Episode Summary: I tell the inspiring story of a young girl who overcomes many obstacles in order to get an education.

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Story (0:37)
  2. Fearlessness (4:25)
  3. Determination (7:15)
  4. Faith (10:20)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. abusive (adj.): engaging in or characterized by habitual violence and cruelty.
  2. restless (adj.): unable to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom.
  3. accumulate (verb): gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of.
  4. debt (noun): a sum of money that is owed or due.
  5. rant (verb): speak or shout at length in an angry, impassioned way.
  6. admire (verb): regard with respect or warm approval.
  7. inferior (adj.): lower in rank, status, or quality.
  8. impressive (adj.): evoking admiration through size, quality, or skill; grand, imposing, or awesome.
  9. overcome (verb): succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty).
  10. faith (noun): complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. run away: leave or escape from a place, person, or situation.
  2. to profess one’s love: admitting your love out in the open no matter how socially awkward it may be.
  3. to not care: without interest or concern.
  4. to face one’s fears: It involves gradually exposing someone to their fears.
  5. to be worth it: used to say that you gain something from an action.
  6. make one’s dreams come true: something you have wanted very much for a long time that has now happened
  7. patriarchal society: a social system in which men hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property.
  8. stand up to someone: make a spirited defence against someone or something.

Mistake to Avoid:

(infinitive after the verb ‘work hard’) work hard to build this business NOT work hard building this business.

Comprehension Questions:

  1. Where was Lidia born?
  2. What did Lidia do to earn extra money?
  3. Which country did Lidia move to?
  4. What did Lidia do when she visited Germany for the first time?
  5. What was Jorge afraid of when he first moved to Germany?
  6. What can we do to overcome our fears?
  7. What did Jorge do for money when he moved to Germany?
  8. How can we develop more determination?


Question to Consider:

What are the beliefs that most influence your decisions and behavior?


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