American English 美式英语
Are you a person with a lot of plans? Do you know what you’re doing next weekend, next month, and next year? Planning can be fun. We can plan an adventure, a trip to a tropical island, or a wedding. Or perhaps, you’re fixin’ to do something smaller. For example, maybe, you want to start taking French lessons. Maybe, you just want to go to bed early tonight. When talking about plans, we can say we’re fixin’ to do something. It doesn’t matter if it’s next year or in 5 minutes.
The US is a very large country. The English you hear in New York might be a little different than the English you hear in Texas. People in some states use special words and expressions. In Texas, for example, people say they are fixin’ to do things. This means they are preparing to do something. If a friend in Texas asks you to keep a secret, they probably want to tell you about something new they’re fixin’ to do. This expression is used mainly in the American South, in states like Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and many others.
Speaking of secrets, Dominique has one. You’ll find out what it is in today’s English soap opera!
Dominique: I thought it was going to snow this morning. It was so cold!
Kelsey: I know! I finally turned on the heat in my apartment last night.
Dominique: Speaking of cold…. have you talked to Sheila recently?
Kelsey: Yeah, she seems to be having a very great time on her tropical vacation.
Dominique: I’m so happy for her. She was fixin’ to do that for a long time.
Kelsey: Yeah, she was. How are you doing?
Dominique: Well, I’m fixin’ to do something, myself. Can you keep a secret?
Kelsey: Not really.
Kelsey: Buy Travel Bug, really?!
Kelsey: That’s super exciting! Are you going to sell it?
Dominique: Well, that’s what I want to talk to everybody about. If I sell the business…
Kelsey: Oh. We wouldn’t have jobs anymore...
Dominique: That’s not necessarily true. If you wanted to stay with Travel Bug, you’d be working for somebody else.
Kelsey: What would you do? I mean, if you sell it?
Dominique: I don’t know, but I’d be fixin’ to do something, and I would love it if you all joined me on my next adventure!