Learn English – Guess the object, what is THIS for?

Don’t you find yourself sometimes wondering what something is for, how it is used?  I certainly do, especially when the item or object is not in my ‘field’.  But even in kitchen shops I can spot a tool that puzzles me and have to find a sales clerk to get an explanation.

So, asking ‘What is that for?’ is a helpful phrase for all language learners.


54 – Guess the tool! What’s this for?

Have you ever wondered what an object was for, what its purpose was? Well, in today’s episode I have four objects, four tools to show you and I want you to guess what each is used for. So, sit back, relax, listen, and just try to understand as much as you can.

(Intro: English without Fear, where you can learn to speak English naturally, through listening to stories.)

The first item I want you to look at is this thing. What is this for? Is it for hitting someone over the head? Is it for choking somebody with a small neck? Is it for cracking open nuts, like walnuts?

Nope. This object, this tool is for opening up a jar. Yes, it’s for opening up a jar that has a really tight lid. It’s called a jar wrench. And my jar wrench is really old. It was my grandmother’s and I grew up with it in the kitchen. My mother used it and now it’s mine. It is really useful. 

I use it, not every day, but when I have a jar, a jar of pickles or something like that, I get out my jar wrench.

Well, here’s my next item. What is this and what is it used for? Is it for men to brush their mustaches or for women to brush their eyebrows? No. Is it for cleaning out the ear? No, that would be dangerous. 

This is a straw brush. It’s for pushing through a rubber straw that you keep, not the kind of straw you throw away, like a plastic straw, but a rubber straw. This cleans the straw. It’s pretty clever. I like it and I use it occasionally. 

What about number three? What is this? Is this a lollipop for licking? No. No, it’s nothing to eat. Is this for ironing a small napkin or handkerchief? No. Is this for smoothing eyebrows? Nope. It’s not for that either. 

This is for removing cat hair and lint from clothes. Yes. We have two cats and they like to rub up against Mike’s pants and when they do that, they leave cat hair on his pants. Or if I’m wearing black pants, a black skirt and Jason or Gizmo jump in my lap, their hair gets on my skirt, so it’s for removing cat hair and little pieces of fluff called lint. Very handy, it’s got sticky adhesive tape to it.

My last item is this object. It has a handle and it has something sharp at the end. What is this for? Does Mike, my husband, does he use it to shave his chin? Nope. Do I use it in the kitchen to cut a small piece of meat? No, but it does have a sharp edge and that’s because there is a razor blade in it. 

Well, what is it for? How do we use it? On a car, sometimes people put stickers or decals and if you need to remove the sticker from the glass window, the glass windscreen, this tool helps get a sticker off. Why is that important? In the past when we have sold a car to someone, they have not wanted our stickers. So, before selling a car we scrape off the sticker. It comes in handy.

Well, how many of these four objects did you guess correctly? Did you know what the jar wrench was for or the cat hair remover – the lint brush? Or the straw cleaner, did you know that that was for cleaning rubber straws? 

Tell me, tell me how many you guessed correctly. Leave a comment below this video.

And if you are a teacher or coach or parent of an English language learner, and you would like the transcript for today’s episode, go to my website, www.englishwithoutfear.com There’s a place to put in your email and when you do so, not only do I have your email for my monthly newsletter, but every time I create a video like this, I will send you an email with the link to the video and the transcript.

Well, that’s all for this episode. This is Maria from English without Fear. Talk to you next time. 

(outro: Thanks for watching. For questions or comments. Here’s my email.)


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