Catch Word #46 – Down-to-earth

Are you a down-to-earth person or do you often have you head in the clouds? Are you realistic and sensible or are you a dreamer? In this episode we look at expressions used to describe people. Armando sent us a question about the expression down-to-earth and we decided to dedicate an episode to it and its synonyms, grounded and feet on the ground. Thanks Armando!

Expressions included in the learning materialsdown-to-earth

  • Down-to-earth
  • Depend on
  • For instance
  • Show off
  • On the other hand
  • Barely
  • Grounded
  • To have your feet planted solidly on the ground
  • Head in the clouds

Sample transcript

Harp: So Jessie what does down-to-earth mean?

Jessie: Well, down-to-earth is an adjective used to describe usually a person, who is very realistic, very sensible. They’re really sincere, natural … kind of a good solid person that you can really depend on.

Harp: Right, so someone who is down-to-earth has all of these qualities and you can find out the definitions of each of them on the Lipservice. Should we give some examples of how to use down-to-earth?

Jessie: Right, well, my friend Becky for instance, she’s really down-to-earth. She never shows off or acts like she’s better than people. She’s just honest and she always just acts genuine and real.

Harp: OK, that makes sense. She’s a down-to-earth person.

Jessie: Right, but then my cousin on the other hand … He tells everybody that he’s a down-to-earth guy but actually he spends all his time dreaming about being a movie star. He’s always dreaming about being something else.

Harp: So, he’s not down-to-earth at all.

Jessie: Not at all. Yeah, he’s always spending all his money on hair products and expensive clothes, but actually he can barely even pay his rent.

Harp: Oh no, that’s horrible.

Jessie: Yeah, he needs to be more down-to-earth.

Harp: He definitely does.

Jessie: So being down-to-earth is usually a good thing.

Harp: Exactly. Do you think you’re a down-to-earth person?

Jessie: I think I’m a pretty down-to-earth person.

Harp: Yeah me too. I think you are. Jessie, where do you think the term down-to-earth comes from?

Jessie: Well, in my mind I think about it like if you have both feet planted solidly on the ground, you’re very realistic, you’re very stable. Whereas if you’re not realistic you’re kind of floating around, you’re not grounded to anything.

Harp: OK. Grounded, that’s a good expression that you can use.

Jessie: Right, that’s actually a synonym for down-to-earth.

Harp: OK, so that’s our second expression today.

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