Heads up!—Culips English Podcast

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This week we’re looking at expressions used for sharing information with people when you are trying to help them out. We talk about which expressions are casual, which are formal, and which can be used in different situations. All of the expressions are used often, so listen here and learn how to use them correctly.

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Maura: So if we say that I gave my friend a heads up about the test, it means that I told her about the test, or I warned her about the test, before it happened so that she could prepare and be ready for the test.
Harp: Exactly. And the possible origin for this expression comes from baseball.
Maura: Like so many American expressions.
Harp: Exactly. So at a baseball game, when someone yells heads up, it’s because a ball is coming towards you. So you put your head up to see the ball so you can move out of the way and so it doesn’t hit you.
Maura: Right. So if you think about it, when that person yells, heads up they’re giving you a warning that the ball is coming.
Harp: Exactly.

Expressions included from this episode in Lipservice:

To give someone a heads up or to get a heads up Heads up!
Baseball expressions Class
To give someone notice To take a day off
To give someone notice To cancel the hotel
To let someone know To stay put

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: terren in Virginia

Posted in Catch Word


  1. matthias@schnaack.de' Matt says:

    Thanks for the explanation. I was always wondering where the “heads up” expression originates from…
    I also wanted to let you know that the expression “To give someone notice” is listed twice on the re-cap section. I guess the second one was supposed to be “To give someone advance notice” as mentioned in this episode. :)

    Keep up the great work! m@

  2. Maura says:

    Thanks to your good ear! It’s funny that not one of us noticed the repeat because we all review the episodes again after we’ve recorded.

    Thanks for listening,

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