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INTRODUCTION
John: Expressions Related to Comfort
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to EnglishClass101.com. I'm John.
Sydney: And I'm Sydney!
John: This is Must-Know American Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 9. In this lesson, you'll learn expressions related to comfort.
John: These are more everyday expressions that you might hear.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Sydney: comfort zone
Sydney: cushy
Sydney: to cruise
Sydney: a breeze
John: Sydney, what's our first expression?
Sydney: comfort zone
John: meaning "an area in which one feels comfortable."
Sydney: [SLOW] comfort zone [NORMAL] comfort zone
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: comfort zone
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: The words, "comfort zone" literally mean, "the area in which one is comfortable." This phrase is often used to describe the limits of one’s willingness to do something unknown and perhaps frightening or unpleasant.
Sydney: When someone is in their "comfort zone," he or she usually feels stress-free, as that person is within the limits of his or her abilities.
John: In order to remove oneself from this area, we often say one has to "step out of his/her comfort zone" in order to accomplish or achieve something they couldn't have before.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] If you want to get anywhere in life, you have to step outside of your comfort zone. [SLOW] If you want to get anywhere in life, you have to step outside of your comfort zone.
Sydney: [NORMAL] If you want to get anywhere in life, you have to step outside of your comfort zone.
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Sydney: cushy
John: meaning "comfortable or nice."
Sydney: [SLOW] cushy [NORMAL] cushy
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: cushy
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: "Cushy" is another way to say "comfortable" or "nice." It's also how to describe a really great job. If your friend gets paid 100,000 dollars a year, has health benefits and gets to travel the world, you could say that he or she has a "cushy job."
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] "My roommate has a really cushy job. He gets paid $10,000 a month." [SLOW] "My roommate has a really cushy job. He gets paid $10,000 a month."
Sydney: [NORMAL] "My roommate has a really cushy job. He gets paid $10,000 a month."
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Sydney: to cruise
John: meaning "to move easily or quickly; to do something without difficulty and quickly."
Sydney: [SLOW] to cruise [NORMAL] to cruise
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: to cruise
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: “To cruise” literally means "to sail, or to take a cruise ship." But when it's used as a slang expression, it can mean to move from place to place quickly, especially in a car.
Sydney: It can also mean that something was able to be done without difficulty and you "cruised through it."
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] "We cruised through the problem set and had an early lunch." [SLOW] "We cruised through the problem set and had an early lunch."
Sydney: [NORMAL] "We cruised through the problem set and had an early lunch."
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Sydney: a breeze
John: meaning "easy."
Sydney: [SLOW] a breeze [NORMAL] a breeze
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Sydney: a breeze
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: "A breeze" literally means a soft wind. If something is "a breeze," then it's really easy to do.
Sydney: For example, if someone asks you if the homework was easy, you can say "it was a breeze." You can also "breeze through" something if you can get it done quickly and without difficulty.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Sydney: [NORMAL] "We breezed through the report and went to lunch early." [SLOW] "We breezed through the report and went to lunch early."
Sydney: [NORMAL] "We breezed through the report and went to lunch early."
QUIZ
John: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
John: A man’s house is filled with expensive items.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: cushy
John: "comfortable or nice"
John: A girl feels safe and happy with her sister.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: comfort zone
John: "an area in which one feels comfortable"
John: A student finishes a test in five minutes.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: a breeze
John: "easy"
John: A teacher finishes grading papers quickly.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Sydney: to cruise
John: "to move easily or quickly; to do something without difficulty and quickly"

Outro

John: There you have it; you have mastered four English Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at EnglishClass101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Sydney: Goodbye!

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