AEE 610: Listen Today and Then Call It a Day

expression call it a day

Today we’ll teach you a common American English expression!

We’ll show you how to use the “to call it a day” and we’ll show you exactly where to insert it into your conversations to sound native and natural in English.

How do we use this phrase?

It’s usually used toward the end of a day or the end of an event.

It means “it’s over” or “I want to stop” but if you say “I want to stop” it can sound kind of harsh.

You wouldn’t use it in all situations where you want to stop something.

For example, you wouldn’t use it in a situation where you’re on a roller coaster and you want to stop the ride.

It’s used when you want to finish up a project or an event or a day of work.

 

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How this is usually used:

  • “Let’s call it a day.”
  • “Want to call it a day?”
  • “Should we call it a day?”
  • “I’m gonna (going to) call it a day.”

 

Pronunciation:

Focus on rolling the words together.

It should sound like this: “call-id-u-day”

 

Other ways to say this:

  • “Let’s throw in the towel (this has more the feeling of giving up on something but it can be used to mean “let’s call it a day”)
  • “Let’s wrap it up”
  • “Let’s finish this up”

 

Have you tried using this expression yet?

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