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    #45 - Lets get you settled (The Queen's Gambit)

    #45 - Lets get you settled (The Queen's Gambit)

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    • 2 min
    #44 - Maradona RIP / put so. on a pedestal

    #44 - Maradona RIP / put so. on a pedestal

    We cover the expression: To put someone on a pedestal.
    This episode is dedicated to the football legend Diego Armando Maradona.

    The episode will be brushed up very soon.

    • 3 min
    #43 - Go figure- The Queens Gambit - Learn English with Netflix

    #43 - Go figure- The Queens Gambit - Learn English with Netflix

    Transcript:

    And they can't figure out the middle East, go figure
    My animal is a tortoise they'll figure she likes Prince, go figure, go figure today's expression guys here on the Vocab man is "go figure" really, fo figure Actually go figure has many different meanings. So the dictionaries tells you. Slightly different definitions.
    For instance, the Oxford languages. It is an informal North American expression said to express the belief that something is amazing or incredible.
    If you already know the vocab man. Then you know that I am a fan of the urban dictionary in which actually people can give their own definitions there. So the top definition for go figure goes like that, A remark made to something said that is typical or falls under Murphy's law.
    Great. Nice activity.
    Go figure.
    She likes Prince go figure.
    If you have your own examples to use the expression, go figure you can send them in at my fluentpodcast@gmail.com. So where did I come across the expression? Go figure actually, I discovered it in a Netflix series. I am currently watching called the queen scam bit.
    It's about a chess prodigy. And now let's have a closer look at the scene, which takes place in an orphanage
    where the main character Beth Harmon lifs in a quick side note here, an orphanage is at a residential institution, or let's say like a group home devoted to the care of orphans and other children who were separated from their biological family.
    Whereas an orphan is a child whose parents have died or unknown or have permanently abandoned them.
    So we have orphanage and the orphan.
    All right. So now imagine this situation, many orphans are all standing a queue. Waiting for having their pills.
    And at this point, you need to understand that the orphanage here in the movie used to distribute tranquilizers. I mean, pills to their orphans in order to keep them quiet. And apparently the public found out about that. So when now in the scene at the Madison window, the main character, Beth looking a bit confused.
    It looks into her cup and sees only one single pill. Usually she is supposed to receive two of them. There's one missing. That's it. Next! It's my turn. Harmon. Where are the green ones? You don't get them anymore. There they are right behind you. I know where they are. I'm not going to give you any new state law and no more tranquilizers for kids.
    Go figure,Harmon, go thou further off, made me farewell. And let me hear they go in what beat it.
    And I found this scene was really great. And it also showed that the main character is going to have a lot of problems. I mean soon Beth will suffer from withdrawal symptoms and I absolutely recommend you to learn English by watching series. For example, with Netflix red letter N unfolds into a spectrum of colors, Because over there you have always the subtitles in it, which can support you in the process of learning.
    And did you notice right away there was another great expression BEAT IT it's another way of saying to go away, but it is slightly harder than
    but that my friends is a complete other story. And you might learn more about it in another episode of the Vocab man. My animals, a tortoise go figure.

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    #42 - Give it a go! Try it!

    #42 - Give it a go! Try it!

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    #41 - Schadenfreude

    #41 - Schadenfreude

    Clip:

    I have a song called Schadenfreude, you know, and Gary was pretty much living that, you know, taking pleasure in other people's pain, you know, Schadenfreude

    Daniel:
    Today's word is "Schadenfreude" and I must admit that I was really amused to learn that these words are even used in English, even though it's originally from the German language.

    Die Schadenfreude.

    Clip:
    And that was the problem back in 2008, there was a sense amongst the shattered remnants of the left. That we, the layman brothers coming, crashing down amongst all the Schadenfreude, which tragically existed at the time that neoliberalism was self-evidently discredited and that a new coherent alternative would emerge, but it has to be constructed.

    So usually here on the Vocab Man, we cover expressions that are really useful that make you a more fluent English speaker. And I don't think that this word is a must know word for our English learners, but I was so amused as I said before. So I just had to integrate it on the Vocab Man. Thanks for tuning in guys.


    ou know, the word Schadenfreude. It's the happiness you feel when something bad happens to someone else? I think a lot of these early celebrations come from Shodan, Frieda. Rule number one of shut-in Freida never celebrate until you're absolutely sure your opponent has lost.

    So what does Schadenfreude mean?

    According to the Merriam Webster website, Schadenfruede is defined as enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others. The English word was borrowed from German in the middle of the 19th century in German. It comes from "Schaden" which means dammage and Freudee, which means Joy.

    Clip:
    Schadenfreude, you know, and Gary was pretty much living that, you know, taking pleasure in other people's pain, you know,

    The word Schadenfruede was Merriam Webster's top lookup on October the second by a very considerable margin. Following president Trump's announcement. He and the first lady had passed positive for COVID-19.

    Alright here comes a quote from the headline USA TODAY from the second October as well. President Donald Trump's coronavirus infection draws international sympathy and a degree of "Schadenfreude".

    Synonyms:
    Some similar words could be malicious joy, mischievousness, or gloating,

    malicious joy, mischievousness, spitefulness.

    Gloating. I hope you could enjoy this episode of the vocab man. My name is Daniel Goodson. And as always you can read along while you are listening. For that, I absolutely recommend you the app called podcast addict. Over there, you can also switch between different chapters in which I include links as well and additional information that way can even learn better and you'll remain motivated. Thanks a lot. And bye.

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    #40 - Don't take no for an answer - I won't take no for an answer

    #40 - Don't take no for an answer - I won't take no for an answer

    Transcript:
    Welcome back to the vocab man. I am Daniel Goodson. And guess what? Today we will be covering the phrase to take no for an answer. My boss has been missing for two days, which in this town means that I should probably start by looking at the bottom of the river.
    Rachel dos, who authorized that get craned down there right now. Do not take no for an answer. Call dr. Lehman, tell him we'll need our own assessment on the judge. Assess by morning, which role fell Kony. Dr. Crane, move him to Arkham asylum on suicide. Watch you're going to Arkham now it's in the narrows, Rachel.
    You enjoy your party, Bruce. Some of us have worked to, do you say that someone will not take no for an answer? You mean that they go on trying to make you agree to something even after you have refused, it meant a girl could not take no for an answer writing. Another explanation could be to not stop with one has planned or desires.
    Regardless of others, lack of agreement. So for example, I could invite a friend of mine to my house and then just add my invitation by the phrase. I won't take no for an answer, so I won't accept. His refusal. So I really want him to come. The next audio clip comes from the movie called the Wolf of wall street with Leonardo DiCaprio.
    For years, I've been telling you guys never to take no for an answer, right? To keep pushing, to never hang up the phone until you get what you want, because you all deserve it. You know, this f*****g deal that I'm about to sign. Barring me from the securities industry barring me from Stratton my home. Yeah, the f**k is that, you know, I'll tell you what it is.
    It's it's it's me taking no for an answer, you know, it's them, it's them selling me, not the other way around. It's it's me being a hypocrite is what it is. So, instead of saying, I won't take no for an answer, you could just say I will not rest until, or if it's the last thing I do, she would never have left me behind.
    Not willingly. If it's the last thing I do, I'm going to prove it.
    So dear English learners, you are very welcome to be part of the vocab man, by sending in your favorite expressions. So I invite you to my show and I won't take no for an answer.
    That's me taking no for an answer. It's them. I'm me. The other way around.
    what's missing with DiCaprio and the Wolf of wall street. .

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