɪnˈgrəʊst]

absorbed

In fact, I’m so engrossed, I almost walk past my turning.

absorto

поглощенный

 

QUIZ

Why does Becky buy the Financial Times?

Why is Becky surprised by a sale in Denny and George?

Why does Becky take two glasses of champagne?

What does Becky suspect about Luke Brandon?

What do Becky and Elly have in common?

 

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