023 : English Idioms (Don’t take it to heart // Drag your feet)


 

INTRODUCTION

This is the SpeakEnglishWithTiffani podcast with Teacher Tiffani session #23. If you would like to read the transcript that goes along with this episode, go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode23.    

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:

The teacher had always taught her students not to take things to heart when they were playing with each other. She explained to them that when their friends used words that were hurtful, they should try to talk to them about their feelings instead of responding in anger. But, one day when she saw her youngest student dragging his feet, she knew that another student had hurt his feelings again.

Again

The teacher had always taught her students not to take things to heart when they were playing with each other. She explained to them that when their friends used words that were hurtful, they should try to talk to them about their feelings instead of responding in anger. But, one day when she saw her youngest student dragging his feet, she knew that another student had hurt his feelings again.

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

FIRST IDIOM

The first English Idiom was…

“Don’t take it to heart…” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“Don’t take it to heart…” (repeat twice)

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

This idiom means to think about criticism or advice seriously, often because it upsets you.


EXAMPLES

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

The first example is…

“Don’t take it to heart. He was only joking about your hair.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“Don’t take it to heart. He was only joking about your hair.”

[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]
“Don’t take it to heart. He was only joking about your hair.”

The second example is…

“Don’t take his comments to heart.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“Don’t take his comments to heart.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“Don’t take his comments to heart.”

The third example is…

If you actually take her advice to heart, I think you’ll find it deeply comforting.

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
If you actually take her advice to heart, I think you’ll find it deeply comforting.

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
If you actually take her advice to heart, I think you’ll find it deeply comforting.

The fourth example is…

“Mary listened to Bob’s advice and took it all to heart.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“Mary listened to Bob’s advice and took it all to heart.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“Mary listened to Bob’s advice and took it all to heart.”

The fifth example is…

“All of the people took Sarah’s advice to heart.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“All of the people took Sarah’s advice to heart.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“All of the people took Sarah’s advice to heart.”

 


SECOND IDIOM

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

The second English Idiom was…

“Drag your feet” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“Drag your feet” (repeat twice)

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

This idiom means to walk slowly and wearily or with difficulty.


EXAMPLES

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

The first example is…

“Please stop dragging your feet.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“Please stop dragging your feet.”

[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]
“Please stop dragging your feet.”

The second example is…

“Stop dragging your feet and get in the car.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“Stop dragging your feet and get in the car.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“Stop dragging your feet and get in the car.”

The third example is…

“He knows he should see a doctor, but he’s dragging his feet.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“He knows he should see a doctor, but he’s dragging his feet.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“He knows he should see a doctor, but he’s dragging his feet.”

The fourth example is…

“I think they are dragging their feet on this issue.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“I think they are dragging their feet on this issue.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“I think they are dragging their feet on this issue.”

The fifth example is…

“The man was dragging his feet, because he didn’t want to give them the money.”

[Once again, this time repeat after me]
“The man was dragging his feet, because he didn’t want to give them the money.”

[Now, the last time at a regular pace]
“The man was dragging his feet, because he didn’t want to give them the money.”

 


DIALOGUE

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

The teacher had always taught her students not to take things to heart when they were playing with each other. She explained to them that when their friends used words that were hurtful, they should try to talk to them about their feelings instead of responding in anger. But, one day when she saw her youngest student dragging his feet, she knew that another student had hurt his feelings again.

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

  1. Don’t take it to heart
  2. Drag your feet

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/episode23.

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

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