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Episode 20 - Ring a Bell

Talk Like a Native Episode 20 - Ring a Bell Christine: Hey Kevin, who were you talking to? Kevin: I was talking to Beyonce. Christine: Who’s that? His name kind of rings a bell. Is he a comedian? Kevin: What? She is a famous singer. Christine: Really? What song does she sing? Kevin: The one that goes like, “All the single ladies, all the single ladies.” Christine: Hmm...that doesn’t ring a bell. Kevin: What is this bell you keep talking about? Christine:...


Episode 19 - (to) Find your feet

Talk Like a Native Episode 19 - (to) Find your Feet Kevin: What are you thinking about? Christine: Oh, I was thinking about when I first left for college. Everything happened so quickly, I don’t even know how I found my feet. Kevin: How does that even work? Have you lost them before? Christine: Haha, not literally. To find your feet means to adjust to your new environment or experience. The feet doesn’t refer to someone’s physical feet, but a foundation for them to stand on...


Episode 18 - Keep your chin up

Talk Like a Native Episode 18 - Keep your chin up Kevin: Hey Christine, long time no see. Christine: Hey Kevin. Kevin: What’s wrong? Why so glum? Christine: Facebook Memories just reminded me of something I was trying to forget. Kevin: And what was that? Christine: Well, a few months ago I got into a fight with a friend of mine. Now, he doesn’t ever want to talk to me again. Kevin: What happened? Christine: I have no idea. It was completely out of the blue! He...


Episode 17 - Lost your touch

Talk Like a Native Episode 17 - Lost your touch Kevin: Hey Christine, what are you up to? Christine: I’m trying to sketch something but I think I’ve lost my touch. Kevin: What? Are you telling me that you can no longer feel anything? You lost your sense of touch? Christine: No, I mean I don’t think I can draw anymore. To lose your touch means to lose expertise or finesse. You may have been really good at something before, but suddenly you can no longer do it as...


Episode 16 - With a grain of salt

Talk Like a Native Episode 16 - Take with a grain of salt Kevin: Hey, guess what? I think I’m moving to Macau! Christine: What? Really? Why all of a sudden? Kevin: Robert just offered me a job position in Macau. He said that his company is about to hit the jackpot*, I think I can make a lot of money if I move there to work for him! Christine: Robert said that? Kevin, you know Robert! You should always take what he says with a grain of salt. Kevin: With a grain of salt? Are...


Episode 15 - Cry over Spilled Milk

Talk Like a Native Episode 15 - (Don’t) cry over spilled milk Kevin: Hey Christine, what’s up? Why so serious? Christine: I’ve just been thinking about a job offer that I received last year. Kevin: Really? What about it? Christine: If I took that job last year, I could be making a lot more money than I am now. Kevin: What kind of job was it? Christine: It was a managerial position in London. I could have been making more money AND be living in London. I’ve always dreamed...


Episode 14 - Hands are Tied

Talk Like a Native Episode 14 - Hands are tied Kevin: Hey Christine, do you think I could get a raise? Christine: I can’t. My hands are tied. Kevin: What? Your hands look fine to me. If you didn’t want to give me a raise, you could just tell me. You don’t have to make up an obvious lie. Christine: It’s not that I don’t want to raise your salary, it’s that we don’t have enough money in the budget to do it. When I say my hands are tied, I mean that there is nothing I can do...


Episode 13 - (to) Dodge a bullet

Talk Like a Native Episode 13: “Dodge a Bullet” Kevin: Hey Christine, what are you looking for? Christine: I lost the USB drive that my boss gave me. It has the project that we’ve been working on for the last month! Kevin: I’ll help you look too. When was the last time you saw it? Christine: I had it this morning when I was getting ready for work. Kevin: Have you checked the bathroom? Christine: Why would it be in the bathroom? Kevin: I usually brush my teeth before...


Episode 12 - Beat around the bush

Talk Like a Native Episode 12: Beat around the bush Kevin: Christine, I wanted to talk to you about something. Christine: Sure, what’s up? Kevin: Well, I’ve been thinking... Christine: Yeah…? Kevin: A lot of things have been on my mind lately. Christine: Okay… please keep going. Kevin: I’m not sure how to say this but… Christine: Oh my god Kevin. Just spit it out* already. Stop beating around the bush. Kevin: I think our podcast is awesome. I’ve been wondering...


Episode 11 - (Cost) an arm and a leg

Talk Like a Native Episode 11: (Cost) an arm and a leg Kevin: What are you doing? Christine: I’m debating whether I should buy tickets to the rock festival. I really want to see Weezer*. Kevin: So, what’s stopping you? Christine: The tickets cost an arm and a leg and I fear that I may be too old for rock festivals. Kevin: What? An arm and a leg? Like literally? Christine: No! Of course not! If we say something costs an arm and a leg, it just means that it is very...


Episode 10 - The grass is always greener on the other side

Talk Like a Native Episode 10 : “The grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence)” Christine: Why the long face* Kevin? Kevin: I’m feeling a little depressed about my life. I was just browsing on Facebook and it seems that all of my friends have gotten married and have kids already. Christine: First of all, Facebook is not a gauge of how happy people are. Secondly, contrary to popular belief*, marriage is not the answer to all of your problems. Trust me on this when...


Episode 9 - Tip of the Iceberg

Episode 9: “Tip of the iceberg” Kevin: It looks everything is almost done. When will the website go up? Christine: Well, we’ve only just registered the company. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Kevin: Tip of the iceberg? Are you talking about global warming or something? Christine: No, no. I’m saying that we’ve only just started it and there’s a lot more to do. Like if you see an iceberg from the surface, all you see is the tip. You can’t see how deep the rest of it...


Episode 8 - Throw caution to the Wind

Talk Like a Native Episode 8: “Throw caution to the wind” Kevin: I’ve been thinking about something for a while now. Christine: What have you been thinking about? Kevin: Starting my own business. Christine: Oh really? What type of business? Kevin: I wanted to start a service to help people practice their language skills without having to memorize words or grammar rules. Christine: Yeah, I know what you mean. A lot of people I know have their noses stuck in textbooks...


Episode 7 - (To be) Up in the Air

Christine: Welcome back to Talk Like a Native. I’m your host Christine. Kevin: And I’m Kevin. If you like our podcast, please consider giving us a review on iTunes. It’ll help other people find our podcast. Christine: If you search for Talk Like a Native you should be able to find us easily on iTunes! We’ve also decided to add something we think would be helpful for our listeners to get a more natural feel of the language. Kevin: We’re going to repeat the dialogue at a native...


Episode 6 - Don't count your chickens before they hatch

Talk Like a Native Episode 6: “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” Christine: Hey Kevin, what are you up to? Kevin: I’m checking out how many listeners we have. Christine: Ooh, it looks like we have at least 10. Kevin: We’re gonna be famous! Christine: Dude, don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Kevin: Chickens? What chickens? I’m talking about our followers. Christine: That’s what I’m talking about too! Don’t get your hopes up before anything...


Episode 5 - Going Places

Talk Like a Native Episode 5: “To go places” Christine: Hey, this is Christine! I am one of your hosts for Talk Like a Native. Kevin: Just in case you guys have missed our first few episodes, we wanted to remind our listeners why we created this podcast in the first place. Christine: So Kevin, why is it that we created this podcast in the first place? Kevin: Well…isn’t it because English has so many weird idioms and expressions? We wanted to help people get a better...


Episode 4 - Throw under the bus

Talk Like a Native Episode 4: Throw under the bus Kevin: Hey Christine! How was your week? Christine: It’s been a rough week. My colleague threw me under the bus. Kevin: What?! Threw you under the bus? You don’t look hurt. Did you break anything? Are you ok? Christine: Oh, I’m sorry I did not mean that literally. Throwing someone under the bus means that they put the blame on you so that they don’t get themselves in trouble. Kevin: Ohhh I see. That really surprised me. I...


Episode 3 - Salt in the Wound

Talk Like a Native Episode 3: “Salt in the Wound” Kevin: Dude... what happened to your face? Christine: Well, I was playing basketball and one of the players on the other team tripped me. Kevin: Ouch, did you at least win the game? Christine: No. We lost by one point ‘cause the ref called a foul on me even though it wasn’t even my fault! Kevin: Talk about rubbing salt in the wound! Christine: What? That sounds painful. I wouldn’t do that! Is that some sort of home...


Episode 2 - It's so close I can almost taste it

Talk Like a Native Episode 2: “It’s so close I can almost taste it” Kevin: Welcome back to Episode 2 of Talk Like a Native. We hope you all had a great week. Christine: What were you up to this week, Kevin? Kevin: I just went shopping and met up with some friends. I’m so excited that the weather has finally warmed up. I’m really looking forward to going out this weekend and spending some time outdoors. It’s so close I can almost taste it! Christine: Dude… it’s Monday! The...


Episode 1 - Hit the Ground Running

Talk Like a Native Episode 1: Hit the ground running Christine: Hi My name is Christine. Kevin: My name is Kevin and we are your hosts for Talk like a Native. Christine: On this program, we plan to bring you an expression a week so that you can listen to it while you commute to work or before you go to bed. Kevin: They’re short and simple so that you can always find a little time to practice your expressions. Christine: This is our first episode and we’re going to hit the...