Episode Summary: In this episode, I talk about nationalism. The good and the bad.

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21)
  2. The bad side of nationalism (1:00)
  3. The good side of nationalism (9:43)
  4. Gratitude over pride (12:56)
  5. Recap (17:24)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Eager (adj.): strongly wanting to do or have something.
  2. Atrocity (noun): an extremely wicked or cruel act, typically one involving physical violence or injury.
  3. Sin (noun): an act regarded as a serious or regrettable fault, offence, or omission.
  4. China (noun): a fine white or translucent vitrified ceramic material.
  5. Astounding (adj.): surprisingly impressive or notable.
  6. Proud (adj.): feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one’s own achievements, qualities, or possessions or those of someone with whom one is closely associated.
  7. Earn (verb): gain deservedly in return for one’s behaviour or achievements.
  8. Reconciliation (noun): the restoration of friendly relations.
  9. Hostile (adj.): showing or feeling opposition or dislike; unfriendly.
  10. Gratitude (noun): the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. two sides of a coin: There are two ways to look at something
  2. point fingers at someone: to accuse or blame (someone)
  3. dirty laundry: personal or private affairs that one does not want to be made public.
  4. skeletons in the closet: a discreditable or embarrassing fact that someone wishes to keep secret.
  5. give someone credit: to believe that someone is good at something or has a particular good quality

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect use of the verb to be) crimes that were committed NOT crimes that was committed

Comprehension Questions:

  1. (True or False) Canadians and Americans are very different.
  2. What percentage of Volkswagen cars were sold in China in 2020?
  3. Yuval Harari compares terrorists to which insect?
  4. Which of these inventions is American?
  5. What is one of the negative consequences of pride?
  6. (True or False) We should see our nationality as a gift not a reward.
  7. What is Jorge’s favorite part of German culture?
  8. What is Canada’s newest public holiday called?


Question to consider:

What do you love about your country’s culture?


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