[Phrases] -Thanks! -…?

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When someone thanks you, how do you usually reply? You are welcome? I do.

But if you travel abroad, you would find that native speakers have other interesting and informal ways to express this. Let’s have a look and stop saying ‘you are welcome’ all the time!

1.no worries/no problem

People in the U.S and Australia use this reply a lot.

Point here:

‘Worry’ is in its plural form, while ‘problem’ is in its singular form.

2. no sweat/no big deal

Easy to understand, right? That’s no big deal for me and it wasn’t a demanding task at all.

Point here:

When you say ‘no sweat’, don’t pronounce it like ‘no sweet’. (Go and check the pronunciation if you are not so sure about the difference)

In oral English, you can also say ‘no biggie’.

3. don’t worry about it/don’t mention it

This is a little bit more formal than the ones above.

When people apologize to you, you can also reply ‘don’t worry about it’. A pretty useful one!

4.it’s my pleasure/happy to help

People also use these.

That’s all for today!

Do you like today’s everyday English? Tell me in the comment!

C U!

 

[Listening] Why You Should Never, Ever Call Your Kid ‘Smart’

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Hey guys, today’s Monday and we are gonna listen to an audio to sharpen our ears today!

Answer for last time:

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All of us know that kids need praise to grow confident and to build their own character. But today I am going to tell you not to do that. Why? Let’s get started.


Nothing succeeds like success, as every parent of a straight-A student knows, but trying to reinforce academic ???(one word missing) by telling your child, “You’re so smart,” may be counterproductive. Here’s why: According to the findings of a 2017 study, children who think their intelligence is fixed are less likely to pay attention and bounce back from mistakes than children who think intelligence can grow and change. Telling kids they’re smart reinforces the idea that intelligence is a genetic gift rather than a skill that can be honed. (Studies also say handwriting can make children smarter.)

In the study, researchers at Michigan State University looked at 123 children who were about 7, as kids this age face the challenge of transitioning to school. The team assessed the children to determine whether they had a “growth mindset” (believing that you can work harder to get smarter), or a “???(two words missing)” (believing that your intelligence is unable to change). They then asked the children to complete a fast-paced computer accuracy task while their brain activity was recorded.


What happened in the project?

Stay tuned and share what your heard with me in the comment!

[Talk] What Are Other Duties?

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Andrew is considering applying for a job…


女底色 Are you applying for a job as a stock clerk?

男底色 That’s right. I understand there’s some ordering involved. What are the other duties?

女底色 You’ll be taking inventory and also doing some billing.

男底色 About how much billing work is there?

女底色 About two hours a day. Sounds interesting?

男底色 Yes, it does. What is the work schedule?

女底色 Monday through Friday, from 4:00 pm to midnight.

男底色 Is there any overtime work?

女底色 Yes, there is. About once or twice a month.

男底色 A little overtime is no problem for me. Could you tell me something about the fringe benefit?

女底色  Employees get one sick day a month and ten vacation days a year.

男底色  I’m really interested. May I have an application form?


Sounds great! Among all the fringe benefit, which one do you believe is the most important?

Share with me in the comment!

[Talk] Sacramento Is Much Hotter Than San Francisco

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John went to Sacramento for business last week…


男底色 Last week, I went to Sacramento on business.

女底色 I figured you were out of town. I tried to call you a few times. I left a message on your machine.

男底色  I talked to a man named Charles Cooper. I had an appointment with him.

女底色 What did you discuss with him?

男底色 I was interested in possibly buying his grocery store.

女底色 That’s interesting.

男底色 Mr. Cooper made me a pretty good offer, but I turned it down.

女底色 What was your reason for turning it down? Doesn’t he have a good business?

男底色 The price was too high. The location wasn’t the best.

女底色 What bothered you about the location?

男底色 His store is ten blocks from the State Capitol Building.

女底色 That doesn’t sound like a bad location at all.

男底色 No. It’s a good location for Sacramento. The trouble is, it’s Sacramento. I’d rather open a business here.

女底色 But you have to admit, it’s a lot more expensive in San Francisco.

男底色 I prefer the weather here to the weather in Sacramento.

女底色  Oh, so you prefer cool weather to hot weather.

男底色 You got it. Sacramento is a lot hotter than San Francisco.


Does the climate matter in your decision on your career? Why?

Share with me in the comment!

[Listening] Pull On A Pair Of Skates And Twirl Around

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Did you get the answer from yesterday’s audio?

Here’s the answer:

Saturday afternoons, funny coincidence

Today’s listening is a little challenging, but I believe that you guys can nail it! Shall we?


The following week, after yoga, it made sense to walk together to the subway to get into the city for the mentoring. She sighed a tiny bit as we waited for the F train, and I sensed the sigh was not directed solely at the tiresome weekend subway schedule. The train arrived, and we found seats side by side. I confessed to her that my heels have never touched the ground in a downward dog. Harmless little opener, I felt. She took her phone out as a defense as fast as you could say, “So what?” She reflexively asked where I was from. I told her. She seemed despondent, but soldiered on. “When did you move here?” “A couple of years ago.” ???(one word missing) exhausted, she said, “Remind me to ask you about your story when I’m less, like, crazy busy.”

That is how it came to pass that, instead of some small talk leading to an easy quietness, Warrior One sat beside Warrior Two in tense silence as they both scrolled through their phones. My ???(one word missing) companion believed that conversation had to be all or nothing. She didn’t know she just had to pull on a pair of skates and twirl around for a while.


Got it? They didn’t become best friends, and the author believes this is because of lack of small talk.

Are you good at small talk? Share with me in the comment!

C U next week!

[Phrases] U Will Need These Slang Words!①

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Hey guys, today we are gonna learn some slang words that will help you blend in when you are abroad.

Here we go!

1. Let’s talk about success first. If something works like magic / works like a charm, it works perfectly and effectively.

This new detergent works like magic for getting stains out of white clothing.

2.When you have a lot of successes in a row, or a lot of positive momentum in your action, you are on a roll.

I’ve gotten the highest grade in the class on the past three tests. I’m really on a roll this semester!

3. When something fails, we can say it was a flop or a dud, or say that it bombed or it tanked. These expressions are usually used for sudden, obvious failures.

Here are two examples:

A lot of people lost their jobs when the economy tanked.

We tried to start a club, but it was a flop. We were hoping for at least fifteen people, but only two signed up.

4. You might make a last-ditch effort (a desperate, final effort) to fix the problem; your last option is called the last resort. But if it doesn’t work, then you’re really in a jam (in a difficult situation).

After spilling coffee all over my computer, I made a last-ditch effort to recover the data: I took it to a repair shop to see if they could at least salvage the hard drive.

That medication has a bunch of serious side effects; doctors only prescribe it as a last resort.

I know I can always count on my brother’s help whenever I’m in a jam.

So much for today!

Do you like this new section for slang words? Leave a comment and let me know!

[Phrases] I Really Prefer Coffee

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I was chatting with a new friend, and she asked me about my hobbies. After talking for a while, it suddenly came to me that I kept using the word “like”. “I like swimming, which is really fun and relaxing. I like coffee. I mean, the taste is great!” I like, I like, I like…

Did this ever happen to you before?

And I do know that if you keep using one word, people would get bored and become easily distracted from the conversation with you. You don’t want that, right?

Today, let’s look at a few EASY expressions that you can use as a substitute for the word “like”.

1.be fond of

To like something, especially something you have liked for a long time. Point: Being fond of something means that you like it. However, being fond of a person means like someone in a romantic way.

e.g. I’m not overly fond of cooking.

2.adore

To love SOMEONE very much, especially in a way that shows a lot of admiration or respect.

See the difference?

e.g. She has one son and she adores him.

3.favor/prefer

When you are comparing two items, you love one more and you can say “I favor/prefer XXX”. The point here is comparison.

Here’s an example:

These students naturally favored their own team.

4.to be into

To be interested in something.

My daughter is into sports all of sudden and really wants to take tennis lessons.

5. get a kick out of

To get a lot of enjoyment or excitement from something.

e.g. I get a kick out of building sandcastles at the beach.

Okay, that’s all for today.

Do you enjoy learning everyday expressions like these? Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

[Thoughts] Is a College Education Worth it?

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The American debate over whether a college education is worth it began when the colonists arrived from Europe and founded “New College” (later renamed Harvard University) in 1636.

With 20.4 million US college students in fall 2017, and over $1.5 trillion in total student debt as of May 2018, the debate continues today.

People who argue that college is worth it contend that college graduates have higher employment rates, bigger salaries, and more work benefits than high school graduates. They say college graduates also have better interpersonal skills, live longer, have healthier children, and have proven their ability to achieve a major milestone.

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People who argue that college is not worth it contend that the debt from college loans is too high and delays graduates from saving for retirement, buying a house, or getting married. They say many successful people never graduated from college and that many jobs, especially trades jobs, do not require college degrees.

What do you think? Do you believe college education is worth both the money and time? Share your thoughts with me in the comment!