Episode 12: Scaredy Cat! Fears & Phobias


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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Podcast Notes:

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Vocabulary Sample:

“something the matter”:

face to face: 

to break out in a cold sweat: 


to glance (in/at): 


Language Focus:  

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:

creepy crawlies

heebie jeebies



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


Let’s Connect!

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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