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Try Something New

Overview

Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

Vocabulary

stuck in a rut (idiom) - lacking motivation
to follow in the footsteps (idiom) - to follow someone's else's idea
dwelling - living
computer nerd (slang) - a person who spends too much time with their computer
sleep-deprived - not having enough sleep
sustainable - able to continue or maintain at the current level
to stick (idiom) - to be permanent
give it a shot (idiom) - just try it

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Quick Quiz

Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE?

1 Matt got the idea for his challenges from filmmaker Morgan Spurlock TRUE
2 Matt's 30-day challenges made him more outgoing TRUE
3 Matt claims his novel is really good FALSE
4 If you make small changes, you are more likely to give up FALSE
5 Matt challenges the audience to try something new for 30 days TRUE

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Discussion

Would you be willing to try something new for 30 days? What are some things that come to mind?

Talk about a long term goal or project that you have completed.

What are some other ways to 'spice up your life'?

 

Learning Points

1 In informal American English, you can use the word pretty in place of 'very' or 'quite':

"The idea is actually pretty simple."

2 You can use the phrase 'why not' to challenge a person to do something:

"why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?"