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  • Neil: Hello, and welcome to The English

  • We Speak with me, Neil and errr... where's

  • Feifei?

  • Feifei: ... sorry I'm late. Hello!

  • Neil: Goodness, it's not like you to be late.

  • You're always so punctual and... smartly

  • dressed. But today you look a mess - If

  • you don't mind me saying.

  • Feifei: I do mind you saying, Neil. It's been

  • a very stressful morning. I didn't have

  • time to shower, iron my clothes or even

  • have breakfast.

  • Neil: Hmm. Did you get up late by any

  • chance?

  • Feifei: Yes, you're right. I forgot to set my

  • alarm last night. So I overslept!

  • Neil: Has this got anything to do with you

  • going out last night? I suppose you're

  • going to tell me you had such a great

  • time, you stayed

  • out later than expected?

  • Feifei: Yes, how did you guess? I had one

  • of the best nights out for a long time -

  • but I'm regretting it now!

  • Neil: Ah well, that'll teach you for staying

  • out late - enjoying yourself!

  • Feifei: 'That'll teach me'? I'm not going to

  • school - nobody is going to 'teach me' not

  • to stay out late.

  • Neil: It's just a saying, Feifei. You might

  • say it to someone to suggest that they

  • should learn the bad effects of doing

  • something and not repeat it in the future.

  • In other words, your stress this morning is

  • a suitable punishment for staying out late

  • last night - you won't do it again.

  • Feifei: You sound like my parents!

  • Neil: These examples might explain the

  • phrase better...

  • You lent some money to Dan and he didn't

  • pay you back - that'll teach you!

  • My brother got a speeding ticket for

  • driving too fast down the High Street -

  • that'll teach him!

  • The footballer got a red card for his bad

  • tackle and now he'll miss playing in the

  • final - that'll teach him!

  • Feifei: This is The English We Speak from

  • BBC Learning English and we're hearing

  • about the phrase 'that'll teach you' which

  • is said to someone to mean they should

  • learn from the bad effects of what they've

  • done. I guess we could also say

  • 'it serves you right!'?

  • Neil: Yes, it's a very informal but blunt way

  • of saying 'your suffering is your own fault'.

  • And for you it's true.

  • Feifei: But do you know what, Neil -

  • despite my suffering,

  • I had a really good night out.

  • Neil: Oh did you? And who did you have

  • this 'great night out' with?

  • Feifei: Everyone from the office. We all

  • went to the pub and then onto a

  • nightclub. That'll teach you for leaving the

  • office early, Neil. You left too early

  • and you missed out!

  • Neil: Hmm. That's enough teaching for

  • one day. I'm off.

  • Feifei: Bye!

Neil: Hello, and welcome to The English

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That'll teach you! : The English We Speak

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    Samuel posted on 2018/05/06
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