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Can considering death help to improve our lives? Today we listen to the thoughts of an end-of-life carer.
మరణం గురించి ఆలోచించడం లేదా మరణాన్ని అంగీకరించడం మన జీవితాలను మెరుగుపరుచుకోవడానికి ఉపయోగపడుతుందా? దీని గురించి ఒక end-of-life carer ఏం చెప్తున్నారో విందాం.

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What can thinking about death teach us about life?

Can considering death help to improve our lives? Today we listen to the thoughts of an end-of-life carer.
మరణం గురించి ఆలోచించడం లేదా మరణాన్ని అంగీకరించడం మన జీవితాలను మెరుగుపరుచుకోవడానికి ఉపయోగపడుతుందా? దీని గురించి ఒక end-of-life carer ఏం చెప్తున్నారో విందాం.

Before you listen/Pre-listening
Consider the following questions:
- When you consider death, what are your main thoughts and emotions?
- What positive effects could thinking about death provide us with?

Listen to the audio and take the quiz.

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సౌమ్య
హలో! Listen Here కార్యక్రమానికి స్వాగతం! ప్రామాణికమైన ఇంగ్లిష్ వార్తల కథనాల గురించి తెలుసుకోవాలనుకుంటున్నారా? అయితే ఈ కార్యక్రమం మీకోసమే! ఈ కథనాలను అర్థం చేసుకోవడానికి ఉపయోగపడే భాషను మీరిక్కడ నేర్చుకోవచ్చు. నేను సౌమ్య.

Tom
And I’m Tom! Hi everyone! 

James
And I’m James.

సౌమ్య
ఇవాళ మనం మరణం గురించి మాట్లడుకోబోతున్నాం. Do either of you ever think about dying?

Tom
Not really, no. 

James
I tend to avoid it. It’s a little bit depressing!

Tom
It is depressing.

సౌమ్య
Depressing అంటే మనసుని కుంగదీసేది, వ్యాకులపరిచేది అని అర్థం. Today’s clip is from an end-of-life companion - someone who supports dying people. మొదటి భాగం విందాం. ఆవిడ తన అనుభవాలను వివరించడానికి ఒక విశేషణాన్ని రెండుసార్లు వాడారు. అదేమిటో విందాం. 

Insert
I remember the first time I ever saw a dead body and that has a really profound effect on me. There was such a profound feeling of absence. And it really made me think... What is this? What is life?

Tom
She said profound.

సౌమ్య
Profound
అంటే లోతైన, తీవ్రమైన, గంభీరమైన.

James
Did you know that profound comes from Latin? Profundis means ‘deep’, which has a similar figurative meaning. 

Tom
Ah, James! You demonstrated our pronunciation point for the day - ‘has a’. How does the speaker pronounce these two words? Let’s listen again!

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I remember the first time I ever saw a dead body and that has a really profound effect on me.

Tom
What was it, James?

James

‘Has a’. Say it with me.

‘a’

‘has a’

‘has a really profound effect’.

Tom
Thanks James! And the speaker has a really profound question, too!  ‘What is life?’ That’s profoundly difficult to answer! 

సౌమ్య
It certainly is! మరణం గురించి ఆలోచించడం ఒక reality check అంటూ ఆవిడ మొదలుపెట్టారు. మరణం ఈ విశ్వం తాలూకా వాస్తవాన్ని మన కళ్లముందు ఉంచుతుంది. ‘You’ అని ప్రేక్షకులను ఉద్దేశించి ఆవిడ మాట్లాడుతూ ఏం సలహా ఇస్తున్నారు? 

Insert
What is this? What is life? And it's a reality check, isn't it? You can't get complacent.  I think, if you do the job that I do, I chill out more and I do less and I got rid of lots of achiever fever. I don't worry so much. Because the value is in the moments. It's not in the achievements that you rack up. 

Tom
She says ‘you can’t get complacent’.

సౌమ్య
Complacent అంటే నిశ్చింత, సంతృప్తి. She’s suggesting that we always need to apply thought to the way we live, right?

Tom
That’s right, and she also said that her job helps her to chill out, which means to relax. 

James
Interesting. Maybe realising that life is short helps her to get rid of her stress and worry. 

సౌమ్య
To get rid
of అంటే వదిలించుకోవడం, దూరంగా విసిరి పారేయడం. What else does her job help her to get rid of? Listen again for the phrase.

Insert
I think, if you do the job that I do, I chill out more and I do less and I got rid of lots of achiever fever.

James
She said she ‘got rid of achiever fever’. Fever is a form of illness.

Tom
And an achiever is a person who achieves!

సౌమ్య
Achiever fever అంటే కీర్తి కండూతి. Do you have achiever fever, James?

James
No, not really. I but I do think professional and personal achievements are important. Did you hear what the speaker said is most important, though?

సౌమ్య
చివరిగా ఇంకోసారి విందాం.  ‘Value of Lie’ - జీవితం విలువ గురించి ఆవిడ ఇచ్చిన సందేశం ఏమిటి?

Insert
I chill out more and I do less and I got rid of lots of achiever fever. I don't worry so much. Because the value is in the moments. It's not in the achievements that you rack up

James
She says the value of life is ‘in the moments’. Moments meaning the small, everyday parts of life, right? 

Tom
Correct, I think she’s saying that appreciating every second of life is more important than concentrating on the achievements that we rack up.

సౌమ్య
To rack up
అంటే పోగుచెయ్యడం లేదా సేకరించడం.

James
And we’ve racked up quite a few minutes for this show!

Tom
We have! I hope today’s episode has had a profound effect on you, not a depressing one!

James
Bye everybody!

Tom

Bye!

సౌమ్య
See you next week for more Listen Here! Bye! 

Language features

Listen to today’s clip in full here
Source: The Power of Negative Thinking

to get rid of
To get rid of means ‘to throw away’ or ‘to discard’. This expression is followed by a noun phrase, which usually describes something which we no longer want, need or require.

  • You need to get rid of some of your old clothes! There is no space in the wardrobe.

We can change the main verb, get, to use this expression in different tenses.

  • When I lived in the countryside I had a car, but I got rid of it when I moved to the city.

to rack up
To rack up is a phrasal verbs which means ‘to accumulate’ or ‘to obtain’. It is often used to describe large amounts of something.

  • I think it’s more important to appreciate the friends you have, instead of trying to rack up new ones.
  • The football team have racked up their fifteenth victory this season!

moment
We usually use the noun moment to describe a short period of time.

  • There were several moments during the meeting when I wanted to speak, but I didn’t.

Moment can also mean ‘a situation’ or ‘an opportunity’.

  • I am waiting for the right moment to propose to my girlfriend.

What can thinking about death teach us about life?

4 Questions

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