Starting from scratch – Culips English Podcast

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scratchHere’s another Catch Word episode! This one focuses on expressions with the word scratch. We look at to start from scratch, to scratch the surface, and to make something from scratch. Scratch in these expressions talks about starting at the beginning, often when you don’t have much knowledge or many skills. This episode does more than just scratch the surface, so listen and learn!

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Harp: When I think of making something from scratch, I’m thinking of a nice soup or something good that’s homemade.
Maura: Yeah, something delicious.
Harp: Mmhmm.
Maura: Food made from scratch is just so much better than pre-made stuff that you can buy in stores.
Harp: I know. Stuff you buy in stores that’s already made before, it’s faster, but food definitely tastes better when it’s homemade, when it’s made from scratch.
Maura: Oh, yeah. What’s the last thing that you made from scratch, Harp?
Harp: You know, I actually made chicken stock this weekend from scratch.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To start from scratch To crash (a computer)
To take up something To scratch the surface
To make something from scratch To hold on
Stomach grumbling To flip a house
Man as slang To be hardcore
A potluck

Podcast/ Learning Materials: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Jake and Lindsay Sherbert

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