Breath idioms

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Welcome to another happy English podcast, coming to you from New-York city. And here’s your English teacher, Michael.

Hey, thank you. Johny.Thanks, everyone. This is having a contest episode 398. Five breath expressions. Now listen to the conversation.

First, you’ll hear the conversation at a slow pace, slower than usual English conversation.

At the end of this lesson, you’ll have the chance to hear the same conversation, but at a faster natural-sounding speed.

Jennie: hey, jack, how come you’re so out of breath

Jack: I need to catch my breath.  The elevator is broken. So I took the stairs. How was the meeting? Do you think the boss is going to give us a raise?

Jennie: Don’t hold your breath. He was not happy with the sales results last quarter.

Jack: Was he yelling?

Jennie: Kind of. And then in the same breath, he said that overall the company is doing well. I really want to talk to him about that.

Jack: Save your breath. He never changes his mind about things like this.

For today’s podcast English lesson, let’s have a look at five idioms and phrases that use the word breath.

First. Jennie noticed that jack was out of breath. When you are out of breath, you’re having a hard time breathing, because you just did some heavy exercise.

Their office is on the 10th floor. So maybe jack walked up the stairs and he was out of breath. Here are some other examples.

I was out of breath after chasing after my dog. I told him that if he exercised more, he wouldn’t be out of breath so often.

Then jack said that he needed to catch his breath. When you catch your breath, you rest for a little while after physical activity so that you can begin to breathe Normally again, for example, I just ran up the stairs.

I need to catch my breath, just relax and catch your breath. Then tell me what happened. When jack asked Jenny if the boss was going to give them a raise, she told him, don’t hold your breath.

A person can only hold their breath for a short amount of time. So we use the phrase, don’t hold your breath. When we think that something will take a very long time or that it is unrealistic to expect that the thing will happen at all.

Here are some examples. When my friend ed asked me if I was going to watch the football game with him, I told him, don’t hold your breath. I’m not a football fan at all. Do you think they’ll do a good job repairing the roads?

Don’t hold your breath. The city works very slowly when it comes to jobs like that. Then Jenny said that in the same breath, the boss said that overall the company is doing well in the same breath means at the same time, we usually use this idiom when someone says something that seems to contradict what they just said.

For example, she told me that she wanted to break up with me and then in the same breath, she said she loves me. Finally, when Jenny said that she wanted to talk to the boss about the raise, jack told her to save her breath.

When you don’t speak, you can save your breath. So we use the idiom save your breath to mean don’t waste your time talking. Because even if you say something, it’ll be futile. There would be no point for you to speak, so you should save your breath. Here are some examples.

The boss is not going to allow you to leave the office early on Friday, so just save your breath. Don’t try to ask Katie for a date.

Save your breath. She already has a boyfriend.

Now listen to the conversation again at a more natural speed.

Jennie: hey, jack, how come you’re so out of breath

Jack: I need to catch my breath.  The elevator is broken. So I took the stairs. How was the meeting? Do you think the boss is going to give us a raise?

Jennie: Don’t hold your breath. He was not happy with the sales results last quarter.

Jack: Was he yelling?

Jennie: Kind of. And then in the same breath, he said that overall the company is doing well. I really want to talk to him about that.

Jack: Save your breath. He never changes his mind about things like this.

Hey, thanks for studying and I’ll see you next time. And happy English! This podcast was brought to you by happy English! Get English Get happy, happy English.

 

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