Views #907 | Intermediate 5

The Big Drop

Jade from Korea talks about how he lost a lot of weight in the army.

Todd: Hello. I am here with Jade from Korea and we are going to talk about life in the military. So Jade, you were in the army correct?

Jade: Yeah, I was in the army 'til just a year ago.

Todd: Ah, so pretty recently.

Jade: Yeah, recently.

Todd: So how did you feel about being in the army. Did you enjoy it?

Jade: Yeah being in the army, I enjoyed it. Maybe some other Koreans will really surprised when I say I really enjoyed the military right? But ... because you know we have to go there for compulsory business and compulsory service for two years. Two years is very long but to me it was a very significant time and very precious time to me. For saying the truth, I am sort of ashamed to say this but I was 117 kilogram before entering the army.

Todd: 117! I can't believe that! You're tiny. How much do you weigh now?

Jade: Now I am 68 kilogram.

Todd: Oh my gosh, that's half.

Jade: Yes, it's almost half. When I finished the army just a year ago I was almost 62. I gained 6 more kilograms when I finished the army, now I'm... I get a little bit fat, but I'm still 68 kilograms.

Todd: Wait a minute, you lost what is that 50 kilograms, 55 kilograms in one year?

Jade: Yeah, in a year, in the army.

Todd: Oh my gosh, 55 kilograms in one year? How did you do it? ... Was it the food, was it the exercise?

Jade: In the army, every day, about the amount of food we ate it doesn't matter I think I ate more but everyday we ate regularly, like three meals on the exact time and everyday we had to do lots of training(s) like, you know, maybe somebody knows about the martial arts TaeKwonDo, a Korean traditional thing. Everyday we practice that and we ... everyday we practice lots of martial arts and lots of training things for health, so it helps me to lose weight. You know that ??? life is the best way to lose your weight.

Todd: When you came out of the army and you went back home, people must have been shocked?

Jade: Yeah, everyone was shocked, everyone but ... they understood because most of Korean boys when they finish the army, they get changed.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!



We have compulsory service in the army for two years.

When something is compulsory that means we must do it.  Note the following:

  1. It is compulsory for all students to take math.
  2. Army service is compulsory for all young adult males.

ashamed to say


I am ashamed to say this but I weighed 117 kilograms before.

The phrase 'ashamed to say' means we are embarrassed to talk about something we have or have not done.  Note the following:

  1. I am ashamed to say that I only speak one language.
  2. She was ashamed to say that she had never left her hometown.



You're tiny. How much do you weigh now?

The word tiny means very thin or small.  Note the following:

  1. His waist is tiny.
  2. The baby has tiny fingers.



It was a very significant time and very precious time to me.

Something significant has important or special meaning.  Note the following:

  1. High school was a significant time in my life.
  2. His gift was small but it was significant.



People must have been shocked?

The word shocked means very, very surprised.  Note the following:

  1. We were shocked to lose the game.
  2. They were shocked to find out their teacher was married.

Vocabulary Quiz

compulsory • ashamed • tiny
 significant • shocked
  1. I am not to say that I have never smoked a cigarette.
  2. After he was arrested he had to attend weekly meetings.
  3. Who is the most person in your life?
  4. She was that they offered her the job.
  5. I can't wear this dress.  It's !
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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