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In over One's Head
In over One's Head English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn English meaning of ‘in over one’s head’

Date: Dec 05 2017

Themes: Soap Opera

Grammar: Imperative Form


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Starting a new job can be very stressful and cause a lot of anxiety. What if your co-workers don’t like you? What if you study hard and prepare for your first day, but you still make a huge mistake? On top of your new job, you also have many other responsibilities. You have your children to take care of, chores to do, errands to run, and bills to pay. It’s easy to feel in over one’s head.

When you are in over your head, this means that you do not have enough experience or information to complete a task. One way to cope with feeling in over your head is to take some deep breaths. This can help calm your nerves, and shift your focus away from your anxiety. If this doesn’t help, maybe you can just call it a night. Everything always looks better in the morning!

Dominique is auditioning for the movie with Andy and Kelsey. Watch as she gets in over her head in today’s English lesson.

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Dominique:  I feel like I’m over my head here.

Kelsey:  It’s OK. Just relax. Take some deep breaths.

Nestor:  Actually, that’s good! The character that you’re playing is in way over her head. Actually, you both are, so you can use that to your advantage.

Andy_H:  Just shift your anxiety from being here to being scared by me.

Dominique:  OK, I can do that.

Nestor:  OK, let’s begin. And action!

Dominique:  I’m sorry. Andy, what are you doing?

Andy_H:  This is how I prepare. I have to drop my pelvic floor so that I can access my diaphram. It’s an acting thing. You have to…

Dominique:  I’m sorry. OK. I can do this.

Nestor:  And…

Dominique:  Sorry. Sorry, Kelsey.

Kelsey:  It’s fine. Let’s do this!

Nestor:  … action!

Kelsey:  Andy!!!

Andy_H:  I’m so sorry. Let me just laugh this out for just one second. OK!

Dominique:  I’m just happy that it wasn’t me this time!

Andy_H:  Right?!

Nestor:  I’ll be honest with you three. I’m in way over my head with this project. Why don’t we just call it a night? I really appreciate you coming in.

Kelsey:  OK. Well, thank you.

Dominique:  I’m sorry, thank you!

Andy_H:  What?! That can’t be it. Just give me a minute. I just need to laugh. It’s human, right? Right? We’re all having a good time. Having…Ha ha! We can do it again, right? You… Is this over? Did we not…?


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Dominique is getting ready to audition for the movie. She is feeling in over her head. Nestor tells her that her character is also in over her head. So, she can use her anxiety to her advantage. Nestor calls action. They begin the audition.

Dominique takes one look at Andy’s ridiculous position and starts laughing. Andy says he’s trying to open his diaphragm. It’s an actor thing. They start again. This time, Andy starts laughing. Nestor decides he’s in over his head and wants to call it a night. Andy says that laughing is human and asks Nestor for another chance to audition.

When was the last time you were in over your head? What did you do to get through the situation?



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I was in over my head this week, I have to do so much things that I would let my head go off.

02:12 PM Dec 14 2017 |

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