RealLife Radio #71 – Proverbs and Disney Characters Gone Wild

mickey-coverProverbs are often defined as “short expressions of popular wisdom.” How many do you know, and are they a part of your everyday vocabulary?

In this episode of RealLife TV you are going to learn lots of new proverbs that are commonly used in amongst native speakers, discover why Mickey Mouse and Sponge Bob have been bad cartoon characters, and discover the difference between strange, weird, and other similar words. Aww Yeah!!

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Words you’ll learn:

  • Put all your eggs in one basket
  • In the flesh
  • Rock ‘n’ rollin
  • Beat up
  • Road Rage
  • Floored
  • Clocked up
  • Staggering
  • Manic
  • Banging on a door
  • Blind-sighted
  • Talk smack
  • Think twice

Words to know:

  • Highway- a main public road, especially one connecting towns and cities
  • Incident- an accurence, something that happened
  • Damn those guys – expression used to show annoyance towards someone
  • Costumes- clothes that make you look like someone else
  • Pissed off- very angry
  • Wisdom- knowledge you gain from being experienced
  • I’m not fussed- I don’t care
  • Man up- be more courageous
  • Daring- someone who takes risks
  • Fall on your ass- to fail miserably


  • Fluency Circle Members – Sei and Trifina from Indonesia

News Story:

  • Sponge Bob and Mickey Mouse beat up angry driver in road rage caught on camera – See article

Conversation Topic:

  • Does a bear shit in the woods
  • Don’t judge a book by its cover
  • Great minds think alike
  • Fools seldom differ
  • Too many cooks spoil a broth
  • Too many chiefs and not enough Indians
  • Better safe than sorry
  • Nothing ventured nothing gained
  • YOLO – You only live once
  • Talk is cheap
  • Actions speak louder than words
  • Money talks
  • The best things in life are free
  • What will be will be
  • Life is what you make it
  • Take the bull by the horns
  • Fortune favors the bold
  • All good things must come to an end


What is the difference between strange and weird? We also explain odd, wacky, bizarre, creepy

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Song: Radiohead “Creep”

When you were here before
Couldn’t look you in the eye
You’re just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry
You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
I wish I was special
You’re so fucking special

But I’m a creep
I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

I don’t care if it hurts
I want to have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul
I want you to notice when I’m not around
You’re so fucking special
I wish I was special

But I’m a creep
I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

She’s running out the door
She’s running out
She runs runs runs runs..

Whatever makes you happy
Whatever you want
You’re so fucking special
I wish I was special

But I’m a creep
I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here
I don’t belong here

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  • Arun says:

    I really admire your efforts to make learning English more fun and joyful for many learners. However I never heard this proverb “Too many chiefs and not enough Indians”.. it sound like Indians are inferior in connotation. Is it a true story in your country…I won’t appreciate such views from global citizens. Thanks.