When was the last time you helped someone? We’ve got a true story from Jose.
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Email from Jose – My name is Jose and I´ve been listening to your podcast for a few months. I reckon it´s really worth listening to so… congratulations!
I´d like to raise a couple of questions that I often get mixed up with.
First, I understand that it’s optional to use a noun as an adjective but, is that true in all cases? For instance, my car key or the key of my car; a hotel room or the room of the hotel, etc. I tend to use the noun as an adjective because it sounds more authentic but sometimes it doesn’t seem to be right and I still don´t know if it’s optional. Please help me!
Lastly, it also seems to be optional to use ‘get’ or a reflexive pronoun in cases such as “get injured” or “injure oneself”. Is that right?
Thank you very much in advance and all the best to you and Reza.
José Molina’s good deed for the day
Hello Craig and Reza. I’m enjoying your weekly podcast, and I’m improving my English very much with you.
So, I want to participate in your podcast although I sent you some months ago another podcast with my true story. Do you remember? I fell in a channel and I nearly died drowned (drowned) in the water.
Episode 159: https://www.inglespodcast.com/2017/06/11/joses-true-story-airc159/
A good deed – una buena acción
To stumble – tropezar(se)
Pavement (UK)/sidewalk (US) – acera
To fall over/down – caer(se)
eyebrow – ceja
Handkerchief – pañuelo
Jose’s good deed
I want to read you something that happened yesterday.
I was crossing a big avenue in Valencia that you will know, for sure, called Peris y Valero Avenue when in front of me was walking the only person was crossing too the same traffic light.
She was an elderly woman walking faster than me. When she arrived at the pavement she stumbled and fell over. I ran toward her and I helped her to stand up. She got an injury in the eyebrow that it was bleeding.
Then I told her: “Don’t worry Ma’am. I’m going to call the municipal police. They will arrive quickly and they will take you to the hospital.”
She was drying the blood that it was going out from her eyebrow with a handkerchief and told me: “Thanks sir, but it’s not necessary. I will take the bus in this bus stop and I will go to my city.
Then I will go to the local clinic where they will cure this small injury. I promise you”
I could see in her clothes that she could be a woman with no much money. Then I added.: “You don’t be worried for anything. The police will take you to the hospital for free and the hospital will cure the injury for free, too”
At this moment, the woman took my hand and looking at me in a very warm way told me: “Please, don’t call the police. Let me go to my home. I’m fine. Thank you.”
I understood that the woman didn’t want to have nothing to do with the police.
Then I accompanied her to the bus stop and I was talking with her some minutes until the bus arrived.
It was my daily good action.
Thank you and bye bye.
“…in front of me was walking the only person was crossing too the same traffic light.” – in front of me another person was also crossing the road.
“She got an injury in the eyebrow that it was bleeding” – She had hurt/cut/injured her eyebrow and it was bleeding.
“She was drying the blood that it was going out from her eyebrow with a handkerchief” – She was drying her bleeding eyebrow with a handkerchief.
“I could see in her clothes that she could be a woman with no much money” – I could see from her clothes that she wasn’t a rich woman (She probably didn’t have much money).
“You don’t be worried for anything.” – “Don’t worry about anything.
“I understood that the woman didn’t want to have nothing to do with the police.” – I understood that the woman didn’t want anything to do with the police.
“It was my daily good action.” – It was my good deed for the day.
When was the last time you helped someone, did someone a favour or gave someone a hand?
Should we expect to be thanked when we help people?
Do you believe in Karma?
(in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
Informal: good or bad luck, viewed as resulting from one’s actions.
One good turn/deed deserves another
You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours
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