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How do you say in English the expression "ponerse las pilas" and "estar de examenes"?



chenchen_castrourdiales
Spain

How do you say in English the expression "ponerse las pilas" and "estar de examenes"?
 
Hello evrybody,
 
When correcting a composition I found the Spanish expression "ponerse las pilas" used by a student. Of course he just translated it "put on your batteries". When I read it I just started laughing because I imagined how an English native speaker could react after hearing this literal translation. lol. For those who don īt speak Spanish, this Spanish expression is used when for instance you haven īt worked hard throughout the course and in the last term your teacher tells you that if you want to pass the course you will have to work really hard to be able to catch up with the work. Can you help me to find the expression an English native speaker would use in that situation? I have tried to look it up in the oxford dictionary without any success.
 
The second expression I need help with is "estar de examenes". This expression is used when someone is taking / sitting / doing exams. Is there any phrasal verb or colloquial expression with this meaning? "What have you been up to? I īve been really busy, I īve been ........"
 
Thanks in advance.

4 Jul 2010      



joy2bill
Australia

The first expression that comes to mind is "pull your socks up"
Then there is īstraighten yourself out"
"You have to get with the programme"
A less polite (but very common) one is "to put you A into G" which stands for put your arse into gear as in the way you start a car by putting the gearstick into first gear.
Another impolite slang expression is "to pull your finger out".
 
Hope this helps.
Cheers Joy

4 Jul 2010     



brookee
United States

#1  What comes to my mind are the expressions buckle down and put one īs nose to the grindstone.
 
#2  "What have you been up to? I īve been really busy...
...I have finals."
...I īm in finals.
...It īs exam week."

4 Jul 2010