Like water off a duck’s back

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When someone says something negative or critical about you, sometimes it can bother or upset you. But it’s important not to take things like this too personally, just like this week’s expression: like water off a duck’s back. In this episode, we look at idioms that mean that you don’t let someone’s negative comments affect you. We think that’s good advice. Check out this episode to hear about brushing things off and constructive criticism.

Maura: In this example, someone was really upset about getting in trouble with her boss, about not meeting deadlines, and she talked about another colleague, Sheila, who didn’t get upset. Sheila treated the boss’s comments like water off a duck’s back. They didn’t bother her and she didn’t get upset.
Harp: Yeah. Sheila didn’t let the boss get to her. She didn’t let his negative comments and his yelling at her get her upset.
Maura: And that is important. Sometimes you should listen to criticism. This is actually called constructive criticism, when someone is just trying to give you advice so you can improve yourself and be better. That’s important, but it’s also important that if someone is saying something negative to you, you don’t take it too personally, either.
Harp: Yeah. It’s important to not be too sensitive when people are trying to give you constructive criticism, or even when they’re just criticizing. It’s important to just not let it affect you too much.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To get the hang of something To let something get to you
Like water off a duck’s back Constructive criticism
To nag To brush something off
Right off the bat To suck
To put your nose to the grindstone To laugh something off
To get under your skin Cool
Not to sweat something

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Photo Culips

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