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A token of my appreciation


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오늘 배워볼 영어 표현은 a token of my appreciation입니다.


Let’s find out what today’s expression means, but first we will listen to today’s conversation. Listen carefully. 그럼 오늘의 대화를 들어보면서 ‘a token of my appreciation이 무슨 뜻인지 알아 보겠습니다. 잘 들어보세요. Listen carefully.

It’s a token of my appreciation
Jason: Here, take this gift.
Mike: What’s this for?
Jason: It’s because you’ve been going out of your way to help me on this new job. It’s a small gift but it’s a token of my appreciation.
Mike: You didn’t have to, but thank you.

본문에서 Jason이 Mike에게 “Here, take this gift. 자, 이 선물 받아” 라고 하자 Mike가 “What’s this for? 어, 이게 뭐야?” 라고 묻네요. 이어 Jason 이 “It’s because you’ve been going out of your way to help me on this new job. 내가 새 직장에서 잘 적응할 수 있게 특별히 애써서 많이 도와줬잖니. It’s a small gift but it’s a token of my appreciation. 약소한 거지만, 내 감사 표시야.”라고 하네요. Mike가 “You didn’t have to, but thank you. 안 그래도 되는데. 어쨌든 고맙다.”라고 답했습니다. Now keep today’s expression ‘a token of my appreciation’ in mind and let’s hear the conversation again. 그럼 다시 한번 대화를 들어볼까요?

It’s a token of my appreciation
Jason: Here, take this gift.
Mike: What’s this for?
Jason: It’s because you’ve been going out of your way to help me on this new job. It’s a small gift but it’s a token of my appreciation.
Mike: You didn’t have to, but thank you.

NOTE: Another way to say this is “This is my way of saying thanks to you.

오늘의 표현은it’s a token of my appreciation입니다. When someone says, “please accept this as a token of my appreciation” and gives you something, they are wanting to thank you for something you have said or done. It’s a gift ‘from their heart’ and it is a tangible evidence of their appreciation. Think of it as a gift. 자, 누군가에게 선물을 줘야 할 때가 있죠? 감사의 표현으로, 또는 사랑의 표시로 말이죠. 그런데 마음을 담아주면서도 어쩐지 약소한 느낌이 들 때가 있습니다. 이럴 때 쓸 수 있는 영어 표현이 바로 ‘‘it’s a token of my appreciation’입니다. 단어 ‘appreciation’은 ‘thanks’와 같은 말이에요. 그래서 ‘it’s a token of my appreciation’이라고 하면 ‘제 감사의 표현입니다.’라는 뜻이죠. Also, when you are in a relationship, you may give your significant other a small present and say “it’s a token of my love for you.”오늘 본문에서 Jason이 감사하는 뜻에서 Mike에게 작은 선물을 줬죠. “It’s a small gift but it’s a token of my appreciation.” 이라고 하면서요. 그럼 예문을 통해 오늘 표현에 대해 더 자세히 알아보겠습니다. “As a token of my appreciation, I would like to give you a free movie pass.” 하면 “자, 이 영화 표 받아. 조그만 성의 표시야 .”라는 뜻이 됩니다. Here is another example. “Here, take this new basketball. It’s a token of my appreciation.” 라고 하면 “자, 이 새 농구공 가져. 내 마음의 표현이야.” 라는 뜻이 됩니다. 오늘 표현 잘 기억하시고요. 오늘의 대화를 마지막으로 들어보겠습니다. Now that you know what today’s expression means, let’s listen to the conversation for the last time.

It’s a token of my appreciation
Jason: Here, take this gift.
Mike: What’s this for?
Jason: It’s because you’ve been going out of your way to help me on this new job. It’s a small gift but it’s a token of my appreciation.
Mike: You didn’t have to, but thank you.

Let’s review what we have learned today. When someone gives you something and says “this is a token of my appreciation” it’s a gift ‘from their heart’ and it is a tangible evidence of their appreciation. IT’S A TOKEN OF MY APPRECIATION. Now try using this expression on your own. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO에 Jennifer Yoo입니다. Until next time, bye bye!

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