RealLife Radio #68 – Trust, Dishonesty, and the Ice Bucket Challenge

Would you consider yourself a trustworthy person? Or, are you a bit shady?

In this episode of RealLife Radio you are going really extend your vocabulary with tons of new expressions and general vocabualry all related to trust. Also, we talk about the ice bucket challenge craze, and answer a question which is a common mistake for many English learners.

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Words you’ll learn:

  • Head and shoulders above the rest
  • All the rage
  • Striking out
  • Dump
  • Spinal Cords
  • Leading to
  • Swallowing
  • Firestorm
  • Dare
  • Ensued
  • Follow through
  • Untrustworthy
  • Dodgy
  • Shady
  • Sketchy
  • Rip someone off
  • Worthless
  • Trust your gut/ a gut feeling
  • Screw over
  • Locker
  • Brag
  • On the brink of tears
  • Cut someone some slack
  • Burn a bridge
  • Give someone the benefit of the doubt
  • Hard Ass
  • Overlap
  • Intertwined

Words to Know:

  • Hip – another way to say cool
  • Hula-hooping – using a ring (hula hoop) around your body you swing around to keep it up
  • Cobwebs – a spiders house
  • Thumb war – a game kids play where they hold hands and try to trap the other persons thumb
  • Hanging on by a thread – nearly falling off
  • Dandruff – flakes of dried skin found in hair
  • A trend – something that everybody is doing
  • Background – the history of that person
  • Challenge – a test of skill
  • A craze – the same as a trend
  • Skeptical – to always second guess something, never believe until you see
  • Straight of the bat – with out hesitation
  • Get this – expressions used before telling an unbelieveable story
  • Sum up – summarize

Shout out:

  • Faran – from Iran
  • Stitcher – 5 star review


  • Striking out ALS: Ice Bucket Brings Flood of Donations
Conversation Topic:
  • 3 ways to use the words cheat
  • The difference between Reliable and Trust

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Song: We’re Going to Be Friends (White Stripes)

Fall is here, hear the yell
back to school, ring the bell
brand new shoes, walking blues
climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
I can tell that we are gonna be friendsWalk with me, Suzy Lee
through the park and by the tree
we will rest upon the ground
and look at all the bugs we found
safely walk to school without a sound
safely walk to school without a sound

Here we are, no one else
we walked to school all by ourselves
there’s dirt on our uniforms
from chasing all the ants and worms
we clean up and now it’s time to learn
we clean up and now it’s time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
nouns, and books, and show and tell
playtime we will throw the ball
back to class, through the hall
teacher marks our height against the wall
teacher marks our height against the wall

We don’t notice any time pass
we don’t notice anything
we sit side by side in every class
teacher thinks that I sound funny
but she likes the way you sing

Tonight I’ll dream while I’m in bed
when silly thoughts go through my head
about the bugs and alphabet
and when I wake tomorrow I’ll bet
that you and I will walk together again
I can tell that we are gonna be friends
Yes I can tell that we are gonna be friends.

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