We know you’ve been sitting on pins and needles and busting at the seams since last Sunday waiting for this week’s podcast. You’ll learn words like pins, needles, seams, cuffs, thimble and many more in this creative episode of Aprender inglés con Reza and Craig
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He’s a ‘redneck’
What a pity I didn’t X
metX (meet) him
I studyX a B1 course (I’m studying)
Email from Marcelo Fernandez: My father is a tailor and my mother teaches how to stitch so I’d like to suggest a list of words related to sewing in a podcast.
I thought of some of them starting from verbs like sew or hem to objects like pins, needles or even a thimble.
Why not garment parts like sleeves or cuffs. I trust in your imagination (combine with knitting?)
To sew – coser (sew and so and sow = sembrar are homophones)
To ‘sew something up’ / to ‘wrap something up’ – to finish something
A needle and thread – aguja y hilo
A sewing kit – Do you take a sewing kit with you when you travel?
To stitch – punto (a stitch in time saves nine – if you sort out a problem immediately it may save extra work later)
Pins – alfiler, safety pin – imperdible (I’ve got pins and needles – cosquilleo, hormigueo
A thimble – dedal (a thimble-full of whiskey)
Seam – costura – the seam of this skirt is coming undone
Hem – dobladillo, hacer el dobladillo
To take up / to let down the hem
To be hemmed in – I was hemmed in by a white car
Cuffs – puño – cufflinks – gemelos / handcuffs – handcuffs – esposas
Sleeves – mangas (short-sleeved shirt, long sleeves, sleeveless)
to roll up / to turn up your sleeves
To mend something – arreglar – To you mend your own clothes, sew on buttons etc?
To knit – hacer punto, tejer
Balls of wool
To crochet – ganchillo
To embroider – to sew a design onto something – bordar
Threadbare (adj.) – describes old material damaged through use eg. That jacket he’s had for 20 years is threadbare – it’ll fall apart soon.
The whole nine yards (the whole enchilada) – to do everything possible
Bursting (or bulging) at the seams – too many people – the hotel we stayed in was bursting at the seams
Off the cuff – without preparation.- If you’re going to do a podcast, or give a presentation, don’t do it off the cuff. She made an off the cuff funny comment about my body when my trousers accidentally fell down!
To wear your heart on your sleeve – to openly show your feelings or emotions rather than keeping them hidden.
Like finding a needle in a haystack – that which is nearly impossible or difficult to find.
Hanging on by a thread – in great danger of losing something valuable.
To follow the thread of a plot/story
To thread your way through – abrir paso. eg. She threaded her way through the crowds on the busy street
Sitting on (to be on) pins and needles – extreme nervousness or very anxious while awaiting results.
To fall apart at the seams – extremely emotional over a situation.
To be in stitches – to laugh very hard over a joke or funny situation.
To stitch someone up – to betray (traicionar) or frame (incriminar a un inocente). eg. The corrupt police officer stitched me up – he knows I’m innocent but framed me
To be cut from the same cloth – individuals similar in temperament or culture.
Button your lip! – Shut up!
Tailored to your needs – designed specifically for you
To patch up a relationship – recuperate a lost friendship
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