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mission is to help you to speak English

fluently do you want to sound more like

an English native speaker well today

you'll learn six new popular expressions

in English related to food after that

you'll practice your speaking with a

funny mini story okay let's learn some

new idioms there's a type of food that

always makes us feel better because it

reminds us of our childhood that kind of

food is called comfort food we eat

comfort food because it comforts us

although we tend to feel better after

eating this type of food it's not

necessarily healthy food for example

after a tiring day it's so wonderful to

cook some comfort food and read a good

book and who doesn't like eating cake I

just can't say no to a piece of cake and

when something is extremely easy to do

we say it's a piece of cake however this

expression doesn't have anything to do

with food and there's another similar

expression instead of piece of cake you

could say as easy as pie examples

I thought the test would be difficult

but it was a piece of cake compared to

learning Japanese learning English was

as easy as pie but you know what sadly

there are times when you can't have your

cake and eat it too yeah you guess

bright this is another expression when

someone says you can't have your cake

and eat it too they mean that you can't

have two incompatible things at the same

time in other words the cake can be

eaten and saved for later example James

works too hard to pay for that luxurious

house the irony here is that he never

has any time to stay at home and enjoy

it I guess he can't have his cake and

eat it too do you like these two

expressions I hope that you're not

hungry

because I'll continue talking about food

so my question is do you enjoy eating

cake and please be honest well if you

love cake then eat as much as you want

but make sure you don't bite more than

you can chew or you'll choke there's a

popular expression called to bite more

than you can chew when someone has

bitten off more than they can chew

it means that they're trying to do

something to complicate it so please

don't bite off more pie than you can

chew let's hear an example Tom has taken

on too much responsibility

he shouldn't bite off more than he can

chew

anyway after so much pie let's talk

about something less sweet there's a

common expression called to take

something with a pinch of salt what do

you think this means

no it doesn't mean that I want to eat

something with a pinch of salt you could

use the expression to take something

with a pinch of salt or the word

skeptical when you are skeptical you

don't entirely believe something you are

told because you think it's unlikely to

be true therefore you take things with a

pinch of salt when you don't believe

something is completely true you're

being skeptical for example I don't

trust everything Sarah says so I take

anything she says with a pinch of salt

okay let's listen to the new expressions

once again comfort food piece of cake as

easy as pie you can't have your cake and

eat it too

bite off more than you can chew and take

something with a pinch of salt 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

great now you can practice with the

mini-story you will be able to go over

the vocabulary we saw in the first

section a mini story is very simple I

give you information using phrases and

then I ask you questions I recommend

that you listen several times until it's

easy to answer

okay let's start Jason used to eat all

the time

especially when he was stressed out when

did Jason eat

he eat only occasionally no no Jason

didn't used to eat occasionally he used

to eat all the time did he eat more when

he was stressed out

yes he ate more especially when he was

stressed out what type of food did Jason

eat did he only eat greens

No Jason didn't only eat greens

Jason ate comfort food Jason thought

that since he ate all day it would be

easy to become a professional cook

why did Jason think being a cook would

be as easy as pie

because he ate all day he thought being

a cook would be a piece of cake because

he ate all day who ate all day Jason or

the cook

no no the cook didn't eat all day it was

Jason who ate all day did Jason think

that becoming a professional cook would

be a piece of cake

yes Jason thought that becoming a

professional cook would be a piece of

cake however his friends were skeptical

about Jason's intentions word Jason's

friends convinced of his intentions

No Jason's friends weren't convinced

about his intentions they were skeptical

about Jason's intentions did Jason's

friends take his intentions with a pinch

of sugar

no no Jason's friends didn't take his

intentions with a pinch of sugar

they took his intentions with a pinch of

salt

Jason realized he had to stop eating all

day and start learning to cook

did Jason realize anything

yeah Jason figured something out

he realized he had to stop eating all

day Jason wanted to learn how to cook

only a dish right

no no Jason didn't only want to learn

how to cook a dish he wanted to become a

professional cook

did Jason realize that he could have his

cake and eat it too

no Jason realized he couldn't have his

cake and eat it he couldn't keep eating

all day if he wanted to become a

professional cook finally Jason took it

easy and became an excellent amateur

cook but not a professional was Jason

stressed out about becoming a

professional cook

no he wasn't stressed out Jason took it

easy he was relaxed what did Jason

become a professional cook

No Jason didn't become a professional

cook

he became an amateur cook

why didn't Jason become a professional

cook

because he didn't want to bite any more

than he could chew becoming a

professional cook would be too much

effort for Jason perfect it's the end of

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