Catch Word #42 – Handy

Are you handy? Yes, this little expression is connected to hands and your ability to use yours well. Handy can be used to talk about a person or thing, but it is used a little bit differently. It is very handy to know many English expressions, so listen to this episode to learn another one!


Expressions included in the learning materialshandyman

  • Handy
  • A runny nose/sneezing
  • To be good with your hands
  • Handyman
  • Little jobs / small jobs
  • Landlord
  • Doorbell
  • Literally
  • Give someone a hand
  • That about does it

Sample transcript

Robin: OK, so for example if someone can build a house or can fix things, repair things around the house they can be a very handy person?
Jessie: Exactly. For example, if someone knows how to fix a toilet if it stops working, you would say they are a very handy person.
Robin: OK, so they are handy because we need to use the toilet and if they can fix it so it’s working, they are handy.
Jessie: Right, so usually when we fix things around the house, little jobs that you are using your hands. So in my mind that makes sense why you are calling the person handy.
Robin: OK, so someone who is very good with their hands and very useful, we can actually call them a handyman.


english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips