157 Fears

Nanju answers questions about things people commonly fear.


Todd: OK, so Nanju, I'm going to ask you about things that people are sometimes afraid of. Are you afraid of flying?

Nanju: No

Todd: No. Do you fly a lot?

Nanju: No, if I am getting opportunity I will be very happy.

Todd: Really!

Nanju: Yeah sure!

Todd: OK, are you afraid of snakes?

Nanju: No.

Todd: No!

Nanju: No.

Todd: Now, India has cobras.

Nanju: Yeah, it's a lot of cobras. I have seen a lot of cobras, and fighting with cobras, each other, but run away so I can not.

Todd: So, you're not afraid of cobras?

Nanju: No

Todd: Like have you ever seen a cobra by your house?

Nanju: Yeah, I have seen a lot of cobras, which is going to be 12 feet.

Todd: Really!

Nanju: Yeah, sure.

Todd: And your not afraid?

Nanju: No, I will get some sticks and go through about from my home or something.

Todd: So you get a stick and you go and kill it?

Nanju: No, I won't kill it. Killing of cobra is very illegal in India. Not illegal, it's like god, so we won't.

Todd: Sin. It's a sin. Oh, wow.

Nanju: So we won't kill that cobra or something.

Todd: Wow, very fascinating. Thank you.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


Are you afraid of flying?

In this case "flying" is not flying like a bird, but rather traveling by plane.  Notice the following:

  1. Are you flying to Miami or driving?
  2. I am flying to Bogota early tomorrow morning.


If I get the opportunity to fly I will be very happy.

In this example, "opportunity" can be replaced by "chance" or it is a good situation to do something.  Notice the following:

  1. She has the opportunity to learn a lot in her job.
  2. His boss gave him the opportunity to work with the company's most important client.


Yeah, sure.

In the example, "sure" has a similar meaning to "of course" or "yes."  It is a word of agreement.  Notice the following:

  1. Sure.  I'll help you study for your exam.
  2. Sure.  We would love to come to your cabin this weekend.

each other

I've seen cobras fighting with each other.

"Each other" is a pronoun used, in this example, to describe the actions between one cobra and another.  They are both performing the same action, directed at the other cobra.  Notice the following:

  1. They have liked each other since they were 13 years old.
  2. We looked at each other across the restaurant.


In India it's a sin to kill a cobra.

A "sin" is a moral or religious crime.  For example, killing another person is both a religious crime and a legal crime.  Notice the following:

  1. Do you think telling lies is a sin?
  2. It is a sin to steal from another person.


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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
flying • opportunity • sure
each other • sin
  1. A long holiday weekend will give me the to do some things around the house.
  2. . I know him very well.
  3. Some people believe that drinking alcohol is a .
  4. We looked at across the room and I knew what he was thinking.
  5. It's really dark outside the window because we are through a storm.