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textbooks hi everyone I am Georgiana

founder of speak English podcast.com my

mission is to help you speak English

fluently happy Valentine's Day everyone

if you have already listened to my

previous episode about asking a girl out

I hope my lesson has helped you to get a

date but if you still haven't had the

luck to put my advice into practice

don't worry at least now you know what

to say to the girl of your dreams but

now let's change the topic today I'd

like to teach you some animal idioms I'm

sure some of them will sound familiar

because they are quite popular and with

the point of view story we're gonna

practice the expressions and compared

the different grammar points it's the

perfect way to learn grammar and new

vocabulary without memorizing the story

will be romantic but with an unexpected

turn of the events alright let's talk

about idioms now supposing you're

talking to a friend and he insists that

you reveal him a secret suddenly he says

come on let the cat out of the bag and

you're wondering what on earth is he

talking about I don't have any cat in

the bag well you've just heard an animal

idiom you're probably wondering what an

idiom is well it's an expression it's a

creative way to share an idea or a

feeling so you shouldn't take the

meaning literally idioms aren't always

easy to learn and understand that's why

I recommend that you learn them in

context I have prepared some examples

and the story to help you understand

better the idioms of this episode the

important question is should you use

idioms when you speak English of course

you can use idiomatic expressions

whenever you want but you gotta be

careful only use them when you are sure

of the meaning and context I personally

believe that if English is not your

mother tongue there is no reason for you

to use idioms on the other hand since

idioms are commonly used by native

English speakers

you need to understand them that's why I

introduced new expressions in each

episode do you like to listen to songs

or watch TV shows in English well

knowing the meaning of the most common

English expressions will make your

experience more enjoyable let's start

idiom number one the elephant in the

room we use the expression of the

elephant in the room when there's a

difficult subject that people don't want

to talk about everyone is aware of the

issue but they prefer to ignore it

because it makes them feel uncomfortable

examples Han is 40 years old and the

fact that she is still living with her

parents is always a big elephant in the

room I don't want to ask the question

though it's the big elephant in the room

idiom number 2 hold your horses this

expression means to hold on be patient

it's used to tell someone

to stop and consider their decision or

opinion about something carefully you

could also use these similar expressions

hold on just wait until hang on hold on

a minute

examples hey hold your horses just stop

and consider things before you do

something you'll regret later just hold

your horses Tom let's sit down and think

about it for a while number three let

the cat out of the bag this idiom means

to reveal a secret usually without

intending to examples she has led the

cat out of the bag about her mother's

true intentions I told Mary to keep the

party a secret but she went and led the

cat out of the bag number four be like a

fish out of water we use this expression

when someone doesn't feel comfortable or

relaxed because they are in an unusual

or unfamiliar situation examples a girl

of her age would be like a fish out of

water when traveling to another country

well I'd be like fish out of water if I

had to speak in public

number five have ants in your pants

we used this idiom when someone can sit

still because they're too excited or

worried about something examples my

children have ants in their pants at

Christmas they are excited about their

presence she's waiting for her

boyfriend to call that's why she's had

ants in her pants all day number six

go to the dogs this expression means to

become much worse in quality or

character examples after Claire quit the

business went to the dogs because our

corrupt politicians our country will

soon go to the dogs number seven

puppy love sometimes people use this

expression in a derogatory way when they

don't take a relationship seriously

example he says he loves her but it's

just puppy love number eight all bark

and no bite when someone is all bark and

no bite it means they are threatening to

do something to you but in the end

they're not going to do it example bill

always says he'll call the cops if I

don't get off his property but we all

know his old bark and no bite

number nine barked up the wrong tree

this means to have a wrong idea or do

something in a way that won't give you

the result you're looking for example

his convinced he'll solve the problem

but I'm pretty sure he's barking up the

wrong tree and number 10 you can teach

an old dog new tricks it means

that it's almost impossible to teach

someone new skills or to change

someone's habits or character example I

give up I can't convince granny to use a

smartphone I guess it's true when they

say that you can teach an old dog new

tricks alright let's listen to the

animal idioms once again the elephant in

the room hold your horses

let the cat out of the bag be like a

fish out of water have ants in your

pants go to the dogs

puppy love all bark and no bite

bark up the wrong tree

you can teach an old dog new tricks

okay now let's continue with the point

of view story to practice a little more

than new expressions this kind of story

will help you to improve your English

grammar it's very simple I tell you the

same story more than once every time I

change a grammatical aspect so you can

see how grammar changes and you can

compare you just have to listen all

right let's start Jane and Paul have

been dating for a while and they always

told each other everything

last week they were talking about a

delicate subject it turned out that Jane

was a little distracted and led the cat

out of the bag

she told Paul a secret she had been

keeping for years suddenly Paul felt

uncomfortable

wanted to leave the room Jane had to

tell him to hold his horses at that

moment she was like a fish out of water

it was the first time she felt so

uncomfortable with her boyfriend

ignoring the elephant in the room was

impossible Paul on the other hand

started moving around the room like he

had ants in his pants he was afraid his

love was going to the dogs not knowing

very well what to say he began to yell

at her

luckily Jane knew him very well

she was sure that Paul was all bark and

no bite

finally he calmed down and hugged her do

you know what Jane secret was it turned

out that both she and her twin sister

when Albert Paul let's listen to the

same story but in the future tense Jane

and Paul will have been dating for a

while and they would always tell each

other everything

one day they'll be talking about a

delicate subject Jane will be a little

distracted and will let the cat out of

the bag she'll tell Paul a secret she

has been keeping for years suddenly Paul

will feel uncomfortable and will want to

leave the room Jane will have to tell

him to hold his horses at that moment

she will be like a fish out of water it

will be the first time she will feel so

uncomfortable with her boyfriend

ignoring the elephant in the room will

be impossible Paul on the other

and we'll start moving around the room

like he had ants in his pants he'll be

afraid his love will go to the dogs not

knowing very well what to say he'll

begin to yell at her luckily Jane will

know him very well

she'll be sure that Paul is all bark and

no bite

finally he will count down and hug her

do you know what Jane's secret will be

both she and her twin sister will go out

with Paul Wow

I am sure you didn't expect the story to

end like this poor Paul he loves Jane

very much it must have been a big shock

for him to find out that he went out

with two girls who looked exactly the

same I'm curious have you ever dated

someone who had a twin sibling alright

it's the end of this point of his story

I used this successful method in my

courses imagine a whole story told this

way instead of having to memorize boring

grammar rules you can use this method to

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