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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: #075 Ten advanced English Idioms (to sound more like a native speaker)

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fluently today I'll teach you 10 idioms

that will make you sound more like a

native speaker and with the point of

view story you will improve your grammar

and at the same time you'll practice the

expressions in context

okay let's start number one out of hand

which means to become difficult to

control when you lose control of things

they get out of hand examples there was

an argument that got out of hand and the

police came your aggressive nature has

gotten a bit out of hand the

demonstration is getting out of hand it

was only a joke

but sadly got a little out of hand

number two get your head around it which

means to understand something examples I

just can't get my head around the fact

that she broke up with me I just can't

get my head around the fact that I'm not

getting a promotion this year have you

got your head around your new situation

number three pound the pavement which

means to walk the streets looking for a

job examples you'll be pounding the

pavement for months before you find

another job

I'll need to pound the pavement to get a

new job last year I spent three months

pounding the pavement after I lost my

job number four

pull a rabbit out of a hat which means

to do something unexpected that may have

seemed impossible examples unless

someone can pull a rabbit out of the hat

I just don't see how we can fix the

problem I'm not sure how she does it but

Claire always pulls a rabbit out her hat

and surprises me it looks like I'll have

to pull a few rabbits from the Hat

number five leave no stone unturned this

is an idiom that means to do everything

possible to find something or to solve a

problem examples will leave no stone

unturned until we prove he's innocent

Thomas said he would leave no stone

unturned in search for peace

the police will leave no stone unturned

in their search for the criminals number

6 get it out of your system it's when

you have a strong urge to do something

that you've wanted to do for a long time

so that it stops being a burden examples

I had to get it out of my system so I

finally told him I was moving to another

country after crying all night long she

finally got him out of her system

last week I got a new car

I've wanted

for a long time I'm glad that I finally

got that out of my system number seven

step up your game which means to improve

in some way usually so that you can

perform as well as others examples if

you want to win the competition you'll

have to step up your game Tom really

needs to step up his game if he wants to

stay at this firm I really need to step

up my game if I'm going to apply for

this new job I really need to step up my

game if I'm going to apply for this new

job number eight pull yourself together

which means to calm down or behave

normally examples just pull yourself

together it's not worth crying about it

I hope he pulls himself together soon

or he'll lose the job right now I have

no choice but to pull myself together

number nine hang in there which means to

wait and be patient examples I know

you'd like to call her but it's not the

right thing to do right now just hang in

there

and she'll call you I know it can be

really heavy but you'll have to hang in

there for another week

hang in there Jimmy I promise it will

soon be all right

number 10 blew me away when something

blows you away you're extremely

impressed by it

examples it blew me away when I found

out my brother was getting married no

matter how many times I've watched this

movie it still blows me away this story

is so convincing the way she danced

tonight just blew me away let's listen

to the new expressions once again get

out of hand get your head around it

pound the pavement pull a rabbit out of

a hat leave no stone unturned get it out

of your system step up your game

pull yourself together hang in there and

blow me away and don't worry about it

you probably won't remember the meaning

right away if that's the case I

recommend that you listen to the lesson

several times until you're familiar with

the new idioms and in the second part of

this episode you will practice the new

expressions with the story

okay now let's move on to the point of

view lesson this is the way it works I'm

going to tell you a short story from two

grammatical points of view just listen

carefully and repeat as many times as

you like let's listen to the story from

Steve's point of view hi everyone my

name's Steve and I'm a magician

some years ago I wasn't a very good

magician although I could make anything

disappear like watches wallets etc I

didn't know

to make them reappear again I was

ashamed and I couldn't get my head

around the fact that I was a complete

failure truth be told I knew perfectly

well that I had to step up my game if I

really wanted to become successful there

was something that I wanted to get out

of my system though every day I had the

same idea in my head I wanted to finish

an online magic course I had started

some years ago one day during one of my

performances things got out of hand when

I made someone's Rolex disappear the

owner started a big fight when he

realized he couldn't get his watch back

as a result my boss finally got fed up

with me and fired me after the initial

shock I pulled myself together and

started pounding the pavement three

months went by and I still couldn't find

a job

some days I felt hopeless and tried to

cheer myself by saying hang in there in

my interview number 884 I passed

mystically explained the same as in the

previous interviews there I was a

magician who could make things disappear

but not reappear to my great surprise

this time I was immediately hired it

turned out that my new employer was the

head of the city's garbage department

the man had a big problem he urgently

needed to make tons of garbage disappear

he swore he would leave no stone

unturned until he came up with a

solution then one day he had a brilliant

idea

he hired a magician for the task

we could say that he pulled a rabbit out

of his hat this time and I didn't

disappoint my new employer I blew him

away with my skills and I became the

best employee of the garbage department

ever since then I had a meaningful and

happy life

I often reminded myself not to finish

the online magic horse I didn't want to

make anything reappear especially with

this new job let's listen to the story

in the third person there was a guy

named Steve he was a magician though

sadly he wasn't a very good one although

he could make anything disappear like

watches wallets etc he didn't know how

to make them reappear again he was

ashamed and couldn't get his head around

the fact that he was a complete failure

truth be told he knew perfectly well

that he had to step up his game if he

really wanted to become successful there

was something that he wanted to get out

of his system though every day he had

the same idea in his head he wanted to

finish an online magic course he had

started some years ago one day during

one of his performances things got out

of hand

when he made someone's rolek disappear

the owner started a big fight when he

realized he couldn't get his watch back

as a result Steve boss finally got fed

up with him and fired Steve after the

initial shock Steve pulled himself

together and started pounding the

pavement three months went by and he

still could

and find a job some days he felt

hopeless and tried to cheer himself up

by saying hang in there and his

interview number a hundred and eighty

four he pessimistically explained the

same as in the previous interviews that

he was a magician who could make things

disappear but not reappear to his great

surprise this time he was immediately

hired it turned out that his new

employer was the head of the series

garbage Department the man had a big

problem he urgently needed to make tons

of garbage disappear he swore he would

leave no stone unturned until he came up

with the solution then one day he had a

brilliant idea

he hired a magician for the task we

could say that he pulled a rabbit out of

his hat this time Steve didn't

disappoint his new employer

he blew him away with his skills and he

became the best employee of the garbage

department ever since then Steve has had

a meaningful and happy life

he often reminded himself not to finish

the online magic course he didn't want

to make anything reappear especially

with this new job all right it's the end

of this point of view story there are

many kinds of point of view stories for

example I can alternate between plural

and singular use the first or the third

person I may use the conditional etc

it's really useful and I recommend that

you listen to the story several times

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