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Bad hair day

Episode 220425 / 25 Apr 2022

Summary

Sometimes we get out of bed in a rush and we don’t look or feel great. Discover a phrase that describes this kind of day, and then get a brush and do something about your hair!

Transcript

Jiaying
Welcome to The English We Speak with me, Jiaying…

Neil
{GRUMPY} And me, Neil.

Jiaying
What’s wrong, Neil – you don’t sound that happy?

Neil
I’m not. I went to bed late and this morning, I overslept. It’s all been a bit of a rush and I haven’t even had time for my morning coffee.

Jiaying
Oh dear, Neil. I guess that explains it.

Neil
Explains what?

Jiaying
Why you are a mess – your clothes are scruffy, you’ve got food stuck to your beard and your hair!

Neil
What about my hair?

Jiaying
It’s not very…. tidy.

Neil
Am I having a bad hair day?

Jiaying
I think you are! A bad hair day describes a day when everything goes wrong, just like there are days when your hair is a mess. Don’t worry Neil – you’re not alone – listen to these people….

Examples
Today’s a bad hair day for me – I feel a complete mess.

Oh no! I’ve got an interview today, and it’s a bad hair day.

I’m having a bad hair day – I think I’ll go back to bed!

Jiaying
This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we’re talking about a bad hair day – a phrase that describes a day when you feel and look messy, especially because of your hair. It can also be used to describe a day that doesn’t go well. Oh, Neil, I think you better go and tidy yourself up.

Neil
Really? But I’ll need your help.

Jiaying
Do you need a brush?

Neil
No, I need a cup of coffee.

Jiaying
OK. If that will help to make your bad hair day become a good hair day.

Neil
It will. Thanks.

Jiaying
Bye.

Neil
Bye.

 

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