Learn English – What disgusts you, what grosses you out?

Here is a fun topic, things that we don’t like looking at or watching.  If you or your students want to make sure you hear each word, use the transcript below.  The only purpose for the transcript is to understand the video better.  Over time, with lots of watching and reading with understanding, the brain will make everything clear. That is when spoken language emerges.


Hey there. Is there something that grosses you out,  that disgusts you, that you don’t want to look at? Let’s talk!

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“Eew, gross!” is an expression that has been around for a long time, as long as I can remember. What does gross mean? Gross means something disgusting. And people sometimes say, “Eew, that grosses me out. I find that awful to look at. I don’t want to look at it. I don’t want to think about it. It’s disgusting. It’s gross.”

It can be anything. And it could be just a mild preference, like I don’t want to look at that. Or it could be something that makes you want to throw up, to vomit. 

What grosses me out the most? Hair that gets stuck in showers in the drain and people don’t remove it. If I have to step into a shower, say at the gym or somebody’s house, and there’s hair in the drain, oh, that grosses me out!

One time we were visiting good friends and spent the night at their house. The next morning, before we left, I needed to take a shower.

But when I looked at their shower, it was filthy. It was dirty. There was hair in the drain. I stepped in, turned on the water, and to make things worse, the water started filling up in the shower bottom because of the hair.  I took the fastest shower I have ever taken in my life and got out of there! I, I couldn’t believe it. Ugh!

What else grosses me out? If I’m at the pool or at the beach and I see a man with a hairy back, he’s got hair on his back and it’s dark, ugh, that grosses me out.  When I’m at the gym and somebody is dripping sweat on the gym equipment, that grosses me out. What else? 

Oh, I know. If I see somebody that has big veins on the underside of their arms…….I don’t like to see arms that have big veins, blood veins. I would never choose the job, the profession of being the laboratory person who draws blood. They call them phlebotomists. Not for me.

I asked my husband, “Mike, what’s one thing that grosses you out?” Very quickly, he said, “People who do not take good care of their feet, especially their toes!” Ugh…that makes him shutter, shutter.

I asked each of our sons. I said, “Wes, what grosses you out the most?” He quickly texted back, ‘Food that’s dry and caked onto plates that people leave in the sink. Or food, cooked food that’s caked onto the stove. They just leave the stove that way.’ That….those things gross him out. 

And finally, I asked Graham, our oldest son, Graham, “What’s one thing that grosses you out?”  And he said, ‘Other people’s blood!’ He’s got kids. He’s probably seen lots of accidents. 

Well, what about you? What do you find gross or disgusting? What grosses you out the most? Leave me a comment below this video. And remember if you would like the written words, the transcript to today’s episode. Just go to my website, www.englishwithoutfear.com. Talk to you next time.

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