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English Conversations with Cliff LMA004, BARBARA w CLIFF #8.1

BARBARA w CLIFF #8.1

Today's recap is going to be a little bit different from the others. That's because our conversation was a little bit different than our prior discussions. We started off talking about the way that covid has impacted our lives, both back when it started and more recently. This was a very normal discussion that I've had with plenty of other people in my life, including issues of contagion, precautions, and incubation periods, as well as discussions about quarantine as well. We ended hoping that perhaps this latest variant would be one of the last and that life might return to normal sometime soon, maybe within the next couple of years. Then we moved on to something that turned out to be very interesting, which was going over certain turns of phrase that you encountered in your master class that you didn't understand. The first was “gender-fluid”, which is a term referring to the idea that people might not solidly identify as a man or a woman for their entire life. Some my change their mind. Some might feel that they fall somewhere in between the two and it is an attitude that is more often encountered in glitzy circles like fashion and Hollywood. It's a very personal thing, we both agreed and perhaps gets a little bit too much public attention. Whose business is it really how you personally identify? Then we talked about the phrase “get on board”, which is, which is a phrase that refers to agreeing to work with someone else on an idea. So you agree with the idea and then you work to make it happen. We talked about the phrase “on it”, which means that you are not only working on something but that you are working on it in a competent manner, so that you have everything under control, you don't need help, and there is no risk of missing a deadline or missing a detail. We talked about the term “combo“, which is short for combination, which is a mixture of two or more things. And then finally you taught me a new phrase, one that I had never heard before called recce, which turned out to be short for reconnaissance. So you are already now teaching me things from your master class and I am looking forward to more.



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BARBARA w CLIFF #8.1

Today's recap is going to be a little bit different from the others. That's because our conversation was a little bit different than our prior discussions. We started off talking about the way that covid has impacted our lives, both back when it started and more recently. This was a very normal discussion that I've had with plenty of other people in my life, including issues of contagion, precautions, and incubation periods, as well as discussions about quarantine as well. We ended hoping that perhaps this latest variant would be one of the last and that life might return to normal sometime soon, maybe within the next couple of years. Then we moved on to something that turned out to be very interesting, which was going over certain turns of phrase that you encountered in your master class that you didn't understand. The first was “gender-fluid”, which is a term referring to the idea that people might not solidly identify as a man or a woman for their entire life. Some my change their mind. Some might feel that they fall somewhere in between the two and it is an attitude that is more often encountered in glitzy circles like fashion and Hollywood. It's a very personal thing, we both agreed and perhaps gets a little bit too much public attention. Whose business is it really how you personally identify? Then we talked about the phrase “get on board”, which is, which is a phrase that refers to agreeing to work with someone else on an idea. So you agree with the idea and then you work to make it happen. We talked about the phrase “on it”, which means that you are not only working on something but that you are working on it in a competent manner, so that you have everything under control, you don't need help, and there is no risk of missing a deadline or missing a detail. We talked about the term “combo“, which is short for combination, which is a mixture of two or more things. And then finally you taught me a new phrase, one that I had never heard before called recce, which turned out to be short for reconnaissance. So you are already now teaching me things from your master class and I am looking forward to more.

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