Learn New English Expressions – That’s The Way The Cookie Crumbles
Learn 3 expressions that will help you express yourself when you are feeling disappointed with something/someone. To leave a bad taste in someone’s mouth, That’s the way the cookie crumbles and When life gives you lemons. Enjoy :)
Hey there, you are listening to the English Made Simple Show, this is episode number 131, number one hundred and thirty-one, numero ciento treinta y uno.
Welcome to the short and sweet episode of the English Made Simple show, my name is Milena from englishmadesimple.net.
How’s it going amigos y amigas?
As you know the Short and Sweet episodes are all about learning English expressions so let’s dive straight in.
Let’s rock n roll amigos!
Today guys, we are going to learn 3 expressions that you can use when you want to express that you are disappointed with something or someone or that you feel disheartened by something or someone.
To be disappointed – in Spanish this is estar decepcionado/decepcionda o decepcionarse
We say we feel disappointed when something has made you feel sad, unhappy or when your expectations have not been met. Then you feel disappointed.
The synonym for disappointed is disheartened.
Today’s episode is not going to be a sad one, I will not disappoint you I promise. The last expression you will learn today will inject a bit of optimism. It will give you a bit of hope.
Well I hope so.
So, let’s start.
The first expression for today is
1. To leave a sour taste in someone’s mouth or to leave a bad taste in someone’s mouth
What this expression means is something has made you feel disgusted, gave you an unpleasant memory. It could be related to a person, a person’s actions or an experience.
In Spanish this would be ‘un mal sabor de boca’ o ‘una mala impresión’
For example, let me give you an example, just a completely random example…. Ana’s last employer treated her unfairly, it really left a bad taste in her mouth. I don’t think she wants to work there ever again.
Ana is really disappointed that her employer didn’t promote her at work, but instead promoted someone who is less experienced and less skilled. My advice to Ana was, suck it up princess, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
And that’s your next expression for today, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
2. That’s the way the cookie crumbles
This expression can be summed up in the following sentence: there is nothing we can do about it, it’s just the way things are, so there is no reason to be upset about it. It’s beyond your control.
Well you can’t do much Ana, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.
That’s not the best advice in the world. It’s not a really friendly advice.
What I should’ve told her was…you know Ana, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!
That’s your last expression today amigos.
3. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade
According to Weon Inteligente or the Online Dictionary, and more specifically Wikipedia in this case, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. Lemons suggest sourness or difficulty in life, while lemonade is a sweet drink.
Right, that’s a long winded explanation right there!
I prefer the saying that goes something like this: when life gives you lemons, grab tequila and salt and make a margarita.
Cheers big ears! Awesome, I think this sounds better!
And this brings us to the end of today’s episode. To sum up, you have learnt 3 expressions: to leave a sour taste in someone’s mouth or to leave a bad taste in someone’s mouth, that’s the way the cookie crumbles, and when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
I recommend you practise these expressions.
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You’ve been jamming with Milenita,. It’s been a pleasure amigos y amigas, you’ve been awesome today, let’s do this again. Until next time, hasta la proxima!