Let’s learn some new (and not all that useful) American and British colloquialisms, with Hugh Laurie and Ellen DeGeneres.
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Starting today, we want to revive our tradition of posting something interesting about English every day. So let’s look at the word resuscitation.
The British Heart Foundation released this funny video explaining that you don’t need to give mouth-to-mouth breathing when resuscitating someone. In fact, it is recommended to stick to the compression-only resuscitation. You’ll probably encounter the acronym CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation), which is one of the most commonly performed life-saving emergency procedures.
Both the British Heart Association and the American Heart Association created some videos featuring celebrities explaining that you should not worry about the mouth-to-mouth, just focus on the “Staying Alive” rhythm.
- resuscitation – resuscitace
- CPR – masáž srdce
- compression – stlačování, komprese
- life-saving – život zachraňující
- emergency – nouze, nouzový
- encounter – narazit na, potkat, setkat se s
- mouth-to-mouth – dýchání z úst do úst
The researcher Dan Ariely has been focusing on what drives and motivates our decission process. For quite some years, he’s been researching The Truth About Dishonesty. There are several of his amazing lectures on TED.com, too. This one I want to share today is a bit better for our English, since you can immediatelly see what he is talking about. Careful, he is a quick talker 🙂 But what he says is usually well worth listening to.
Why do we cheat, just a little? Because we need to see ourselves as a good person, but at the same time, we don’t want to miss out. So we rationalize constantly. As psychological distance between us and stealing money increases, we can steal more, or more easily.
For example: a father will reprimand his son for taking a pencil from a schoolmate: “That is unaccaptable. Never steal again. Besides, you know, if you needed a pen, you could just ask me, I can bring you dozens pens from the office…”
And what gets people to cheat less? If we are reminded of our values (like the Ten Commandments, or during the confession), we cheat less, much less. Otherwise, we sort of give up and cheat more. By opening a new page, a fresh start, we tend to cheat less.
- dishonesty – nečestné jednání
- worth listening – stojí za to si poslechnout
- cheat – podvádět
- reprimand – pokárat
- rationalize – odůvodňovat, zdůvodňovat si, omlouvat si
- Ten Commandments – Desatero přikázání
- Confession – zpověď
- opening a new page, having a fresh start – začít znovu (idiom)
This little idiom has sort of an evasive meaning. “To put a pin in it” means to postpone it. For example, if I don’t want to decide something right now, I might say: “Let’s put a pin in it for now, and let’s sleep on it!”. That means we will open the discussion again in the morning.
John Hodgman is my favourite author and comedian, TED Talks is my favourite site, and today, in the Czech Republic, we celebrate the 1st of May, the day of love (much better date for that than 14th of February, of course).
This 16-minute lecture is, as the my colleague put it, little weird, very sweet and really funny. I agree. It might seem strange, because Hodgman starts talking about physicists and aliens and weird movies… But he is an excellent storyteller and his humour is both clever and gentle.
I hope you like it at least half as much as I did. And if you want to improve your language skills, you can watch TED videos with all kind of subtitles.
This is a great video of a reporter trying to tell a (rather well-known) joke about Buddhist to the Dalai Lama himself. Unfortunately, the joke is lost on Tenzin Gyatso (civil name of current Dalai Lama). Priceless.
The joke goes like this:
The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop and says:
“Can you make me one with everything?”
The key phrase is one with everything, as it is a double entendre
- one pizza with everything, meaning every ingredient on the menu
- to be one with everything is an allusion to the concept of being in the harmony with the universe, being one with everything