Back to the drawing board—Culips English Podcast

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Back to the drawing boardThis episode is about expressions used when starting something again. Sometimes when problems arise, we have to go back to the beginning to start again and do better. You might have to go back to the drawing board because a project had some mistakes. Or maybe you have to wipe the slate clean because you had an idea that didn’t work. Listen to this episode all about starting again. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes!

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Maura: Yes. The next expression, which also means that you have to start something again, is to go back to square one.
Harp: Yes, to go back to square one.
Maura: go back to square one means that you have to start something again, also usually because there were some problems or it wasn’t working out the first time, so for some reason you have to begin again.

Harp: Yeah. So to go back to square one . In this expression, square one means the beginning. So when you say to go go back to square one , it means to go back to the beginning.

Maura: Yeah, it makes sense because one is the first number, after all.

Harp: It’s true.

Maura: This actually has a really interesting origin.

Harp: What is it, Maura?

Maura: Well, to go go back to square one is likely from a game…

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To start fresh To go back to the drawing board
To double-check To regroup
To have a quick look To go back to square one
Snakes and ladders Hopsctoch
Whaddaya Pfft
To wipe the slate clean

Podcast/ Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Photo: stevendepolo

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