Catch Word #89–To get something off your chest

Have you ever had something that bothered or worried you, that you couldn’t stop thinking about? Sometimes the best thing to do in that situation is to get it off your chest. In this episode, we’re talking about feelings. If you need to have an honest conversation with someone about how you feel, you could have a heart-to-heart. It’s always a good idea to open up!

Expressions included in the learning materialssentimental

  • You don’t know what you’re missing
  • Touchy-feely
  • To get something off your chest
  • To be on your mind
  • To weigh you down
  • Jerry Springer
  • Vase pronunciation
  • What’s done is done
  • What can you do?
  • To go for it
  • To have a heart to heart
  • To bring a tear to your eye
  • To open up (to someone)
  • Skeletons in the closet

Sample transcript

Maura: Today we’re looking at expressions that are about talking about your feelings or secrets or what’s really going on inside of you.

Harp: Yes. So, all of these expressions are gonna be talking about feelings.

Maura: So, it’s a touchy-feely episode. It’s a sensitive episode, where we’re looking at expressions that people use when they’re talking about sentimental, serious things.

Harp: Yes. So the first expression today is to get something off your chest.

Maura: Yes. To get something off your chest. And this expression means to talk about something that’s been bothering you or worrying you. So if you get something off your chest, it means that you talk about something that’s been on your mind a lot.

Harp: Yeah. To get something off your chest, you speak with another person, in order to feel better afterwards, because you’ve been worrying about something; something’s been bothering you.

Maura: Right. If you imagine that something is on your chest, and your chest is kind of right below your neck, and when you breathe, your chest goes in and out. So, if something is on your chest, it’s hard to breathe and it’s stressful and it’s not comfortable. So if you get something off your chest, then you feel more free, you feel better and in this case, to get something off your chest, you feel better because you talked about it, because it was a problem weighing you down.


english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips

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