You’ll learn 8 more common colloquial expressions so that you can speak English in a more natural way.
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“I’ve just received an email saying that I’ve passed the Advanced exam with an A grade. Reza and Craig with their podcast had a lot to do with it. Thanks, guys!”
Voice message from Paola from Colombia who recently visited her family in Cadiz
Spain (The Spanish) government decided (to) allow
I decided to bought (buy) a ticket
Great use of phrasal verbs ‘to get along with’ and ‘to hang out’
Paola has a podcast ‘Al ritmo de mujer’ about running and triathlons
Voice message from Hamza Haji from Ethiopia
Pronunciation of ‘listened’ and ‘podcast’
Speaking fluency practice activities – http://www.inglespodcast.com/362
8 common colloquial expressions – Part 5
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Part 2 – http://www.inglespodcast.com/373
Part 3 – http://www.inglespodcast.com/375
Part 4 – http://www.inglespodcast.com/379
- You can say that again! / You said it! – used to express emphatic agreement.
A – I think these colloquial expressions will help listeners to sound more like native speakers, don’t you? B – You can say that again!
A – It’s hot today, isn’t it? B – You can say that again!
A – Shall we take a coffee break? B – You said it!
- It’s on the tip of my tongue / What-(do-)you-call-it/him/her
His name’s on the tip of my tongue. (What’s his/her name?)
I saw…what-do-you-call-her…,Bob’s sister, in the supermarket this morning.
Yesterday I bought one of those…uhm…what-you-call-it…for making juice…I can’t remember.
- Bite your tongue / Hold your tongue / Keep your mouth shut (to stop yourself from saying something that you would really like to say)
“I wanted to tell my mother-in-law exactly what I thought of her, but I had to bite my tongue.”
“Here comes Tony, but hold your tongue for now – we’ll tell him tomorrow.”
I wanted to tell my friend that she’d got the job, but I had to keep my mouth shut till the official announcement.
- Let me sleep on it – to wait before making a decision
“I’m going to sleep on it tonight, and I’ll make the decision tomorrow”
- To grab 40 winks / have a snooze / get some kip/take or have a nap
I’m knackered and it’s only 4 o’clock in the afternoon – I’ll have a snooze.
Sometimes I have an afternoon nap after lunch.
I’m going to get some kip now before we have to leave later tonight.
- To go to bed – get/put your head down / turn in / hit the sack.(So) what (else) is new? (This isn’t new, sarcasm) We’re not getting a rise in salary this year. – What else is new?
Government ministers have been accused of accepting bribes. – What else is new?
A – Paddy and Susan have had another argument. B – So, what’s new?
- It’s swings and roundabouts (what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts)
Six of one and half a dozen of the other.
“It’s shorter to drive through the city centre, but there’ll be more traffic. It’s just swings and roundabouts.”
“You could never pay to park your car and part illegally, but eventually you’ll probably get a parking fine.”
- At the end of the day / When the day’s done / All said and done (used before you say the most important thing)
“Of course I’ll listen to your opinion but at the end of the day, it’s my decision.”
‘At the end of the day it’s up to the government to decide.’
“Your reasons are very valid, but, all said and done, I just can’t accept your request.”
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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