Episode Summary: In this episode, I talk about opinions. We’ve all got them, so what do we do when our opinions clash with other people?

English Level: B1 🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21)
  2. Meet people where they are (1:15)
  3. Learn to laugh at yourself (6:14)
  4. Live and let live (10:11)
  5. Recap (14:33)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Clash (verb): meet and come into violent conflict.
  2. Irritated (adj.): showing or feeling slight anger; annoyed.
  3. Consequential (adj.): important; significant.
  4. Cordial (adj): warm and friendly.
  5. Insult (verb): speak to or treat with disrespect or scornful abuse.
  6. Flaw (noun): a fault or weakness in a person’s character.
  7. Weird (adj.): very strange; bizarre.
  8. Persecution (noun): hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs; oppression.
  9. Rejection (noun): the dismissing or refusing of a proposal, idea, etc.
  10. Force (verb): make (someone) do something against their will.
  11. Opposing (adj.): in conflict or competition with someone or something.
  12. Implication (noun): the conclusion that can be drawn from something although it is not explicitly stated.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. to break a habit: to stop doing something that is a habit, especially something bad or harmful.
  2. meet someone where they are: putting aside our wants for them, whether those wants are in service to them or not, and endeavoring to understand where they are in their journey. It begins by listening without judgment, asking questions openly and honestly, and above all recognizing that they are human.
  3. experience first-hand: obtained by, coming from, or being direct personal observation or experience.
  4. take something personally: interpret a remark or action as directed against oneself and be upset or offended by it.
  5. take a joke: be able to deal with humorous remarks or tricks without becoming angry or offended.
  6. recipe for disaster: it is very likely to have unpleasant consequences.
  7. take something the wrong way: be offended by something —used in a negative context to introduce a statement that could be offensive to say that one does not mean to offend

Mistake to Avoid:

Comprehension Questions:

  1. Which subject brings out Jorge’s emotions?
  2. (True or False) It is easy to live up to our ideals.
  3. What is a terrible strategy to change someone’s opinion?
  4. What does Jorge do when he watches basketball games on tv?
  5. Who are some of Jorge’s favorite comedians?
  6. What do people criticize about religion?
  7. (True and False) Jorge believes that all ideas are created equal.
  8. What are the two things I need to do when talking to someone with opposing views?


Question to consider:

Today I have a challenge for you. I call it “The Funny Face Challenge.” Send me a picture of you making a funny face.


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