RealLife Radio #78 – How to Talk about Hair

Getting your hair cut in a second language can be a very difficult and even scary thing to do. You don’t want to mess up your style with a bad haircut.

In this episode you are going to:

  • learn lots of vocabulary related to getting your hair cut
  • learn the difference between appointment, commitment, meeting, and plans
  • learn why you should not ask someone to marry you in a boat.

Make sure you check the vocabulary below before listening.

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Words You’ll Learn

  • Pony
  • Vicariously
  • Doozy
  • To propose
  • Paddle Boat
  • Not go swimmingly
  • Pop the question
  • Shore
  • Balling your eyes out
  • Trim you hair
  • Salvage
  • Turn somebody down
  • A man date

Words to know:

  • Munching down- to eat quickly
  • Entail that- suggests that
  • Hot off the press- the newest news stories
  • Dying to know- really want to know
  • Mess things up- make a big mistake
  • Roll with the punches- go with the flow, don’t be so reactive
  • Bromance- when two guys are very close


  • Jose Inacio from Spain (Fluency Circle member)
  • Anca Felix from Mexico (5-Star iTunes Review)

Random News Story:

Conversation Topic: Hair Vocabulary

  • A crew cut
  • Bald
  • A Mohawk
  • Afro hair
  • Frizzy
  • Mullet
  • Rat’s tail
  • Braided hair
  • Side spike
  • A comb over
  • Dreadlocks
  • Perm you hair
  • Hair curler
  • Streak
  • Highlight
  • Ponytail
  • Piggy tails
  • Bangs/fringe
  • Hair extensions


  • What’s the difference between appointment, commitment, arrangements, and plans?

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Song: Pavement “Cut your hair”


Darlin’ don’t you go and cut your hair
Do you think it’s gonna make him change?
“I’m just a boy with a new haircut”
And that’s a pretty nice haircut
Charge it like a puzzle,
Hit me wearin’ muzzles
Hesitate you’ll die, look around, around,
The second drummer’s drowned
His telephone is found

Music scene is crazy,
Bands start up each and every day
I saw another one just the other day
A special new band
I don’t remember lying
I don’t remember a line
I don’t remember a word

But I don’t care,
I care,
I really don’t care
Did you see the drummer’s hair?

Advertising looks and chops a must
No big hair!
Songs mean a lot
When songs are bought
And so are you
Face right down to the practice room
Attention and fame’s a career
Career, career, career, career, career

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