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The English We Speak

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Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/the-english-we-speak ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Install the Replay buttons on card add-on to add audio button on the card. Only the first few cards contains audio files. Audio for the rest of the deck can be downloaded from mega.nz. This is a sample deck. For more information, please see "My Other Anki Decks" section on the Essential Idioms in English page. Nickolay <kelciour@gmail.com>

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ID 160426
Date 26 April 2016
Title Burn a hole in your pocket
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Description Learn a vivid expression to describe someone who cannot save any money
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Summary Rob is worried because one of his friends has a problem with saving money because he has an urge to spend it all on pay day. Li has come up with the perfect phrase to describe these type of people. Listen and find out what it is.
Transcript LiHello everyone, I'm Li. Welcome to the English We Speak. With me today is Rob.RobHello everyone.LiRob, you look worried, what's on your mind?RobOh, I'm just concerned about a good friend. He's been asking me for advice about saving money.LiWell that's very kind of you, but does he have a problem?RobHe's one of those people that just can't save money. Every time he gets paid he goes out and spends it all.LiI've heard of people like that. I'd say that money burns a hole in his pocket.RobThat's exactly right, money does burn a hole in his pocket. Whenever he has money he has to spend it.LiThat's the phrase for the English We Speak today. Let's hear some examples of how people use it.ExamplesA: Why have you never got any money?B: Well, I have a bad habit of spending my money as soon as I get it. Money burns a hole in my pocket.A: I find saving money so difficult. I like to buy the latest gadgets.B: The trouble with you is that money burns a hole in your pocket.LiI also have a friend who is tempted to spend every penny.RobWell, the phrase can also be used in a slightly different way.LiWhat way?RobIf something unexpected costs a lot of money, you can also say 'it's burnt a hole in your pocket'. Let's hear an example.ExampleA: My daughter is getting married next year.B: Oh that's fantastic news.A: Yes, it is. But I think the cost of the wedding will burn a hole in my pocket.LiYou'd better start saving money now for your daughter.RobYes, that's right. Well, unless, of course, she marries a rich guy.LiWell, fingers crossed. You still look worried Rob. Are you thinking about your friend or your daughter?RobOh, I'm thinking about friend. I think he might need professional help.LiOr maybe he needs a girlfriend, someone who can stop him spending.RobNo. I think that will just make him spend even more.LiI know, I was only joking. Bye.RobBye bye.
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ID 160927
Date 27 September 2016
Title Close, but no cigar
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Description A phrase about almost succeeding
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Summary It's illegal to smoke inside the BBC, but Neil risks his job to teach you an English expression. Can Feifei guess what it is?
Transcript NeilHello and welcome to The English We Speak, I'm Neil and joining me is Feifei…FeifeiHi there everyone.Neil In this programme we have an expression you can use when someone has almost succeeded – but not quite. Now Feifei, could you just pass me that lighter, please?Feifei Lighter? What on earth are you doing with that cigar? You can't smoke in here!Neil It's a clue. You have to guess what the expression is.Feifei Oh OK. Is it 'to smoke like a chimney?'Neil Close, but no cigar.Feifei OK, is it 'no smoke without fire'?Neil Close, but no cigar.Feifei Oh, I give up!Neil I've told you twice already – it's 'close, but no cigar.' If someone almost succeeds – but not quite – you can say to them 'close, but no cigar.' Here are some examples.ExamplesA: How old do you think I am?B: 36? A: Nope – 35. Close, but no cigar. Five of my numbers came up in the lottery. Close, but no cigar.They hit the post in the last second of the game. Close, but no cigar! NeilSo, there we go. If someone almost succeeds, but doesn't quite, we can say to them 'close, but no cigar.'FeifeiRight, well you can put that cigar away now we've finished.NeilActually, it's a really good one – shame to waste it.FeifeiNeil!Neil Uh oh!
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ID 121225
Date 25 December 2012
Title Chuffed
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Description This woman is chuffed to be graduating!
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Transcript Kaz: (Very happy) Hello, I'm Kaz. Yang Li: And I'm Yang Li. Hey Kaz, you're looking very happy today, what's up - what's happened?Kaz: Well Li, you know that singing competition I went in for?Yang Li: Oh yes, the singing competition, what about it?Kaz: Ah (with pride) I came first.Yang Li: You did? Congratulations! You came first in the singing competition! Wow! No wonder you're so happy.Kaz: I certainly am Li. I'm feeling really chuffed.Yang Li: Feeling really chuffed?Kaz: Yes, I'm feeling really chuffed - I'm feeling really pleased with myself.Yang Li: 'Chuffed' - so 'feeling chuffed', means feeling pleased with yourself?Kaz: That's right.Yang Li: So, for example, when I passed my driving test - many years ago - I felt chuffed with myself.Kaz: I'm sure you did Li - I'm sure you were really chuffed with yourself.Yang Li: OK. So, 'to feel' or 'to be' chuffed about something means to be pleased with life - to be pleased with achieving something. 'Chuffed' - I like the sound of it. Let's listen to some more examples:I say Alice. I'm feeling rather chuffed with my exam results. I got a distinction!Congratulations! You've been promoted. You must be feeling well chuffed!She's lost four kilos, she must be very chuffed.Yang Li: Kaz, in those examples, I noticed that you can say 'rather chuffed' and 'well chuffed' what's the difference?Kaz: Well spotted Li. I'd say that 'rather chuffed' is quite formal and perhaps even a little old fashioned.Yang Li: And 'well chuffed'?Kaz: 'Well chuffed' is much more informal and more colloquial.Yang Li: Which one would you prefer then?Kaz: I think I prefer 'rather chuffed'.Yang Li: Well, I think we can be rather chuffed with ourselves today.Kaz: How so Li?Yang Li: We've successfully completed another programme.Both: Bye!
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