It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack!

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A Needle in a haystack
At some time in our lives we all lose something! Hopefully you can easily find it again. Other times it is very difficult to find what you have lost. This episode is about expressions that we can use when we have to look for our lost item that is difficult to find. We might say that it is like looking for a needle in a haystack, or that we have to go on a treasure hunt, or that we searched inside out for it!

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Harp: Our first expression is a needle in a haystack.
Maura: Right, so when you’re looking for something that’s difficult to find, you can say that it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack
Harp: Yes, a needle in a haystack.
Maura: Now it’s very important to understand a needle in a haystack. A needle is a very, very small tool that’s used for sewing.
Harp: Yes, and a haystack is large and is full of straw, and you’d find it on a farm.
Maura: Right. Sometimes if you’re driving along a road, you might see a field with lots of different haystacks around the field.
Harp: Yeah. So to find a needle in a haystack is very difficult.

Expressions included from this episode in Lipservice:

To be cluttered A needle in a haystack
Do you have a minute? Basement
It means so much to me To go on a treasure hunt
Tickle Me Elmo I do remember that
To search inside out

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Amy Veeninga

Posted in Catch Word


  1.' Mike says:

    I do it all the time, I have to go on a treasure hunt to find my keys, my cell phone and my socks.

    Hopefully I find them after careful searching inside out my cluttered room. And when it comes to my favorite ESL podcast, Culips is out there and finding it is never hard as finding a needle in a haystack.

    Harp, Maura you rock!

  2. Maura says:

    Hi Mike!

    Thanks for you kind words, and thanks for listening. I’m happy to hear that even though you have to go on a treasure hunt for your things you can still eventually find them.


    Culips Free ESL Podcast

  3.' Mark, Russia says:

    In Russian we have pretty much the same expression “try to find a needle in a haystack” – yup – it’s absolutly the same here.


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