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Hello, all. Neste episódio, eu falo sobre dois idioms do inglês super comuns com o verbo count. Um deles é o que se usa pra dizer a uma pessoa que ela deveria ser grata.
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So let’s get started. I was thinking about our first idiom of today, which is related to gratitude and being grateful, and… Well, some people say that it is actually really important to be grateful or express gratitude. They say that being grateful will impact your life positively – it will not only make you feel good but it will also attract good things. Do you share that opinion? If you don’t, why not?
Also, feeling grateful does feel good, doesn’t it? It’s a nice feeling. So when someone tells you to count your blessings, they’re really telling you that you should think about the good things in your life. When someone says that, they’re usually trying to make you see the positive things in your life. What is a blessing? Basically, a blessing is something good that happens to you or someone else. Christians, for example, usually pray that God will bless them. However, it happens to all of us every once in a while: things don’t go our way and we get angry, upset, depressed… That’s when someone might say “Count your blessings.” Think of all the good you’ve had so far, remember all the good in your life. I did a search for “count your blessings” on Twitter and found these examples:
So what do you think? It is always nice to say “Oh I think it is really important to count our blessings” but do you actually remember to do it in your daily life?
Now here’s an idiom that is very similar to what we say in Portuguese, and for that very reason, many people probably don’t say it the right way. I’m talking about “lose count of something.” We do not say “lose THE count.” Rather, we say “lose count of something.” That means you can’t remember how many times something happened, or happens. So here are a few very simple examples from my life: I like the sitcom Friends so much that I have lost count of how many times I watched each episode. It’s true. I have definitely lost count. I’ve lost count of the podcasts I’ve made. Does anyone care to count? It’s in the hundreds, that much I know. I lost count of all the times I started a gym membership in Brazil.
Someone posted on Twitter that they have lost count of how many cups of coffee they’ve had today. Someone else posted she lost count of how many times she’s cried today!
Please give me your own examples in a comment. Can you think of anything that’s happened in your life so many times, you just lost count? Talk to you next time!
things don’t go our way = as coisas não acontecem do jeito que a gente quer
rather = aqui no texto, o sentido é “ao invés disso”
Does anyone care to count? = alguém quer contar?
that much I know = isso eu sei
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