Long Time No See! [expressão: have a lot of catching up to do]

Long Time No See! [expressão: have a lot of catching up to do]

After a long absence, Tim comes back and teaches us the expression “have a lot of catching up to do”.

Depois de uma longa ausência, o Tim volta e nos ensina a expressão “have a lot of catching up to do”

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FILL IN THE BLANKS (then see script with explanations below).

Hello, it’s Tim here from www.domineingles.com.br. It’s ________ a long time since we’ve seen each other. What have you been ______ to? Well, I’ve been busy with lots of projects and trips. But it’s good to see you again. I would say we have a lot of catching up to do! And that’s the expression I want to teach you today: We have a lot of catching up to do.

What does that mean? Well, I believe you are __________ with the phrasal verb “catch up”, which means to bring a person up to _______ on all the latest news. So I can say to you:

“Let's go for a coffee - I want to _______ you _____ ____ all the latest gossip.”.

So that means I want to tell you all that happened since the last time we were together.
Now, let’s ______ _______ to the initial sentence: We have a lot of catching up to do. It uses the phrasal verb “catch up”, but in a specific way, and with a specific ___________ – which our friend Denilso de Lima from www.inglesnapontadalingua.com.br likes to call collocations, which are sequences of words that are usually used together.

So what does it mean when you say,

“We have a lot of catching up to do.”?

Well, it basically means that we have a lot to talk about because we haven’t _______ each other in a long time.

I did a quick internet search and I found two _______ – one from a movie, I believe, and another from a series – which use this phrase “we have a lot of catching up to do”. I haven’t watched them personally, so I can’t say if I _____________ them or not; but I just wanted you to see this expression being used in a real situation, in context. So let’s watch it together.
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- Hey dad.
- What's up, cuz?
- Sup to cuz?
- What is up, cousin?
- I am sure you two boys have got a lot of ____________ up to do; but do not make it a _______ night. School starts tomorrow.
- Yeah, I got a dozen texts from people talking about your ____________ entrance this morning. Too _______ Smithson High does not have a parachute club.
- It is not a joke to me.
- Okay.
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- Emma.
- Looks like we have some ____________ up to do.
- You have no idea.
- How about dinner at Granny’s. On me.
- As _______ as it’s not Chimera, I’m in. Hey, kid. You hungry?
- Yeah. See you later.

So, as I said in the beginning, we have a lot of catching up to do. Tell me: What have you been up to? Tell me about it on our site; OK? See you there. Bye, bye.

SCRIPT WITH TRANSLATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS

Hello, it’s Tim here from www.domineingles.com.br. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other. What have you been up to? Well, I’ve been busy with lots of projects and trips. But it’s good to see you again. I would say we have a lot of catching up to do! And that’s the expression I want to teach you today: We have a lot of catching up to do.

  • it’s been a long time = faz muito tempo
  • since we’ve seen each other = desde que nos vimos
  • what have you been up to? = what have you been doing = o que você anda fazendo? / O que você tem feito recentente?
  • up to [gíria] = “tramando”, “fazendo”
  • i’ve been busy = ando ocupado
  • trips = viagens
  • i would say = eu diria
  • we have a lot of catching up to do = (ver explicação abaixo)

What does that mean? Well, I believe you are familiar with the phrasal verb “catch up”, which means to bring a person up to date on all the latest news. So I can say to you:

“Let's go for a coffee - I want to catch you up on all the latest gossip.”

So that means I want to tell you all that happened since the last time we were together.

  • what does that mean? = o que isso significa?
  • i believe you are familiar with the phrasal verb = acredito que você já conheça o phrasal verb
  • catch up [phrasal verb] = colocar (notícias) em dia
  • bring (a person) up to date [phrasal verb] = colocar (alguma pessoa) em dia
  • on all the latest news = com todas as notícias mais recentes
  • i want to catch you up on all the latest gossip = quero colocar você em dia com toda a mais recente fofoca
  • so that means = então isto significa
  • all that happened = tudo o que aconteceu
  • since the last time = desde a última vez

Now, let’s get back to the initial sentence: We have a lot of catching up to do. It uses the phrasal verb “catch up”, but in a specific way, and with a specific wording – which our friend Denilso de Lima from www.inglesnapontadalingua.com.br likes to call language clusters, or collocations, which are sequences of words that are usually used together.

  • let’s get back to the initial sentence = vamos voltar à frase inicial
  • in a specific way = de uma maneira específica
  • with specific wording = com um palavreado específico

So what does it mean when you say,

“We have a lot of catching up to do.”?

Well, it basically means that we have a lot to talk about because we haven’t seen each other in a long time.

  • what does it mean? = o que significa
  • we have a lot to talk about = temos muito sobre o que conversar
  • we haven’t seen each other in a long time = faz tempo que não nos vemos
O que significa a expressão ‘have a lot of catching up to do’ Como se diz “have a lot of catching up to do" em português? Qual é a tradução de " have a lot of catching up to do "? What does " have a lot of catching up to do " mean? What is the meaning of " have a lot of catching up to do"?

  • have a lot of catching up to do = ter muito sobre o que conversar (por não se ver há muito tempo)
  • catch (someone) up on (something) = colocar alguém em dia (com algo)

I did a quick internet search and I found two clips – one from a movie, I believe, and another from a series – which use this phrase “we have a lot of catching up to do”. I haven’t watched them personally, so I can’t say if I recommend them or not; but I just wanted you to see this expression being used in a real situation, in context. So let’s watch it together.

  • i can’t say if i recommend them = não posso dizer se recomendo-os

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- Hey dad.
- What's up, cuz?
- Sup to cuz?
- What is up, cousin?
- I am sure you two boys have got a lot of catching up to do; but do not make it a late night. School starts tomorrow.
- Yeah, I got a dozen texts from people talking about your dramatic entrance this morning. Too bad Smithson High does not have a parachute club.
- It is not a joke to me.
- Okay.

  • what’s up? [gíria] = e aí? o que que manda?
  • i am sure = tenho certeza
  • do not make it a late night = não fiquem acordados até tarde
  • i got a dozen texts = recebi um monte de mensagens de texto
  • talking about your dramatic entrance = falando sobre a sua entrada dramática
  • too bad (that) = pena que
  • Smithson High [o nome do colégio]
  • does not have a parachute club = não tem um clube de paraquedistas
  • it’s not a joke to me = para mim, não é piada

---
- Emma.
- Looks like we have some catching up to do.
- You have no idea.
- How about dinner at Granny’s. On me.
- As long as it’s not Chimera, I’m in. Hey, kid. You hungry?
- Yeah. See you later.

  • looks like = parece que
  • you have no idea! = você não faz idéia!
  • how about…? = que tal...?
  • on me = eu pago
  • as long as it’s not... = contanto que não seja
  • Chimera = animal mitológico [aparentemente eles acabaram de voltar de um país “mágico”]
  • i’m in = eu estou “dentro”; eu topo
  • you hungry? [informal] = are you hungry? = você está com fome

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So, as I said in the beginning, we have a lot of catching up to do. Tell me: What you have been up to? Tell me about it on our site; OK? See you there. Bye, bye.

 

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21 comments “Long Time No See! [expressão: have a lot of catching up to do]”

Hi, Tim, great topic! Thanks for putting a lot of effort into it!
Marcelo

Thank you, Marcelo! So glad you liked it!

My pleasure Tim!

Thank you teacher, for the very useful tip and crystal clear explanation.

Thank you, Carlos! Good luck with your studies!

Hi there! I’m so happy I found this site. Your tips really help me out. I can’t thank you enough!!!

Thank you, André! So glad you like the tips!

Hi Tim

The video is awsome Have you ever thought that get the your books in DVD?For exemple with the same histories in real life? Because when we can see it´s better to keep in mind.

Congratulations for your site.
Romar

Thank you for the suggestion, Romar! We’ll surely give it some thought.

I always prefer the informal English. It sounds more natural. 🙂

Hi, Tim.

So good to know you’re back once I’ve been missing your English tips and wondered where you could be. Also, I’ve never been that familiar with Phrasal Verbs but I could learn a lot about them thanks to you.

As for me, well, I’d say I had to catch up with my work because I was way behind in it. What do I mean? I work as floor personnel for an outsourced company on which I’m serving the notice due to the hard work and mindless demandings that I just couldn’t stand them anymore and decided to quit. Also, I moonlight as a translator on the night shift. So, I’d better slow down and kick back. I do need take some vacation.

Yes, it seems we have a lot of catching up to do… LOL

Yes, we do have a lot of catching up to do! 🙂 Thank you for writing! I hope you can find a nice job that you will really enjoy this time!

Thanks, Tim.

As soon as I resign, I’ll be applying for a new job position at another company.

I missed your e-mails. I have always loved your tips.

so,

I`ve been studying Advanced English since february.

😉

Thank you, Daniele! It feels good to be missed. 🙂 So glad to see you here, too! Congratulations on your level of English!

Helo, thank you for htis topic

You’re welcome, Erica. Glad you liked it.

Hello TIM!
we haven’t talken each other in long time and for this reason we have a lot catching up to do… You know, TIM, I thank GOD everyday for having really met you and your so important phrasal verb tips, most of all.
Bye!

Thank you for your kind words, Jackson! I am thrilled to hear that we played such an important role in helping you improve your English! Keep up the good work!

Hello, Tim. I have to say that…definitely I became a fan of you and your posts. GREAT video, as good as the others actually!!!!Amazing way to learn new expressions and phrasal verbs. Thanks a lot.

Thank you, Viviane! I really appreciate your comment! So glad you are enjoying the videos!


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