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Sunday, November 22, 2015

E-cubed 869: You would think~



Today's E-cubed:  You would think ~ : Tôi đồng ý với bạn, tôi cũng nghĩ thế, bạn nghĩ vậy là đúng đấy...

Cùng luyện tập đoạn hội thoại sau:

Tim’s so smart, but jobless. He should have a job~
You would think.
But no…playing video games all day long.
Yeah. And he’s so bad! You would think he’d be good!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

E-cubed 846: all but



Today's E-cubed:  ~ is all but ~

Trong bài học ngày hôm nay, bạn sẽ biết cách sử dụng cụm từ "all but" một cách hợp lý. "All but" có 2 nghĩa:

1. All but = everything except: tất cả ngoại trừ thứ gì đó
Example:
- I'm all but handsome. = I'm everything except handsome.
- Boring? He's all but boring.
- The bomb killed all but the roaches.
- My business is all but easy.

2. All but = almost, nearly: gần như, hầu như
Example:
- I'm all but bald = I'm almost bald.
- I had all but given up.
- Talking like Coach Shane is all but impossible.
- "Raining cats and dogs"? That expression is all but forgotten.

Cùng luyện tập đoạn hội thoại sau:
Hi, Jack! How’s it going these days?
Pretty good. I’m not all that busy—enjoying life. You?
Oh~ I’m all but enjoying life. Work’s been tough.
Oh, that’s too bad. I hope it gets better.
It will soon. I’m all but done~.

Tạm dịch:
Chào Jack! Dạo này anh thế nào?
Khá tốt. Tôi cũng không bận lắm—đang tận hưởng cuộc sống. Còn anh thì sao?
Ồ~ Tôi thì mỗi việc tận hưởng cuộc sống là không được thôi. Công việc vất vả quá.
Ồ, cũng không phải là quá tệ. Tôi hi vọng nó tiến triển tốt.
Sẽ sớm thôi. Tôi gần xong việc rồi~


Sunday, September 20, 2015

E-cubed 841: to milk it



Today's E-cubed:  to milk it

When you milk something, you try to take too much advantage over something.

"To milk something" có nghĩa là bạn cố gắng lợi dụng tối đa có thể một thứ gì đó để được lợi cho bản thân, bòn rút, lợi dụng nó. Như trong ví dụ dưới đây, anh chàng này lợi dụng lý do mình bị ốm để hưởng lợi mặc dù anh ta thực ra đã khỏi ốm từ 2 tháng nay rồi.

Cùng luyện tập đoạn hội thoại sau:
Ever since he was sick, he’s been milking it.
But he’s not sick anymore.
I know.
That was like two months ago.
I know!.

Tạm dịch:
Suốt từ khi anh ta ốm tới giờ, anh ta cứ lấy cớ đó để được lợi thôi à.
Nhưng cậu ta có ốm nữa đâu.
Tôi biết.
Phải tầm 2 tháng rồi chứ.
Tôi biết mà.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Ecubed Podcast 485: bow out

How are you doing? Let's listen to Daily Easy English Expression Podcast 485. I hope you enjoy it. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

E-cubed 838: Jump me



Today's E-cubed:  Jump me

To jump somebody means to attack someone.

To jump somebody: tấn công ai đó, tấn công bất thình lình. Bạn có thể hình dung ra hình ảnh một tên du côn, hay một tay xã hội đen, hoặc là một người say rượu bất ngờ nhảy ra chặn bạn lại và tấn công bạn để trấn lột tiền, tài sản của bạn hoặc là chỉ để hăm dọa bạn. Be careful!!!

How was your hike? Not too good?
I was so scared.
What happened?
I saw some punks. I thought they were gonna jump me.

Chuyến đi chơi của bạn thế nào? Không vui lắm à?
Tớ đã sợ chết đi được.
Có chuyện gì à?
Tớ trông thầy mấy tên du côn. Tớ đã nghĩ là họ sẽ tấn công mình.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Ecubed Podcast 480: Crash

How are you doing? Let's listen to Daily Easy English Expression Podcast 480. I hope you enjoy it. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

E-cubed 828: Sticks and stones may break my bones



Today's E-cubed:  Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me.!!

Chúng ta sử dụng expression này trong trường hợp khi ai đó nói xấu chúng ta, expression này mang ý nghĩa: Lời nói gió bay/Gậy gộc và đất đá có thể làm tôi đau, nhưng lời nói thì không thể làm tôi tổn thương được.

TRANSCRIPT:

Hello, everybody. Welcome back to daily easy English expression. Thank you very much for watching my videos. I love you. Oh, yes. Today's expression, it's actually a little bit similar to yesterday. Somebody asks me about the expression "sticks and stones." Yes. It's a great expression. And, there're two versions. In America, we say "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me." And there is another version "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me." So what it means is, sticks - that's a piece of wood from a tree. You know, that's the idea, broken part of a tree, sticks. And stones - rocks. Sticks and stones may. And in this case may means might. It's possible. Sticks and stones may break my bones. If you throw a stone at me. I could break my arm. If you hit me with a stick, I could break my arm. So sticks and stones might break my bones. But names, words will never harm me. Names, words will never hurt me. So if you call me an idiot, no problem. It doesn't bother me. Nah nah nah nah nah nah. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. Names will never harm me. It's what children say. It's what children are taught. Okay. And the idea, you know, Johny was teasing me. Daddy, daddy, daddy, Johny called me a bad word. Well, son. Don't worry. Sticks and stones might break your bones, but names will never harm you. Sticks and stones might break my bones, but names will never harm me. That's the idea, it's something we teach to kids. But I have a question, and I'll ask my question after you listen to the dialogue.

Oh my god~ Shane, you're so skinny and bald!
Let's call him "baldy bones"
Sticks and stones may break my bones...
Baldy, baldy, baldy bones~~
But names will never hurt me!

Whatever. You know, baldy bones. Baldy - losing my hair. Bones - too skinny. Yeah. You can say anything you want to me, but it's not going to hurt me. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names, words, they will never, ever, ever hurt me. That's not true. Some people are really sad. Some people get really depressed. Some people cry. Sure. It's true.

So, if you have a little boy or a little girl, do you want your son or daughter to be like this "sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." Or do you want your son or daughter to do this "What? What did you say to me? What did you call me? Huh? Huh?" Would you like your son or daughter to start a fight? Lots of kids. You know. Not all kids. Of course. Not all kids, but many kids, many boys, may girls, they, they don't like other people calling them names. So they wanna fight them. What do you think? What do you think? So do you want to be passive? Nice? No fighting, no fighting. Or do you want to be aggressive? And puupp, and hit them. Think about your children. And what about you? I'm sure some of you like to fight. And, some of you never want to fight. But I think most of us are in the middle. Me, what about me. Well, to be honest, I want the options. I want to, I want to make the decision. Oh, this guy is calling me names. But he's much bigger than me. Well, sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. And I'll run away. But, some guys, what? You're calling me names? And you're a skinny guy? Shut up! I would like the options as a child. Now, I'm an adult. I don't care. Yeah, I don't care. Really. This is not my own business. Names will never hurt me. Uh yeah, as an adult I don't care. But as a child. I remember as a child, I was a small child. I was a little kid. And to be honest, there are guys that I wanted to just ... I wanted to. I really did. But those guys that I wanted to ... were bigger than me. And, and they were less intelligent. And I'm sorry. Sometimes, less intelligent people, when you hit them, they're so unintelligent. They don't feel the pain. And they keep fighting. So you could be hitting them, and kicking them, and kneeing them in their face. And they keep coming. That's dangerous. Because that person doesn't stop kicking, hiting to. Be careful. If I had a son, what would I do? I would encourage him to be passive. But, son, sometimes the hand, it's mightier than the pen. That's not just me. That's same thing with the daughter. If I have a daughter, I teach her, I teach her how to kick so hard. Kick, kick like a, kick like Beckham. I don't know. Beckham kicks hard.

That's it. That's today's expression. I'm curious about your opinion. What about you? You as a child, did you always want to be passive? Did you sometimes want to be aggressive or were you always aggressive? What's the situation. Did you get into a fight? I wanna know. I wanna know your dirty dark secrets. Actually I don't want to know your dirty dark secret. I just want to know what you think about this. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me. It's a child, children's poem. Pretty much American know it. So you should, too. Thank you very much. Have a great day. Check out the dialogue three more times. And I'll see you tomorrow.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

E-cubed 827: takes one to know one



Today's E-cubed:  It takes one to know one~!!

Chúng ta sử dụng expression này trong trường hợp khi ai đó nói xấu chúng ta, expression này mang ý nghĩa: từ bụng ta mà suy ra bụng người/hãy xem lại bản thân mình trước khi nói người khác thế này thế nọ. Ngụ ý chỉ những người đó cũng xấu giống như những gì họ nói về chúng ta.

TRANSCRIPT:

Hello, everybody. Welcome back to daily easy English expression. Today we have an useful expression. If somebody says something bad about you, especially if they call you a bad name likes you're stupid, or you're an idiot, or even worse. You know, they use the bad words. Whatever. In your languages. Whatever. I hope they never do. People shouldn't do that. But sometimes they do. So in America, we have this expression. If somebody calls me, "Hey, idiot!" They call me an idiot. Then I can say, "Takes one to know one." It takes one to know one. It takes one to know one. In this case, takes mean requires. So the idea of this expression is in order to know if I am an idiot then you too must be an idiot. It takes one to know one. That's the idea. It is ilogical. But anyway that's what we say. So you could say to me, "Coach Shane, you're so ugly." It takes one to know one. It requires an ugly person to know whether or not I'm ugly. So, if you think I'm ugly. That means you are also ugly. We're brothers. We are ugly brothers. Shane, you are such a terrible cook. You can't cook. It takes one to know one. In order to know if I am a bad cook, then you too must be a bad cook. You are a terrible cook. Therefore, you know that I am a terrible cook. Do you see how this expression works. Yeah, I like it. It always makes me feel good. Because if I'm an idiot, boom.. then you are an idiot, too. We're idiots. Ha ha ha... Yeah, let's check out a dialogue.

You cook all that food? You're such a liar~~
Pfft~ It takes one to know one.
Ha! I never lie. I always tell the truth.
Then why do you dye your hair?

Oooh, yeah. We have one of my DDM students. His name is David. He's from Brazil. And whenever he sees my cooking pictures, my food pictures on Facebook, he always says something likes "You didn't make that. You're lying. No way. You bought that. Your mom made it. He never believes that I actually do the cooking. He calls me a liar. Wow, David. It takes one to know one. If you think I'm a liar, you must be a liar. Because in order to know whether or not I'm lying, you must also be a liar. So David, you are a liar, too. Just like me.

Do you understand this situation? The guy says, I never lie. And then the other guy says, so why do you dye your hair? To dye your hair, to color your hair. Yeah I know lots of people. People who. I'm sorry. If... Now. There are some, I know some Asian guys whose hairs are turning gray, or white, actually gray very young. But in general, in general, you know the Asian, Korean, African, American that I know from the army, their hair stays dark for really long time. But white guys, and I can only speak for myself, my family, people that I know when we get like 30, the hair starts changing. OK. My hair, it's like silver. Silver. No gold. Just silver. OK. But, you know that I just cut my hair. And many people dye their hair. They dye their hair. They dye their mustache. They're liars. Should I dye my hair? You guys be honest. Be honest. Now look. You know I obviously have more energy than most 20 year old. But I look like a 60 year old. So maybe it's stressful for you guys. Should I dye my hair dark color so that I look younger. So that it matches my energy level. Or should I leave my hair silver. Silver hair, balding hair. Yeah. What can I do? No secret, gray, bald, wrinkles. What you see is what you get. No lies here. Now, don't worry. If you dye your hair, if you dye your mustache, that's your business. Go ahead. Feel free. Anyways, it's a great expression. It takes one to know one. It takes one to know one. If somebody says something bad about you. Buum. It takes one to know one. You can use that expression. Shane, you're so handsome. It takes one to know one. Shane, you're so smart. It takes one to know one. Shane, you're the greatest English teacher in the world. It takes one to know one. Now actually we don't use it in positive situations. But you could, you could do it. Sure. Why not? Yeah. So do you think I'm handsome? You think I'm pretty smart? It takes one to know one. You, too. We usually use this expression in a negative situation. But again, it's possible to use it in a positive situation. Let's check out the dialogue three more times. And by the way, if you're not a member of DDM or PIRF, what are you waiting for? Go to website www.letsmasterenglish.com, sign up today. Thanks a lot, guys. Have a great one. I'll see you again tomorrow. Bye bye.

Friday, July 17, 2015

E-cubed 799: Aw, shucks~!!



Today's E-cubed:  Aw, shucks~!!

Chúng ta sử dụng expression này trong trường hợp khi ai đó khen ngợi chúng ta, expression này mang ý nghĩa: thật ngại quá, xấu hổ quá, mình chưa phải tuyệt vời như thế để tỏ sự khiêm tốn.

Mike, I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your work.
Well, it was just my job.
No, sir. You did much more. You are the kindest man I know.
Aw, shucks~ I’m just an average Joe~

Thursday, July 16, 2015

E-cubed 798: an average Joe



Today's E-cubed:  an average Joe

Joe là tên gọi dành cho nam, an average Joe có nghĩa là một người đàn ông bình thường như bao người đàn ông khác, không có gì đặc biệt cả.
Đối với phụ nữ, chúng ta sử dụng expression: a plain Jane cũng mang nghĩa là một người phụ nữ bình thường như bao người khác.

How did Ryan become so powerful?
It’s a mystery. He’s always been just an average Joe~
I know. Does he have lots of money?
No! He’s just as poor as you and me.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

E-cubed 797: Golly!



Today's E-cubed:  Golly!!

Expression trong bài học này là một cách để chúng ta bày tỏ sự ngạc nhiên một cách dân dã. Bạn có thể sử dụng expression này trong nhiều trường hợp, với các bé con đáng yêu như trong ví dụ sau:

Uncle Shane!! Look at my drawing!
Golly! Is that me?
No!! It’s a bear!!!
Well, I kind of look like a bear, don’t I?!!

Friday, July 10, 2015

E-cubed 796: see a man about a horse (dog)



Today's E-cubed:  see a man about a horse (dog)

Oh no. Here comes Peter.
He is SO highbrow~
Hi, guys! What’s up! Having fun?
Hi, Peter.
Hi, Peter. Sorry, guys, I gotta go see a man about a horse.

TRANSCRIPT

Hello, everybody. Welcome back to daily easy English expression. Thank you very much for watching this video. Remember, you can see all of my videos. I have different styles of videos, different lessons of everything. We've got all of my podcasts. You can see them and download them if you go to the website: www.letsmasterenglish.com. Now, this specific video is sponsored by our book club. You can get a free audio book if you listen at the end of the podcast. I'll tell you how to get a free audio book. And I'll tell you the new book that we're going to discuss next week. It's gonna be fantastic. I'm very excited about the new book. Okay.

Today's expression is see a man about a horse, and also we say see a man about a dog. I'm going to see a man about a horse. I'm going to go see a man about a horse, or a dog. It's, some parts of America, they say dog, some parts they say horse. Where I'm from, Wisconsin, we say horse. So I'm gonna see a man about a horse. What does it mean? Does it mean I'm going to see somebody and ask him about a horse? So do you have a horse? How much is a horse? How big is a horse? Is it a fat horse? Is it a small horse? Is it a tiny pony? Yeah. Well, yes. That's what it means. But this is an expression. And what this expression means is excuse me. When you want to leave for usually a temporary amount of time that's a minute, five minutes. We use this expression. Especially guys when we're drinking beer and I have to go to the bathroom. I don't say "Excuse me, man. I must go use the toilet." No, I don't say that. We say: "Excuse me, man. I wanna go see a man about a horse." And then go to the bathroom. It's cool. Yeah. So, if we're in a situation where we want to leave. Especially guys when we want to the bathroom, we can use this expression. So, can women use this expression? Why not? I don't think I ever heard a woman use this expression. But why not? Oh, I wanna go see a man about a horse. Sure. Why not? Yeah. Let's check out a dialogue.

Oh no. Here comes Peter.
He is SO highbrow~
Hi, guys! What’s up! Having fun?
Hi, Peter.
Hi, Peter. Sorry, guys, I gotta go see a man about a horse.

That happens to me. If I'm with my family. You know I've got lots of uncles, aunts and uncles, lots of aunts and uncles. So we're having a nice conversation talking about hunting or fishing or cars. You know men conversation. And then my uncle Dan. My uncle Dan, he's a. I'm not joking. He's a, a hugely successful business man, extremely sucessful. And my other uncles, they fish and hunt. They're real men. They have regular jobs. My uncle Dan, he's a. Oh hello, men. So, have you been investing in the stock market? What do you think of the political situation in America at the moment? What are you views of... abla bla bla.. Shut up, uncle Dan. I gotta go see a man about a horse. I don't wanna be there because when my uncle Dan starts talking, my other uncles start arguing. Then there's a big fight. And, I don't wanna be there. Don't worry. Uncle Dan will not watch this video. Uncle Dan, uncle Dan, if you're watching this video, I wanna say that I love you and when I was young, you did that trick, that magic trick with the matches. I though that was so cool. Yeah. I miss you uncle Dan.

Friday, July 3, 2015

E-cubed 792: the lowest common denominator



Today's E-cubed:  the lowest common denominator: nhóm người có nhận thức thấp

What are you doing?
Checking out the magazines.
They’re for the lowest common denominator~ Hello?
Okay! I’ll stay away~~

Cậu đang làm gì thế?
Tớ đang tìm mấy cuốn tạp chí để đọc.
Chúng chỉ dành cho nhóm người có nhận thức thấp thôi ~ Xin chào nhé?
Được rồi! Tớ sẽ tránh xa~

Thursday, July 2, 2015

E-cubed 791: You know your Greeks!



Today's E-cubed:  You know your ~: Bạn đúng là am hiểu về ~

Who said “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak?”
Epictetus.
Wow! You know your Greeks!
Piece of cake!

Ai là người nói “Chúng ta có hai cái tai và chỉ một cái miệng vì thế chúng ta có thể lắng nghe nhiều hơn gấp hai lần những gì chúng ta nói?”
Epictetus.
Òa! Bạn đúng là am hiểu về những người Hy Lạp nổi tiếng nhỉ.
Đơn giản như húp cháo ý mà.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

E-cubed 790: more than one way to skin a cat



Today's E-cubed:  more than one way to skin a cat: có nhiều cách để thực hiện một việc gì đó

I want you to study, go to college and get a good job.
Dad, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
That’s the best way~ 
It’s not the only way~ I’m gonna be a pro gamer!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

E-cubed 789: to have a chip on your shoulder



Today's E-cubed:  to have a chip on your shoulder: tâm trạng tức giận, cay cú ai đó

You going to Chuck’s party?
No. 
It’s gonna be fun.
Nope.
You still have a chip on your shoulder~
He’s not nice to me and he thinks he’s so great.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

E-cubed 776: Chance for/Chance to/Chance of



Today's E-cubed:  Chance for/Chance to/Chance of

A chance for/A chance of: khả năng xảy ra điều gì đó cao hay thấp
A chance to: cơ hội làm việc gì đó

What's the weather for tomorrow?
The chance for rain is really good.
That'll give me a chance to wear my boots! And you'll love them~
The chance of me loving them is NOT so good~~

TRANSCRIPT

Hello, everybody. Welcome back to E-cubed - Daily Easy English Expression. Thank you very much. You can watch this video and all of my youtube videos and listen to all of my podcasts on our website: letsmasterenglish.com. We even have a new search engine thing. It changes, you know. So we have to update it. But thanks to you guys. Thanks to my patreons, my sponsors. I have a great team who continue to work on it. Thank you very much, you guys.

Today's expression, whoo, very very good. A chance for something, a chance of something, a chance to do something. Uh huh. What's the difference? Chance for, chance of, basically the same. Chance to, different.

Now watch this expression. A chace for, a chance of. A chance for a rain to fall in the city. A chance of rain coming to the city. A chance of, a chance for, that's the idea. The expression is straight. No special emotion. A chance to, a chance to, a chance to meet my favorite English teacher. A chance to travel around the world. Chance to has emotion, not always but it's usually very happy. Yeah. And the idea of a chance to is an apportunity, an opportunity to do something, an opportunity to see something. Right now, you are taking, you are experiencing the chance to study English with me, an American, a very nice old American guy. I'm giving you the chance to study English for free. And hopefully, you're having fun. That's the idea of chance to. Chance of and chance for, this is likelihood (kha nang xay ra), probability. Okay. So the chance for rain tomorrow is 70%. The chance of rain tomorrow is 70%. We use the same sentence, for basically both. In some situations it might be different. But the point is chance of, chance for is probability, the percentage, the likelihood. Chance to is opportunity. Yay. I get, I receive the chance to meet you in real life. That's so wonderful. But the chances of Coach Shane not going are very high. The probability, the likelihood, the odds of Coach Shane not going to a live meeting are very high. OK. Let's check out a dialogue.

What's the weather for tomorrow?
The chance for rain is really good.
That'll give me a chance to wear my boots! And you'll love them~
The chance of me loving them is NOT so good~~

Once again talking about the weather, the chance for rain, the chance of rain is a great example. The chance, we can also say the chances. The chances of me liking your boots are very low. The chance of me liking your boots is very low. Both are fine. It doesn't matter. Be careful with the sentence, the context of the situation. What's important is this of and for are probability, percentage, ok. So just think about that of and for are probability. OK. Of and for are probability, percent, chances, okay. To is exciting, opportunity, yeah. Not one but two. Just think like that. Does that help? I hope so. So, tomorrow it's going to rain. Is that good. No, usually that's bad. But for this woman, it's really good because she has rain boots, and because of raining tomorrow, she has a chance to wear the rain boots. And everybody will say, oh my, your rain boots are so lovely. She believes, but the guys says no, no, no, no, I, I, I don't care about rain boots so the chance of me liking your rain boots is very very low. That chance is very low. The likelihood is not so good. The probability almost zero. Does it make sense? I hope so. This was a question and it's such a great question. Chances to, chances for, chances of. Chance of, chance for, chance to. Keep it like this, of and for, of and for, percent. To, opportunity. OPPORTUNITY opportunity. Listen to that dialogue three more times. Practice with a friend. Please find a friend to practice with. And I'll probably be back again tomorrow. Thanks a lot, everybody.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

E-cubed 758: chronic pain



Today's E-cubed:  Chronic pain: chứng đau mãn tính (đau kéo dài, nhiều đợt)

You okay? Another headache?
This chronic pain is too much.
You need to see a doctor.
Any recommendations?

Saturday, May 9, 2015

E-cubed 757: say something out in the open



Today's E-cubed:  Say something out in the open: Nói ra điều gì đó giữa nơi đông người

Hi! You wanna have some coffee?
Ugh! Your breath stinks!
What? Oh...sorry...~
Betty! You shouldn't say something like that right out in the open!!

TRANSCRIPT

Hello, everybody. Welcome back to E-cubed. Today's expression: to say something out in the open. To say something right out in the open. What does that mean? In the open. To say something in the open. What does that mean? Out in the open. That means to say something that's private or personal, to say something so that everybody else can hear. But actually you should not probably have done that. You should probably have said it quietly, or said it as a whisper to your friend, or maybe you shouldn't have said that. That's all. That's the idea. To say something out in the open. It's usually impolite or embarrassing. So the best example I can give you is somebody goes to the supermarket. And they have a stomach ache. And they have diarrhea. So when they to the bathroom, it's pretty bad. So they go to the store, and they buy some medicine to help them to help their stomach. And they go to the cashier, and the cashier sees the medicine, and the cashier tries to check the price but the cashier cannot find the price. So the cashier uses the microphone on the store. And the cashier says: Uh, yes. I need a price check on the diarrhea medicine, diarrhea medicine, price check please. And you're like... No, thank you. No, thanks. Well, I'm fine. I'm fine. I don't need the medicine. I'll just go. It's so embarrass. You don't say that diarrhea medicine out in the open. That's embarrassing. It should be a secret, right? Let's check out a dialogue.

Hi! You wanna have some coffee?
Ugh! Your breath stinks!
What? Oh...sorry...~
Betty! You shouldn't say something like that right out in the open!!

Oh, I feel sorry for the guy. The guy, he sees a woman. Her name is Betty. And he goes to Betty. He likes Betty and he says: "Do you wanna have some coffee?" But you know... And Betty says: "Oh, your breath stinks!" Can you imagine how embarrassed. He's embarrassed for asking her, but also he's embarrassed about his bad breath. And now, everybody else knows he has bad breath. Betty. Come on, Betty. Don't say something like that right out in the open. Be nice. Be quiet say: "Oh, oh, your breath stinks." That's what you should do. Yeah. That happens. Do you like to embarrass people? Would you say something out in the open to embarrass somebody. It happens. Has something like that ever happened to you? I hope not. It does happen. That's for sure. To say something right out in the open.

Sometimes people like to do that. So, another classic example in America, I think this is a stupid example. But, a couple goes to a basketball game. It's a big basketball game. Thousands of people are there. And during half time, certainly the man get the microphone for the whole gymnasium, and he says: "Sweetheart, would you marry me?" And he shows her a rage. He proposes marrige to her in front of thousands of people right out in the open.

Now many times, the woman says yes. But sometimes, the woman doesn't say yes. She says no. And, I think it's so funny. If the guy does it, he's embarrassing her by saying it out in the open. If she says no, she's embarrassing him also by saying it out in the open. Be careful of what you say out in the open. Sometimes you don't want everybody to hear what you're saying or what you're thinking. Okay. It's a great expression. If you think of an example, I hope so. Check out the dialogue three more times. Please practice with somebody. And I'll see you again tomorrow. Bye, bye.

Friday, May 8, 2015

E-cubed 756: to put the kibosh on something



Today's E-cubed:  to put the kibosh on something: ngăn cản, cản trở việc gì đó

What happened to your restaurant idea?
Oh~ My dad put the kibosh on it. 
Why?
He said I couldn’t even make a grilled cheese sandwich~ 

TRANSCRIPT

Thursday, May 7, 2015

E-cubed 755: Alls I need is...



Today's E-cubed:  alls I need is..: tất cả những gì tôi cần là... (thứ duy nhất tôi cần là...)

What do you need to be happy?
Happy? Alls I need is a million dollars!
Alls I know is that’ll never happen.
Alls you do is destroy my dreams.
Alls I’m saying is go get a job!

TRANSCRIPT

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

E-cubed 754: You're too GOOD for your own good!



Today's E-cubed: You're too good for your own good: Bạn quá tốt đến nỗi gây bất lợi cho chính bạn.

You look ill.
I'm okay. I just need to finish my son's homework, then make dinner for my hubby, then I'll get some rest.
You're too good for your own good!
Oh~ I'm just a regular mom!

TRANSCRIPT

Hello, everybody. Welcome back to E-cubed. Today's video is brought to you by you. All of you, especially to my patreons and my other sponsors, thank you so very much. Today's video is really great. Now, the last video we studied for your own good. Do something for your own good, for your own benefit. For example, you are studying English for your benefit, for your own good. Perhaps you quit smoking for your own good. Maybe you are eating more vegetables and fruits for your own good, for your benefit.

I said this expression could be used in a negative situation, and that's what we are going to learn today. Today's expression is you're too good for your own good. You're too good for your own good. You're too rich for your own good. You're too healthy for your own good. What does it mean? You're too rich for your own good. You have too much money for your own good. Yeah, some people. That happens. Did you ever hear about the peson who won the lotery. They won millions of dollar. They won a huge amount of money. And, they bought a car. They bought a house. And five years later, they have nothing. They're divorced. Their life is terrible. They were too rich for their own good. There were too much money. And, it was not for their good. It wasn't for their benefit. It destroyed them. It wasn't good for them. That's too much money for your own good.

So the key is "TOO". When you see "too", it means too much. It means it's a negative amount. So very is good. A lot is good. But too is negative. It's very hot. OKay. It's supper hot. That sounds okay. It's too hot. It's not good. It's not good. It's too hot for my own good. So for example, let's say I like the cold weather. You know me I like the cold weather, the cloudy skies. Today, the temperature will be -40 and thick cloud which is probably almost impossible. But anyways, that's too cold for my own good. No, that's too cold. It's not good for me. There is no benefit. Minus 40? I can't do anything. -40 is, it's too cold for my own good. There is no benefit to me. Too rich for your own good. You get too much money destroying you. What about too healthy too your own good? Does that make sense? Yes. And I will explain after we have another example in our dialogue. Check it out.

You look ill.
I'm okay. I just need to finish my son's homework, then make dinner for my hubby, then I'll get some rest.
You're too good for your own good!
Oh~ I'm just a regular mom!

Yeah. There are so many mothers out there like this. They do everything, they really are supper moms. They do their children's homework. They make dinner for everybody. They clean the house. And then some of these mothers work. I mean they go out for a job. So they're not only working at home, working for their children, working for their husbans. They're working for somebody else. Oh my goodness. Yeah. And they don't complain. Some mothers, many mothers, I don't think they complain. It's.. They love their family. They want to do it. They want to help their children and help their husbands. They're too good for their own good. They're too good. It's not good for their own good. It's actually hurting them because they're gonna get sick.
 And you know, they're gonna get stressed out. It's not good.

Being too good for your own good. It's not good. Saying yes to everybody. Yes. Yes, I'll do. Okay, okay, okay. Eventually, you're gonna go crazy. You're gonna be other problems. Being too good, it's not good. Are you too good for your own good? Yeah, it's not a good thing. We have to lean how to say no. We have to learn how to trust other people to do what is right. Not easy. Especially if you're a profession. See. This is my problem with my podcast let's master English. People ask me where is it? Where is it? Uh, boys. I want my podcasts to be perfect and to be regular. And I don't feel that I'm ready for that. Yes. I, to go back into it. Because once I start something, I don't want to stop it. So I'm too perfect for my own good? Yeah. Perfection is good. But too much is not good.

So what about too healthy for your own good? Healthy is great. Eating good foods. Getting good exercise you know. Getting good sleep. Healthy is good. How can you be too healthy for your own good? Well believe it or not, I have a friend who is health-freak. Everything he does is about health. Uh, he's a vegan. He gets, absolutely he gets 8 hours of sleep a night. Absolutely. He perfectly go to bed at 10pm every night, wakes up at 6am as it's the same every time. And he wakes up. He exercises. Come back. Everything is specificly designed for his health. And because of that, he is inflexible. He's not flexible. If we go to a luch, we have to go to a vegan restaurant. I hate not having meat. But I go because he's a friend. If it's hot in Summer time, want an ice scream? No. No ice scream. It's bad for you. Only he'll take what he does. And he takes oranges, and juices them, and then freezes the orange juice. And that is ice-scream. It's delicious. Yes. I love it, too. But, outside you know, when you're driving to the store. Come on. He's a health freak. He's too healthy for his own good. So physically, it's really good for him. But his relationships and think about it. Is it easy for him to go to a restaurant? No. And he always goes on business trips. So everytime he goes on a business trip, he spends 5 hours online looking for non-smoking hotels, looking for vegan restaurants. And it's very stressful for him. His focuses, concentration on health is actually not really helping him. Whatever. You know. He wants to do. It's alright. Go ahead. You do that. That's the idea. Too healthy. He's too healthy for his own good. It's not that healthy unfortunately. You know he's about the same age with me. I'll bet he die before me. That's a horrible thing. I know it's terrible. I hope not. But, you know.. Good luck. Good luck to you. Anyways that's the idea.

So for your own good. Too rich for your own good, that's negative. Too good for your own good, it's negative. Too healthy for your own good, it's negative. Can you come up with an example, maybe about yourself, or about your mom, or somebody you know. Leave your example down below. And let me say thank you right after you listen to the dialogue three more times. Please practice with somebody.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

E-cubed 753: For your own good



Today's E-cubed: for your own good: vì lợi ích của bạn, tốt cho bạn...

You quit smoking?
Yeah. I quit for my own good.
Well, it's good for me, too!
I guess it is. You should be nicer to me!

TRANSCRIPT

Hello, everybody. Welcome back to daily easy english expression, the podcast. Today's podcast is brought to you buy PIRF and DDM. We've got the very special membership right now until Sunday which is today. This is the last day we can sign up. I'll talk more about this special offer after today's expression which is for your own good. For your own good. If something is for your own good, it is for your benefit. So, you should quit smoking for your own good. If you quit smoking, you will be healthier. It benefits you. You should eat healthy foods for your own good. You should get some exercises for your own good. You should... What elses? Well I don't know. Many thing to do for your own good. You should study English for your own good of course. It's a great expression. It's an easy expression. I'll talk more about it. But let's check out today's dialogue.

You quit smoking?
Yeah. I quit for my own good.
Well, it's good for me, too!
I guess it is. You should be nicer to me!

What have you done for your own good, for your benefit? Now many times, if you do something for your benefit, it also benefits other people. It's good for other people, too. It's an advantage, not just for you but for other people too. But sometimes it's not. Sometimes we do things for our own good that don't necessarily help other people.

So the example would be a married couple and I don't know. Right now in America, there's a big fight. The American boxer and the Filipino boxer, the big huge fight, around the world, very popular. And, this is boxing is generally a guy's thing. And I know maybe some women like it, too. But it's a guy's thing. So guys like to go out, and celebrate the fight, and watch the fight, and talk about the fight, maybe drink some beer and have a good time. And guys go out to release their stress. And we say, it's for our own good. It's for my own good. But also honney, it's good for you because when I come home, I'll be a better husband. That's the excuse that many men use, but that's not really probably so. I know some women like it. Some women like it when their men leave. Oh, go. Please go. Go out once. Then, they're free. Yeah. So maybe it is for everybody's good when the guy goes out to have a beer and watch a fight.

But anyways, it's usually to everybody's benefit, especially to you of course but not neccessarily. Tomorrow, we have a version of this expression where it can mean actually negative. But, you'll have to wait, tomorrow. Today, I want you to practice. I want you to think of something you have done or you want to do for your own good. Think of something! If you don't have any ideas then I highly recommend you join DDM and/or PIRF for your own good. I'll talk about that in a minute. Let's check out the dialogue three more times and practice with somebody.

So, how is your American English listening? How is your English listening? Can you watch a TV show? Can you watch a documentary? Can you go to a semina? Can you take an online class in history or physics or computer programming or something like that? And can you understand everything? It might be tough.

DDM is my class that I design to help you build your listening skills. And I teach you all about American pronunciation. And I get you to try to speak like that, too because the philosophy in DDM is "If you can say it, you can hear it."

But working on your listening skills and practicing American pronunciation is one part of English. The other part of English is actually speaking. And, I want you guys, when you speak, I want you guys to have as perfect of pronunciation as possible. Because if your pronunciation sounds perfect, people will automatically respect you, and think of you as a very intelligent person. If your vocabulary is great, and your structures your grammar is great, but your pronunciation is babla, but your pronunciation is really bad, nobody's gonna listen to you. Nobody wants to listen to you. You don't sound that intelligent. People will be dissapointed.

Pronunciation speaking is so important so I have PIRF. DDM for your listening. PIRF for your speaking. IN, OUT. You need them both. Absolutely, you need them both. And right now, I have a supper special offer for... what is it? PIRF OPEN and DDM LITE. This is an combination.

PIRF OPEN, I give you four lessons every month. And you study on your own. You study on your own schedule, whenever you want. You can leave messages and pratice with other people of course. But it's all on you. Four great lessons that will start you out in preparation for perfect speaking.

Then, we have DDM LITE. DDM LITE is fantastic. It's about listening skills. You can pick Monday lessons which focus on daily conversations, pronunciation skills. The pronunciation is pretty tougn, very American. Or you can pick Thusday lesson. Thusday, more like the news, documentaries. The pronunciation is a little bit easier. But the vocabulary might be tougher. Or you can mix.

So the combination of speaking and listening. Four lessons of PIRF, four lessons of DDM LITE. DDM OPEN and DDM LITE. Right now, you can get both of those classes for under $30. But, this insane offer ends tomorrow. So if you are interested in signing up, you have to send me an email. And I'll send you the registration link. If you want more information, go to our website letsmasterenglish.com and just click on the course information. We've got all the courses. All information is there. This is a special offer. So there is no special place to sign up. You need to send me an email and it got to be by tomorrow. For me, right now, right now it's Saturday night. So by Sunday night, midnight, my time Los Angeles, you have to send me an email, and I'll give you a great deal just under $30 both classes which are gonna be PIRF OPEN and DDM LITE. Do it. Do something that's good for you. It's good for you. That's it. I'll be back again tomorrow maybe not. I might take a dayoff. But maybe I'll be back again tomorrow. But don't worry! E-cubed will absolutely continue. Take care everybody. Bye bye.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

E-cubed 752: SHEER



Today's E-cubed: sheer: chỉ là, đúng là, tuyệt đối, hoàn toàn,...

You look so happy!
You wanna hear sheer beauty?
What are you listening to?
Birdsong. Nature does it best.

TRANSCRIPT

Hello, everybody. Welcome back to E-cubed. Today we have a very good word. I like this word. It is sheer. I know it's tough. The 'r' pronunciation. Sheer. Sheer delight. Meeting John was a sheer delight. A complete delight. And absolute delight. A total delight. Your food is sheer excellence. The food you make is absolutely perfect. It is totally excellent.

Sheer, complete, total, absolute. So use it to describe how much perfect or wonderful or exciting that something was or is. Coach Shane's English classes are sheer fun. Every English lesson is fun. It's exciting. You learn something new. You laugh. Sometimes you cry. I hope so. My classes are sheer fun. Not just sheer fun, sheer educational. But if we say sheer educational, does that sound interesting? Sheer educational. Sheer S-H-E-E-R. This is a word that is used to describe something as complete or total or absolute. Sheer stupidity, completely stupid, absolutely stupid, totally stupid. Sheer boring. If I talk my classes like this, it would be sheer boring. It would be completely boring, absolutely boring, 100% boring. That's why I don't teach my classes like that. I try to use excitement. But if I used sheer excitement in my classes, it would be too much. Sheer excitement, 100% excitement, totally excitement... It's too much. Right? Sheer, it's a great word. Let's check out the dialogue.

You look so happy!
You wanna hear sheer beauty?
What are you listening to?
Birdsong. Nature does it best.

Birdsong. I don't know what it is. But next to my apartment, there are some really strange birds. And late at night, like at 1 o'clock in the morning, they start singing but their song is really pretty. So it wakes me up. It makes me mad. But then the songs are just amazing. What are they singing about? It's so pretty. It's sheer beauty. Absolutely beautiful.

Sheer is a great adjective. And you can use it to describe something that is a beauty. It's sheer beauty. It is sheer excellence, sheer exciting. We can use it in so many different ways. I want you guys to go to the internet and type "sheer", and go to the news like Google News and search for "sheer", and see what other types of usages you can see, you can find. It's a  great word and I want you at least today, at least make one example sentence. My mother's cooking is sheer garbage. No. My mother's cooking is sheer excellence. My coffee is sheer horror. Now my coffee is better. My mom's cooking is great. I try to think my mom's cooking is really good. But how is my cooking? My cooking? I don't think we can say sheer. My mom's cooking is always good. My cooking sometimes is good. My coffee is bad. If you ever see me and if I ever offer you a coffee, you have to absolutely say no. If I offer you anything, say no. English lessons, say yes. Because my English lessons are sheer excellence. They're perfect. I hope. Use this word. Find an example. Leave it down below. Tweet it. Facebook it. Do something. I want to hear your example of sheer. It's a great adjective. Check out the dialogue three more times. Please find somebody to practice with, and I'll see you again tomorrow. Take care, everybody.

Friday, May 1, 2015

E-cubed 751: PESKY



Today's E-cubed: PESKY: làm phiền, làm khó chịu, quấy rầy

What's that?
Boric acid.
What for?
Pesky bugs. I hate them!

TRANSCRIPT

Hello, everybody. Welcome back to daily easy english expression. Today we have a wonderful word. It is pesky. PESKY. Oh, those pesky children. Those pesky animals. Those pesky... Oh, when it comes to pronunciation, those pesky 'TH' sound. Or those pesky 'L', 'R' sound. Yes. So what does pesky mean? Something that is pesky, it bothers you. It's difficult to operate, difficult to control, difficult to use, difficult to say, difficult to handle. It's difficult. This is the idea of pesky. And sometimes, you really hate especially pesky bugs. Oh man, bugs. I don't like bugs. And I live in the desert. And we have many many types of different bugs. Now some bugs don't really bother me. Uh, you know I can see the bugs. And whatever, I can kill it or move it. But some bugs are really disgusting, and I hate them, and to see them. I really don't. So, bugs in general bother me. They are pesky. Pesky bugs. That's a perfect example.

Now, some people don't like animals. Dogs for example. Especially little dogs like the chiwawa or the poodle. Oh, man. Shut your pesky dog. It bothers me. It makes me angry. This is something that is pesky. English pronuncitaion. Is English pronunciation, American English pronunciation, is it easy for you? What about the American 'R', 'RE', are you really happy with your pronunciation? Yeah. Sometimes the 'R' can be very pesky. Or maybe it's the 'TH' sound. Thousands  of.. Tens of thousands of deaths. Oh, th s together, really difficult. Those pesky clusters of s th. Oh, boy. Pesky. Annoying. They make you angry. They're difficult to do. They're difficult to say. They're difficult to control. Pesky. Let's check out a dialogue.

What's that?
Boric acid.
What for?
Pesky bugs. I hate them!

Pesky bugs. That's right. That's such a common example. Pesky bugs. Boric acid. Are you familiar with boric acid? Oh, boric acid is a really good stuff. If you have a cockroach problem, if you have a problem with ants, sometimes with other bugs. Some bugs it might not work. But cockroaches and ants, it's a good stuff. Boric acid. And it's relatively safe to have around the house. You know, if a child gets it, or if your pet gets it, it's not a big problem but they do take care of those pesky cockroaches.

Does anyone like cockroaches? Do you like cockroaches? I hate them. I've seen them where I live. And I've seen them outside sometimes like walking on the street. And I take a walk at night, and I see one walking toward me. It doesn't move. I have to get out of the way. Oh man, and can I hate cockroaches. I absolutely hate cockroaches. So just in case, those pesky cockroaches try to visit me in my house, I have prepared some boric acid in the powder form. And I will mix it with flour and powdered sugar to make a nice powder and if I need to, I will spray this powder around doors, in the kitchen, in the bathroom to make sure those pesky roaches die and never come back into my dome. Pesky bugs. I do not like bugs.

Pesky. Disgusting. Pesky pronunciation. A pesky person. Maybe you have a neighbor. Hey, what are you doing. Oh, I heard you making noises last night. Oh, did you have a party yesterday? Oh, you plants need watering. Oh, I clean up your newspapers yesterday. Oh, just leave me alone. Quit bothering me. Shut up. Pesky. People can be pesky. Bugs can be pesky. Work can be pesky. Your boss can be pesky. Give me some examples something that is pesky in your world. Okay? Television advertisements pesky.

Speaking about advertisements, remember only this week until Sunday, you can join DDM Lite and PIRF open. That is PIRF Open and DDM Lite for under $30. This is amazing. This week only. That goes until I don't know May 5th, whatever, Sunday, whatever that Sunday is May 5 I think 2015. Bumm, that's the end. So if you're interested, join. You can send me an email ddailydictationmembers@gmail.com. That's great. Right now, I'm doing a pesky advertisement. But hey, this is my business. Okay. That's it. Listen to the dialogue three more times. Please find somebody to practice the dialogue with. Today, short and easy. Have fun with it. And I'll see you again tomorrow. Bye bye.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

E-cubed 750: to spruce up something



Today's E-cubed:  to spruce up something: tân trang, làm mới cái gì đó

Did you see Coach Shane's website?
Yeah. So?
The new one! He totally spruced it up~
Really? I'll have to check it out.

TRANSCRIPT

Hello, everybody. Welcome back to E-cubed. Today we have a really good phrasal verb. It is to spruce up something. To spruce up something. Now this is actually a very old word, very old expression. And, what it means in modern English is to refurbish something or to take something old and make it new, make it fresh, make it look better. That's the idea. So, if you have an old wooden desk. And it doesn't look that good. If you sand it down and put new stain, bring a new color to it, maybe paint that desk. It's the same desk. But you clean it up and you paint it. Then you are sprucing up your desk. Okay?

So me, I've got this old body. I'm old. It's an old body. So, I spucing up my body by exercising and by slicing over my head. It's because I'm brucing up my body. You know, it's actually very painful. Uh, I'm trying to make my body look better, feel better, be healthier and stuff like that. To spruce up something. We can talk about our bodies. But usually, we talk about something in our home like a desk, or maybe a couch, some furnitures, or maybe your car. It can mean to clean up. So you need to spruce up your room. You need to clean up your room but also add something, a little bit of color, a little bit of style. It's a very useful word, to spruce up something. Check out the dialogue.

Did you see Coach Shane's website?
Yeah. So?
The new one! He totally spruced it up~
Really? I'll have to check it out.

Yes. We did. www.letsmasterenglish.com That's our website. But, we completely spruced it up. It looks much better. It's much more useful. All of the podcasts you can listen to right there, LME - Let's Master English, LME radio. All of my videos on Youtube, you can watch them right there, LME TV. You can check it out. All of my classes you can sign up right there. Uh but, we spruced up the site. And it's looking great. We're still getting feedback from a lot of you. Really great messages. We're looking at everything. We sincerily appreciate it.

So what about you? Do you have something that needs some sprucing up? Needs some refurbishment, need some cleaning, need some extra prettiness. Maybe your résumé. Uh huh. Do you have a résumé? In the UK, they say CV. If you have a resume, you might need to update. You might need to change things. Maybe you want to change the font, change the style. That idea is to spruce up your resume. If you have some furnitures in your home, an old desk or an old table, maybe it's an antique. It's really nice but doesn't look that good. Well, maybe you could spruce it up. Maybe you could send it to a company. And they'll redo the wood, or they'll change the outside, the upholstery. They'll spruce it up for you. It's a very nice verb, to spruce something up. And remember you can spruce yourself up, too.

Right now, perhaps your English, you're sprucing up your English by listening to daily easy english expression. And I thank you very much. Okay. I need to go rest. That's today's expression. I should be back tomorrow. But I might actually take a day off so that my body can feel fresh again. And thank you very much for watching. Practice the dialogue three more times. Please go check out our website letsmasterenglish.com and I'll see you soon. Thanks you guys. Bye bye.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

E-cubed 748: the wherewithal



Today's E-cubed:  The wherewithal: khả năng (về tiền bạc), tiền cần để làm gì đó...

Why don’t you join Coach Shane’s class?
I don’t have the wherewithal!
What? You can get both for less than 30 bucks!
Really? Both?

Transcript:
Today's expression is a great word: the wherewithal. The wherewithal. What does this expression mean? This expression actually means money. And usually we say it in a negative situation. For example, I don't have the wherewithal to buy a house. I don't have the wherewithal to build the studio. You need to find the wherewithal to start your company.

So when we say the wherewithal, it usually means money. It might mean ability. It could mean genetic ability. For example, as a man I do not have the genetic wherewithal to have a baby. I can't have a baby. Okay. And, I don't want to have a baby. It looks too painful. No, thank you. Women, you guys are tough, amazing. So to have the ability, genetic ability, but especially to have the money. It really means money.

Why does wherewithal mean money? Well, in order to do all of the things you want to do here and there, you need the money. So with the money, you can go here, here, here, and do all with the money. That's definitely Coach Shane's only definition of wherewithal. But seriously, we need this money.

Tạm dịch:
Expression của ngày hôm nay là một từ rất hay: the wherewithal. The wherewithal. Từ này có nghĩa là gì? Nó thực ra có nghĩa là tiền. Và thường thì chúng tôi dùng từ này trong tình huống  tiêu cực (không có tiền hoặc không đủ tiền). Ví dụ: Tôi không có tiền để mua một ngôi nhà. Tôi không có tiền để xây dựng một phòng thu. Tôi cần phải kiếm tiền để bắt đầu công ty của mình.

Như vậy khi chúng ta nói đến "wherewithal", nó thường có nghĩa là tiền. Nó có thể có nghĩa là khả năng. Nó có thể là khả năng di truyền. Ví dụ: là một người đàn ông, tôi không có khả năng mang thai. Tôi không thể có em bé. OK không nhỉ? Và tôi cũng chẳng muốn có em bé đâu ạ. Nó có vẻ là một việc quá đau đớn. Không đâu, cảm ơn nhé. Hỡi những người phụ nữ, các bạn thật là kiên cường, thật tuyệt vời. Như vậy "wherewithal" có nghĩa là có khả năng, khả năng di truyền, nhưng đặc biệt là có tiền. Nó thực sự có nghĩa là tiền.

Tại sao wherewithal có nghĩa là tiền? Là như vậy, để có thể làm được tất cả mọi việc bạn muốn làm ở đây hay ở kia hay ở kia, bạn cần có tiền. Như vậy khi bạn có tiền, bạn có thể đi tới nơi này, nơi kia và làm được tất cả với số tiền đó. Đó chính là định nghĩa từ "wherewithal" chỉ duy nhất Coach Shane mới có. Nhưng thực sự thì chúng ta cần tiền đấy.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

E-cubed 749: on so many levels



Today's E-cubed: on so many levels: ở nhiều khía cạnh, về nhiều thứ, nhiều mặt...

I like DDM on so many levels.
Like?
It forces me to concentrate. It forces me to speak. I've met so many other great members. The learning is non-stop. The way he teaches...
Okay, okay, okay! I got it!

TRANSCRIPT

E-cubed 747: to side with someone



Today's E-cubed: to side with someone: về phe của ai đó, ủng hộ ai đó...

The boss though Peter’s idea was stupid.
It wasn’t bad. He tried.
Are you siding with Peter?
No. I’m just…
Don’t let the boss hear that.

TRANSCRIPT

Hello, everybody. Welcome back to e-cubed. Yes, it is April 23. Yes, my website is not working. I sincerely apology. Don't worry. Very soon, it will be up. I promise. And the new website hopefully will be up very soon. It will be great. Thank you for your patience. But the videos keep going, and the podcasts keep going.

Today's expression is great. It is "to side with someone". To side with someone basically means to go to somebody's side, to be on their team, to support that person. So, a simple idea would be in sports. Let's say there's a soccer game. And there're the A team and the B team. Whose side are you on? Are you on the side of the A team or the B team? I'm on A team's side. I'm on B team's side. That's it. But this expression "to side with someone", we almost always use it when there's a dissagreement, or a fight, or maybe when one person criticizes the other person. For example:

A: Oh, she is so stupid.
B: Oh, she is OK.
A: Oh hoh, are you on she side.

This is usually how the conversation takes place. So, the person who says you're on somebody side usually is very angry at the other person. Does that make sense? Oh, it will. Check out this dialogue which is so true. I know. If you're married, or you have a girlfriend or boyfriend. This dialogue especially for married people is reality. Check it out.

The boss though Peter’s idea was stupid.
It wasn’t bad. He tried.
Are you siding with Peter?
No. I’m just…
Don’t let the boss hear that.

Oh, yes. Office politics.Within the office, whose side are you on? Are you on Peter's side? Are you on Tom's side? Be careful whose side you are on. It's a competition within the office. If you are on the wrong side, no vacation, no promotion, no new project, no new computer. Oh, yes. I'm serious. Office politics. Be careful. Whose side are you on. And this is not just in the office. It's in the home, too. Oh you bet. Husbands and wives. Whose side are you on? Especially when we talk about mother-in-laws and father-in-laws. Oh, boy. Be careful. Husbands and wives, they always argue. Uh, you know. I don't want to get too personal. But I remember my mom and dad always have little arguements about where to go for Christmas. Should we go to your parents' house? Should we go to your parents' house? Last time, we went here. And last time... But the food was not good. It can be a war. Be careful!

Let me give you some advice as a man who's older. If you're married, I recommend you always be on your spouce's side. If your wife says something, agree. And I mean honestly agree. You pick your wife. You know how she thinks. You know how she is. So you should agree with her. Wives, you pick your husband. You know your husband. You know how he is. If he says something that requires your side. Be on his side. You pick him. You should join him. That's my recommendation. When it comes to office politics, that's why I don't work in an office. I'm not good at politics. If I don't like somebody, if I think something is stupid, I say it. And that's why I'm here. I'll do my best. Whose side are you on? At home, are you usually on your mom's side or your dad's side? Your mom says: let's go on vacation to Disney's land. And your dad says: let's go on vacation to the mountain. Whose side are you on? Are you on mom's side or are you on dad's side? When I was young, I was always on my mom's side. Now I'm older, I'm on my dad's side. I'm sorry, mom. I love you. But to be honest, I'm sorry. But this is not true. I'm always on my mom's side. Respect your mother. Respect your mother. It's very important. Whose side are you on? Leave a message. Have a great one. Listen to the dialogue three more times, and I'll see you guys tomorrow. Bye bye.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

E-cubed 746: to rile somebody up



Today's E-cubed: to rile somebody up

"To rile somebody up" means to get them excited, but usually in a negative way. For example, if you rile somebody up, they might get excited and angry at you or at something.

"To rile somebody up" có nghĩa là làm ai đó tức giận, chọc giận hay chọc tức ai đó.

What are you doing?
Rubbing Minty’s tummy.
You’re gonna rile her up~
But she’s such a cutie!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

E-cubed 745: To get the edge on someone



Today's E-cubed: to get the edge on somebody

"To have an edge on somebody" means to have an advantage. You are more skilled. You have more money. You have more experience. People know you more. You are better looking. You are stronger. You have a skill, something that's better than other people. So, you are on top. You have an edge on the other people.

"To get an edge on somebody" means you are trying to build your skill in order to be better than the other people, to have an advantage over other people.

"To have an edge on somebody" có nghĩa là có được lợi thế hơn người khác. Kỹ năng của bạn tốt hơn. Bạn có nhiều tiền hơn. Bạn có nhiều kinh nghiệm hơn. Mọi người biết đến bạn nhiều hơn. Vẻ ngoài của bạn nổi bật hơn. Bạn khỏe mạnh hơn. Bạn có một kỹ năng tốt hơn những người khác. Vì thế mà bạn đứng đầu. Bạn có lợi thế hơn người khác.

"To get an edge on somebody" có nghĩa là bạn đang cố gắng xây dựng kỹ năng cho bản thân để trở nên tốt hơn những người khác, để có được lợi thế so với những người khác.

Are you studying English?
Shh. It’s a secret.
Why? From who?
I’m trying to get the edge on Bill.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

E-cubed 743: a bunny boiler



Today's E-cubed: a bunny boiler

A bunny boiler actually refers to a woman, only a woman who gets really angry and actually goes a little bit crazy or psycho psychotic after her boyfriend or husband breaks up with her or does something you know cheats on her, divorces her.

"A bunny boiler" dùng để chỉ một người phụ nữ trở nên giận dữ, phát điên lên khi bị bạn trai hoặc chồng lừa gạt, chia tay, li hôn.

Who was that?
My ex.
She’s a real bunny boiler, huh?
Be careful if you dump a woman!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

E-cubed 740: to dole out



Today's E-cubed: to dole out

"To dole out" means to give, not necessarily a lot but a little. So, to dole out, it could be a lot but usually a little. To dole out money. To dole out candy.  To dole out advice. These are very common collocations with dole out. Dole out money, dole out food, dole out advice, dole out candy. That's the idea.

"To dole out" có nghĩa là cho đi, bố thí, phân phát, không nhất thiết phải nhiều, thường là một chút ít tiền hoặc là kẹo, thức ăn hay cho ai đó lời khuyên.

Cat pictures again?
Yes! They’re useful.
How?
They always dole out wisdom.

Friday, April 10, 2015

E-cubed 739: on the dole



Today's E-cubed: on the dole

Nếu có ai đó đang thất nghiệp và đang được hưởng trợ cấp thất nghiệp của chính quyền, chúng ta có thể nói: "He is on the dole".

How do these people do this?
Do what?
Demonstrate! Everyday!!
They’re on the dole~

Tạm dịch:
Sao mà những người này lại làm những việc như vậy nhỉ?
Làm gì cơ?
Biểu tình! Ngày nào cũng thế!!
Vì họ đang sống dựa vào tiền trợ cấp thất nghiệp đó mà~

Thursday, April 9, 2015

E-cubed 738: to fly the coop



Today's E-cubed: to fly the coop: chuồn đi, cao chạy xa bay, bỏ đi, trốn tránh trách nhiệm,...

Where’s Shane?
He flew the coop.
He knew I wanted to talk to him!
I think that’s why~

E-cubed 737: be taken for a ride



Today's E-cubed: taken for a ride: được đi nhờ xe của ai đó hoặc bị ai đó lừa gạt

Back already?
Yeah~
Did you enjoy the Skywalk?
No! I think I was taken for a ride!
How long was it?
25 bucks for 5 minutes! No cameras~ 

Giải thích: 
What does it mean? 
- to take someone for a ride
- to be taken for a ride
- They took me for a ride. 
Is it a good expression or a bad expression?

If somebody is driving and they give you a ride to work or to school or down the road, that's a nice expression. 

But, this can also be a really bad expression. You took me for a ride. That means you deceive me. You use me. Probably you took my money, at least you took my time. You make me believe in you. But you deceive me. So, to be taken for a ride is not a good thing.

That's it! Have a good time, everyone.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ecubed Podcast 340: to dwell on something

How are you doing? Let's listen to Daily Easy English Expression Podcast 340. I hope you enjoy it.