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Can considering death help to improve our lives? Today we listen to the thoughts of an end-of-life carer.
मृत्युबद्दलचे विचार आपलं जीवन सुधारू शकतात का? मृत्युशय्येवरील लोकांचा सेवा करणाऱ्या लोकांचे विचार आज ऐकू.  

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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. 
मृत्यूबद्दलचे विचार आपलं जीवन सुधारू शकतात का? मृत्युशय्येवरील लोकांचा सेवा करणाऱ्या लोकांचे विचार आज ऐकू.


Before you listen-  भाग ऐकण्याआधी
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.

Hiển thị văn bản ghi âm (hay video) Giấu văn bản ghi âm (hay video)

Tejali
Hello! ऐकलंत का? Listen Here मध्ये तुमचं स्वागत. मी तेजाली...

Tom
And I’m Tom! Hi everyone!

James
And I’m James.

Tejali 

आपण आज एका गंभीर विषयाबद्दल बोलणार आहोत, मृत्यूबद्दल बोलणार आहोत. 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.

Tejali
Depressing म्हणजे नैराश्यजनक. ही क्लिप आहे end-of-life companionबद्दल ... म्हणजे असे लोक जे मृत्युशय्येवरील लोकांना मदत करतात. तिने यात त्यांच्यासाठी एक विशेषण वापरलंय या क्लीपचा पहिला भाग ऐकू.

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’.

Tejali
Profound
, म्हणजे गहन, गूढ, चमत्कारिक.

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!

Insert
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?

‘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!

Tejali
It certainly is! ती म्हणाली मृत्यूबद्दलचा विचार करणं म्हणजे तिच्यासाठी एक reality check होता. म्हणजे असं काही ज्यातून तुम्ही सत्याची पडताळणी करता, ज्यातून आपल्याला खऱ्या जगाची ओळख होते.  श्रोत्यांसाठी तिने youचा वापर केला. तिने श्रोत्यांना काय सल्ला दिला?

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’.

Tejali
Complacent म्हणजे आत्मसंतुष्ट, स्वतःमध्येच आनंदी राहणारा. 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.

Tejali
To get rid of
म्हणजे सुटका करून घेणे, दुर्लक्ष करणे. 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!

Tejali
Achiever fever म्हणजे आपणच सतत जिंकायला हवं अशी भावना, विजयाची धुंदी. 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?

Tejali
आता पुन्हा एकदा शेवटचं ऐकू. जीवनातील मूल्यं म्हणजे, valuesबद्दल तिने काय निष्कर्ष काढलाय?

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.

Tejali
To rack up
म्हणजे मिळवणे, गोळा करणे, साठवणे.

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!

Tejali

See you next week for more Listen Here! Bye!  

Tom
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?

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Session Vocabulary

  • depressing
    निराशाजनक 

    end-of-life companion
    मृत्युशय्येवरील लोकांना मदत करणारे 

    profound
    गहन, गूढ 

    a reality check
    सत्यतेची पडताळणी 

    complacent
    आत्मसंतुष्ट 

    achiever fever

    यशाची धुंदी, सतत जिंकण्याचा हव्यास