BBC Learning English: The English We Speak – Face the music: this expression is a way of saying you have to accept the consequence of your mistakes.
Neil’s forgotten to book a band for the recording of a BBC Learning English drama performance. His boss is expecting to be entertained. Now Neil has to face the music. Listen to the programme to find out what it means.
Hi Neil. How are you? You’re looking quite proud of yourself…
Yeah, I’m great thanks. You know, I’ve managed to finish off my part of the script of our drama – you know the BBC Learning English Christmas drama.
Oh great! And did you remember to book the band for tomorrow’s recording? The big boss is coming, you know. He’s really looking forward to it?
Oh no I forgot! I knew there was something else I was supposed to do! Now I’m really going to have to face the music.
Face the music? How can you face the music if you haven’t booked a band?
I thought you knew this expression, Li. To face the music is another way of saying you have to accept the consequence of your mistakes.
Oh I see. The boss was expecting you to do something and you haven’t done it. Now you have to face the music – accept the consequences of your mistake.
To face the music is today’s expression for The English We Speak. Listen to some examples:
Whoever keeps missing these deadlines will have to face the music.
After two years of stealing from the family who hired her, the nanny was caught stealing red-handed. Now she has to face the music.
So Li, you’re quite a good musician, aren’t you?
Well, I can play the guitar a bit…
Fantastic! Bring your guitar in tomorrow for the recording. You play the music to stop me facing the music!
Well… OK, but I’m not very good…
You will be fantastic I’m sure. Thanks Li!
The English We Speak – Face the music Transcript Video
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