To vanish into thin air


2019-06-24 00:00

Summary

Feifei’s homemade cake has disappeared! Can Rob solve the mystery of her missing cake? There’s a perfect phrase to describe the situation and there’s an obvious answer to the mystery. All will be revealed in The English We Speak!

Transcript   

Feifei
This is The English We Speak. I’m Feifei.

Rob
And hello, I’m Rob.

Feifei
Rob, would you mind wiping those crumbs from your mouth?

Rob
Ooops, sorry!

Feifei
Do you know, it’s very strange - I made a cake a last night and brought it to work today to share with you.

Rob
That’s very kind!

Feifei
Yes, but it seems to have vanished into thin air.

Rob
Wow! You’re a magician! You’ve made a cake disappear!

Feifei
No, Rob. The phrase 'to vanish into thin air’ means 'to suddenly, mysteriously and completely disappear'. You haven’t seen the cake, have you, Rob?

Rob
No, Feifei – no sign of your ‘disappearing’ cake.

Feifei
OK, well let’s hear some examples of this phrase. Let’s hope they haven’t suddenly disappeared!

Examples
I can’t remember where I’ve parked the car! I think it’s vanished into thin air.

Have you seen the boss? Someone important needs to talk to him but I can't find him anywhere. It's like he's vanished into thin air.

Has anyone seen my glasses? They’ve vanished into thin air.

Feifei
This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we’re learning about the expression ‘to vanish into thin air’, which can be used to describe a situation where something mysteriously and suddenly disappears. So any sign of my cake?

Rob
No.

Feifei
Very odd. I put it on my desk this morning and went to make a cup of coffee and when I returned, it had gone.

Dan
Great cake, Rob! Thanks for sharing it! I hope you’ll be baking again soon! See you!

Feifei
Rob!

Rob
Sorry, Feifei! It was so tempting, so delicious, so I thought…

Feifei
So you thought you’d eat it!

Rob
It helped us demonstrate today’s phrase.

Feifei
There’s just one thing I want to vanish into thin air.

Rob
Oh yeah? And what’s that?

Feifei
You, Rob! Now I’m off to bake a cake - for me.

Rob
See you! Oh, she’s gone!