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By pete — 3 years ago
In this episode of Walking With Pete I chat a little bit about the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded, positive, motivated people when it comes to pursuing what’s important to you.
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Walking With Pete: If you want to be a lion then surround yourself with other lions
G’day everyone. Welcome to this episode of Walking With Pete.[I’m] back at it again out in the park having a… a cheeky little walk in the afternoon. I’ve been listening to some of my language podcasts, and just walking around and enjoying the sun as it’s been pretty cold more recently here in Melbourne. There’s been a lot of… a lot of cold weather, and it actually snowed recently around um… Victoria at sea-level, which is a pretty rare event. I mean, it didn’t… it didn’t snow in the city but, there were some smaller towns / cities nearby like Ballarat that ah… got a little bit of a blanket of snow the other day, and Tasmania, again, down in the south has been getting covered with it. So, if you were on the Facebook page recently you may’ve seen the kangaroo sanctuary picture that I put up that had all of those kangaroos huddling together in the snow down in Tasmania, which is a bit of a rare sight. So, that was interesting.
Um… Today I was going to talk to you about a few things. One of them was, if you want to be a lion you’ve got to surround yourself with other lions. So, what does this mean? This is a term or an expression that isn’t really… it’s not really used. I mean it’s not really said like that, but this is what someone said to me once when I first started jiu-jitsu, the martial art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Someone said, you know, if you want to be a lion you’ve got to train with other lions, and I guess the basic idea is that if you want to be good at something obviously you need to surround yourself with other people who also want to be good at something, are better than you at the thing that you’re trying to be good at, and who are incredibly motivated. So, people who you can feed off. And when I say “feed off of someone” it means to sort of gain motivation from someone. So, if you feed off of someone’s motivation it means that from their motivation you yourself gain motivation. So, say, if I’m trying to lose weight. If I’m a bit overweight and I want to… I want to go outside and exercise more often it’s going to obviously be better for me to surround myself with like-minded people, other people who are motivated to be fit, to be healthy, whether they are fit and healthy already or whether they also want to lose weight and become fit and healthy. And then, because of their motivation I can feed off of that and also be motivated, and vice versa. So, they can feed off of my motivation, and we can both work hard together. As opposed to, if you surround yourself with people who don’t want what you want, who don’t have the same kind of motivation or ambition or interests that you do it’s going to be so much harder for you to try and attain the goals that you’ve set yourself, say, weight loss, in that example. If you’re trying to really concentrate on getting into shape, losing some weight and getting fit, if you surround yourself with people who are overweight and eat a lot of bad food, they stay at home, they’re not very active, you know, they don’t go outside, they don’t exercise, they have no interest in being healthy then it’s going to be a lot harder for you to follow your ambitions of losing weight and becoming healthy if you’re constantly surrounded with other people who aren’t interested in that at all. You know, it’s kind of like, if you want to learn English surround yourself with other people who want to learn English or who want to learn languages, whereas if you surround yourself with people who don’t give a… don’t give a crap about learning languages, or about you know, learning English or self-improvement, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to motivate yourself and follow your dreams. So, I guess the idea is that if you want to be a lion surround yourself with other lions. If you were to go into Africa, into the wild, into well… the bush in Africa, and you wanted to be a lion your best option is to find lions and join them. Behave like them. Live with them. If you want to be a lion then it’s a pretty stupid idea to go and find a herd of zebras and follow them around, you know, you’re going to become a zebra. So, that’s the basic idea of that.
I guess one of the second points was that don’t be afraid to be the dumbest part… the dumbest person in the room, you know, or the worst person in the room. That’s often an incredibly good sign guys. So, this is… this sort of comes back to worrying about making mistakes in English and having conversations with people who are at a higher level than you, or who are native speakers. You should really look for these opportunities and relish these opportunities. And what do I mean by “relish”? When I say “relish” I mean enjoy them, you know, really have fun with them. Be excited to be in those sorts of situations, because that is when you’re truly going to improve. You don’t… you don’t get better by surrounding yourself with people lower than you with regards to whatever it is that you are trying to improve upon. So, if I want to get better at French it’s a lot better for me to surround myself with people who speak French better than me, people who are native French speakers, than it is for me to surround myself with say, people who’ve just started French, who’re beginners, who don’t speak French at all, who don’t speak French very well, who don’t speak French as good or better than me. It’s going to be a lot better for me to be the worst person in the room than for me to be the best person in the room, at least in terms of my personal growth. So, that’s why I wanted to say that as well. I wanted to touch on the fact that it’s often… it’s hard, it’s difficult to be the worst person in the room, but if you can continually put yourself in that situation you’re going to advance a lot quicker than someone who only looks for situations where they are the best in the room, because they’re not going to be getting pushed. They’re not going to be getting um… into situations where they have to learn as much, as you would if you were the worst person in the room. And this happens exactly with me and jiu-jitsu. If I want to get good at jiu-jitsu I need to be focused less on beating people who are worse than me and focus more on not losing to people who are better than me, but trying to survive. I may not necessarily be able to beat people who are better than me, but I’m going to be able to learn a lot more from losing to better people than I’m going to be able to learn from beating worse people. So, I guess that’s the main take-away point. If you guys want to be really really good at English continually look for situations where you are the worst speaker in the room, and I… I don’t mean intentionally be bad, I mean just look for situations where you’re going to be pushed. Look… look for situations where you’re going to really have to try hard. You’re going to make a lot of mistakes. You’re surrounding yourself with people who are better than you, and you’re only option is to improve you know, you kind of give yourself no exits. You have to get better to be able to hang around with these people. And by hanging around with these people you will naturally just get better anyway. So, you can’t avoid it. So, that’s… that’s mainly today’s subject. I just wanted to sort of go over that idea of if you want to be a lion surround yourself with other lions. And I guess there’s one other point to it, which I kind of, sort of, covered previously, a moment ago, but it’s so much easier to stay on track, to stay on track, to stay motivated, to continue doing what you’re doing on a daily basis, if you only surround yourself with like-minded, motivated, positive people. So, if you have negative people in your life who lack ambition, who lack… who lack motivation, who don’t want to see you succeed, or who are going to have a toll, or take a toll, on your success, who are going to hold you back, you need to think about removing those people from your life. Maybe not permanently, but you need to try and get rid of the… those people who have a negative effect on you and are holding you back from your true potential in whatever area that is, you know, whether it’s language learning, whether it’s in the professional realm, you know, with regards to your job, whether it’s your family as well, you know. For example, say you have um… one person who always comes to family events, who turns those family events into really horrible parties, you know, they just… they always end up doing something wrong and offending a lot of people, or upsetting someone, then obviously if you want to make those events in the future better you need to think about removing that person from the equation. So, removing that person from those sort of situations, or at least talking to them and telling them, you know, “Hey, this is why we get together. This is what we want to do. We want to have fun. We want to enjoy ourselves, and by you doing these things you’re having a really negative impact on that and you need to be thinking about whether or not it’s fair on everyone else, and if you’re going to behave like that in the future you shouldn’t come to the parties”. So, with regards to language learning, if… if someone’s holding you back, or making fun of you, or… you know, just having a negative effect overall with regards to your English learning, or language learning, whatever language you’re learning, you need to think about trying to remove them from your life to some degree at least so that you can follow your ambitions, follow your motivations and be more successful. You know, maybe it doesn’t mean removing them completely, but maybe it means spending less time with those sorts of people, you know, if you see them all the time, if they’re a negative influence, you probably want to try and reduce the amount of time you spend with them so that you can pursue your… your dreams. What you’re interested in, and do as best as you possibly can. So, try and find like-minded, similarly interested, motivated people to surround yourself with, and in turn they’re going to keep motivated. They’re going to keep you motivated. You’re going to keep them motivated, and you’ll feed off one another. You know, you’ll both head towards success at a faster rate than if you were both trying to do so on your own, or on your own and worse, surrounded by negative people. So, that’s today’s thing anyway guys.
Um… I’m going to try and go home now and smash out a few more episodes of the pronunciation and some expressions. I’ve dropped quite a few expressions in this… in this podcast, Walking With Pete. So, more recently I’ve been trying to record the Walking With Pete episodes first and then as I write the transcript out in these episodes I actually see the expressions and idioms that I used naturally without even thinking about it, because I make these episodes with no script, I just talk, and that’s probably why you hear a lot of um’s and ah’s and half finished sentences a lot of the time, especially if you read the transcripts of these episodes, um… you probably see a lot of half-finished sentences. But I hope you like that format because I feel like it hits home a little more if I use these expressions and idioms that I use naturally, for one, you know that I use them naturally, and I’m not thinking about it I just say them, and two, you’ve heard them previously. So, when I make a specific episode on these expressions and idioms you can then listen to these older episodes of Walking With Pete and you’ll hear the same ones again. And you can hear me use them in a natural setting, in a natural context without thinking about it.
So, anyway, this episode’s probably gone long enough today. I hope you guys are all well. I hope your English is kicking arse. I hope you’re improving and listening and… and just enjoying the process. If you have any questions, any queries, anything you want me to cover in the future, you know, if it’s expressions, words, pronunciation related um… things. If you have any… any topics that you’d just like me to talk about feel free please to contact me whether it’s on Facebook or whether it’s on the webpage. Send me a message. Send me a comment publicly. [It’s] totally up to you guys but I love interacting with you, I love talking to you. So, even if you just want to say hello please feel free to. I’m always available to chat to you guys. So, anyway. I’ll leave it there and I’ll chat to you next time guys. All the best!
A blanket of – A thin layer of
To feed off of someone/something – to be nourished, sustained, or fueled by something.
To get into shape – to get fit.
To [not] give a crap about something – To [not] care or worry about something.
To touch on something – To mention or talk about something.
A take-away point – The main or primary point.
To give no exits – To give no means of escape.
To stay on track – To continue doing what you’re doing.
Like-minded – Of the same opinion or view.
To hold someone back [from something] – To prevent someone from doing what they want to do.
To remove someone from the equation – To remove someone from the situation.
To hit home – To really make sense; to be completely understood and have strong effect.
To kick arse – To do very well.
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By pete — 2 years ago
WWP: Computer Issues & A Shout-out To My Folks
G’day guys. Welcome to this episode of Walking With Pete.
(I’m) just heading down to the shops at the moment. (I’m) off to the shops. (I’m) going get some food, (I’m) going to get some coffee, (I’m) going get some bocconcini cheese that I owe my housemate. So, I ate some of his bocconcini cheese and now I owe him some more bocconcini cheese. And I have to go grab some, I have to go buy some from the shops. So, I’m walking down (to) the shops. (I) thought I would just chat to you a little bit about what I’ve been up to recently.
Yesterday, I was sort of shattered, I was shattered. And the phrase TO BE SHATTERED, SHATTERED literally means to break, to shatter, to, I guess, like, smash into a lot of pieces. So, if you dropped a glass vase and it smashed on the ground you could say that that glass vase has shattered. The glass has shattered. So, (it) tends to by those kinds of things like glass and ceramic, anything stiff and hard and fragile that if you break it it turns into a lot of different little pieces. So, when you say that I’M SHATTERED it’s kind of that idea of “I’ve broken into a lot of pieces because I’m disappointed, I’m upset, I’m shattered, I’m shattered.”
So, yesterday I got home after, geez I can’t even remember what I was doing. Anyway, I got home after my day… Oh! I went to work. I had to work during lunch time at the restaurant. That was fun. And then I did some English tutoring with my mate Amir. So, (I) chatted to him and helped him out with a few different things English tutoring wise. And then, when I got home I tried to use my computer and I was getting that spinning wheel of death that it’s known as for Macs. So, there’s something wrong with the hardware in the computer that I’m going to have to fix or get fixed rather. I can’t fix it. And, yeah, so it’s not working. It literally died. I couldn’t get files off it, I couldn’t open up files, I could turn it on but I couldn’t actually access anything. Fortunately, though, I recently backed up everything on the computer. Although, I think it’ll be fine because I don’t think this is a hard drive problem. So, I’ll be able to get the hard drive out even if the computer is broken. I think it’s a hardware problem where the actual hardware, the actual machinery inside the computer is broken.
So, anyway, I’ve had this computer for probably 5 years it’S HAD A GOOD RUN. And TO HAVE A GOOD RUN means to have been working for a long time, or to have been successful for a long time. So, in the terms… in terms of the computer, for the computer to have HAD A GOOD RUN, like literally “Running”, TO HAVE A GOOD RUN means that it did well, it worked well for a long time. I had it for 5 years. I mean most computers, especially laptops, probably break down after 2, 3, 4 years and this one lasted 5. So, it HAD A GOOD RUN. And I guess another example of using the phrase TO HAVE A GOOD RUN… how else could we use this? So, imagine you’re playing a game, you’re gambling, you’re at the casino and you’re gambling and you keep winning again and again and again. You keep winning all these hands of Blackjack, you know, 21, or you’re playing poker and you keep winning. You could say, “Oh, I’m on a really GOOD RUN.” or “I’M HAVING A REALLY GOOD RUN.”. And it’s that idea of you’re doing well over a period of time, it’s a sequence that you keep repeatedly doing well at, you know, you keep winning again and again and again. So, in terms of going to the casino, TO HAVE A GOOD RUN would mean to continually be winning. And in terms of my computer HAVING A GOOD RUN it means that it was working year after year, month after month, day after day, for a very long time. So, TO HAVE A GOOD RUN. There’s another expression for you.
Anyway, long story short, although I’ve already talked for about 4 minutes. So, it’s not really that short. Long story short, the computer was busted, I was kind of… not distressed, not desolated or upset too much, but just a little bit panicky, a little bit worried about what I was going to do, because I like working on the podcast pretty much all the time, particularly at night. And so, last night I had all this spare time that I had allocated, that I had put aside to work on the podcast and to, you know, just work on it in general, keep making episodes, keep uploading things, keep adding to it, keep working on it. And not only was I worried that I couldn’t work last night, but I was worried about, well, if this computer’s completely broken how am I going to be able to continue to work on the podcast in the next week, in the next month, in the next year, because obviously when you work online and you do those sorts of, I guess, technical things online, you need a computer. And, Macs, I use a Mac, and Macs are very expensive.
Anyway, so, I worried about that but I ended up calling up… I’m just going to check the road so I can cross without getting hit by a car. It’s all good. You’ve got to check out this laneway behind me with these nice trees. What do you think?
Anyway, yeah, so I am fortunate enough to have incredibly loving and caring parents, and I rang them to just ask if I could get some advice as to what they would recommend. Should I try and buy a secondhand Mac? Should I buy a PC, because PCs tend to generally be cheaper? Or should I just wait and try and get this thing repaired even though it’s 5 years old and chances are it’s going to break down again in a few months because it seems to be at that stage where one thing breaks, it gets fixed, and then there’s an issue with another thing, it breaks, it gets fixed. Anyway, I spoke to them and I also asked if they have any of their laptops that they were going to potentially upgrade soon, you know, buy a new one, get the next model, and could I potentially buy one of their laptops. And my parents were wonderful enough to offer to buy me a completely new computer for my 30th birthday, but early.
So, I guess I dedicated this episode to them. They probably won’t ever see it, but if they do, I love you guys and I really appreciate what you do for me and have done for me in the past, and I guess I just want to say that from the bottom of my heart thank you so much for your love, your support, your care and your on-going help with just, you know, the podcast and being involved in it one way or another, whether it’s being in the episodes that I’m sure many of you guys have seen, or whether it’s helping me have the ability to keep making episodes by supporting me and buying, you know, in this case a new computer. So, just a quick side note there, but I just wanted to say that I love you guys and thank you so much.
Anyway, so, today I walked into Melbourne. As you guys know I love walking everywhere. Hence the name of the episodes Walking With Pete. So, I walked in from North Melbourne all the way into the CBD, and I went to a Macintosh store or a Macintosh re-saler. So, I think they just sell the Macs, but they don’t actually… they’re not actually owned by Macintosh. So, I went there and chatted to them and ended up buying a new laptop that looks like it’s a whole bunch more powerful than my previous one, and hopefully is going to do me, you know, success in the future. Hopefully, I can keep making stuff. And I think I might try and get the old one prepared just so I have a backup, just in case. And TO HAVE A BACKUP is to just have something TO BACK YOU UP, to have something sitting on reserve, to have another plan, to have something else in case something goes wrong with the thing that you used primarily. So, in the case of my computer, obviously, now I have a new one that I’m going to use the majority of the time, the one that I just bought, and I’m going to also try and get the other one repaired, the old one, to be able to use just in case something goes wrong in the future with the new one. So, that’s what A BACKUP is. And you can have that with anything. You could have A BACKUP job if you had two jobs and you had one on the side that you could do as a secondary one in case you were fired from the first job. You could HAVE A BACKUP car where you have two cars. One that you primarily use but you also have a second car in case something goes wrong. So, it’s just that idea of having something else sitting there to potentially use in case of an emergency, in case something goes wrong with the thing that you’re mainly using. And this is also where that verb TO BACK UP something comes from. Where if you BACK UP your data, your PhD project, that is something I do all the time, it’s that you have a secondary copy of the data that you may need. You’VE GOT A BACK UP. You’VE BACKED UP the information, the stuff that you rely on, so that in case something goes wrong with the primary copy that you use or that you have, you’VE GOT A BACKUP, you’ve got a secondary one that you can rely on.
Anyway, so, I sort of deviated and walked away from the shops because I knew that this episode was going to go a little longer. But we’re at about 10 minutes now I think, GIVE OR TAKE. GIVE OR TAKE. And that’s another expression for you. I might explain that and then we can sign off. The expression GIVE OR TAKE, I think this one’s got a few different meanings, but in terms of how I just used it when you’ve got a certain amount of something GIVE OR TAKE it means roughly that amount, approximately that amount, GIVE a little bit or TAKE a little bit it’s approximately 10 minutes. So, for example, if I get to the 10 minute mark here but I’m at 9 minutes 30 I could say, “Well, we’re almost at the 10 minute mark GIVE OR TAKE.” And that just means effectively that TAKE 30 seconds, you know, or sorry GIVE* 30 seconds, if you added 30 seconds to it we would be at 10 minutes. And if we were at 10 minutes 30 and I said, “Oh, we’re at 10 minutes GIVE OR TAKE.” If you took 30 seconds from the total we would be at 10 minutes. So, GIVE OR TAKE. And it’s the same with anything else. Say that you’re a dog breeder and you’ve got a whole bunch of dogs that’s just given birth, that have* just given birth to a bunch of different litters, and a litter is the name that we give all the puppies that a mother dog or a bitch, you can say, gave birth to. So, that’s a litter of puppies. And so, if you’ve got a whole bunch but you’re not exactly sure. You know that it’s approximately, you know, 10 dogs, 20 dogs, you could say, you know, if someone asks you, “How many puppies do you have at the moment?”, and you could say, “Well. I don’t know exactly but I think it’s about 10 GIVE OR TAKE.”. So, maybe it’s a few less than 10, maybe it’s a few more or 10, than* 10, but it is approximately 10 puppies, it’s thereabouts, that’s about how many puppies we have. It’s 10 puppies GIVE OR TAKE.
Anyway, so, I’m walking back down to the shops. I’m going to go get some coffee. (I’ve) got to make sure I remember that, because I love coffee. I also have to get some bocconcini cheese. Don’t forget that or my housemate’s going to get annoyed, because I think I’ve eaten the last of his bocconcini cheese twice now. And he’s not a fan of sharing. So, anyway, that’s what I’m off to. I hope you guys are having a beautiful weekend. The weather as you can tell here is absolutely phenomenal. It’s probably about, I don’t know, 24C, mid-20s or something. So, it’s actually really really lovely, but incredibly sunny, incredibly sunny. (There’re) barely any clouds and again that’s why I’ve got my shirt on, my glasses on, my hat on, and a bit of sunscreen. (You’ve) got to stay sun-smart, (you’ve) got to stay sun-smart.
Anyway, that’s probably enough guys. I’ve chatted for quite a while today. I will see you soon and I wish you all the best! See you guys!
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By pete — 2 years ago
AE 314 – Expression:
The Best Of Both Worlds
G’day, guys. I hope you’ve been well.
I hope you’re kicking goals in life and achieving everything that you guys desire and deserve.
I’ve been working hard this week. Anyway.
Before we get into that, welcome to the Aussie English podcast.
If it’s your first time, this is the number one podcast for learning Australian English, for learning to understand Australian English as well as learning how to use Australian English.
So, I’m all about equipping you guys with English weapons, Australian English accent weapons, we can say, in order to better equip you to tackle the challenge that is understanding and speaking Australian English.
Anyway, let’s dive into the episode as usual guys.
Today’s expression is going to be “the best of both worlds”.
We’ll get into that in a bit, but first, I thought I would chat to you guys about my week.
So, I guess, to get started, I’m under the weather, I’m feeling under the weather or I am a little under the weather.
I’ve been sick for the last few days.
And it’s one of those things that I feel like as soon as I realise that I haven’t been sick for a long time I jinx it by thinking about it.
It’s kind of like, as soon as you think about not wanting something to happen or wanting for something to not happen it tends to happen.
And that has happened with me this time.
I thought, “Oh man! I haven’t been sick all year. How lucky is that? I mean I get through all of winter without feeling sick, without getting a cold, without getting the flu.”
And the moment that I thought that this week I got sick.
So, I went to the gym and did legs. I worked on my legs.
I did some squats and some deadlifts.
And I think that’s one of those things that knocks you around a little bit.
Your body has to kind of focus on healing your muscles when you go to the gym, and, especially, when you do legs, and you’re working the strongest part of your body.
Your body has to heal that, and so any virus that gets into your system can take hold more easily.
So, talk about frustrating. I’ve had the sneezes. I’ve been sneezing.
I’ve been coughing. It’s been really annoying.
I’ve been quite congested, but I’m still working hard and staying motivated.
Today, I have recorded a bunch of new One Simple Tip To Sound Australian episodes.
So, I’m going to put them up when I can guys.
I hope you haven’t been getting too overwhelmed with all of the new content that I’ve been putting out.
I’ve tried to be as productive as possible for you guys, and to keep giving you smaller more interesting and just different episodes to play with, to listen to, and to think about on the podcast as well as on the YouTube channel.
So, I’m trying to do one per day.
Anyway, without any further ado, guys, let’s get into today’s episode, and let’s learn what “the best of both worlds” means.
So, today’s expression guys is “the best of both worlds”, “the best of both worlds.”
As usual, let’s dive in and define the words in the expression “the best of both worlds”.
So, “the best”, “the best” is the greatest.
It’s the opposite of the worst. So, you might have the best dad in the world.
You might be the best player on a team.
In class, you might have the best answer of all the other students. “The best”.
The greatest or the opposite of the worst. “The best”.
The word “both”. I’m sure you guys know “both” is. It’s two things.
It’s when there are two things and you have both of them or you’re talking about the two things.
You’re talking about both of them.
So, if there are two kids outside you could say, “both of my children are outside” and the children could say, “both my parents are inside”.
So, it’s the idea of two things, two things.
“Worlds”. “Worlds”. Literally, “a world” is a planet.
A place with water, with life, with rocks, with plants, with animals.
That is a world. The whole place. The whole planet.
Figuratively though, it’s aspects of something.
So, for instance, my world, my world, Pete’s world, is the world that I experience as a human being.
So, it is the place that I live. It’s the people I know. It’s the things that I do.
It’s everything that is involved in the experience that it is to be me. That is my world.
You could say that Chinese culture is a different world. So, it’s not what I’m used to.
It’s a different experience. It’s a different world.
And you could say that going into the forest is a different world.
So, because I’m not used to living in that environment, because it’s a completely different experience from what I’m used to, I could say that if I go into a really cool tropical rainforest it’s a totally different world from say living in Melbourne, in Victoria.
So, as usual, let’s go through and define the expression “the best of both worlds”.
So, “the best of both worlds”, if you have the best of both worlds, you get to see the best of both worlds, it means that it’s a win-win situation.
So, a situation in which one gets the advantages of two different things, of two contrasting things, but to get both of them at the same time.
So, for example… we’ll go through these examples as usual guys.
Number one, for example, imagine that you love your job, but you also want to retire.
So, you also want to stop working.
You’ve gotten to the age of about 65, maybe 70 years old.
It’s time to retire, but you do absolutely love your job.
When you do retire, your job allows you to keep volunteering.
So, it allows you to keep coming to work. It allows you to keep being involved.
If you get to retire, but you still get to work where you work at your job, you could say that you get the best of both worlds.
So, you get to do both things.
You get to retire, but you also get to work.
Example number two.
Imagine that you attend lectures at a university and you’re in a class that is incredibly interesting to you, but, for example, if you’re doing a Master’s Degree or a PhD you might be going to the class to learn, but you don’t actually have to do the exams.
So, you’re not getting marked on results of the class that you’re doing.
You don’t have to worry about the assessments, the assignments.
You just get to go and learn, and then apply what you learn in the class to your project that you’re doing outside of that class.
So, if you get to go to the class, but you don’t have to worry about studying for these exams, and you don’t have to worry about passing the exams, you could say you get the best of both worlds.
You get the best of both worlds, because you get to go to the class and enjoy the material, and you also don’t have to worry, you don’t have to stress, you don’t have to freak out about exams, about assignments.
So, you get those two things, you get both those things, and they’re good.
They’re the best options. The best of both worlds.
Example number three.
Imagine that someone invents a junk food that tastes exactly like a chocolate bar or an ice cream or a bag of salt and vinegar chips.
I love salt and vinegar chips.
So, imagine that someone invents this junk food, but it has no sugar. It has no fat.
There’s zero calories. So, it’s healthy.
When you eat this thing… or at the very least it’s not necessarily healthy, but it’s not bad for you. Right?
So, imagine someone’s created this junk food that tastes like normal junk food, but it’s nowhere near as bad for you.
You could say it’s the best of both worlds.
So, it tastes amazing and it’s not bad for you. It’s the best of both worlds.
So, as usual guys, let’s go through a listen and repeat exercise where you guys get to practice your pronunciation and practice sounding just like a native English speaker, just like me.
So, listen and repeat after me guys.
Listen & Repeat:
The best of.
The best of.
The best of.
The best of.
The best of both worlds.
The best of both worlds.
The best of both worlds.
The best of both worlds.
Good job guys. Good job.
As usual, let’s have a little discussion about the pronunciation and connected speech aspects of this expression, of this phrase, of this sentence that we just went through.
So, the main thing that I want you to take away today is the fact that the word “of” often gets converted into just an “-ah” sound when it’s sitting between two words like that.
So, for example if I was to say, “the best of both worlds”, but incredibly quickly, and like a native, I would say, “the best-ah both worlds”, “the best-ah both worlds”, “the best-ah both worlds”.
So, the “of” turns into just an “-ah” or “-eh” sound that links “best-ah both”, “best-ah both”.
This happens all over the place, guys.
You’re going to hear it with couple of = couple-ah.
You’re going to hear it when people say lots of = lots-ah, heaps of = heaps-ah, pair of = pair-ah, or heard of = heard-ah.
So, this is something that native speakers everywhere in the English-speaking world will do with the word “of”.
Let’s just practice, “the best-ah both worlds” five times, guys, and give you a chance to practice your pronunciation, and convert “of” into an “-ah” or “-eh” sound.
Listen & Repeat:
The best-ah both worlds.
The best-ah both worlds.
The best-ah both worlds.
The best-ah both worlds.
The best-ah both worlds.
Good job guys. Good job. Keep at it. Keep listening to these episodes.
Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Learn all the vocab in them and practice your pronunciation, and sooner rather than later you’re going to sound a lot more like a native speaker.
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