Catch Word#91 – Other languages in English

In this episode, we’re doing something a bit different: We’re looking at expressions we use in English that aren’t actually English! English speakers often use certain words from other languages as if they were English. Here, we choose just four, from German, Spanish, French, and Japanese. If you speak any of those languages, please don’t be offended by our pronunciations!

Expressions included in the learning materialsforeignlanguages

  • Achoo
  • Gesundheit
  • (God) bless you
  • Mi casa es su casa
  • Make yourself at home
  • Cupboards
  • Barbecue
  • Déjà vu
  • Sayonara

Sample transcript

Maura:  OK, let’s move on to our next expression. The next expression is from the Spanish language and, again, our pronunciation’s not gonna sound very good to anyone who speaks Spanish, but the expression is mi casa es su casa.
Harp: Yeah. Mi casa es su casa.
Maura: Yup. And to be fair, I really didn’t try to speak it in a Spanish accent. I tried to show you how English speakers would say it.
Harp: Yup. I would not say it with any accent, I would say it exactly how I said it. Mi casa es su casa.
Maura: Yeah. And, this expression literally means my house is your house. And so the expression is used when you have a visitor. You might say this expression to mean feel comfortable, my house is your house, act as if my house was your house.

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