Brain fade


2019-09-02 00:00

Summary

Neil seems a bit forgetful today. Thankfully, he does remember how to explain the phrase 'brain fade'. Join Neil and Feifei as they teach a phrase we hopefully won’t forget!

Transcript 

Feifei
Hi! Err, Neil. 

Neil
Yes? 

Feifei
What are you doing? 

Neil
Oh, I'm just standing here, I'm… Actually, I can’t remember why I came in here. 

Feifei
You seem miles away! We’re in the studio, and we’re about to record an episode of The English We Speak. 

Neil
Of course we are, sorry. I had a brain fade there. 

Feifei
Anyway – let’s get on with the programme. And the phrase we’re going to teach is… ‘brain fade’! Imagine that. 

Neil
Haha, well – let’s explain it. 'Brain fade' is a slang term meaning a short period when you can't think clearly or remember things. 

Feifei
For example: when you walk into a room and forget why you went there. 

Neil
That’s a brain fade. Never happens to me!

Feifei
And how about this: when you can’t remember where you put your keys?

Neil
Ah yes, I do know that one. Now you mention it, where are they?

Feifei
Haha. We often use it with 'have': to have a brain fade. Let’s hear a few more examples of this phrase in context. 

Examples
I saw an old colleague on the street last week. Completely forgot her name! A serious case of brain fade. Really embarrassing.

I’m sure I did terribly in the exam. I had a major brain fade. 

I hate doing job interviews. It’s not that the questions are difficult, I just get brain fade as soon as I walk into the room. Can’t even remember my own name! 

Feifei
You're listening to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. The expression we're looking at in this programme is 'brain fade'. Neil. Neil? 

Neil
Good. Err. Give me a second. 

Feifei
What now?

Neil
I took my glasses off while we were listening to those examples. And you know… I can’t see them anywhere. 

Feifei
Neil. 

Neil
Yes? 

Feifei
They’re on your head.

Neil
That’s a relief. Another brain fade, I’m afraid. I think I just need a good night’s sleep.

Feifei
You do that! That’s our phrase, brain fade. Let’s hope we made it easy to remember!

Both
Bye.