O podcast de hoje fala sobre a palavra BLEW.
Hey, what’s up? I’m Ana Luiza, with a new episode of the inglesonline podcast. To download or just listen to other episodes and download transcripts, go to inglesonline.com.br and click Podcast Inglesonline.
Today I’m gonna focus a little on pronunciation. This will be the first in a series of episodes where I’m gonna talk about these words: b-l-e-w, f-l-e-w, g-r-e-w, k-n-e-w and t-h-r-e-w. So the words I just spelled out, they are blew, flew, grew, knew and threw. I thought it would be a good idea to focus on these words for some time because this kind of pronunciation, when we have the word b-l-e-w and we say it “blew”… This can be counterintuitive for us Brazilians and other Portuguese speakers. We tend to say it “bliu”, “fliu”, something like that… instead of blew and flew. So let’s hear them! I’m going to actually focus on blew on today’s episode. I’m gonna use blew in many examples, and you’ll have the opportunity to get used to it and the way it is pronounced a little bit more.
So let’s get started. B-l-e-w. Blew is the past form of “blow” and blew, b-l-e-w, is actually pronounced like the color blue. Practically speaking, there’s no difference. One of the meanings of blow has to do with air in motion. For example… you know what blows? The wind. The wind is air in motion, so you can say “The wind was blowing outside”. And we always blow up balloons for kids parties, right? That means we blow air into the balloons so that they’ll get big.
So here’s an expression: something blew me away. B-l-e-w, blew. That means that I was amazed at this thing, I was very moved or I was deeply affected by this thing. For example, people who went to the last U2 concert in Brazil said that it blew them away. The U2 concert blew them away. They left the concert in a state of amazement, they kept talking about the concert for days, they kept thinking about it, they had dreams about the U2 concert… It blew them away, it really blew them away. The first time I visited my sister’s hotel, it blew me away. I was expecting a nice hotel but what I saw just blew me away. It was beautiful and very well decorated, with a lot of attention to detail. It blew me away. I was amazed and very impressed. The hotel blew me away.
Here’s another very informal expression: blow someone off. Let me tell you a story I just read on a magazine to illustrate the meaning of “blowing someone off”: a guy was working out in a gym, and he saw an attractive girl on a treadmill. He decided to approach her and say something, you know, try to talk to her. Well, he did that, and the girl just looked at him for a few seconds and walked away. She blew him off. The girl blew him off completely.
Here’s another example: you made plans with a friend to go see a movie. You guys talked on the phone a few days ago and you agreed to go see this new blockbuster that just came out. So, as you’re about to leave home, you get a text message from your friend that says “Sorry! Something came up. I can’t make it tonight”. You wonder what happened, so you give your friend a call. His mom answers the phone and she tells you that his ex-girlfriend showed up unexpectedly, and then they decided to go out. So your friend blew you off. He blew you off for his ex-girlfriend.
So here’s a recap: many people told me that the U2 concert blew them away. The first time I visited my sister’s hotel, it blew me away. A guy at the gym approached a girl and she blew him off. And your friend blew you off for his ex-girlfriend. So, what are your stories? Tell us about something that totally blew you away. Or maybe the last time you blew someone off at the last minute…Or tell us about how someone blew you off when you tried to talk to them. Talk to you next time!
treadmill = esteira (de ginástica)
something came up = ocorreu um imprevisto
I can’t make it = Não dá pra eu ir
unexpectedly = de surpresa, inesperadamente
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