English Express | Describe Having Problems

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English Express Podcast
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1

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16
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Episode Length

5 Minutes

Introduction

Learn how to describe having problems in this episode from English Express, a podcast from English Plus Podcast Network.


Audio Episode

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Transcript

00:05 Welcome to a new English Express episode and in this episode, we will talk about how we describe having problems, you can find the transcript on my website English plus podcast.com. And better yet, if you are a premium subscriber on Patreon, you will get exclusive Episodes Series and resources to take your English and learning to the next level. You can find the links in the description of the episode. And now without further ado, let’s talk about how we can describe having problems in English. So to start off, what if you want to say that something is blocking you from doing what you want to do? You can say of course, you can say that but you can use the expression I’ve come up against a brick wall. If you say I’ve come up against a brick wall that means something is blocking you from doing what you want. So that is one way what if you say something tactless and embarrassing? And that kind of thing embarrasses you? What do you say, of course, you can say this way, or you can say I put my foot in it. When you put your foot in it. That means you said something tactless? And embarrassing? What if you have yourself caused a problem that will be difficult to escape from, you can say, I’ve dug myself into a hole. If you say I’ve dug myself into a hole, that means you have yourself caused a problem that will be difficult to escape from? And what if you’re trying to do too many things at the same time with the result that you can’t give any of them the attention they need? What can you say about that that is a problem. Obviously, you can say I’ve spread myself too thin. If you say I’ve spread myself too thin, that means you are trying to do too many things at the same time with the result that you can’t give any of them the attention they need, or they deserve, obviously. But that’s not everything we talked about. I’ve come up against a brick wall, I put my foot in it. I’ve dug myself into a hole. I’ve spread myself too thin. But there’s more What if others have left you to deal with a problem alone, you can say I’ve been left holding the baby. If you have been left holding the baby, that means others have left you to deal with a problem alone. And again, if you want to talk about a problem that stops you from achieving something you can say I’ve come up against a stumbling block. That’s kind of similar to saying I’ve come up against a brick wall. But there’s more What if you are in such a difficult situation that you will try anything you can say I’m clutching at straws. Now I’m clutching at straws. Now that means I’m in such a difficult situation that I will try anything. And what if you are unable to find information or to achieve something you’d hoped for, you can say I’ve drawn a blank, I’ve drawn a blank that means I’m unable to find information or to achieve something I’d hoped for. And finally, there’s the expression face the music when we do something wrong. And there’s a problem obviously, and now we are all going to have to face the music. What does that mean? That means to accept criticism or punishment for what you have done or for what we have done. If we’re talking about having to face the music all of us we have to face the music. Alright, these were the expressions I wanted to share with you. I’ve come up against a brick wall, I put my foot in it. I’ve dug myself into a hole I’ve spread myself too thin. I’ve been left holding the baby I’ve come up against a stumbling block. I’m clutching at straws. Now I’ve drawn a blank. And finally we are all going to have to face the music. All of these expressions are used to describe problems we have. So I hope you learned something useful today. And that’s everything I wanted to share with you in this English Express episode. Don’t forget to visit my website English plus podcast.com and check on the great learning opportunities you can find there there is the activity center with daily fun activities, quizzes and logic and math puzzles, and there’s a lot more available only to Premium subscribers. All the links you need are in the description of the episode. What are you waiting for? Take your English and learning to the next level and never stop learning with English plus podcast.com. Thank you very much for listening to another episode from English Express. This is your host Danny I will see you next time.


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