Hoje, no podcast, eu falo sobre algumas comuns com a palavra QUICK. Não perca: ouça já!
Hi, everyone. You’re listening to the new episode of the Inglês Online podcast. Thank you for telling everyone you know about this podcast and, enjoy!
So let’s get started! You know how some people, sometimes, seem to be always ready to do something… like, complain, for example. Or criticise. It’s like that is the first thing on their mind. Whatever it is, whatever the situation, the first words out of their mouth always seem to be in the form of criticism. Or a complaint.
So there’s a very common way to describe that behaviour in English, and it’s very simple too: you say someone is quick to criticise. Or quick to complain. For example, Janet is always quick to point out the flaws in restaurant service. Whenever you guys go together to a new place to eat, Janet will start with her observations: the waiter isn’t dressed properly. Those tables are not being serviced. She forgot to bring the juice. Granted, Janet is a food critic, but still. She’s very quick to criticise and point out flaws in general.
Here’s another way to use the word quick: when someone’s a quick study. That’s an easy one to understand as well, so let’s hear it a few times so you get used to it and start saying it yourself. Basically, someone who’s able to learn something easily or quickly is a quick study. And that doesn’t apply just to school stuff like geography and math. You say someone is a quick study when they’re able to understand how something works fairly quickly. When you’re teaching someone a trick, for example, and they get it relatively quickly? You can tell them they’re a quick study. Or if someone says “Hey, I’d like to teach you how to do this, but it’s not that easy and we don’t have a lot of time”, you can tell them, “Go on, I’m a quick study.”
And here’s an interesting… phrasal verb, I suppose, that is somewhat related to what we’re talking about: study up on something. Study up. That means you’re going to learn as much as you can about a certain topic. You’re going to ask people for tips, then head over to the local library, loan a couple of books on the topic, do several online searches and get a hold of everything and anything that will help you learn new things about your chosen topics. You really want to exhaust your options. That’s how you study up on something.
A while ago – a few years ago, actually – when I decided to find out what was necessary to acquire fluency on a second language, that’s what I did. I read up on language acquisition. See? I’m using READ instead of STUDY here. I read up on language acquisition. So I did a lot of online searching and read up on language acquisition. Of course, I concentrated on what made sense to me and on stuff that was backed up by positive evidence, but I did read up on the topic.
Can you give me an example that relates to your life? Let me know, and talk to you next time!
granted = tudo bem que
exhaust your options = conhecer/ usar todas as opções possíveis
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