Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
The video I recommend today is a short film called (the) Wrong side of the bed.
I think the film is really well done. There are two men - well, it’s the same person, but it’s using a split screen - and they get up and go to work. But for one of them, things go well and for the other one, things don’t go so well – and then there’s a twist at the end.
Get up on the wrong side of the bed is an idiom which means to be in a bad mood for no particular reason.
This doesn’t have any dialogue, but I think it could be a good one for practicing retelling a story. You could write or tell someone what the guy who gets up on the wrong side of the bed does. For example: he gets up and when he’s putting his trousers on, he falls over, and then he opens the curtain and the curtain falls off, and then he burns the toast, and then …
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You can study English at Acadia University – which is why we went there, well, I didn’t go to study English obviously but we went to check our their English language studies department, which is actually called The Acadia Centre for International Languages – and you can find out more about that here.
We had a really good time there – and before we left we talked about continuing to do something with Acadia University … and it’s taken a while to sort out the details, but now we’re finally going to start. So, from next week, we’re going to have The Acadia Report every Thursday.
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How do you use that idiom?
How do you use that idiom?
Well, for example … if your partner was pretty grumpy, you could say: “Wow, it looks like someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!” Although it would probably put them in a worse mood, so maybe you shouldn’t say that.
例えばパートナーの機嫌が悪いとき“Wow, it looks like someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!”って使えるけど、もし本当に言ったら更に気まずい空気に包まれる可能性があるから言わない方が良いかも。
If they are angry about something can you say they “got up on the wrong side of the bed”.
相手が怒っているときに“got up on the wrong side of the bed”って使えるんだね。
Not really if they are angry about something specific, for a reason … it’s more about generally being in a bad mood for no reason.
Oh, OK, I think I know what you mean.
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