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"The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again."

Mathilde Blind, April Rain

Marianne's Friday session 8am 21 February 2020: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

mheredgemheredge Posts: 42,562 ✭✭✭✭
How far are you willing to speak out and go out of your comfort zone? Have you ever protested or complained about something? Have you ever made a stand on something?

Luvvie Ajayit starts off by introducong herself as a professional troublemaker. She chooses to effect change is by speaking up, by being the first and by being the domino.

It isn't easy and people think that she's fearless, but she isn't. She feels like she has, because there are too few people in the world willing to be the domino, too few people willing to take that risk.

She describes a few adventurous things that she did, taking her out of her comfort zone. Have you ever done this?

To sum up. she asks herself three things: 1. Did you mean it? 2. Can you defend it? and 3. Did you say it with love? If the answer is yes to all three, she says it and let the chips fall.... Telling the truth - telling thoughtful truths - should not be a revolutionary act.

https://www.ted.com/talks/luvvie_ajayi_get_comfortable_with_being_uncomfortable

Comments

  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 42,562 ✭✭✭✭
    Comfort zone - comfortable situation, safe situation, secure position, happy place, stress-free situation.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 42,562 ✭✭✭✭
    The speaker is American and uses quite a few phrases and vocabulary more typical to American English. If you are not familiar with them, check them out though some will be fairly evident if you refer to the transcript.

    shoddy (systems) -
    a shady person or thing -
    domino - (not a pizza) -
    freshman year (AmEng) -
    premed (AmEng) -
    semester (AmEng) -
    401ks (AmEng) -
    shoe habit (AmEng) -
    awesome -
    ziplining -
    business casual -
    status quo -
    shea butter -
    cosigning -
    a viral post -
    checkpoint -
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 42,562 ✭✭✭✭
    Vocab:
    spunky - courageous, determined
    shoddy (systems) - poor, shabby,
    a shady person or thing - dodgy, not to be trusted
    domino effect - (not a pizza) - when one piece falls, then it causes the next piece to fall
    freshman year (AmEng) - first term at college
    premed (AmEng) - pre- medical school - a year studying before starting medical studies. This is relevant in the US but not the UK.
    semester (AmEng) - school or college term
    vacation = holiday
    401ks (AmEng) - unauthorised accesss - like a website but she was using in another sense
    shoe habit (AmEng) - likes buying shoes, mania for shopping for shoes, likes wearing lots of different kinds of shoes
    awesome - wow, amazing, excellent
    ziplining - means to get across a gorge on a line. Clip on and swing aross.



    business casual - work/office clothes that are not so formal
    dress-down day office clothes, one day a week when office staff don't have to wear formal office clothes. Casual-smart
    status quo - a Latin phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regard to social or political issues.
    shea butter - is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa). It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer, salve or lotion. Shea butter is edible and is used in food preparation in some African countries.
    cosigning - When you add a co-signer to a loan, lenders gain an additional borrower to collect from.
    a viral post - when a story becomes very popular, social media speading like a plague
    checkpoint - a barrier or manned entrance, typically at a border, where security checks are carried out on travellers. A place on the route in a long-distance race where the time for each competitor is recorded.
    a location whose exact position can be verified visually or electronically, used by pilots to aid navigation.
    a point to check

    Exclamations: Crikey! chin up - these are a bit old fashioned.
    cool - awesome - wonderful or amazing


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    ETJ English Common British English Expressions

    alright? - I never use this as a greeting, but a lot of people do. It would confuse any non-British person.
    mate - to refer to someone (alright mate?) I never ever use this but this language is okay for a 20 year old!
    Budge up! So informal that I would never use this in a public place.
    @!~* - quite rude as it is refering to the f work.
    I'm gutted about that - upset
    Rubbish - used to mean waste but we also say rubbish when you don't agree and you think it is not good. An America would use that sucked.
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