Nepal Part 1 Vocabulary

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Nepal Part 1 Vocabulary Lesson Hi. Hello, welcome to the vocabulary lesson for the conversation “Nepal Part 1.” Now this conversation has two parts. In the conversation, Joe and I are talking about two separate trips we each took to Nepal. I went with my boyfriend at the time in 2001 and Joe went with his girlfriend at the time in 2004. Okay, let’s begin. *

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At the beginning of the conversation, Joe says, “Hey, when we were at Tim’s house the other night, did you see all those pictures he had hanging up?” And then I said, after laughing, “Yeah, I did. Those really surprised me because they weren’t there the last time we were there.” So both Joe and I had been at Tim’s. Tim was my boyfriend that I had gone to Nepal with, now my ex-boyfriend. We had been at Tim’s house and he had put up some pictures on the wall that were not there the last time Joe and I had been there. So that’s what we’re talking about. It was just a bunch of different pictures. Then Joe says, after laughing, “Yeah, you’re right. That must have really been a walk down memory lane because you were in a lot of those pictures.” A walk down memory lane. That’s an idiom. So basically what Joe was saying to me was, that must have really been or that must have made you think back to that particular time. Because you were in a lot of those pictures. Or that must have really helped you remember that time or that trip. Because you were in a lot of those pictures. A walk down memory lane. Now an example of a walk down memory lane would be: It’s such a walk down memory lane whenever I visit my hometown, Gainesville, Georgia. It takes me back to memories of growing up there. Okay, then in the conversation I say, “Yeah, it was.” And I’m referring to the pictures being memorable for me. They helped me remember that time in Nepal. Then Joe says, “Y’know, there’s this one that’s sticking out in my mind where you have all this paint on your face.” When Joe first says, y’know... Now that’s something that we would say a lot in conversation. Or you would hear a lot in conversational English. But not really see it in written English. So, it’s basically just combining “you” and “know” and asking, you know? Basically, do you understand? So Joe is saying, y’know, there’s this one that’s sticking out in my mind. So what he’s saying or what he's mentioning to me is there’s this one picture that’s present or it's there in my mind… it’s sticking out in my mind… where you have all this paint on your face. Another way of looking at it is Joe is saying to me. There’s this one picture that I’m remembering

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Nepal Part 1 Vocabulary Lesson more than any other one, where you have all this paint on your face. So that’s sticking out in my mind. An example of that would be: I saw a butterfly the other day in the back yard. It’s sticking out in my mind because the colors of its wings were beautiful. Okay, then in the conversation I say, “Oh, no, no, that wasn’t paint. That was colored powder. That, um, that actually was taken during a festival that Tim and I participated in when we were in Katmandu.” So what I’m saying is Tim, my boyfriend at the time, we participated in or we joined in this particular festival that was going on in Katmandu at the time. And I’m not exactly sure what the festival, what the importance of the festival was. I do remember there was a lot of water being squirted out of squirt guns. And a lot of colored powder, I remember mostly red and blue, that Nepalis would come up and put on people. So they had come up and put a lot on my face and in my hair. So we participated in or we joined in this festival in Katmandu. And then I go on to say, “It was, it’s called Holi.” So the name of the festival is Holi. “It’s just a water and colored powder festival.” And then Joe says, “Oh, nice. Oh I loved Katmandu.” And then I go on to say, “Yeah, oh god, I loved Katmandu. Y’know, when I arrived in Katmandu, it was just such an assault on my senses, in a, in a positive way, in a good way.” An assault on my senses. So what I’m... What I'm basically saying is that when I arrived in Katmandu, everything about Katmandu was affecting me at once or influencing me at once. For example, like the smells, the sounds, the sights. So it was all an assault on my senses. Now assault can be used at times in a negative way, like as an attack or someone hitting another person or beating up another person. But in this sense, and that’s why I say, it was an assault on my senses in a positive way, in a good way. So in this particular situation, assault is very positive. I am saying all these, all these things, the sights, the sounds, the smells of Katmandu affected me in a really good way. An example of assault on my senses would be: I can remember my first Grateful Dead concert was so exciting because it was such an assault on my senses. Okay, moving on then Joe says, “Yeah, yeah, I mean there are so many things about it once you get there that just stay in your mind, like the sounds, the smell, um, the people. My gosh.” Stay in your mind. What Joe is saying is there are so many things about Katmandu that you just won’t forget, like the sounds, the smells, the people. Or there are so many things about it, about Katmandu, that once you get there it would just be difficult to not remember them. Or it would be difficult to lose the memory of them, such as the sounds, the smell, the people. An example of stay in your mind would be: Whenever I go to a movie theatre, the smell of popcorn is so good and so strong that it stays in my mind until the next time I go. I

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Nepal Part 1 Vocabulary Lesson can always remember that smell. At the end of Joe’s sentence there, after he’s talking about the sights, the sounds, the smells staying in your mind, he says, my gosh. Now, that’s just a way of showing emotion in a positive or a good way. Another example would have been if he had said, “My god.” or “Wow.” or “Jeez.” It’s just a way of showing emotion. Okay moving on. Then I say, “Oh yeah.” And then Joe says, “I had a ball when I was there.” Now what he’s saying is, I had a ball, is I had a good time when I was there. Or I had a lot of fun when I was there. I had a ball. Example of I had a ball would be: I had a ball at the music festival a few weeks ago. It was so much fun. I had a ball. He goes on to say, “And y’know, I think actually... I think I would just say hands down Nepal must be one of my favorite places in the entire world.” Hands down. What he is saying here is, I think I would just say definitely Nepal must be one of my favorite places in the entire world. Or I think I would just say without a doubt Nepal must be one of my favorite places in the entire world. Hands down. An example of hands down would be to say: Hands down, orange and brown are some of my favorite colors. I just really like them. Now at the end of that sentence, Joe says, hands down Nepal must be one of his favorite places in the entire world. Entire meaning the whole world. He goes on to say, “I mean the people there just make you feel so at home. They’re so accommodating.” Or in other words, they’re so helpful. "They’re so friendly. I mean they’ll bend over backwards to do whatever they can for you.” Okay, so feel so at home. This idiom is essentially, what Joe is saying is... I mean the people there just make you feel so comfortable. So at ease. Feel so at home. An example would be: I like to be around people who make me feel so at home because I like to be stress free and feel at ease. Who doesn’t, right? Then he goes on to say, yeah, the Nepali people make him feel so at home, so comfortable, so at ease. They’re so accommodating. They’re so helpful. They’re so friendly. I mean they’ll bend over backwards to do whatever they can for you. Bend over backwards. Basically what he is saying here is, I mean they’ll do almost anything to do whatever they can for you. I mean they’ll be very helpful. They’ll do whatever they can for you. Bend over backwards. An example of bend over backwards: I’ve eaten two times in a Nepali restaurant here in San Francisco. I love to eat there because the food is so good. And the owner and staff really bend over backwards to make sure I’m taken very good care of by, for example, constantly checking to see if I need more food, more drinks, asking me if the food is good, etc., etc. Okay, then I say (back to the conversation), “Yeah, I totally agree. I love Nepal, too.” Then Joe,

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Nepal Part 1 Vocabulary Lesson “Y’know, the other thing I loved was, uh, the mountains there. I mean you, I don’t think you can really speak of that country without speaking about the mountains.” So, he’s just talking about how he really likes the mountains there. They are, they’re beautiful. And he’s saying... You know, I don’t know how anyone can talk about Nepal and not talk about the mountains. Then I go on to say, “Oh yeah, well did you notice the one picture of Tim and I with the mountains in the background?” So what I’m saying here is... Did you notice the picture of Tim and I where the mountains are behind us? They're in the background. “When some people have, when other people have looked at that picture of us...” And then Joe, “Mm-hm.” And then I finish saying, “they thought it was very surreal.” So they thought it wasn’t even real, is what I’m saying. They thought it was very surreal. “they didn’t, they thought it was like a backdrop.” So what I’m saying here is, and this is really true... When people looked at my pictures from Nepal, they just thought that’s not real. Those mountains in the background are not real. They’re very surreal. They look... They don’t look real. They thought it was like a backdrop. A backdrop being like a fake picture behind Tim and I. Then Joe goes on to say, “Yea...

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