Episode Summary: I talk about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and what his life can teach us today.   

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Dietrich Bonhoeffer bio (0:36)
  2. Silence in the face of evil is evil (7:35)
  3. It’s not how long you live but how you live (12:24)
  4. You never know how your life will impact others (13:43)
  5. Recap (15:05)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Prominent (adj.): important; famous.
  2. Well-off (adj.): wealthy.
  3. Disenchanted (adj.): disappointed by someone or something previously respected or admired; disillusioned.
  4. Regime (noun): a government, especially an authoritarian one.
  5. Courage (noun): the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery.
  6. to cram (verb): force (people or things) into a place or container that is or appears to be too small to contain them.
  7. Persecution (noun): hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs; oppression.
  8. Participate (verb): take part in an action or endeavour.
  9. Privilege (noun): a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.
  10. Justice (noun): the quality of being fair and reasonable.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. Raise one’s voice: make your opinion clearly known.
  2. Stand up for something: to defend or support a particular idea or a person who is being criticized or attacked
  3. Speak out against something: If you speak out against something or in favour of something, you say publicly that you think it is bad or good.

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect verb) take small steps NOT make small steps

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What influenced him when he moved to New York?
  2. What was Bonhoeffer’s brother-in-law involved in?
  3. What did Bonhoeffer and von Dohnanyi personally do?
  4. When was Bonhoeffer arrested?
  5. Where does our plastic recycling end up?
  6. How did Bonhoeffer influence people in South Africa?


Question to consider:

How do you want to be remembered when you die?


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