take it easy: meaning and explanation

Take it easy is an informal way of saying relax. e.g. You’ve been working so hard, it will be nice for you to take it easy for a bit.

In other situations, take it easy can mean calm down or stay calm. e.g. Hey, take it easy. I’m sure he didn’t mean to insult you.

Take it easy can also be used as a way of saying goodbye. e.g. Thanks for having us over. Take it easy!

Have a go at these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: England (RP)

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It’s hectic week, I’m it weekend.

About the sentence

…It’s been a very hectic week…

Hectic = stressful or busy. e.g. I doubt I’ll have time to chat later on – I’ve got a very hectic schedule today.

Micro-listening #2

Accent: North America

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Micro-listening #3

Accent: Australia

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