Ah well, that’ll teach you for staying out late – enjoying yourself!
We can also describe someone as being ’small change’ – so they are not important. Feifei, do you think I’m small change in this programme?
The footballer got a red card for his bad tackle and now he’ll miss playing in the final – that’ll teach him!
Like getting a seat on the train during the rush hour is ’small change’ for me.
…sorry I’m late. Hello!
Well it was worth a try. See ya.
You sound like my parents!
It’s just a saying, Feifei. You might say it to someone to suggest that they should learn the bad effects of doing something and not repeat it in the future. In other words, your stress this morning is a suitable punishment for staying out late last night – you won’t do it again.
Not much! Probably lots of small coins that aren’t worth much.
I’ve only got a cold so my health problems are small change compared with your broken leg.
That’ll teach me’? I’m not going to school – nobody is going to ’teach me’ not to stay out late.
Neil, that’s NOT small change – and your request is not ’small change’ either. The answer is ’no’!
Oh did you?And who did you have this ’great night out’ with?
Really? That’s ’big change’ for me金沙js55，! Let’s hear some examples that are far from being small change!
Has this got anything to do with you going out last night?I suppose you’re going to tell me you had such a great time, you stayed out later than expected?
…and hello, you are Feifei.
My brother got a speeding ticket for driving too fast down the High Street – that’ll teach him!
This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we’re talking about the phrase ’small change’, which describes something insignificant or trivial, meaning not important.
Eating out every night is small change to Molly – she can afford it with the huge salary she’s on.
Hello and welcome to The English We Speak, you are Neil…
You lent some money to Dan and he didn’t pay you back – that’ll teach you!
Not exactly. The phrase is ’small change’ but it’s not about money. Something that is insignificant or trivial, meaning not important, can also be described as ’small change’.
Yes, it’s a very informal but blunt way of saying ’your suffering is your own fault’. And for you it’s true.
OK – is this the phrase for this programme?