Episode 19 - (to) Find your feet

September 27, 2016

Talk Like a Native

Episode 19 - (to) Find your Feet

Kevin: What are you thinking about?

Christine: Oh, I was thinking about when I first left for college. Everything happened so quickly, I don’t even know how I found my feet.

Kevin: How does that even work? Have you lost them before?

Christine: Haha, not literally. To find your feet means to adjust to your new environment or experience. The feet doesn’t refer to someone’s physical feet, but a foundation for them to stand on when you’re in an unfamiliar situation. You can also refer to it as “finding your footing”, too.

Kevin: Ah, I see. Kind of like the way we had to find our feet when we first came to Korea?

Christine: Exactly. We didn’t really know the language or have any friends but through time, we managed to find our feet.

Kevin: I really like this expression because you can really visualize it. When you first get to a new place, it’s really hard to know where you stand. Everything is new and it almost feels like you’ve literally misplaced your feet.

Christine: I completely understand what you mean. Every time I start a new job, I feel so lost and out of place.

Kevin: We should give our listeners some examples of this phrase so that they can understand how to use this awesome expression too.

  • She’s learned where the supermarket is but is still finding her feet with everything else. I guess it’ll take time for her to get used to it all.

  • Establishing your footing after you move to a new country is a long confusing process of trial and errors. Don’t worry, you’ll find your feet soon!

  • I was lonely when I first left home and finding my place in college was very hard, but I think I have my feet now. It takes some time to get used to it all but I’m settling in and have found my footing.


Kevin: So why were you thinking about college anyway?

Christine: This student of mine is going to college soon. She was so excited about finally moving out and living on her own. It made me think about how I felt when I first left for school.

Kevin: Do you even remember when that was?

Christine: Hey, I’m not THAT old ok?

Kevin: I’m just saying. It just seems like a long time ago.

Christine: We’re no longer on speaking terms.

Kevin: Hahaha (nervous laughter), I was just kidding! …

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