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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.

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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.

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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.

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