Transcript for idiom: drop a clanger Hello and welcome to the everyday language podcast, I’m Mark. In today’s episode, I want to talk about the idiom, “to drop a clanger”. So “to drop a clanger”. Have you heard that before? Or do you know what that means? Well to start with let’s break it down […]
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Transcript for idiom: throw a wobbly Hi there, I’m Mark, in Akita, this is the everyday language podcast. Today I want to talk about the idiom to throw a wobbly. Okay, so that word, that last word is wobbly and it’s spelt like this w – o – b – b – l – y. […]
Transcript for idiom: raise the roof Hello and welcome to today’s everyday language idioms podcast. In today’s episode, I want to talk about the idiom “to raise the roof”. So that’s raise as in “lift up” and roof as in the “roof of your house” or the “roof of a building”. So “to raise the […]
Transcript Hey there, welcome to the everyday language podcast episode. This episode is about the idiom as “thick as thieves”. So, this is an informal expression used to describe friends who are very close. Here’s a bit of background about this idiom. Well, first “thick”, “thick” has the meaning of being close, or being a […]
Idiom: one of those things Transcript Hello and welcome to the everyday language podcast, today I want to talk about the idiom “one of those things”. So this idiom “one of those things” is used when you want to talk about a difficult situation that cannot be explained, or that you do not like, but […]
Transcript Hello and welcome to the everyday language idioms podcast. I’m Mark, today I’m going to talk about the idiom “moving the goalposts”. So this is an idiom that is used when you want to express disapproval when someone has changed an agreement, or someone has changed a deal. So it’s often used in business, […]
Hi and welcome to the everyday language podcast, I’m Mark. Today, I want to talk about the phrase “mind-boggling”, this is an adjective meaning extremely surprising and difficult to understand or imagine. So, I found some newspaper headlines and some titles from websites, so I’ll read them here: Hurricane Maria does ‘mind-boggling’ damage to Dominica, […]
Everyday Idioms Introduction Hello there, welcome to the everyday language podcast. This is an episode on idioms and in particular, the idiom “work your fingers to the bone”. So this idiom, work your fingers to the bone that’s B O N E, and yeah bone, what’s inside you’re, inside your body, this means to work […]
Introduction In today’s podcast, I’m going to talk about when to use of and when to use ‘s to express possession. This episode came about as one of my students Satomi asked me the following question: “How do you differentiate “someone’s something” and “something of someone”? I learnt that you say “Mark’s mother” but you […]
Phrasal Verbs with Across One meaning of phrasal verbs with ‘across’ is ‘find’. There is also an element of unexpectedness. Things or people are often found by chance, not on purpose, or intentionally. The three phrasal verbs below all have almost the same meaning. Come across Meaning – Find something or somebody by chance or […]