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A Few Minutes Of English. Несколько Минут Английского #11. Teas and coffees against rules?

A Few Minutes Of English
Выпуск #11 / 10 ноября 2017

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Teas and coffees against rules?

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So, в прошлых выпусках мы говорили с вами о еде, о том, какими ёмкостями мы можем её посчитать, об исчисляемых и неисчисляемых существительных. In particular (в частности) we have learnt (мы узнали), что кофе/чай, да и любые жидкости принадлежат к группе неисчисляемых существительных и посчитать их мы можем only with the help of (только при помощи) cups (чашек), pots (чайников/кофейников), liters (литров) и так далее. Nevertheless (тем не менее), we still can hear (мы все еще можем услышать):

-         Would you like a coffee?

-         I’d like two teas, please.

The truth is (правда в том, что) в данном случае речь идёт не о напитке, как таковом, а о чашках. Поэтому, если вы слышите «Shall I make you a coffee?», знайте, вам предлагают чашечку кофе.

И теперь, по такой же аналогии поступаем in such cases (в данных случаях):

chickenS – курицы (птицы) – chicken (мясо курицы)

chocolateS (шоколадные конфеты) – chocolate (шоколад)

paperS (газеты) – paper (бумага)

RussianS (русские) – Russian (русский язык)


JZ: Lee, thank you for agreeing to talk to me.

LB: It’s alright.

JZ: So, I know you as my Pilates instructor, that’s how I see you. So, what is it you do, you think you are doing? What is your job?

LB: My job has loads of different areas really from the reformer Pilates to the personal training. So what I do covers the wide spectrum of the fitness area to be fair, anything from body alignment and core strength to general fitness, weight loss and tone of the body, injury repair, sports, stuff like that really.

JZ: So, for how long have you been doing it now?

LB: Six years now in total.

JZ: Is that what you have started originally with?

LB: No, I have gone through loads of different jobs from retail to catering manager to online sales, and then it was actually my partner who asked me what I wanted to do, and I said I wanted to be a personal trainer. So we worked towards that and he lent me the money to do the course, because it is about £5000 to do the personal training course. So then obviously when that happened, then I stopped doing any other work and just focused on my own business and then becoming self-employed and then buying Pilates studio.

JZ: So, this equipment is all your personal.

LB: Yeah.

JZ: Right. Ok, cool. That’s a lot of money I’d imagine.

LB: This is, yeah.

JZ: So you had to kind of invest in it?

LB: Yeah, you have to invest in yourself, which is the hardest bit, because if you invest in someone else all the pressure goes on them, but as you’re investing in yourself, you have to have like confidence to take that as a backsack and move on into the world and know that you’re backing yourself.

JZ: So, with sports, had it been your hobby before it became your job?

LB: Yeah, I played sports all my life, all the way from school, I was on a rugby team, football three times a week, I used to run, I’ve done a couple of half marathons, any sort of sport, but I do like gym. Gym is my main thing, I like lifting weights and breaking the boundaries of your body and taking you out of your comfort zone. Like with the reformer Pilates really.

JZ: So, you mentioned that you are doing kind of, you know, health in general, so do you do any side of nutrition?

LB: I’ve done my nutrition course, erm, but to be fair, it’s really…I find it hard, it’s hard to stick in my head. Obviously I can put it into my life and when people ask me about nutrition fitness, the main… the first thing I ask them, is “you know what you shouldn’t be eating”. So, everyone knows they shouldn’t be eating chocolate, crisps, biscuits, cakes, all the stuff that yeah, it tastes nice and stuff like that, and as soon as you’ve knocked those out that you can’t be eating, you only leave space for the stuff you should be, like more vegetables, more fruit, taking your time to have slightly smaller portions or not eating so late or if you do need to eat late, lower the carbohydrates, so you’re not sat there, doing nothing. If you’re taking food with you to work or school or after the gym, or in your day to day time, you can incorporate carbohydrates, because obviously in the afternoon you’re going to need that energy.

JZ: Yeah.

LB: When you get home and it’s quite late, and you’re just going to sit there watch telly or your favorite Netflix program or something like that, you don’t need energy for that, so you don’t need the carbohydrates to keep you going. 

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