028 - Expression: To Give Your Two Cents

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In this expression episode, you'll learn all about TIPPING IN THE U.S. and how to use the common English expression TO GIVE YOUR TWO CENTS.

American English Podcast

American English Podcast

By Shana Thompson

“In the states, if I take a boat tour that costs 50 bucks, it really costs 60 because I need to tip. When I get a 70 dollar massage, it’s really 80 or 85. This burger is not 12 dollars, it’s 14 or 15. It can be 13, but then I’ll get dirty looks and I’ll feel like an asshole. And what’s up with these IPads asking for 15 or 20 percent tip after no service. Those weren’t around the last time I came home. Why should we decide your wage? In no other industry, does the consumer decide what they’ll pay for a product or service.”


Hi everyone! Like that intro? Probably depends. 

I feel like when I talk to people about tipping in the US, either they dislike it and think it’s awkward, unnecessary and way too expensive, like Drew Binsky in our intro – I’ll provide the link within the transcript – or they think it’s wonderful and are convinced that our tipping culture makes our service so much better. So, what do you think? Is tipping common in your country. Do you think it makes service better?

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Shana - ESL Teacher

Hi Everyone! I am an ESL teacher from California and the host of the American English Podcast. Learn more about me and my teaching experience here.

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