Catch Word #119 – We all have to settle down someday

Here’s an episode all about growing up. We all have to do it one day, don’t we? To settle down and to lay down some roots are expressions that we can use to talk about a time in a person’s life when they begin to do more adult things. There’s also often a time in a person’s life when they want to be little bit irresponsible and maybe do something a little bit crazy. We’ve got an expression for that too!

Expressions included in the learning materials

  • To take something on
  • To act your age
  • To settle down
  • Mommy and daddy
  • One day
  • To get hitched
  • To lay down some roots
  • To build a life
  • To sow your wild oats
  • Sow, so, and sew

Sample transcript:

Maura: So today we’re going to do a Catch Word episode, and that is where we look at different expressions or slang and we give you related expressions and examples of how to use them.

Harp: Let’s get started. So today we’re looking at expressions that are related to growing up.

Maura: Right. The first couple expressions we’re going to look at are related to growing up and becoming more responsible and taking on more responsibility.

Harp: And then we’re going to look at one expression about becoming a bit more irresponsible and maybe not acting your age.

Maura: Right. So, even though we know that part of growing up is becoming more responsible, the other part of growing up is also acting a little bit crazy and experimenting and exploring.

Harp: Definitely. So let’s get started.

Maura: Our first expression is to settle down.

Harp: To settle down.

Maura: Right. To settle down.

Harp: Yes. And so this expression, to settle down, means to grow up, to become responsible. It’s when you get a serious job or maybe when you buy a house. It’s when you become an adult and start acting like one.

Maura: Right. So, to settle down, really, could be talking about any of those things that people do when they becomes adults. Like you said, Harp, beginning your career or buying a house. To settle down could also mean that a person is getting married or having children. Any of those things that we’re supposed to do when we get older and move away from our mommies and daddies.

Harp: Exactly. It’s like when you were a kid and you remember thinking, “Oh, when I’m a grown-up, or when I’m this old, I’m going to do this and that.” That’s what happens when you settle down; you do all those things that you were thinking about. To get married or to maybe start a new fancy job.

Maura: Right. Some people, once they’ve grown up a little bit, they don’t start getting serious and doing all these things right away. Maybe they move around or travel to different places or they go to school. They’re not really living a stable life, so to settle down is when you stay in one place and you start to have a routine and live a more stable life.

Harp: You know, Maura, I feel like I’m starting to settle down.

Maura: I thought I’d never settle down.

Harp: I know. Me neither. But now I’m looking to buy a condo, I have a serious job. I feel like I’m starting to settle down.

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast