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To bite one's tongue


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English with Yoo! 는 일상생활에서 자주 쓰이는 다양한 표현들을 익히는 시간입니다. I’ll give you a daily introduction to some meaningful and useful everyday English words and phrases! So let’s get started today! I’m Jennifer Yoo and welcome to ENGLISH WITH YOO! 안녕하세요 ENGLISH WITH YOO! 의 Jennifer Yoo입니다.


We have some phrases that sound a little painful like this one: “but I just decided to sit through the meeting and bite my tongue.”

This does not sound good…like it might hurt. 오늘의 영어 표현은 to bite one’s tongue 입니다.

Let’s listen to it again. 그럼 본문을 한번 들어보시겠습니다.

To bite one’s tongue

Jen: What did you think about that meeting? Wasn’t it so long?
Mike: Yes it was long~! I was going to say something about that, but I just decided to sit through the meeting and bite my tongue.
Jen: Oh, you would, you would.

제가 마이크 (Mike) 에게 ‘What did you think about that meeting? Wasn’t it so long?’ ‘회의가 생각 보다 너무 길지 않았니?’ 라고 하니까 마이크는 ‘맞아! 너무 길었어.’ ‘Yes, it was long~!’ ‘회의 도중에 내가 한 마디 하고 싶었는데’, ‘I was going to say something about that’ ‘그냥 꾹 참았어’, ‘but I just decided to sit through the meeting and bite my tongue.’ 라고 하더라고요.


Now, let’s listen to a portion of today’s conversation.

To bite one’s tongue

Mike: … but I just decided to sit through the meeting and bite my tongue. (2x)

오늘의 영어 표현, ‘to bite one’s tongue’ 인데요, 말그대로 하면 혀를 깨물다는 말입니다. 실수로 혀를 깨물면 아프고 또 하고 싶은 말을 못하겠죠. 그래서 ‘to bite one’s tongue’은 ‘하고 싶은 말을 꾹 참다. 이를 악물고 참다’ 는 뜻이죠!

In American English, if I say that I’m going to bite my tongue, it means that I won’t talk about something and that you make a conscious effort not to react or to keep quiet about something that displeases you. “I’m going to bit my tongue”.

Well, here is another way to use this phrase.

She bit her lips to stop the rush of bitter words.
그녀는 심한 말이 튀어 나오는 걸 꾹 참았다.

To bite one’s tongue꼭 기억해두시고요, 그럼 여기서 오늘의 대화를 다시 한 번 들어보시겠습니다. Listen carefully.

To bite one’s tongue

Jen: What did you think about that meeting? Wasn’t it so long?
Mike: Yes it was long~! I was going to say something about that, but I just decided to sit through the meeting and bite my tongue.
Jen: Oh, you would, you would.

오늘의 영어표현 to bite one’s tongue 하고 싶은 말을 꾹 참다. 이를 악물고 참다’ to bite one’s tongue.

Keep on practicing and if you need help, let me know and say something. Don’t bite your tongue. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO!에Jennifer Yoo 였습니다.
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