Summary

When you haven't chosen a piece of authentic English to explain what do you do? Listen to this programme and see if there's a phrase about taking a chance and hoping things will turn out OK.

 

Transcript

Feifei

Hello and welcome to The English We Speak, I'm Feifei

 

Rob

and hello, I'm Rob. Now Feifei, I've got a confession to make

 

Feifei

OK, so what is this confession?

 

Rob

Well, I haven't chosen a piece of authentic real English to explain today.

 

Feifei

Oh. Do you have any choices?

 

Rob

Well here is the list of phrases have a look, what do you think?

 

Feifei

Hmmm, let me see. Shall we take 'pot luck'?

 

Rob

'Pot luck' So you mean one at random and see what happens?

 

Feifei

No, I mean let's pick 'pot luck' as a phrase look, it's there on your list.

 

Rob

Feifei you are a genius. You have just explained an authentic English phrase job done.

 

Feifei

Don't sound so surprised!

 

Rob

Well our phrase is pot luck which describes a situation in which one must take a chance that whatever is available will prove to be good or acceptable.

 

Feifei

Yes, pot luck describes a situation that isn't planned or prepared, you just take a chance and hope that the result will be good or acceptable. Let's take pot luck Rob and hope these examples will show this phrase in action

 

Examples

We didn't know which restaurant to eat at, so took pot luck and chose the one recommended in the guide book.

 

If you can't decide which book to pick, take pot luck, I'm sure they'll all be good to read.

 

I'm going to take pot luck, and I'm sure the course I choose will be the right one for me.

 

Feifei

So if you take pot luck at something, you take a chance that whatever is available will prove to be good or acceptable. It's a bit like presenting this programme with you Rob!

 

Rob

Not exactly Feifei I am the only presenter available so you don't get any choice about who you present with there is no luck involved.

 

Feifei

True that's not pot luck, that's bad luck is that on your list of phrases?

 

Rob

Let me have a look no, but next time let's choose our English phrase before we come to the studio so we won't be taking pot luck anymore.

 

Feifei

Yes let's. See ya.

 

Rob

Bye.



Speaking | Proof is in the pudding

Speaking | Frogmarch

Speaking | Food for thought

Speaking | Butter up

Speaking | Joe Bloggs

Speaking | Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater

Speaking | Out with the old, in with the new

Speaking | Take for a ride

Speaking | Like water off a duck's back

Speaking | Eat humble pie

Speaking | Take to the cleaners

Speaking | Phishing

Speaking | Give the cold shoulder

Speaking | Viral

Speaking | Internet speak

Speaking | Face the music

Speaking | Like turkeys voting for Christmas

Speaking | Killing time

Speaking | At the movies

Speaking | To downsize

Speaking | Stab in the back

Speaking | Full-on

Speaking | Wow factor

Speaking | Game changer

Speaking | Out for the count

Speaking | Mind-blowing

Speaking | To be on the ball

Speaking | To keep a lid on it

Speaking | To take a shot / stab in the dark

Speaking | A wild card

Speaking | Put a sock in it!

Speaking | Chill pill

Speaking | Done and dusted

Spearking | To go around the houses

Speaking | All over the place

Speaking | To sleep on it

Speaking | My mind's gone blank

Speaking | A close shave

Speaking | A sticky situation

Speaking | In black and white

Speaking | Take a back seat

Speaking | Cyberbullying

Speaking | Me time

Speaking | To drink someone under the table

Speaking | Words for underwear

Speaking | Red tape

Speaking | The penny dropped

Speaking | Out of juice

Speaking | Hot desk

Speaking | To keep the wolf from the door

Speaking | Give me credit

Speaking | A face for radio

Speaking | To know something like the back of your hand

Speaking | A barrel of laughs

Speaking | Don't give up the day job

Speaking | Social media words

Speaking | Bull and bear market

Speaking | It's a steal!

Speaking | People person

Speaking | Across the pond

Speaking | Thingy

Speaking | Eye candy

Speaking | Bumper-to-bumper

Speaking | Sweet tooth

Speaking | Part of the furniture

Speaking | Down the pan

Speaking | Fancy someone

Speaking | That'll put hairs on your chest!

Speaking | I'm game

Speaking | Potty

Speaking | A bitter pill to swallow

Speaking | Cheap and cheerful

Speaking | In good nick

Speaking | There's method to my madness

Speaking | Hot potato

Speaking | To make a monkey out of me

Speaking | To lie through your teeth

Speaking | Test the water

Speaking | Six of one, half a dozen of the other

Speaking | A leopard can't change its spots

Speaking | Full of the joys of spring

Speaking | You've sold it to me

Speaking | Crash course

Speaking | A recipe for disaster

Speaking | Going forward

Speaking | To turn something upside down

Speaking | Burn a hole in your pocket

Speaking | You're pulling my leg!

Speaking | Pain in the neck

Speaking | One good ;turn deserves another

Speaking | To fall at the first hurdle

Speaking | You're pulling my leg!

Speaking | Clean up your act

Speaking | Until you're blue in the face

Speaking | It's on the cards

Speaking | Drama queen

Speaking | White-collar worker / blue-collar worker

Speaking | The university of life

Speaking | The last/final straw

Speaking | To make a ;mountain out of a molehill

Speaking | Barefaced

Speaking | Off the hookSpeaking | In the blink of an eye

Speaking | In the blink of an eye

Speaking | To pull something out of the hat

Speaking | Hangry

Speaking | Shedloads

Speaking | Old-school

Speaking | Bust a gut

Speaking | Get somebody's goat

Speaking | Close, but no cigar

Speaking | To have an axe to grind

Speaking | Knee-jerk reaction

Speaking | It takes two to tango

Speaking | Cat got your tongue?

Speaking | To wash your dirty linen in public

Speaking | Cyberchondriac

Speaking | Rolling in it

Speaking | Air kiss

Speaking | Mash-up

Speaking | Clickbait

Speaking | A slap in the face

Speaking | Got your number

Speaking | Bottle

Speaking | Duck

Speaking | On the box

Speaking | To be fair

Speaking | Frenemy

Speaking | Reinvent the wheel

Speaking | Brass neck

Speaking | At the drop of a hat

Speaking | A different kettle of fish

Speaking | La-la land

Speaking | Shrinkflation

Speaking | To cut your teeth

Speaking | Suck it and see

Speaking | Pull a fast one

Speaking | The coast is clear

Speaking | Jack-of-all-trades

Speaking | It won't wash

Speaking | It comes with the territory

Speaking | All over the shop

Speaking | Not half

Speaking | Long

Speaking | No great shakes

Speaking | Fuddy-duddy

Speaking | A busman's holiday

Speaking | No picnic

Speaking | Wet weekend

Speaking | The heat is on

Speaking | Snowflake

Speaking | Echo chamber

Speaking | Donkey's years

Speaking | Give us a bell

Speaking | Donkey's years

Speaking | Left, right, and centre

Speaking | Jiggery-pokery

Speaking | It beats me






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Speaking | Pot luck



Summary

When you haven't chosen a piece of authentic English to explain what do you do? Listen to this programme and see if there's a phrase about taking a chance and hoping things will turn out OK.

 

Transcript

Feifei

Hello and welcome to The English We Speak, I'm Feifei

 

Rob

and hello, I'm Rob. Now Feifei, I've got a confession to make

 

Feifei

OK, so what is this confession?

 

Rob

Well, I haven't chosen a piece of authentic real English to explain today.

 

Feifei

Oh. Do you have any choices?

 

Rob

Well here is the list of phrases have a look, what do you think?

 

Feifei

Hmmm, let me see. Shall we take 'pot luck'?

 

Rob

'Pot luck' So you mean one at random and see what happens?

 

Feifei

No, I mean let's pick 'pot luck' as a phrase look, it's there on your list.

 

Rob

Feifei you are a genius. You have just explained an authentic English phrase job done.

 

Feifei

Don't sound so surprised!

 

Rob

Well our phrase is pot luck which describes a situation in which one must take a chance that whatever is available will prove to be good or acceptable.

 

Feifei

Yes, pot luck describes a situation that isn't planned or prepared, you just take a chance and hope that the result will be good or acceptable. Let's take pot luck Rob and hope these examples will show this phrase in action

 

Examples

We didn't know which restaurant to eat at, so took pot luck and chose the one recommended in the guide book.

 

If you can't decide which book to pick, take pot luck, I'm sure they'll all be good to read.

 

I'm going to take pot luck, and I'm sure the course I choose will be the right one for me.

 

Feifei

So if you take pot luck at something, you take a chance that whatever is available will prove to be good or acceptable. It's a bit like presenting this programme with you Rob!

 

Rob

Not exactly Feifei I am the only presenter available so you don't get any choice about who you present with there is no luck involved.

 

Feifei

True that's not pot luck, that's bad luck is that on your list of phrases?

 

Rob

Let me have a look no, but next time let's choose our English phrase before we come to the studio so we won't be taking pot luck anymore.

 

Feifei

Yes let's. See ya.

 

Rob

Bye.



Speaking | Proof is in the pudding

Speaking | Frogmarch

Speaking | Food for thought

Speaking | Butter up

Speaking | Joe Bloggs

Speaking | Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater

Speaking | Out with the old, in with the new

Speaking | Take for a ride

Speaking | Like water off a duck's back

Speaking | Eat humble pie

Speaking | Take to the cleaners

Speaking | Phishing

Speaking | Give the cold shoulder

Speaking | Viral

Speaking | Internet speak

Speaking | Face the music

Speaking | Like turkeys voting for Christmas

Speaking | Killing time

Speaking | At the movies

Speaking | To downsize

Speaking | Stab in the back

Speaking | Full-on

Speaking | Wow factor

Speaking | Game changer

Speaking | Out for the count

Speaking | Mind-blowing

Speaking | To be on the ball

Speaking | To keep a lid on it

Speaking | To take a shot / stab in the dark

Speaking | A wild card

Speaking | Put a sock in it!

Speaking | Chill pill

Speaking | Done and dusted

Spearking | To go around the houses

Speaking | All over the place

Speaking | To sleep on it

Speaking | My mind's gone blank

Speaking | A close shave

Speaking | A sticky situation

Speaking | In black and white

Speaking | Take a back seat

Speaking | Cyberbullying

Speaking | Me time

Speaking | To drink someone under the table

Speaking | Words for underwear

Speaking | Red tape

Speaking | The penny dropped

Speaking | Out of juice

Speaking | Hot desk

Speaking | To keep the wolf from the door

Speaking | Give me credit

Speaking | A face for radio

Speaking | To know something like the back of your hand

Speaking | A barrel of laughs

Speaking | Don't give up the day job

Speaking | Social media words

Speaking | Bull and bear market

Speaking | It's a steal!

Speaking | People person

Speaking | Across the pond

Speaking | Thingy

Speaking | Eye candy

Speaking | Bumper-to-bumper

Speaking | Sweet tooth

Speaking | Part of the furniture

Speaking | Down the pan

Speaking | Fancy someone

Speaking | That'll put hairs on your chest!

Speaking | I'm game

Speaking | Potty

Speaking | A bitter pill to swallow

Speaking | Cheap and cheerful

Speaking | In good nick

Speaking | There's method to my madness

Speaking | Hot potato

Speaking | To make a monkey out of me

Speaking | To lie through your teeth

Speaking | Test the water

Speaking | Six of one, half a dozen of the other

Speaking | A leopard can't change its spots

Speaking | Full of the joys of spring

Speaking | You've sold it to me

Speaking | Crash course

Speaking | A recipe for disaster

Speaking | Going forward

Speaking | To turn something upside down

Speaking | Burn a hole in your pocket

Speaking | You're pulling my leg!

Speaking | Pain in the neck

Speaking | One good ;turn deserves another

Speaking | To fall at the first hurdle

Speaking | You're pulling my leg!

Speaking | Clean up your act

Speaking | Until you're blue in the face

Speaking | It's on the cards

Speaking | Drama queen

Speaking | White-collar worker / blue-collar worker

Speaking | The university of life

Speaking | The last/final straw

Speaking | To make a ;mountain out of a molehill

Speaking | Barefaced

Speaking | Off the hookSpeaking | In the blink of an eye

Speaking | In the blink of an eye

Speaking | To pull something out of the hat

Speaking | Hangry

Speaking | Shedloads

Speaking | Old-school

Speaking | Bust a gut

Speaking | Get somebody's goat

Speaking | Close, but no cigar

Speaking | To have an axe to grind

Speaking | Knee-jerk reaction

Speaking | It takes two to tango

Speaking | Cat got your tongue?

Speaking | To wash your dirty linen in public

Speaking | Cyberchondriac

Speaking | Rolling in it

Speaking | Air kiss

Speaking | Mash-up

Speaking | Clickbait

Speaking | A slap in the face

Speaking | Got your number

Speaking | Bottle

Speaking | Duck

Speaking | On the box

Speaking | To be fair

Speaking | Frenemy

Speaking | Reinvent the wheel

Speaking | Brass neck

Speaking | At the drop of a hat

Speaking | A different kettle of fish

Speaking | La-la land

Speaking | Shrinkflation

Speaking | To cut your teeth

Speaking | Suck it and see

Speaking | Pull a fast one

Speaking | The coast is clear

Speaking | Jack-of-all-trades

Speaking | It won't wash

Speaking | It comes with the territory

Speaking | All over the shop

Speaking | Not half

Speaking | Long

Speaking | No great shakes

Speaking | Fuddy-duddy

Speaking | A busman's holiday

Speaking | No picnic

Speaking | Wet weekend

Speaking | The heat is on

Speaking | Snowflake

Speaking | Echo chamber

Speaking | Donkey's years

Speaking | Give us a bell

Speaking | Donkey's years

Speaking | Left, right, and centre

Speaking | Jiggery-pokery

Speaking | It beats me






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