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Ok learning a new language is never easy, I know! We have to learn lots of verbs, vocabulary, structure, expressions, slang, phrasal verbs, pronunciation… well the list is long. The best thing is when we realize we have acquired so many different things and we can already communicate, we can understand and speak. But, there are some moments we feel a little frustrated cause some words don’t make any sense in the context we’re in. We notice we’re missing an important part and at that moment we can’t tell what or why.
Guys, today’s episode I wanna help you understand some of these words. In English they are called multiple meaning words, and I guess it’s self-explanatory right? It’s a word with so many different meanings. And yeah, don’t complain saying: That’s why English is so hard – because we do have the same in Portuguese. Grab for instance the word CARTEIRA. We have carteira like, the wallet, a desk, the female postman and the driver’s license. All of different words in English for a single word in Portuguese. So, it was just an example because we do have that in our mother-language ok? Haha
Straight to the point – Today we’re gonna see one single word but a looooot of different meanings and since I’ve just mentioned the word STRAIGHT, let’s talk a little about that one:
The first meaning of the word straight is SOMETHING FREE FROM CURVES, ANGLES OR IRREGULARITIES like straight hair, straight timber, straight fabric, etc
STRAIGHT is also used when you go from one point moving continuously in the same direction: GO STRAIGHT AHEAD, WALK STRAIGHT, FOLLOW THIS STRAIGHT LINE,
STRAIGHT may also mean DIRECTLY, IMMEDIATELY: I got to the hotel and went straight to bed or like I use here very much: “ok guys, straight to the point”
Another meaning that not everyone knows is that STRAIGHT is also the meaning for the person who is heterosexual. So, if you are a girl and I ask you if you are straight, I wanna know if your interest is for guys and not girls, otherwise you would be homosexual. Straight is the opposite of homosexual.
Ok, we’re not done. One more hahaha STRAIGHT also means HONEST. Yep, that’s right. When you say for instance “Tell me straight” it means “be honest with me” like: “Tell me straight, are you gonna fire me?”
STRAIGHT can also be used for cases when you wanna say someone is not using illegal drugs or alcohol. This one you’re actually gonna hear a lot in series and movies. For example: He’s been straight for 5 months – which means, he hasn’t been using drugs or alcohol for 5 months.
Well, if you have a situation when you wanna tell your friend that you’re not owing him money and not even him to you, so you guys are straight. An example: Hey Jessica, you bought the tickets and I paid our dinner so I guess we’re straight right?
Come oooon, we’re almost done. One more meaning LOL. If you know someone or something very very traditional or serious, call him, her or it STRAIGHT. Like, “He was a really nice man but he was so straight. He said he didn’t want to kiss me before talking to my parents, come on!”
Another situation we have for the word STRAIGHT is when you’re doing something without any interruption. For example: OMG I was so tired that I slept 14 hours straight.
I guess you’ll have nightmares tonight with the word STRAIGHT right? LOL One more: STRAIGHT is an also another adjective that means LEVEL AND NOT SLOPING TO EITHER SIDE like: Hey, this picture is not straight, do you think you can fix it? Or “The shelf isn’t straight, it sags in the middle”
And I hope you guys don’t hate me but there’s one more meaning: CLEAR or NOT COMPLICATED. If I say “Let’s get this straight” – by the way that’s a veeeery common sentence in English – I mean, Let me be clear. Or another example? “It’s a straight choice – either you go on a diet or you eat chocolate”
Ok now we’re done!!! Actually, there’s one meaning that I forgot to mention…. Hahahah I’m just kidding! This is it guys! Hahaha
I know it’s too much and yeah they’re all very common in English but write them down, study hard, think of sentences you can use to memorize these meanings faster and I’m pretty sure that, whenever you see this word, chances are you’re gonna understand and the sentence will be hopefully, clear to you: D
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