114. Twelve Natural Expressions

Learn 12 very common expressions by listening to this authentic and unscripted conversation.

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In this episode I am joined by Kate again, and her friend Mark. We teach you some natural expressions and get to know Mark a little bit.

12 Natural Expressions
Here are the expressions we explain and talk about in this episode:

to end up doing something = to eventually find yourself in a situation after having done lots of things. “We went to the pub, had a few drinks, went to a club and then we ended up at someone’s house party.”

to bend over backwards = to make a big effort for someone. “They really bent over backwards to make us feel at home.”

to bite off more than you can chew = to try and do more than you can do. “I’ve bitten off more than I can chew with this job. I don’t think I can finish it.”

to work something out = to understand something after thinking about it a lot, “I’ve worked out what to do with my old car. I’ll sell it.”

in the nick of time = at the last possible moment, “I got onto the train in the nick of time”
by the skin of my teeth = to manage to do something but you were close to failing, “I passed the course by the skin of my teeth”

to know it like the back of your hand = to know something really well, “I know this town like the back of my hand”

once in a while = sometimes, “Once in a while I like to eat a McDonald’s”

every now and then = sometimes, “I like to eat a McDonald’s from time to time”

to sleep on it = to go to sleep before making an important decision and then make the decision after sleeping, “I can’t decide what to do, I think I’ll just sleep on it”

to get the ball rolling = to get things started, “Just to get the ball rolling I’d like to ask you a question”

to get stuck in there = to go for it and get involved, ” just get stuck in there and go for it!”

  • José Manuel Gómez Díaz

    Havaianas = ha-va-ia-nas, everything with a very open A (like the spanish “A”)

  • Olya

    Can anybody tell me what Mark said on 56:28, talking about math problems and equations: “Maybe you try and you fail and you do it again and again and then in the end you have the …”? Something sounding like “horazi” (???) What is it?

    • Андрей Куценко

      …you have the answer

  • Olya

    Extremely brilliant episode and a lot of fun!

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  • Samunai


    I know that such phrases are also known as “idioms”. It is really funny, when people try to use idioms from their native languages in English. because most of them translated directly sound strange to English speaking people.
    I use an app on my phone to learn such phrases.