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Speak English Right - 4/14/17

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Another common idiom allows you to express a since of surprise or disbelief. You hear something that is quite surprising and you want to give an emotional expression about it. Using ‘emotional speech’ really makes a non-native English speaker sound more fluent and natural.


‘you've got to be kidding’

‘you must be kidding’

Explanation: "Kidding" is the same as joking. It makes you think of a ‘kid’, a child. A child can believe many things because they have a great imagination. You can relate that to this idiom quite easily. When a person hears something that is true, but it is not expected, the person will use this idiom to express that the statement is ridiculous.


Mom: Son, you need to be home by 8:00 p.m.

Son: Mom, you’ve got to be kidding. I’m 18 years old now.

Co-worker 1: You know I heard that we aren’t going to get paid on time.

Co-worker 2: You must be kidding because, today is April Fool’s Day.

Teacher: Tonight, I’m going to give you 2 hours of homework.

Student: You’ve got to be kidding, teacher. I need to sleep.

Learn this very common idiom and use it. You’ll sound much more like a native English speaker. 

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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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