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Session 52

How important is it to be creative?
Today we are discussing ways that people can be more creative and whether that is important.

창의적으로 사는 것은 얼마나 중요할까?
오늘은 어떻게 하면 더 창의적인 사람이 되는지, 그리고 그것이 얼마나 중요한지에 대해 말해보도록 하겠습니다.

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How important is it to be creative?

Look at the Session Vocabulary – make sure you know what these words and phrases mean:

  • creative
  • experiences
  • routine


How many creative jobs are there in the UK (according to UK government statistics)?

a) 1 million
b) 3 million
c) 6 million

Listen to the audio and take the quiz.

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안녕하세요? English Together에 오신 것을 환영합니다. 저희 프로그램에서는 최신 주제에 대해 얘기해보고 관련 표현을 알려드리고 있습니다. 저는 손보람입니다.

Hi, I’m Phil.

And I’m Tom, hello everyone!

오늘은 더욱 창의적이 되는 법에 대해 얘기해보도록 하겠습니다. 창의력에 대한 질문 드리면서 시작해볼게요. 영국정부에 따르면 창의력을 필요로 하는 직업은 영국 내 몇개가 있을까요?

a)  백만
b)  3백만    300만개가
c)  6백만

자, 정답은 무엇일까요?

There aren't that many people like artists around, so I doubt it can more than about a million?

Hmm… but it's not just jobs in art that are creative, there are creative jobs in lots of different industries, so I think it's going to be higher and I'm going to go for 6 million.

계속 해서 들어보세요. 잠시 후 정답을 알려드리겠습니다. 여러분이 정답을 생각하시는 동안 BBC 라디오4의 Bringing up Britain에서 나왔던 내용을 들어볼게요. 창의력 전문가인 Nick Skillicorn의 인터뷰입니다.

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Now, on a weekly basis you should also be trying to make sure you get new experiences and new knowledge every week. Because there's research which suggests that new experiences and changes to your routine can have a very very quick impact on your ability to be creative at a moment's notice.

I mean, are you talking about going to a different sandwich bar?

At a minimum level, anything that gets you out of your routine. So make sure you press a different button on the same vending machine every day going through to seeing a new type of exhibit at a museum in a new subject that you are not familiar with at all, to going and seeing ballet or eating Ethiopian food for the first time.

자, 창의적이 되기 위해 뭐가 필요하다고 했나요?

It sounds good to me, getting away from the daily grind of your usual routine must be a good way to have new ideas.

Daily grind 단조로운 일상이라는 뜻입니다. Yes it's easy to get stuck in the daily grind of doing the same thing every day!

Look, it's good to have a break from the daily grind now and then – but is it really something we need to be doing every week? Isn't that what holidays are for?

But that's not what this is about, Phil – this is about clearing some time to do something new and offbeat, to make you more creative – which will make you better at the job you do and more successful in your career!

Offbeat색다른..이라는 뜻이죠. 뭔가 색다른 일을 매주 하는 것이 방송에서 나왔던 것처럼 일상을 변화시켜줄 것이라고 하네요.

So what do you think people should do?

Study, practise, do whatever they need to gain proficiency in the job they do!

Proficiency 능숙함이라는 뜻입니다. 그렇다면 Phil 본인의 일에 능숙해지기 위해서는 창의력이 꼭 필요한 건 아니라는 말이에요?

Ok, if you are an artist, or a musician – then maybe – but most of us aren't. It's not like we need to be really creative.

Ah, but are you sure that's true? Lots of jobs need some kind of creativity. An engineer or a manager needs to think about new solutions for problems – that's creativity. I think that most people could benefit from fostering their creativity.

Foster 기르다, 발전시키다..라는 뜻이죠. To get an idea of how important it is to foster creativity, let's find out the answer to the question I asked earlier. 아까 제가 드린 질문 정답 알아볼까요? 영국내에 창의적인 직업은 몇 개 인지가 문제였죠? 바로 B) 300만개가 정답이었습니다.

Hmm, neither of us got that right, did we, Phil? But that's a lot of jobs that need creativity! You should really try to foster yours.

So you're saying part of being proficient is being creative? I could do with a break from the daily grind, I suppose.

Well, maybe you could try something really really offbeat? 

맞습니다. 시간이 거의 다 되어가네요. 오늘 배운 단어 정리해볼게요.다음 English Together도 함께해요.

Meaning & Use

the daily grind (noun)

The daily grind refers to boring routine tasks.

  • I need a holiday so that I can get out of the daily grind.
  • I've got a new job, it'll be a change to the daily grind.
  • I took up a new hobby to try and get out of the daily grind.

offbeat (adjective)

Offbeat describes something that is unusual, different or unconventional.

  • I like to try offbeat sports that not many people have heard of.
  • He has a very offbeat style, it's completely different to everyone else.
  • That sounds like a great idea! It's a bit offbeat, but I think it'll work.

proficiency (noun)

If someone has proficiency in something, it means that they can do it very well.

  • She has reached a level of proficiency in the piano – she can play anything.
  • The best chefs spend years developing their proficiency in cooking.
  • Proficiency in a language only comes after thousands of hours of practice.

How important is it to be creative?

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Do you think new experiences can make you more creative? Do you think creativity is important for your career? Do you think gaining mastery in your job is more important?

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Session Vocabulary

  • creative 


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