In this podcast you will learn English with a beautiful poem by Gavin Aung Than how to overcome your fears. You will not only get a lot of inspiration to achieve your goals and master your fears but you will also learn many expressions and useful vocabulary.
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- The Monster Named Fear, by Gavin Aung Than.
Words You’ll Learn:
- Have cojones / Man up / Grow a pair / Stop being a wimp / Don’t be a chicken: Stop being scared and just do something; give it a go
- Sexist: someone who discriminates on the basis of gender.
- To be blown away: to be surprised by something.
- In a nutshell: in the fewest possible words.
- Playground: an outdoor area provided for children to play in, especially at a school or public park.
- Show(ing) off: to behave in a way that is intended to attract people’s attention and make them admire you.
- Prodigy: a young person with exceptional qualities or abilities.
- Killer: slang for great/cool.
- Cramp: painful contraction of a muscle, generally caused by fatigue or strain.
- Laugh until you cramp: laugh until you get a pain in your stomach.
- Troll: a type of fairytale creature, but also someone who bullies other people.
- Obscene: offensive, immoral
- You’re so gonna fail (use of “so” here): used for emphasis in colloquial English, like totally.
- Bail: to give up, to stop trying
- Doubters: haters
- Foul stench: a horrible smell.
- Scaly: something with scales, like a fish or lizard.
- Slimy: something with an unpleasant, wet, sticky texture.
- Disgustingly gross: gross and disgusting mean the same thing.
- Mucus: when you are congested you have this slimy substance in your nose.
- Goo: a sticky, slimy liquid.
- Kindergartener: a child attending kindergarten.
- Bunged up (Br.E.) / Stuffed up (Am. E): to be congested.
- Spotlight: light used in theaters to put the focus on a person.
- To be in the spotlight: to be the center of attention.
- Get gobbled up: to gobble is to eat in an exaggerated way. Often used in kid’s stories.
- Devour: to eat something completely.
- Beast: an animal or living thing, real or fantasy.
- Land a blow: to punch or hit something accurately.
- Grit: passion + perseverance.
- Craft: something that you do with skill and passion.
- Chore: something that you have to do, for example around the house.
- Butterflies in your tummy: a feeling of nervousness.
- Roll up your sleeves: to prepare to fight or work.
- To give something a go: to try something.
- Battle: single fight/combat in a war.
- You can win the battle, but lose the war: used when you have succeeded in winning an argument, but with more consequences in the long term.
- Slowly but surely: when you take the right steps to achieve a target.
- Face fear head on: to not avoid confrontation.
- To take something back: to retract a statement.
- Lurk: to be hiding, waiting to attack.
- Stalker: Someone who follows you without you knowing it.
- There’s no need to fret: don’t worry or complain.
- Follow through: to do what you committed to
- Fright: a sudden intense feeling of fear.
- The end is in sight: you can see that the end is about to happen.
- To put something off: to postpone or delay something.
- To put someone down: to push someone down, it is the opposite of being supportive.
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