Episode 005 : English Idioms (Can’t believe my eyes // By the skin of your teeth)

INTRODUCTION

This is the SpeakEnglishWithTiffani podcast with Teacher Tiffani session #5. If you would like to read the transcript that goes along with this episode, go to speakenglishwithtiffani.com/episode5.

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 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:

It was almost time for the plane to take off and she thought he was never going to make it. So, she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw her husband running down the hallway towards the gate. He made it by the skin of his teeth. She was so happy to see him.

Again

It was almost time for the plane to take off and she thought he was never going to make it. So, she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw her husband running down the hallway towards the gate. He made it by the skin of his teeth. She was so happy to see him.

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

FIRST IDIOM

The first English Idiom was…
“Can’t believe my eyes…” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“Can’t believe my eyes…” (repeat twice)

Ok, now let’s say it at a normal pace…
“Can’t believe my eyes…” (repeat twice)

This idiom means to be amazed, or shocked, by what you see.


EXAMPLES

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

The first example is…

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the size of the ice cream cone.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the size of the ice cream cone.”
[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the size of the ice cream cone.”

The second example is…

“He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw his wife on their wedding day. She was so beautiful.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw his wife on their wedding day. She was so beautiful.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw his wife on their wedding day. She was so beautiful.”

The third example is…

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the lion run past our jeep.
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the lion run past our jeep.
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the lion run past our jeep.

The fourth example is…

“We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the man drive past us.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the man drive past us.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the man drive past us.”

The fifth example is…

“Her father couldn’t believe his eyes when he met her boyfriend.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“Her father couldn’t believe his eyes when he met her boyfriend.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“Her father couldn’t believe his eyes when he met her boyfriend.”


SECOND IDIOM

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

The second English Idiom was…
“By the skin of your teeth” (repeat)

Now, repeat after me…
“By the skin of your teeth” (repeat twice)

Ok, now let’s say it at a normal pace…
“By the skin of your teeth” (repeat twice)

This idiom means narrowly or barely, and usually refers to a narrow escape from a disaster.


EXAMPLES

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

The first example is…

“I made it to class by the skin of my teeth.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“I made it to class by the skin of my teeth.”
[Now, this time we will go at a more natural pace and I want you to try to follow me]

“I made it to class by the skin of my teeth.”

The second example is…

“They escaped by the skin of their teeth.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“They escaped by the skin of their teeth.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“They escaped by the skin of their teeth.”

The third example is…

“They escaped the storm by the skin of their teeth.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“They escaped the storm by the skin of their teeth.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“They escaped the storm by the skin of their teeth.”

The fourth example is…

“I passed the test by the skin of my teeth.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“I passed the test by the skin of my teeth.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“I passed the test by the skin of my teeth.”

The fifth example is…

“The team held on by the skin of their teeth to win the game by one point.”
[Once again, this time repeat after me]

“The team held on by the skin of their teeth to win the game by one point.”
[Now, the last time at a regular pace]

“The team held on by the skin of their teeth to win the game by one point.”


DIALOGUE

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

It was almost time for the plane to take off and she thought he was never going to make it. So, she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw her husband running down the hallway towards the gate. He made it by the skin of his teeth. She was so happy to see him.

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

  1. Can’t believe my eyes
  2. By the skin of your teeth

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/episode5.

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

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Elif
Elif
1 year ago

its me againn. I am heree. even if I have to it by the skin of my teeth I will do it

herpotter
herpotter
7 months ago

I can’t believe my eyes when I saw my crush.

When they went to a mountain they saw a bear running towards them so they run fast and hid in the bush so that the bear didn’t see them..they escape by the skin of their teeth .

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