Don’t get too scared with today’s episode because we’re talking about fears and phobias! Jennifer starts out with a story that could make your skin crawl, and we both talk about common fears, including speaking a new language! We give advice to help you get over your fear of speaking English with some helpful tips, too! This episode is packed (*full*) of idioms, so increase your fluency with native expressions, and other useful vocabulary.
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“something the matter”:
face to face:
to break out in a cold sweat:
to glance (in/at):
Ways to Express Fears
There are many more ways to express fear than “I am scared of…” or “That scares me..” Review the following expressions:
to be freaked out
to be terrified/afraid of (something)
to be a baby
to freak someone out
There are also certain things (nouns) that are often referred to when talking about fears. In the episode you’ll hear these two nouns:
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Idioms and Expressions
to have seen better days: to not be doing very well, to not be in a good mood
to jump out of one’s skin: to be very scared or surprised from something or someone
to scare the daylights out of (someone): to scare/frighten someone very much
to make one’s skin crawl: to make someone feel uncomfortable due to fear or disgust
touch wood: an expression used to ask for luck
to go out on a limb: to make a wild guess about something that may not be agreed upon or true
We want to hear from you!
Tell us about your greatest fears! Do you have anything more serious, like a phobia?
Additionally, you can answer the following question:
What was the last thing that freaked you out? Did it give you the heebie jeebies?
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