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Christmas expressions

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Christmas expressions

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Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way… ¿Conoces este Christmas Carol? Seguro que te resulta familiar porque… ¡es un villancico de Navidad! En la clase de hoy vamos a repasar “Christmas expressions”, expresiones de Navidad como por ejemplo, decorar el árbol y poner las bolas en el árbol. This is so exciting!

Watch this video to learn about Christmas expressions

¿Conoces palabras sobre la Navidad en inglés? ¿Y canciones? En el vídeo de hoy vamos a enseñarte expresiones típicas que usamos para estos días del año. Veremos a Bree poniendo the Christmas decorations y a Raül aprendiendo los nuevos conceptos.

Más abajo encontrarás un resumen de la videoclases y unas actividades para practicar, ¡un cuestionario y un karaoke! But now, let ‘s watch the video class!

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Let's revise some Christmas expressions

To jingle (bells): hacer sonar (campanillas)

Christmas Carol: Villancico

To be there with bells on: estar listo para hacer algo con las pilas cargadas

Christmas bauble or decoration: bola decorativa de Navidad

Christmas cracker: sorpresa navideña.

Tis the season to be jolly: Son tiempos de felicidad

Christmas stocking: calcetín navideño

Stocking stuffers: regalos de dentro del calcetín

Pinecone: piña

To trim the tree: decorar el árbol de Navidad.

Wrap Christmas presents: envolver los regalos de Navidad

To baste the turkey: preparar el pavo con jugo

ACtivity 1: multiple choice

Now it’s your turn! En esta actividad vamos a poner en práctica las palabras aprendidas. Escoge entre las diferentes opciones y haz clic sobre la respuesta correcta. Let’s start!

Christmas expressions

ACtivity 2: karaoke

Time to sing! A continuación encontrarás la pista de audio de este Christmas carol y la letra para seguir la canción. También puedes leer la traducción a la derecha. Three, two, one… dashing through the snow..

Jingle bells lyrics

Dashing through the snow
On a one horse open sleigh
On the fields we go,
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tail ring,
making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

Now the ground is white
Go it while you’re young
Take the girls tonight
And sing this sleighing song
Just get a bob tailed bay
two-forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! you’ll take the lead

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle all the way!
Oh, What fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh.
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle all the way!
Oh, What fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh.

Oh, What fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh!

Corriendo por la nieve
En un trineo abierto de un caballo
Sobre los campos vamos
Riendo todo el camino
Campanas suenan sobre la cola de pelo corto
Haciendo espíritus brillantes
Qué divertido es montar y cantar
Una canción de trineo esta noche

Suenan las campanas, suenan las campanas
Suenan por todo el camino
Oh, qué divertido es montar
En un trineo de un caballo, ey
Suenan las campanas, suenan las campanas
Suenan por todo el camino
Oh, qué divertido es montar
En un trineo de un caballo

Ahora el suelo es blanco
Hazlo mientras eres joven
Lleva a las chicas esta noche
Y canta esta canción de trineo;
Solo consigue una bahía de cola corta
Dos cuarenta como su velocidad
Enganchalo a un trineo abierto
¡Y crack! tú tomarás las riendas.

Suenan las campanas, suenan las campanas
Suenan por todo el camino
Oh, qué divertido es montar
En un trineo de un caballo, ey
Suenan las campanas, suenan las campanas
Suenan por todo el camino
Oh, qué divertido es montar
En un trineo de un caballo

Oh, qué divertido es montar
En un trineo de un caballo!

Hey! How did it go? We hope you have enjoyed the video class and had fun singing! ¡Esperemos que te haya gustado la clase sobre Christmas expressions y lo hayas pasado bien cantando! We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

¡Puedes dejarnos un comentario con alguna palabra que hayas aprendido hoy! We love receiving comments from our students. See you next class and have a great holiday!

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09. Marco’s story: Fantastic Mr. Fit

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Episode 9: Marco's story: Fantastic Mr. Fit

Nivel de inglés: intermedio a intermedio alto
Acento: inglés hispano-británico 

Esta semana en nuestro podcast para aprender inglés con historias reales y emocionantes, Marco comparte con nosotros su historia sobre cómo su objetivo de ponerse en forma para impresionar a las chicas se convirtió en su pasión, su estilo de vida y su trabajo.

La historia de Marco es algo más que verse bien en bañador, su historia va de trabajar duro para conseguir un objetivo personal y todo lo que se aprende en el proceso. 

Transcripción del Podcast

Bree: If you saw our storyteller, Marco, walking down the street today, it would be hard to believe that once upon a time, his nickname was ‘Fatty’.  In this episode, Marco shares a story from his years growing up as a young guy in Caracas, Venezuela, and the moment he decided to hit the gym as a way to get the attention of girls. 

From there, Marco’s passion for health and fitness grew into something so much more than a superficial desire to impress women. Marco explains how he began focusing less on what others thought of him and how he found real motivation working out and living healthily for himself. Nowadays, you’ll find Marco in his own gym in Madrid, Balance Triangle, latin music pumping in the background, inspiring his clients to work hard in the same way he did all those years ago. We’re calling this story Fantastic Mr. Fit. 

Before we begin listening, let’s talk about some of the vocabulary and expressions you’ll hear Marco say:

Firstly, a nickname, o un sobrenombre o mote, is a funny or familiar name usually given to a close friend instead of their real name. Marco talks about being called Fatty.

The next word is chubby. Chubby is an adjective that we usually use to describe someone who is a bit fat but in a cute way. For example, you could talk about a baby having chubby cheeks. Chubby.

Booty. Booty is a slang word with a lot of different meanings in English. In some contexts it can mean a prize but in Marco’s story, he uses this word to refer to a person’s bottom. We often hear booty used in the phrase ‘shake your booty’ which is a fun American English expression used to mean ‘dance energetically’!

Vain. Vain is an adjective that describes someone who looks at themselves in a superficial way and usually thinks themselves to be superior over others. In Spanish we could say vanidoso. Vain.

Finally, PT. PT is an abbreviation in English for Personal Trainer – un entrenador – You’ll hear Marco talk about how he enrolled in fitness training courses and began studying to become a PT.

Just a quick note on pronunciation and accent, Into the Story showcases stories from English speakers of all language backgrounds from all around the world. Marco is originally a native Spanish speaker who, thanks to almost a decade living in England, has a very charming British accent. Accents, whether they are native or non-native give color to language – they make it interesting and dynamic. And having lived around the world and learned English from different sources, listen out for how Marco also mixes his British English with American expressions like the word ‘booty’. 

And, as always, if you want to get the most out of, si quieres sacar el máximo partido de, Marco’s story you have a full transcript, vocabulary list, and listening comprehension activities on our website acingles.com, that’s la letra a, letra c, ingles punto com. OK let’s get into the story…

Marco: I’m Marco, I’m from Venezuela, Caracas, the capital city, and when I was young I always was a skinny guy which always looked okay. The young Marco, he was, like, very funny. My personality is quite… like, friendly. So every single person that was close to me, I would say, ‘hey hello how you doing? I’m Marco, nice to meet you!’ So I was not afraid to introduce myself to anybody. So at the end of the month or the end of the semester I was like, ‘oh Marco you’re Marco, you’re Marco, you’re Marco. 

And in some point of my life, when I get into a relationship with a very nice girl, Alexandra and everything starts to change because we normally went to every single restaurant of the city and we were always eating. But not eating healthy, eating crap food which I love. But I didn’t control myself. Try this new place which has new food, very good food so always related to food. Arepas, tequeños, pabellón. Always drinking alcohol… a lot of alcohol and I start to gain weight… like a lot, like a lot! So after all those months, I realized that I was a completely different man physically. My body was different changed to skinny to fat. Alexandra because she was in love, she was always telling me that, ‘no, that’s alright baby you are not chubby. You are okay. You look gorgeous. You’re handsome.’ But I was gaining weight but because it was not important to her she was like it doesn’t matter, you look gorgeous. I love you. You are like this and I love you like this and I didn’t realize but I didn’t realise that I was gaining and gaining and gaining more and more weight.  

We were in one of my mate’s house. We were playing guitar, drums and drinking and having fun and one of my friends called me like, ‘Oy, Fatty! Could you please pass me my drink?’ and when she said ‘Oy,Fatty’ every single person started to laugh. So all my mates started to laugh like ‘Yo, Fatty! Hahahaha’ and that day, I stopped being Marco and started to being fatty for all my friends. Yo fatty come here. Fatty do this. Fatty that. 

After a week like being fatty fatty fatty I started to realize that I didn’t like that nickname and then one of those days, I came out from the shower and I get to my room and I stop in front of the mirror and I realized that I was fat. At that time I said, ‘oh so it’s true I’m fatty’. So I need to change this because I don’t really like it. That night I said, ‘I’m going to change this tomorrow’. 

I had my girlfriend then we finished this relationship and I started to be single again so when I started trying to get on the girls and I mean they say you’re a very nice man you’re so funny you’re so cute but could you please introduce me to your friends and when I realized that those friends that they were talking about they were they were all hot and they were in a good physical condition and I don’t really look good physically. I’m nice and I’m cool but I’m a but I’m chubby. So I said if this is what they like then I’m going to change my figure and maybe I mean they are going to like me more. They’re going to be interested in me in the way that I really wanted to be interested in me and everything, all this starts because of physical condition. It sounds very vain but that was the first message at the beginning. 

I went to the nutritionist. I went to the gym. I subscribed myself for 6 months. I paid a lot of money and I said okay what do I have to do to change my body, change my lifestyle and start with nutrition and the gym. The gym!

I joined the gym one night, I think it was a Monday, and by Tuesday evening I was there for my first class and with my personal trainer. He was a very muscly, big, strong, massive guy. I saw that his physique was amazing and when he tried to explain me exercises he did it so easy and he put on so much weight but for him, it was nothing. That motivated me to be as strong as he was. Miguel, he is my inspiration and for me I say, ‘all right I need to reach this new goal’. For me, everything was completely new! It was my first time in the gym, I didn’t know nothing at all about exercise, diets, routines, zero nothing. 

It was hard for me. It was tough but thee worst part was the feeling after that because I forced myself so much to get into my goals so quickly that the pain that I’ve got after the gym it was so horrible that I couldn’t even wash my hair in the shower ‘cos I was not able to reach my head with my hands because of the pain on my shoulders and my biceps. 

I remember one time I was doing legs at the gym, with the leg press and my PT put so much weight that I say, ‘Brother, I can’t move this.’ 

And he said, ‘you have to move this ‘cos girls like boys with big booty and big legs!’

And I said, ‘Oh my God! I’m going to move this straightaway! Put more weight on and I literally did it. I did it well, But as soon as I finished the exercise, I vomited just next to the machine on the floor. So it was crazy I was having a nightmare. But at the same time, I was enjoying the feeling in my body, that I started to see results and my body started to change. 

In 8 months, I was a completely different guy. But it take… it took me, three years to be the body to get to the goal, to reach the goal with the body that I really wanted. So all the girls started to approach me straight away and they were not asking me about my friends so I said oh it works. But then suddenly I say okay this is going to help me with the girls. I reached my goal but l now I have another goal I want to help the other people who have the same problem that I’ve got. 

So I started getting involved and searching about food and about exercising and about a routine and I said I want to do this course about fitness instructor then another course personal trainer and then another course about nutrition and then I’ve got the knowledge to teach the people how to get involved with this fitness life. I’m going to help them to reach the goal to make them feel that this is not because of someone else. They have to do this because of them. This is the most important thing. You have to do it because of you, because you want to change, because you like something not for the rest of the people and then if they really want to do it, I will guide them through this. After watching all my clients reach their goals and just getting better and better, I say, ‘oh I’m good for this’ and I open my own academy, a fitness academy, Balance Triangle.  

I fell in love with this. This changed my life, for well, for good. Year after year, it is like you are changing your life, going for something bigger and bigger and now I’ve got more knowledge and I read more and I apply this knowledge to myself and it works and then I apply it to my clients and now I’m a completely different person and I think I’m going to do it ‘til the end of my days. I feel proud about that kid, that he was chubby, insecure but he was starving for something. It doesn’t matter what was my goal but I reached it and I put my hundred percent effort on that and I would say to that kid, ‘well done, well done, boy’.

Bree: That’s all for today! We hope you enjoyed Marco’s story. Para conseguir la transcripción, vocabulario clave, y ejercicios del episodio visita acingles.com. Allí también encontrarás más recursos para ayudar a mejorar tu inglés. Y si aún no te has suscrito a Into the Story suscribete en cualquiera de las plataformas desde donde nos escuchas! Thank you for listening, until next time we hope you have a good time, or at least, a good story to tell.

Quote of the episode

‘You have to do it because of you, because you want to change, because you like something, not for the rest of the people...’

Marco

More about our guest

Marco es un entrenador personal en Madrid, España. También el co-fundador de Balance Triangle, una academia de fitness online y un gimnasio dedicado a ayudar a clientes a conseguir sus objetivos de fitness y a vivir de una manera más saludable y feliz. 

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08. Conor’s story: Backpacks, Bars and Being who you want to be

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Episode 8: Conor's story: backpacks, bars and being who you want to be

Nivel de inglés: intermedio a intermedio alto
Acento: inglés canadiense

Esta semana en nuestro podcast para aprender inglés con historias reales y emocionantes, presentamos una historia sobre dejar ir las expectativas que el mundo ha puesto en ti y abrazar tu propia identidad. Connor nos cuenta cómo el año que vivió en Australia le permitió encontrar amistades para toda la vida, vivir más libremente y enamorarse por primera vez!

Conor Mahoney es un consultor en el sector público de Calgary, Canada. Se dedica a ayudar a sus clientes a comunicarse con el gobierno, legisladores, grupos de interés y los medios de comunicación. En su tiempo libre, a Conor le gusta leer, correr con su perro Louis y escuchar podcasts.

Transcripción del Podcast

Bree: The year some people take to travel after high school before starting university or work is often a very transformative experience. And for our storyteller today, Conor, who had been  trying to live a life that he felt society expected of him, a year traveling allowed him find his true self and come out as a gay person.

 

This week, we hear Conor’s story about how a year living in Australia allowed him to truly open up, embrace his identity and fall in love for the first time. We’ll hear about that moment he arrived in downtown Sydney without a real plan and the moment he met his boyfriend’s mum for the first time only minutes after she’d attacked a snake in the back garden. We’re calling this story ‘Backpacks, Bars and Being who you want to be’.

 

Before we begin listening, let’s talk about some of the vocabulary and expressions you’ll hear Conor say:

  1. To fit into a mould – to fit into a mould is an expression we use to describe being the same as or matching something or someone. You’ll hear Conor talk about not fitting into the mould in his community in Canada.

  2. To cram into – this phrasal verb describes trying to put a lot of things into a very small space or a container with force. For example you can cram people into a bar or you can cram new vocabulary into your head. Cram into.

  3. Debauchery – Debauchery – el desenfreno – is a word to describe a lifestyle with lots of parties. Conor describes his life living with other travellers as being filled with debauchery. Debauchery.

  4. To fizzle out – another very graphic phrasal verb that you’ll hear Conor say. To fizzle out means to gradually fail in a bit of a disappointing way or to finish weakly. For example you can say that a relationship fizzled out.  

  5. And lastly, to teach the ropes – this expression means to show someone how to do an activity. For example, on your first day of a new job, someone will usually need to explain how things work in that workplace and show you the ropes. 

 

If you need more help with understanding Conor’s story, remember for each episode, you can get a full vocabulary list and listening comprehension activities on our website acingles.com, that’s la letra a, letra c, ingles punto com. OK let’s get into the story…

 

Conor: We lived in a town outside of Calgary but closer to the Rocky Mountains. So it was sort of expected, that if you were male that you would, you know, be on the football team and that gave you a lot of likes status and popularity, and that kind of thing, and I just never really, even though I attempted, I never really fit into that mould. That I… I thought that there wasn’t really a place for me there. So it was a time of confusion and then probably triggered depression and anxiety that I’ve kind of lived with since. Well but I think it really started earlier on like in elementary school with the… with kind of living with this secret of being gay and sort of avoiding it and trying to push it down or not face them so there was kind of this secret that I was always living with, which was very toxic. 

 

I saved up enough money, I think it was $1,500 for a round-trip airline ticket to Sydney and to my parents’ dismay… I… I was going! Landing in Sydney I took the the metro into like, central Sydney and literally checked into the first hostel that I that I saw. So yeah, I remember going up to the room. I think it was on like the 10th floor and opening the door and there was like everyone was sitting on their bed, like it was bunk-beds, and I kind of found my bed and put my backpack down there and then of course didn’t really know what to do next. 

 

My original plan was to actually go up the east coast of Australia but I kind of knew and that was the official story is that I told my parents but I knew that I wanted to stay in a big city where there was progressive community, like I was looking for a my people kind of. So I kind of settled in. At the hostel, it was getting pretty expensive so I had to find something a bit cheaper so I I was told about share houses. A Scottish traveler has said, ‘oh I’m going to move into this share house and you should check it out! It’s across… it was in Piermont, which is across darling Harbour, and it was quite a big house. It was like a mansion, like an old mansion, but I would be living with 30 to 40 other travelers and it was like maybe a 10-room home but it has like bunk-beds in the room. So yeah they just kind of crammed everybody in there and it was an experience. Like it had a pool in the back but it was freezing cold water and then we would play these crazy games at night like it was a lot of drinking and debauchery and that kind of thing. Just a bunch of backpackers from all over the world. I think there were British and like English, Scottish, Welsh, French, Spanish, Canadians, Americans, South Americans. Everyone around the globe kind of. So it was… it was so interesting because I learned so much from, from those people about, you know, why they were traveling where they’re from what they’re like way of life is like why they chose Australia. So I learned a ton from living there and then meeting those people. 

 

After a month I had had enough. It was time to to look for something more permanent. I ended up going to this bar Stonewall Hotel. It’s a very well-known gay bar in Sydney and so then the first night, the first night I was there, I met this girl who was sort of like glaring at me,  giving me the stink-eye from the other side of the bar and we ended up kind of sitting and talking. After the first time I met Jess, she invited me to coffee and we went for coffee and she said, ‘hey like I know you’re here living here and I share, shared accommodation and that you said that it was pretty hard so why don’t you come in and stay with me you can sleep on my couch’. I was thrilled and delighted that she offered and then that really started a like a lifelong friendship. She was giving me kind of the support and guidance that I needed to talk about life kind of every single day after work and what she was going through and I was going through we had similar kind of childhoods in a lot of ways. They were different in a lot of ways but um sort of the struggles at school and not fitting in. I would help her and give her advice on like her just because she was also gay. We would meet at the Newtown Hotel every day after work for a few pints… and that was a gay bar and so we know, we were always, she taught me the ropes of how to be… how to live in a gay world. 

 

Me and her had gone out one night to Stonewall and I met Matt. So I’d seen Matt out quite a bit and I really I had a huge crush on him and he was sort of like the life of the party and he seemed to be very popular among groups. But he was also just very nice. He would come and always introduce himself and say hi and I think one night, I just went up to him and said I really like you like I want like… I want to ask you out on a date or I like asked him out on a date. He said yes and so I think the weekend after we we went out for pizza and that kind of started my first relationship and my first time I fell in love. 

 

We had only been dating a couple months and he wanted to bring me back to his hometown to meet his mom. The day that I got there, his mom had killed a snake with a shovel and she’s like, ‘I right killed it like come out and I’ll show you’! It was really nice to meet his family they were very funny and sweet and they, you know, would cook us you know big meals and it was just like this fairytale kind of romance that we had. He was very similar to me but also very different. 

 

So we were together for about six months until I had to… I decided that I was going to go back to Canada. My parents were putting a bit of pressure to come home and finish University. So I decided that I was going to go back and Matt wasn’t too happy about that… and he… it just ended up just kind of fizzling out because, I mean, there wasn’t really…. he couldn’t come to Canada so there wasn’t really a future for us. So we ended up, kind of, it ended badly but we’re still friends now like still talk now once in awhile but at the time it was… it was sad because, you know, he was my first love and yeah we lived together at the time and spent all of our time together. So it definitely was hard but I had to come home. 

 

I was really worried and scared of coming home because I had lived this lifestyle of being out as a gay person for a year. You know where I… I change the way that I dressed and how I styled my hair and the way that I talked and everything had kind of changed and it reflected more of who I was as a person. Like my outside personality was now more in line with my, with my inner self or my true self. I built up enough courage to let my my parents know. I think I told my brother Brendan first that because… he was sort of the one that I was most worried about… but he was so accepting. 

 

That year really added to my character and to my story in trying to figure out who I am and where, you know, where I fit in. Being open-minded and accepting of who I am and who others are and being grateful for the people and the things that I have in my life.

 

Bree: That’s all for today! Si te ha gustado la historia de Conor y quieres seguir escuchando más episodios de nuestro podcast, puedes visitar nuestra pagina web, acingles.com donde tendrás todos los episodios de Into the Story. También encontrarás algunas actividades y materiales de cada episodio para ayudarte mejorar tu inglés. Thank you for listening, until next time we hope you have a good time, or at least, a good story to tell. 

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"That year really added to my character and to my story… Being open-minded and accepting of who I am and who others are and being grateful for the people and things that I have in my life."

Conor

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07. Holly’s story: Movement with meaning

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Episode 7: Holly's Story: Movement with meaning

Nivel de inglés: intermedio a intermedio alto
Acento: inglés británico

Esta semana escuchamos a Holly, entrenadora personal y nutricionista. Holly comparte con nosotros su camino desde que descubrió que tenía una enfermedad de la sangre desconocida y cómo esto la llevó a limpiar su estilo de vida y descubrir una nueva pasión por ayudar a otros.

Si quieres leer más sobre la comunidad de entrenamiento de Holly puedes visitar su web: https://hollybarberpt.com/

Bree: 10 years ago, Holly was living in Manchester, England and like many young adults in their early 20s, her priorities were simply to have fun and live life in the fast lane – es decir vivir a toda velocidad o vivir al máximo. However, all this changed when she woke up one morning with a mysterious chest pain. 

 

In today’s story we hear what it’s like to have a blood condition with no-name and how Holly struggled with being so ill at such a young age. As someone who was not into fitness, Holly tells us about her decision to clean up her lifestyle habits and about stepping foot into a gym only to realise she didn’t look like any of the other trainers in her personal training course. Now as a qualified nutritionist, fitness coach and an all-round happy and healthy human, Holly shares with us how she became her own client and how she used her fitness knowledge to heal her body as well as her mind. We’re calling this episode ‘Movement with meaning’. 

 

Before we begin listening, let’s talk about some of the vocabulary and expressions you’ll hear Holly say:

  1. clot – A clot is a lump of blood that prevents it from flowing easily through your body. Listen out for Holly talking about having thick blood and a blood clot on her lungs – un coágulo en el pulmón. 

  2. out of my depth – This expression refers to being in deep water. It is also used as a metaphor to describe a situation that you don’t feel prepared for. For example, I feel out of my depth playing basketball with professionals! Out of my depth.

  3. to make up your mind – To make up your mind is to ‘tomar una decisión’. For example, I made up my mind to go to the party. 

  4. to set on fire – to start a fire means to encender un fuego. But in this context, Holly uses this expression to talk about the strong and passionate emotion she felt towards training her clients.

  5. and finally to thrive – thrive is a verb that we use in English to mean doing well or prosperar. For example, you can say, my business is thriving thanks to the new marketing campaign. To thrive.

 

If you need more help with understanding Holly’s story, remember for each episode, you can get a full vocabulary list, transc and listening comprehension activities on our website acingles.com, that’s la letra a, letra c, ingles punto com. OK let’s get into the story…

 

Holly: It was 2012, I was working but I’d just been a student so I had that lifestyle of live fast, everything will be fine and consume I what I want. I wasn’t generally unfit but I my definitely wasn’t looking after myself at this time. I woke up one day I had chest pain. I went to hospital and the next thing I knew was I was waking up and they told me that I had blood clots on both of my lungs which had caused major damage and nearly ended my life. And then for a whole year after that, I then really didn’t look after myself. So I kind of went into the ‘victim mentality’ of ‘why me? Why has this happened to me?’ 

 

My life changed a lot at that point. I was in a lot of pain. I was in a very bad place mentally as well and for just like a whole year, I didn’t take responsibility for myself and I would blame a lot of people to make it not about me. A whole year later, nearly to the day in 2015, I got very similar pains and I’d had another blood clot that had passed through my heart. So it caused a lot of damage along the way and it caused a lot of damage in my lungs and in my heart. They tested me for everything and everything came back negative which sounds like it should be a good but at the time the doctors and me wanted something to blame it on. Instead they found nothing and they said probably I just have thick blood. I was told I wouldn’t be able to exercise probably ever again. It made me anxious. It made me a very anxious person to do anything. I remember a day at one point, where I was sat in my apartment in Manchester at the time. I just I couldn’t build up the courage to go to the shop. I just couldn’t face outside and I couldn’t face that that world of what if something happens to me on the street. 

 

It was only then at this point that I started to understand and think about my health and my life what I wanted moving forward. I was only 23 at the time and what I wanted from my life was my responsibility and I had to take that into my own hands. I knew that I had to change and I knew that I suddenly wanted to look after my body. In this year between the two, I had managed to put on a lot of body fat, and for me personally, it was not about how much I weighed. It wasn’t about anything like that. It was to do with just not feeling good and not feeling myself and feeling generally unhealthy, lethargic but I didn’t know what to do about it. So you know, I would go on Instagram, Facebook. I would pick up a magazine. I would go to my local gym and I would do all of the stuff! I would speak to family and friends and every single little bit of advice that I got about changing my lifestyle was different. For me, it was just a lot of conflicting advice that I felt every Monday I would wake up and I would start something new, which of course made my mood change because I was on these crazy diets every week. I was doing way too much exercise or way too little exercise and I was just into everybody else before making my mind up because I had no clue of what I could do.

 

So I did my qualification to become a personal trainer and that was interesting to say the least because although there were some obviously really nice people and they all mean very well. It was very much that macho type situation where I felt very out of my depth because I wasn’t as physically, aesthetically fit as these people were and I sat in this room and I felt so overwhelmed and such an imposter that I had… and I kept saying to myself, ‘it’s okay you have a right to be here you’re learning this for yourself but, at the same time, I was listening to these people saying that they go to the gym everyday and they had been going to the gym for 20 years and now they’re doing their PT course and they’ve always been into fitness and I’m sat. I can hardly breathe because I am still getting over such a huge event. I’m not feeling my best and I felt so out of my depth that it felt like I would never become what they are. And then I realized I didn’t really want to be what they were and it’s ok that they are like that and I tried to steer myself away from being like everyone else in the fitness industry, which took a long time but during that course was a big eye-opener to what I didn’t want to be. 

 

For sure the practical side of learning was good and getting that qualification and the theory behind things was amazing but putting it into practice and sitting and eating and being able to say these proteins are going to do this for me. These carbohydrates are going to do this for me and all of these colorful fruit and vegetable are going to make me thrive was where I learned the most because then I saw it in my own life and I could get more energy. I could look in the mirror and I could be happy with what I could see looking back at me and I could thrive which was the biggest incentive to carry on. 

 

So I was in a job that I didn’t particularly like and I then all my friends are saying to me, ‘Holly! You look amazing! You look so good! You’ve got so much more energy! You’re socializing more! You don’t seem as anxious! What have you done? What is your secret?’ and then when I turn around to them and say, ‘Well I’m actually a qualified nutritionist and personal trainer.’ 

They were like, ‘What! What do you mean you’re a qualified nutritionist and personal trainer? Train me!’ At this point I hadn’t trained anybody else except me so I was very dubious, let’s say, about being able to teach because I had no clue and I just thought, well, I’m going to come up with a little pack and I’ll write down some exercises that we can do and I’ll explain to them that this is a real journey and I’d like to help them and we’ll see how it goes. 

 

So I started to train some friends and relatives after work and at the weekend. Being this person to so many people inspired me so much. It literally set my heart on fire! It was something that I was so passionate about so I decided it was time to quit my job. I had saved up enough money to invest in my fitness studio that I have now. It’s just a community space for people, which just makes me so happy seeing people like thriving in there doing stuff that they thought that they would never be able to do.

 

I think my philosophy now is to move with intention, move for how you want to feel that day and I like to always call it movement rather than working out and exercising because I think they have such weird connotations. I always like to say you’re moving from a place of attention, from a place of love and to start a journey because ‘I love myself’ not because ‘I hate myself’ so ‘I’m not going for my run in the morning because I hate myself I’m going for a run in the morning because I love myself! To give myself time that freedom, that strength. My heart is going to be pumping my blood is going to be going to my brain is going to be switched on and that can be with any movement whatsoever and a little like saying that I always say to everybody, including myself is, ‘all movement is good movement’ and that’s how I kind of like to live my life now with the food that I eat, with the company I keep. How is it making me feel and then going forward with that and going forward with more positive things to come from that.

 

Bree: That’s all for today! Si te ha gustado la historia de Holly y quieres seguir escuchando más episodios de nuestro podcast, puedes visitar la pagina web, acingles.com donde tendrás todos los episodios de Into the Story. También encontrarás algunas actividades y materiales de cada episodio para ayudarte mejorar tu inglés. Thank you for listening, until next time we hope you have a good time, or at least, a good story to tell.

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I think my philosophy now is to move with intention, move for how you want to feel that day...all movement is good movement.

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01. Bec’s Story: Just Say Yes to Everything

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Into the Story

EL PODCAST PARA APRENDER INGLÉS CON HISTORIAS REALES

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Episode 1: Just Say Yes to Everything

Nivel de inglés: intermedio a intermedio alto
Acento: inglés australiano

Bec nos cuenta su historia de amor con un cambio de rumbo repentino en su vida. Oiremos cómo mantuvo su mente y corazón abierto para recibir las nuevas experiencias que le esperaban al otro lado del mundo.

Bree: We all seem to have ideas about what life will look like when we reach a certain age or time in our life and sometimes those ideas are accurate and sometimes they are not. We are going to hear Bec telling us her story of how she started again. Bec is originally from Melbourne, Australia and we are calling this story, ‘Just say yes to everything.’

Before we listen to Bec’s story, let’s talk about some of the vocabulary and expressions you’ll hear Bec say:

Whirlwind – this noun and adjective most commonly refers to an energetic and chaotic process. E.G. To travel around Canada in one week would be a whirlwind trip. It would be a very rushed and chaotic trip!
Pillow talk – refers to the conversations two people have in bed. These are normally nice light conversations. E.G. The couple was laying in bed talking about the day they first met.
To grieve – this verb to feel intense sadness. It’s commonly used to refer to what we feel after we lose someone E.G. She grieved the loss of her father.
To be stoked – This adjective is slang so very informal. And means To feel very excited about something. E.G. She was really stoked about her trip to California.

For each episode, you can get a full vocabulary list and listening comprehension activities on our website acingles.com, that’s la letra a, letra c, ingles punto com. OK let’s get into the story…

Bec: I met him in a job interview. His name is Julian. We were in competition for the same job at a law firm. I didn’t think much of him. I thought he was a strapping young man. He was very tall and had a very serious face. In that regard he was intriguing. But after that day, we both discovered that we got the job. We were both successful in that and I discovered that he also like to stand in the corner and eat the free food at our Friday drinks at a law firm. And from there we discovered that we both took the same train in the mornings together and I noticed that I started timing my arrival to the train platform to coincide with his.I suppose that is where it all began.

We traveled a lot together and for a while there we were in Europe. He was studying in the Netherlands and I was using it as an excuse to run away to Europe for the summer we did all those things that young couples do. We travelled, we did the backpacker journey.
We had adventures. We moved in together. We had a little apartment by Albert Park, which is a lovely like in Melbourne by the beach. We loved doing sports together. We did triathlons. We did hiking together.

From there it was probably about three and a half years into our relationship that we were at and Angus and Julia Stone concert – that was really lovely and a very quintessential Australian folk experience – that we decided to get married! People ask me if he was the one who initiated or if I was but I really don’t know how it came about it. It wasn’t like he got down on one knee. It was a lot more unassuming. It was just, you know, we are caught up in all this beautiful music all these love songs. I don’t know somehow we left the concert engaged!

Then began the the whirlwind of planning a wedding. We did all of the the frilly bits of an engagement party. We did dress fittings. We visited locations together this was about a year in the process and we’ve had invitations sent out. I had my bridesmaids all ready to go and then it was one evening two months out from the wedding, just as we were lying in bed having pillow talk, as they say, he said to me, ‘I can’t do it. I can’t get married’.

It was such a quiet spoken sentence but with such grave implications. In that moment I didn’t really know how to process it. He asked, we he said it so nicely, like I just can’t get married to you. And so at this point everything was ready I suppose you could describe what happened next as trying to detangle hair from a hairbrush – very messy, painful and tedious. I wanted to normality as soon as possible. After that day he moved out and I was pretty much left living on a mattress on the floor. I had also just left a job and I was well we were relying on his salary to live because I had gone back to study. So I definitely felt his absence in more ways than one. I do remember a lot nights, my sister, my younger sister. I call her my ‘little big sister’ because she was really there for me at that time when I really needed someone to be next to me in the bed.

To help my ex Julian and I reconcile what had happened, at one point we decided. Well, we have all this champagne. What are we going to do with tens of bottles of champagne just lying in our storeroom? What we’re going to do is we’re going to throw a picnic with all our friends and whoever wants to come and show that, you know what, everything is okay and we’re going to get through this and let’s have some fun along the way!
The day of the picnic came about it was really lovely. I mean Melbourne in the summer is really gorgeous. The sun is not too hot it’s just that nice warm from the back of your neck and the vibe in the city – it’s just emanates summer. We were all hanging out. Friends had bought their friends. It really marked a new beginning and in more than one sense for me!

This is where chapter 2 of the story begins. I met a young guy a young Venezuelan surgeon, who had just moved to the country, called Daniel. And this is my break up picnic and he’s arrived. We just started to hang out because he was new to Melbourne and I was on my way out of Melbourne. Oh I had signed up for a job in New Caledonia. It’s a little island. I was going there to teach. This guy is new to the city and he seemed to like hiking so sure let’s hang out it!

It did come as a shock to me when one month into my new contract in New Caledonia I got a call from young Daniel saying Rebecca it so happens that I’m coming to New Caledonia, any chance I could stay with you and we could hang out? I suppose from that point that’s where my life with Daniel began. We were in New Caledonia together for 2 weeks and it was really lovely and I think that’s when we decided there’s something here.

I took on the mentality of just saying yes to everything that came my way. That was part of the new me, my new and improved mantra. With my new mantra in mind I agreed to move to Perth with Daniel and then after a year there working in the desert, we said yes to a job opportunity that came Daniel’s way in Barcelona and most recently I suppose I said yes to having a baby together! And here we are in Barcelona 3 years later with our almost two-year-old baby girl Zoe.

If I… if I think back to five years ago and all those job interview questions that we do, ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?’ I would have never imagined this, living a life in Barcelona, by the beach. I teach. I help manage an English school. It’s amazing! Tomorrow, tomorrow, I’m returning to Melbourne for the first time in more or less three years since arriving and to be honest I’m really nervous. Let’s see how it goes!

Bree: I had the chance to speak with back after her trip to Australia. We are in covid-19 lockdown right now. We recorded this remotely. Let’s hear what Bec has to say about going back to Australia for the first time in a long time and how she’s feeling about Australia these days. How how was the experience of going back and introducing Zoe to her Australian roots? How did it feel?

Bec: Going back to australia was really nice. Umm I was nervous at the beginning. But it felt so strange but at the same time so familiar to be back home. It also brought on a sense of nostalgia I think having the family all around me as well all of my cousins and aunties and uncles that live in more or less the same suburb. I had a glimpse of what life would have been like.

I felt grateful to have those family around me because they welcomed us so effortlessly they just walked in and were like ‘how’s it going Zoe?’ or ‘Bec, how’s it going?’ as if no time had passed at all. I kept thinking to myself, ‘could I live here again?’ and I don’t know about that I think over the years my sense of home has evolved. Over the years and when I was a child growing up, my family moved around a lot. For me, my sense of family is more about the people and having that constant. Yes I feel at home in Barcelona more than Australia now but beyond that I feel more at home with Zoe and Dan.

That’s all for today! Si te ha gustado este podcast y quieres seguir escuchando, puedes visitar nuestra pagina web, acingles.com donde tendrás todos los episodios de Into the Story. También encontrarás algunas actividades y materiales de cada episodio para ayudarte con tu inglés. Thank you for listening and until next time, we hope you have a good time, or at least, a good story to tell.

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"over the years my sense of home has evolved"

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¿Cómo conseguir recordar vocabulario nuevo en inglés?

pasos para recordar nuevo vocabulario en ingles

¿Cómo conseguir recordar vocabulario nuevo en inglés?

pasos para recordar nuevo vocabulario en ingles

Buf, ¡Cuántas palabras para aprender cuando estás intentando mejorar tu inglés! ¿Qué se supone que hay que hacer para aprenderlas y no morir en el intento? Vamos a ayudarte, aquí te dejamos los pasos a seguir para conseguir recordar nuevo vocabulario en ingles. 

PASO 1: ALIMENTA TU CEREBRO CON NUEVAS PALABRAS EN INGLÉS

Tienes varias opciones para cazar al vuelo una palabra en inglés: hablando con gente en inglés o escuchando a gente hablar en inglés, tú solo leyendo, observando y/o estudiando.

Quizá lo siguiente te resulte familiar: acabas de escuchar una nueva palabra y te dices a ti mismo “Vale, aquí está. Ahora vamos a retenerla en la memoria a largo plazo hasta que la necesitemos”, y realmente crees que será así. Cinco días, horas o incluso minutos más tarde accedes a tu memoria en busca de la palabra y…¡no está! Tan solo queda la letra por la que empezaba o las sílabas que tenía, pero el resto se ha esfumado . ¡Qué rabia! y te preguntas: ¿Por qué memoria, por qué? Pues, eso significa que eres humano y no un robot! Veamos el siguiente paso. 

PASO 2: ACEPTA QUE NO VAS A EMPEZAR A USAR UNA PALABRA INMEDIATAMENTE DESPUÉS DE ESCUCHARLA

La mayoría necesitamos ver, escuchar o leer 8 veces la misma palabra en inglés para empezar a utilizarla, así que es importante aceptar que escuchar una palabra una vez no es suficiente para empezar a integrarla en nuestras conversaciones, sino va a tomar un poco más de esfuerzo.
¿Qué puedes hacer para acelerar este proceso? Fácil. Consumir inglés leyendo, viendo pelis y hablando todo lo que puedas, hará que consigas retenerla mucho antes. 

PASO 3: ESCRIBE TODO LO QUE NO SEPAS, PERO NO DE CUALQUIER MANERA

Se te cruza por delante una palabra en inglés que no sabes. Ya hemos dicho que con una vez no es suficiente para retenerla así que el truco es escribirla!  Probablemente no vas a tener tiempo de buscarla justo en ese momento, pero lo puedes hacer más tarde. Acumula palabras durante unos días y luego, cuando tengas un momento, con calma te pones a buscar su significado. A veces encontrarás varios significados, vale la pena poner un par de opciones como mínimo y si puedes, añadir un ejemplo corto. 

Es mucho más recomendable que al lado de cada palabra, en vez de escribir su traducción en español, escribas (o incluso si quieres, dibujes) algo que te recuerde el significado de la palabra. Esto hará que tu cerebro tenga que encontrar el camino para llegar a la palabra cada vez que te olvides de su significado, y este esfuerzo te ayudará a mantenerla en la memoria a largo plazo. Si quieres, puedes poner las palabras en contexto con un mini-ejemplo en inglés o con otra palabra en castellano que te haga recordarla. 

PASO 4: ENCUENTRA LA TÉCNICA QUE MÁS TE GUSTE

¿Alguna técnica para apuntar las palabras y expresiones? ¡Os presentamos… “La libreta de vocabulario”! 

¡Sí, suena muy «old school» pero os aseguramos que funciona!

En cuanto al tipo de libreta, tu eliges: de bolsillo, más grande, puede estar organizada de manera cronológica, alfabética o siguiendo cualquier otro sistema. Así que, ¡dale tu toque personal!

Puedes también ayudarte de tu móvil si te es más fácil. No obstante, está demostrado que la escritura manual ayuda a retener palabras más fácilmente. Un reciente capítulo del podcast Freakonomics llamado  Who Needs Handwriting, trata justamente de eso.

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PASO 5: REVÍSALO ASÍ 

Incluso si has creado el mejor sistema de aprendizaje de vocabulario en inglés, si luego dejas el cuaderno en una estantería o lo tiras en el fondo de tu mochila, sólo habrás hecho la mitad del trabajo. Revisar, revisar y volver a revisar, esta es la clave!

Para revisar, utiliza la técnica que mejor se adapte a ti, no todo el mundo funciona igual. Algunos ejemplos:

  • Asociar la palabra en inglés que quieres aprender con otra en castellano o quizás otro idioma que hables. Si las palabras no tienen nada que ver en significado, te montas una historia que las una en tu cerebro.

  • Relacionar la palabra nueva con una imagen (puedes hacer tu propio dibujo, y no tienes que saber dibujar).

  • Asociar la palabra inglesa con una emoción, y normalmente una pequeña historia.

Por último y sin duda la más satisfactoria…

PASO 6: ¡ÚSALO!

Un día, no muy lejano, te encuentras que necesitas esa palabra en inglés, recurres a tu memoria a largo plazo y, ¿sabes qué? Allí está la palabra, esperando a ser usada! La palabra se habrá sumado a tu vocabulario junto con el resto de palabras que hayas aprendido.

Ahora simplemente añádele una pizca de pronunciación, un poco de consciencia cultural y posteriormente, combínalo con algo de gramática y…¡voilà! ya hablas inglés como un nativo!

VAMOS A PROBARLO

Y ahora vamos a probarlo. Puedes intentarlo con unas pocas palabras del texto dentro de los dibujos y ver si las puedes recordar para la semana que viene o si las puedes incorporar en tu próxima conversación en inglés.

Ojo! Ten cuidado con las traducciones literales a la hora de buscar el significado de una palabra. Aunque se parezcan fonéticamente, hay palabras que significan cosas completamente diferentes en inglés y en español! Aquí tienes un ejemplo: la palabra “realize”.

Esperamos que este artículo te haya sido útil para conseguir recordar vocabulario nuevo en inglés. ¿Tienes más aportaciones para ayudar a memorizar vocabulario? ¿Alguna técnica que haya funcionado para ti? Déjanos un comentario y te responderemos enseguida.