Daily Life - I'm in Debt(0014)

A:  Hello, I’m here to see Mr. Corleone.
B:  Right this way, sir.
C:  Charlie! What can I do for you?
B:  Mr. Corlone, I’m really sorry to trouble you, but I need your help.
C:  Anything for you, Charlie! Your father was like a brother to me.
B:  Well, sir, you see, this recession has hit me pretty hard; I lost my job and I’m in a lot of debt.
C:  I see……
B:  Yeah, you know, I’ve got credit card bills, car payments, I’ve got to pay my mortgage; and on top of all that, I have to pay my son’s college tuition.
C:  So you’re asking for a loan.
B:  Well, I just thought maybe you could help me out.
C:  What? At a time like this? I’m broke too, you know! You’re not the only one who has been hit by the recession! I lost half my money in the stock market crash! Go on! Get outta here!

Key Vocabulary

troubleprinciple verb, present simpledisturb or bother
recessioncommon noun, singulara period of time when the economy of a country is bad
hit me pretty hardphrasehad a strong, negative affect on me
debtcommon noun, non-variablethe amount of money you owe to a person, bank, company, etc.
on top of all thatphrasebesides that, in addition to
brokeAdjectivenot have any money

Supplementary Vocabulary

borrowprinciple verb, present simpletake and use some money, and return the equal amount of money at a later time
pay backphrasereturn the money you borrowed
a loancommon noun, singularamount of money borrowed
take out a loanphraseborrow money
unemployedAdjectivehaving no job
downturncommon noun, singulara time when the economy is worse than usual