[Music] Hello, こんにちは, 大家好, welcome to the Everyday Language podcast for English learners. This is Mark in Akita, Japan. In today’s episode, I want to talk about the phrase “like chalk and cheese”.
So, “like chalk and cheese” is a saying that two people or two things are completely different from each other.
You can use this phrase when you want to compare two things to each other, and they are very, very different.
My sister and I are like chalk and cheese. She is like the life of the party, always really happy, bubbly, whereas I am moody and I don’t want to talk to anyone.
You know, so you’re, emphasising the differences in personality – my sister and I are like chalk and cheese.
You may hear this idiom used as a kind of criticism. Like in this example,
Your words and your actions are like chalk and cheese, what you do is completely different from what you say.
Maybe, if you’re having an argument or someone is been very frank with you, been very critical with you about the way you’ve been behaving.
Your words and your actions are completely different; they’re like chalk and cheese. This kind of phrase is said when someone loses their trust with you.
And I found this example in a[n] internet search in Google. I just typed in chalk and cheese, and this was one of the website headlines that came up:
Science and politics: like chalk and cheese
So they’re saying that the world of science and the world of politics are completely different. So, they’re like chalk and cheese.
Okay, that’s it for today’s idiom, please try and use this idiom “like chalk and cheese” in your daily life. If you’ve enjoyed this podcast, please let your friends. Okay, thank you for listening, and I’ll see you soon okay, bye! [Music]
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