Readers’ Blog

Speak English Right - 4/14/17

Viewed 893 times 2017-5-2 10:53 |System category:Life| expression, emotional, something, surprise, kidding

Add me on WeChat

WeChat ID - BigTEXZZ


4/14/17


Good morning


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.


Idiom


‘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.


Practice


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. 


That’s all for today.

Goodbye for now.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


Passing

Eggs

Flowers

Shake hands

Ray
Like 0 Share
8.03K

Report

Comment (0 comments)

facelist doodle Doodle board

You need to login to comment Login | register


MichaelM

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.

Album

Recent comments

  • Can Your Child Go To Harvard? Part 1 2017-7-10 10:46

    Wow, amazing !Have a dream, this story recalled  me  Martin Luther King's " I have a dream", anyone will persuit his or her with right track will get a goo d mark, I do believe, thanks for your help without any dicriimination... Friendship is without national borders, your story proved that.

  • Can Your Child Go To Harvard? Part 1 2017-6-28 00:21

    Amazing and inspiring.

Star blogger

Anming

4124

views

Maierwei

2603

views

财神

4580

views

Most commented

Essay: My Baby I

5

comments

dreams

2

comments

Your Turnpoint

0

comments

BACK TO THE TOP
Contact us:Tel: (86)010-84883548, Email: blog@chinadaily.com.cn
Blog announcement:| We reserve the right, and you authorize us, to use content, including words, photos and videos, which you provide to our blog
platform, for non-profit purposes on China Daily media, comprising newspaper, website, iPad and other social media accounts.