English Express | Knowing and Not Knowing Expressions

Introduction

Learn expressions you can use to talk about knowing and not knowing things apart from simply saying, ‘I know,’ or ‘I don’t know’ in a new English Express episode from English Plus Podcast Network.


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You don’t have a lot of time, but you still want to learn and you wait to express yourself in English every day, I get it. And that’s why I created English Express. This is your host Danny and this is English Express everyday we’ll have a very short episode in which you will learn and you wait to express yourself in English never stop learning even if you don’t have a lot of time for it. Listen to English Express.

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Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about knowing and not knowing idioms and expressions, you can find a transcript on my website English plus podcast.com. And better yet, if you are a patron, you will get exclusive episode 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 knowing and not knowing expressions and idioms.

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So when someone tells you about something, you can tell them yes, I know about that. Or I don’t know about it. Well, that’s perfectly fine. Of course, you can say I know this. I don’t know that. But don’t you want to learn new ways you can talk about this and a variety of levels of knowing and not knowing. So then you need some expressions, some idioms, some common idioms people use everyday to talk about knowing and not knowing things. Let me start with knowing what about inside out. When you say someone knows something inside out, she knows the system inside out what does that mean? That means she knows every detail of it. So when you know something inside out, that means you know every detail of something that’s not only saying I know it, no, I know it inside out. So that is an extra level of meaning that you need if you want to talk more about knowing and not knowing. But now again, let’s focus on knowing what about know your stuff. When we say for example, when it comes to geography, he certainly knows his stuff. What does that mean? When we say someone knows his or her stuff, that means he or she has a very good knowledge of it. So that is another expression to know your stuff. What about if we want to talk about something that sounds familiar, like you want to say? I think I’ve heard it before? You can say I know it, but you don’t exactly know it, do you? It sounds familiar? You think you’ve heard it before? What do you say? You can say this thing has a familiar ring to it. For example, that book title has a familiar ring to it. I think I read it a long time ago. So something has a familiar ring to it. That means it sounds familiar. You think you’ve heard it before? And what about ringing a bell? I’ll give you an example. I’m not sure if I know her. But the name rings a bell? Well, we use this expression very commonly with names. And that is to say I have a vague memory of someone with that name, but can’t remember exactly. So you know that you have heard this name before you know this person. You’ve heard of this person, you have this vague memory. But you can’t remember exactly here, you can use the expression, ring a bell, the name rings a bell? So these are expressions about the things you know, what about the things you don’t know? Well, of course, again, we can say I don’t know. But there are a lot of expressions you can use to even convey better meanings. Let me start with don’t have a clue. You can say I don’t know. But if you say I don’t have a clue how to get to her house, that means you don’t know at all. This is not just saying I don’t know. No, I don’t know. It’s okay. It’s fine. It’s correct, of course. But if you say I don’t have a clue, that means you don’t know at all. And for the same meaning. You can also say I don’t have the faintest idea where she lives or I don’t have the foggiest idea what the switch is for that means I really don’t know at all or I absolutely don’t know, at all. So here instead of just saying I don’t know, you can say I don’t have a clue or I don’t have the faintest idea or I don’t have the foggiest idea what the switches for where she lives or how to get to her house. These are three expressions to talk about things you don’t know at all. Now what about if you can’t remember at all you can say I can’t for the life of me remember her first name? When you say I can’t for the life of me remember her first name that means I can’t remember at all. So that is another expression. What about I’m a bit out of touch with computers these days. Does that mean you don’t know? Well, not exactly. That means you used to know about them, but don’t know the latest developments. So that is a very specific meaning of not knowing things. If you just say I don’t know that might not imply that you use to know, but you don’t know any more or you don’t know the latest developments in this area. So here the expression to us is I’m a bit out of touch or I’m out of touch. You don’t have to be a bit out of touch doesn’t matter, but I’m out of touch with computers these days. That means I used to know about them, but don’t know the latest developments. And what about ringing a bell which we use for names talk about things we have a vague memory of we can use it and negative we can say for example, I’m sorry, that name doesn’t ring any bells with me. So if you say that name doesn’t ring any bells with me, that means I don’t think I’ve ever heard it before. It is unfamiliar. So that was 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 the great learning opportunities you can find there there is the activity center with daily fun activities, quizzes and logic and math puzzles. And if you decide to become a patron on Patreon, there is a lot more available only to patrons like the daily audio courses and the exclusive audio series among many other benefits you get when you become a patron. 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 this episode. This is your host Danny. I will see you next time.


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