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Back down


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오늘의 영어 표현은 ‘Back down’입니다.

What does it mean to ‘back down? Before we find out what it means, let’s listen to today’s conversation. 잘 들어보세요.

BACK DOWN

Jason: Hey how did the audition go?
Mike: To be honest, I backed down from the audition. I don’t think I’m ready to compete quite yet.
Jason: What! You really backed down from the audition! How come?
Mike: There were so many contestants who were much better than me so I had to withdraw.
Jason: Well don’t give up and try again next year. I will be there to cheer for you okay?
Mike: Hmm…I’ll think about it.

Jason 이 Mike에게 “Hey how did the audition go? 오디션 어땠어?”라고 묻자 Mike는 “To be honest, I backed down from the audition. I don’t think I’m ready to compete quite yet. 음, 솔직히 가긴 갔는데 포기하고 그냥 집에 왔어. 난 아직 준비가 덜 된 것 같아서 말이야.” 라고 하네요. Jason이 “What! You really backed down from the audition! How come? 뭐라고? 정말 오디션을 포기한 거야? 왜 그랬어? 그렇게 쉽게 포기하는 사람이 어디 있니?” 라고 화를 냅니다. 이어 Mike가 “There were so many contestants who were much better than me so I had to withdraw. 오디션 참가자들이 대부분 나보다 실력이 뛰어난데도 그다음 단계까지 못 올라 가더라고. 그래서 어쩔 수 없이 포기한 거지.” 라고 하네요. 이어 Jason이 “Well don’t give up and try again next year. I will be there to cheer for you okay?”라고 하자 Mike가 “Hmm…I’ll think about it.” 라고 대답하더라고요. Keep today’s phrase ‘back down’ in mind and let’s hear the conversation again.

BACK DOWN

Jason: Hey how did the audition go?
Mike: To be honest, I backed down from the audition. I don’t think I’m ready to compete quite yet.
Jason: What! You really backed down from the audition! How come?
Mike: There were so many contestants who were much better than me so I had to withdraw.
Jason: Well don’t give up and try again next year. I will be there to cheer for you okay?
Mike: Hmm…I’ll think about it.

오늘의 영어표현은 ‘back down’입니다. When you ‘back down’ it means to withdraw from a previously held position, especially when facing a stronger opponent. It also means to withdraw an opinion or an argument. ‘Back down’은 강한 적수를 만나서 어쩔 수 없이 물러나야 하는 경우를 말합니다. 무엇 무엇에서 뒷걸음치다, 손을 떼다, 철회하다 라는 의미죠. 또한, 자신의 견해나 논리, 주장을 굽히다 라는 뜻도 있는 표현입니다. 예를 들어 보겠습니다.

'If you back down like this, you are not going to win the argument.’ 라고 하면 ‘네가 이런 식으로 굽히면 논쟁에서 지는 거야.’라는 뜻이 됩니다. Now you understand what ‘back down’ means right? Then now, we will listen to the conversation for the last time.

BACK DOWN

Jason: Hey how did the audition go?
Mike: To be honest, I backed down from the audition. I don’t think I’m ready to compete quite yet.
Jason: What! You really backed down from the audition! How come?
Mike: There were so many contestants who were much better than me so I had to withdraw.
Jason: Well don’t give up and try again next year. I will be there to cheer for you okay?
Mike: Hmm…I’ll think about it.

So let’s review. ‘Back down’ means to withdraw from a position or commitment. Remember that it can also mean to abandon an argument or claim. ‘Back down’ 다음 시간에 다시 뵙겠습니다. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO에 Jennifer Yoo입니다. Bye Bye!

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