014 : English Idioms (Chip on his shoulder // Corny)


 

INTRODUCTION

This is the SpeakEnglishWithTiffani podcast with Teacher Tiffani session #14. If you would like to read the transcript that goes along with this episode, go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode14.    

Welcome to the Speak English with Tiffani podcast where you will learn English Vocabulary, Expressions, Idioms and much more! This podcast will take your English ability to the next level and help you to be more confident and more fluent when you Speak English. Are you ready? Well then, let’s jump right in!

Hey everyone, I’m Teacher Tiffani and I want to thank you so much for joining me for another episode of the Speak English with Tiffani podcast. In today’s lesson we are going to listen to one English dialogue and learn 2 new English Idioms.

DIALOGUE

Ok, let’s begin with the dialogue:

As the high school student walked into her classroom, the teacher could tell that he had a chip on his shoulder. But, when she asked him what was wrong, he said everything was okay. Then, another student in the back of the classroom yelled out, ‘He’s mad because he thinks he should have received the award instead of John. He said John is too corny to have won.’

Again

As the high school student walked into her classroom, the teacher could tell that he had a chip on his shoulder. But, when she asked him what was wrong, he said everything was okay. Then, another student in the back of the classroom yelled out, ‘He’s mad because he thinks he should have received the award instead of John. He said John is too corny to have won.’

Ok great, now let’s go over the two new idioms that were in the dialogue.

FIRST IDIOM

The first English Idiom was…
“Chip on his shoulder…” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“Chip on his shoulder…” (repeat twice)

Ok, now let’s say it at a normal pace…
“Chip on his shoulder…” (repeat twice)

This idiom means to seem angry because you think you have been treated unfairly.


EXAMPLES

So, let’s look at five examples using this Idiom.

The first example is…

“Mike has had a chip on his shoulder for more than ten years.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“Mike has had a chip on his shoulder for more than ten years.”
[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]

“Mike has had a chip on his shoulder for more than ten years.”

The second example is…

“She has a chip on her shoulder because she didn’t win first place.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“She has a chip on her shoulder because she didn’t win first place.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“She has a chip on her shoulder because she didn’t win first place.”

The third example is…

He has had a chip on his shoulder ever since he didn’t get the promotion.
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

He has had a chip on his shoulder ever since he didn’t get the promotion.
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

He has had a chip on his shoulder ever since he didn’t get the promotion.

The fourth example is…

“I don’t have a chip on my shoulder.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“I don’t have a chip on my shoulder.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“I don’t have a chip on my shoulder.”

The fifth example is…

“He has a chip on his shoulder because he was not offered the job.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“He has a chip on his shoulder because he was not offered the job.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“He has a chip on his shoulder because he was not offered the job.”


SECOND IDIOM

Ok good deal, now let’s go over the second idiom that was in the dialogue.

The second English Idiom was…
“Corny” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“Corny” (repeat twice)

Ok, now let’s say it at a normal pace…
“Corny” (repeat twice)

This idiom means simple-minded or unsophisticated.


EXAMPLES

So, let’s look at five examples using this Idiom.

The first example is…

“This corny dialogue has to be deleted from the movie scene.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“This corny dialogue has to be deleted from the movie scene.”
[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]

“This corny dialogue has to be deleted from the movie scene.”

The second example is…

“That sounds really corny.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“That sounds really corny.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“That sounds really corny.”

The third example is…

“I know it sounds corny, but I’m really not motivated by money.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“I know it sounds corny, but I’m really not motivated by money.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“I know it sounds corny, but I’m really not motivated by money.”

The fourth example is…

“No one laughed at his jokes because they were corny.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“No one laughed at his jokes because they were corny.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“No one laughed at his jokes because they were corny.”

The fifth example is…

“This show is corny. Let’s go.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“This show is corny. Let’s go.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“This show is corny. Let’s go.”


DIALOGUE

Ok, now let’s listen to the original dialogue again and see if you can recognize the 2 English Idioms.

As the high school student walked into her classroom, the teacher could tell that he had a chip on his shoulder. But, when she asked him what was wrong, he said everything was okay. Then, another student in the back of the classroom yelled out, ‘He’s mad because he thinks he should have received the award instead of John. He said John is too corny to have won.’

Did you hear them this time? Great! Excellent job! You now know 2 new English Idioms.

  1. Chip on his shoulder
  2. Corny

These idioms will help you Speak English clearly, fluently, and confidently. So try to use these idioms at least one time today!

ENDING

Remember, if you want to see the transcript for this episode go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode14.

This has been Teacher Tiffani with the Speak English with Tiffani podcast. Until next time, remember to Speak English!

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