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  • Hello everyone!

  • Welcome to Idiom 100, where we learn 100 commonly used idioms by native English speakers.

  • All of the explanations are in English, so it might be challenging for you,

  • but just try to imagine the meanings in your head and study hard and soon you'll be able to use these idioms in your conversations.

  • Is everyone ready? Let's begin.

  • Hello everyone!

  • Today's idiom is: in a nut-shell.

  • In a nut-shell.

  • Alright, so do you know a nut-shell?

  • It's the shell of the nut, maybe an almond or a peanut.

  • It's very small, a nut-shell, okay?

  • So, you can't put big things in a nut-shell, only small things.

  • And let's think of information.

  • You can't put a whole newspaper in a nut-shell, only a small amount of information, okay?

  • So, you have a nut-shell and putting a small thing in.

  • Okay, so let's think of this idiom as we listen to the examples.

  • How was your first day of class?

  • Well, so many things happened, but in a nut-shell, it was a pretty interesting day.

  • Alright, so he had many things to say about his first day of class, but in a nut-shell, it was an interesting day.

  • Yeah, if he can only say the most important thing, small thing, that's in a nut-shell.

  • Alright, so let's listen to the next example.

  • I don’t have much time to listen to all of your story, so can you give it to me in a nut-shell?

  • Sure, but youre going to be missing out on all the good information.

  • Alright, so he didn't have time, but he wanted to hear the most important thing, in a nut-shell.

  • Alright, so 'in a nut-shell' means to say things in a few words.

  • Maybe you have a long story, but you're going to make it very short and small and precise,

  • say exactly the most important thing and that's in a nut-shell.

  • So, you can ask someone, 'Please tell me your story in a nut-shell,'

  • or, 'Here is my story in a nut-shell,' and tell them the very short sentence or short phrase, okay?

  • So, let's try using this again soon and I'll see you next time.

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