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Youre Dreaming!

On this show we talk about the origins and meanings of common expressions in American English. Every week we dream up topics you might find interesting. Well, we also do research. But today we have dreamt up a show on dreams. Dreams are the visions we have when we are asleep. But the word dream fills the expressions we use when we are awake. The stuff dreams are made of is a romantic expression. It describes a really wonderful experience.

  


The Mystery of the Disappearing "That"

Today, we are going to explore a mysterious word in English that seems to appear and disappear at will! If you are wondering what we mean, consider these examples. One is from a classic American film Casablanca. The second is from the popular music group Plan B. "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" -- Casablanca "Now we don't talk and it's a shame, I guess I only have myself to blame, Cos girl you meant so much to me" -- Plan B Both of these clips have something in common: they leave out the word "that."

  


Put Your Best Foot Forward!

Today we talk about a part of our body that is usually very busy our feet! Feet help us walk, run, dance, and jump. The words feet and foot are also used in everyday speech. For example, the English language has feet idioms that describe different kinds of people. To be under someones feet means to be troublesome. In other words, you are standing too close to someone and are getting in their way. Some adults criticize children for being under foot.

  


Spring Is in the Air!

Today we talk about a time when half the world is waking from the dark, cold winter months. Spring! We often describe spring as a time of rebirth, renewal and awakening. Many trees are blossoming and early flowers are pushing through the earth. Things are coming to life! When the weather turns warm, many people suffer from spring fever. Common symptoms of spring fever include not being able to focus on school or work, taking long walks, or falling in love. So, are you actually sick when you have spring fever?

  


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