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Aww yeah! The RealLife English podcast is back after a 2 year absence.

In this episode, Ethan and Justin give an update on RealLife English, and cover some of the principles of learning English in the real world.

Words You’ll Learn:

  • Sunshiney- filled with light and sunshine
  • Quarantine– a state, period, or place of isolation in which people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to infectious or contagious disease are placed.
  • To be stir-crazy– psychologically disturbed, especially as a result of being confined or imprisoned.
  • To be trapped– have (something, typically a part of the body) held tightly by something so that it cannot move or be freed.
  • Cabin Fever– irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter.
  • To be cooped up–  to be kept in a place which is too small, or which does not allow you much freedom.
  • Trigger Word- a word that causes someone distress, typically as a result of arousing feelings or memories associated with a particular traumatic experience.
  • Double entendre– a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent.
  • Hiatus– a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.
  • To keep track (of our numbers)– you make sure to know about what is happening (or has happened) to it. You can keep track of things or people. The opposite is to “lose track of something.”
  • Momentum– the impetus gained by a moving object.
  • Vibing over (some really great ideas)– to cooperative or hang out in a synergistic mutually pleasant way
  • Savannah– a grassy plain in tropical and subtropical regions, with few trees.
formal learning vs informal learning
  • Wilderness– a rough, uninhabited or neglected region. A wooded area with no civilized life on the borders of a town is an example of the wilderness.
  • False dichotomy– A situation in which two alternative points of view are presented as the only options, when others are available. 
  • Operative word– the most important word in a phrase, which explains the truth of a situation.
  • Training wheels– a pair of small supporting wheels fitted on either side of the rear wheel of a child’s bicycle.
  • To polish– to perfect, or make the surface of (something) smooth and shiny by rubbing it.
  • Plateau (that I was on with my learning)– a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress.
  • Tipping point– the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change.
Tippint point final
  • Boulder– a large rock
  • Arsenal (of tools)– a collection of weapons or tools
  • Milestone– an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.


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