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Spoken English Course Day 16

Spoken English Course Day 16

Date: Mar 12 2011

Topic: Idioms and Slang

Author: andylu2


Hi guys,

Sorry for the late lesson.  I was at a really cool internet conference today and it took longer than I thought.  I met a lot of really interesting people though and got some great ideas for teaching.  Right now, I'm in the middle of watching an NBA basketball game.  It's half time so I thought it would be a good time to put up a lesson.  I hate commercials!

The phrase today is "get the monkey off your back

This phase is used when you are have had a lot of opportunities to do something but kept failing.  When you finally succeed at whatever you were failing at before, you "got the monkey off your back".

For example, in sports, some football player maybe didn't score a goal for 10 games.  The pressure was starting to get to him.  Finally, in the 11th game, he scored a goal and "got the monkey off his back".

In dating, if you kept asking girls for dates and they kept saying "no" but one day one girl agrees to go on a date with you, "you got the monkey off your back".  

It's a kind of way of saying "the pressure is off now because I proved to myself and others that I really am capable of this thing".

It's used quite a lot and is a useful phrase for your vocabulary.

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Thanks for all the "likes" and comments guys.  Really appreciated! Cool


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Hi Criz,

You have the right idea of the meaning for sure. 

I'll try to help with a more native type sentence.

"He finally passed his exam after failing a bunch of times.  He's so relieved now that the monkey is off his back."

09:57 AM Mar 14 2011 |


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Hey Andy,

Really cool phrase again! 

06:37 AM Mar 14 2011 |

eme soul

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United Arab Emirates

I like this idiom ,thank you brother

10:19 AM Mar 13 2011 |




got it, it means u tried for many times, though always failed, at last it really works.

 you got the monkey off ur work.


Thanks, andy! 

09:51 AM Mar 13 2011 |



mm.very helpfull.in azeri it has an equivalent and i wanted to find.now i learned.thaaank you again!

09:33 AM Mar 13 2011 |



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I know how relieved it is to get the monkey off your back. And I can always pull it off if I really go the distance in the things i wanna do.

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alpha girl

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Hey Andy,

When I want something I never give up if I fail,because I know after some trying I can get the monkey off my back:D

Is this sentence true?

Thanks againCool

02:59 AM Mar 13 2011 |

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