You can’t teach an old dog new tricks—Culips English Podcast

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Old dog culips english podcast In this episode, we look at expressions that tell us that people find it hard to change. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks and a leopard can’t change its spots are two proverbs that aren’t really talking about animals. Maura and Harp talk about the possible reasons that people don’t change easily, as in old habits die hard. Are all these expressions correct or do you think that people can change?

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Maura: Today we’re looking at expressions that have to do with how difficult it is for people to change.
Harp: Do you believe people can change?
Maura: I think that people can change if they really want to.
Harp: Yup.
Maura: But there are obviously a lot of expressions out there that tell us that people can’t change very easily.
Harp: Yeah. We have some expressions that we’re gonna introduce that are all related to how people can’t change.
Maura: Yup. Now the first one is the expression you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Expressions included from this episode in Learning Materials:

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks Doesn’t matter
Stepdad/stepfater Stir fry
To be stuck on GPS
A heck of a lot A leopard can’t change its spots
A dye job To learn something the hard way
Who knows? Old habits die hard
A shortcut

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: BobMacInnes

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