Script: Let's call it a day

Script: Let's call it a day

Sometimes, the words in everyday English phrases are not used in their literal sense. For example, “Let’s call it a day!’ means “Let’s stop what we are doing. We’ve been doing it long enough!”
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John Millen used to teach English and French in a secondary school in the UK. He believes telling others about a good book is a brilliant thing to do.

Brian: I think it’s time we stopped for dinner. We’ve spent all day painting, and I’m feeling a bit hungry.

Jane: You’ve only got under the window to do and I’ve nearly finished this wall. I’m still a bit unsure about this grey colour on all four walls. I wish you’d chosen something brighter.

Brian: I like it. It looks good. I’m going to get some new blinds and I’ll pick a bright colour. I think bright blue will go with the grey walls.

Jane:  Everything you have is blue! There are other colours, you know. The trousers you wear are blue. Your tops are all blue. You wear either blue or white shirts for work. Blue, blue, always blue. Yellow would go well with these dull grey walls. What about yellow blinds and yellow bedding?

Brian: Yellow? No thank you. I’d feel sick if I woke up in the morning and saw that.

Jane:  Up to you. If you want to have a boring bedroom, fine. I suppose you’ll be sticking those awful comic book posters back on the walls. Don't you think that posters of Batman and Spiderman are a bit childish for someone your age?  Some nice classical Chinese prints would look great!

Brian: Not my taste at all. Why are you criticising my taste, anyway? I think you’re getting tired. I know we’ve only got a bit left to do, but I think we should call it a day. I’ll finish the rest tomorrow. Let’s call it day and clean up, and let me buy you dinner. Italian? I could order a pizza.

Penny: It’s great to be having lunch with you. We haven’t had a meal together and caught up for ages. I never see you after lectures. In fact, I haven’t seen you around at lunchtimes. Where’ve you been hiding?

Ian: I’ve been working in the library most lunch times. In fact, every lunch time for the last couple of months. Just grabbing a sandwich, wolfing it down and then going in there to work.

Penny: Have you been letting the work pile up? That’s not like you. You’re usually so well organised, and always get essays done well in time.

Ian: Assignments have been piling up, admitedly.

Penny: But working during the lunch break? I can’t remember the last time I saw you in here. And I know you love your Pepper Lunches!

Ian: I do! I do! But it’s all been a matter of managing my time. We have much more work this year than last.

Penny: Yes, but we finish classes at four most days.

Ian: At the start of this year I took on more shifts at the convenience store. I want to visit London next year and so I need a lot of extra money. I took on a lot of extra hours.

Penny: That’s good.

Ian: But I’ve taken on too much. I don’t have any social life, and I don’t want my uni work to suffer. I’ve now got enough money in my bank account to cover my London trip. My accommodation will be free because I’ll stay with my cousin.

Penny: And you’ve got enough for your flight?

Ian: More than enough. I’m thinking of calling it a day at the convenience store. I’ve worked there for more than two years, and the manager won’t let me cut down my hours. So I think I’ll call it a day, and if I need to earn more, I’ll look for something else.

Penny: That sounds sensible. Now what do you want for lunch? My treat – you need to save for that trip!

 

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