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In this episode of The A to Z English Podcast, Jack explains the meaning of three idioms using the verb “live.”
Phrasal Verbs: Live in / Live for / Live down / Live it up
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Welcome to the Adas English podcast. My name is Jack and I am one of the hosts of the podcast, and today I’m doing a solo episode. I’m without social. However, we have an interesting lesson for you today. It is a continuation of.
Our last two quick tip episodes where we are unpacking the meanings.
Of phrasal verbs, which can be kind of confusing in English, phrasal verbs are where we use usually a verb and a preposition together, and it has a kind of new meaning to it. So there are quite a few in English, and it’s good to be familiar with these, so that.
You know when you hear people use them, you.
Understand what they’re saying, or if you want to express yourself in a way that.
Is a little bit.
More specific and you wanna articulate a point that is.
It’s clearer than this may be a good solution for you. So our first one is our first phrasal verb is to live in, to live in, and this one’s pretty easy to live in, means to reside in the place, especially a permanent or long term resident.
For example, they live in a small cottage by the beach.
Yeah. And you know, where do you live? You know? And it’s not just live, but like I live in.
So you would probably want to add like if somebody says.
Where do you live? Do you live in a house or an apartment? You could say. Well, I live in an apartment in whatever city in New York City I live in an apartment in New York City.
Pretty. Ohh, that’s great. OK, where do you live? Well, I live in a studio apartment in Brooklyn. OK, interesting. Interesting. But notice how we’re using the verb.
Ohh sorry, we’re using the proposition in after the verb live live in you know. Where do you live? I I live in Mexico.
Yeah, because in meaning in that country, in that apartment, in that neighborhood I live in, I live in Brooklyn. I live in Manhattan. I live in Mexico City. I live in Colorado. I live in Los Angeles.
These are are very common expressions in so and so you should get used to using that together live in live in where do you live? I live in. I live in Stillwater. I live in White Bear Lake. I live in North Saint Paul.
That’s where I live.
They live in a small sorry I read this one already. Sorry #2 live 4 live 4.
OK, this is to have a strong passion or desire for something. What do you live for? Like, what is your?
Number one priority, who do you you know? Who do you live for? What do you live for? What is your?
Obsession, you know, I’m. I’m trying to think of a an example.
What’s a good example of somebody that lives for something?
I’m trying to.
Think of some like sports athletes and.
Well, let’s just for the lack of of a better example here. Let’s talk about messy, OK?
What does messian live for?
If you had to choose one thing, what?
Does he live for?
He lives for football.
OK, it consumes 90% of his life.
You know, he sees his family sometimes, but really he lives for football, lives for football. And here’s an example.
To have a strong passion or desire for something.
Example. She lives for adventure and is always seeking new experiences, so maybe for her every time there’s a holiday from school or from work, she jumps on a plane and she travels somewhere because what is her passion? What does she live?
Or she lives for traveling.
She lives for adventure.
OK, So what do you live for? What do you live for?
Gotta think of what I live for these days. I live for podcasting. I mean, that’s the reality. I every minute of my day that I have any extra time. I’m in my office, I’m editing podcasts. I’m recording podcasts.
I live for podcasts. Yeah, this is true. This is true.
Uh. All right, let’s do #9 live down, live down LIVEDOWN.
Live down means to overcome or recover from an embarrassing or shameful situation.
Example, it took him 10 years to live down the embarrassment of that awkward speech, so maybe he gave a speech.
And he forgot all the words.
So he was just doing a speech. Hello. My. My name is Jack. And today I’m going to talk.
Talk about. I can’t remember what I was gonna talk about. Yeah, that’s an unmitigated disaster, right? If you forget everything that you’re going to talk about, that it’s going to take you a while to live down the shame.
The embarrassment and you know, as we say in English, time heals all wounds, right? So 10 years later, no one is gonna care about his bad speech. But maybe for the first six months.
His colleagues might make fun of him and.
Make a joke, you know.
It’s possible it’s possible.
To live down something is to overcome or recover from an embarrassing or shameful situation. Example it took him years to live down the embarrassment.
Of that awkward speech. So the first two years, every time he thought about that speech, he blushed. You know, his face turned red and he was embarrassed. But after 10 years, you just kind of go ohh, whatever. Who cares?
You know, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter.
It’s not that important, but when things are fresh in our minds, we definitely like to think about it a lot and obsess about it and feel bad about it. But don’t.
Nobody cares, right? People will forget it immediately and you don’t need to. No one will think about it more than you think about it.
OK, think about that.
No one will think about your bad speech more.
Then you think about it yourself. OK, so if you can take that power away from it and forgive yourself, you’ll be much happier. #10 live up to live up to it means to enjoy life to the fullest.
Often by indulging in enjoyable activities or experiences.
Have you ever met a couple that want to live it up?
You know, they go skydiving and parachuting and parasailing and surfing and traveling and.
They’re just all over the world living it up, just having a great time together to live it up.
Are you a livid up kind of person, or are you a Super Saver? Do you want to save up with your husband and wife and buy a house? No vacations, maybe have some children? What is your?
Objective for when you have some money, when you have some money, when you’re earning some money, what do you want to do with your money?
And remember that the meaning of phrasal verbs can sometimes be idiomatic and context dependent, so it’s important to consider the context in which they are used to fully understand their intended meanings. So.
You know, again, these are not like 100%.
Went black and white. Some of them are idiomatic expressions and they might be used a little differently. Pay attention when you’re talking to native speakers so that you can also use these in a more colloquial X extemporal.
My brain is, yeah.
I don’t know if that’s the right word. Improvisational. I don’t know. Manner so that you can actually use these. You know, these are very common in in American culture. So I think these are good to learn. And with that said.
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