019 : English Expressions (To have a hunch that // I can’t help (doing it))


 

INTRODUCTION

This is the SpeakEnglishWithTiffani podcast with Teacher Tiffani session #19. If you would like to read the transcript that goes along with this episode, go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode19.    

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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 Expressions.

DIALOGUE

Ok, let’s begin with the dialogue:

Yesterday I took a walk in a popular part of town. As I turned the corner down a busy street, I saw tons of people running in one direction. They were all laughing and screaming as they ran together in one big group. I had a hunch that they were all heading to a party after leaving the big football stadium. But, after they passed I saw another group that didn’t look so happy.  After seeing those two groups of people, I couldn’t help but to imagine what life would be like if people didn’t have sports.

Again

Yesterday I took a walk in a popular part of town. As I turned the corner down a busy street, I saw tons of people running in one direction. They were all laughing and screaming as they ran together in one big group. I had a hunch that they were all heading to a party after leaving the big football stadium. But, after they passed I saw another group that didn’t look so happy.  After seeing those two groups of people, I couldn’t help but to imagine what life would be like if people didn’t have sports.

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

FIRST EXPRESSION

The first English Expression was…
“To have a hunch that” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“To have a hunch that” (repeat twice)

Ok, now let’s say it at a normal pace…
“To have a hunch that” (repeat twice)

This expression means to have an idea about what did, will, or should happen


EXAMPLES

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

The first example is…

“I had a hunch that you would be here.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“I had a hunch that you would be here.”

[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]
“I had a hunch that you would be here.”

The second example is…

“She had a hunch about the way things would happen.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“She had a hunch about the way things would happen.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“She had a hunch about the way things would happen.”

The third example is…

“He had a hunch she would forgive him.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“He had a hunch she would forgive him.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“He had a hunch she would forgive him.”

The fourth example is…

“The man had a hunch that something was wrong.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“The man had a hunch that something was wrong.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“The man had a hunch that something was wrong.”

The fifth example is…

“They had a hunch that the movie was going to be over when they arrived.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“They had a hunch that the movie was going to be over when they arrived.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“They had a hunch that the movie was going to be over when they arrived.”

 


SECOND EXPRESSION

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

The second English Expression was…

“I can’t help (doing it)” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“I can’t help (doing it)”  (repeat twice)

Ok, now let’s say it at a normal pace…
“I can’t help (doing it)” (repeat twice)

This expression means to have trouble breaking a habit, or to not be able to stop something that one is doing.


EXAMPLES

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

The first example is…

“I know I shouldn’t eat sweets when I’m stressed, but I can’t help it.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“I know I shouldn’t eat sweets when I’m stressed, but I can’t help it.”

[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]
“I know I shouldn’t eat sweets when I’m stressed, but I can’t help it.”

The second example is…

“I can’t help loving you.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“I can’t help loving you.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“I can’t help loving you.”

The third example is…

“I can’t help thinking about you.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“I can’t help thinking about you.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“I can’t help thinking about you.”

The fourth example is…

“They couldn’t help working all the time.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“They couldn’t help working all the time.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“They couldn’t help working all the time.”

The fifth example is…

“He couldn’t help biting his nails when he was nervous.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“He couldn’t help biting his nails when he was nervous.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“He couldn’t help biting his nails when he was nervous.”

 


DIALOGUE

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

Yesterday I took a walk in a popular part of town. As I turned the corner down a busy street, I saw tons of people running in one direction. They were all laughing and screaming as they ran together in one big group. I had a hunch that they were all heading to a party after leaving the big football stadium. But, after they passed I saw another group that didn’t look so happy.  After seeing those two groups of people, I couldn’t help but to imagine what life would be like if people didn’t have sports.

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

  1. To have a hunch that…
  2. I can’t help (doing it)…

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

ENDING

Remember, if you want to see the transcript for this episode go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode19.

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

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