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too bad • black belt • way of life
real job • my case • work on
  1. He needs to change his if he ever wants to be successful.
  2. In , I have never tried martial arts.
  3. It's that you didn't win the tournament.
  4. Improvement in English is something you have to .
  5. How many years did you study to be a ?
  6. I am looking for a right now.
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31 Martial Arts
Victor talks about his style of maritial arts and where he is training.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

too bad

I hear you're going home? That's too bad.

We use the phrase 'too bad' when we are sad to hear information about another person.  Notice the following:

  1. It's really too bad that she couldn't come tonight.
  2. That's too bad that they broke up.

black belt

Are you a black belt?

A 'black belt' is the highest level in karate and some other martial arts.  To show that a student has achieved this level they he wears a black belt around his waist.  Notice the following:

  1. Did you know he was a black belt before you fought him?
  2. I hope to get my black belt one day.

way of life

Martial arts is not just a hobby; it's also a way of life.

If something is 'a way of life' it determines how you live, like what you eat, how long you sleep, everything about your life.  Notice the following:

  1. For professional athletes their job is also their way of life.
  2. Yoga has really turned into a way of life for her.

real job

I also have a real job; I'm an engineer.

We use the term 'real job' to refer to the one that gives us money to live.  This is in contrast to something that we do more or less for fun, or as something temporary or low-paid.  Notice the following:

  1. After I graduate this summer I am going to look for a real job.
  2. For my real job I work as a secretary.

in my case or work on

In my case, I work on repair plans for buildings.

The phrase 'in my case' is used to explain what the situation is like for us personally.  What we 'work on' is a project that we put time and effort into, this can be for pay or for fun.  Notice the following:

  1. In my case, I have many friends in other countries.
  2. I need to work on my speaking skills before I go to England.