Talk Like a Native

Episode 9 - Tip of the Iceberg

July 3, 2016

Episode 9: “Tip of the iceberg”


Kevin: It looks everything is almost done. When will the website go up?

Christine: Well, we’ve only just registered the company. This is only the tip of the iceberg.

Kevin: Tip of the iceberg? Are you talking about global warming or something?

Christine: No, no. I’m saying that we’ve only just started it and there’s a lot more to do. Like if you see an iceberg from the surface, all you see is the tip. You can’t see how deep the rest of it is.

Kevin: Oh, you mean there’s a lot more work to do!

Christine: Yeah, we’re not going to be the next Facebook. People have a very romanticised view of start-ups. They think they’re going to be the next overnight sensation, like Uber or AirBnB.

Kevin: They only see the tip of the iceberg.


Christine: Exactly! They only see what the results are and not all of the work that has gone into it.

Kevin: Let’s hear some more examples of today’s phrase.

- The damage that you see is only the tip of the iceberg. They haven’t even finished counting the money that was stolen yet.

- This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much money to earn in this industry, you just have to learn how to play the game.

- Laying off workers is just the tip of the iceberg. I hear that they will file for bankruptcy soon.


Kevin: We are now 9 episodes into our podcast and working hard to get you even more content soon.

Christine: Yeah guys, this is just the tip of the iceberg. We hope that you will stick around* for even more fun and exciting expressions on Talk Like a Native.

*To stick around - To remain in or near a place.