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Welcome to ENGLISH WITH YOO! 안녕하세요 English with Yoo!의 Jennifer Yoo입니다.

오늘 배워볼 영어 표현은 own up to입니다.

Before we find out what ‘own up to’ means, let’s listen to a conversation I had with Jason. Listen carefully. 그럼 오늘의 대화를 들어보면서 ‘own up to’가 무슨 뜻인지 알아 보겠습니다. 잘 들어보세요.

Own up to
Jason: I heard Tina was the one who lost the house keys.
Jen: Yup! It ended up being Tina.
Jason: But I wonder why she never owned up to her mistake when we all asked her?
Jen: Maybe she didn’t have the courage to own up to it.

오늘 본문에서 Jason이 “I heard Tina was the one who lost the house keys. 아니, 티나가 집 열쇠를 잃어버렸다며.”라고 하자 제가 “Yup! It ended up being Tina. 누가 아니래. 알고 보니까 티나였대.”라고 했습니다. 이어 Jason이 “But I wonder why she never owned up to her mistake when we all asked her? 그런데 우리가 물어봤을 때는 왜 자기 실수를 인정하지 안았는지 궁금하네.”라고 하자 제가 “Maybe she didn’t have the courage to own up to it. 아마도 잘못을 시인할 정도로 용기가 있었던 거 같진 않아.”라고 답했습니다.

Now keep today’s expression, ‘own up to’ in mind and let’s hear the conversation again. 그럼 다시 한번 대화를 들어볼까요?

Own up to
Jason: I heard Tina was the one who lost the house keys.
Jen: Yup! It ended up being Tina.
Jason: But I wonder why she never owned up to her mistake when we all asked her?
Jen: Maybe she didn’t have the courage to own up to it.

Today’s expression is own up to. If you own up to something you admit and confess to something. It means to tell the truth or admit that you are responsible for something. Own up to 는 문자 그대로 하면 ‘무엇 무엇을 소유하다’라는 말인데요. 결국, 잘못 한 걸 있는 그대로 받아들여라. 자신이 실수하거나 일을 난처하게 만든 것에 대해 인정하라는 뜻입니다. 보통 문제가 생기면 남 탓을 하거나 자꾸 발뺌 하고 싶은 생각이 들죠. 이럴 때 시원하게 나 때문이야 라고 말하는 사람이 보기 좋더라고요. 미웠던 마음이 눈 녹듯이 사라지고요. 그래서 잘못을 빌면 무쇠도 녹는다는 말이 생긴 모양이네요. 오늘 본문에서 Jason이 티나가 왜 자기 잘못을 인정하지 않았는지 궁금해했죠. “But I wonder why she never owned up to her mistake when we all asked her?”라고요. 자, 예문 들어보시죠. “The student owned up to cheating on the test.”라고 하면 “그 학생은 시험에서 부정행위 한 걸 인정했다.”라는 뜻이 됩니다. Here is another example. “Don’t be afraid to own up to your own mistakes.”라고 하면 “두려워 말고 실수를 인정하세요.”라는 뜻이 됩니다. Now keep today’s expression ‘own up to’ in mind and let’s hear the conversation for the last time. 오늘의 대화를 마지막으로 들어보겠습니다.

Own up to
Jason: I heard Tina was the one who lost the house keys.
Jen: Yup! It ended up being Tina.
Jason: But I wonder why she never owned up to her mistake when we all asked her?
Jen: Maybe she didn’t have the courage to own up to it.

Let’s review what we have learned today. If you own up to something you admit and confess to something. OWN UP TO. Now try using this expression on your own. 지금까지 ENGLISH WITH YOO에 Jennifer Yoo입니다. Until next time, bye bye!

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