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Spoken English Course Day 17

Spoken English Course Day 17

Date: Mar 13 2011

Topic: Speaking

Author: andylu2


Hi guys,

I'm back again.  My hours are a bit weird right now.  I've been in a habit of staying up way too late and then sleeping in.  I'm the kind of person who easily gets into these bad habits and I promised myself that I'll start waking up tomorrow at a "normal time".

Anyway, enough about me.  I really want to teach a cool phrase I was thinking about today when I saw an TV advertisement for a really stupid product.  

If someone is selling "garbage" or a product that doesn't work as well as they promise, we call them a "snake oil salesman". 

I'm not sure about the history of this phrase.  Maybe people used to sell snake oil in the past and promise it would cure some disease or something.  Anyway, the point is, it doesn't really matter why it has that name.  You just need to know that a "snake oil salesman" is someone selling something that is fake or not nearly as good as they promised.

Many of the people you see on TV late at night selling some product that promises to help a person lose a lot of weight with no exercise is a kind of "snake oil salesman".  I hate snake oil salesmen and wished this world was full of honest people trying to make high quality stuff.

Love your comments and "likes" as always! Cool

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See you tomorrow as usual!


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Sure  many snake oil salesman all over the world…

01:59 AM Mar 16 2011 |



South Korea


I love this one.  There are many snake oil salesmen all over the world I guess.  I laugh at these TV commercials too but I guess some people choose to buy from this because they too easily believe some silly promise. 

06:39 AM Mar 14 2011 |

murad ali

murad ali


i see these advertisement in the TV and get laught at them mostly as they have a snake oil salesman—


good phrase  -teacher

05:33 AM Mar 14 2011 |

alpha girl

alpha girl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of


We can see many snake oil salesman around ourselves!

Thanks alot AndyCool

02:53 AM Mar 14 2011 |

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