003 - Expression: To Cut The cheese

In this expression episode, you'll learn how to use the common English expression "to cut the cheese" and about Pizza in the U.S.!

American English Podcast

American English Podcast

By Shana Thompson


"For someone that’s never been to like a New York Style slice place, there’s very much a ritual for it. When you walk through the door, the first thing that you usually see is a big case full of pizzas . . . a couple different pies. You’ll see a pizza man in the back, making pizzas, maybe flipping them in the air.

Luigi’s on 5th Ave. is (a) quintessential slice. When you walk into it, it’s basically a place that’s stuck in time. Gio, the owner, has a lot of pride for his family, his culture. He knows everyone’s name. He knows everyone’s order. His sisters work with him. When you’re a regular at a family place, it feels like you’re part of the family."


Hi everybody and welcome back! In that intro you heard a YouTuber from Munchies – which is actually a really cool channel to follow on YouTube if you’re interested in food – talking about the typical New York pizza experience and kind of what the traditional shop is like. I’ll provide the link in the transcript, so check that out. 

And in today’s lesson, we’re actually going to be talking about pizza and how it came to the United States. We’ll also touch on how it’s changed over time. But before we get to that, we’re going to start with a joke, an expression and some pronunciation drills. So the joke first…

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