Little Changes = Big Results " How to Tie your Shoes " - Ted Tuesdays

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How Little Changes Can Bring Big Results

Did you know that you’ve been tying your shoes wrong all this time?

Terry Moore found out he’d been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. And you know what? So have you, probably. He’ll teach you the right way in this talk, and I’ll talk about how making small little changes can make a big impact in your life, and English.

The Main Points

  • Applying small changes in your life can bring big changes in your life.
  • You don’t need to start big to change your life, start small and work your way up until that new habit becomes permanent or second nature.
  • Train your ear to English by listening to audios or podcasts and integrate the new things you’ve learned into your English learning.
The Vocab & Expressions
  • Intelligent: smart, intellectual, savvy, worldly
  • Savvy : shrewd and knowledgeable in the realities of life.
  • Nailed it, nail something: expression, to do something correctly, to pass a test
  • Knot : a fastening made by tying a piece of string, rope, or something similar.
  • To let you down: fail to support or help someone as they had hoped or expected.
  • Bow: a knot tied with two loops and two loose ends, used especially for tying shoelaces and decorative ribbons.
  • To point out: direct someone’s gaze or attention toward something, especially by extending one’s finger.
  • Yield: produce or provide (a natural, agricultural, or industrial product).
  • Ludicrous: hard to believe, unreasonable, ridiculous
The Joke

So I bought shoes from a drug dealer. I don’t know what he laced them with, but I’ve been tripping all day.

  • In this context, laced, an adjective, means something is contaminated with a substance (usually harmful or toxic) present in small amounts. But in this joke, the shoes you brought from the drug dealer have their shoelaces untied that’s why you are always “tripping”.
  • tripping = high on drugs. so there’s a double joke here. 

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