Talk Like a Native
Episode 11: (Cost) an arm and a leg
Kevin: What are you doing?
Christine: I’m debating whether I should buy tickets to the rock festival. I really want to see Weezer*.
Kevin: So, what’s stopping you?
Christine: The tickets cost an arm and a leg and I fear that I may be too old for rock festivals.
Kevin: What? An arm and a leg? Like literally?
Christine: No! Of course not! If we say something costs an arm and a leg, it just means that it is very expensive.
Kevin: Oh! So how much are the tickets?
Christine: Tickets are $180 per person.
Kevin: Ouch...that is pretty pricey.
Christine: Plus, it’s summertime and it’s hot. I fear that it might actually cost me an arm and a leg in the pit* with all of those youngins*.
Kevin: But maybe it’s worth it. I know how much you like Weezer.
Christine: Let me think about it while we give our listeners some examples.
Everything at the restaurant tastes amazing but it costs an arm and a leg
I really wanted to go to Europe but plane tickets cost an arm and a leg during peak season.
We love this place because everything is high quality and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg!
Christine: I wish they could have a concert just for me! That way I don’t have to deal with the sweltering summer heat.
Kevin: That would probably really cost you an arm and a leg.
Christine: I know...but one can always dream.
Kevin: So you’ve decided not to go then?
Christine: Yeah, I don’t think I can handle the heat and the crowd in the pit.
Kevin: Good choice. We can’t have you suffering from heat stroke. You still have to do more episodes with me!
Christine: For the greater good.
*Weezer: An American rock band
*Pit: Mosh Pit (Area at the front of a typical rock concert where attendants push and jump)
*Youngin: Slang / colloquial term for young person