Words and Their Stories programs explain idioms and expressions that many learners of American English find difficult to understand.
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When you work hard for your money, you do not want to lose it. And if you invest your hard-earned money, you want to see great returns. But if you’re looking to invest money, be careful! We have an expression: If a deal is too to be true, it probably is.
Legs are useful – for moving around and for expressing yourself! Read on to learn useful English expressions using the word “legs” and in which situations you can use them.
This show is all about you! Learn about the many uses of the word “self.” This useful word change make just about everything about … you!
April Fools’ Day is a strange tradition. You are supposed to play a trick or a practical joke on someone. But be careful. You don’t want to be fooled, actually, be very careful.
Someone with many abilities often is called a “Jack-of-all-trades” or a “Renaissance person.” A Renaissance man or a Renaissance woman is a little different. This expression deals with a person’s education and knowledge, not so much with his or her skills.
The book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is just over 150 years old. But this classic story gives us great characters and expressions. These have found their way into American English. Let’s figure how to use them!
Boycott, a word often in the news, is a form of protest. But do you know where it comes from? The origin of this word is a "cautionary tale," a warning. Read on to learn the roots of "boycott" and many words related to tenants rights.
What words do we use to describe ... everything? Learn what "from cradle to grave," "everything under the sun" and "everything but the kitchen sink" have in common. At the end of the article, watch a video of a natural conversation using some of the expressions heard in this story.
Our breath gives us life. It gives us energy. And the word "breath" also gives us some great expressions! Come with us to an ocean as two friends on a scuba vacation take a "breather" from their busy jobs.
Touch. It is one of our five senses. It is our first language. And it is very useful in everyday American English. Master this word with a lively dialogue.
Valentine’s Day is a day for love and romantic thoughts. But love can be difficult to talk about. Not to fear. This Words and Their Stories comes just in time to help you talk about the love in your life.
Many people love a big snowstorm, such as snow bunnies. Snow bunnies are not cute little animals that hop around on the ground. Some Americans dislike cold weather so much they go to a warmer climate to escape it. These people are called snowbirds.
People all over the world love to talk about weather. Today, we talk about expressions that come from extreme winter weather. Winters in the northern United States are cold and snowy. Sometimes, the snows come with extremely strong winds. These snowstorms are called blizzards.
It can be said that the United States is a driving culture. The U.S., after all, is a big country and many Americans love cars. What is life in the fast lane like? Find out and learn other idioms from the road.
Today we talk about a seemingly simple four-letter word: will. But do not be fooled. The word will is a strong noun and a powerful verb. As a verb, will requires you to do something. If you say you will take action, you have promised to do it with no excuses -- no ifs, ands or buts.
Words that rhyme are common in English. Nitty-gritty is both a noun and an adjective. New York City and other urban cities can be described as nitty-gritty, or rough around the edges. Read on to find out all the ways you can use this informal rhyming word. Let's get down to the nitty-gritty!
Anna Matteo weaves a tale about Words and Their Stories with a song about lost loves. Around the holidays, a man runs into a woman in the grocery store. They were once in love. They share memories together and then ... Here's Anna's story.
On your body, your Achilles’ heel is the tendon on the back of your ankle. In spoken English, your Achilles’ heel is your weak spot. You can say either “Achilles’ heel” or “Achilles’(s) heel.” Both are correct.
On today’s show, we will explore two words that come from one of the most popular Christmas stories made into a movie: “A Christmas Carol.” Writer Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in 1843. Ebenezer Scrooge is the main character of the story.
A bridge is a structure that provides passage over something -- such as a river, train tracks, a highway or a deep, wide opening in the ground. The expression “burning your bridges” means to act in a way that destroys any chance of returning to the way things were.