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Talk Like a Native Episode 19 - (to) Find your Feet

Kevin: What are you thinking about? Christine: Oh, I was thinking about when I first left for college. Everything happened so quickly, I don’t even know how I found my feet. Kevin: How does that even work? Have you lost them before? Christine: Haha, not literally. To find your feet means to adjust to your new environment or experience. The feet doesn’t refer to someone’s physical feet, but a foundation for them to stand on when you’re in an unfamiliar situation. You can also refer to it as “finding your footing”, too. Kevin: Ah, I see. Kind of like the way we had to find our feet when we first came to Korea? Christine: Exactly. We didn’t really know the language or have any friends but through time, we managed to find our feet. Kevin: I really like this expression because you can really visualize it. When you first get to a new place, it’s really hard to know where you stand. Everything is new and it almost feels like you’ve literally misplaced your feet. Christine: I completely understand what you mean. Every time I start a new job, I feel so lost and out of place. Kevin: We should give our listeners some examples of this phrase so that they can understand how to use this awesome expression too.

She’s learned where the supermarket is but is still finding her feet with everything else. I guess it’ll take time for her to get used to it all.

Establishing your footing after you move to a new country is a long confusing process of trial and errors. Don’t worry, you’ll find your feet soon!

I was lonely when I first left home and finding my place in college was very hard, but I think I have my feet now. It takes some time to get used to it all but I’m settling in and have found my footing.

Kevin: So why were you thinking about college anyway? Christine: This student of mine is going to college soon. She was so excited about finally moving out and living on her own. It made me think about how I felt when I first left for school.

Kevin: Do you even remember when that was? Christine: Hey, I’m not THAT old ok? Kevin: I’m just saying. It just seems like a long time ago. Christine: We’re no longer on speaking terms. Kevin: Hahaha (nervous laughter), I was just kidding! …

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