Episode Summary: I talk about my experiences in the beautiful country of Costa Rica and how that lead to meeting my wife.  

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Story (0:37)
  2. Make Decisions (4:45)
  3. Pura Vida Philosophy (10:54)
  4. Serendipity (13:07)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. hesitant (adj.): tentative, unsure, or slow in acting or speaking.
  2. inaction (noun): lack of action where some is expected or appropriate.
  3. Fate (noun): the development of events outside a person’s control, regarded as predetermined by a supernatural power.
  4. Regret (noun): feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over (something that one has done or failed to do).
  5. Satisfied (adj.): contented; pleased.
  6. Gratitude (noun): the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
  7. Joy (noun): a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
  8. Serendipity: glücklicher Zufall
  9. Coincidence (noun): a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.
  10. uncomfortable (adj.): causing or feeling slight pain or physical discomfort.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. to go back and forth: If someone moves back and forth, they repeatedly move in one direction and then in the opposite direction.
  2. Heads or tails: An expression used when tossing a coin to decide between two alternatives, as in Let’s just flip a coin to decide who pays
  3. To have a blast: Someone engaging in a happy, fun-loving, laughable time at a function or an event.
  4. The time has come: it is the right moment to do something or for something to happen
  5. Make the best out of a bad situation
  6. Circle of friends: A number of close friends who usually do things together as a group .
  7. The edge of comfort: something that you really want to do even though it scares you.

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect verb) make a decision NOT do a decision

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What were Jorge’s reasons for staying in Costa Rica?
  2. How did Jorge make his decision to stay in Costa Rica?
  3. How did Jorge prepare for exams when he was in Costa Rica?
  4. When did Jorge meet his wife?
  5. What is the meaning of pura vida?
  6. What are Costa Ricans like?
  7. How can you create serendipity?

Question to consider:

Do you have a pura vida mindset?

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