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Podcast: Expressões Idiomáticas das Séries Posted by on Jul 28, 2010 in Intermediário

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Hey, everybody! How’s it going?

This is Professor Adir Ferreira and today our podcast is for intermediate students. You all know how much I enjoy watching series and I try to pick some cool words and expressions to share with you. So I picked out, I chose some expressions from the series Ugly Betty and True Blood.

Our first word is temp. A temp is a temporary worker, someone who is hired to work temporarily at a place because someone was either fired or quit all of a sudden.

We also have the verb to temp, which means to work temporarily somewhere. We can say that Pamela is temping at that law firm.

Our next expression is used when something is very important to us. We say that something means the world to us, it is very important to us. I can say that my family, my friends and my work mean the world to me, they’re extremely important to me. What about you? What means the world to you?

Now let’s talk about the expression to see something coming. If we see something coming, we know that something is going to happen, and it’s usually not a good thing. Let me give you an example: my friend, Bob, used to arrive late at work every single day. One day, his boss got sick and tired of this and fired him. Bob saw it coming, but he didn’t do anything to stop it.

Another example: I wasn’t surprised when they divorced. You could see it coming, they were sleeping in different bedrooms and barely talked to each other.

Now, our last expression is used when we’re angry at something and we need to vent, to express this anger and we end up abusing someone verbally. You treat someone badly because you’re angry or upset, even though they haven’t done anything wrong. I could say, “I know you’ve had a bad day and everything, but you don’t need to take it out on me”. I can also say that when my brother feels pressure at work, he takes it out on his wife, he treats her badly even though she hasn’t done anything wrong. The expression is to take it out on someone.

Well, folks, this is it for today. See you all next time!

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About the Author: Adir

English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.


  1. Igor:


    É a primeira vez que estou acessando o site de vocês e gostei bastante dos Podcasts.

    No entanto, eu não estou achando o link pra adicionar o podcast pra ser baixado automaticamente no meu media player.

    Vocês poderiam informar como eu posso assinar o podcast? Qual URL?

  2. magda:

    You are a wonderful teacher. Thanks for all.

  3. Tercio:

    All your text has been very, very important to me my friend Ferreira. I tired of reading and all i wanted I´ve just found, yes,yes, your inglish voice. Thank you so munch…..