037 - Expression: To Quit Cold Turkey


In this expression episode, you'll learn how THANKSGIVING IS CELEBRATED IN THE U.S. and all about the expression TO QUIT COLD TURKEY.

The American English Podcast

The American English Podcast

By Shana Thompson

Monica: OK. Also, just so you know, I’m not gonna make a turkey this year. 

Joey: What? 

Monica: Well, Phoebe doesn’t eat turkey. 

Joey: Phoebe! 

Phoebe: These are beautiful, intelligent animals. 

Joey: No, they’re not. They’re ugly and stupid and delicious. 

Monica: It’s not just Phoebe, Will is still on a diet. Chandler doesn’t eat Thanksgiving food and Rachel’s having her aversion to poultry. 

Joey: She is? 

Rachel: Yeah. Do you remember I had to leave the room the other day when you had that roast chicken? 

Joey: Yeah. But I thought that was just because I put the whole thing on my hand and made it walk across the table. 

Monica: It just doesn’t seem worth it to make a whole turkey for just three people, OK? It’s a lot of work. 

Joey: But you got to have Turkey on Thanksgiving. I mean, Thanksgiving with no turkey is like Fourth of July with no apple pie, or Friday with no two pizzas. 


Hi, everyone. How about that intro? As you could probably tell, the snippet was taken from the series Friends, when Joey committed to eating a whole 19 pound turkey for Thanksgiving. This recording was taken from Season 8, Episode 9

In today’s podcast, we’ll be talking about the expression to quit cold turkey. We’ll do some pronunciation exercises and then we’ll talk about Thanksgiving. I’ll give you an idea about where it came from, what we eat and how we celebrate this holiday today.

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Laura · November 26, 2019 at 2:53 am

my mouth is watering 😀

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