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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: 15 Common Idioms with an American Accent

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let's learn 15 common and useful English

idiomatic expressions so that you can

sound more like a native speaker all of

these expressions contain the word hit

let's learn four rules about how to

pronounce hit correctly before we get

started first of all make sure you

differentiate between hit and heat we

have a neutral vowel and a tense vowel

hit your face is relaxed your tongue is

relaxed in the back it hit vs. heat my

face is more tense my tongue is tense II

my fingers are moving because my tongue

is tense in the back II heat hit heat

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thing is the T at the end listen to this

hit the I didn't say hit the I said hit

the hit that hit my car I didn't say hit

to my car I said hit my car hold the T

by putting your tongue up hit my and if

the next word is followed by a vowel

then we connect the words together and

the T becomes a fast D and it sounds

like this hit it hit it and the final

thing is remember the past tense of hit

is hit so it's hit hit hit present past

tense and present participle the same

the first expression is to hit the nail

on the head to be exactly right when you

have exactly the right answer you hit

the nail on the head to be correct to be

absolutely right when you said that my

car needed a new battery you hit the

nail on the head let's hold the T and

hit hit the hit the nail on the head and

let's say the sentence again when you

said that my car needed a new battery

you hit the nail

the head number-two to hit the books to

start studying to study hard if I don't

hit the books this week I won't pass

next week's exam let's say hit the books

hit the books won't pass won't pass

let's say the sentence again if I don't

hit the books this week I won't pass

next week's exam

the next one is to hit the jackpot to

win a lot of money for example in a

lottery but also when you have great

success when something really amazing

happens to you you hit the jackpot you

got a job working for that company

Wow you really hit the jackpot working

working that's a difficult word don't

say working we're gonna say her working

you got a job working for that company

wow you really hit the jackpot number

four to hit the road to leave to depart

to go away we'd better hit the road

before the traffic gets worse let's say

we'd better we'd better

we're gonna hold that D we'd better hit

the road before the traffic gets worse

number five to hit the ceiling to become

very angry and by the way people also

say to hit the roof same meaning your

boss is going to hit the ceiling when he

finds out about your mistake

let's connect finds out about finds out

about finds out about and let's say the

whole sentence again your boss is going

to hit the ceiling when he finds out

about your mistake number six to hit the

sack to go to bed to go to sleep I have

to get up early tomorrow so I'd better

hit the sack

get up early let's connect that get up

early I have to get up early tomorrow so

I'd better hit the sack number seven to

hit the bottle to start drinking too

much alcohol he was doing okay for a

while but he started to hit the bottle

again he started we have two S's one at

the end one at the beginning let's

connect that he started and let's

connect bottle again bottle again he was

doing okay for a while

but he started to hit the bottle again

number eight to hit below the belt and

this expression comes from boxing when

you box you're not supposed to hit below

the belt it's not allowed so when you

hit below the belt you say something

inappropriate and something very

personal and you hurt someone

emotionally when he gets angry he tends

to hit below the belt and hurt people's

feelings and this sentence also has two

T's on the end followed by a consonant

hit below the belt hit below the belt

and hurt people's feelings hurt people's

feelings and let's say the sentence when

he gets angry he tends to hit below the

belt and hurt people's feelings number

nine to hit it big to become very

successful to become a huge success the

singer was popular in his hometown but

he really hit it big when he moved to

New York

let's connect hit it big hit it big move

to New York the D and the T are very

similar sounding so sometimes it just

sounds like moved too and other times

you can hold the D a little bit move to

move to let's say the sentence the

singer was popular in his hometown but

he really hit it big when he moved to

New York

number ten hit and run causing an

accident and then going away you don't

want anyone to find out that you are

responsible for it it's a crime to do

that the witness said that the

hit-and-run driver was in a blue car

witness the T is followed by an N so we

hold the T we don't see witness we say

witness witness the witness said that

the hit-and-run driver had a blue car

number 11 hit the brakes in your car you

have brakes so when you hit the brakes

you slow down or you stop and this can

be used for something else do you do

besides

driving let's hit the brakes on this

project it's not going well and let's

say the sentence again let's hit the

brakes on this project it's not going

well

number 12 hit it out of the park and

sometimes people say hit it out of the

ballpark and this comes from baseball

when you hit it out of the park you hit

the ball so well that it flies outside

of the ballpark and that means to do

something very well when you produce

exceptional achievement was my

presentation good you hit it out of the

park hit it out of the park

let's connect all of those words hit it

out of the park was my presentation good

you hit it out of the park

number 13 to hit on someone to hit on to

flirt to try to get someone to be

romantically interested in you was he

just being friendly or was he hitting on

me let's say the sentence again was he

just being friendly or was he hitting on

me she's very beautiful

some men hit on her everywhere she goes

and let's say the sentence again she's

very beautiful so men hit on her

everywhere she goes

number 14 hit it off and this is a

phrasal verb to hit it off with someone

to have a good connection immediately

immediately you like that person and

they like you and you become friends

very quickly you hit it off right away

we really hit it off and you can use it

in a negative way they went on a blind

date but unfortunately they didn't hit

it off

let's connect hit it off it's gonna

sound like this hit it off hit it off

they went on a blind date but

unfortunately they didn't hit it off and

number 15 to be a hit it's a hit it was

a hit that means it was extremely

popular when you create something and it

becomes very successful it becomes a hit

it's a hit

usually

that's used for music for example a hit

song or for a film that's a hit film but

you can use it for other situations as

well your delicious cake will be a hit

at tomorrow's party and let's say the

sentence again your delicious cake will

be a hit at tomorrow's party if this

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