Catch Word #106 –To get your feet wet

This episode is all about gaining experience. We look at three different kinds of expressions relating to everything from having no experience to mastering a new skill. As always, we give you lots of explanations and examples, and tell you about the possible origins of the phrases to help your remember the new expressions. Have you ever felt green? Or do you already have a lot of experience under your belt? Check out his episode to find out!


Expressions included in the learning materialswetfeet

  • To be green
  • First things first
  • To come about
  • Winter driving
  • Nerve wracking
  • To tease
  • She’ll laugh about it when she grows up
  • To get your feet wet
  • To get something under your belt
  • To master something

Sample transcript

Maura:   There are a few different ways that green can be used in a slang way. But today, we’re looking at calling someone green when they don’t have a lot of experience in a certain area.
Harp: Yes. So when they don’t have a lot of experience doing something, you can say that they’re green.
Maura: Yes. And this green person might also feel shy or nervous or be acting awkward because they’re inexperienced; they don’t know how to act.
Harp: Yeah. It’s usually when you’re younger and you’re awkward, and maybe you don’t know how to do something, so you feel green.
Maura: Yeah. You could be green in so many different things. You could be green in different activities, in sports. In this way that green is used for slang, it means that someone is new to an experience or a situation and they feel kind of awkward about it.

Podcast/ Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast