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Como digo em inglês: Essa foi a gota d’água

By Ana Luiza | Podcast Inglês Online

Sep 20
Como digo em inglês Essa foi a gota d’água

Hoje eu falo sobre como dizer “foi a gota d’água” em inglês.


Hey, everybody! What’s up? This is Ana Luiza, with a new episode of the inglesonline podcast. To download or just listen to other episodes and download transcripts, go to and click Podcast Inglesonline.

OK, so let’s get this episode started with a little story. Let’s say you’ve teamed up with one of your classmates to work on a school project. Let’s say her name is Anna. So you two scheduled your first meeting, but Anna didn’t show up. No warning, no phone call to let you know what happened. She simply doesn’t show up at the appointed time. You give her a call, her mom tells you she’s not home. So next day you ask her what happened, and she says something about being busy… she’s kinda mumbling it so you can’t really understand it, and then the teacher arrives and you have to go back to your seat. So, in the end, you have no idea why she stood you up.

You try to schedule another meeting with Anna so the two of you can work together on the school project, but she says she’s busy the whole week. You’re beginning to think Anna is not interested in doing any work. So you try one more time: you tell her that you’ve already done 30% of the work, but you need her help to work on the other 70%. She tells you she can’t because she has to plan a birthday party for a friend. Again: Anna tells you that she can’t meet with you because she has to plan a birthday party for a friend. And you say “OK, that’s it! Enough is enough. You’re not making an effort, you’re not pulling your weight at all, and this is a two-person project. I’m gonna talk to our teacher right now and let her know I want to do this with someone else”. So when Anna told you that she had to plan a birthday party… that was the last straw. That was the last straw.

strawLook at the picture – you can see what a straw is. There’s a reason for this expression, but I’m not gonna get into it right now. So, listen again: when Anna told you that she couldn’t meet with you because she had to plan a party, that was the last straw. You had been patient up to that point, but that was just too much! That was the last straw. You went to see your teacher immediately and you told her you wanted a different teammate.

Different story: maybe you bought a new computer, thinking it would work perfectly, and then you realize quickly that it came with a limited version of the operating system and you’ll have to pay for an upgrade to have the full version. A few days later you realize that one of the USB ports doesn’t work. You’re annoyed, but you’re still hanging on to the computer since the number one reason you bought it is that it has a very good built-in DVD player. You love watching movies and videos, and you wanna be able to do that on your computer. So as long as it plays your DVDs well, you will let minor things slide. Sure, you’re annoyed that you had to pay for the full version of the operational system and you’re also annoyed that one of the USB ports won’t work, but you’ll let those things slide since you’re pretty happy with the quality of the video.

Then, the unthinkable happens: it’s Saturday afternoon and you’re ready to kick back and relax while watching one of your favorite comedies on DVD. You grab a bag of Cheetos, relax into a comfortable chair and and then you pop the disc into the computer. Almost twenty seconds go by and nothing: the computer can’t even recognize the disc. You remove the disc, pop it back in and nothing. You call the Customer Service phone number and you spend 30 minutes on the phone trying to make it work, and nothing. Then you look at your watch and you realize it’s almost 8 o’clock and you’re late for a date. You think “Now the video won’t work? That’s it. That’s the last straw. I’m done with this computer”. So that is the last straw. First you paid for the OS, then you found a non-working USB port, and now the computer won’t play your DVD’s? That’s the last straw.

So, tell us about a situation where you were dissatisfied with something and your dissatisfaction kept growing until something happened and you thought” That’s it! That’s the last straw” and then you left, or you canceled your purchase, or you returned a product, or you left your job… whatever! Let us know in the comments and talk to you next time!


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Key expressions

  • that’s the last straw


mumbling = falando meio baixo, não muito claramente

she stood you up = ela te deu o bolo (não compareceu ao compromisso combinado)

enough is enough = basta, não dá mais

not pulling your weight = não está fazendo a sua parte

a two-person project = um projeto para duas pessoas

I’m not gonna get into it = não vou entrar nisso, falar disso

built-in = que já vem embutido

let (something) slide = não ligar para/ perdoar (alguma coisa)

the OS = the operational system

  • Jose Bata C. Sobral says:

    I Sorry to post my history too late! It happen becaouse i was very slumped last month. I worked out side the oficce. I was worked at Nampula province, (North of Mozambique)last month, so i liked it. It has my first time to be threre.
    In June, i aquired a slide cell fone, up to weeks the cell fone start to have a probleme. It was dificult to hear someone on fone. I went to the cellshope, they give me new fone. When i started the new cell fone i soo that the camera thus not work! It was my last straw.
    Techer, have a good weekend!

  • Tadeu says:

    Ok, Ana Luiza, really nice! Thx once again!

  • Ana Luiza says:

    Antonio – great story, and so familiar!

    Tadeu – look it up here:

  • Tadeu says:

    Hi there! This was really nice but now you got me curious about the reason for this expression. When are you gonna get into it? Thx!

  • Magda says:

    Thanks, teacher.

  • Antonio Ricardo says:

    i surely have gone through a lot of similar situations with someting or someone, but we can never remember them when we want. hahaha But as long as everybody has something to complain when it comes to buying stuff, i can pick something that just crossed my mind when i first purchased a cell phone by the internet. once it got home, and i first turned its cam on i imediately noticed there was something really wrong with it. it wouldnt work at all. To summarize, the third time i sent it off to the technical assistance and it came back the same way i thought that was the last straw. i couldnt do anything else but buying another one, this time… personaly directly from the store. i couldve demanded my rights, but i was soooo full of it all hahaha

  • Alex says:

    Great lesson !!!!!!!
          God bless you !!

  • Ailson says:

    I wanna study in the college. If the work people don’t help me I get out of there. That’s the last straw.

  • Ana Luiza says:

    por sinal –

    Let`s get this started

    quer dizer

    vamos iniciar (isso)

  • Ana Luiza says:

    @magda – é uma estrutura muito usada:

    Let’s GET this party STARTED.

    It’s getting late… we’d better GET STARTED.

    Não sei te dizer o porquê, mas eh assim – comece a reparar em filmes, séries, etc.. vc vai acabar ouvindo.

  • Daniel says:

    As usually, awesome. :]
    Great class!

  • magda says:

    Eu nao entendi a primeira frase, aonde voce diz – Let’s get this episode STARTED. Por que o verbo no passado?  Nao poderia ser Staring?

  • Diogo says:

    The last time that I feeled this it was when I bought a machine for my wife and in few days don’t work more, I got much nervous and when I called the service, they asked for me use the guarantee of the product, this with less of 7 days, that’s was the last straw.

    Congratulations for your podcasts…

  • Rosi says:

    You are so great!!! God bless your life more and more!

  • magda says:

    As usual, I loved this lesson.  Great teacher.

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