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Can’t face (something)


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오늘의 영어 표현은 Can’t face (something)입니다.

I’m sure you’ve had many instances when you felt like you couldn’t face something. In today’s conversation Audrius and Jody says that they can’t face the thought of going back to work. Let’s find why! Also, we’ll find out what ‘can’t face (something)’ means. 그럼 오늘의 대화를 들어보면서 ‘can’t face (something)’이 무슨 뜻인지 알아 보겠습니다. 잘 들어보세요.

Can't face (something)
Jody: Can you believe it? Our two-week vacation is coming to an end tomorrow.
Audrius: I know. I’m so sad. I can’t face the thought of being back at work.
Jody: Same here! I don’t want to go back to work. Ugh! I just can’t face it. But we have to do what we have to do.
Audrius: I couldn’t agree with you more.

꿈같은 휴가가 끝나간다는 것을 안 Jody가 “Can you believe it? 믿을 수 있겠어? Our two-week vacation is coming to an end tomorrow 2주 동안의 휴가가 내일이면 끝난다는 걸 말이야!”라고 말하며 속상해했습니다. 그러자 Audrius도 “I know 나도 알아 I’m so sad 정말 아쉬워. I can’t face the thought of being back at work. 휴가 끝나고 다시 일하러 간다고 생각하니까 기분이 영 안 좋아.”라고 하네요. Jody가 “Same here! 맞아 I don’t want to go back to work. Ugh! I just can’t face it. 일하러 돌아가고 싶지 않아 아주 힘들 것 같아.”라고 맞장구를 치면서 “But we have to do what we have to do 그래도 할 일은 해야지.”라고 하자 Audrius가 “I couldn’t agree with you more 그래 맞아.”라고 하네요.
Keep today’s phrase in mind. Now let’s listen to the conversation once more.

Can't face (something)
Jody: Can you believe it? Our two-week vacation is coming to an end tomorrow.
Audrius: I know. I’m so sad. I can’t face the thought of being back at work.
Jody: Same here! I don’t want to go back to work. Ugh! I just can’t face it. But we have to do what we have to do.
Audrius: I couldn’t agree with you more.

오늘의 영어표현은 ‘Can’t face (something)’입니다.

If you ‘can’t face (something)’ you feel unable to do something because it seems difficult or impossible. Can’t face는 무엇인가가 너무 어렵거나 불가능 해 보여서 해낼 수 없을 것 같을 때 쓰는 표현입니다. 감당하기 어렵다는 이야기겠지요. 예를 하나 들어볼까요? 하루에 두 번 회의가 있는데 첫 번째 회의가 3시간이나 걸렸다면 다음 회의에는 들어가고 싶지 않을 것입니다. 그럴 때 “I can't face the thought of attending another meeting” 다음 회의까지는 힘들것 같아.”라고 말할 수 있는 것입니다. Here is another example. Say that you are asked to give up your cell phone use for one week. I’m sure many people will think that that’s impossible and say “No way, I can’t face the thought of not having my cell phone!” 오늘의 영어표현‘can’t face (something)’ 꼭 기억하시기 바랍니다. Now we’ll listen to the conversation for the last time.

Can't face (something)
Jody: Can you believe it? Our two-week vacation is coming to an end tomorrow.
Audrius: I know. I’m so sad. I can’t face the thought of being back at work.
Jody: Same here! I don’t want to go back to work. Ugh! I just can’t face it. But we have to do what we have to do.
Audrius: I couldn’t agree with you more.

오늘 배우신 영어표현, ‘can’t face (something)’은 감당하기 힘들다, ~하고 싶지 않다.’ 라는 뜻입니다. Keep on practicing. 다음 시간에 다시 뵙겠습니다. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO에 Jennifer Yoo입니다. Bye bye!
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