Fears—Culips English Podcast

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fear As promised in our New Year’s episode, here is our episode about fears. No matter where we live or what language we speak, we’re all afraid of something! In this episode, Harp and Maura talk about a few expressions you might use when you feel scared. They also talk about how to get over your fears, and they share some of their own. What are you afraid of?

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Maura: We can say, when you feel afraid, that you have shivers down your spine.
Harp: Yes, shivers down your spine.
Maura: And a shiver is usually something that you feel from cold air and you kind of, you move around and it’s like a cold feeling that comes over you.

Harp: Yeah, it’s a little bit like you’re body’s shaking a little bit because of something surprising.
Maura: Yeah, and your spine is down your back, so you feel a cold breeze and you kind of get goose bumps all down your back.
Harp: Yeah. So shivers down your spine is the same idea as heebie-jeebies. It’s when you get this feeling that you’re scared or that you’re uncomfortable. It’s just not pleasant.
Maura: Yeah. I think the idea of having shivers down your spine comes from thinking that you’ve seen a ghost or had an experience like that because sometimes we associate, especially in the dark, a sudden cold breeze that comes from nowhere and passes by you is possibly a spirit in front of you, so then you get shivers down your spine.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

The heebie-jeebies To have shivers down your spine
Goose bumps To have the creeps/to give someone the creeps
Chicken To outgrow
To have a wild/overactive imagination A phobia
Arachnophobia and claustrophobia

Podcast/ Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Photo: Matthew J.

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