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INTRODUCTION
Sydney: Common idioms to use when things aren't looking so great.
Sydney: Hi everyone, and welcome back to SwedishPod101.com. I'm Sydney.
Jesper: And I'm Jesper!
Sydney: This is Must-Know Swedish Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 15. In this lesson, you'll learn common idioms to use when things aren't looking so great.
Sydney: Let's check out some useful phrases for when you're having a rough time.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
Sydney: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Jesper: tappa hakan
Jesper: gå åt pipan
Jesper: ha skinn på näsan
Jesper: kasta in handduken
Sydney: Jesper, what's our first expression?
Jesper: tappa hakan
Sydney: literally meaning "to lose your chin." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "become very surprised and speechless."
Jesper: [SLOW] tappa hakan [NORMAL] tappa hakan
Sydney: Listeners, please repeat.
Jesper: tappa hakan
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: Use this slang expression when you or someone else becomes very surprised and their mouth opens and they don't know what to say.
Sydney: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jesper: [NORMAL] Jag tappade hakan helt när jag såg hur snygg han var! [SLOW] Jag tappade hakan helt när jag såg hur snygg han var!
Sydney: "I was completely speechless when I saw how gorgeous he was!"
Jesper: [NORMAL] Jag tappade hakan helt när jag såg hur snygg han var!
Sydney: Okay, what's the next expression?
Jesper: gå åt pipan
Sydney: literally meaning "walk towards the pipe." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "to go straight to hell."
Jesper: [SLOW] gå åt pipan [NORMAL] gå åt pipan
Sydney: Listeners, please repeat.
Jesper: gå åt pipan
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: Use this slang expression when everything is going very badly and nothing is working out. Now, let's hear an example sentence.
Jesper: [NORMAL] Det gick ju helt åt pipan att försöka cykla in till jobbet idag. [SLOW] Det gick ju helt åt pipan att försöka cykla in till jobbet idag.
Sydney: "Well, trying to cycle into work today went straight to hell."
Jesper: [NORMAL] Det gick ju helt åt pipan att försöka cykla in till jobbet idag.
Sydney: Okay, what's our next expression?
Jesper: ha skinn på näsan
Sydney: literally meaning "have skin on your nose." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "to be tough and not let what other people say get to you."
Jesper: [SLOW] ha skinn på näsan [NORMAL] ha skinn på näsan
Sydney: Listeners, please repeat.
Jesper: ha skinn på näsan
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: Use this slang expression when you need to be strong and not let other people bring you down.
Sydney: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jesper: [NORMAL] Man måste ha skinn på näsan för att klara av all kritik. [SLOW] Man måste ha skinn på näsan för att klara av all kritik.
Sydney: "You have to be tough to handle all the criticism."
Jesper: [NORMAL] Man måste ha skinn på näsan för att klara av all kritik.
Sydney: Okay, what's the last expression?
Jesper: kasta in handduken
Sydney: literally meaning "throw in the towel." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "to give up."
Jesper: [SLOW] kasta in handduken [NORMAL] kasta in handduken
Sydney: Listeners, please repeat.
Jesper: kasta in handduken
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: Use this slang expression when you want to give up on something.
Sydney: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jesper: [NORMAL] Jag kastar in handduken för idag, jag får fortsätta imorgon. [SLOW] Jag kastar in handduken för idag, jag får fortsätta imorgon.
Sydney: "I'm giving up for today, I'll have to continue tomorrow."
Jesper: [NORMAL] Jag kastar in handduken för idag, jag får fortsätta imorgon.
QUIZ
Sydney: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
Sydney: Well, that didn’t work out at all.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jesper: gå åt pipan
Sydney: "to go straight to hell"
Sydney: I don’t even know what to say to such an insult.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jesper: tappa hakan
Sydney: "become very surprised and speechless"
Sydney: I can’t finish it all, I give up!
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jesper: kasta in handduken
Sydney: "to give up"
Sydney: My parents taught me to be tough when the other kids teased me.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Jesper: ha skinn på näsan
Sydney: "to be tough and not let what other people say get to you"

Outro

Sydney: There you have it; you have mastered four Swedish Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at SwedishPod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Jesper: Det var allt för den här gången, vi ses snart igen!

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