Vocabulary and Idioms from Episode 4

Using the audio clips and text below, follow the activities on this worksheet to improve your vocabulary and listening skills! These words and phrases are authentic and unrehearsed, taken straight from Episode 4 of JTBC.

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Audio Clips


KE: Thinking back about what you mentioned about bilingual people or multilingual people and you mentioned you use the word allegiance which I think is really interesting because that really echoes an experience that that many of my multilingual New Yorker friends and also multilingual international students I’ve worked with, they feel, you know, when they’re learning or speaking and another language or a language, they feel less comfortable in it feels like they’re like a different face they have on or a different kind of jacket they’ve put on.


EF: Those instructors may not have necessarily interrogated well, what does it mean to talk like a biologist or like an economist. What are the the buzzwords, what are the standard kind of strategies in presenting arguments, and where people are going to have where people going to have problems?


EF: I do think that we need to do a lot of work in understanding where those biases come from at the language level to begin to eradicate them.

Fall Prey To

EF: I think we sometimes fall prey to thinking of multilingual students as coming with a deficiency. And so what really helps is I mean, I wish I knew how to do this. I haven’t figured it out, but how do we get rid of that myth, that misunderstanding of what multilingualism means?


EF: And I just again, I, fear that with the multilingual community that would have, we might be doing this all the time, we don’t really think about it.

KE: Kind of alienating or reducing others to just what they speak and what they could do for you as like a tool.


KE: […] students might feel unseen or disregarded or disrespected even by well-intentioned attempts at inclusion and support and how carefully we need to think about our approaches to, to these supports.


EF: Well, so here, I’ll give you a fun anecdote when I think I was a junior in high school. I got this scholarship to go spend a week learning how to sing at the Manhattan school of music.

Above and Beyond

EF: But sometimes those, that uniqueness is the thing that actually makes you highly memorable, and might even be the thing that makes you stand above and beyond your competition, if you will, right?