73 Big Regret

Listen to six people talk about something they wish they had or had not done.

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Arienne, Norway
speakerMy one regret... I can't really answer that because I don't really have any regrets. All my life I have basically had a few dreams and my dreams I have basically fulfilled. My first dream was going to the United States on exchange and I did that and then my second big dream was going to Japan on exchange, which I also did, and I'm very happy about the fact that I am able to fulfill my dreams because not all people can do what I've been able to do.

Jeff, Canada
speakerRegrets! I don't regret very much but I have a couple of regrets. One is that I played too much sports when I was young and I didn't pick up any music. I would have liked to play a musical instrument, and my other regret is that I'm uni-lingual. I only speak one language and I would have liked to learn another language when I was young.

Shibika, Oman
speakerMy biggest regret is not excepting a scholarship offer that I was given a few years ago. Instead I took another offer and I do regret it even though I'm happy where I'm at right now, but I wish I had taken that offer before.

Fred, Canada
speakerOK, my biggest regret! My biggest regret would have to be four years ago, I was living in Spain and I was having such a great time and then for some reasons, I had to go back to Canada and still to this day, I'm having a hard time with that decision. I wish I had stayed in Spain because my life was so great. I was going to the beach every day and it was such a sunny country and the people were very nice.

Kevin, South Korea
speakerAbout seven or eight years ago, I was staying in Canada, but I had to come back then because my father had some problem in his company, but he told us that we could stay for a year or two longer, but so I hope I could have stayed a little longer.

Rebecca, Australia
speakerOne of my regrets is that I have not travelled. When I was younger, I really wish that I could have travelled overseas during high school, taken up some exchange programs like I am now, through university, even travelled with my family overseas, but then it does it's own problems, that I have been able to travel in my own country throughout the years, so that's my regret.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!



My one regret...

A regret is a negative feeling we have about something we did or didn't do in the past.  Notice the following:

  1. I regret not studying English earlier.
  2. She regrets getting angry at the meeting.



I am able to fulfill my dreams.

When we fulfill something, that means we reach our goal.  Notice the following:

  1. I wasn't able to fulfill my promise.
  2. She foolishly depends on others to fulfill her dreams.

pick up


I didn't pick up any music.

Here, pick up means to learn something.  Notice the following:

  1. He picked up English quickly while abroad.
  2. Most people pick up a hobby sometime in their lives.

where I'm at right now


I'm happy where I'm at right now.

We use the phrase 'where I'm at right now' to describe how we feel about our life at the moment.  Notice the following:

  1.  She's not happy with where she's at right now.
  2. I'm happy with where the business is at right now.



It does have down problems,

Here, down simply means something negative.  Notice the following:

  1. He was down and depressed.
  2. There is a down side to working for yourself.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
regrets • fulfill • picked up
down • at right now
  1. I know you're sad, but try not to let yourself get too about it.
  2. He has a lot of new vocabulary from listening to music in English.
  3. She really that she never told him how much she loved him.
  4. She has so many obligations to that she has almost no time to relax.
  5. Someday I hope to have a better job, but for the present I'm happy where I'm .