Saffle Says --- Lessons for English Learners

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Let's Give Her a Hand!

I'm working on getting my new microphone up and running but it is proving to be more difficult that I would like. Until then I will use my old microphone and hope you can still hear me alright.

Today's lesson I talk about the idiom, "give someone a hand" which has two different meanings. One way to use the idiom is when asking or offering help. For example, "Could you give me a hand carrying this TV?" Or you could say, "Can I give you a hand carrying that TV?"
You can also use the idiom as a way to encourage applause. For example, a host of a television show might tell the audience, "Please put your hands together and give a big hand to tonight's performer."

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