1. It’s raining cats and dogs (everyone knows this one, but it’s not used as much as you think these days)
2. It’s pouring down
3. It’s bucketing down
4. It’s pissing with rain (a bit vulgar this one)
5. It’s chucking it down
Watch this clip from Dallas. In the previous series, Bobby died – but because view ers were not happy for him to leave the show, the screenwriters had to find a way of bringing him back. so they made it all a dream that Pam has one night. This is how she reacts when she ‘wakes up’ to discover it was only a dream. In the transcript below some popular expressions have been removed – can you understand them?
Bobby: good morning! Pam (1.)_______________ (qu’est-ce qu’il y a ?)
Pam? Honey,(2) ________________ (idem) (3)__________________ (t’as l’air très effrayée, choquée)
Pam: for a minute I thought I did.
Bobby: What are you talking about?
Pam: You. Oh Bobby it was awful.When I woke up I thought that you were dead.
Pam: I (4) ______________________ (j’ai fait un cauchemar, une terrible cauchemar). I dreamed that you were here and that you were leaving and Catherine was in her car and she was waiting and when we started to leave she tried (5)______________ (m’écraser avec sa voiture) but you pushed me out of the way and she hit you and she crashed into a truck and she was killed and then we took you to the hospital and you died
Bobby: hey… Pam I’m right here and I’m fine.
Pam: There was so much more, bobby it seemed so real and there was Sue Ellen and there was Mark and I was married
Bobby: Hey you are going to be married to me – just as soon as we can
Pam: I was so frightened oh I love you so much
Bobby: Honey, it’s over. None of that happened. We’re together and I love you and (6)_________________________ (je suis en train de te mouiller).
Bobby (7)__________________ (ne me quittes jamais)
Pam: I won’t – I love you
answers 1. What’s the matter? 2. ” ” ” 3. You look like you just saw a ghost (il me semble que tu viens de voir un phantome) (in British English we would say ‘you’ve just seen a ghost’ – present perfect) 4. I had a nightmare, a terrible nightmare. 5. to run me down. 6. I’m getting you all wet. 7. Don’t ever leave me.