This week’s podcast is all about idioms! Part of being fluent in the language is being able to speak with idiomatic expressions when they’re appropriate. For example, when someone asks you “How are you?”, don’t always fall back to the old “I’m fine, and you?” Think of ways you can add variety to your language. For example, you could say “as right as rain”. Today, Andrea and Olli teach you weather related idioms, and in doing so they touch on a cultural aspect that has to do with British people and the weather. Can you guess what it is?
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Words You’ll Learn:
- Get burnt/burned
- To be caught up
- Victorian period
- Pour (pouring)
- Rumor(AmE) / Rumour(BrE)
- Behave recklessly
- Heat wave: a period of unusually hot weather, especially one that continues for a long time.
- Inland: Ollie talks about cities that are inland, like London. This means it’s not near the coast.
- “Wind braces us up”: this is a poetic use of language. Brace here means that wind pushes against your body.
- Make something up: to invent an excuse or a story. Often in an attempt to deceive someone.
- “Snow is exhilarating“: making you feel happy, excited, and full of energy.
- Overstack: Ollie says that his supermarket bags are overstacked. This means they’re too full.
- Trauma: extreme emotional shock and pain caused by an upsetting experience.
- Shed: a small building, often made of wood, used especially for storing things. Garage in American English.
- Go off on a tangent: to start talking about something that is only slightly or indirectly related to the original subject.
- A tabloid newspaper: a popular newspaper that normally writes about crime stories, celebrity gossip, and television.
- Prime example: a very good example.
“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” – John Ruskin
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” – Andrea’s friend
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