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in the cards

in the cards

Date: Aug 13 2009


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I would love to have more kids. I don’t know if that’s in the cards for us, but we’ll see.”

- Jennifer Lopez on her dreams for the future. (BET.com)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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destined; going to happen

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Before she had her twins, Max and Emme, Jennifer Lopez often spoke about how much she wanted to be a mother. But she and her husband, Marc Anthony, had a hard time conceiving. They tried for two years to get pregnant without any luck. It seemed like it might not be in the cards for them to have children together.

But Jennifer finally became pregnant in 2007. And soon she learned that there was more than one baby in the cards for her. Her twins were born in February of 2008. Now Jennifer says she would like to have more children. But since it was so difficult to get pregnant the first time, she doesn’t know if it will happen again.

You’ve probably guessed by now that in the cards means destined or likely to be. But can you guess where the expression comes from?

One way of telling someone’s fortune is by reading his cards. Fortune tellers use a special deck of tarot cards to predict what is going to happen to themselves or others. Whatever appears in your cards, that is what will happen to you in the future.

Do you think there’s another baby in the cards for Jennifer Lopez? What do you think might be in the cards for you?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“I always wanted to join the circus, but I’m too old now. I guess it just wasn’t in the cards.”

“I hope Lucas will propose, but I’m not sure it’s in the cards.”

“You never know what’s in the cards for you. It’s impossible to predict the future.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

VOLTS It means that are going to happen soon.
by VOLTSSuper Member!
Sezai Likely to happen, probable, something that can happen...
by Sezai
soori I think this slang means, it is likely to happen!!
by soori
Taura future possibility
by Taura
dearpesar the future. fate.
by dearpesar
by roxana_alavi
likely to happen
by Anko_Dreamer
Jalal166 hidden in the destiny
by Jalal166
milily She could be refering to this is likely to happen in the future
by milily
Maja_Roxy in the cards=in somebody's destiny;in their fate
by Maja_Roxy
Rahma MD I guess it means: have been planned
by Rahma MD
to be in the cards means that something is likely
by monacovalentina
traciwan future plan
by traciwan
JEMAR1 If sth. is in the cards sth. is destined to be.
Gellerke in our future, things that will happen, destiny
by Gellerke
Aneet If that is written. If it´s our destiny.
by Aneet
"in the cards" means probably, possibly
by annabatyreva

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11:04 AM Sep 03 2015 |




I dont believe such things

Neither cards nor any person can tell someones future

Only God knows what will happen

if any person can knew future he/she first would create best one for him/herself

thats why noone should believe such fancy things it is my Opinion

02:01 PM Jan 22 2012 |

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” Can people predict the future with cards´ ?  Suzie asked little Johnny,

” my mother can”  said Johnny.

” really”

 ” yes, she takes one look at my report card and can tell me exactly what will happen

  when my Daddy gets home”



04:51 PM Jan 21 2012 |

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Saudi Arabia

i like to happen that for gennifer

10:17 PM Oct 21 2010 |



in the cards.. – something which is going to be true

05:46 PM Nov 12 2009 |



I am studying hard for to enter medical university.

Who knows whether medical would be in my cards ?

03:33 AM Aug 19 2009 |




I always say…If wasn’t to happen a thing,we haven’t to insist,simply let it go ;)

12:13 AM Aug 19 2009 |




Something that you don't know if will happen or something that wans't to happen ;)

12:06 AM Aug 19 2009 |



Our unknown destiny, our unseen tomorrows

09:33 AM Aug 18 2009 |


Saudi Arabia

it means what is going to happen in the future , desiny .. w0ow i really like this expression , i hope in the cards to be professional in speaking English and achieve my all wishes soooooon .
thanks alot e-baby for this cool lesson

12:10 AM Aug 18 2009 |



It means that ,,,everything is in God's hand.



08:12 PM Aug 17 2009 |



Likely to happen

07:49 AM Aug 17 2009 |




it means what 's gonna happen in the future.

05:39 AM Aug 17 2009 |



Absoulty  is in yourcard

05:38 AM Aug 17 2009 |

abd alaziz ramadan


very good and no one can  know  the  future

05:06 AM Aug 16 2009 |

ismael salah

United Arab Emirates

thats nice

06:22 PM Aug 15 2009 |



I always believe my cards are in my hand,if I really want to it, I will get it,of course except something like the baby!

03:01 PM Aug 15 2009 |



I always believe my cards is in my hand,if I really want to it, I will get it,of course except the baby!

03:01 PM Aug 15 2009 |

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