On this episode, I chat with an American woman living in Germany about life changes.
English Level: B2 🇺🇸🇨🇦
- Introduction (0:21)
- Talking about transitions (1:20)
- Transitions in relationships (3:15) (27:20)
- Educational transitions (5:30)
- How our parent’s experiences shape us (11:11)
- Attitude of gratitude (18:30)
- Germanisms (19:30)
- Listening (24:25)
- Advice for those going through transitions (36:00)
- Transition (noun): Umstellung
- Outlook (noun): Einstellung
- Consistent (adj.): konsequent
- Distinct (adj.): verschieden
- Tangible (adj.): greifbar
- Gratitude (noun): Dankbarkeit
- Generous (adj.): großzügig
- Atypical (adj.): atypisch
Phrases to Remember:
- granted…: admittedly; it is true (used to introduce a factor which is opposed to the main line of argument but is not regarded as so strong as to invalidate it).
- soul searching: deep and anxious consideration of one’s emotions and motives or of the correctness of a course of action.
- to lean into something: To embrace; to experience fully or respond to wholeheartedly.
- to come as a shock: big surprise
- to rack up: accumulate or achieve something, typically a score or amount.
- to get wrapped up: fully involved or interested in (something)
- to go through the motions: do something in a perfunctory way, without any enthusiasm or commitment.
- roll with it: To adapt to a situation despite unexpected circumstances or challenges.
- to touch base: briefly make or renew contact with someone.
Mistake to Avoid:
- How many years did Ashley’s father-in-law work at the same company?
- What are the two guarantees when you get married to someone?
- What did Ashely originally study?
- Where did she meet her husband?
- (True of False) The experiences of Jorge’s parents affect the way he lives.
- How does Jorge relate the game of poker to life?
- How does an attitude of gratitude help us?
- What did the Turkish man do when Jorge got out of the car?
Question to consider:
Have you gone through any major transitions in your life? How did you manage it?
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