020 : English Idioms (Dog-eared // Don’t monkey around)


 

INTRODUCTION

This is the SpeakEnglishWithTiffani podcast with Teacher Tiffani session #20. If you would like to read the transcript that goes along with this episode, go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode20.    

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 teacher sat at her desk, she started to search through the dog-eared pages of her textbook. She was trying to come up with the activity for the next lesson, but she was having a hard time concentrating because the students were being loud. One of her students was screaming at the top of his lungs, while his friend was running around. Even though she had told the students not to monkey around, they still continued to play. It was total chaos.

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As the teacher sat at her desk, she started to search through the dog-eared pages of her textbook. She was trying to come up with the activity for the next lesson, but she was having a hard time concentrating because the students were being loud. One of her students was screaming at the top of his lungs, while his friend was running around. Even though she had told the students not to monkey around, they still continued to play. It was total chaos.

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

FIRST IDIOM

The first English Idiom was…

“Dog-eared…” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“Dog-eared…” (repeat twice)

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

This idiom means a folded down corner of a book page.


EXAMPLES

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

The first example is…

“He began to search through the dog-eared pages.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“He began to search through the dog-eared pages.”

[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]
“He began to search through the dog-eared pages.”

The second example is…

“The book had many dog-eared pages.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“The book had many dog-eared pages.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“The book had many dog-eared pages.”

The third example is…

I turned the dog-eared pages of my old address book.

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
I turned the dog-eared pages of my old address book.

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
I turned the dog-eared pages of my old address book.

The fourth example is…

“Mary held the dog-eared Bible in one hand.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“Mary held the dog-eared Bible in one hand.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“Mary held the dog-eared Bible in one hand.”

The fifth example is…

“Matthew dog-eared the page he was reading.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“Matthew dog-eared the page he was reading.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“Matthew dog-eared the page he was reading.”

 


SECOND IDIOM

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

The second English Idiom was…

“Don’t monkey around” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“Don’t monkey around” (repeat twice)

Ok, now let’s say it at a normal pace…
“Don’t monkey around” (repeat twice)

This idiom means to waste time or procrastinate by doing something unproductive or unhelpful; or to fool around or spend time idly.


EXAMPLES

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

The first example is…

“Would you stop monkeying around and give me a hand.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“Would you stop monkeying around and give me a hand.”

[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]
“Would you stop monkeying around and give me a hand.”

The second example is…

“My mom told me not to monkey around.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“My mom told me not to monkey around.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“My mom told me not to monkey around.”

The third example is…

“The kids monkeyed around all afternoon.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“The kids monkeyed around all afternoon.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“The kids monkeyed around all afternoon.”

The fourth example is…

“The scientist monkeyed around in the lab.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“The scientist monkeyed around in the lab.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“The scientist monkeyed around in the lab.”

The fifth example is…

“Stop monkeying around.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“Stop monkeying around.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“Stop monkeying around.”

 


DIALOGUE

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

As the teacher sat at her desk, she started to search through the dog-eared pages of her textbook. She was trying to come up with the activity for the next lesson, but she was having a hard time concentrating because the students were being loud. One of her students was screaming at the top of his lungs, while his friend was running around. Even though she had told the students not to monkey around, they still continued to play. It was total chaos.

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

  1. Dog-eared
  2. Don’t monkey around

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/episode20.

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

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