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  • Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak, I'm Feifei.

  • Neil: And I'm Neil! How are you today, Feifei?

  • Feifei: Yes, I'm well thanksis everything OK with you, Neil?

  • You seem very smug!

  • Neil: I'm doing great!

  • Oh, I've had a very busy, but very productive day.

  • My most recent video has reached 100,000 views, my new project has been commissioned by a top TV company, I've recorded and edited three videos, written two scripts and now I'm here in the studio recording with you.

  • Feifei: Wow! You are on fire today, Neil!

  • Neil: What? Fire! Where? Put it out!

  • Where's the extinguisher?

  • Evacuate the building!

  • Feifei: Woah! Just calm down there.

  • There isn't an actual fire.

  • It's just an expression!

  • Neil: Phew! Thank goodness!

  • I thought you were saying I was burning!

  • Feifei: Really, Neil!

  • Just take a breath and think before acting!

  • When someone has had a string of successes, we can say they are 'on fire.'

  • Neil: Ahhh, I get it. Shall we give some examples?

  • I can't believe my team have won ten games in a rowthey're on fire.

  • My friend is taking two extra classes and I thought she'd be exhausted by now but she's on fire! She's getting really good grades in every subject.

  • The actor was on fire in the early 2000s, but his recent performances haven't been to the same standard.

  • Feifei: This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we're talking about the phrase 'on fire'.

  • Though this can mean that something is burning, a more informal use is to say that someone is experiencing a series of successes, one after another.

  • Neil: That's right, Feifei, so for example, I've been on fire this month – I exceeded all my targets at work and earned a bonus for my success!

  • Feifei: That's great, Neilcongratulations!

  • Your work is on fire!

  • Neil: Hmmm, not quite, Feifei!

  • That would mean my scripts are burning!

  • You can only use this expression to describe the person or people who are experiencing success.

  • Feifei: Ah OKso we can say a footballer is on fire if he has scored lots of goals, but we can't say his football is on fire.

  • Neil: That's 100% right, Feifei! It seems we're both on fire today!

  • Feifei: I couldn't agree more, Neil!

  • Join us again for more The English We Speak. Bye!

  • Neil: Goodbye!

Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak, I'm Feifei.

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On fire: The English We Speak

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    Kwan Yee posted on 2019/05/27
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