#177: Coronavirus and Being a Global Citizen

In today’s podcast, Ethan, Justin, and Andrea talk about how to make the best out of the current Coronavirus situation, which we’re all going through.

We also discuss what it means to be a global citizen- how what unites us as human beings is far more powerful than what divides us- why it’s so important in these hard times, and how English connects you to the world!


  • Coronavirus and global citizenship.
  • How to make the best out of the current situation.
  • How does a global citizen look at these times?

Words You’ll Learn:

  • Curl up: when we get comfortable with a blanket, relaxed.
  • Work off: get rid of something you ate.
  • [something is] the new smoking: a thing that’s really bad and leads to a lot of people dying.
  • Death Trap: a place or thing that is potentially very dangerous.
  • Patrolling: keep watch over an area by regularly walking or travelling around it.
  • Dip in: in and out of something, without consistency.
  • Dip one’s toe into (or in): to put one’s toe briefly in water, typically to check the temperature. You could also use this phrase to say that you begin to do something.
  • Do something religiously: do it regularly. 
  • To put something at someone’s disposal: to make it available for someone.
  • Take something for granted: when you are not grateful for something.
  • In the same boat: to be in the same difficult circumstances as others.
  • Cope with (something): to deal with difficulties in a calm or adequate manner.
  • Couch potato: someone who is lazy.
  • Potato/Potato: Two ways to say the same thing.
  • Proactivity: you make things happen, you take action.
  • In the shitter: in the toilet (AmE).
  • It’s gone to pot: in the toilet (BrE).
  • Silver lining: a good thing that comes from a difficult situation. 
  • See the light at the end of the tunnel: To be able to see that a dark period won’t go on forever.
  • Cheesy/corny/tacky: something that seems ingenuine, not heartfelt.
  • Bed of roses: Something ideal, utopian, perfect


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  • Buranga says:

    This is so interesting!
    Your podcasts are short and sweet and I’m really going to use all of them to improve my fluency.
    Thanks a lot.

    • Justin says:

      Aww yeah, Buranga, thanks for your support. Keep up the great work with your English!

  • arambyara says:

    Nice & awesome methods of teaching. I just found the Real life English. I don’t take for granted in deed.

    • Justin says:

      Aww yeah arambyara! Thanks for the great support!

  • Cheikhany says:

    Latterly , i’ve been thinking to write an essay about
    COVID-19 … and how it effects my country.
    this episode help me a lot to enrich my essay, and make me write the good one.

    • Justin says:

      Hey Cheikhany, do it!

  • Abdullahi Mohamud says:

    This is really helpful and interesting, you talked a lot on Coronavirus, confinement, and more about global citizenship. way too guys!!