There’s been a long time that we don’t have a new expression. Shall we?

Summary

If you’ve got some good news, what’s the best way to tell people? Feifei’s about to find out a phrase that describes how people used to spread information before modern technology. And it involves shouting! Find out what this phrase is in TEWS.

Transcript

Neil
Hello, I’m Neil…

Feifei
… and hello, I’m Feifei and welcome to The English We Speak.

Neil
Now Feifei, here’s a question for you. If you had some news what would do?

Feifei
Hmm, I would tell someone of course.

Neil
Yes but some good news, some amazing, incredible news about yourself – like for example, I’m having a baby.

Feifei
Are you really?

Neil
Of course not – but if you had exciting news like that, how would you tell people?

Feifei
I’d use social media… tell all my friends… tell everyone in the office… I would shout about it – but not literally.

Neil
Exactly! Which is why, in English, we say we would ‘shout it from the rooftops’ which means we would share some information publicly so everyone knows.

Feifei
I guess this is how people shared important news before TV, radio and the internet had been invented.

Neil
Exactly. They would climb up somewhere high and shout it out! Let’s hear some examples…

Examples
Congratulations for getting a first in your degree, you should go and shout it from the rooftops!

I know you won the lottery but don’t shout it from the rooftops; otherwise everyone will be after your money!

We all know Ming is in love with JiYuen, he’s been shouting it from the rooftops!

Feifei
So to shout something from the rooftops means to tell everyone your good news. Hold on a minute Neil, I do have some good news… I am getting a pay rise!

Neil
Sorry, what did you say?

Feifei
I am getting a pay rise!

Neil
OK, no need to shout. Feifei, be careful, there are some things you don’t want to shout from the rooftops – that news will just upset people.

Feifei
Like who?

Neil
Like me. I didn’t get one. But congratulations anyway.

Both
Bye.

 

Well, we hope that you all have enjoyed the new expression. Try to use it. English fluency comes with practice.

 

See you later!!