English idioms: to toot your own horn, to pat yourself on the back, etc.


Tooth your own horn culips esl podcast

Have you done something extra special lately? In that case, you may want to toot your own horn! This episode is all about speaking well of yourself. It’s all about how to do it while staying humble. For example, we don’t want to want to toot our own horn, but we think our podcasts are pretty fun and informative!

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Maura: Right, and that means that you talk about that experience. So if you did really well on a project at work, you toot your own horn when you tell other people about what a great job you did. Or if you did really well on a test, you toot your own horn when you tell other people about how well you did.
Harp: Exactly. And if we think about this, to toot your own horn, if someone blows a horn, it’s a celebration. It makes a noise and it gets people’s attention. If you talk about your own accomplishments, you’re celebrating your own success.
Maura: Right. You’re drawing attention to yourself. And if you toot a horn, you definitely draw attention to yourself.
Harp: Definitely
Maura: Now, one possible origin for this expression is a connection to royalty.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To toot your own horn To draw attention to yourself
The job hunt Lemme
Report cards Who didn’t?
Straight A’s To rub it in someone’s face
To pat yourself on the back To pat someone on the back
On your own Parallel parking
Spelling bee

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

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