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in this video you will learn 10

idiomatic expressions that native

speakers use we will continue our series

of talking to interesting people in Los

Angeles so that you can practice your

American accent with native speakers of

English I film our conversations and

then we analyze the way their speaking

first you will watch the video and then

I will come back and I will explain the

different idiomatic expressions we were

using and I will give you different

examples using those expressions in

different sentences so that you can

really master those expressions I had a

conversation with a man named John John

lives on a boat in a beautiful part of

Los Angeles called Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey has about five or six

thousand boats

it's the biggest small boat harbor in

North America and john told me about 10%

of the boats are occupied by people

living on them I didn't know that Marina

del Rey is a wonderful relaxing part of

Los Angeles there are many fun things

you can do in Marina del Rey

you can go jet skiing or kayaking or if

you're really adventurous you can go

parasailing and of course you can also

sail just rent a sailboat there are also

many restaurants in Marina del Rey and

nice hotels so if you visit Los Angeles

I recommend that you stay in Marina del

Rey I think you'll really like it

I was walking along the harbor with my

friend when I saw John and I started to

talk to him and he explained to me what

it's like to live on a boat pay

attention to the different expressions

we are using and after you watch the

video I will come back and I will teach

you the meaning of those expressions and

we will practice saying them in other

examples what's your name John how do

you like living in a boat

living on a boat is like being on

vacation 24/7 and what are the

advantages of living on a boat not

having to mow the lawn

deal with neighbors because there are

many and you've got all the conveniences

yeah yeah don't have a dishwasher right

and how long have you lived in a boat

going on six years yeah ever since I

retired so are you originally from the

area

I know no I I lived in the Northeast and

then I decided that I own a little

sports car and I didn't want to put it

away for winter

which in Maine was by six months I stuck

a pin in a map when I ended up in the

desert in Arizona and then I retired and

I decided I would live on a boat and so

I find the boat and I moved here and you

haven't looked back since you love it

yeah yeah what's not to love yeah how

big is your boat it's 36 feet

what kind is it it's a Grand Banks

trawler as two cabins two bedrooms two

baths

kitchen fridge freezer oven and two big

diesel engines sounds fantastic what

else do you need nothing John told me

about the two different types of people

who live on a boat there are people that

can spend seven figures on a boat and

using rarely or there are people that

are much more minimalist and and use it

all the time

what's that that's a toward them that

actually was owned at one point Mae West

by Mae West that's interesting and

they're having a cocktail party yeah

yeah yeah that's a company that does

tours and has a couple of historic ones

Oh interesting

so are you aware of any celebrities that

have votes down here you know that's not

a circle I run in I'm sure there are

yeah

right right and you're in LA yeah so

that's where it's at right okay all

right thanks John right the first

expression is 24/7 24/7 and you notice I

didn't say 24 most Americans don't

pronounce the T and they simply say 24

24/7 and John said living on a boat is

like being on vacation 24/7

living on a boat is like being on

vacation 24/7 living on a boat is like

being on vacation

24/7 and by the way in American English

we say on vacation but in British

English they say on holiday living on a

boat is like being on vacation 24/7 and

24/7 means all the time 24 hours a day

seven days a week

non-stop 24/7 that pharmacy is open 24/7

that pharmacy is open 24/7 I think about

it 24/7 I think about it 24/7 that means

I think about it all the time and I use

the word conveniences I said to him you

have all the conveniences and you've got

all the conveniences yeah yeah and

you've got all the conveniences yeah

yeah and that means all the things that

you need for example a shower hot water

a stove a refrigerator those are

considered conveniences one of the

reasons that John likes living on a boat

is he doesn't have to mow the lawn to

mow the lawn what does that mean to mow

means to cut and the lawn is the grass

the grass that's in front of your house

and behind your house that's called a

lawn and he says he's happy he doesn't

have to mow the lawn not having to mow

the lawn not having to

he's also happy that he doesn't have to

deal with the neighbors to deal with the

neighbors means to have interactions

with neighbors or maybe even to have

problems with the neighbors not having

to mow the lawn deal with neighbors cuz

there are many not having to mow the

lawn deal with neighbors because there

are many I asked John how long he's

lived in a boat and he said going on six

years going on six years going on six

years going on six years and that means

almost six years so when we use the word

going on plus a number that means almost

how old is he he's going on 40 he's

going on 40 I've worked there going on

two years I've worked there going on two

years

I asked John are you originally from the

area are you originally from the area

are you originally from the area are you

originally from the area and that's an

expression that means are you from here

were you born in Los Angeles so from the

area means from this area from this

neighborhood the next expression is to

end up to end up to end up means to

start in one place but to finish in

another place so it's where you finish

what happens at the end and John said I

ended up in the desert I ended up in the

desert I ended up in the desert in

Arizona I ended up in the desert

in Arizona he was living in a very cold

place he was living in the Northeast in

the state called Maine in Maine has very

cold winters and John explained six

months out of the year it's cold and he

had a sports car and he wanted to live

somewhere where it was warmer John said

that he stuck a pin on the map so he

took a map and he took a pin and he just

kind of went like this and stuck a pin

somewhere and the pin was in the desert

so that's where he went he ended up in

the desert and I ended up in the desert

in Arizona I just I could pin in a map

and I ended up in the desert in Arizona

you're from New York how did you end up

in Alaska you're from New York

how did you end up in Alaska if he

doesn't stop his criminal behavior he'll

end up in jail if he doesn't stop his

criminal behavior he'll end up in jail

and the next expression is to look back

and I asked John and you haven't looked

back since

and you haven't looked back since to

look back means to regret a decision

that you made in the past to wish you

hadn't done something in the past and I

said and you haven't looked back since

and that means you haven't regretted

your decision to live in a boat and you

haven't looked back since

and you haven't looked back since I

moved from a small town and I've never

looked back I moved from a small town

and I've never looked back

the next expression is what's not to

love I asked him and you love it

and he said yeah what's not to love you

love it yeah yeah what's not to love you

love it yeah yeah what's not to love and

that means I love everything about it I

cannot think of any reason not to like

it it's exactly the way I want it to be

what's not to love this is a perfect

apartment it's big it's modern it's

clean and it has a beautiful kitchen

what's not to

she's beautiful intelligent kind and

funny what's not to love

repeat after me what's not to love the

next expression is what else do you need

what else do you need that's not a real

question that's what we call a

rhetorical question a rhetorical

question is when someone asks a question

but they're not really expecting an

answer maybe because the answer is

obvious kitchen fridge freezer oven and

two big diesel engines sounds fantastic

what else do you need nothing what else

do you need that means you have

everything you need you don't need

anything else you have a bedroom in a

bathroom and a kitchen what else do you

need what else do you need and the next

word he used was the word figures when

he was talking about money he said seven

figures what does that mean seven

figures it means seven numbers so when

we have seven numbers that's 1 million 1

million dollars or more he said there

are people that can spend seven figures

on a boat and use it rarely there are

people that can spend seven figures on a

boat and using rarely there are people

that can spend seven figures on a boat

and using rarely so if I say his yearly

salary is above six figures then how

much money does he make per year

$100,000 or more sometimes we say in the

low six figures or you can say in the

high five figures he makes in the high

five figures this is the way native

speakers frequently talk about salary or

how much something costs they use the

word figures the next expression he used

was at one point at one point and that

means at one time in the past he was

talking about the boat that was owned by

Mae West and Mae West was a very famous

at

in the 1930s that actually was owned at

one point Mae West that actually was

owned at one point Mae West the next

expression he used is that's not a

circle I run in that's not a circle I

run in and that means those are not the

people that I socialized with a circle

that you run in is a group of people

that you spend your time with group of

people that you socialize with and that

you have something in common with and he

said the rich celebrities the famous

movie stars in Los Angeles he doesn't

know which boats they own because that's

not the circle that he runs in those are

not the people that he spends his time

with that's not a circle I run in that's

not a circle I run in he and I went to

the same University but we didn't run in

the same circles he and I went to the

same University but we didn't run in the

same circles the next expression is to

drop and you know the meaning of drop

right when something falls to the ground

you drop it by accident but we also use

drop in a slang way when you spend a lot

of money you pay a lot he said but if

you're gonna drop five or six million

dollars then you have to be making good

money you gotta have a fair source of

income five or six million ago

five or six or some income you've got to

have a fair source of income and a fair

source of income means a good salary a

lot of money

he dropped five million dollars to buy a

boat he dropped five million dollars to

buy a boat as you can see English has so

many idiomatic expressions and native

speakers use them all the time I want

you to listen to native speakers and pay

attention to the idiomatic expressions

they're using if you don't know the

meaning of the expression look online

and try to find out the meaning but if

you're speaking to a native speaker and

you hear an idiomatic expression don't

be shy don't be afraid to say excuse me

I didn't understand the expression that

you used can you please explain to me

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speakers will be happy to explain to you

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