Como falo em inglês: Tô atolado de trabalho

By Ana Luiza | Podcast Inglês Online

Jul 31
Como falo em inglês Tô atolado de trabalho

Hello, everyone. No episódio de hoje, falo sobre idioms do inglês usados para dizer que você está atolado ou até o pescoço de coisa para fazer.

Transcrição

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This episode is all about being busy. Actually, it’s all about being extremely busy; so much so that you’re forced to decline invitations to parties and other social activities… Or maybe a less extreme situation: you’re having an incredibly busy afternoon; you’re on a deadline, or you just happen to be overly busy right now.

We’ve already had a podcast episode with the term “I’ve got a lot on my plate“, which is a pretty good one. “I’ve got a lot on my plate right now, which means I’m not available for new projects at the moment.” Go check that episode out if you haven’t listened to it yet.

inglês: snowed underFor today, though we’ve got another three expressions that can be used when you want to convey just how much work you’ve got ahead of you. Here’s one that I learned from my website developer: snowed under. That just means you have so much work to do. Picture the literal meaning of snowed under: you’re covered by so much snow that you can’t get out. You can’t even move! You’re snowed under with work.

So when Paul, my web developer, first told me that, I was trying to get him to do some work on my website. He replied “I’m pretty snowed under this week and the next.” So what he was telling me, in other words, is that he had a full workload for the next couple of weeks. He was fully booked for the two following weeks. So, if you have the chance to speak to a native English speaker in the future and you wanna tell them that you’re too busy to do anything else, say “I’m pretty snowed under.” Which is gonna be funny since there’s pretty much no snow in Brazil.

Ok, here’s another example: swamped. “I’m swamped.” This is a great term for when you’re at work, it’s ten minutes before noon, and your colleague rings

inglês: a swamp

a swamp

you to say that everyone’s going to the Italian place for pasta because it’s Jane’s birthday today and they’re going to celebrate. And you think of everything you have to get done today before 5PM and you jsut shake your head. You say “I’d love to go, but I’m totally swamped. I’m just gonna wolf down my sandwich and get back to work.”

And there’s another idiom that’s perfect for that: I’m up to my neck. I’m up to my neck in work. I’m up to my neck in paperwork, in emails, in reports. This one can be used for anything, really, not just work. If there’s something in your life that feels overwhelming, something of which you’ve got a lot to go through, you could say: I’m up to my neck in debt. I’m up to my neck in trouble.

Are you a student? Do you you have a job? Both, maybe? Does it feel like you’re swamped most of the time? Or sometimes? Let me know! Talk to you next time.

 

Keywords

  • snowed under
  • swamped
  • be up to (someone’s) neck

 

Glossary

so much so that = tanto (tão ocupado) que

you’re on a deadline = você está correndo para cumprir um prazo

convey = comunicar

wolf down my sandwich = engolir meu sanduíche (quando você dá mordida grande para comer rápido)

overwhelming = sufocante, intenso

 

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Ana Luiza criou um blog de dicas de inglês em 2006, e depois de muito pesquisar o que faz alguém ganhar fluência numa segunda língua, criou seu primeiro curso de inglês em 2009.

  • studios says:

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  • Diego says:

    I’ve got an example here, and I’d like to share it. ” I have work up to my ears”

  • Adrian says:

    Que voz gostosa, Ana Luiza! Poderia ficar o dia todo ouvindo <3

  • Debbie says:

    I don’t have a job now, though I’d love to. :)

  • Hello Ann!
    “I am always swamped of things to do everyday, and I think that most part of people are snowed under their works.
    The time I have I enter the facebook to study, listen to your podcasts and share with my friends.”
    Bye Ann, I love your podcasts.

  • Lorena says:

    Hi Ana,

    I love all your post and your podcast.
    It was helping a lot and I know it will be happing me in the future.

    Thanks for your help and congrats for your amazing work.

    Lorena

  • Lewiz Hababy says:

    I think this podcast was made for
    my friend who’s been working and
    studying every day. One day i asked
    him “Hey dude, do you really
    sleep?” and he said “Yeah,
    sometimes i manage to snatch
    some sleep on the train, and i was
    like “wow just what i expected”
    Ana, thank you some much for what
    you’ve been doing, i really feel
    exhilarated by your podcasts.
    Peace.

  • Lewiz Hababy says:

    I think this podcast was made for my friend who’s been working and studying every day. One day i ask him “Hey dude, do you really sleep?” and he said “Yeah, sometimes i manage to snatch some sleep on the train, and i was like “wow just what i expected”
    Ana, thank you some much for what you’ve been doing, i really feel exhilarated by your podcasts. Peace.

  • Jonata fontela says:

    Hi Ana,how’s it going ?:) yeah,sometimes I feel pretty snowed under because of work and English studies so yesterday it was sunday and I did NOTHING all day hehe I just sat back and relaxed watching tv :D

  • Jennifer says:

    Hi Ana!! It seems that podcast was made for me…ha ha.I’m so busy rigth now with a lot of university homework and a new job that I’m getting crazy or something.So I can tell you that I’m smowed under, even no snow at all haha…
    Have a nice week!!

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