Episode Summary: I talk about what I’ve learned in the last 12 months of this pandemic and the personal challenges I’ve faced. 

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21)
  2. Embrace the hard times (1:13)
  3. I am loved (6:10)
  4. My story is not finished (10:31)
  5. Recap (11:42)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Embrace (verb): accept (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.
  2. Drown (verb): die through submersion in and inhalation of water.
  3. Resilient (adj.): tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
  4. Confirm (verb): establish the truth or correctness of (something previously believed or suspected to be the case).
  5. Fuel (noun): material such as coal, gas, or oil that is burned to produce heat or power.
  6. Patient (adj.): able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people
  7. Kindness (noun): the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
  8. Preparation (noun): the action or process of preparing or being prepared for use or consideration.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. Sure enough: used to introduce a statement that confirms something previously predicted.
  2. Make the best of something: to deal with (a bad situation) as well as possible
  3. Put something behind you: to forget something unpleasant that has happened to you, or to stop being affected by it.
  4. Keep your head above water: to just be able to manage, especially when you have financial difficulties
  5. Hear me out: to listen to (someone who wants to tell something)
  6. To make it: to accomplish something, or to become successful

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect form of the noun) pandemic NOT pandemie

Comprehension Questions:

  1. Why was Jorge sad at Christmas time?
  2. What did Jorge do to manage his mental health issues?
  3. What does an eagle do when the wind blows hard?
  4. How did Jorge’s student greet him when she met him for the first time?
  5. What did Jorge see on his way home from his dance course?
  6. What does Jorge want you to remember from this episode?


Question to consider:

What have the last 12 months taught you about yourself/life?


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