Catch Word #237 – Left to your own devices

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In this Catch Word episode, Jeremy and I teach you two idiomatic English expressions about freedom and by learning them, you’ll be able to make your English sound more natural when speaking and also make English more understandable when listening to movies or TV or even having conversations with English speakers.

But before we get to that, I just wanted to thank you for pressing play on this episode. What you’re doing right now is what you need to keep doing to get awesome at English. By spending lots of time listening, reading, and watching content in English, you’ll get closer and closer to reaching your goals with the language. So, congrats for tuning in today and make sure to keep up the good work. I know it’s not always easy, but you’re doing a great job.

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If you don’t know what Catch Word is, well, let me explain. It is the series where we teach you awesome English vocabulary, like idioms, phrasal verbs, or expressions that will help improve your English listening and speaking. And today, I’m joined by my cohost, Jeremy.

OK, let’s get started with the episode now. Enjoy and happy English learning!

Fun facts

Every country has different traditions for the turning of the new year. In South Korea, many people hike a local mountain in the middle of the night just to have a beautiful and memorable view of the first sunrise of the year.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Left to your own devices
  • To fend for [oneself]
  • No holds barred
  • To get to the bottom of [something]
  • To not hold [one’s] breath
  • Shady

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Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar

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