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  • Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English

  • We Speak.

  • I'm Feifei

  • Neil: … and I'm Neil. Hey Feifei, it sounds

  • like you might have a cold?

  • Feifei: I think I havesore throat, blocked

  • nose. I feel terrible. That's why I'm taking

  • this medicine.

  • Neil: That's probably a good idea.

  • Medicine is usually

  • good for making you feel better but how

  • does it taste?

  • Feifei: Well, it's supposed to taste of

  • strawberries

  • but to be honest it's just horrible!

  • Neil: That's why I never take the stuffit's

  • disgusting. Have you heard the phrase 'a

  • taste of your own medicine'?

  • Feifei: No. Does it mean doing something

  • horrible or unpleasant?

  • Neil: Sort of. It describes someone

  • receiving the

  • same, treatment or unpleasant

  • experience that

  • they have given to somebody else. You

  • know, like you're always bossing people

  • around and

  • then someone starts to boss you around?

  • Feifei: I don't know what you mean Neil!

  • Anyway, it's

  • quite a negative phrase.

  • Neil: It is. Let's hear some examples

  • Our boss is so rude to us but finally

  • somebody has answered back and now

  • he's got a taste

  • of his own medicine.

  • When I meet up with my boyfriend, he's

  • always late so this time I'm going to give

  • him a taste of his own medicine and turn

  • up late as well.

  • Deepak is always rude to the teacher but

  • he was really offended when she gave

  • him a taste of his own medicine and was

  • rude back to him!

  • Feifei: So that's 'a taste of your own medicine' which

  • describes someone receiving the same

  • treatment that they have given to

  • somebody else.

  • Excuse me!

  • Neil: Oh dear. It sounds like you need to

  • take some more medicine.

  • Feifei: If you mean literally taking the

  • medicine, then

  • yes. But if you

  • mean receiving the same treatment I've

  • given to someone else, then no. I can't

  • believe you think I am always bossing

  • people around.

  • Neil: I was just giving an example of the

  • phrase. I would never say you were bossy.

  • Feifei: Good. Now why don't you go and

  • make me a nice

  • cup up of tea?

  • Neil: Oh, OK, sure. See you.

  • Feifei: And don't forget to close the door!

  • Neil: Yes. Sorry. I'll do that right now.

  • OK. See you later.

  • Feifei: Ah, I feel better already. Bye.

Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English

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A taste of your own medicine: The English We Speak

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