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  • Hi, Bob the Canadian here.

  • In this English lesson,

  • I'm going to teach you some English words and phrases

  • that you can use to describe tough times.

  • Tough times are when things are outside of your control

  • and when life isn't going the way

  • that you necessarily want it to.

  • So in this video, I'll help you learn some phrases

  • to describe tough times,

  • and I'll give you some phrases

  • that you can use to encourage someone

  • if they're going through tough times as well.

  • And please watch to the end.

  • I know many of you have questions about how I'm doing

  • and how my family is doing

  • at this current time in the world.

  • So at the end of the video,

  • I'll give you a little update about me,

  • and how things are going here at home right now

  • with the situation in the world with the coronavirus.

  • So stay tuned for that at the end.

  • But before we do that,

  • let's do a little lesson on tough times.

  • One of the first phrases I wanna teach you

  • that's related to tough times is the phrase tough it out.

  • If you imagine that you are an athlete

  • and you are playing in a game

  • and you hurt yourself just a little bit,

  • your coach might say to you, "Hey, you should keep playing.

  • "You should tough it out."

  • Your coach might say, "If your injury isn't too bad,

  • "can you tough it out until the end of the game?"

  • So when you tough something out,

  • when you use that phrase in English,

  • it means that you just do it in spite of the fact

  • that maybe you can't do it well.

  • Maybe you just mentally decide that, no matter what,

  • you are going to tough it out.

  • So when you tough it out,

  • it means that you're going to do it

  • in spite of the possibility

  • that you have some obstacles preventing you from doing it.

  • Tough it out.

  • Two other phrases that I wanted to teach you

  • in this English lesson are the phrases one step

  • at a time and one day at a time.

  • I actually give this advice quite often to people,

  • sometimes even in the comments below,

  • when they are asking about things like studying

  • for an upcoming English test.

  • I usually say, "The best way to think about a test

  • "if it is a month away

  • "is simply to think about it one step at a time."

  • Don't think about the entire test

  • and all of the things that you need to do.

  • Simply think about the one thing

  • that you need to do now, and do things one step at a time.

  • So a step is, when you're walking along, you take steps.

  • But in English, we use the same wording

  • to describe how to approach something

  • that might be kind of tough for you.

  • So one step at a time or one day at a time

  • is usually the best way to approach things.

  • Another English phrase that we might use during tough times

  • is the phrase grin and bear it.

  • So a grin is when you smile,

  • and when you use the word bear,

  • it could also mean that you are carrying something.

  • So sometimes, you are having tough times.

  • Things aren't going well,

  • but you just need to decide to grin and bear it.

  • Basically what we're saying in English

  • is somehow in your mind, you just have to decide

  • that in spite of the fact that things

  • aren't going well for you, you just need to smile.

  • You just need to do what you need

  • to do considering the situation,

  • and you just need to find a way to smile

  • and do the job that needs to be done.

  • So you need to grin and bear it.

  • This is not easy to do.

  • There are many times in life where you

  • are having tough times, where things aren't going well,

  • and it's very difficult to grin and bear it.

  • But sometimes with a lot of rest

  • and a lot of thinking about things deeply,

  • you can find a way to just smile and get on with your day,

  • and you can find a way to grin and bear it.

  • A similar English phrase is the phrase make the best of it.

  • Right now, I'm stuck at home for a few weeks.

  • My school has been canceled.

  • It's currently spring break,

  • so it's actually a short break from school,

  • but our school has decided to close.

  • So I'm going to be home for at least three weeks.

  • I could decide to be grouchy about that,

  • or I could decide to make the best of it.

  • When you use the English phrase make the best of it,

  • you take the situation you are in

  • and you find out ways to use it to your advantage.

  • So instead of being disappointed,

  • you try to find other things

  • that you can do that make you happy.

  • So I'm trying to make the best of it

  • by thinking about things like this.

  • I can give a lot of attention

  • to you in the YouTube comments.

  • I can go for a really long walk every day.

  • The amount of stress in my life related

  • to my job has gone way down,

  • but there's a little more stress related

  • to our health and those kinds of things.

  • We are healthy by the way.

  • But certainly, sitting at home

  • and just kind of not being happy and being disappointed

  • by the situation is not a good approach.

  • I'm better off to use the last phrase grin and bear it,

  • and I'm better off to make the best of it.

  • So when you have tough times,

  • there's a few phrases, three actually,

  • that I wanna talk about that kind of describe the situation.

  • The first phrase is that we say,

  • you need to ride out the storm,

  • or you need to ride it out.

  • So that's the second phrase.

  • So you say, "I just need to ride it out,

  • "or I need to ride out the storm."

  • And we have another phrase where we just say,

  • "You need to weather the storm."

  • So we kind of describe the situation

  • and relate it to weather,

  • as if right now there is a storm.

  • So if you are having tough times in your life,

  • maybe you could describe that

  • as like it's a storm in your life,

  • and you should choose then to think

  • about that you just need to ride it out.

  • Basically, just let happen what's going to happen

  • and keep in mind that there is an end to it.

  • If you ride it out, if you ride out the storm,

  • if you weather the storm, you are acknowledging

  • that at a certain point in the future,

  • the storm will be over.

  • And it gives you some control of the situation,

  • because it makes you realize that what is happening

  • is only temporary and that there is an end to it.

  • So sometimes you just need to ride it out.

  • You need to ride out the storm.

  • You need to weather the storm.

  • In this English lesson, I also wanted to talk

  • about some phrases that you can use

  • when you know someone else is going through tough times.

  • Sometimes it's nice to let people know

  • that you acknowledge the fact that their life

  • is a little bit rough right now.

  • One of the coolest things you can say to someone is,

  • "You're not alone."

  • When you say to someone, "You're not alone,"

  • it helps them recognize that what they are going through,

  • they don't have to think that they are all alone

  • when they are going through it.

  • That there are people like you hopefully

  • who are willing to talk to them about it.

  • We also say things like, "You've got this."

  • I have to look at my list here.

  • We say things like, "You can do it,"

  • and we say things like, "Hang in there."

  • So all four of those phrases are great things

  • to say to someone when you know

  • that they're going through tough times.

  • Well, now a little bit about me.

  • First of all, I am healthy.

  • Jen is healthy.

  • All of our children are healthy.

  • I know some of you are in parts of the world

  • where the coronavirus is spreading rapidly.

  • That is also happening or starting to happen in Canada.

  • Just a few updates, like I mentioned earlier in the video.

  • I'm going to be home for at least three weeks.

  • Schools are canceled in my province.

  • I live in Ontario, Canada.

  • So schools are canceled for the next three weeks.

  • We are already on spring break,

  • so it's not a huge change.

  • But for the next three weeks,

  • there will be no school.

  • A week from now, I need to start teaching online.

  • So I have to redesign my courses

  • so my students can learn online.

  • Again though, we are healthy.

  • In Canada, in this part of the world,

  • we are being told to stay home as much as possible.

  • So Jen and I are doing that.

  • Prime Minister Trudeau was just on the news today announcing

  • that Canadians who are in other countries should come home

  • and that Canadians who are home,

  • whether you're sick or not sick,

  • you should only go out when you actually need to.

  • You've probably noticed in a few of the shots

  • that there are a lot of people driving by.

  • I don't know if everyone is listening right now,

  • but I'm sure that within the next couple of days

  • if things get worse, which they probably will,

  • you'll see a lot more Canadians just staying home.

  • So my plan is just to stay home, to stay safe.

  • We're only going out for essentials.

  • There's actually not a lot to go do anyways.

  • There are no sports games in North America right now.

  • Nothing is open except for grocery stores,

  • and pharmacies, and doctors' offices, and hospitals,

  • and I can see in the next couple of days that things,

  • life will just be a little slower here

  • in Canada for the next little while

  • while we and the rest of the world wait to get past this.

  • So just so you know, I'm healthy.

  • I don't plan to change any of my video release schedule,

  • so you're watching this video on a Tuesday.

  • I'm going to do a livestream from home this Friday.

  • I'll do another livestream on Saturday.

  • It's nice for me to be able to connect with you

  • in that way, so that you know that things are going well

  • and that I'm doing good.

  • So anyways, thanks for watching this video.

  • If you have any questions or specifically if you want

  • to tell me how things are in your part of the world,

  • tell me in the description below.

  • I'm very curious to know how you're doing as well.

  • I know there's thousands of you,

  • but still, it is nice to be able to read

  • and get an update from people

  • in different parts of the world.

  • Let me just check my list here.

  • Yep, I think I talked about everything.

  • I forgot to mention that casinos are also closed.

  • That doesn't affect Bob the Canadian,

  • because I'm not a gambler anyways.

  • So anyways, once again, Jen and I are healthy.

  • Videos will continue.

  • Hopefully, if you are stuck at home,

  • you are finding lots of things to do.

  • Hopefully, you are listening to a lot of music.

  • Hopefully, you are maybe learning to play the guitar

  • or practicing piano,

  • or finding an old hobby that you used to do.