It’s written all over your face!—Culips ESL Podcast

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Wouldn’t everyone like to be able to know how other people feel without them telling you? Sometimes we can tell how someone is feeling and other times we can’t. The expressions in this episode are focused on knowing the feelings and emotions of other people. Harp and Maura also reveal that they’re the kind of people who wear their hearts on their sleeves.

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Harp: So the expression it’s written all over their face is used when you can guess what someone is feeling or what they’re thinking just based on their facial expression.
Maura: Right. So this person hasn’t told you how they’re feeling but because of the expression on their face you know if they’re happy or sad or if they’re having a bad day. You know something about what’s going on inside of them. And like we said, you could use this for a whole bunch of different emotions. It could be positive or negative.
Harp: Exactly. If someone’s happy, sad, angry, anything it could be used for.
Maura: Yeah. So let’s give a dialogue example.
Harp: Hi Sally. How are you?
Maura: I’m OK.
Harp: Are you sure you’re OK?
Maura: Yeah, yeah, I’m fine.
Harp: You seem really stressed out.
Maura: Well, yeah, I am a bit busy at work and at home. I’m a bit stressed. How did you know?
Harp: Well, it’s written all over your face.

Expressions included from this episode in Lipservice:

It’s written all over your face To wear your heart on your sleeve
Shakespeare At one point
Poker Face Lady Gaga
A hand of cards To tell (to know for certain)
To light up Point blank
To drive someone crazy

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Micah Taylor

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  1.' Erika says:

    First of all I gotta say that this episode as the other ones is great, I love the way you explain the idioms and also the dialogues are very helpful now that they put the idioms in context. I do not like Lady gaga, I think she is an awful “singer”, besides I do not understand any word of her songs but I have to check her song poker face to see if at least there is an interesting story or message . Finally , I think that a person who has a poker face is not necessarily unfriendly, maybe that person is just shy, I consider myself a friendly person but I have to confess that I have a poker face. It is because I do not like everybody knows about myself, it is better if just people close to you know how are you feeling or doing, people who really can feel sorry or happy about what is happening to you. Thanks for the podcast.

  2. Maura says:

    You’re right that people with poker faces might be shy or just more reserved. Whatever is going on inside of them, the rest of us don’t know. They can be mysterious. And it’s not just some people, because at some moments everyone has a poker face!

    Thanks for listening Erika,

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