Episode Summary: I talk with a world traveler about his two years in Tunisia and about going outside of our comfort zone.
English Level: B1 🇭🇳🇨🇦
- Samson Introduction (0:52)
- How did you end up in Tunisia? (2:25)
- Were you nervous on your flight to Tunisia? (3:39)
- What did you know about Tunisia before you got there? (5:52)
- What surprised you about Tunisia? (7:09)
- What were some of the challenges of living in Tunisia? (8:43)
- Did you ever have a moment where you thought you’d never understand the people? (11:16)
- How was it for you to live in a Muslim country? (14:01)
- Can you tell me about the relationships you developed in Tunisia? (18:30)
- What is your message to people who are afraid to step out of their comfort zone? (24:24)
- Can you tell us about your YouTube channel? (26:09)
- Dangerous (adj.): able or likely to cause harm or injury.
- Struggle (verb): strive to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty or resistance.
- Hesitant (adj.): tentative, unsure, or slow in acting or speaking.
- Torment (verb): cause to experience severe mental or physical suffering.
- Anticipation (noun): the action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction.
- Rare (adj.): (of an event, situation, or condition) not occurring very often.
- Bond (noun): a relationship between people or groups based on shared feelings, interests, or experiences.
- Immerse (verb): involve oneself deeply in a particular activity.
- Absorb (verb): take in and understand fully (information, ideas, or experience).
- Intimidated (verb): frighten or overawe (someone), especially in order to make them do what one wants.
- Petition (noun): an appeal or request to a deity or a superior.
- Remarkable (adj.): worthy of attention; striking.
Phrases to Remember:
- humanitarian project: provides material or logistical assistance to a group of people or a country in need of aid.
- internal battle: a struggle within a person’s mind over a problem or question.
- to get oneself into something: to become (by your own actions) involved or entangled in a situation; usually a difficult one.
- catch one’s attention: to cause one to become interested in something.
- have it all together: To be well-prepared and organized for something, especially mentally.
Mistake to Avoid:
(incorrect word choice) They thought I was not tolerant NOT tolerable
Comprehension Questions: Don’t forget time stamps
- Where does Samson come from?
- What helped Samson have an idea of Tunisia before he got there?
- (True or False) Most Tunisians live in single-family homes.
- What was the biggest challenge for Samson in Tunisia?
- How did learning Arabic help Samson?
- How did Samson feel when he heard the prayer calls for the first time?
- (True or False) The friends Samson made in Tunisia speak at least 3 languages.
Question to consider:
How difficult is it for you to go outside of your comfort zone?
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