Expression: Up one's alley

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Hi, everyone. I’m excited for another expression episode today. This is going to be a two-part lesson. In the first part, the expression part of this episode, you’ll hear a joke, you’ll do some pronunciation exercises and you’ll learn the common English expression "up one’s alley." In part two, we’re going to be talking about Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which is in Louisiana, and that is a massive annual party at the beginning of each year.

Celebrations there include parades, floats, crazy costumes, parties and more. And in that lesson – in part two – you’ll gain the historical understanding of the event and how to take part in it, if it is up your alley, if it’s something you’d be interested in.

Be sure to stay tuned for part two to learn all about the wild celebration.

Let’s go ahead and start with a joke. Are you ready?

I’m going to tell it to my husband and let’s see if he understands. Once again, my husband is Brazilian.

Hey, hun.


Did you hear about the two peanuts walking down a dark alley?


One was assaulted.

All right, so you couldn’t hear him laugh in the audio, but he did quietly, obviously not as hard as I did. Anyway, this joke is a one liner. It’s a joke with one line. It’s a one liner. The humor – well, apart from the fact that there are walking peanuts, because that would be odd to see walking peanuts – the humor comes from the wordplay with assault.


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