Como falo em inglês: Tem que pesar os prós e contras

By Ana Luiza | Podcast Inglês Online

Nov 14
Como falo em inglês Tem que pesar os prós e contras
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Hello, everybody. No episódio de hoje, eu falo sobre pesar os prós e contras de uma situação em inglês.

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So what do you do when you have to make a decision and… you’re torn? So let’s start with the last bit: you’re torn. What does that mean? That means you’re divided. You can’t decide. You probably have two options; there are two different courses of action you can take regarding an issue, but it’s hard to decide. You can’t make up your mind. You are torn.

Let’s say you really want to go to college and you’ve spent this year studying very hard. So your next step is to apply for two different schools.  Both of them are great; one is in your hometown and the other is in a different city. So finally you get a letter from each school saying that you’re in! That’s right: both schools want you as a student. You’re beside yourself with joy; however… You’ve got to make a decision. Only, you feel like you can’t make a decision. You’re torn! You think both schools are amazing – in fact, you would like to attend both if you could.

Only you can’t. You’ve got to choose one. A few days go by and you’re still feeling torn. You think to yourself,  “I’m torn between School A and School B”. So you tell your friend Mark how you feel and ask for some advice. “Mark, what should I do? I’m so torn”. Mark says “Well, you should make a list of the pros and cons for each school”.  And you say “That is a great idea. I’m going to weigh the pros and cons of each school, and then I’m sure it’ll be easier to come to a decision.

Pros and cons. Pros and cons are the good and bad parts of a situation. Pros are obviously the good parts, and cons are… yep, the bad parts. So let’s say that is exactly what you do: you make a list of the pros and cons of both schools. School A’s pros are: it’s in your hometown (so you don’t have to move) and it’s cheaper than School B. Now the cons for School A are, it is in your hometown (yeah, you would actually like to live somewhere else) and it doesn’t have a strong sports tradition. You’re crazy about sports and you know that in School A you won’t have that many opportunities to practice your favorite sports. So there you have it: for School A, the pros are – in your hometown and cheaper. The cons are – in your hometown, and not too focused on sports.

What about School B? Here are the pros: you would move to a great city; and it’s got a strong sports presence. So you would get to live in a very nice town, and you would have many more opportunities to practice your favorite sports. And what are the cons? It would be more expensive to go to School B, because it would mean moving to a different town, and also – School B does not have a Music program, which is something you would like to do on the side. So, there you go: the pros for School B are, very nice town; focus on sports. Cons for School B are no Music program, and more expensive overall.

So now all you have to do is look at your lists of pros and cons and think about them. You will follow your friend’s advice, and weigh the pros and cons of this situation. Here’s an example from my own life: I recently moved to a different city and I had to weigh the pros and cons of that move. In my case, the good parts, or the pros, heavily outweighed the cons so it was an easy decision for me.

Have you ever made a decision based on an analysis of the pros and cons? Did you have to weigh the pros and cons to come to a decision? Tell us how you did it. What were the pros and cons? Talk to you next time.

 

Keywords

  • I’m torn
  • (weigh) pros and cons

 

Glossary

you can’t make up your mind = você não consegue se decidir

apply for a school = fazer sua ‘inscrição’ no processo de seleção da escola. Essa inscrição geralmente envolve responder várias perguntas, enviar resultados de testes, etc. Neste caso, “escola” quer dizer faculdade.

you’re beside yourself = você não se aguenta (de maneira positiva)

do (something) on the side = fazer (algo) paralelamente

heavily outweighed = tinham muito mais peso que

 

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About the Author

Ana Luiza criou um blog de dicas de inglês em 2006, e depois de muito pesquisar o que faz alguém ganhar fluência numa segunda língua, criou seu primeiro curso de inglês em 2009.

  • Francisco Costa says:

    Hi, love your tips. Have you heard “Torn between two lovers”? – It’s a big hit at 70’s.

  • Deise says:

    Hi Ana! How are you?

    2 years ago I had a make a decision. For me was easy, because had more pros then cons. I would like to move of the city, to work, study and to meet other people. So, I moved to Florianopolis, te city is a island, beautiful with around 50 beaches. This is the reason that was more easy, I live beaches, sun and summer.

    Ana, can you tell me about my little text?

    Thank you!

  • Deise says:

    Hi Ana! How are you?

    2 years ago I had to make a decision. For me was easy. Because had more pros then cons. I would like to mo move of the city, to work, study and to meet other people. So, I moved to Florianopolis, the city is a island, beautiful with around 50 beaches. This is the reason that was more easy, I love beaches, sun and summer.

    Ana, can you tell me about my little text?

    Thank you!

  • Crisley Alves says:

    Hello, how are you?

    In July I moved to Rio Grande do Sul to study, so I also had to weigh the pros and cons of moving to another city, It was pretty easy, since I always desired to visit and, maybe, build up a life here. (:

    Obs: I must say that your site is amazing, it’s been a long time since I came here, because I had no time to sit and study English, but I’m back. I just can’t stop studying English, I like it.

    See you.
    Bye.

  • Jonata fontela says:

    Hey Ana. Last year I moved to another city,the pros were,I got a new job and met a lot of people and the cons were,I had to rent a house and expenses went up..but I think it was worth it!

  • Hello Ann, good evening!

    This is my example: “I was torn when I was younger, when I had to decide which career to follow.
    I think that we are always torn when we have a bid decision to take in our life”.
    Thanks, once more! :)

    • Ana Luiza says:

      Hi Fátima,
      Quando dizemos “I’m torn”, é quase sempre em relação a duas opções. Quais eram as suas opções de carreira?

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