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Podcast: Keep your fingers crossed

By Ana Luiza | Podcast Inglês Online

May 20
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How’s it going? No episódio de hoje eu falo sobre o idiom keep your fingers crossed.

Transcrição

Hi. How are you? This is Ana, back with a new episode of the Inglês Online podcast. Hope all is well. What’s the weather like in Brazil? I think it’s getting cold in Brazil, isn’t it?

Today I came across this really, really cool idiom, which is keep your fingers crossed. Keep your fingers crossed. Open your hand and look at your fingers: you have your thumb… Let’s say your thumb is the first finger to the left, and then the next two fingers, if you sort of intertwined them… That’s your fingers crossed. Cross your fingers and keep your fingers crossed, because… Let’s say, tomorrow I have my English exam and I’ve studied so hard, and I’m hoping (that) I’m going to do really well. Please keep your fingers crossed. I have to get a good grade on my English exam.

That’s basically what keep your fingers crossed means. It’s like a lucky… It’s as though if people keep their fingers crossed for you, that is somehow going to help you. I guess that’s a symbol of their good wishes or maybe good vibes, I don’t know… But people say to each other “I’m trying to do this thing tomorrow that I really want to be successful. Keep your fingers crossed”.

I did a search on the Inglês Online blog and then I found this old article that I wrote with two idioms. One is “high five” and the other one is “keep your fingers crossed”. Actually I had already written about it!… but it doesn’t have any audio.

Here are some of the examples I included in this article (and you’re going to find the link at the bottom of the podcast episode page). One example was Jane said “I have a job interview tomorrow finally”. And then her friend Tom says That’s awesome. Do you feel ready? And she says I’ve been practicing my interview skills or questions. And Tom says Great, I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Another example that I used in the article was about Mary saying that her driving test is tomorrow and then she says Fingers crossed! After all, she has failed the exam three times already. Hey third time’s a charm! Fingers crossed. “Please root for me”… Which is a bit funny – it is a funny thing to say, because I don’t know what crossing your fingers will do for the outcome of the situation that you’re going to go through.

I haven’t really looked into the origin of this idiom, but I bet it’s pretty interesting. If you know what the origin of this is… If you know why people say “fingers crossed”, “Please keep your fingers crossed for me”… If you know why they say that and why it means that maybe there’s a bigger chance of what you’re going to do being successful, let me know.

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Tell me: What is the last time that you asked someone to keep their fingers crossed, maybe in Brazil… Using, obviously, a Brazilian expression? Can you let me know? Can you give me an example?

Let me know and talk to you next time.

Article: Keep your fingers crossed

Key expressions

  • Keep your fingers crossed

Vocabulary

intertwined = entrelaçou

third time’s a charm = Agora vai, da terceira não passa

root for me = torça por mim

outcome of the situation = resultado/desfecho/consequência da situação

  • Mariana says:

    Thank you for your work here on the page with the podcast.
    The speed and clarity of words, help us to hear and understand English better. Thanks!

    Bye.

    Mariana

  • Adams says:

    I’m crossing my fingers to learn English!
    I belive that found the solution, You!

    Thanks!

  • Franciele says:

    I really enjoy your work, your podcast help me to improve my listen and make me more comfortable with my English.

  • Cezar says:

    In the past, It was like a superstition. By Keeping your fingers crossed you would be preventing evil from escaping.

  • Juliano Pacheco says:

    The last time I keep my fingers crossed was when I presented my graduation work, and it’s work =).

  • Edna Cristina says:

    Hi, Ana! Thanks for your podcasts! I love them!
    Here in Brazil, we’re fighting a battle against the Covid 19! Keep your fingers crossed for us!

  • julio says:

    Hi Ana, about this expression “the third time is a charm”. can be used numerical variations such as: the fourth time is a charm? fifth etc?
    thanks

    • Ana Luiza says:

      Yes Julio, it can. It’s usually said in a humorous way… for example, when someone’s trying the same thing for the third time.

  • Fernando says:

    I discovered two theories: a) in the past, two people created a cross with their index finger to invoke good spirits. So, when a person was alone, the way was to make the signal crossing the index and the middle finger; b) when Christians were persecuted by the Romans, they crossed their fingers to discreetly identify themselves.

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