Chatterbox #65 – Fears

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?


Expressions included in the learning materialsfear

  • 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

Sample transcript

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.


Podcast/ Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast