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in her bones

in her bones

Date: Feb 12 2004


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“She really is one of the few actresses that I know where she has such impeccable timing as a comedienne/actress. She really listens and she has timing in terms of knowing. It’s just in her bones. She knows when to say it and when to not say anything. She just takes things in and she listens in a way that’s very real too, I think. [She has] just incredible timing, which I think is a real gift.”
- Ben Stiller, actor, talking about Jennifer Aniston, his co-star in the new movie Along Came Polly.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

inherent, intrinsic; part of her basic nature, something she’s had since birth (rather than something she’s learned)

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

You can use “in her/his/your bones” to describe a skill that someone seems to have naturally. Rather than a learned skill, something that’s “in your bones” is something you’ve had since birth. It’s something you can do without trying extremely hard, because it just feels so normal and easy. For example, if you’re very good at a sport, but you don’t have to practice very hard to be good at it, then that sport is “in your bones.”


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

””Basketball may have been in Michael Jordan’s bones, but he still had to work very, very, very hard to become the best basketball player ever to play the game.”“

””Christina Aguilera is one of the most talented singers on the planet. Singing is in her bones. She’s just an amazing performer.”“

””I don’t think you can learn to be funny. It’s either in your bones or it’s not. There’s way to make yourself a funny person if you’re not.”“

””George is the best skiier I’ve ever seen. It’s like he was born on the snow. Skiing is just in his bones.”“


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

some talents reside within the person naturally, born to have the talents
by jenny (Penang, Malaysia)
in her bones’ means she has born with something special that is natural, innate or inherent.
by Asad (Karachi, Pakistan)
natural capacity, don’t need to be taught because the person has feeling to make the rigth thing
by Fabiana (São Paulo, Brazil)
sort of talent and gift from God
by Shuyu (Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.)
The expression that “something is in someone’s bones” means somethins is a second nature to someone. He/she is just a natural, a genius for that.
by Yi-ping (Yi-Lan, Taiwan)
means ability or something which is born with.
by tian (XangTan City, China)
I think he means Jennifer has this particular gift innate in her, in her veins as well as blood.
by emanuela (Castel di Lama, Italia)
In her bone = It’s her natural habit. She can easily do it.
by Suravadee (Nakhonratchasima, Thailand)
In her bones – like in her blood … she’s born with it!
by Anna (Vienna, Austria)
I think it means her talent comes from in side or she has talente.
by Geni (Bloomington, U.S.A)
its instinct
by siriporn (Bangkok, Thailand)
natural instinct
by Linda (Saitama, Japan)
gifted, potential ability
by Joey (Richmond, Canada)
In the bones, means like, ‘naturally’, ‘obviously talented’. That’s It.
by Alvaro (La Serena, Chile)
I think that is her character, that’s her nature. It’s unchangable.
by asya (Chambarak, Armenia)
i think it means that one brings the ability with himself during coming to the world
by esma (Konya, Turkey)
by sandy (Zhenjiang, China)
means intuition.
by Sherry (ShenZhen, China)
In nature
by raelee (Seoul, Korea)
know/understand sth exactly
by coral (Mudanjiang, China)
in her heart, in her opinion, decision
by xiang (Shanghai, China)
I think it’s means very good, very smart
by Lilian (Taipei, Taiwan)
it means she know the situation well and she speak when is needed and what is needed. for example if there is a situation that is better not to speak she understand it and doesnt speak.
by shima (Isfahan, Iran)
i think it kind of six sense or kind of she can feel it
by suttiluk (ca, ca)
“in one’s bones” should means one can control his activities and knows what should be done and what should not be done.
by Lan (Beijing, China)
Person diligent that study a lot.
by Edson (Mogi Guaçu, Brazil)
I think he means one of her treats, the way she behaves or deals with things.
by Maria (S J Campos, BRAZIL)
I think it means ” I knew about something”
by jay (watsonville, CA)
I think “in her bones” means feel something unknown.
by Enoch (Watsonville, CA)
it’s means she can guess the things well.
by yi-ting (Taipei, Taiwan)
I’m not sure, but probably I means suprising or not expecting.
by Momoko (Watsonville, U.S.)
in herself
by steven (Taipei, Taiwan)

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