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  • David is such a goody two-shoes.

  • Hey!

  • Do you know this idiom?

  • If not, watch this video. We're going to go over idioms related to shoes.

  • What does goody-two-shoes mean?

  • It means somebody who, here's another phrase, sucks up to somebody.

  • Somebody who's always being extra good, above and beyond what's normal.

  • And usually, it's a negative phrase.

  • You think of someone being good is a good thing, but in certain contexts, they start to seem like not real,

  • and like they're just doing this to try to please somebody, or to get some sort of outcome,

  • then you might call that person a goody two-shoes.

  • You're not really a goody two-shoes.

  • No. I'm not.

  • Do you know anybody who's a goody two-shoes?

  • Uh, no. Well, the thing that popped into my mind was one of my roommates in college who was a pre-med major,

  • and that's obviously a really serious course of study, and so he did have to be diligent.

  • But sometimes it did seem like he was over studying,

  • so we would poke and prod and try to get him to come out and have fun with us.

  • We would sort of taunt him with: Oh, don't be a goody two-shoes! Come on, let's go have fun for a little while.

  • Do you mean you were literally poking and prodding this kid at his desk?

  • No. No. That may have happened too.

  • Okay, you were figuratively trying to get him out of this chair by saying

  • stop being a goody two-shoes, let's go get some beer.

  • Yeah. Exactly.

  • The phrase to put yourselfin another person's shoes’.

  • This means it has nothing to do with their Footwear. Do not go put on this person's shoes.

  • It has to do with trying to understand something from their perspective, seeing it from how they would see it.

  • Um, do you have an example of what this would be?

  • Yeah. So the thing that I thought of was that when I was working at a high school, at the beginning of the year,

  • one of the exercises that we would do together is

  • try to imagine what it would be like to be the students coming into school on the first day of school.

  • What would their mindset be like? What kinds of feelings would they be having?

  • And try to put ourselves in their shoes for a little bit to try to think about how would they want us to be as a staff.

  • So it basically, means to see a situation from someone else's perspective.

  • Exactly.

  • The phraseshaking in your boots

  • means to be really nervous about something, really intimidated by something.

  • Again, you don't have to be wearing boots. It has nothing to do with actual Footwear.

  • It's just an idiom.

  • Do you have an example of this?

  • Yeah. So couple years ago, I went in for a job interview and typically, when you go in for an interview,

  • you imagine being with one other person and answering some questions.

  • And I got there and I met one person, and it really quickly became clear that I was getting ready to go into

  • a roomful of most of the staff

  • and I was kind of shaking in my boots.

  • I couldn't believe that I was going to go do that.

  • You didn't feel prepared for that.

  • Yeah. I wasn't prepared and it just, it sort of was like I was instantly nervous in a way that I hadn't been.

  • Mm-hmm.

  • Waiting for the other shoe to drop.

  • This is when something is going well but you don't expect it to last.

  • You're sort of feeling like the other shoe is going to drop, things are going to change,

  • things are going to end up not going so well.

  • Do you have an example of this idiom?

  • Well, I'm chuckling because my example is being a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan.

  • It just seems like anytime something goes well, the other shoe is going to drop.

  • And so the current example is the 76ers, our basketball team,

  • they've been rebuilding and they've been really bad which means that they get a high draft pick every year.

  • And for three years in a row,

  • I think it was three years in a row, their draft pick got hurt before the season even started.

  • So every year, we would get excited because they got this a new great player,

  • but you're also sort of waiting for the other shoe to drop.

  • >> Especially if it happens three years in a row. >> It kept dropping.

  • Yeah.

  • The good news kept ending for the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • Exactly.

  • The idiom big shoes to fill.

  • This means that you are stepping into position or taking over something from someone who was really well-liked,

  • who did their job really well.

  • That's when you have big shoes to fill.

  • And actually in my academy every month, I do conversation exercises,

  • and I took an excerpt from a show where they use this idiom.

  • They were talking about a principal who'd been very loved by staff, by students, who was leaving,

  • and when he talked about hiring a new principal, the man in charge of that said

  • 'this person has big shoes to fill'.

  • The phraseon a shoestring budgetmeans to do something with very little money.

  • A shoestring is what you might lace your shoes up with, and it's very thin, it can break.

  • We actually really use shoelace more than shoestring Now, except for in this idiom,

  • we still have this idiomon a shoestring budget'.

  • So for example, when I started Rachel's English it was very much so on a shoestring budget.

  • I just used the camera on my computer, I bought a sheet to hang behind me for like ten dollars or something,

  • very much so a shoestring budget.

  • Another term that I could use for this is I 'bootstrapped' it.

  • I didn't rely on other people paying consultants, you know, getting a lighting designer or whatever.

  • I just did it all myself. I bootstrapped it.

  • And you could also use the phrase you may have heard this, to pull yourself up by your bootstraps.

  • That means to do something to make change, usually after something negative has happened, all on your own.

  • So for example, somebody gets fired from a job, maybe and they're pretty down about it, they're not feeling great,

  • but they pull themselves up by their bootstraps,

  • they get out there, they applied more jobs, and they find one that's even better.

  • Great phrase. If I were in your shoes.

  • This is when you give advice to somebody.

  • It's like sayingif I were you’, but it's becomeIf I were in your shoes, I would do this.’

  • So people come to Philadelphia and they come stay with us and they say: so where should I get a cheese steak?

  • >> And I always say… >> Wait, why do they say that?

  • Because Philadelphia is known for cheese steaks?

  • Right.

  • That's our famous sandwich.

  • >> Mm-hmm. >> Delicious.

  • And there are a couple of really famous spots around the city...

  • That everyone has heard of.

  • When they come, they say you should I go to Pat's or should I go to Gino's?

  • Exactly.

  • And that's when I cut in with my unsolicited, no it's solicited...

  • It's probably solicited.

  • >> Cut it with my advice. >> Your advice.

  • And say if I were in your shoes, I just go to Joe's.

  • And Joe's is a spot right here in our neighborhood that I think has the best cheese steak in the city.

  • And he's been to Gino's, you've been to Pat's, what's-- oh Jim's, you've been to Jim's.

  • These are the three most famous.

  • Yes.

  • And you're saying Joe's is better.

  • Better.

  • Got to go to Joe's.

  • There's another one that's not directly related to shoes but to feet.

  • And I wanted to include this because last week, when I was going over different shoes with my sister-in-law Lisa,

  • she said she had this one pair of

  • boots that she wore that she said she loves to wear these in the winter because she always has cold feet.

  • And I thought, okay.

  • So she literally, her feet are cold, but we use this idiom all the time and it means to be nervous about something.

  • And the... I think the most common use of this is with marriage.

  • Mm-hmm.

  • Would you say?

  • Yeah, I think that's right.

  • So you get engaged to somebody, leading up to the wedding, you might start to feel a little nervous

  • little anxious, like, oh my gosh, this is a big commitment.

  • Then people might use the phrase: Is he getting cold feet? Does she have cold feet?

  • Mm-hmm.

  • Cold feet.

  • The last one I want to go over is the phrase 'if the shoe fits, wear it'.

  • Which is often just shortened to 'if the shoe fits'.

  • Right.

  • And it's a way of acknowledging criticism on somebody.

  • So let's say, for example,

  • in high school, I'm learning how to write,

  • I'm not a very good writer, I come home and I say to my mom:

  • Man, my teacher just keeps telling me I'm not a strong writer.

  • Well, my mom knows this, because she's been helping me with my writing. She might say, if the shoe fits.

  • That's like saying 'I agree you're not a strong writer'.

  • So it's not as harsh as saying it's true, but it's the same meaning.

  • If someone gives you feedback: you complain a lot.

  • That's not something you want to hear. Maybe you go to a friend and say, Sam just said I complain a lot,

  • and if that friend agrees that friend might say, if the shoe fits.

  • I hope you're not having cold feet about watching another video.

  • I want to be sure that you see this shoe vocabulary video from last week if you haven't already.

  • If you have, then check out this playlist of other videos i've done with David where we go over idioms.

  • David, thanks for joining me here.

  • You got it.

  • That's it guys and thanks so much for using Rachel's English.

David is such a goody two-shoes.

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